Wednesday 21 November 2018

Culture vulture - What not to miss this week


The Horrors
The Horrors

Ed Power

Dystopian rhapsody - Deptcon3

Young adult fiction is the blockbuster force in contemporary publishing, bringing us The Hunger Games, His Dark Materials, 13 Reasons Why and countless other popular and lucrative franchises. A two-day celebration of the genre will feature writers such as Sarah Crossan (The Weight of Water), Holly Bourne (Am I Normal Yet?) and Katherine Webber (Wing Jones).

Tivoli, Dublin, today and Saturday.

Good Scare Day - The Horrors

From Ed Sheeran to Picture This, modern rock is a story of the bland leading the bland. But there are still pockets of innovation if you look hard enough - as exemplified by criminally unheralded Londoners The Horrors, who splice krautrock, new-wave and pre-naff U2 and Simple Minds.

Tivoli, Dublin Tuesday.

Chilling in the name of - Tycho

Fronted by a San Francisco graphic designer, it's no surprise Tycho's music is all clean lines and gorgeous contrasts. To their ongoing unease they've been lumped with the woozy chillwave movement - in fact, their cinematic pop feels urgent and alive.

District 8, Dublin, Thursday.

The book - Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Egan's previous novel, Welcome To The Goon Squad, was both an elliptical rejection of narrative convention and a cocaine-in-the-toilet-and-all expose of the music industry. But she plays it relatively straight with this account of Brooklyn during World War II.

The TV show - Chris Packham: Asperger's And Me

The television presenter discusses his experiences as someone on the autism spectrum. The 56-year-old was diagnosed in 2006 says he finds it easier to interact with his pets than humans.

BBC Two, 9pm, Tuesday.

Chris Packham
Chris Packham

The box set - Mindhunter

David Fincher returns to the serial killer genre, having given us the two definitive entries in the canon with Zodiac and Seven. Based on the writings of the same FBI agent who inspired Silence Of The Lambs, Mindhunter is a 70s-set drama about ground-breaking attempts by the agency to get inside the heads of some of the most notorious murderers of our time.

Netflix, from today.

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