JUNGLE BROTHERS, Sugar Club, Dublin, tonight.
The Jungle Brothers are in that long list of hip-hop contenders who helped plenty of others along the way.
A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul got a leg up on Mike Gee and Afrika Baby Bam’s cerebral rhymes and Afrocentric sentiments, while their 1988 album Straight Out the Jungle fused urban grit to soul, jazz and house — pricking the ears of young fans like producers Madlib and J Dilla.
Tonight’s party is a nod back to the 80s and 90s collective Native Tongues, so expect plenty of the above at the club night after, along with Latifah, Monie Love, The Roots and more.
ANOTHER LOVE STORY, Killyon Manor, Meath, tonight-Sunday
It takes a bunch of brave souls to throw a festival two weeks before the Picnic — but maybe they’re banking on the stragglers who couldn’t be arsed with all the share and like competitions.
In fairness, Another Love Story is set up as a more refined affair than the Stradbally pile-up, with a tagline claiming it’s a “weekend celebration of music, art and whimsy”.
A joint venture by promoters Happenings and Homebeat, the festival is taking over Killyon Manor in Co Meath, with its rambling gardens, waterways and an actual bee reserve.
Music-wise, it’s heavy on electronica, leftfield folk, psych, post-rock and soul, with DJs like David Kitt and Nialler9 joining the dots between all of the above. Kitt will also be playing in his deep house guise as New Jackson, and other highlights include Loah (right), Laura Ann Brady, Margie Lewis and Electric Foxx.
RTE CONCERT ORCHESTRA: THE JOHN WILLIAMS COLLECTION, National Concert Hall, Dublin, tonight-tomorrow
I know John Williams scores are like a cheap shortcut to epic after all these years, but you can’t deny that the
melodies and fanfares are part of our collective consciousness.
There’s no point turning your nose up at this populist recital — if you hear the ET theme played by an orchestra and don’t well up a bit, you’ve got a lump of coal in your chest.
As well as air-cycling in the aisles to ET, you’ll probably be swinging imaginary lightsabers, cracking pretend bullwhips, firing lasers out of your eyes and finding someone in the crowd who looks like General Zod. And of course saying: “You’re gonna need a bigger boat,” and honking Close Encounters really badly.
Aside from the obvious, the orchestra will include Schindler’s List, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal and Harry Potter. But No Jurassic Park (!)
TYLER, THE CREATOR, Limelight, Belfast, Tuesday, & Academy, Dublin, Wednesday
With all eyes back on NWA with the Straight Outta Compton biopic, take a time out to remember Odd Future — the rap collective who came close to NWA’s notoriety.
With Tyler, the Creator as their de facto leader, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA) have been the biggest rap folk devils of the last decade.
In 2007 the 10-strong LA teen crew tore out of their Tumblrs with ALL CAPS rhymes and horrorcore DIY beats — adding necrophilia, and
stabbing Bruno Mars to hip-hop’s already dodgy lyric rap sheet.
With gigs turning into riotous stage invasions, and TV slots pissing off Jeremy Paxman and US uber-conservative Bill O’Reilly, Tyler and his crew were either anarchic heroes or the final nail in the coffin of common decency, depending on your mood at the time.
Tyler called time on Odd Future this year as he released his third LP Cherry Bomb — a more raucous and noisy diversion from Wolf and Goblin.
Fellow Wolf Ganger Earl Sweatshirt has already stepped up on his solo tour, and the internet is foaming at the mouth waiting for Frank Ocean’s new LP — but most eyes are still on Tyler, and he’ll surely pull off this round of sold out shows.
GOJIRA, The Limelight, Belfast, Thursday
If you name your band after the original Godzilla, you better be heavy. French metal masters Gojira have been on tour supporting Mastodon so that’s a bit of a nod to their sound, even if they veer towards thrash and Pantera-style groove metal over prog.
Headed by brothers Joe and Mario Duplantier, they’re overdue a follow-up to their 2012 album L’Enfant Sauvage, with its swarming riffs and classic death metal blastbeat kick drums.
Joe has already recorded with former Sepultura legends Igor and Max Cavalera in The Cavalera Conspiracy, and another nod would be the extremism of Swedish veterans Meshuggah.
If you get a chance to peek over the flailing bodies in the front row you’ll faint at their sheer technical ability, or more likely you’ll be dizzy with all the headbanging.
Original version in Irish Daily Star