Album review: The Go! Team

Thu, Jan 18, 2018

THE GO! Team's fifth album occupies a space equidistant from the funk, soul, and samapdelic urban of 2010's Rolling Blackouts and 2015's indie-pop/dream pop The Scene Between.

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Photographic reflections on the smallest of the Aran Islands

Tue, Jan 16, 2018

FOR THE past three years, under the astute curatorship of Margaret Nolan, the Town Hall Theatre bar has been one of the more unlikely but liveliest city venues for art exhibitions with a steady succession of high quality shows.

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Album review: Starcrawler

Thu, Jan 11, 2018

THERE IS an enormous amount of hype around this LA quartet at the moment, Dave Grohl, Elton John, and Ryan Adams - who produced this, the band's debut - have raved about them, along with many music journos.

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The poet, Van Morrison, and their native Belfast

Thu, Jan 04, 2018

AT FIRST glance the reader could be forgiven for thinking Gerald Dawe’s new book, In Another World - Van Morrison and Belfast, is a memoir of Van and his life in Belfast. There is some justification for this, but Dawe's short volume is so much more, and in fact packs one hell of a punch.

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A poet of whom Markievicz would have approved

Thu, Jan 04, 2018

THE RECENT Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets has been criticised on the grounds that the gender balance is skewed in favour of those in permanent possession of a penis.

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Live music and sport coverage at The Snug

Thu, Jan 04, 2018

With the wet and cold weather looking set to stick around for the coming days, pull up a stool in the warm and welcoming Snug Bar.

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Shtax returns to Cloughanover tonight

Thu, Dec 28, 2017

Well known performer Aindrias de Staic bring his latest show "Seven Shades of Shtax" home to the Campbells Tavern, Cloughanover tonight December 28 for a night of comedy story-telling followed by a session onstage with the local Latchikos. It promises to be a fantastic evening with a few special guests and local homecomming apperanaces.

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The Best Albums of 2017

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

1. The Stevens - Good (Chapter Music)

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My advice for Ken Bruen

Thu, Dec 07, 2017

A RECENT article in the Galway Advertiser noted: "Ken Bruen has been weirdly neglected by Galway’s cultural establishment, having never been invited to read at Cúirt or the Galway International Arts Festival, or received any other official recognition.”

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Album review: Neil Young + Promise Of The Real

Thu, Nov 30, 2017

LIKE 2006's Living With War, this is Shakey's immediate response to current events. Whereas the latter album was about the Bush presidency and the 'War On Terror', The Visitor centres on Trump's first year in office.

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Album review: Morrissey

Thu, Nov 23, 2017

MOZZER HAS never been afraid to speak his mind, but recent pronouncements on Brexit, UKIP, and Harvey Weinstein, have, to put it mildly, left many fans (including this one) shaking their heads at the lack of wisdom on display.

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Of witches and mermaids

Thu, Nov 23, 2017

JUST PICKING up Deirdre Sullivan's Tangleweed and Brine is a pleasure. There is a tactile joy in holding it and when opened, wandering through its pages, enjoying the design and wonderful illustrations by Karen Vaughan.

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Album review: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Thu, Nov 16, 2017

IF LIAM'S As You Were was about getting back to basics, Noel's album - arriving only weeks after Our Kid's - is all for defying expectations and pushing into previously unexplored territories.

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Whimsy, satire, and surrealism

Tue, Nov 07, 2017

THERE ARE still a couple of days left to catch the wonderful work gathered for the inaugural Galway Cartoon Festival which now runs until Thursday November 9, having initially being scheduled to finish last Monday.

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TULCA offers plenty for any viewer to take pleasure in

Tue, Nov 07, 2017

The 15th TULCA Festival of Visual Art was officially launched at the Connacht Print Works last Friday and continues until November 19. The festival features 17 artists from Ireland and overseas, many of them presenting new work.

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Album review: Lankum

Thu, Nov 02, 2017

I RARELY get excited about Irish folk/trad albums, given most are either of the sickly slick super produced variety or else have that purist reductionism which renders trad as a kind of 'living dead' form where jibes that 'it all sounds the same' are not without foundation.

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What Lenin has to teach us

Thu, Nov 02, 2017

LENIN FOR Today is neither a historical study nor a biography but an attempt by long time Socialist Workers Party member – and leading light in People Before Profit – John Molyneaux to make a case for Lenin’s ideas and organisational methods in the here and now.

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Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway 2017

Tue, Oct 31, 2017

FROM ONE end of the city centre to the other, it was impossible to escape the Vodafone Comedy Carnival over the last week and especially during the Bank Holiday Weekend - and in truth, why would you want to? The best shows in town were all here.

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Cinema review: Happy Death Day

Mon, Oct 23, 2017

HAPPY DEATH Day is billed as Scream meets Groundhog Day, which is a great idea. The Groundhog Day motif worked really well in 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow and in an episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. It is a concept that lends itself well to a slasher movie.

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Album review: Slow Place Like Home

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

THE SECOND album from Donegal vocalist, composer, and producer SPLH - aka Keith Mannion - contains what may be a first, or at least a rarity, in electronic music - the use of a waltz rhythm.

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