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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Cinema review: Black 47

Mon, Jul 16, 2018

THE CLOSING film of this year's Galway Film Fleadh was the much anticipated Black 47, the Great Famine-era western, with a big budget, an international cast, and it was filmed in our own back yard here in the west of Ireland.

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Album review: The National

Thu, Jul 12, 2018

LIVE ALBUMS are very much a 1970s phenomenon, a chance to vicariously attend a concert by a band who would never play your town. They have also been among the classic 'contractual obligation' releases.

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Cinema review: Dublin Old School

Thu, Jul 12, 2018

DUBLIN OLD School is the surely going to be the Irish film of the year. Viral YouTube star - although he probably cringes at the title - Emmet Kirwin, along with co-writer and director David Tynan, has adapted his award winning play for the screen.

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Cinema review: Ocean's 8

Thu, Jun 28, 2018

OCEAN'S 8 is a new movie in the Oceans franchise. It is hard to believe George Clooney's Ocean's Eleven came out 17 years ago. It was a fun heist movie with some pretty entertaining sequels. Enough time has passed, and as we are rebooting and remaking anything and everything, why not Ocean's Eleven?

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Album review - John Coltrane

Tue, Jun 26, 2018

ON MARCH 6, 1963, John Coltrane, along with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones – the line-up that would go on to make the peerless A Love Supreme - recorded an entire studio album at Van Gelder Studios, New Jersey.

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Album review: Field Division

Thu, Jun 21, 2018

THE SOUND of Field Divison is best described by borrowing terms from another medium - their music is cinematic and widescreen, one where the textures, atmosphere, and range of sonics fire the mind's eye of the listener.

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Cinema review: Hereditary

Thu, Jun 21, 2018

HEREDITARY OPENS at a funeral, as Annie Graham eulogises her 78-year-old mother, Ellen, with whom she had a difficult relationship, something she is unsettlingly candid about.

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A book which should be mandatory reading for short story fans

Thu, Jun 21, 2018

THE STINGING Fly magazine was born in 1998 with the specific aim in mind of providing a platform in Ireland for new short stories, some of which are nowe collected in Stinging Fly Stories, edited by Sarah Gilmartin and Declan Meade, and published by Stinging Fly Press.

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Album review: Dott

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

DOTT'S SECOND album has been a long time coming, but not only has it been worth the wait, it is also everything you want a follow-up to be, and everything you need it to be.

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Cinema review: Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

THE ORIGINAL Jurassic Park is, in my opinion, one of the greatest films ever made. Based on the best selling Michael Crichton novel, it was an all-star team of great actors, with director Steven Spielberg at the absolute top of his game.

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Album review: Father John Misty

Mon, Jun 11, 2018

FATHER JOHN'S previous album, Pure Comedy, was a vast, sprawling 'state of the American nation' address, and consequently difficult to digest, weighted down by the weight of what it was dealing with.

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Album review: The Flaming Lips

Thu, May 31, 2018

IT IS easy to forget The Flaming Lips have been a going concern for 35 years, but this vast, 52 track, three-disc collection, reminds you, not only of their longevity, but their evolution over that time, and their achievement.

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Julian Gough and connections, connections

Thu, May 24, 2018

THE PHYSICAL presence and classy design of Julian Gough’s new novel, Connect, really does debunk the classic cliché of 'You can’t judge a book by its cover'.

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Cinema review: DeadPool 2

Thu, May 24, 2018

DEADPOOL IS mourning the loss of the love of his life and, despite several attempts at suicide, due to his healing mutant power he cannot seem to be reunited in the afterlife with her.

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Art reviews: Performaphilia and Conflict

Tue, May 22, 2018

ONE SIDE-EFFECT of Galway not having a municipal gallery is that exhibitions pop up in various venues and two current shows worth seeing are in the NUI Galway staffroom, which is hosting Áine Phillips’ Performaphilia, and the Black Gate Cultural Centre, where the group show, Conflict, is on display.

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Album review: Parquet Courts

Thu, May 17, 2018

PARQUET COURTS have been making excellent albums for some time now, but Wide Awake! is the one where they finally step out from under the shadows of Pavement and The Velvet Underground.

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Cinema review: Revenge

Thu, May 17, 2018

JEN IS a young American socialite brought by her married lover, Richard, for a weekend away in a desert villa. When Richard's friends turn up early - the day before she’s supposed to leave - things start to go wrong for Jen.

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Album review: Beach House

Thu, May 10, 2018

BEACH HOUSE have become a strong argument that dream-pop, and more specifically, shoegaze, should not be considered as just eighties/nineties genres which newer bands revive, but as a living form of music, still ripe for exploration.

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Cinema review: The Delinquent Season

Thu, May 10, 2018

THE LIVES of two middle-class married couples in Dublin are thrown into disarray when two of the group begin an affair in the new Irish film, The Delinquent Season.

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