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

MUSIC NEWS: Max Martin is Sweden’s greatest contribution to pop music since Abba, so it’s probably appropriate that some sort of Eurovision circle gets squared tomorrow when one of his songs is performed at the interval in Stockholm. 

Of course, Martin will hardly get a mention, given that Justin Timberlake will be the one performing ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’. But to give credit where mucho credit is due, that tune is the latest in an incredible string of hits for the Swedish maestro.

 

Previously, he’s had a hand in such modern classics as The Weeknd’s ‘Can’t Feel My Face’, ‘Baby One More Time’ for Britney Spears and Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake it Off’, just three of the 21 number ones he’s scored in the US alone. At least the bould Max has the old-fashioned decency to announce his releases in time for us journalists to stay on track. 

Rumours have been swirling about a new album from the Stone Roses since the appearance of the band’s lemon logo on advertising hoardings in their home city of Manchester. Perhaps there’s one on the way, but we do know the band released a single last night.

As for those bandwagon-jumpers Pink Floyd, they’re going to take advantage of that other modern craze — releasing records on vinyl. The band’s whole back catalogue of albums is to be pressed on heavy 180gram vinyl and released in batches. The first set of four are out on on June 3, taking in the mostly psychedelic period from 1967’s The Piper at the Gates of Dawn to 1969’s Ummagumma.

GIG WISE:

Little Green Cars are on tour at the moment, with appearances at the Big Top in Limerick tonight, and Cork Opera House tomorrow. Tickets are still available for both gigs.

Also in Cork, Cyprus Avenue has Snarky Puppy organist Cory Henry. Foals have announced Irish act All Tvvins as support for their Live at the Marquee gig in Cork on July 5.

There are still tickets left for Neil Young at the 3Arena in Dublin on June 8.

Finally, the Fish Go Deep trip to Connolly’s of Leap looks like becoming a regular excursion, with the second visit of the deep house duo to the West Cork venue tomorrow being another sell out.

FILM TIPS:

The big big opening today is the film version of incredibly popular video game, Angry Birds. The Angry Birds Movie also has a strong Irish connection, being directed by Fergal Reilly from Co Louth. 

At the artier end of the scale, the IFI in Dublin continues its retrospective of Russian film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky, with Solaris showing next Wednesday. From Sunday, Triskel in Cork has Gabriel Byrne and Jesse Eisenberg in Louder Than Bombs, while the nearby Gate is showing Son of Saul for another week.

VISUAL ART:

Alice Maher and Robert Ballagh are among the artists with work on display at the Crawford in Cork at the moment for an exhibition entitled 1916 Ireland in Contemporary Art. 

Cork is very much in focus for the new exhibition at the Lavit from Tuesday, with 13 artists using the city as inspiration for their pieces. 

The biennial event that is the BA Visual Art Degree Art Trail on Sherkin Island returns next Saturday, with final year pieces of various media from 17 students who are graduating.

Meanwhile, Jeanette Collins describes her work as contemporary abstract pop art, and her acrylic pieces will be on display at the Clarion Hotel in Cork from May 26.

ON THE TELLY:

There’s a decent line-up on the Graham Norton Show tonight, with Jennifer Lawrence, Johnny Depp and Will.i.am. Viewers who only have access to BBC Northern Ireland will have to wait for the delayed broadcast at 11.15pm.

Meanwhile, Jools Holland’s show (BBC Two, 11.30pm) has extended sets from the likes of Elton John and Corinne Bailey Rae.


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