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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Best Albums of 2017

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

1. The Stevens - Good (Chapter Music)

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