Album review: The Flaming Lips

Thu, Jan 12, 2017

NEVER DID I think I would see the day that the show stealing track on a Flaming Lips album would be the one chiefly sung by Miley Cirus, but then Miley long stopped being predictable.

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Morgan’s first run

Thu, Jan 05, 2017

THERE IS no more appropriate way for this column to celebrate the New Year other than by reviewing the first collection of a young Galway poet who had come to notice while still at school.

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How to steal your friend’s girlfriend with a Thin Lizzy LP

Thu, Jan 05, 2017

LITERATURE AND music have long had an intimate relationship, and the music of a word is often as important as its literal meaning. A new anthology - Fermata - Writings inspired by Music, showcases writing written in response to music.

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THE BEST MUSIC OF 2016

Thu, Dec 15, 2016

Irish Album of The Year

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What Elsie Martin’s husband chose to do to his wife

Thu, Dec 15, 2016

TRAMP PRESS'S most recent publication, Orange Horses, a collection of short stories by seriously overlooked Irish writer Maeve Kelly, is the third in its Recovered Voices series.

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Album review: The Wedding Present

Thu, Dec 08, 2016

A SLOW, atmospheric, post-rock instrumental is not what a seasoned Wedding Present listener expects to hear, nor a stately and majestic track built around a worldless choir of male and female vocals, nor a sublime movement for string quartet and piano.

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Book review: Not backpacking in Oz

Thu, Dec 08, 2016

THERE ARE three central characters in EM Reapy's debut novel Red Dirt: Fiona, who has fled Ireland to extricate herself from an abusive relationship; Hopper, who is trying to find himself by taking acid and being left for dead in the outback; and Murph, whose family back home have been broken by the great construction crash of 2008.

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Máirtín Mór - the man who was Galway

Thu, Dec 01, 2016

IT IS a measure of the man named Máirtín Mór that, more than 80 years after his passing, mention of the name to certain generations of Galwegians, brings an instant reaction of awe, mingled with a touch of fear.

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Album review: Body/Head

Thu, Nov 17, 2016

IN HIS despair MacBeth chastised humans, and thereby life, as "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing". Kim Gordon's music has long been driven by "sound and fury" but is certainly not meaningless.

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Theatre review: The Playboy of the Western World - the musical

Wed, Nov 09, 2016

THE PLAYBOY of the Western World has had countless outings and re-imaginings since its 1905 premiere, but few as rollicking and royally entertaining as Justin McCarthy and Diarmuid De Faoite’s musical version running in the Town Hall Theatre until Saturday.

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Album review: Oh Boland

Thu, Nov 03, 2016

ASK NIALL Murphy, or rather, get into an engrossing discussion with him on music, and eventually he will come straight out and say it: "I'm a punk". Give him another few minutes and he'll cough up: "But I really like Yes...but no I'm a punk!"

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Baking the planet

Thu, Nov 03, 2016

THERE IS an increasing personal belief that a poetry selection should at first be read through fairly quickly, and then revisited at a later date at a slower pace. This will help the reader to a deeper understanding of the why and wherefore of the poems and greatly enrich his/her reading experience.

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Review: Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway 2016

Tue, Nov 01, 2016

As I type, the Red Box is being dismantled in Eyre Square, with the Spiegeltent soon to follow, and Bob's Blunderbus is about to journey on, as the Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway is over for another year - but the 2016 festival will linger long in the mind.

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CarnEvil - chased by madmen and mannequins

Mon, Oct 24, 2016

ON SATURDAY night I was followed, no, chased, and accosted by a crouching, laughing, maniacal man, determined to do me mischief. That I was confined in a small room, with no obvious exit only added to the terror...but also the fun, for this was CarnEvil.

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'Alice in Wonderland meets Hieronymous Bosch'

Wed, Oct 19, 2016

VISITORS TO the Town Hall Theatre bar this week will find themselves transported to Shona Shirley MacDonald’s strange and magical otherworld of Juniper, showing as part of the Baboró International Children's Festival.

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Ken Bruen's 'brilliant...surreal' take on Galway

Thu, Oct 13, 2016

IN THE pristine minds of the inoffensive middleweights who like to think they dominate Irish literary culture post-Heaney, Ken Bruen is problematic. He writes novels people they describe as ‘ordinary’ like to read, with no higher aim in their devastatingly average minds than pure pleasure.

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How the collector becomes The Bookman

Thu, Oct 13, 2016

THERE ARE an infinite number of reasons why people buy books, but at the risk of generalisation, two reasons stand out: people who buy books to read them and those who buy books to collect them. While the former will most certainly read their purchases, the latter will probably not read theirs.

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Oasis - Be Here Now reissue

Mon, Oct 10, 2016

BE HERE Now was the album which put the cocaine infused nail in the coffin of the hubris filled, jingoistic, corpse of Britpop. The phenomenon which, in the words of Suede's Brett Anderson began "with the charm and intelligence of a Mike Leigh film" had indeed "become a Carry On movie".

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Album review: Pixies

Thu, Oct 06, 2016

IN THEIR original incarnation, the Pixies made four albums, at least two of which - 1987's Surfer Rosa and 1989's Dolittle - are high watermarks of indie/alternative rock, which continue to echo through the generations.

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Album review: David Bowie - Who Can I Be Now? boxset

Tue, Sep 27, 2016

THE KEY artefact in this lavish new Bowie boxset, charting the artist's journey from post-Ziggy to 'Plastic Soul', to Thin White Duke, is one of the great missing pieces of the Bowie discography - The Gouster.

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