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Album reviews: 50FOOTWAVE and Wesley Fuller

Thu, Jun 30, 2016

50FOOTWAVE - Bath White EP (HHBTM Records)

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Book review: Poems of experience and war

Thu, Jun 23, 2016

IT IS fashionable for reviewers, of the perpetually disappointed variety, to lodge Basil Fawlty style complaints against a poet’s first published collection.

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Album review: Kristin Kontrol

Thu, Jun 16, 2016

IT MAY be strange that the opening song, of an album billed as a complete artistic overhaul and change of direction, concludes with the declaration: "There's no need to change yourself".

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Poetry of hammocks, wine, and gynaecologists

Thu, Jun 16, 2016

A STRIKING feature of Marie Cadden’s debut poetry collection - Gynaecologist in the Jacuzzi – is that the voice speaking to us in the more than 50 poems included is, for a first collection, a peculiarly unified one.

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Book review: The Lonely Sea and Sky

Thu, Jun 09, 2016

DERMOT BOLGER has been one of the central movers on the Irish Literary landscape since the early 1970s. Founder of the Raven Arts, now New Island Press, he published Paul Durcan’s first book and created a publishing platform for a generation of Irish poets.

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Album review: Christy Moore

Thu, Jun 02, 2016

THERE IS a Galway connection to Christy's new album, coming straight at the beginning with 'Mandolin Mountain', written by the late, great songwriter and musician Tony Small.

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Album review: Car Seat Headrest

Thu, May 26, 2016

GOOD THINGS come, not to those who wait, but those who work hard for it. After years slogging it out on the internet, and releasing music through Bandcamp, 23-year-old Will Toledo is finally getting wider recognition.

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The achievement of Jessie Lendennie

Thu, May 26, 2016

THERE IS a memory, somewhat hazy, probably romanticised, of the shop door opening one morning in the early eighties, and a young, statuesque, lady sailing in, wearing a flowing colourful cloak, somewhat reminiscent of an Adrienne Monnier or a Sylvia Beach.

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Album review: Radiohead

Thu, May 19, 2016

RADIOHEAD ARE around long enough to be called 'veteran prog-rockers', though they would disown the term, yet that constant shape-shifting, boundary pushing, and experimentation keeps earning them comparison to Pink Floyd and Aphex Twin.

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Review: Pleasure Ground (Fregoli Theatre Company)

Wed, May 18, 2016

TONIGHT, WEDNESDAY May 18, Galway’s Fregoli Theatre Company wind up its successful national tour of Jarlath Tivnan’s terrific play, Pleasure Ground, at the Town Hall Theatre.

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Album review: Jealous Of The Birds

Thu, May 12, 2016

"I'LL BUY a van the colour of Christ's blood." As an opening line it's an arresting image. When allied to the kind of woozy, anthemic, slacker rock groove that would surely earn approval from Steven Malkmus, it's a double whammy of good things.

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Album review: Bleached

Thu, Apr 28, 2016

THEY WERE a duo of sisters - Jennifer and Jessie Clavin, now they are a trio, joined by bassist Micayla Grace. Whether it's the Micayla's addition, or more experience under their collective belt, the LA band are rocking harder than ever.

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Album review: September Girls

Thu, Apr 21, 2016

IN THIS year of commemorating the 1916 Rising, one of the most welcome aspects has been the long overdue acknowledgement of the important role women played in the struggle for freedom.

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Album review: Parquet Court

Thu, Mar 31, 2016

PARQUET COURTS' previous album, the excellent Sunbathing Animal, wore its Pavement influence on its sleeve and made no apologies for it. Human Performance, appears to do the same with their other chief inspiration - The Velvet Underground.

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Album review: The Goon Sax

Thu, Mar 24, 2016

THE ESSENTIALS of Indie music - a sense of the fey and jangly; an appreciation for DIY punk, but softened by the melodicism of The Beatles and The Smiths; a regard for the slacker ethos; nerdy preoccupations, sometimes ambiguous sexuality; and always a deep strain of melancholy.

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Album review: Lucius

Thu, Mar 10, 2016

COMING FROM nowhere in 2014, Lucius delivered, for my money, the best album that year in Wildewoman, which revelled in exuberant indie-pop contrasted with country tinged ballads.

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Poet who uses swear words immaculately

Thu, Mar 10, 2016

QUINCY LEHR is the sort of poet in whose favour I am absolutely biased. Lehr does not just know the facts of poetic and political history, he also appears – more than pretty much any other poet I know – to understand them.

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Happy days for children

Thu, Mar 10, 2016

"CHILDREN'S GREATEST enemies are adults," Roald Dahl stated at one point during his visit to Galway for a children’s festival in the late 1980s. “All they ever hear from them is 'Don’t do this, you can’t do that, be quiet, go to bed, do this, do that, do the other'. This was towards the end of the 'children should be seen and not heard' era.

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Album review: Låpsley

Thu, Feb 25, 2016

IN SPITE of the name, she's not Nordic, but English. Liverpudlian Holly ‘Låpsley’ Fletcher has created some excitement with her EPs, but now comes her debut album Long Way Home. So, does it deliver on the earlier recordings promise?

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Theatre review: The Dead School

Thu, Feb 25, 2016

HAVING ENJOYED a sell-out run at last year’s Galway International Arts Festival, Andrew Flynn’s fine production of Pat McCabe’s The Dead School gets a welcome revival this week at the Town Hall.

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