Henge: ‘A band of beings from the far corners of the galaxy, converging in Manchester, Planet Earth, to bring a kind of music new to your world!’

Kean Kavanagh, Thumper, Paul Noonan and Henge take to the stage

Mercury Prize-nominated hip-hop storyteller spills out plain, often emotional truths

All Tvvins: now with fewer tricks and effects

The dynamic duo’s second album marks a crucial advance. Catch them before they tour

Jade Bird

The singer on unhappy families and music as a path to processing domestic upheavals

Keaton Henson

This week’s events also include a party on a boat and a chance to mosh on Good Friday

Anyone hoping for a rehashed 2019 version of Falling Slowly will be profoundly disappointed

Maud Black: “I like to get value for money, but from running a small business, I appreciate you have to pay for quality.”

Me & My Money: Maud Black, co-owner Black’s of Kinsale

MusicTown 2019 (clockwise from top left): The Deadly World of Opera, Damien Dempsey, ‘My Father’s Kind’ and Stomptown Brass.

Events across Dublin city from feature Blindboy and play ‘My Father’s Kind’

The Awfully Big Adventure isn’t the book you’ll want for a straight run through of the Michael Jackson story. Photograph: Alexander Natruskin/Reuters

Review: Paul Morley mixes sharp critiques of Jackson’s music with frustrating detours

The Specials

The Specials are rocking recently released album Encore; Hansard gets experimental

A House: their album I Am the Greatest is to receive the second NCH/Imro Trailblazer Award

Dave Couse and Fergal Bunbury to play the 1991 album I Am the Greatest live at NCH

Buntús Rince (“basic rhythms” as Gaeilge) is an exploration of Irish jazz, fusion and folk from 1969 to 19​81

Kieran Cuddihy: “ I often ask myself if everything went belly up tomorrow, how would we get by? I don’t think I ever wondered about that during the boom”

Me & My Money: Kieran Cuddihy, co-presenter on Newstalk Breakfast

Cry Monster Cry play The Unitarian Church in  Dublin on April 5th

Julia Jacklin plays Whelan’s, Woweembeem Weekender in Bello Bar, Paul Tiernan in Cork

A move to Australia has opened Tyrrell up to rule-breaking exploration

Picture This play  five nights in Dublin’s 3Arena, Dublin from March 27th to March 31st.

Are there tickets for sale, what time does it start, what songs will they play and more for the band's five gigs in Dublin

Make-a-Wish ambassador Mary Byrne: “I invest my money on holidays abroad with family and friends – making memories!”

‘I’m not materialistic or into buying flash things, but I do like my home comforts’

Picture This has a five-night run at 3Arena, Dublin

Sharon Van Etten, Maverick Sabre, Keuning, The Internet and more

Returning from self-imposed exile, this is a welcome return to the fray

Flo McSweeney: ‘I had always sensed I was sometimes treated like a flibberty-gibberty, girly-girl pop singer, someone of not much substance.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The death of her mother led Flo McSweeney back to music with new determination

Hard rock guitarist Bernie Tormé performing on stage at the 2013 Hard Rock Hell festival in Wales. Photograph: Kevin Nixon/Metal Hammer Magazine/Future Publishing/Getty Images

‘Bernie was a gentle soul with a heart of gold – tributes paid to Dublin musician

Drake: expect pyrotechnics. Photograph: Harmony Gerber/Getty Images

Assassination Vacation Tour comes to Dublin: Are there tickets for sale, setlist, security and more ...

Paul Kelly: “I take out some cash every week and work my way through it”

Me & My Money: Paul Kelly, managing director of Trusted Advisors Group

Drake is in Dublin’s 3Arena for just three nights – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – but he’ll make your whole week. Photograph: Harmony Gerber/Getty Images

Drake, Anderson.Paak, Dodi, UB40, Gabrielle and Dr John Cooper Clarke are in town

Lewis shapes relationship trouble and her mother’s death into something durable

Jo Davey: “At the end of the day, money is necessary but a good family life filled with travel and experiences is what’s most important to me”

Me & My Money: Jo Davey, managing director of Absolute Nutrition

Nicki Minaj is in Dublin’s 3Arena on Friday 15th. Don’t expect Cardi B or Miley Cyrus to show up. Photograph: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Nicki Minaj was due to play  Dublin’s 3Arena tonight. Photograph: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Viv Albertine, Nick Harper, Bastille, Kelsey Lu and a 90s nu-metal/pop-punk double bill

Charlie Sheil: ‘I bought a drum cover that was signed by all of U2. The cost was $2,000. Madness, but it felt great at the time.’

