MUSIC NEWS: NME may not have the influence it had back in the days when it brought bands such as U2 and the Sultans of Ping to the attention of the UK public, but there was still an understandable puff of pride when their website
described Ireland as “the new home of punk”.
The music publication — online only since it ceased printing last year — referred to four bands to back up their claims: Fontaines D.C., The Murder Capital, Just Mustard, and Silverbacks.
Meanwhile, hip-hop impresario Suge Knight has always had a bit of punk rock attitude about him, and an upcoming documentary goes in deep with the former head of Death Row Records.
American Dream/American Knightmare launches on the Showtime channel in the US later this month, but presumably will also pop up on this side of the pond.
In between archive clips of artists Knight has worked with, such as Tupac, Dr Dre, and Snoop Dogg, the multi-convicted mogul talks about the violence that has swirled around him, not least the injuries he received in the incident that led to the death of Tupac.
GIG WISE: lt’s been a huge week for gig announcements as promoters rush to get those tickets on the Christmas present list.
Longitude at Marlay Park, Dublin (July 5-7) has built on its impressive urban lineup from last year, and the gigs over three days will feature the likes of Chance The Rapper, A$AP Rocky, and Brockhampton.
Bookings also opened yesterday for Hozier at Musgrave Park in Cork on June 25, while Noel Gallagher is at Malahide Castle on June 15. Paul Weller (July 4) and New Order (July 7) were also the first two acts announced for the summer concerts at Trinity College, Dublin.
In the meantime, Anderson.Paak is at the Olympia on March 19 for his first solo gig in Ireland.
Allie Sherlock, 13, is familiar to Corkonians from her busking sessions on St Patrick’s St, and the Douglas teenager follows her celeb-laden visit to the US with two indoor gigs at Cyprus Avenue in her native city on Dec 27.
The matinee looks a handy option for younger fans.
Quarter Block Party (Feb 8-10) also returns to Leeside, and the launch gig/fundraiser takes place at the Roundy next Friday.
FILM TIPS: If you’re going to see one film this weekend, let it be The Old Man and The Gun, being billed as Robert Redford’s last film.
Fittingly, the 82-year-old plays a real-life elderly bank robber who plans to embark on one last heist.
The veteran actor is backed by an impressive cast that includes Elisabeth Moss and Sissy Spacek. Creed 2 and Bohemian Rhapsody are the other decent options sticking around for another week.
Triskel in Cork from Sunday has Jake Gyllenhaal in American indie flick, Wildlife; and Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, based on the memoir of hard-drinking quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan.
ON THE TELLY:Andy Serkis’s adaptation of The Jungle Book is available on Netflix today (see our feature here), but be aware that if you’re planning to show to younger viewers, there are some rather gorey moments.
The streaming channel launches another biggie next Friday with Roma, the semi-autobiographical tale set in director Alfonso Cuarón’s native Mexico City.
Critics have been salivating over it during its film festival run, and it’s a strong contender for the foreign language Oscar.
Matthew McConaughey, Jamie Oliver, and John Cena are among the guests on the Graham Norton Show tonight, while Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus (above) perform a song from their recent round of collaborations.