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

MUSIC NEWS: Angus Young seems to have had a moment of revelation about an issue many of us had wondered about for years. 

“It can look a bit strange — ‘Who’s this old guy in a school suit?’” the AC/DC guitarist told Rolling Stone magazine.

The 61-year-old also admitted he wasn’t sure what would happen the Australian group following a current world tour in which Axl Rose had to be drafted in to replace Brian Johnson on vocals.

The band also lost Young’s brother, Malcolm, after he retired due to dementia in 2014.

Also, NME reports that Leonard Cohen has been paying tribute to Marianne Ihlen, the recently deceased woman with whom he had a long-term relationship in the 1960s, resulting in one of his classic tunes ‘So Long Marianne’.

The same publication has an interview with Matt Berninger of The National, in which he says the band’s next album will be quite different from 2013’s Trouble Will Find Me. Apparently there will be more of an electronic feel to the new work, which is yet to receive a release date.

One of the essential book buys for music lovers this year will be Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, Born To Run. The boss is also planning an audio companion to the memoir, which will include a selection of previously unreleased tracks.

Finally, word on the street is that by the time you read this, Frank Ocean will have put out a new album via Apple Music. Reports suggest collaborations with Pharrell Williams and Danger Mouse.

GIG WISE: Tickets went on sale this morning for Grace Jones’s appearance at the Olympia in Dublin on September 21. The 68-year-old Jamaican has thrilled Electric Picnic attendees with two superb sets in recent years, and this latest gig will form part of a forthcoming documentary being made by director Sophie Fiennes (sister of Joseph and Ralph).

Meanwhile, anyone who saw Walking On Cars at Indiependence last week can pay testament to their ability to rock a large crowd, and the Dingle band’s pathway to the big time has been further paved with a November appearance at 3Arena that has already been declared a sell-out.

Christy Moore has long been a supporter of worthy causes, and they don’t get much worthier than Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, which will be the beneficiary of the Kildare troubadour’s concert at Vicar St on September 8. In Cork, Don Baker and Clara Rose are at Sirius in Cobh tomorrow; while Luka Bloom will perform his new album Frúgalisto at Triskel on September 17.

Clonakilty Guitar Festival has been confirmed for September 15-18, with an eclectic lineup featuring such acts such as Wyvern Lingo, Crow Black Chicken and Australian outfit All Our Exes Live In Texas.

FILM TIPS: Reviews have been decidedly mixed for Suicide Squad, but it will probably still be the biggest draw in cinemas over the next few days.

One for the diary for fans of Nick Cave, below, is the launch of his album Skeleton Tree, which will be preceded by a “cinema event” on September 8. Cork Opera House is among the venues screening

One More Time With Feeling, which features a performance of the album as well as interviews and other footage. Triskel and Mahon Omniplex in Cork are among the venues showing Bobby Sands: 66 Days.

ALL AND SUNDRY: There are still tickets left to debut appearances at the 3Arena in Dublin by American comedy superstars Louis CK (Aug 15) and Amy Schumer (Aug 26).

TV shows to watch out for include The South Bank Show Originals (Wednesday, Sky Arts, 10pm) looks back to presenter Melvyn Bragg’s encounters with jazz legends Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis.


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