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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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Theatre review: The Great Push

Mon, Feb 22, 2016

THE BATTLE of Loos, which raged from late September to mid-October 1915, was one of the bloodiest clashes of the First World War. The British Army lost some 60,000 men in the engagement, with little to show for it when the guns fell silent.

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Theatre Review: Caucasian Chalk Circle

Thu, Feb 18, 2016

IT HAS been many years since Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle has been seen in Galway so this new production, by NUIG and Core Theatre College, is very welcome – all the more so as director Max Hafler and his young cast do a great job.

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Cinema review: Deadpool

Mon, Feb 15, 2016

IN DEVELOPMENTAL hell for more than 10 years, the Deadpool movie is finally released. A cult favourite comic book anti-hero, this has been destined for the big screen since his inception, but with the success of Marvel's movies, aimed more at kids and young adults, it has been asked if there is a place for a comic book film targeted at the over 16s market alone?

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Album review: The Prettiots

Thu, Feb 04, 2016

IT COULD all be very twee, a light hearted look at love'n'life'n'boys by New York twentysomethings Kay Kasparhauser (vocals/ukulele), Lulu Prat (bass), and actor/musician Rachel Trachtenburg (drums), all very kooky, quirky, and indie.

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Cinema review: Spotlight

Mon, Feb 01, 2016

THE SURPRISE of the year so far is Spotlight. Much like Room it is an uncomfortable topic that will be avoided by people but you should not avoid it (or Room for that matter). The film concentrates on the investigation run by the Boston Globe in 1999/2000, on the systematic abuse and ensuing cover-up by the Catholic church throughout the last century.

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Album reviews: Savages and Hinds

Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Savages - Adore Life (Matador)

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Cinema review: The Big Short

Mon, Jan 25, 2016

TRYING TO get your head around the subprime mortgage bubble can be hard. I was under the impression virtually no one came away making any money and it was an all around disaster. The anger comes at the greed and the negligence of the big banks but it's hard to accuse organisation's which acted maliciously.

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Album review: David Bowie - Blackstar

Thu, Jan 21, 2016

THE ALBUM arrived on my desk the same day the news broke that David Bowie died, and so it becomes the artist's epitaph, and it is hard not to hear the lyrics as a man taking stock of his time on earth.

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Cinema review: Creed

Mon, Jan 18, 2016

THE IDEA of a return to the Rocky saga for a seventh film after the disaster of Rocky V and the awkward embarrassment of Rocky VI is a surprise. The franchise is a bit antiqued, especially with how cheesy it became in later installments. But this is the first Rocky movie not written by Sylvester Stallone and that is a very good thing.

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The Famine - Gaeilge's Armageddon?

Thu, Jan 07, 2016

THERE IS a popular perception that “The Great Hunger” of 1845 to 1849 was a one-off affair, a unique event, and that there are two totally different Irelands - the one before and the one after The Famine.

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Poems to disturb your peace

Thu, Jan 07, 2016

THERE ARE people, those with the better variety of accent, and PhDs mostly purchased for them their parents, who will use the fact that James O’Toole’s debut poetry collection, The Street, is self-published to try and dismiss it.

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