Capital Capers and Elsewhere Escapades (July 11th-July 17th)

tUnE-yArDs - Vicar Street, 15th July
The magnificently mental Merril Gerbus rolls her feather boa'd, ukulele-slinging, multi-tracking tUnE-yArDs wagon into town on Sunday for what will be a memorable night in Vicar Street.

The incendiary firecracker that is 2011's W H O K I L L featured on the majority of respectable end-of-year lists (including this cheeky top 50) and live performances - I was fortunate enough to be up front-right at September's EOTR - backed up the Connecticut canary's brilliance confirming her rule over both the recording and live music worlds.

This evening will see local lo-fi lotharios You Kiss By The Book launch their album in The Grand Social while the "slightly" louder Girl Band continue the 10 Days in Dublin shenanigans over in Twisted Pepper.

Living legend Paul Simon brings all-time class Graceland - 25 years old this year -to life in The O2 on Thursday (and Friday actually) while Leopardstown Racecourse plays host to Richie Egan's Choice Music Prize-collecting Jape.

The first night of the weekend sees the continuation of the weekly Phantom Live shows in The Academy with Louisiana songwriter Dylan LeBlanc the guest on Friday while devil-fightin' Dirtdaubers take over upstairs on Wexford Street.

Saturday is all about independent Irish as Le Galaxie launch their new EP in Button Factory (with help from quite a talented bunch of pals), electro-pop newcomers I'm Your Vinyl in Twisted Pepper, Kilkenny multi-instrumentalist R.S.A.G. in The Grand Social and plenty more taking place on the weekend's flagship evening.

It's more of the same on Sunday with a BYOB event to knock your socks off. - Disparate Melody in the Monster Truck Gallery will feature buckets of excellent Irish bands from 6pm including a DJ slot from Le Galaxie and live tunes from Sleep Thieves, Owensie, Little xs for eyes and more in Temple Bar.

Usually this is where the preview dies a bit of a death but Tuesday has gone and got itself all above its station with The Boss in The RDS, Nouvelle Vague in The Workman's Club and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes in Olympia Theatre all peacock-proudly strutting their stuff on the same night.

Wednesday, July 11th
- You Kiss By The Book (album launch), Mumblin Deaf Ro and Hidden Highways in The Grand Social

- Lady Antebellum in the Olympia Theatre
- 10 Days in Dublin presents: Girl Band in Twisted Pepper

Thursday, July 12th
- NeedToBreathe in The Academy 2
- Musicmaker rocks Dublin featuring Skelocrats and EleventyFour in Hard Rock Café (Temple Bar)
- Forward/Slash with Residents in The Bernard Shaw
- Live at Leopardstown with Jape and Fred at Leopardstown Racecourse

- The Odessa Sessions present Slim Pickin's in the Odessa Club
- 10 Days in Dublin presents: Donal Dineen in Twisted Pepper
- JD McPherson in Whelan's
- Mick Hanly & Arty McGlinn in Whelan's (Upstairs)
- Tujacques (album launch) in The Workman's Club
- Paul Simon in The O2

Friday, July 13th
- Phantom Live: Dylan LeBlanc in The Academy

- Paul Simon in The O2
- Myles Manley & The Little People in Slattery's (Rathmines)
- 10 Days in Dublin presents: 72 Virgins in Twisted Pepper
- Vestiges in The Pint
- The Zealots in Whelan's (Midnight)
- 10 Days In Dublin presents: Ruby Apples in The Workman's Club (10pm)
- J Roots in Whelan's
- The Dirtdaubers in Whelan's (Upstairs)

Saturday, July 14th
- Dead School in The Academy II
- Le Galaxie (EP launch), Ships, Nanu Nanu and Sleep Thieves in the Button Factory
- R.S.A.G. in The Grand Social

- Pogo presents: Joy Orbison and more in Twisted Pepper (10.30pm)
- Stand in Whelan's
- So Cow in Whelan's (Upstairs)
- I'm Your Vinyl in Twisted Pepper

Sunday, July 15th
- Wu-Legends in the Button Factory
- Disparate Melody w/ Le Galaxie (DJ), Sleep Thieves, Owensie, Little xs for eyes, Twin Terrace and Derrick Devine in Monster Truck Gallery (Temple Bar) 6pm BYOB

- Hat Fitz & Cara in Whelan's (Upstairs)
- tUnE-YaRdS in Vicar Street

Monday, July 16th
- Tower Instore: Steve Van Zandt (DJ) in Tower Records
- Jonathan Casey in Whelan's (Upstairs)
- Teengirl Fantasy in The Workman's Club

Tuesday, July 17th
- Ruby Sessions in Doyle's
- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros in the Olympia Theatre

- Punch Brothers in Whelan's
- Nouvelle Vague (acoustic) in The Workman's Club

- 24 Broken Amps, The Crayon Set and more in Whelan's
- Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band in The RDS

Around the Country

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are in Donegal as part of the Earagail Arts Festival treating all in attendance at the Ramelton Town Hall Theatre to their brand of throw-back swamp-rock.

Wednesday, July 11th
- Donal Lunny & Yungchen Lhamo in Ballybofey, Balor Arts Centre (Donegal)

Thursday, July 12th
- Boubacar Traore in An Grianán Theatre (Donegal)
- The Red Chair in Bean 'n' Berry Cafe (Wexford)
- So Cow and Girl Band in Róisín Dubh (Galway)

Friday, July 13th
- Earagail Arts Festival: Tucan in Balor Arts Centre, Letterkenny (Donegal)
- Alabama Three (Unplugged) in Dolan's (Limerick) (Upstairs)
- Mark Geary in Róisín Dubh (Galway)
- Citóg presents: A Band Called Wanda, Fia Rua. and Vickers Vimy in The Cellar Bar (Galway)
- Three Hour Ceasefire, Clurichaun and zhOra in The Piper Inn, Clonmel (Tipperary)
- David Kitt plays Small Moment in Garter Lane (Waterford)
- Paul Creane & The Changing Band in Wexford Arts Centre (Wexford)

Saturday, July 14th
- Earagail Arts Festival: Kitty, Daisy & Lewis in Ramelton, Town Hall Theatre (Donegal)
- Alabama 3 (unplugged) in Róisín Dubh (Galway)
- Jamie Lawson in INEC, Killarney (Kerry)
- Soldiers Can't Dance, If Memory Serves and more in The Piper Inn, Clonmel (Tipperary)
- Bray Summer Festival featuring Raglans at The Bandstand, Bray (Wicklow)
- David Kitt plays Small Moments in Riverbank Arts Theatre (Kildare)

Sunday, July 15th
- John Prine in The Set Theatre (Kilkenny)
- Bray Summer Festival featuring Camembert Quartet and more at The Bandstand, Bray (Wicklow)

Monday, July 16th
- Earagail Arts Festival: Liam O Moanlai & Ronan O Snodaigh in Regional Culture Centre, Letterkenny (Donegal)
- West Cork Ukulele Orchestra in Róisín Dubh (Galway)

Tuesday, July 17th
- Jack L in Róisín Dubh (Galway)
- The Driftwood Manor and Phantom Dog Beneath The Moon in Róisín Dubh (Galway) (Upstairs)
- Candlelight Sessions with TBC in The Sky & The Ground (Wexford)

*Yep you've guessed it, I forget lots! Feel free to leave a comment below to add gigs to the guide.

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