The new single from Arcade Fire has got a lot of people very excited – and with good reason: Reflektor is produced by James Murphy, late of LCD Soundsystem, and features David Bowie on backing vocals. Oh, and U2's long-term visual collaborator Anton Corbijn is responsible for its striking, unashamedly arty video shot in his trademark black and white.
A seven-and-a-half minute opus sung in English and French, the disco-inflected track sounds like a new departure for Win Butler, Regine Chassagne and friends and bodes very well for their forthcoming fourth long player, also called Reflektor and rumoured to be a double album. It's due for release in this country on October 25.
Meanwhile, the band showcased new material at a so-called secret concert in their hometown of Montreal on Monday. Only 100 lucky fans got to see the sextet – founding member Sarah Neufeld is not involved this time around – at a tiny salsa club in the city.
Q Electric Picnic is now seen as the annual milestone which draws the outdoor summer music programme to a close, but there's still plenty for the festival aficionado to investigate, starting this weekend.
The Waterford Harvest Festival, which kicked off on Monday, has long been on the calendar of Irish foodies, but it does have a musical dimension too with Jerry Fish headlining the Artisan Beerfest Stage in the city's temporarily transformed Bolton Street car park on Saturday.
The former Emotional Fish frontman will be joined by singer-songwriter Gavin James and Kilkenny upstarts The Freakles in what's being billed as a four-hour show.
Q The organisers behind the Cork Jazz Festival have opted to take a very liberal interpretation of the word "jazz" this year – and the ensuing line-up, announced this week, is all the better for it.
Nile Rodgers and Chic, Primal Scream and Efterklang are among the luminaries playing who most definitely could not be described as jazz, while devotees of the genre can look forward to sets from Courtney Pine and drumming great Billy Cobham.
The festival – now in its 35th year – will take place over the October 25-28 weekend in more than 50 bars and venues in the city.
Q I Don't Like Martians: the headline writers were out in force with this week's announcement that Bob Geldof could be the first Irishman in space when he boards a civilian flight that will take him 100km above the earth's surface next year.
Such an expedition comes at a cost, however. Tickets start at $95,000 – peanuts to the punk-turned-entrepreneur.