Mandela Hall, Belfast 8pm £20.50 mandelahall.com Also Sun, Dublin
You'd be forgiven for thinking that Baltimore's finest dream-pop/psych-pop duo's recent Depression Cherry album) was the same old same old. Okay, it was, to a certain degree. But the past few days has seen the release of a completely unexpected new album, Thank Your Lucky Stars (see Shuffle, p13). And you thought that Beach House weren't into surprises? Looks like the dream pop bubble suddenly got bigger.
On the River
Shannon Rowing Club, Limerick 3pm €25 Also Sun shannonrowingclub.com
This fine space on the city’s Sarsfield Bridge has witnessed many sights since the club was founded in 1866 by Sir Peter Tait, so a bank holiday weekender featuring two stages of excellent Irish DJs fits right in. The evergreen Fish Go Deep, who were responsible for many quality weekenders in the past, are the headliners, and there are berths on the bill for Lerosa, John Daly, Shane Linehan, Fatty Fatty, 60miles and such hometown spinners as Aoife Nic Canna and Peter Curtin.
District 8, Dublin 11pm €20/€18/€15 pan-pot.net
It's been a busy couple of months for Tassilo Ippenberger and Thomas Benedix, what with the release of a new album The Other and another top summer on the DJ circuit. Over the past decade, since they first met as students in the studios at Berlin's SAE, the duo's work as Pan-Pot has led to releases for Mobilee and Einmaleins and a growing audience who appreciate their finessed techno sound. Check out their 2007 debut album (Pan-O-Rama) for some timeless sketches of their electronic music vision. Support from Ian O'Donovan.
Mason's, Derry 9.30pm £10/£8 twitter.com/bennicky
Ben Nicky is the big draw tonight as the UK trance producer brings his Headf**k tour to town. Nicky's crowd- pleasing reputation comes on the back of such well-regarded tunes as Driven, Special Moment, Tears, Jet Stream and The One, as well as remixes for Calvin Harris, Arctic Moon, First State and others. Support from rising Belfast trance dude Artisan, who will visit Derry inbetween DJ gigs in Bali and Switzerland.
Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane, Galway All Day €25 facebook.com/galwayjazz
After several years in abeyance, the Galway Jazz Festival has been brought back to groovy life by saxophonist Matthew Berrill and piano man Ciaran Ryan. Their enterprising Pop-Up Jazz club runs for just one day with a masterclass from guitarist Mike Nielsen, Kind of Blue cheese tasting (ouch), a panel discussion on the future of jazz. Oh, and some music: leading saxophonist Michael Buckley with piano trio The CEO Experiment at lunchtime; and, as the evening headliner, brilliant Welsh pianist Gwilym Simcock.