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When Irish writer W.B. Yeats won the Nobel Prize in 1923, the committee described his poetry as a “highly artistic form [that] gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.” Scottish-born Dublin resident Mike Scott has aimed for that same sort of sweeping artistry in the music he’s made since the 1983 self-titled debut by his band, The Waterboys. Scott even named a 1984 single “The Big Music,” throwing down a manifesto that he continues to hold as gospel in 2013. The Waterboys’ new album, An Appointment With Mr. Yeats, taps into one of the main sources for Scott’s widescreen vision, using the Nobel winner’s poems as lyrics for another collection of Celtic-infused rock and sea-shanty folk. While “romantic Ireland’s dead and gone,” as Scott sings from Yeats’ famous poem “September 1913,” The Waterboys make you dream of its elegant, emerald green ghost. The Waterboys perform with Freddie Stevenson at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $35. (202) 265-0930. 930.com.