WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 8TH
Zolala Klub #14 @ Siopa Gan Ainm (7pm, free)
A special edition of the monthly night of the eclectic & eccentric, with touring musicians/performers Kazehito Seki (Japan) and SW1n HUNTER (UK) on the bill.
Sam Amidon @ Cyprus Avenue (8.30pm, €16)
Well-loved folk experimentalist and multi-instrumentalist returns to Cork to play tunes from new album ‘The Following Mountain’, moving from rearrangements to original compositions.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 9TH
Sling Slang @ The Friary (8.30pm, free)
Spoken-word/communal poetry night at the city’s biggest little venue. Speaking words: Ristí Mac Piarais, Paul Curran, Kestine and David Jackson. Open mic inbetween sets.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10TH
Le Galaxie @ Cyprus Avenue (7.30pm, €15)
From providing end-credit weepers for films that don’t exist, to creating the sound of the smell of napalm in the morning: Le Galaxie perform their rearranged version of Apocalypse Now’s soundtrack, live.
Dead Pigeon Club #1 @ The Roundy (9pm, suggested donation €5)
So a whole heap of the city’s sound indie heads have dug out a wee space for themselves in the city centre from which to collectivise. Behold: Dead Pigeon Club, the name and eponymously-titled monthly home for the lads, their endeavours and their pals. On the billing: Andy Wilson & the lads; hip-hop experimentation from Ruairí Dale; and weird noises from MueseuM. DJ set from Sonny Emerald.
The Moonstomp @ The Sextant (9.30pm, free)
Special guest selecter Doc Marten comes in from the East Cork area to join residents Ian Fiasco and Bob Skavna for their monthly session of ska, rocksteady, reggae and two-tone.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 11TH
Lisa Hannigan @ Live at St. Luke’s (3pm, €25/€15 u-16s/free u-5s)
The matinee show of a double-shift for Lisa Hannigan, touring ‘At Swim’, released last year via [PIAS] and produced by Aaron Dessner. Cheap in for under-16s and free for the wee ones. Tickets on sale for the evening show here.
Cuttin’ Heads Collective 2nd Anniversary: Day 1 @ The Poor Relation (6pm, €12)
*Look* at this for a line-up, assembled by the Headcutters for their birthday bash: Lakerama, Clerk 5, Lewis James, Dubba Dutch and Elixir performing live; Naive Ted and Cuttin’ Heads residents on decks; and on hosting duties? Only Ray Wingnut and Shaooool from This Side Up. Oh, and a free pint to the first 80 in the doors.
Cosmic Disco @ The Roundy (7pm, €10/€8 dressed up)
A night of general freakery awaits upstairs in the new home of PLUGD Records: rapper/performer MC Gaff-E leads a weird and wonderful line-up that includes one-half of Lords of Strut in Cian Kinsella, as well as tunes from Cork DJ fave Eddie Kay.
Weed Priest & more @ An Spailpín Fánach (8.30pm, €10)
Titanically heavy and funereally slow goings-on from one of the country’s best metal bands of the last few years. Launching new album ‘Consummate Darkness’ with support from Galwegians Stonecarver, Corkonians Coroza and Kerry boys Slung from a Tree.
Wiggle & Benji Revelation @ Cyprus Avenue (10pm, €10)
Longstanding dubtronica outfit and pioneering Cork sound-system connoisseur come together for a double-headliner upstairs in Cyprus Avenue.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 12TH
Cuttin Heads Collective 2nd Birthday: Day 2 @ The Vicarstown (4pm, free)
The Cuttin’ Heads residents give it welly for the second leg of their anniversary celebrations as the residents clamber behind decks for the wind-down from the night prior.
Trick Mist @ Alchemy, Barrack Street (7pm, free)
Kildare singer-songwriter, newly relocated to Cork after hanging around Dublin and Manchester, launches new single ‘Friction’ with a free gig at Barrack St.’s popular coffee shop.
Séamus Fogarty @ The Roundy (6pm, €12)
Carlow singer-songwriter Séamus Fogarty launches second full-length ‘The Curious Hand’, released via Domino Recs. and a firm favourite at Nialler9 Towers.
A couple of cultural notes of interest from around the city (hopefully a recurring feature going forward for this column).
If you missed it yesterday, JusMe re-recorded his ‘History of Irish Hip-Hop on Vinyl‘ for Nialler9 this week, after it went down a treat at IndieCork last month. The boss will also be relaying it to this parish’s faithful via the Nialler9 podcast at some point in the not too dim-and-distant… Cork Community Gamelan starts its first six-week course this week. The Javanese ensemble/instrument is a staple of the city’s musical academic circles, but CCG’s open workshops have taken it into the city’s community. The Irish national ensemble also operates out of Cork, and features some of the city’s resident musical busybodies. More info here… Fans of street art, graffiti and pop-culture would be well-served to saunter out to local punk-folk singer/songwriter Kendo Nagasaki’s next exhibition, launching this Saturday evening at Union Grind coffee shop on Union Quay (next to the Phoenix)… Last but not least, congratulations to Cork City FC’s men *and* women’s teams for sealing the deal on a double-double to cap off a season that you couldn’t possibly have written. In the city’s spirit of cultural independence, the team is of course fan-owned and governed. Europe next year, lads…