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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Cinema review: The Snowman

Mon, Oct 16, 2017

WITH 2008's Let The Right One In, director Tomas Alfredson made one of the best film I have ever seen - a hauntingly powerful vampire film which has since been remade for an American audience and turned into a stage play.

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Album review: Liam Gallagher

Thu, Oct 12, 2017

THE CLUE is in the title. This is not about reinvention ("I didn’t want to be reinventing anything or going off on a space jazz odyssey," Liam has said.) It's about a return to terra firma after Oasis's end and Beady Eye's failure.

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Book review: Poets unblinking in the face of breast cancer

Thu, Oct 12, 2017

IF YOU are a woman, or have a mother, wife, girlfriend, sister, or daughter, the poems included in this new anthology, Bosom Pals: Eight Poets Share Their Experience of Breast Cancer could, some day, perhaps even today, prove invaluable.

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Cinema Review: Blade Runner 2049

Mon, Oct 09, 2017

BLADE RUNNER 2049 is the sequel to 1982 classic Blade Runner. The 2049 is the year the sequel is set. So, don't worry, you haven’t missed Blade Runner the other 2047 sequels. Am I the first person to make that joke? Probably.

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Album review: Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares

Thu, Oct 05, 2017

WARFARING STRANGERS: The Darkscorch Canticles, released in 2013, was a treasure trove of underground Black Sabbath-influenced US metal from the early 1970s by an array of short lived, yet fascinating, bands.

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Tá scéal san mBéaloideas

Thu, Oct 05, 2017

THE BLURB on the back of City of Streams - Galway Folklore and Folk life in the 1930s by Caitrîona Hastings, published by the History Press is clear and concise:

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Theatre review: King of the Castle (Druid Theatre Company)

Wed, Oct 04, 2017

THOUGH WIDELY acknowledged as one of our foremost writers, Eugene McCabe is also, paradoxically, somewhat unsung. This may be explained by his output being less than prolific, with lengthy gaps where he focused on tending his farm, and that he wrote across different media – stage, television and fiction.

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Album review: Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Thu, Sep 28, 2017

THE LONDON siblings' previous album, Third, found them branching out, for an eclectic, self composed set, encompassing rock'n'roll, soul, funk, pop, blues, and ska. Superscope scales back the diversity to concentrate more on rock'n'roll and blues.

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Bowie, Berlin, and the Kosmische Musik

Tue, Sep 26, 2017

AFTER ZIGGY Stardust, The Gouster soul boy, and The Thin White Duke, where could Bowie possibly go next? The answer lay, not so much in the mask of a character, rather it lay in a location, one where Bowie could feel free to be, perhaps, a little more himself.

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Album review: Alvvays

Thu, Sep 14, 2017

ALVVAYS DEBUT album was dominated, indeed overshadowed, by one song - 'Archie, Marry Me' - an inspired depiction of young love, defiance, and ennui. Backed by a grandstanding chorus and killer middle eight, it was definitive indiepop par excellence.

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Artistic delights for the eye

Tue, Sep 12, 2017

A WONDERFUL transatlantic group exhibition is currently running in the Salmon Weir gallery at Corrib Castle, Waterside – a building that has been superbly refurbished and designed by architects Patrick McCabe and Sarah Kelly, and offers stunning views over the Corrib and weir.

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Album review: Neil Young

Thu, Sep 07, 2017

SINCE SHAKEY opened up his archives, a treasure trove of magnificent, mostly live, albums, have been flowing out to us grateful fans over the past decade. The latest in this series is an unreleased studio work - Hitchhiker.

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