Album review: Ezra Furman

Thu, Feb 08, 2018

EZRA FURMAN is simply not interested in conforming to anyone's stereotypes: gender fluid, non-binary, gay, a believer in God, he is unapologetic about it all - an individual in the truest sense then.

Read more ...

Jessamine O’Connor - a new, powerful, lyrical poetic voice

Thu, Feb 08, 2018

OVER THE last 10 years, women’s poetry in the west of Ireland has re-energised itself. Taking its cue from the pioneering work of Rita Anne Higgins, Mary O’Malley, Eva Bourke, and Anne Kennedy, it seems to have matured on to another level, adding a new dimension, energy, and maturity to the female poetic voice.

Read more ...

Advertisement


Album review: Anna Burch

Thu, Feb 01, 2018

ALTHOUGH A debut solo album, Michigan native Anna Burch is not a new entry to indie-rock, given she was a member of Frontier Ruckus, and has appeared on their albums since 2008.

Read more ...

Neil McCarthy - 21st century troubadour

Thu, Feb 01, 2018

I FIRST heard Neil McCarthy read his poems in 1998 at the open-mic in the now long defunct Apostasy Café, Dominick Street, back when Neil was a university student, Bertie Ahern was popular, and history had temporarily ended.

Read more ...

An electronic night of new Irish music

Tue, Jan 30, 2018

A GATHERING of some of the Ireland's leading electronica/indie acts in the Róísín Dubh next week is likely to be a highlight of Once Upon A Time Back The West, Galway's West End's celebration of live music, comedy and club culture.

Read more ...

Album review: Dream Wife

Thu, Jan 25, 2018

DREAM WIFE just might be the most exciting new indie-rock band of 2018. Throughout the album's 35 minutes these songs rock hard, without abandoning an indie sensibility, and with a catchiness and pop smarts, while never being mainstream.

Read more ...

Album review: The Go! Team

Thu, Jan 18, 2018

THE GO! Team's fifth album occupies a space equidistant from the funk, soul, and samapdelic urban of 2010's Rolling Blackouts and 2015's indie-pop/dream pop The Scene Between.

Read more ...

Photographic reflections on the smallest of the Aran Islands

Tue, Jan 16, 2018

FOR THE past three years, under the astute curatorship of Margaret Nolan, the Town Hall Theatre bar has been one of the more unlikely but liveliest city venues for art exhibitions with a steady succession of high quality shows.

Read more ...

Album review: Starcrawler

Thu, Jan 11, 2018

THERE IS an enormous amount of hype around this LA quartet at the moment, Dave Grohl, Elton John, and Ryan Adams - who produced this, the band's debut - have raved about them, along with many music journos.

Read more ...

The poet, Van Morrison, and their native Belfast

Thu, Jan 04, 2018

AT FIRST glance the reader could be forgiven for thinking Gerald Dawe’s new book, In Another World - Van Morrison and Belfast, is a memoir of Van and his life in Belfast. There is some justification for this, but Dawe's short volume is so much more, and in fact packs one hell of a punch.

Read more ...

A poet of whom Markievicz would have approved

Thu, Jan 04, 2018

THE RECENT Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets has been criticised on the grounds that the gender balance is skewed in favour of those in permanent possession of a penis.

Read more ...

The Best Albums of 2017

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

1. The Stevens - Good (Chapter Music)

Read more ...

My advice for Ken Bruen

Thu, Dec 07, 2017

A RECENT article in the Galway Advertiser noted: "Ken Bruen has been weirdly neglected by Galway’s cultural establishment, having never been invited to read at Cúirt or the Galway International Arts Festival, or received any other official recognition.”

Read more ...

Album review: Neil Young + Promise Of The Real

Thu, Nov 30, 2017

LIKE 2006's Living With War, this is Shakey's immediate response to current events. Whereas the latter album was about the Bush presidency and the 'War On Terror', The Visitor centres on Trump's first year in office.

Read more ...

Album review: Morrissey

Thu, Nov 23, 2017

MOZZER HAS never been afraid to speak his mind, but recent pronouncements on Brexit, UKIP, and Harvey Weinstein, have, to put it mildly, left many fans (including this one) shaking their heads at the lack of wisdom on display.

Read more ...

Of witches and mermaids

Thu, Nov 23, 2017

JUST PICKING up Deirdre Sullivan's Tangleweed and Brine is a pleasure. There is a tactile joy in holding it and when opened, wandering through its pages, enjoying the design and wonderful illustrations by Karen Vaughan.

Read more ...

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.

Read more ...

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.

Read more ...

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.

Read more ...

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.

Read more ...

E-paper

Read this weeks E-paper. Past editions also available from within this weeks digital copy.

 

Page generated in 0.0772 seconds.