Culture vulture - what not to miss this week
What not to miss this week
Pop - Depeche Mode: How extraordinary that the one-time laughing stock of 80s synth pop should be last band standing.
Thirty years ago you'd be heckled out of the room for declaring David Gahan's leathered-up electro warriors superior to New Order or The Cure. Today, with a run of defiantly consistent albums behind them, Depeche Mode have never been more fashionable.
3Arena, Dublin Wednesday.
Mumford And Sons and Noah And The Whale are among the twee atrocities the revitalised English folk scene has inflicted upon us. It's not all banjo blight, though, with Warwickshire singer Rose quietly establishing herself as one of the stand-out troubadours of her generation. She can be quirky along with heartfelt - amidst the usual T-shirts, totes etc, her merchandise stall is known to stock Lucy Rose branded tea.
Whelan's Dublin Saturday.
Sublime grumpiness is the forte of this Long Island outfit, best known for their shimmering 2006 dirge 'Jesus Christ'. They were last in Dublin supporting Biffy Clyro - which we've decided not to hold against them.
Olympia, Dublin Thursday.
The tattooed Irishman
The remarkable story of 22-year-old Dubliner James F O'Connell who, in 1830, was marooned on a remote Pacific Island, and convinced natives not to kill him by dancing an Irish 'jig'.
RTE Radio 1, Saturday 2pm.
Alan Shearer: Dementia, Football and Me
Soccer star Shearer examines a potential link between heading the ball and dementia in later life, and reflects on his hopes and fears regarding his own health as he heads into middle age. BBC One, Sunday, 10.30pm.
Star Trek: Discovery
It's mid-season finale time for the divisive rebooting of the classic sci-fi franchise. Fans remain divided down about the new show's gritty tone. However, Sonequa Martin-Green has been fantastic as half-vulcan Michael Burnham. As the series takes its leave until January, viewers will hope it departs with a bang. Netflix, from Monday.