MUSIC NEWS: Rumours have been proliferating about the unification of NWA since Ice Cube told a US talk show about bringing the surviving former members of the seminal rap group together again. “I’ve got some tricks up my sleeves,” he hinted.
NWA’s brand is very much on the up again since the release of Straight Outta Compton, a film that’s been nominated for an Oscar for best original screenplay, even if some commentators in the US cried foul that it didn’t make it to the best picture category.
NME reports that Jack Daniel’s has created a special one-barrell whiskey in tribute to the late Lemmy, a renowned imbiber of its product.
Only 288 bottles have been made available at $99 each and, not surprisingly, they’re sold out already.
Finally, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have announced a new album for February 26, so those lucky enough to see the duo at the 3Arena in April will hear plenty new tunes. Among the guests on the album are Leon Bridges, Kool Moe Dee and the inevitable Ed Sheeran.
GIG WISE: Villagers’ appearance at the Everyman in Cork on Sunday is completely sold out, which is good news for both Conor O’Brien and a venue that’s been stepping into the breach for live music since the closure of the Pav and Savoy.
Elsewhere in Cork, the Ballincollig Winter Music Festival takes place next week and is headlined by the likes of Ham Sandwich, Martha and Lucy Wainwright, and De Dannan.
An interesting side event at the White Horse is a ‘Business of Music’ seminar which will be addressed by promoter Peter Aiken, radio presenter/PR/band manager Michael Carr and emerging musician Jack O’Rourke.
At Triskel, the third event in the Phil Ware Concert series features an eight-piece group paying tribute to Brazilian music legend Hermeto Pascoal. Nelly has announced an appearance at Vicar St in Dublin on June 12, while those music connoisseurs Choice Cuts are bringing Hiatus Kaiyote to the Sugar Club on May 4. Tomorrow, in Scartaglin, Co Kerry, the great Jackie Daly will talk about his music and the Sliabh Luachra tradition, as well as performing some tunes.
FILM TIPS: There are a bunch of Oscar-nominated films in cinemas at the moment, and the latest contender to open in Ireland is The Big Short, a comedy-drama set around the financial collapse in the US in 2008.
It’s been getting the thumbs-up from most critics, not surprising as it features the rather impressive cast list of Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt.
The Dublin International Film Festival (Feb 18-28) has a new title sponsor in Audi this year, and while a full programme has yet to be announced, we do know a few bits. For instance, it will open with John Carney’s (Once, Bachelor’s Walk) latest offering Sing Street, a tale of Dublin in the mid-1980s.
It will close with https://www.youtube.com/embed/zozSTIA0DsM, Mark O’Halloran’s movie about a boxer and his cross-dressing son that was filmed in Cuba. And in between we’ll get such events as a tribute to longterm East Cork resident Angela Lansbury, 90, (above) who is due to travel to Dublin for the event.
ALL AND SUNDRY: Other Voices has a new slot for its series this year, kicking off tomorrow night on RTÉ2 with Gavin James, Lapsley and Gaz Coombes.
The Abbey in Dublin has the third of its three 1916-related symposiums this weekend, with a heavyweight range speakers addressing major issues for artists to engage with over the next few years.
At UCC in Cork, they’ll also be discussing the events of 1916 next weekend at ‘The Rising of poets and playwrights? The Arts and the 1916 Easter Rising’.
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