We wouldn't want to take away anything from his cred as a performer but we at Starplus HQ swooned a little over Drake's recent GQ cover
in which he's scrubbed up nicely. Very nicely.
But back to business, the more pressing matter is the start of the European leg of his Club Paradise tour. It kicks off tomorrow in Dublin (and lasts until the end of April no less) and the even better news is that we already know what's in store thanks to these amazing things called 'the internet' and 'the previous American leg'.
No doubt he'll give us slick renditions of chart-toppers like Find Your Love, Headlines and Take Care, which features Rihanna in its recorded form. We can expect plenty of his charasmatic self too - here's a video spoiler for those who can't wait to find out what's in store.
plays The O2, Dublin, Saturday, €44.50
Ireland's biggest comedian Tommy Tiernan
could very well announce dates from here until 2034 and they'll all sell out in good time; as soon as he's done one round, it's time for him to set out again.
And so, he continues satiating demand one county at a time. This week, he reinstates his World Tour of Kerry, hitting Dingle, Tralee, Sneem, Killarney, Listowel and Ballybunion before the end of the month. For non-Kerryites, keep yourself going with one of the many, many DVDs
on sale, some of which are on special offer at Irish Music Mail
Tommy Tiernan plays around Kerry from Thursday, see his website
for full details.
FAMILY: The Moscow State Circus
rolls into town this week, appearing at Cork, Belfast and Dublin for a set of shows that will captivate adults, kids and kid adults. Probably your pets too, but we don't think they're allowed.
The troupe have gained an international reputation thanks to their daring feats, impeccable grace - and slapstick humour in the form of clowns Valik and Valerik. This particular show is Babushkin Sekret, a performance is inspired by the legend of The 12 Chairs.
Here's a taster of what to expect:
Deets: The Moscow State Circus
perform at the Opera House, Cork, tomorrow and Thursday, €23-31 and Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Friday and Saturday, £12-22.50 and Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin, Monday, €15-35
Anyone that's got some time on their hands and/or is vaguely creative (we reckon that's about 90% of the population then) should make sure they find a seat at tonight's Trailblaze event. As they describe, it's "a dynamic platform showcasing and promoting creative and socially engaged ideas, people and possibilities alive in Ireland right now."
Talking at the bash is all-round legend Donal Dineen, Avril Stanley (who's responsible for the Body & Soul area of Electric Picnic
, which was so well-loved it became an offshoot festival
), Malachy Browne of the websites Politico and Storyful and plenty more heads who are pushing Ireland forward. Plus, Iarla Ó Lionáird
and Lisa O’Neill
will perform at the evening. Once again: a must.
takes place at Green Street Courthouse, Smithfield, tonight, €11
Reaching album number seven is a feat in itself and it's harder still when you've already set the bar sky-high. But cult heros Spiritualized may well outdo themselves with newie Sweet Heart Sweet Light, which is set to be released on Friday 13th
We'd be worried, if it wasn't for the fact that a) mainman Jason Pierce has already survived double-pnemonia AND another illness which caused him to be housebound during the mixing of this LP b) the album's release date has changed from October to March to April and yet there's no sign of panic in the Spiritualized camp and c) the lead single Hey Jane is a slice of bluesy garage rock brilliance. Listen ye, listen ye:
They've already played a full-album preview at London's Royal Albert Hall
and given us a taster at Other Voices
, but now they give it an Irish airing. Yes, this twice-rescheduled show might not tie in perfectly with album release, but we'll appreciate it all the same.
Spiritualized plays Mandela Hall, Belfast, Friday, £17.50 and Vicar Street, Dublin, Saturday, €28
As universal as it is, music doesn't travel well. Acts who sell out easily here here might only play rooms in the UK
, and acts
who'd play stadiums in the UK might only play theatres in the US. So it's impressive that Nero, a band who are very British in their genres (ostensibly a mix of dubstep and drum'n'bass), have gone on to do the biz in the States.
Mentored by Chase & Status, Londoners Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray released their debut album Welcome Reality to both critical and commercial acclaim. So much so that they're returning Stateside for a massive tour soon after tomorrow's live show. Meanwhile, new single Promises has had the remix honour by none other than Skrillex, and given both have a signature move of rollercoaster-sized drops, it's no surprise that it's full of 'em. Check it:
Nero plays The Academy, Dublin, tomorrow, €19.90
There are plenty of people in Ireland wishing they could stick it to their bank. But doing it on our behalf is Patrick Combs, who cashed in a junk mail cheque for US$95,000 (€65,000) to find that the bank not only honoured it, but the money was legally his. The action grew into a battle as the bank demanded their money back and Patrick fought to keep it until they admitted fault.
Then, the battle morphed into a story that he told in a live show, Man 1 Bank 0, which gained so much momentum he took it internationally last year - including a month long tour of Ireland. He's returned for an even bigger tour which kicked off at the start of the month and plays for a whopping five nights at The Olympia in Dublin. Whoah. Is there no stopping him?
Deets: Man 1 Bank 0
plays at The Olympia, Dublin, tomorrow until Sunday, €25