Album review: Natalie Prass

Thu, Feb 05, 2015

IN JANUARY 2013 Big Inner, an album of blue eyed soul, Memphis horns, funk, and Christianity by singer-songwriter Matthew E White caused a considerable stir. Now he returns to give his schoolfriend Natalie Prass her start, with this, her debut album.

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Book review: Spill Simmer Falter Wither

Thu, Feb 05, 2015

IT IS every publisher’s dream s/he should “discover” the author who will be as iconic as James Joyce, as commercially successful as JK Rowling, and as prolific as Charles Dickens. So when a potential candidate appears above the parapet the publisher will - rightly - not hesitate to sing loud and clear that the new literary protégé will out-Joyce Joyce, out sell Rowling, and outwrite Dickens.

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Book review: I Remember, I Remember: Galway Stories and Sketches

Thu, Feb 05, 2015

NOSTALGIA IS defined as “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past.” Tales of bygone years when the sun seemed to shine forever, and childhood days were filled with laughter are always trying to tell the reader some sort of lie.

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Cinema review: The Gambler

Mon, Jan 26, 2015

AN UNNECESSARY and boring remake halts what has been a sensational month of film in which each passing week has produced, if not a great movie, at least one worth going to see.

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Album review: Panda Bear

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

ONCE UPON a time, January was the graveyard shift in the album release schedule, a time when contractual obligations, works deemed not good enough, and albums labels were not interested in, were unleashed into the post-Christmas commercial wasteland.

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Cinema review: Whiplash

Mon, Jan 19, 2015

A CLAUSTROPHOBIC, unrelenting, tense, but maybe slightly unrealistic take on a tired formula, Whiplash is still gaining Oscar buzz week on week.

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Album review: Belle and Sebastian

Thu, Jan 15, 2015

THE TWIN peaks of Belle and Sebastian’s artistic achievements, 1996’s If You’re Feeling Sinister and 2003’s Dear Catastrophe Waitress, have set a high standard for a band that, over its long career, has regularly delivered quality work.

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Cinema review: Foxcatcher

Mon, Jan 12, 2015

ANOTHER HOTLY tipped awards favourite is released this week as we enter the best time of year for going to the cinema. With its central themes of sports, fraternal relationships, and patriotism, Foxcatcher has all the makings of an Oscar winner.

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Mr Yeats, we salute you

Thu, Jan 08, 2015

ON A wet morning in 1948, a woman of about 30 and a man of 18 were cycling as fast as they could along Grattan Road. They were watching a boat make its way around Mutton Island, hoping they could make it to the docks before it docked.

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Sexing up Greek myths and facing down the bank

Thu, Jan 08, 2015

THERE ARE those for whom being a poet is, to paraphrase Angela Carr’s fine poem ‘Occupied’, “the new black”. If you are young and fit, all you need do is write long poems about what is going on at street level and wave your arms around when you read them.

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2014 - THE MUSICAL YEAR IN REVIEW

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

BEST ALBUMS OF 2014:

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Cinema review: The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies

Mon, Dec 15, 2014

AFTER 13 years, six films, and 1,031 minutes finally we have come to the end of Peter Jackson’s incredible Middle Earth saga. Even if you are not a fan of the movies you must respect how Jackson has handled the immense project.

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Album review: AC/DC

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

GIVEN THAT founder and driving force Malcolm Young can no longer play music owing to dementia, AC/DC would have been forgiven for calling it a day.

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Album review: John Grant

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

AFTER RUINING his second album Pale Green Ghosts with ill-advised dabbling in, and often insipid stabs at, techno and electronica, John Grant re-connects with more organic sounds on this live album.

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Cinema review: St Vincent

Mon, Dec 08, 2014

A BILL Murray movie is always time for celebration. Certainly one of the most beloved actors of all time, when he has a movie out you always have to see it - and he has been on an decent run lately, mainly thanks to his collaborations with Wes Anderson.

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Old Galway’s hidden urban landscape

Thu, Dec 04, 2014

ONE OF the great pleasures of the early morning walk, jog, or run through the streets of Galway is that you can experience our urban landscape unencumbered with either human or motorised traffic.

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Ireland’s leading protest poet discovers hope

Thu, Dec 04, 2014

A WOMAN told me recently that if she hears one more bad poem about water charges, she may take the extreme retaliatory action of paying her water charges bill, in the unlikely event that it ever actually arrives.

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Album review: R.E.M.

Thu, Nov 27, 2014

THERE ARE many who argue that R.E.M.’s greatest artistic achievements, bar 1992’s Automatic For The People, came during their time on the IRS label, before they signed to Warner in 1988.

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Theatre review: No Show (Thereisbear! Mick Lally Theatre)

Wed, Nov 26, 2014

UP-AND-coming Galway ensemble Thereisbear! launched Druid’s emerging artists FUEL residency programme in fine style on Tuesday night at the Mick Lally Theatre with the premiere of No Show, written and directed by Peter Shine.

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Cinema review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Mon, Nov 24, 2014

DESPITE REALLY enjoying the first two Hunger Games films I was apprehensive about this one. The third Hunger Games book is by some distance the worst of the trilogy and with the end of this incredibly lucrative franchise in sight the makers have taken the, no doubt purely artistic, decision to split the final book into two films.

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