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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Sunflowers and disintegrating lovers

Thu, May 10, 2018

THE WORK of some poets is great, or at least initially sounds great, when you hear it declaimed from a festival stage, but is rather less rewarding when read on the page, in the absence of the bells and whistles of performance.

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The life of Una Taaffe and a young man's struggle with MS

Wed, May 09, 2018

TWO LOCALLY-devised works in progress proved big hits with Tuesday’s Galway Theatre Festival audiences - Conor Geoghegan’s Invisible at Nuns Island and Elaine Mears’ Una at the Mick Lally Theatre. Both are already strong pieces of theatre and certainly whetted the appetite to see them in their finished forms.

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An 'inventive' and 'charming' Little Prince

Wed, May 09, 2018

THE LAST time I saw Morgan Creative in action was with its imaginative staging of Crime and Punishment at Druid’s Mick Lally Theatre eight months ago. This week the company returned to the Mick Lally Theatre for the Galway Theatre Festival with another a literary classic - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince.

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Album review: Liz Phair

Thu, May 03, 2018

IF MOST people found Madonna's 1992 album Erotica shocking, there was no way in 1993 the largely sexless world of indie/alternative rock was going to be able to handle Liz Phair's debut, Exile In Guyville.

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Film review: Avengers: Infinity War

Thu, May 03, 2018

FINALLY, IT'S here, has already broken records, and has the chance to be the highest grossing blockbuster of all time, finally surpassing 1997's Titanic. This is a movie that is easy to take for granted, but the scale of the story telling is a lot more impressive than any of the CGI.

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Book review: Will Galway beat Mayo?

Thu, May 03, 2018

GROWING AFFLUENCE and increased leisure time are said to be the main reasons for the growing presence of sport in the daily lives of more and more people. The sports sections in newspapers are getting bigger, and there is rarely a news bulletin on radio or TV without a sports report.

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Theatre Review: The Hired Man

Wed, May 02, 2018

LAST NIGHT, Tuesday May 1, at the Black Box Theatre, Galway Musical Society presented the opening night of its terrific production of the musical, The Hired Man, based on Melvyn Bragg's stirring novel of Cumbrian rural and industrial working life in the first quarter of the 20th century.

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Exhibition review: Mind Has Mountains

Wed, May 02, 2018

PRESENTED AS part of this year’s just-finished Cúirt International Festival of Literature, the fine group exhibition, Mind Has Mountains, is continuing at the Town Hall Theatre bar until the beginning of June and well merits a visit.

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Album review: Kacy & Clayton

Thu, Apr 26, 2018

THIS IS a new album, but the cover instantly declares that in Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum's world, every day is somewhere between 1965 and 1972, an impression confirmed and copper-fastened by the music within.

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