Critics' guide to going out: 25/06/2010
Grizzly Bear, Live at the Marquee, Cork
From the proggy end of the 'freak folk' spectrum come Brooklyn prepsters Grizzly Bear. Orchestrally complex, yet upholstered with instantly catchy melodies, latest album Veckatimest has seen the quartet on the receiving end of some assiduous critical brown nosing. Support at the Harmonic mini-festival is from Fleetwood Mac revivalists Midlake, Dublin's Villagers and Camera Obscura, a twee band from Glasgow not to be confused with Belle and Sebastian. Get yourself to Cork for one of the most interesting nights on the Marquee programme.
SATURDAY, JUNE 26
Here Comes Love, Powerscourt Townhouse centre, Dublin 2
The Project Brand New collective have had huge hit rate with their series of Dublin scratch nights, and their latest progeny are strutting their stuff in the unusual venue of the Powerscourt Townhouse centre this weekend.
Writer-composer duo Shawn Sturnick and David Ganon impressed with a very witty take on the musical theatre tradition at Project some time ago, and they have developed that short piece into a one-act musical, Here Comes Love.
Inspired by the story of the lovers in A Midsummer Night's Dream, it's billed as "a musical trifle that revels in the ever hopeful haplessness of love". How could you resist?
It's on tonight at the unusual but convenient time of 6pm. See Mirari Productions on Facebook for more.
SUNDAY, JUNE 27
Sea Sessions, Bundoran, Donegal
Now in its third year, there's a growing sense of a proper seisiun about the Sea Sessions Surf Music Festival, to give it its full title. Running from Friday to Sunday this weekend, it has grown in stature to such an extent that this year's programme boasts the likes of the Fun Loving Criminals, Tom Baxter, David Holmes and the modfather himself, Paul Weller. Irish musos on the bill include Cathy Davey, The Frank and Walters, Codes and The Heather. The Fun Loving open proceedings in the Main Marquee on Friday night and Paul Weller headlines the Saturday slot, with David Holmes rounding off Saturday night with an energetic dance-off. Sunday night will see the mood gently winding down with Tom Baxter. Throw in glorious waves for surfing during the day and you've got yourself one of the most entertaining festivals in the land.
MONDAY, JUNE 28
Get Him to the Greek, General Release
If Russell Brand is an acquired taste, America seems to be acquiring it pretty quickly, and his performance in this Nicholas Stoller comedy will do his US profile no harm whatsoever. Stoller and Brand worked together before on the 2008 rom com Forgetting Sarah Marshall. In that film, Brand played hedonistic rock star Aldous Snow, and the character is revived in Get Him to the Greek. Jonah Hill is Aaron Green, a sweet and gullible record company executive who's sent to London to locate Aldous Snow and escort him to Los Angeles for a concert that might just revive his flagging career. Needless to say, there are all sorts of drink and drug-fuelled disasters along the way, and Brand and Hill make a pretty slick double act.
TUESDAY, JUNE 29
Slash, Vicar Street, Dublin 2
We have to admit to always having a soft spot for the ridiculously curly-locked guitarist with a penchant for under-sized top hats. Born Saul Hudson in London's Hampstead, he was introduced to the rock 'n' roll world at a young age as his dad created album covers for the likes of Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. The family relocated to LA when young Saul was 11 and it didn't take him long to pick up a guitar. After a string of heavy metal bands, he met one Axl Rose in 1984 and Guns N' Roses was born. After Slash left in 1996, he went on to work with a number of other bands including, most recently, Velvet Revolver. He's just released his first solo album, which features guest appearances from such big hitters as Ozzy Osborne, Dave Grohl and Kid Rock. Here's hoping tracks from past, present and future feature in this Tuesday's hard-rocking show.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30
Keith Barry, Olympia, Dublin 2
This mentalist (as he apparently doesn't mind being called) is something of a wizard. We first encountered Keith Barry at a nightclub opening over a decade ago and let's just say we were rather cynical about his magical prowess until he rolled up his sleeve to nonchalantly reveal the card we had secretly selected somehow tattooed on to his bicep. It may have been a parlour trick, but it was enough to convince us that Barry had something special to elevate him from the herd. He has since diversified into mind-bending and he's back in town with The Asylum, his latest show, described as his most outrageous and controversial yet. Expect lots of audience participation.
THURSDAY, JULY 1
Hughie O'Donoghue, The Yello Gallery, Dublin 2
There's something about Hughie O'Donoghue's paintings that will stir deep into your soul. Since moving to Ireland, this Mancunian artist has made a body of work in response to his family history which he has been researching through diaries, letters and photographs, with reference in particular to his father's experiences in the Second World War. His new exhibition The Last Days of the Islands has just opened in the new Yello Gallery on Dublin's Molesworth Street and it is the first showing of his work in a commercial gallery in almost 10 years.
O'Donoghue's latest work focuses on the inhabitants of two remote islands off the coast of Mayo. Very few visual records of these islanders remain and, after 1930, the islands became uninhabited when a tragic accident at sea claimed the lives of most of the male population.