Scene and Heard

MUSIC NEWS: It’s been far too long since we’ve seen a new video from the Rubberbandits, and we’re glad to confirm that new track ‘Hey Mister’ reinforces the Limerick duo’s reputation as the sharpest social commentators in Irish music.

A bearded character at the centre of the song is constantly asked whether he’s a hipster or a hobo. “He spent a month in Brooklyn, now he talks like a yank,” they sing. Yes, we all know one. Another band on the release trail are U2, and their tune on the soundtrack to Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom will be released on Nov 29, American Record Store Day. Christy Moore has a new collection of his own songs out today, entitled Where I Come From. And just as we were recovering from the news of the Jonas Brothers split, we heard that cuddly Chris Brown is in trouble again. He’s out of jail following his arrest, after being accused of punching a man in Washington, but has booked himself into a rehab facility to “gain focus and insight into his past and recent behaviour”. Ah, bless. Fleetwood Mac have cancelled a number of dates on their world tour, following the announcement that John McVie, 67, has been diagnosed with an unspecified type of cancer. We reported recently that Kurt Cobain’s childhood home is for sale, and it seems that the market for popstar houses is buoyant, with the announcement that John Lennon’s former house went for £480,000. Located in the Penny Lane area of Liverpool, the house went for £330,000 over its asking price, to an unnamed American, at an auction at the Cavern Club.

GIG WISE: Canadian rapper Drake, below, will play the O2 in Dublin on Mar 18, while Nathan Carter has added Jan 17 to his sold-out show at the Olympia, the previous night. On the clubbing front, Spanish DJ John Talabot is at the Button Factory on Dec 7, and will probably include several tracks from his current compilation on the DJ Kicks series. In Cork, Mmoths are at the Pavilion tonight, while the same venue hosts several Pharcyde members performing their 1992 album, Bizarre Ride II, in full, on Nov 14. Upcoming gigs at Cyprus Avenue include Heathers (Nov 27) and O Emperor (Nov 28).

THEATRE NIGHTS: The wonderful Pat Kinevane continues at the Everyman in Cork tonight and tomorrow with his one-man show, Forgotten. He also brings Silent to the Peacock stage at the Abbey from Nov 6 to Dec 7. From Nov 28, the national theatre has a new version of James Plunkett’s The Risen People to mark the centenary of the 1913 Lockout. The stage-show of Mrs Browns Boys is at the O2 in Dublin, from Dec 10-14, with a special matinee show on the last day in aid of charity.

FILM TIPS: The IFI in Dublin is the venue for the Carte Noire IFI French Film Festival from Nov 20 to Dec 1, with visitors including actress Emmanuelle Devos, director Jérôme Bonnell and filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin. In Cork, all eyes are on the opening of the city’s own film festival next weekend, but in the meantime, from Sunday, the Triskel has an offering that includes Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and Le Weekend, starring Jim Broadbent. On Thursday, Cork Cine Club at St John’s college will show Turkish film Kuma (Second Wife).

ALL AND SUNDRY: Later Live With Jools Holland (Tuesday, BBC Two, 10pm) features the Killers and Boy George, while the superb documentary Blondie: One Way or Another is on BBC Four next Friday at 11pm. Cork City Ballet marks 21 years with a production featuring Spanish ballerina, Lucia Lacarra, and her partner, Marlon Dino, on Nov 21-23.

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