Looks like we have it all covered this week. Underground legends, iconic names, left-field originality, old favourites and everything in between, it’s all out there for the taking over the next few days. The first description on that list comes courtesy of Crazy Arm at The Victoria tonight. Those awfully nice chaps at Sheer Music have done it again securing the services of this cult band. Such is their mercurial nature, you never really know which version of the band is going to turn up on the night; the frenzied rootsy version, the raucous, big guitar outfit, or a punky-folk hybrid of the two. Either way it will be poignant, political and opinionated, full of energy and swagger and with 2 Sick Monkeys playing their penultimate show to get things underway it is one for discerning music fans.

A less rabble rousing option can be found at The Beehive in the guise of Robert Brown a man who blends the delicacy of the likes of Nick Drake with the more confident and virtuosic traits of Jimmy Page into a fantastic acoustic, folk-rock set.

A bit of a rarity can be found at The Tuppenny tonight. Faced with the impossible logistics of playing the cinematic and intricate creations of Karda Estra live, Richard Wileman did the sensible thing and wrote a whole set of more live gig shaped songs. Joined by Amy Fry, the combination of deft acoustica and haunting woodwind tips its hat to his more orchestral works but allows them to explore the same strange worlds and lush dreamscapes using a simpler and more direct means of sonic travel.

The “Iconic” is delivered on Friday by the one and only Big Country, now being hosted at Level III. Some might consider a band with only 50% of the original, classic lineup to be half on their way to being a tribute band but even without front man Stuart Adamson, critical and commercial response for recent shows has been overwhelming. Anyone who saw them back in the day, as I did many times, knows what a great gig this will be and if you were too young or otherwise engaged at the time, I urge you to go anyway. I’m sure Stuart is looking down and smiling to hear his songs still going strong a generation later.

Sex Jazz bring their musical nonsense to The Beehive, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. There will be no jazz and probably no sex either but there will be some annihilating bass grooves, devastatingly funky beats, and noodling and nasty guitars. It’s like Captain Beefheart never died!

Rock tribute bands may be nothing new but the fact that Famous Monsters are rolling into town to play homage to The Misfits has got to be one for to mark in your diary, surely? If you wonder where horror-punk, corpse-paint, devil-locks and satanic speed blues first saw the light of day (or dark of night) then The Misfits played a big part in their creation. They come as a double package at The Victoria with Rammlied tugging musical forelocks to industrial-metallers Rammstein.

Hooch and Emergency Banter both lay out a musical stall of the best of rock and pop of the last few decades at The Queen’s Tap and the Rolleston respectively.

Rock tributes are also in no short supply on Saturday. The punningly titled Hi-On Maiden hit The Victoria reminding us of just how many iconic songs classic rockers Iron Maiden have delivered over the years and The Lizzy Legacy head to The Waiting Room to do the same on behalf of Dublin’s finest.

Rock and metal covers from across the musical spectrum come courtesy of Down and Dirty at The RAFA Club and for more genre-hopping options, The Naughties at The Rolleston remind us if all the great songs from the last decade and Clark and The Kryptonites offer carefully selected funk, soul and rock at The Queen’s Tap.

Those interested in seeing where local, original music is going at the moment will be heading for Level III for the Palm Rose e.p. launch. Daydreams, the record in question, is a slice of soaring and cinematic, alt-pop songs and having seen them play a few times I can assure you that live the music is impressive in its dynamic scope. Throw in the textured tunes of Basement Club and the pristine and spacious indie-pop of Rainy Day Fund and you have the perfect Saturday night.