Kurt Cobain’s Family 1, Conspiracy Theory Journalist 0. Richard Lee lost his court case earlier this week to have the pictures of the former Nirvana singer’s death scene revealed in public. Lee claims suicide-victim Cobain was murdered by agents of the state. A court in Seattle ruled in favour of Cobain’s former wife Courtney Love, and his daughter Frances Bean that the gruesome pictures be permanently prevented from being disclosed. Both women spoke in court of the trauma that Lee and his efforts had caused for them.
In related news, it has been revealed that the acoustic guitar Cobain used in that famous MTV Uplugged session has ended up in the possession of Frances Bean’s ex-husband Isaiah Silva as part of their divorce settlement.
Indiependence (Aug 3-5) in Mitchelstown has revealed its day-to-day lineup. On Friday, Walking on Cars will top the bill at the mainstage; on Saturday, it’s Jake Bugg and Kate Nash; and Sunday has Primal Scream and Everything Everything.
Retro revivalists the Magic Numbers play Cyprus Avenue in Cork on June 8, before moving onto the Roisin Dubh in Galway the following night, and finishing up in Whelan’s, Dublin, on the Sunday. The Cork venue also hosts an LCD Soundsystem night on July 21, with a screening of concert film, Shut Up and Play the Hits, the group’s ‘last’ concert in Madison Square Garden in 2011. Of course, James Murphy and co would later reform. Dublin DJ Johnny Moy will play a cross-genre selection of New York music before and after the screening.
Also in Cork, an interesting night of music is guaranteed from Damo Suzuki at Triskel next Friday. The former member of Krautrock pioneers Can has enlisted an ensemble of Irish musicians for the occasion.
Finally, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is out of the traps early with its lineup announcement this year. Laura Mvula is the biggie, while other acts coming to the October event include Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Stanley Clarke.
Triskel in Cork has a retrospective of British filmmaker Lynne Ramsay from Sunday. One of the most interesting UK directors of recent years, the showings include her two best-known works, We Need To Talk About Kevin (Tues) and You Were Never Really Here (Weds).
Derry-born film-maker Chris Kelly will be joined by Buddhist monk Venerable Sovath for a Q&A following a screening of his documentary Cambodian Spring at the Gate in Cork this evening. The film follows three individuals during the recent land-rights protests in the Asian country.
The Gate and Mahon Omniplex are among the cinemas showing Citizen Lane, the docu-drama on the life of Hugh Lane, the Cork-born art dealer who was killed on the Lusitania. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (the former Nidge) is in the lead role.
Box-office biggies this weekend will include Deadpool 2, while next Friday sees the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story and The Breadwinner.
Serial was such a big success in the podcast world, it’s somewhat surprising that it’s taken this long for a screen-based project to come together.
Apparently, the tale of Adnan Syed and his imprisonment for the murder of Hae Min Lee in Maryland in 1999, is being turned into a four-part documentary for Sky and HBO, complete with soundtrack from Nick Cave.
Emilia Clarke is on the Graham Norton Show tonight to talk about the new Star Wars film and Game of Thrones.
The annual extravaganza in the City of the Tribes (July 16-29) revealed its programme earlier this week. A strong theatre strand includes a premiere of an adaptation of Paul Muldoon’s long poem Incantata; and a new piece by Enda Walsh. The Flaming Lips are the big gig, while Scottish sculptor David Mach will be taking over the former printworks of the Connacht Tribune.