Whether it’s a victory for copyright holders or a disaster for modern music, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are still licking their wounds after a court judgement this week that left them $7.3m out of pocket.
Marvin Gaye’s children successfully won a ruling that ‘Blurred Lines’ ripped off their father’s 1977 hit, ‘Got To Give It Up’.
Meanwhile, Record Store Day is set for April 18, with interesting releases to mark the event including Metallica’s No Life ‘til Leather demo cassette, the Violent Femmes’ ‘Happy New Year’, and a live Johnny Cash album recorded in Prague back in 1983.
It’s been another week for exciting festival announcements, with the summer dance-card almost totally completed by now. In Munster, the big news was the 10th instalment of Indiependence in Mitchelstown (July 31 to August 2), with Ash, the Dandy Warhols, and Mark Lanegan among the first batch of acts announced. Body & Soul (June 19-21) at Ballinlough Castle in Co Westmeath also released its first batch of names, with all-girl punk band Savages, Icelandic chill merchant Ásgeir, and Canadian electro outfit Austra among the artists at an event that seems to be about the vibes as much as the music.
Folk Fest Killarney (July 24-26) will have Tinariwen, as well as a flock of top Irish acts, including Moving Hearts and Sharon Shannon. For the weekend ahead, gigs in Cork include the highly-rated All We Are at Cyprus Avenue tonight, and Dingle guitar band Walking On Cars at the Savoy tomorrow.
House fans can turn to British DJ/producer Huxley at Cyprus Avenue tomorrow. Never heard of Albert Hammond? You’re not alone, which is quite amazing considering the US songwriter is responsible for such classics as ‘To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before’, ‘It Never Rains in Southern California’, and ‘The Air that I Breathe’. He brings his amazing repertoire to Triskel in Cork on April 18.
Irish actor Jack Reynor’s star continues to rise, with the announcement that he’ll appear alongside the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and Cate Blanchett in an adaptation of The Jungle Book that will be directed by Andy ‘Gollum’ Serkis. Reynor will also be making an appearance at what is looking like being a fairly impressive Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, beginning next Thursday. We’ll have a preview on these pages on Monday. Cork Cine Club’s showing next Thursday at St John’s College is Violette, the French/Belgian tale of a writer’s frustrating life. Over at Triskel Christchurch, this weekend’s offerings include Peter Strickland’s tale, The Duke Of Burgundy, and Hungarian film White God.
It’s early days to be talking about a cinema event on July 18, but the popularity of André Rieu ensures that the live screening of his Maastricht Concert will probably sell out months in advance. The conductor’s return to his hometown will be shown in omniplexes. Another live cinema event is the Royal Ballet’s production of Swan Lake, live from Covent Garden on Tuesday, with Ballymaloe Grainstore among the venues.
Graham Norton’s hugely popular memoir has ensured he’ll be the bill-topper at Listowel Writers’ Week (May 27-31), joining a top table that also includes the likes of Alan Cumming, Colm Tóibín, and Colin Barrett. Cork theatre company Graffiti will continue its production of After Dark, for primary school children, until March 28. As well as shows at Graffiti HQ in Blackpool, it can also be performed in school halls.