MUSIC NEWS: Netflix subscribers now have access to two worthwhile music documentaries: Keith Richards: Under the Influence, in which the Rolling Stones guitarist talks about his new solo album and the sounds that have inspired him over the years; and Time Is Illmatic, the film that tells of Nas’s classic 1994 album, and his background in New York that gave rise to it.
Chvrches were one of the better bands at Electric Picnic earlier this month, and a new album, Every Open Eye, due next week should continue the Glasgow band’s upward trajectory.
Neil Young’s annual benefit gig for the Bridge School takes place in October and among those lined up to play alongside the 69-year-old are St Vincent and Ryan Adams. The school in California educates children with severe speech and physical impairments.
Lana Del Rey’s album drops today, but surely nobody was surprised that low-quality recordings of the record ‘leaked’ on the internet earlier in the week following a promotional event in Urban Outfitters stores where fans were given a chance for a one-off listen to Honeymoon.
GIG WISE: If you ain’t got a U2 ticket, perhaps the Vaccines at the Olympia (December 8), or Muse, above, at the 3Arena (April 5) might compensate a little. The Riptide Movement are now playing three dates at Whelan’s (December 11-13), while the Delorentos are heading out on tour again with dates including INEC, Killarney, December 11; Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick, December 12; and Everyman, Cork, December 13.
Hot Chip have been added to the lineup for the Metropolis festival at the RDS in Dublin (November 7-8).
In Cork, the Sounds From A Safe Harbour events are dominating proceedings this weekend, with Aaron Dessner and Lisa Hannigan’s gig tonight at the Opera House proving the most popular of the remaining concerts.
Also in Cork, Slow Motion Heroes release their debut album titled Hinterland on Fifa Records next Friday with a gig at Crane Lane.
FILM TIPS: Cork Cine Club begins its new season next Thursday with Queen & Country, John Boorman’s sequel to 1987’s Hope and Glory, complete with an introduction from fish merchant Pat O’Connell who will recall his meeting with Queen Elizabeth II.
Also in Cork, to music-related films showing as part of the Sounds from a Safe Harbour event include Heima, featuring Sigur Rós; and The National’s Mistaken For Strangers. Triskel’s roster this week includes two films by American indie director Josephine Decker, while on Thursday, Cork Opera House has a screening of Stand by Me from 1986, starring 15-year-old River Phoenix. In Dublin, the IFI
Documentary Festival kicks off on Wednesday, and includes Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans; and a topical look at US race and gun violence in 3 1/2 Minutes. Mainstream offerings this weekend include Robert Redford’s Walk In The Woods, adapted from Bill Bryson’s travelogue; and Everest, the large mountain disaster movie that’s been getting rather mixed reviews.
THEATRE NIGHTS: Cobh native Pat Kinevane, pictured, has done a lot of touring with his one-man plays, but the announcement of a run at the Everyman (November 16-22) in Cork as part of the theatre’s autumn season, gives people another chance to get along to his must-see work. As well as Forgotten and Silent, Kinevane’s most recent play, Underneath, will also be performed.
Also announced at the Everyman were a production of Irish Examiner court reporter’s new play, Hung Juror (November 2-7), and Blue Raincoat’s version of Playboy of the Western World (October 5-10). For those in or heading to the Pale, the Dublin Theatre Festival runs from Thursday to October 11.
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