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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

Public Service Broadcasting

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.

Rubberbandits

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.

Lau

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.

Tyga

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