Scene and Heard


Scene and Heard

Is it good news or bad news that the Pixies are releasing a new album in advance of their summer gigs in Cork and Dublin? Indie Cindy will be the group’s first studio album since 1991, and its official April 25 release will be preceded by special vinyl-only issue on Record Store Day on April 19. Let’s hope it’s a goodie, as the new record will probably take up a big part of the band’s summer sets. As ever, there are plenty more events planned for the international day of promotion for independent record stores, with Elbow releasing a new song on 7”, Green Day putting out a two-disc set of recent demos and Oasis issuing a 12” version of ‘Supersonic’.

Among the Irish shops taking part in the event are Plugd in Cork, Ben O’Neill’s in Dungarvan and Sound Cellar in Dublin. Other Voices returns to RTÉ Two on Sunday night at 10.30pm, with the opening show featuring the likes of The Gloaming, East India Youth and Hozier. The 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death is fast approaching, so check out these pages next Friday when we bring you the definitive account of Nirvana’s visit to Cork in 1991. And finally, we just didn’t listen when we were warned that getting a P.Diddy tattoo emblazoned across our chest would turn out to be a mistake. And so that day has come to pass, with the American mogul recently announcing that he has reverted to the Puff Daddy moniker. Time to get out the wirebrush.

GIG WISE: Paolo Nutini has added a new date at the Marquee in Cork. He now plays July 8 and 9. Unfortunately, the show by Omar due to take place at the Pavilion in Cork tomorrow has been cancelled. At the time of writing, the British soul singer’s appearance at the Sugar Club in Dublin tonight is still going ahead. The next biggie for the Pav is Beardyman next Friday. The Killers and Bastille are the first acts announced for Tennent’s Vital (August 21) near Belfast. Over on the mainland, the Black Keys also made some waves with their addition to the line-up for Glastonbury.

CLUB LIFE: Dutch trance legend Ferry Corsten has announced an appearance at the Savoy in Cork on May 16, his first visit to Leeside. The 40-year-old has been in big demand around the globe since the EDM explosion, underlined by the fact that the night after Cork, he’s playing in Amsterdam, followed by New York a few days later. On April 25, the Savoy has Juicy M, holder of the official title as ‘World’s Sexiest DJ’, but we reckon Larry Gogan might have something to say about that.

The Fish Go Deep duo might also be vying for that particular title, and you can see them in all their handsome magnificence as they do their quality house thing at the Pavilion tonight. At the Twisted Pepper in Dublin, it’s Berlin-based Andre Crom tonight, and Bulgarian producer Kink tomorrow.

COMEDY CAPERS: Mario Rosenstock is at the Marquee in Cork on July 12, while Miss Panti is at Vicar Street in Dublin on June 13. Foil, Arms and Hog are at City Limits in Cork tonight and tomorrow, while the Lady Boys of Bangkok bring their Red Hot Kisses tour to Cork Opera House on November 18.

FILM TIPS: Films at Triskel Christchurch in Cork from Sunday include Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, with Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan and Edward Norton; and French film Bastards, which features Chiara Mastroianni, the French-Italian daughter of film royalty Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve. In Dublin, the IFI has iconic American films of the 1990s as part of its Essential Cinema event over the next few weeks. An impressive roster includes Fargo, Unforgiven and Being John Malkovich through April.

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