Scene and Heard

MUSIC NEWS: Thom Yorke of Radiohead has unveiled some tracks from his Atoms For Peace project during a DJ set in the US.

A track entitled ‘Default’ is available for listening online, while the album, from a group that also features Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is due some time next year. The Killers release their new album Battle Born on Monday and the band’s website is streaming bits of it at the moment. Fatboy Slim has expressed his hope that the trouble at the Swedish House Mafia gig in the Phoenix Park is an isolated incident for dance events. “The last time they tried to ban us it was about making too much noise, keeping people awake and taking drugs and nothing to do with violence,” the British DJ/producer told Hot Press. “In general I’ve never heard of trouble with violence at dance events.”

GIG WISE: The Opera House in Cork has announced its lineup for the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, with highlights including Roma group Taraf de Haïdouks (Oct 26) and hip-hop legends De La Soul (Oct 28). Also in Cork, top American jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman is at Triskel Christchurch tonight. The same venue has some other tasty gigs coming up in the next few weeks, not least Scullion (Sept 27), and Sinéad O’Connor (Oct 19), a fundraiser for Mad Pride Ireland. Triskel also hosts the Noise Weekender from Sept 28-30, an event organised by music zine Noise and Plugd Records that features a number of emerging Irish rock, folk and electronic acts. Bell X1 have added a second Triskel date, Nov 2, after their first gig on Nov 3, sold out. Over at Cyprus Avenue, twin sister group Heathers — they sing the song in the Discover Ireland ad — play on Oct 4, part of a tour that also includes the Academy in Dublin on Sept 29. In Killarney, the INEC Acoustic Club has Finbar Furey (Oct 5) and Frances Black (Oct 19). Ed Sheeran plays two dates at the O2 in Dublin (Jan 11-12), while Billy Bragg and Andy Irvine (accompanied by Dónal Lunny) celebrate Woody Guthrie’s centenary with a gig at Vicar Street on Monday.

COMEDY CAPERS: John Bishop’s popularity knows no bounds, and the Liverpool comedian has added a fourth date, Nov 11, to his run at the O2 in Dublin. Meanwhile, Dara Ó Briain has added six more dates to his Vicar Street appearances in November and December.

FILM TIPS: French film, The Bird, and Norwegian offering Joe Nesbo’s Jackpot are on at Triskel Christchurch from Sunday. The Sulan Film Society shows Canadian French drama Monsieur Lazhar at the Briery Gap Theatre in Macroom on Sept 24. In Dublin, the IFI continues its 20th anniversary celebrations with a weekend of free screenings. Classic films include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Bicycle Thieves and The Godfather.

THEATRE NIGHTS: The eagerly awaited DruidMurphy plays are up and running at the Everyman in Cork, and form a major part of the venue’s new season which was launched this week. Other upcoming highlights include Dermot Bolger’s production of James Joyce’s classic Ulysses (Nov 12) and Conor McPherson’s play Port Authority (Nov 19). At Cork Opera House, Steel Magnolias with Mischa Barton runs from Sept 24-29.

ALL AND SUNDRY: The Cork International Short Story Festival begins on Wednesday and an impressive list of events includes readings from Kevin Barry, John Banville and Nathan Englander. At the Farmgate Café in the English Market in Cork, an exhibition from today will feature recent works by Niamh O’Neill. In Dublin, Australian artist Sidney Nolan’s paintings of Ned Kelly will be on display at IMMA from Nov 2.

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