Thursday 18 January 2018

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

The winter weekend offers plenty of soul. Pictured: Marvin Gaye
The winter weekend offers plenty of soul. Pictured: Marvin Gaye
Meltybrains? will perform at IMMA Summer Party
Anja Lechner
Tim Roth

Sasha Brady and Chris Wasser

Whether you are staying in or going out, we pick the events not to miss this week.

Going out?

The hot one

The Music of Marvin Gaye: Danny G & the Sexual Healers

The Music of Marvin Gaye: Danny G & the Sexual Healers

An Estonian friend once said that the only way to keep warm during the winter months is through vodka and sex. But music also helps. Especially seductive, smooth and sensual soul. Danny G & the Sexual Healers know how to bring the heat - the perfect balm to the biting cold. They're taking on Marvin Gaye with hits including What's Going On, Let's Get It On, I Want You and upbeat motown classics. The talented line-up features singer and bandleader Danny Groenland, Johnny Taylor (piano), Alan Elliot (bass), Dennis Cassidy (drums), Sam Comerford (sax), Keith Fennell (vocals) and Tim Groenland (vocals). It's as close to the real thing as you can get in Ireland. You'll leave feeling soothed, satisfied and a little bit sexy. Don't miss it.

Tivoli Backstage, Francis Street, Dublin 8: Friday, November 25 from 8pm

The meltdown


Meltybrains? will perform at IMMA Summer Party

After a hectic year which saw the band tour Iceland, the UK and the darkest, stickiest matter of your brain, Meltybrains will don the white masks and hit the Academy tonight for their biggest headline gig to date. You could loosely describe their music as 'experimental electronic post-rock' but that doesn't really cut it. The only way to understand it is to see them in action. They'll dismantle a mushroom shock of noise and energy to jolt the nervous system. That's a good thing, a very good thing.

The Academy, Dublin 1 from 7pm

The nostalgia fest

Super Furry Animals

Gruff Rhys of the Super Furry Animals performs, at Glastonbury music festival. Photo: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images

At the height of Britpop, Super Furry Animals offered a quirky riposte to the Blur/Oasis circus. With songs that blended psychedelia, vintage guitar pop and dry Celtic wit, the Welsh five-piece were a rollicking counterpoint to British indie rock's exhausting jingoism. Now they're back touring their first two albums, Fuzzy Logic and Radiator, from start to finish.

Olympia, Dublin, Thursday

The jazz wig-out

ECM Festival, Cork

Anja Lechner

Cork's Triskel Arts Centre has quietly established itself as a hot-bed for progressive music and this year curates another intriguing plunge into jazz's eclectic tide pools, in association with esteemed Munich label ECM. German cellist Anja Lechner (pictured) and French pianist Francois Couturier perform together on Friday. Saturday's programme features esteemed jazz guitarist Ralph Towner.

Triskel, Cork, Friday - Sunday

Staying in?

The guilty pleasure

Rocky IV

Rocky IV

"I must break you," Ivan Drago tells Rocky Balboa as the fighters prepare to tangle at the conclusion of the best/most ridiculous entry in the Rocky saga. A cheesy melodrama that also provides an authentic snapshot of American-Soviet relations in the late 80s (Rocky must fight Drago in Moscow to defend US honour), behold the guilty pleasure that keeps giving. Lighthouse Dublin, 10.30pm, tonight

The app

Pokemon Go, updated version

Huzzzah as Pokemon Go receives its first major update since launching over the summer. The big tweak is the introduction of Ditto, a blobby monster that shapeshifts into other Pokemon via its special mimic power.

The TV show

Rillington Place

Tim Roth will play the Alabama governor in Martin Luther King Jr drama Selma

Tim Roth (above) and Samantha Morton head the cast in a three-part retelling of the story of real life serial killer John Christie, who murdered eight women while living unobtrusively at Rillington Place in West London through the 40s and 50s. Tuesday, 9pm, BBC One

The box set

Man In The High Castle, season one

With Amazon finally making its original programming available to Irish viewers, there has never been a better time to catch up on The Man In The High Castle, a tale of fascism run amok in post World War II America. It's a warning from history that has taken on a chilling relevance in light of recent events. Amazon Prime

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