Gigs: Who's playing
The Academy, Dublin, tonight (€25)
A case of full circle for The Voice of Ireland star. When he performed in the same venue in 2011, the audience was barely in double figures. One ratings-gobbling franchise later, he's back to what will surely be a full house.
O2, Dublin, tonight (€58.70-€79.50)
With his Last At Bat tour, the rock-opera man- mountain brings the shutters down on a career that stretches back to the mid 1970s and his silly, seminal Bat Out of Hell album.
Dublin Gospel Choir
Buck Whaley's, Dublin, tonight (€12.50)
The capital's original gospel choir wrap their dulcet tonsils around such indie hits such as Bastille's Pompeii, and Shake It Out by Florence and the Machine.
Vicar Street, Dublin, tomorrow (€44.05)
He was a member of Genesis back when they were all about 14-minute song-cycles and Lord of the Rings lyrics. As a solo artist, Hackett has operated in much the same territory and now is revisiting the band's catalogue with a set of Genesis material from 1971-1977.
Cyprus Avenue, Cork, tomorrow (€10)
Mercury-nominated Tipperary chanteuse.
Upstairs at Whelan's, Dublin, tomorrow (€12.50)
Fuzzed-up, blissed-out bedsit pop from Philadelphia.
Academy, Dublin, tomorrow (€13)
The bearded singer-songwriter is winning attention for his woebegone dirges. Looks like a young Glen Hansard, sounds like Damien Rice trying out for Mumford & Sons.
Button Factory, Dublin, tomorrow (€15)
Scowling electronica boffin, whose 2003 album A Strangely Isolated Place anticipated the nu-gaze craze half a decade in advance. Not quite as majestic, but worth your attention nonetheless, is new LP A Long Way To Fall.
Pierce the Veil
Academy, Dublin, Mondau (€16.50)
Cargo pants and neck tattoos ahoy as this San Diego post-hardcore band sweep into town.
Little Museum of Dublin, Wednesday (€11.50)
Softly voiced London songwriter, hailed by some sections of the UK press as a British Bon Iver. Whether or not he lives up to the hyperbole remains to be seen, though he has released one cracking tune at least, the gorgeous I Have Been A Fire.
Twisted Pepper, Dublin, Thursday (€15)
He sounds like a Game of Thrones character and his improvised, all-instrumental 'noise rock' is certainly sprawling and epic.
Ed Power email@example.com