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Gigs: Who's playing


The rubberbandits in the snow in Sandymount Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

The rubberbandits in the snow in Sandymount Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

The rubberbandits in the snow in Sandymount Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

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Button Factory, Dublin, tonight (€12)

Fond of tweed and with a penchant for sampling old news broadcasts, this quirky UK duo could be described as a cross between The Pet Shop Boys and a vintage episode of Dr Who.


Old Mill, Tallaght, tonight (€12)

Their expletive-drenched comedy has gone down surprisingly well in the UK, where there has been much bemused giggling at their standard Up The Ra. Now they're back for a date in the old country.

Original Rudeboys, Ryan Sheridan, This Club

Olympia, Dublin, tonight (€35-40)

Some of Ireland's best-loved pop acts share the bill for a charity concert.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Sugar Club, Dublin, tonight (€20.90-38.50)

When they busked on the South Side of Chicago, a young Barack Obama invited Hypnotic Brass Ensemble to become his house-band. Now Brooklyn-based, this all-sibling nine-piece continues to create a glorious groove.

Strange Passion

Grand Social, Dublin, tonight (€10-12)

Several of the brightest lights of Irish post-punk – among them Chant Chant Chant and SM Corporation – unite for a rare reunion gig. Both featured on the Strange Passion compilation of Irish post-punk that came out last year.


Whelan's, Dublin, tomorrow (€16)

A British folk trio who upholster their acoustic music with electronica. Latest album, Race The Loser, was recorded in Portland with REM/ Gillian Welch producer Tucker Martine.

Steve Earle and The Dukes

Vicar Street, Dublin, tomorrow (€44.50)

The music often suffers when a wild-living rock stars mellows. That's not always the case though. Giving up drugs and booze turns out to be the savviest move of Steve Earle's career.


Vicar Street, Dublin, Sunday (€28)

A protege of Lil Wayne, Tyga is not unknown to controversy. In April, there was uproar over plans to have him perform at Harvard's equivalent of the Trinity Ball, with a petition condemning his "violently misogynistic lyrics".

Zebra Katz

Whelan's, Dublin, Tuesday (€12)

'Queer-hop' leader, whose hit Ima Read was voted best song at Paris Fashion Week (and incidentally, who knew Paris Fashion Week even had a best song award? Nope, me neither).

Joshua Radin

Sugar Club, Dublin, Wednesday (€30)

Lip-curled troubadour and BFF of actor Zach Braff. His music can be a bit meh, in the Josh Ritter sense. But his rapscallion charm carries the day.

Irish Independent