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.
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.
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".
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).
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.