Saturday 24 March 2018

Culture vulture - What not to miss this week


Grizzly Bear
Grizzly Bear
Dr Gemma (Suranne Jones)
Ed Power

Ed Power

Strum as you are

The Drums

A bittersweet indie group straight out of the heyday of The Smiths, Belle and Sebastian and early, jangle-iffic REM. The Drums were briefly pop's hot new property - but, with the Zeitgeist inevitably turning elsewhere, they continue their lonely voyage towards the outer limits of cripplingly self-aware pop.

Whelan's, Dublin, Tuesday


Innovation once again

Grizzly Bear

It's avant-garde alternative rock, Jim, but not as we know it. Brooklyn's Grizzly Bear have built a career out of subverting basic assumptions about songwriting and pop music, and comeback LP Painted Runs is perhaps their most experimental to date.

Vicar Street, Dublin, Wednesday, Thursday.


The twang's all here

Lady Antebellum

Outside of the southern United States, nowhere loves its country music quite like Ireland. This Nashville, Tennessee group have quietly become one of the biggest forces in their genre, powered by their ability to graft country-rock cliché to a shimmering pop framework.

3Arena, Dublin, Thursday


The podcast

The Rewatchables

The Ringer network's podcasts can be a mixed bag, with several of its presenters suffering toxic self-satisfaction. But this look back at some of cinema's recent greats is a blast, with fresh insights and nuggets of trivia juxtaposed with a healthy cynicism.


The TV show

Doctor Foster

The second season of bonkers relationship romp comes to a screeching conclusion. Has unhinged Dr Gemma (Suranne Jones) bumped off hateful ex-husband Simon (Bertie Carvel). Or will he live to smirk another day. All will - hopefully - be revealed.

BBC One, Tuesday, 9pm


The box set

Jerry Before Seinfeld

Netflix is pouring millions into its stand-up specials, with comedy icon Jerry Seinfeld among its biggest names yet. Here, he looks back on his formative years working the New York club scene, though the comedian is more interested in pithy zingers than deep reflection. Netflix, now

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