David Bowie - the alien has landed in the 1980s

Mon, Sep 17, 2018

THE WARNING signs were there, though it is only in retrospect we see and recognise them. Having dominated the 1970s as the decade's key artistic innovator and trendsetter, Bowie was prepared to admit that the following decade may not be quite so productive.

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Album review - The Goon Sax

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

DISTANCE IS usually required to process and understand an experience, but The Goon Sax - 17 when they released their marvellous debut, 19 now for their second album - are still teens writing about the adolescent experience.

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A Nun too good horror

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

IN A church in Romania in 1952 a nun commits suicide. Sensing something sinister the Vatican sends an exorcist and a young nun to investigate. The mysteries, however, are only just beginning.

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The pleasure and danger of chocolate

Thu, Sep 06, 2018

FOR THE Love Of Chocolate is an attempt at an entire history of chocolate across the 4,000 years since the Mokaya people, in what is now Mexico and Guatemala, began cultivating the cacao tree, the beans of which produce chocolate.

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Cinema review: Upgrade

Thu, Sep 06, 2018

SET IN the not too distant future, Grey Trace is a technosceptic, stay at home car mechanic, who specialises in old fashioned muscle cars in a world of driverless iPhone like vehicles.

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The 'luminous, life affirming' songs of Padraig Stevens

Mon, Sep 03, 2018

ON SATURDAY evening I finally made it to one of the Ollie Jennings-run Druid Sessions in the Mick Lally Theatre which have been proving a big hit with gig-goers over the past few months. This was the fifth gig in the series and featured Padraig Stevens with Leo Moran.

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Album review: Basement Revolver

Thu, Aug 30, 2018

THE SHOEGAZE revival has been continuing apace for most of this decade, but there is a key difference between its original late 80s/90s incarnation and its modern manifestation, namely the place of emotion.

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Cinema review: BlacKkKlansman

Thu, Aug 30, 2018

BASED ON the true story of Ron Stallworth, the first black police officer in Colorado Springs and who managed to infiltrate the Klu Klux Klan, BlacKkKlansman feels like a spiritual successor to director Spike Lee’s Malcolm X and Do The Right Thing.

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Album review: The Fall

Thu, Aug 23, 2018

IF YOU told the late John Peel you were keen to get into The Fall - his favourite band - and asked him what was the best album to start with, he might have replied: "Their entire discography".

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Film review: The Festival

Thu, Aug 23, 2018

WHEN OUR hero Nick is dumped publicly at his graduation, his best friend Shane insists they go on a rite of passage by attending a music festival, and doing loads of drugs in a muddy field in the middle of England - this is basically The Festival's entire premise.

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EP Review: The Clockworks

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

ADDICTION, DEBT, apathy, helplessness - life depicted by The Clockworks is grim, but they are one of the few indie bands to deal directly with the realites for those who do not fall comfortably within the Leo Varadkar's 'people who get up early in the morning' definition.

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Cinema review: The Meg

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

EVERY NOW and again a movie comes along where it appears the creators had a title and then tried to build a story around it. The Meg - short for Megladon, a giant dinosaur shark - is certainly one of those movies.

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Karl MacDermott - an antidote to dullness

Thu, Aug 02, 2018

THE PUBLICATION of Karl MacDermott's short story collection Juggling With Turnips – in which there is little juggling, other than the metaphorical sort, and not one single turnip – sees the comedy writer and occasional stand-up, widen his repertoire by adding ‘writer of short comic fiction’ to the list of things he successfully does.

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The sound of British 60s pop - and Bowie before he really became Bowie

Thu, Aug 02, 2018

YOU MAY not know the name Ivor Raymonde, but if you know Dusty Springfield's 'I Only Want To Be With You' or The Walker Brothers' 'Make It Easy On Yourself', you have heard his work.

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Cinema review: Mission Impossible: Fallout

Thu, Aug 02, 2018

ETHAN HUNT is back, in the IMF, which hilariously stands for Impossible Mission Force. After an operation gone wrong, three plutonium…things? have gone missing and a scientist who has the ability to turn them into nuclear weapons has been kidnapped.

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GIAF reviews: Incantata, The Aspirations of Daise Morrow, Class

Tue, Jul 31, 2018

"AND DEATH shall have no dominion’ Dylan Thomas once wrote, though if he had been at GIAF 2018 he may have revised that opinion. Death was a major theme of Incantata, The Aspirations of Daise Morrow, Gardens Speak, Orfeo ed Euridice, and Wit, while characters also died in the course of Baoite, Flight, and Class, with a hint of suicide in Shelter for good measure.

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Album review: Phantastic Ferniture

Thu, Jul 26, 2018

RIFF FUELLED indie-rock is not what you expect from a band led by Australian singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin, who describes her folk influenced solo work as "playing sad music with a guitar in my hand".

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Cinema review: Incredibles 2

Thu, Jul 26, 2018

PIXAR HAS had a pretty tumultuous few years. Its studio head John Lasseter has stepped down due to alleged sexual miscondonduct for "missteps" and "unwanted hugs". Now the studio, which was known for amazing original work, has just released its fourth sequel this decade, with two more to come in 2019.

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Theatre reviews: Shelter, Furniture, Baoite, Wit

Wed, Jul 25, 2018

Shelter and Furniture (Druid Theatre Co, Mick Lally Theatre)

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Album review: Body/Head

Thu, Jul 19, 2018

THE SECOND studio album from Body/Head - Sonic Youth co-founder Kim Gordon and guitarist Bill Nace - is less a savage beast than their 2013 debut Coming Apart, but is no less confrontational, no less challenging.

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