Loaded: Gigs cancelled in ash fallout
Bad news for LCD Soundsystem fans. James Murphy and friends will not be playing Dublin after all. "We regret to announce that it has not been possible to schedule replacement dates for the two LCD Soundsystem shows due to have taken place at Tripod," says a POD Entertainment spokesperson.
"This is due to a massively busy international schedule LCD Soundsystem have in the coming months being made even tighter by the [volcanic ash] events of the past week.
"It had been hoped that they could have been fitted in between their shows at Glastonbury on June 26 and Roskilde festival in Denmark the following weekend, but this has not proved feasible due to the sheer volume of equipment LCD Soundsystem are bringing on their current tour."
All is not lost, though, as the band will play Electric Picnic in the first weekend of September. Their third -- and if rumours are true, final -- album, This Is Happening, will be released on May 14, and a debut Murphy film score, for Greenberg, will be available later in the year. The film, which stars Ben Stiller and Jennifer Jason Lee, was directed by Noah Baumbach, who was behind the highly regarded The Squid and The Whale and, according to Murphy, the music "sounds nothing like LCD".
In a bad week for POD, the Shakespears Sister show that was supposed to take place in Dublin's Button Factory last Wednesday has also been cancelled, when it was also not possible to reschedule the date.
With Marcella Detroit now departed and last seen in the dreadful reality TV show Popstar to Operastar, Meath-born Siobhan Fahey has been gamely keeping the Shakespears Sister act going. On the road for the first time in 15 years, Fahey is plugging last year's electro-goth album, Songs from the Red Room.
Refunds for both concerts are available at point of purchase.
It may be Leonard Cohen's third consecutive summer to play Ireland, but demand for tickets is showing no signs of abating. The 75-year-old plays the grounds of Lissadell House, Co Sligo, on July 31 and he shifted all 10,000 tickets for this first date in just six minutes according to promoters. A second date on August 1 is on sale now and tickets cost €80-€115.
Cohen was in truly fantastic form when he played Dublin's Royal Hospital Kilmainham in 2008 and his shows at the city's O2 were equally special last year. Those who have yet to catch this remarkable man in concert are in for a very special treat, particularly when one considers the arcadian splendour of Lissadell, the ancestral home of noted patriot Countess Markiewicz. Here's hoping the weather -- and, more importantly, a certain Icelandic volcano, will be on their best behaviour.
A couple of weeks ago I raved about a French gypsy punk band I happened upon in a bar in Dunmore East. Txutxukan -- try pronouncing that -- play Dublin's Twisted Pepper this Sunday and I unreservedly recommend you check them out.
The five-piece embrace all manner of traditional music, from the Balkans to Brittany, and Turkey to the Middle East as well as traditional Irish music for good measure.
With three UK chart-topping singles to his name, the Dizzee Rascal juggernaut continues apace with the release of yet another single, Dirtee Disco, on May 21.
If that's not all, Mr Rascal -- as Jeremy Paxman memorably called the man born Dylan Mills on Newsnight some time ago -- will be milking human kindness by releasing a "deluxe" version of his 2009 platinum-selling album Tongue 'n' Cheek. New material will be included, such as his arresting duet with Florence and the Machine, the Candi Staton-inspired, You Got the Dirtee Love.
His next live appearance in this country will be at Oxegen in July.
The 19th IMRO Showcase Tour comes to a conclusion in the Academy, Dublin, tomorrow. Having taken in numerous venues throughout the country over the past month, six acts will play what is being billed as a "Best of Showcase Tour" set. Among those taking part are Kildare synth-pop trio Miracle Bell and power-punk popsters Jody Has A Hit List. The venerable Dave Fanning will host proceedings.