Me and My Money: Charlie Sheil, general manager, The Marker Hotel, Dublin

XTC: What Do You Call That Noise? by Mark Fisher looks at how XTC  didn’t really hit the mark until punk and post-punk allowed misfit music acts through. Photograph: Virginia Turbett/Redferns

Insights into Happy Mondays, Joy Division, Bowie, Johnny Duhan, XTC and Radiohead

Kamasi Washington. Photograph: Mike Park

If New Orleans’ Tank and the Bangas aren’t on your radar yet, here’s a chance to fix it

Unfiltered songs hit required nerve with finesse, vanity, irony and conceit

Steely Dan: recorded some of the most impeccably produced albums of the 1970s. Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

What will they play, how to get tickets, what time does it start and more for Steely Dan's Dublin concert on Thursday

Vicky Brown: ‘I’ve a really difficult relationship with gambling. I find it pretty disgraceful the way betting companies are able to advertise on sporting channels at all hours of the day.’

Me & My Money: Vicky Brown, CEO of Cool Planet Experience

Talk Talk singer Mark Hollis in London in 1990. Photograph: Martyn Goodacre/Getty Images

Hollis co-founded the influential band which had hit singles including ‘It’s My Life’

Kojaque. Photograph: George Voronov

Plus: Lisa O’Neill brings her Cavan folk to Whelan’s and Gusgus make rare Irish trip

Dublin Comic Con chief executive Karl Walsh: “I know myself how tight margins can be, so I don’t go after a discount unless I think the price is unfair.”

‘I spend cash too easily, forget where, and even lose it sometimes’

X-File factor: David Duchovny is in Dublin’s Academy on Wednesday. No shouting for Californication or Mulder & Scully, now

Also: Neneh Cherry, Jungle, Chvrches, Microdisney, Electric Eel Shock and Lux Alma

Microdisney: “The shows exceeded our expectations, which were high enough to begin with,” says Cathal Coughlan, second from left

The songwriter on the end of the group, his solo work and Cork’s ‘human architecture’

Andrew Hozier-Byrne makes a welcome return with a very nearly five-star collection of songs

Nuala Woulfe: “I don’t believe we have learned enough lessons as to why we had a recession in the first place.”

Nuala Woulfe – owner/director Nu Aesthetics Clinic and Serenity Day Spa

Post Malone

Plus: Example, She Drew the Gun, Micah P Hinson, Empire Circus among others

Perfect Property MD Laura Pollard: “I fell into the trap of wanting a “nicer” car and ended up buying a BMW.”

Laura Pollard, managing director of Perfect Property

Finbar Wright: “At various times in my life I have survived on very little money.”

Me and My Money: Irish Tenors singer Finbar Wright

British band Bastille are at the Olympia on Sunday to preview songs from their forthcoming album, Doom Days

Plus: Ozzy Osbourne, Public Service Broadcasting, Rosie Carney and Kakkmaddafakka

Paddy McAloon: “I have Ménière’s disease, and I’ve had problems for over 12 years, but in October 2017 it all descended on me again.” Photograph: Tom Sheehan

Paddy McAloon on his unsensous name, intelligent songs and being a ‘health disaster’

Arwen Foley: I’m ambitious and now that I’ve joined AA’s digital team, the plan is to keep growing

Me & My Money: Arwen Foley of AA Roadwatch

Death Cab For Cutie are at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on Thursday

Death Cab For Cutie, Rudimental, Ronnie Spector, Years & Years, Boyzone, The Delines

Ian Britton: "Spending is always something I consider and try to be clever about"

Me & My Money: Ian Britton, managing director of Pax Financial Planning

The Raincoats can be seen on screen at Black Box, Belfast on Saturday

Women in rock doc features The Raincoats, The Chefs, the Au Pairs and The Slits

Dublin band Thumper “have spent the past few years honing the kind of granite-hard rock that requires earplugs”.

Keep an ear out for Thumper, Cherym, David Keenan, Roisin Carney and Lemoncello

Geraldine King, CEO, National Recruitment Federation

Me and My Money: Geraldine King, CEO of National Recruitment Federation

Mike Garson: “I love the music, I hate the music business!”

