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Album review: The Frames

Thu, Jul 30, 2015

The Frames.

MY OPINION of The Frames has always been skewered towards the negative because of their debut single, the hideously awful 'The Dancer'. The band's knack of repackaging indie and alternative rock for mainstream audiences made them appear edgy to many - but only if you ignored what was going on in indie and alternative rock. Forgive the Indie-snobbery but that did not sit well with me either.

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Album review: Tame Impala

Thu, Jul 23, 2015

Tame Impala's Kevin Parker.

WITH SONG titles like 'Yes I'm Changing', 'Love Paranoia', and 'New Person, Same Old Mistakes', you know you are in for a break-up album, but the theme is appropriate as a change in the life of Kevin Parker - who is Tame Impala, no matter how many other people are on stage - reflects a change in his music.

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Theatre review: The Dead School (GYT & Galway Community Theatre)

Thu, Jul 23, 2015

ANYONE WHO has not yet booked a ticket for The Dead School, directed by Andrew Flynn and featuring a 23-strong cast drawn from Galway Youth Theatre and Galway Community Theatre, should remedy that post haste – this is one of the best shows in the Galway International Festival.

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Theatre review: The Match Box

Wed, Jul 22, 2015

Cathy Belton in The Match Box.

THE IRISH premiere of Frank McGuinness’s 2012 play, The Match Box, is one of the main attractions in this year’s Galway International Arts Festival, all the more so as it features Renmore's Cathy Belton, making her festival debut – and in a one-woman play to boot.

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Cinema review: Song Of The Sea

Mon, Jul 20, 2015

THE OSCAR nominated Song Of The Sea, the much awaited follow up to 2009’s stunning The Secret of Kells, also Oscar nominated, from writer/director Tomm Moore, is finally on general release.

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GIAF Theatre review: Luck Just Kissed You Hello

Thu, Jul 16, 2015

CO-PRODUCED by HotForTheatre and the Galway International Arts Festival, Amy Conroy’s new play, Luck Just Kissed You Hello, was one of the main events on the festival’s opening day.

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GIAF Theatre review: Maum

Thu, Jul 16, 2015

Actor David Heap who appears in Maum. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

AN TAIBHDHEARC has made some excellent contributions to the arts festival over recent years and this year’s production from the company is Sighle Ní Chonaill’s Maum, which recreates the events around the notorious Maumtrasna murders of 1882 where five members of one family were brutally slaughtered in their home.

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Review: Exhibit B @ GIAF 2015

Wed, Jul 15, 2015

WHEN BRETT Bailey’s theatre installation show Exhibit B was controversially pulled from its scheduled run at London’s Barbican it was because protesters had argued that Bailey’s critique of 19th century ‘human zoos’ and racism was in itself racist, through his use of black actors silently enduring the audience gaze in a series of tableaux vivants.

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Loner Deluxe releases new 'Digital Cassingle'

Wed, Jul 15, 2015

AN ATMOSPHERIC, often haunting mix of folk guitar, indie-rock, electronica, vocals, and samples from film, TV, and other sources characterise The Coast is Clear, the new three-track 'Digital Cassingle' from underground Galway musician Loner Deluxe.

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Cinema review: An Klondike

Mon, Jul 13, 2015

THE GALWAY Film Fleadh concluded last night with the premiere of An Klondike, a movie version of a four­-part mini series to be aired on TG4 later in the year. The first Irish western, and with dialogue mostly as Gaeilge, this is an incredibly ambitious undertaking.

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Cinema review: My Name Is Emily

Wed, Jul 08, 2015

THE 27TH annual Galway Film Fleadh kicked off last night with the world premiere of a new Irish film, My Name Is Emily, and the story behind the project is almost as interesting as the film itself.

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Album review: Ezra Furman

Mon, Jul 06, 2015

Ezra Furman.

EZRA FURMAN makes no apologies for his cross dressing and gender bending. He makes no apologies either for being a man of faith and a practicing Jew. In one go, he has just bullet riddled a host of stereotypes and expectations.

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Cinema review: Minions

Mon, Jun 29, 2015

SEQUELS TO hit childrens movies rarely go well. There are a lot more Madagascar 2s than Toy Story 3s. The fact that, rather than going down the traditional path of a third Despicable Me, a spin off of the film's most popualr characters, the minions, was planned, this reviewer was surprised but pleased.

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Album review: The Selecter

Thu, Jun 25, 2015

The Selecters' Pauline Black and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson.

LEGENDARY 2-TONE artists, The Selecter, have always been my 2-Tone band of choice so I was eagerly anticipating this album. The title, Subculture, lends itself well to the original ethos of 2-Tone which encouraged the mixing of genres and youth cultures - mods, punks, and rude boys all skanking to the same punky reggae beat.

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Cinema review: Jurassic World

Mon, Jun 15, 2015

THERE IS a scene in the beginning of Jurassic Park, when we go through the huge iconic gates and the John Williams score kicks in, and if the hairs on the back of your neck don't stand up, I’m afraid, we can never be friends.

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Album review: PINS

Thu, Jun 11, 2015

PINS.

PINS' DEBUT Girls Like Us made many friends for the Manchester quartet, but the album was more a demonstration of their latent potential rather than a full realisation of it. Two years later and it's a different story.

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Has Jack Taylor met his match?

Thu, Jun 11, 2015

JACK TAYLOR was always a man with few close friends. These days he has none. Stewart is dead and Ban Garda Ridge has had enough of him, but the whiff of sulphur around this former guard turned vigilante for hire, is always enough to lure people to him.

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Cinema review: Spy

Mon, Jun 08, 2015

Melissa McCarthy in Spy.

IN 2011 Bridesmaids was the sleeper hit studios dream of. It cost $30 million went on to gross nearly $300 million. It made Kristen Wiig a star and finally gave Paul Feig the hit he had coming. He had a stellar TV career - Freaks and Geeks, The Office - but he fumbled his first two attempts at the big screen.

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From Market Street to a brave new world…..and back

Thu, Jun 04, 2015

Patricia Forde reading at Kenny's Bookshop last month. Photo:- Dean Kelly.

SINCE 1900 Galway has produced a number of quality children’s authors, beginning with Pádraic Ó Conaire on his M'Asal Beag Dubh, and continuing with Eilis Dillon's The Lost Island and Island of the Horses; Walter Macken's Flight of the Doves and The Island of the Great Yellow Ox, and, of course, Pat O’Shea from Bohermore, with her now classic The Hounds of The Morrigan.

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Buskers, beggars, and degenerates of every persuasion

Thu, Jun 04, 2015

Skin Paper Stone author Máire T Robinson.

IT HAS been said elsewhere, but bears repeating, that Galway city is probably the most important character in Máire T Robinson’s debut novel Skin Paper Stone, published by New Island.

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