Fontaines DC release their second album at the end of July, and this week whetted the appetite with a single, 'I Don't Belong'. Be warned that it's a slightly softer sound than what we're accustomed to from the Dublin band, but it remains to be seen whether that approach continues through to the album.
A rocker from a previous era, Rory Gallagher, died almost exactly 25 years ago (Sunday is the anniversary), and while the virus crisis has waylaid plans for events to mark the occasion, the guitarist will be fondly-remembered in Cork and beyond.
Of course, Gallagher was a trailblazer for the appreciation of the blues on this side of the Atlantic, but the whole discussion around race and music has become more complicated in recent years.
The Grammy Awards in the US have announced they'll be re-titling their 'Urban Contemporary' award section to 'Best Progressive R&B Album' in the wake of debates that have come to the fore during the ongoing racial crisis in the US.
Race has also been an issue in TV-land this week, with the BBC iPlayer and several other services removing Little Britain and Come Fly With Me because they feature scenes with Matt Lucas and David Walliams playing black or Asian characters. HBO Max in America has also temporarily removed Gone With The Wind from its streaming roster.
In cheerier news, RTÉ has announced a Comic Relief-type charity event for June 26, with the Normal People cast and Chris O’Dowd among a host of stars doing their bit to raise money for charities that have suffered shortfalls due to the Covid lockdown.
Meanwhile, two big films available to stream from today are Artemis Fowl and Da 5 Bloods. Fans of boy criminal in this country will be pleased to hear that the adaptation of Eoin Colfer's book is a very homegrown affair, with the two young leads being played by Irish actors, and director Kenneth Branagh returning to his birthplace of Northern Ireland to film a movie now available on Disney+.
Da 5 Bloods is Spike Lee's tale of black ex-soldiers returning to Vietnam, and is already winning heaps of praise for a film that intertwines issues of race with the aftermath of that awful war.
Cork International Film Festival has joined forces with the Gate Cinema for fortnightly screenings of festival films through the summer.
First up on Tuesday is Argentinian documentary Solo, which follows a young musician who is a patient at a controversial psychiatric hospital.
Subcription is €10 (€40 for a season ticket of five screenings).
Among the livestream gigs taking place tonight are singer-songwriter Lisa O'Neill via the National Concert Hall tonight at 8pm, and Limerick rapper Murli via DeBarras at 9.30pm. Cork Traveller Pride also takes place this weekend, with Thomas McCarthy playing via the Triskel's YouTube channel tonight.
A brilliant storyteller who is well worth bringing the kids along to when he's in town again, tonight at 8pm we'll hear the singing talents that won him traditional singer of the year at the Gradam Ceoil Awards last year. Tomorrow, Saturday, there's another free concert from Sharyn Ward.
Cruinniú Na Nóg:
While the virus scuppered many of the planned events, there are plenty of online options around tomorrow's (Saturday) day of creativity for young people.
For instance, Cork Opera House has a song workshop, while Graffiti Theatre and UCC Youth Theatre are offering theatre-related activities. George Hanover and Triskel Arts Centre will read stories written by young Cork writers, and Crawford Art Gallery and will host an and storytelling workshop.
For events in your area, see cruinniu.creativeireland.gov.ie