New album No Sound Without Silence is due on September 15. The great Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth has a new self-titled band on the go, with bass player Debbie Googe (My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream) and his old Sonics drummer Steve Shelley also on board. Arcade Fire have been blasting out all sorts ofinteresting cover versions on their current tour, with recent performances in US including ‘Axel F’ the theme tune to Beverly Hills Cop by Harold Faltermeyer and, even more bizarrely, ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ by Guns N’Roses.
Jimmy MacCarthy appears at Ballymaloe Grainstore, Co Cork, on August 24. Lloyd Cole will perform an eight-date tour of Ireland in August and September, with dates including Dolans, Limerick, Sept 4; Triskel, Cork, Sept 5; and Gleneagles Hotel, Killarney, Sept 6. Mundy is at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh on Sunday, while Cork Folk Festival has announced US singer Sturgill Simpson for October 3 and British artiste Thea Gilmore for October 4. Andrew Eldritch and his Sisters of Mercy drew a decidedly mixed response when they played in Dublin recently, but perhaps former guitarist Wayne Hussey can do better at the Button Factory on November 12. David Guetta will do his dance thing at the Tennent’s Vital festival on Sunday, August 24.
Dr David Kronn was born in Ireland, but works as a paediatrician in the US, and has been amassing an impressive collection of photography over the past few decades. This collection has been promised to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and some of the pictures are currently on display at the Dublin facility. The exhibition includes 19th century Daguerreotypes and 20th century pieces from the likes of Robert Mapplethorpe and Herb Ritts, as well as more contemporary work. Clay Works is the annual show from the Society of Cork Potters, and runs until August 30 at Wandesford Quay Gallery. As part of Heritage Week 2014, there will also be ‘Meet the Maker’ days on Au 23 and 28 at the gallery. Sticking with clay, Ceramic Masters at Mill Cove Gallery, Beara, Co Cork, features Pat Connor and Jim Turner.
The Inbetweeners 2 is the big summer blockbuster on offer this week, with Planes: Fire & Rescue being the main attraction for the smallies. The Irish Film Institute has released a DVD of five of Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s early films, including The Woman Who Married Clark Gable (1985) and a rarely-shown film on artist Jack B Yeats (1981). Films on offer at Triskel Christchurch in Cork from Sunday include American drama Boyhood, with Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke; and French film Grand Central.
Upcoming plays in Dublin include George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House at the Abbey from Thursday, and an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice at the Gate from August 20. In London, the National Theatre’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire features an impressive cast that includes Gillian Anderson, and Irish audiences will be able to view a live screening in September in a number of venues, including Cork Opera House, the Light House cinema in Dublin and Odeon cinemas in Limerick, Waterford and Stillorgan.