Scene + Heard: What's going on around the country

MUSIC NEWS:  Popular music has lost one of its all-time greats, a man from Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, who gave the rest of us white boys so much hope.
Scene + Heard: What's going on around the country

Rod Temperton (below) isn’t a household name, but among his incredible portfolio of songs were Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, as well as the arguably better tunes, ‘Rock With You’ and ‘Off The Wall’. The latter title track, off Jackson’s 1979 breakthrough album, contains one of modern music’s great manifestoes. “So tonight, you gotta leave that nine-to-five upon the shelf, and just enjoy yourself; C’mon and groove, and let the madness in the music get to you; Life ain’t so bad at all, if you live it off the wall.” RIP.

Meanwhile, Oasis: Supersonic doesn’t get its full release until later in the month, but the documentary on the Gallagher brothers, Noel and Liam, and their group, pops up at some cinemas this weekend.

eonard Cohen turned 82 last month, and there’s plenty of twilight reflection on life in his new album, You Want It Darker, due for release later this month. Reviews in the Irish Examiner, and elsewhere, have given it the thumbs-up.

GIG WISE: Are the Gloaming the new Garth Brooks? After quickly selling out their four shows at the National Concert Hall for March, the trad supergroup have since added another three (March 6-8). Tickets are on sale now.

Another big seller, last week, was Kraftwerk, with tickets for the two gigs at the 2,000-capacity BGE Theatre snapped up immediately. Two gigs? Yes, only one was announced, but the group and promoters did that pain-in-the-arse thing of releasing details of the second show as soon as the first had sold out. People are paying a lot of money for tickets, and surely the first was always going to sell out, anyway, so just give punters a proper choice.

Presumably, we’re safe enough to assume that Coldplay will stick to the one show at Croke Park this summer (July 8), with tickets on sale already from €69.50, plus booking fee. Meanwhile, Cork people have a rare choice of decent gigs next week.

Among them is Taylor McFerrin, at Cyprus Avenue, on Sunday, for the bargain price of €15. The Brooklyn producer/musician is son of ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ singer, Bobby, but has been firmly establishing his own reputation at the interesection of hip-hop, jazz, and electronica, with releases on such prestigious labels as Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder.

Michael Kiwanuka plays the same venue on Thursday. Next Saturday, local troubadour, Jack O’Rourke, officially launches his Dreamcatcher album with a gig at the Everyman. It’s a measure of his elevated status that all tickets have already sold out.

COMEDY CAPERS: Fair play to Tommy Tiernan. For a while, he’s been doing a ‘world tour’ of various counties... now, he’s further narrowed the concept to a ‘world tour’ of the one venue. Over three nights in December, he’ll play three different parts of the Gleneagle Hotel, in Killarney: the Ballroom (16), INEC (17), and INEC Acoustic Club (18). The Navan man is also in City Limits, Cork, tonight and tomorrow.

Al Porter is in Vicar Street, Dublin, tonight.

FILM TIPS: The film adaptation of The Girl On The Train, starring Emily Blunt, seems to be getting mixed reviews, but it’s in cinemas from today, so decide for yourself.

IndieCork begins on Sunday, and continues for the week at the Gate, with an interesting mix of features, shorts, and documentaries.

Also on Leeside, Triskel’s roster includes David Bowie in The Man Who Fell To Earth, while Cork Cine Club, at St John’s, features French/Turkish film, Mustang, next Thursday.

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