TEBI REX – 10 MAR – THE WORKMANS CLUB
We were promised it back in November, and they delivered. The young Maynooth duo have released a new EP, Welcome to the Darkest Year of Our Adventures, and to support it they are hosting a launch party, which doubles as their first ever headline show. Expect riotous stage presence, plenty of crowd banter, and catchy dance rap that also makes you think. Tickets from €11.75.
Check it out if you like: Hare Squead, Childish Gambino, Chance the Rapper
DVSN – 11 MAR – THE ACADEMY
These purveyors of slick electronic R&B are signed to Drake’s OVO Sound and have been making waves with their first two album releases. Vocalist Daniel Daley is nothing but smooth, and effortlessly commands a rich falsetto, while producer Nineteen85 (known for ‘One Dance’ and ‘Hotline Bling,’ among others) crafts dark, icy, atmospheric beats. Certainly, this is music for night time. At €33.50, it’s the most expensive gig here, but it can be your reward for making it to Easter!
Check it out if you like: Miguel, the Weeknd, Jeremih
REJJIE SNOW – 12 MAR – OLYMPIA THEATRE
Ireland’s biggest rap star is busy making a name for himself in America, making this something of a homecoming. Rejjie Snow has been active recently, dropping the lush, drugged out mixtape The Moon & You last May, and his debut album Dear Annie this month. His music features plenty of romance, laidback musings on existence, as well as tougher topics like race, all from a uniquely Irish perspective. Commanding a smooth baritone singing voice as well as his dexterous raps, Snow never seems to break a sweat, although he, and his audience, might do so at what is sure to be a lively affair. Tickets from €22.
Check it out if you like: Joey Bada$$, Mick Jenkins, Loyle Carner
MØ – 26 MAR – OLYMPIA THEATRE
Danish electronic pop singer Karen Marie Ørsted may be best known for her features on international smashes like ‘Lean On’ and ‘Cold Water,’ but she has a fine solo catalogue as well, especially sole studio album No Mythologies to Follow. MØ has an ear for a melody, and her music features anthemic choruses and plenty to dance to. Importantly, she toes the line between crowd pleasers and the overproduced gloss into which Scandipop sometimes strays. Tickets from €21.
Check it out if you like: Charli XCX, Zara Larsson, Spice Girls