Mike Garson, one of David Bowie’s key collaborators, recalls the highs, lows, fights and laughs

Dublin Bowie Festival

Something for everyone from Bowie to Talking Heads and District 8

Miriam Aida

With such a wealth of events, you should take your protein pills and put your helmet on

There’s no doubt that Matthew Sweet is one of rock music’s most unfortunately misplaced songwriters

SaraBeth is aiming to sooth those New Year hangovers with accomplished and smooth contemporary country music

New Year’s Eve gigs around the country, plus gigs from Little Green Cars, Engine Alley, Le Boom

Rory Gallagher  performing at the Rainbow Theatre, London in 1972. Photograph: Debi Doss/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Chapter and verse on The Beatles, Rory Gallagher, Wilco, Roger Daltrey, Peter Grant, John Cooper Clarke and Northern Irish band An(...)

Damien Dempsey does two nights in Vicar St on Saturday and Sunday

Rock and pop highlights for the week include Talos, Rofi James and Mango + Mathman

“My wife would kill me if I said how much the ring  cost me, but it was a fair whack”

Me & My Money: Alan Keville, owner of Alan Keville for Hair salons

Alan Keville: “I try not to impulse buy.”

‘I feel I have learned from my bad investments over the years’

Hozier: things are ramping up for the tall fella

Also: The Academic, Blades, Glen Hansard, Síomha, Ash, Fontaines DC and I Draw Slow

Craig and Charlie Reid aka The Proclaimers. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod

Rock & pop gigs of the week: Frank & Walters, Damien Dempsey, Villagers, Lily Allen

Lily Allen. Photograph: Bella Howard

Warts’n’all pop with acerbic lyrics and steady progression down the years? Yes please

Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks in 1978. Photograph: Chris Gabrin/Redferns Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks in 1978. Photograph: Chris Gabrin/Redferns

Singer crafted some of the defining songs of the punk era

The best of three albums, it's a collection of classic pop-cum-hard-rock anthems

Pat Divilly: “I wouldn’t have the patience or interest in keeping an eye on shares or stocks.”

Pat Divilly, Galway-based author and high-performance coach

The singer-songwriter's unusual twist on the Christmas duets album features Sinéad O’Connor, Kate Tempest and John Grant

Andrea Gilligan: “I’m a hard worker so if I want something I’ll have to work hard to get it.”

Me and My Money: Andrea Gilligan, presenter, Newstalk

Stephen James Smith

Rock & pop gigs of the week

Communications Clinic MD Eoghan Tomás McDermott: “I don’t think I’ve ever bought anything online other than books.”

Eoghan Tomás McDermott, managing director of the Communications Clinic

Bell X1 leave the stage in Dublin. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

The Irish photographer on capturing some of the world’s best bands

The best gigs this week

The Wood Burning Savages

Mumford and Sons, Nelly, Courtney Barnett, Kurt Viel, Mattiel and Vance Joy come to town

Liam Guerin: “The nearest I’ve come to gambling is playing the Irish lotto, which I do every week.” Photograph: Kieran Harnett

Liam Guerin, head of concierge services for Lansdowne Place

U2 performing at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

What songs will they play, stage times, security and more for the four Dublin concerts

Tom Monaghan: “I believe customer loyalty and relationships have been the secret of our success.”

‘I prefer to invest in things I can see – horses, land or cashmere stock’

U2’s  eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour comes to Belfast this weekend. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Catch Metropolis, Cork Jazz Festival, Sligo Live, Westival, Robert Plant & Van Morrison, Johnny Marr, Chemical Brothers and Phosph(...)

Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange is on the main stage at Metropolis Festival on Sunday at the RDS, Dublin.  Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Villagers, Róisín Murphy, Booka Brass, Blood Orange, Friendly Fires, Young Fathers and Gwenno among the acts at this high-end even(...)

Metropolis: a one-stop-shop winter music festival

Tickets, line-ups, stage times, transport and more for Villagers, Róisín Murphy, Booka Brass, Blood Orange, Friendly Fires, Young (...)

Other Voices producer Tina O’Reilly: I like to be able to pop into a nearby shop and physically get what I need

Me & My Money: Tina O’Reilly, producer of Other Voices

Iceland Airwaves: Georg Holm of Sigur Ros at the festival in 2012. Photograph: Matthew Eisman/WireImage/Getty

In the run-up to Iceland Airwaves festival, musicians talk about their artistic process

Robert Plant (left) holds hands raised high with guitarist Jimmy Page during a Led Zeppelin reunion performance at Madison Square Garden in New York on May 14th, 1988. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty

From Jimmy Page to Joy Division, rock'n'roll writing can be a mixed bag

Finn Ní Fhaoláin, chef and author of ‘Finn’s World’.

Me & My Money: Finn Ní Fhaoláin

Dawn Landes

Also: Dawn Landes, Delorentos, We Cut Corners, Editors, Jon Hopkins, Okkervil River

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