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Album review: Pale Honey

Thu, Apr 16, 2015

Pale Honey's Nelly Daltrey and Tuva Lodmark.

CONTEMPORARY INDIE could be said to divide into two strands, one which takes its cues from the 1980s, the other which looks towards the 1990s.

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Album review: The Go! Team

Thu, Apr 02, 2015

LAST TIME out on 2010’s Rolling Blackouts, Brighton collective The Go! Team delivered a set of full on funk, soul, blaxploitation, and samapdelic urban.

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On being autistic: a personal witness

Thu, Apr 02, 2015

IN HIS extraordinary book, The Reason I Jump - One Boy’s Voice From The Silence Of Autism, Naoki Higashida, an autistic boy aged 13, writes: “We are misunderstood and we’d give anything if only we could be understood properly...Please, understand what we really are, and what we’re going through.”

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Cinema review: Cinderella

Mon, Mar 30, 2015

Lily James as Cinderella.

KENNETH BRANAGH’S career continues to mystify me. In the early 1990s he was the poster boy for the RADA’s new wave, his peers included Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, and Jonathan Pryce, but it was Branagh who catapulted to fame first through adapting, directing, and acting in big budget adaptations of Shakespeare.

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Album review: Not Squares

Thu, Mar 26, 2015

Not Squares.

IMPRESSIVE THOUGH Not Squares’ 2010 debut Yeah OK was, eight of its 10 songs were completely overshadowed by epic raver ‘Release The Bees’ and the post-punk riff fest ‘Asylum’.

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Cinema review: Wild Card

Mon, Mar 23, 2015

Jason Statham in full on fighting mode in Wild Card.

TWO ACTION movies are released this weekend, and while The Gunman with Sean Penn seems to have the bigger advertising budget, Wild Card, with the always watchable Jason Statham, was the one that caught my eye.

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Dr Sketchy’s - a life drawing class cabaret

Thu, Mar 19, 2015

THE BAD girls of Gotham City - Harley Quinn, Poision Ivy, and Catwoman - will be the subjects and inspirations for Dr Sketchey’s - a life drawing class unlike any other.

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Enter Metropolis enter Galway

Thu, Mar 19, 2015

ENTER METROPOLIS, the German alternative-rock band are coming to Monroe’s Live on Sunday March 29 as part of their current Enter Ireland Tour.

The band will play songs from their debut album Bright Lights, which came out at the end of last year. Their energetic sound is defined by tight grooves, incisive guitars, and swirling keyboard sounds. The band members have 10 year’s experience of recording and touring, and put this to good effect in their live shows.

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Russian Ballerina to come to Galway

Thu, Mar 19, 2015

LEADING RUSSIAN ballerina Svetlana Robos is coming to Galway in August to give a week-long ballet masterclass.

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Album reviews: Noel Gallagher and Dr Feelgood

Wed, Mar 11, 2015

Noel Gallagher.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday (Sour Mash)

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Cinema review: Kill the Messenger

Mon, Mar 09, 2015

Jeremy Renner in Kill The Messenger.

KILL THE Messenger is the remarkable story of how a reporter from the tiny San Jose Mercury News managed to scoop The Washington Post and the New York Times to one the CIA’s biggest controversies of the 1990s.

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Album review: Bob Marley

Thu, Mar 05, 2015

Bob Marley.

ROBERT NESTA Marley would have celebrated his 70th birthday this year had he not been cruelly called back to Zion in 1981 at the tragically early age of 36.

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The stormy life of Granuaile

Thu, Mar 05, 2015

IRISH HISTORY and mythology, and indeed the points where they intersect, are rich materials for the graphic novel, leading, over the last number of years, to Irish writers and artists exploring the potentialities of such as Cúchulainn and The Táin.

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Book review: John O’Donohue

Thu, Mar 05, 2015

John O’Donohue

THERE WAS a day in January 2008 when suddenly the valleys, streams, rivers, and lakes of Connemara and the Burren lost their colour and blackened, when the silent music of the stones, hills, and mountains abated for just a moment, for at that moment, in far off Italy one of the few men who fully understood their physical and spiritual presence experienced, to quote his own words,

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Cinema review: The Boy Next Door

Mon, Mar 02, 2015

Jennifer Lopez in The Boy Next Door.

SINCE DRIVE there has been a steady stream of solid, slightly camp, low budget commercial movies. They have not always found the right audience but from 2011’s Hobo With A Shotgun to last years incredible The Guest, there has been a steady flow of B-movie action and erotic thrillers.

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Cinema review: Cake

Mon, Feb 23, 2015

Jennifer Aniston in Cake.

EVERY OSCAR season there are a few awkward films - often war movies or about mental or physical illness - that have clearly been produced and planned as a vehicle for an actor who feel s/he is due an award.

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Album review: Rural Savage

Thu, Feb 19, 2015

WITH AN album cover and title that references the Sex Pistols’ Never Mind The Bollocks and all manner of Jamie Reid inspired multiple typeface, Rural Savage leave entrants to their second album in no doubt that their feet are firmly placed within the punk camp.

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Album review: Natalie Prass

Thu, Feb 05, 2015

Natalie Prass.

IN JANUARY 2013 Big Inner, an album of blue eyed soul, Memphis horns, funk, and Christianity by singer-songwriter Matthew E White caused a considerable stir. Now he returns to give his schoolfriend Natalie Prass her start, with this, her debut album.

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Book review: Spill Simmer Falter Wither

Thu, Feb 05, 2015

IT IS every publisher’s dream s/he should “discover” the author who will be as iconic as James Joyce, as commercially successful as JK Rowling, and as prolific as Charles Dickens. So when a potential candidate appears above the parapet the publisher will - rightly - not hesitate to sing loud and clear that the new literary protégé will out-Joyce Joyce, out sell Rowling, and outwrite Dickens.

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Book review: I Remember, I Remember: Galway Stories and Sketches

Thu, Feb 05, 2015

NOSTALGIA IS defined as “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past.” Tales of bygone years when the sun seemed to shine forever, and childhood days were filled with laughter are always trying to tell the reader some sort of lie.

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