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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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A story to make the Marquis de Sade twitch in his crypt

Thu, Dec 17, 2015

THIS NEAR horror story of a novel contains a positive message which surely applies to most of us: however messed up your relationships are, or have been, even the most embarrassing catastrophe in the history of your love life was a paragon of balance and sanity compared to an average day in the life of most of the characters in this darkest of tales.

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Album review: Fleetwood Mac

Thu, Dec 10, 2015

HOW DO you follow an album like Rumours? You can't. Born of heartache, recrimination, love lost, and new love with your ex looking over your shoulder, it was a cathartic, emotionally raw, confessional, and all too real work.

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Once upon a child - children's books for Christmas

Thu, Dec 03, 2015

DESPITE PUBLIC perceptions that fewer children are reading books, there has been a major increase in the publication of books for children in recent years. This is due in no small measure to the work of Children’s Books Ireland, and more especially Siobhán Parkinson.

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Album review: Adele

Thu, Nov 26, 2015

ADELE DESCRIBED 21 as a "break-up album", but 25 as a "make-up album...making up with myself", but the fall-out from break-up still haunts many of these, often melancholy, songs of regret for what has happened, what has gone, and what can never return.

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Album review: Ty Segall

Thu, Nov 19, 2015

ALTHOUGH HIS death is approaching its 40th anniversary, Marc Bolan's influence remains potent for musicians, not within the mainstream, which he dominated from 1971 to 1973, but within indie/alternative.

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John Behan: the people’s sculptor

Thu, Nov 05, 2015

STARTING IN the early seventies and continuing for about 20 years, there was a continuous migration into Galway of extraordinary “blow ins” whose genius and drive transfigured the cultural life of the city.

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Jane Clarke - So much more than a pastoral poet

Thu, Nov 05, 2015

IN WHAT is probably the best poem in Jane Clarke’s debut collection, The River, published by Bloodaxe, the narrator asks “Who owns the field?//Is it the one who is named in the deeds/whose hands never touched the clay/or is it the one who gathers the sheaves//takes a scythe to the thistles, plants the beech?"

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Album review: Jeffrey Lewis

Thu, Oct 29, 2015

JEFFREY LEWIS grew up on Manhattan's bohemian Lower East Side and this area of New York acts as a loose theme across the 11 songs on this album.

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Album review: Beach House

Thu, Oct 29, 2015

IN DEFIANCE of the rule that a new album should only appear every two/three years, Beach House's Thank Your Lucky Stars emerges, with Zappa like prolificness, only three months after Depression Cherry.

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Album review: Ork Records - the ground zero of indie rock

Thu, Oct 15, 2015

HOW TELEVISION ever were considered punk is bewildering, given they loved unleashing epic guitar solos, prided themselves on their technical prowess on the instrument, and thought nothing of stretching songs into 10 and 14 minute territory.

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Event review: CarnEvil

Thu, Oct 15, 2015

GALWAY GETS its first taste of a scare attraction this Halloween season with CarnEvil, running throughout October in the old printing works behind the Connacht Tribune on Market Street.

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