CORK JAZZ FESTIVAL, Various venues, Cork, till Monday
Electro pioneer Gary Numan joked on Newstalk recently that he’ll need to learn the saxophone if he’s to fit in at the Cork Jazz Festival — and he joins a few acts without many jazz credentials.
But in the name of inclusivity, this year’s four-day bash includes Jerry Fish, Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld, Blackalicious and the Coronas. But at least the Boomtown Rats have a few saxophone blares in the trunk.
Elsewhere, the bank holiday event has a vast array of ‘real’ jazz, with Marcus Miller, Darius Brubeck and Phil Ware among the biggest draws. Check the listings and you’ll find something for sure.
SCANNER & JOEL CADBURY Black Box, Belfast, tonight
This double-header from two veteran sound artists and electronic composers is the choice event of the Belfast International Arts Festival, which is surprisingly low on music events this year.
Robin Rimbaud a k a Scanner (right) has 20-odd years of abstract ambient, electronica and sound installations behind him, as well as a turn in Githead with Wire’s Colin Newman.
Joel Cadbury’s background as a soundtrack composer and a member of Unkle and fellow Mo’Wax act sOuth makes him a ready-made Scanner collaborator.
The pair are premiering a new live show, with a promise of “dramatic new boundary-pushing music”.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE, Whelan’s, Dublin, Tomorrow.
If bands like Flaming Lips or Tame Impala can be described as psychedelic, Acid Mothers Temple are on a different transcendent freak-out planet altogether.
The Japanese veterans — full name Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.S.O. — have been frazzling nerve endings and opening third eyes for 20 years, channelling Gong, Hawkwind and the outer limits of kosmische and space-rock.
They’ve scores of albums knocking around the recesses of their brains, but this show will probably be an improvised droning free-for-all.
BEACH HOUSE, Mandela Hall, Belfast, Tomorrow, & Vicar Street, Dublin, Sunday
Life’s good for Beach House fans, who waited three years for an album, with two coming along at once. The Baltimore dream-pop duo released Thank Your Lucky Stars l a s t Friday after a casual Twitter announcement, just two months after Depression Cherry. Beach House are a perfect warm balm for the encroaching winter, with their soft focus tones, woolly reverb and electronic pitter-patter. It’ll be full of deferent fans telling you to shush, but I’m with them this time.
DEATHCRUSHER TOUR, Limelight, Belfast, Sunday, & Olympia, Dublin, Monday
You really know where you stand with an event called Deathcrusher — as some of metal’s most iconic acts lock horns for this European tour.
Extreme metal legends Carcass (left) top the bill, and other gnarly indeci- pherable logos on the poster include Florida death metallers Obituary, Canadian thrash maestros Voivod and NYC metallers Herod.
Grindcore filthbags Napalm Death are joining for the mainland Europe leg, but you really can’t moan about this line-up.
Original version in Irish Daily Star