Between the passing of Prince and the issue-setting new album from Beyoncé, it wasn’t a good week if you had something to hawk in the music biz. Sadly we’ve kind of become used to mourning our pop-culture icons of late: It can be a bittersweet feeling because of the number of essential reads and reminisces that follow.
Beyonce’s new ‘visual album’, meanwhile, has already been branded as a pop culture phenomenon. Whether it stands the test of time — and whether we find out who “Becky with the good hair” is, or if it turns out to be the millennials’ version of Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain’ — we’ll have to wait and see.
Drake releases his new album today, Views From The 6, but with Bey ascending the throne, confronting the capital-letter ISSUES of modern America, suddenly ‘Hotline Bling’ sounds a lot more throwaway.
Beyoncé in 2016 now seems as important as Prince in his heyday. Better get in formation, then.
While Ballydehob Jazz Festival rolls into the town this weekend, the nearby Connolly’s of Leap has an eclectic couple of gigs planned.
First up tonight, the good folks at Ambiguous Fiddle Media present Ciúnas; An Evening of Quiet Songs, featuring the much tipped Pine the Pilcrow, the most-likely-to-do-a-Hozier I Have A Tribe, and West Cork native Sam Clague.
Tomorrow, Connolly’s does a 180 and hosts the Choice Prize-nominated Le Galaxie. Busy recording new material, and ahead of supporting Faithless in Dublin in the summer, the four-piece never fail to put on an intensely fun show.
And on Sunday, Jeffrey Lewis rocks up under the fabled hammers of Pink Floyd.
As you continue your tour of West Cork music venues, call into De Barra’s in Clonakilty on Wednesday to catch the much tipped Oh Pep, who are doing the festival circuit this summer. A potential ‘I was there’ moment awaits.
Cork singer-songwriter Clare O’Mahony (Ballygarvan, don’t ya know) has just released her lovely folk-pop album, Make Your Move, and plays the Corner House on Coburg St tomorrow.
For those of you with a more delicate complexion, contemporary folk trio Slow Moving Clouds play an early show (8pm sharp) in Gulpd Cafe in the Triskel.
On bank-holiday Monday, Japanese group Shonen Knife are in Crane Lane Theatre (8.30pm) to rock the socks off you.
If the disappointment of Batman vs Superman made you hide your superhero tights at the back of the wardrobe (what, just me?) then it’s time to fish them out for the next exciting installment — yes, it has been getting good reviews — of Captain America. Dubbed Civil War, expect your *spoiler alert* Spidey senses to tingle throughout Marvel’s longest film yet (147 mins). Opens today.
A performance of Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen was recorded live on stage in the West End recently and will be shown on a screen in Ballymaloe Grainstore on Tuesday at 7pm.
Tom Dunne, Emeritus Professor of History at UCC, is the guest speaker at Wednesday’s lecture presentation by the Cork Decorative and Fine Arts Society at the Clarion Hotel. He will talk about the work of Oliver Sheppard, the sculptor whose Death of Cuchulainn statue, now in Dublin’s GPO, was chosen by Eamon de Valera as the most appropriate work to commemorate the 1916 Rising.