The Stone Roses reunion has not been without its hiccups, but the band are still functioning a few gigs into their tour. After a secret gig before 1,000 fans in Warrington in May, the Roses opened their tour proper last Friday in Barcelona. NME reports that the group performed a 15-song set, followed by a 10-minute encore of ‘I Am The Resurrection’. The marvellous Mancs play the Phoenix Park in Dublin on Jul 5. Billy Corgan (above) of the Smashing Pumpkins has had a pop at Radiohead, labelling the British band as “pompous” in an interview with antiquiet.com.
GIG WISE: Beach House’s music is often described as dream pop, and the Baltimore outfit (which includes, Victoria Legrand, above) bring their woozy sound to Cork Opera House on Oct 27. A standing gig, it’s also officially part of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival which takes place that weekend. Playing in the same complex next month is Katie Kim, the Waterford woman whose ethereal songs often get lumped with the same adjectives as Beach House’s. She’s at the Half Moon on Jul 21. Cyprus Avenue in Cork also has some interesting acts over the next few weeks, beginning with Californian rapper Gonjasufi tonight, Gomez on Jun 26, Alabama 3 unplugged on Jul 12 and the return of Nouvelle Vague on Jul 20. Villagers play Dolans in Limerick tomorrow. Highly-rated pianist Ivan Ilic is at the National Concert Hall in Dublin next Friday for a lunchtime recital dedicated to French composer, Erik Satie.
CLUB LIFE: If you’re off to the Stone Roses in Dublin next month, be aware that there are at least two decent after-parties on offer. The Twisted Pepper has Manc DJ legends A Guy Called Gerald and Graeme Park each spinning four hours of dance music classics, while the Button Factory is headlined by another Hacienda stalwart, Mike Pickering. James Blake will play an R&S records night at the Academy in Dublin on Aug 3. In Cork, the Pavilion has Irish techno DJ/producer Ian O’Donovan tonight, along with Marq Walsh.
FILM TIPS: The IFI celebrates Bloomsday tomorrow with a heap of Joycean films, not least a rerelease of John Huston’s The Dead which will run until Jun 21. In Macroom, Co Cork, the Briery Gap will run a summer season of film from Jul 4, with Blues Brothers, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Little Shop of Horrors on the roster. Triskel Christchurch in Cork has a Twisted Celluloid double bill of The Terminator and Predator tonight, while Chris Rock goes all foreign rom-com in 2 Days In New York from Sunday. Also showing at the venue over the next few days is The Turin Horse. Directed by Béla Tarr, it is centred around German philosopher’s Friedrich Nietzsche’s reputed mental breakdown in 1889.
VISUAL ART: The annual degree show from the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design opens today and runs at the Sharman Crawford Street facility until Jun 23. This year’s show is called Exxit, a play on the fact that it’s the 20th such exhibition (XX numerals — geddit?). At the Glucksman in Cork on Jun 23, a one-day symposium, The Space of Art, will focus on Bauhaus pioneer Josef Albers. Sherkin Island, Co Cork, is the venue on Jun 30 for the unveiling of a new work by artist Mark Garry (inset) in collaboration with composer Seán Carpio. This ‘sonic sculpture’ is the fruit of the labour of Garry and Carpio, as well as boat builder Nigel Towse who helped transform a wooden sail boat into a floating Aeolian wind harp. There’s a sound/art vibe happening in Dublin from next Thursday when Garrett Phelan will co-ordinate bell-ringers at Christ Church and St Patrick’s. The project will culminate in an exhibition of sound, photography, drawing, sculpture and animation in the New Galleries at IMMA.