Album review: The Shacks

Thu, Apr 19, 2018

OVER THE last 10 years indie music has rediscovered and re-explored 1990s genres, but it is rare to see young musicians going back any further than that. Recently however, a new series of disparate bands - School Damage, Mermaidens, Starcrawler, and now The Shacks - have delved into different aspects of sixties and seventies rock, delivering fresh new presentations of those forms.

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Cinema review: Rampage

Thu, Apr 19, 2018

RAMPAGE OPENS in space. An off-planet research ship is breaking apart and three vials of genetic altering substance falls to earth. One of them lands in a San Diego wild life reserve run by Davis Okoye, played by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

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Arrival on Irish poetry scene of true original

Thu, Apr 19, 2018

RACHEL COVENTRY was born in Scotland to an Irish mother, spent her teenage years in Galway attending the Mercy secondary school, and lived for most of the 1990s in north London.

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Album review: Hinds

Thu, Apr 12, 2018

IT says something about the confidence of Hinds, that they come up with a riff most indie bands would have killed for to built a song around, but which the Spanish quartet are content to use merely as an interlude.

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Cinema review: A Quiet Place

Thu, Apr 12, 2018

A QUIET Place is directed by John Krasinski, who most people will know as Jim from The Office, but do not let that fool you - there are no fourth wall breaking smirks to the camera here.

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Irish myth sucks in influences from Monty Python and Martin McDonagh

Tue, Apr 10, 2018

THE ANCIENT saga of Diarmuid and Grainne gets a zestful makeover from Fíbín Theatre Company in an entertaining Town Hall staging of Tóraíocht that is a leap-off for a national tour –rather like the cross-country epic of the play’s hero and heroine.

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Album review: Frankie Cosmos

Thu, Apr 05, 2018

THE MELODY and manner in which Frankie (aka Greta Kline) sings the opening line of opening track 'Caramelize', her stretching the words, making them rise and fall, as though on some blissful roller-coaster, should send a frisson of excitement through any true indie-fan.

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Cinema review: Isle Of Dogs

Thu, Apr 05, 2018

DIRECTOR WES Anderson is on a bit of a roll. His last two films, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel, have been among his best work, but I was a little disappointed at his decision to step back into stop motion animation.

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Tom French’s variations of the sonnet

Thu, Apr 05, 2018

TOM FRENCH'S fifth collection, The Last Straw (The Gallery Press) exudes a deep sense of warmth even before it is opened. The painting illustrating the cover, Sunset, by Sadie Mackie, invites the reader to open the book and to revel in its content.

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Album review: Courtney Marie Andrews

Thu, Mar 29, 2018

TO QUOTE The Smiths' 'Sheila Take A Bow', "How can someone so young/Sing words so sad?" Courtney Marie Andrews sings like a women who has lived for twice as long, and experienced twice as much, as any 28-year-old.

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You Were Never Really Here

Thu, Mar 29, 2018

AFTER A Terrence Malick like absence, one of Britain's finest directors, Lynne Ramsay, has a film back in the cinema, following up her 2011 masterpiece, We Need To Talk About Kevin, with another adaptation.

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Album review: Yo La Tengo

Thu, Mar 22, 2018

IN 1971, Sly & The Family Stone released There's A Riot Goin' On, a dark, agitated, brooding, washed-out sounding album of suppressed African-American anger at the state of the USA.

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A high octane theatrical experience

Wed, Mar 21, 2018

THE BLACK Box was packed to the seams on Tuesday evening for the premiere of Enda Walsh’s adaptation of Max Porter’s Grief is the Thing With Feathers, staged by Complicité and Wayward Productions in association with Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival.

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Black Panther

Thu, Mar 08, 2018

FOLLOWING THE amazing and positive reviews Black Panther, Marvel's latest film, has been receiving, I decided to go and see it for myself, and it is a visually astounding film, very intriguing, and surprisingly deep.

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Album review: The Breeders

Thu, Mar 01, 2018

ANY DISCUSSION of what constitutes The Breeders finest hour will always, and only ever, really consider one of two possible answers - the mega selling Last Splash (1993), or its unhinged older sister, Pod (1990).

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A 'positive and uplifting' book about death

Thu, Mar 01, 2018

DEATH IS one of the very few experiences everybody will have. It is looked on with fear and suspicion, and is rarely, if ever, welcomed as a subject of conversation.

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Sex, guns, and break-ups

Tue, Feb 27, 2018

AFTER IT'S award-winning debut in last year’s Galway Fringe Festival, garnering the ‘Best Emerging Artists’ award, Eva’s Echo Theatre Company presented it's second production last week, The Way It Is, by American playwright Donna Hoke.

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A Russian take on Martin McDonagh's west of Ireland

Tue, Feb 20, 2018

LAST WEEKEND, An Taibhdhearc hosted one of Russia’s premier theatre companies, U Mosta, from Perm, which presented two plays - Nikolai Gogol’s Marriage and Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan.

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Album review: Belle and Sebastian

Thu, Feb 15, 2018

THE THREE EPs, released under the How To Solve Our Human Problems title, have now been grouped into one release, and together merge and flow seamlessly as an album.

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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.

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