Album review: Arab Strap

Tue, Mar 02, 2021

IT OPENS with a song about trying to connect - even if it is not the wisest course of action - with all the odds stacked against you: “Let’s move now before we’re back below.”

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Album review: Django Django

Tue, Feb 16, 2021

IT BEGINS in a swirl, as sounds musical and abstract weave into the sonic equivalent of the build-up to a rocket taking off, the moment of launch signalled by post-punk bass riff whose minimalism only enhances its forward momentum.

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Album review: The Fall

Thu, Feb 11, 2021

THE FALL’S recorded output is of such vastness that it is possible, like me, to be someone who has numerous Fall albums in your collection, and yet still have only a tiny fraction of their discography.

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Album review: The Staves

Thu, Feb 04, 2021

"THE HUMAN voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, the most moving...even the greatest virtuoso will never be able to give you even a fraction of the emotion a beautiful voice can...That is our share of the divine.”

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Album review: Ashnikko

Thu, Jan 28, 2021

SHE LOOKS like a blue haired version of She-Ra's Entrapta, armed with an equally colourful array of hip hop, garage, and pop beats - even a touch of emo - and an attitude that screams 'women power'.

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Two new Galway stars in the poetry sky

Thu, Jan 21, 2021

BOTH VINNY Glynn-Steed and Aoife Reilly have an ongoing love affair with language. It is this that drives their poetry rather than any need to deliver a message.

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Album review: Midnight Sister

Thu, Jan 14, 2021

IN THE mind of Midnight Sister (aka artist, film-maker, and musician Juliana Giraffe, and composer Ari Balouzian), it is always the 1970s, or rather, it is in the current guise their imagination has adopted.

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Galway Advertiser's Best Albums of 2020

Mon, Dec 21, 2020

THIS HAS been a year without gigs, concerts, or festivals, and yet, it has still been a year which has given us some outstanding music. Here is my selection of the best albums of 2020.

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Galway Advertiser's Best Films of 2020

Mon, Dec 21, 2020

Wolfwalkers: This may be is the best Irish film made in the last 10 years. An absolutely beautifully told story about two young girls in Ireland during the 15th century, it is a cert to be nominated for best animated film at the Oscars and could finally be the winner Kilkenny based studio Cartoon Saloon deserves after being nominated for its last three films. Available on AppleTv+

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EP review: Shygirl

Thu, Dec 10, 2020

OSCAR WILDE noted that if you wanted someone to tell you the truth, let them wear a mask, the creation of an alter-ego allowing them a confidence they may otherwise not have.

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Film review: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Tue, Dec 08, 2020

THIS WEEK sees Netflix release another Oscar hopeful - a filmed version of the August Wilson play Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, with Viola Davis in the title role.

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Film Review: Mank

Tue, Dec 01, 2020

NETFLIX HAS two big budget prestige films out this month - Hillbilly Elegy, traditional Oscar bait and frankly one of the worst films I have seen this year; and Mank, from director David Fincher, which is a Hollywood biopic, traditionally a genre that does well at award season.

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EP Review: Laura Groves

Thu, Nov 26, 2020

AS BLUE Roses, she recorded piano based songs which had the shifting tonal qualities and structures of classical music, and over which her voice danced beautifully.

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Album review: Marina Kaye

Thu, Nov 19, 2020

ANY HONEST look at the music created over this past decade reveals a basic truth - most of the best music is being made by women.

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Wolfwalkers - an Irish cinema triumph

Tue, Nov 17, 2020

ONE OF my most hotly anticipated releases this year is from Kilkenny based animation studio, Cartoon Saloon, which burst on the scene a decade ago with the Oscar nominated Secret Of Kells.

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Films to discover, films worth watching again

Tue, Nov 10, 2020

THE CINEMAS have not yet reopened and the nights have gotten even longer, so I have put together a list of some excellent films available on Netflix you might not have watched or be aware they are available on the service.

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Album review: Denise Chaila

Thu, Oct 22, 2020

AN ARTICULACY and a wisdom beyond her years, armed with groove filled beats and melodies that are as catchy as they are clever, Denise Chaila has truly arrived with Go Bravely.

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Film review: Rebecca

Tue, Oct 20, 2020

ON THE French Riviera, a young, working class, woman is traveling as an assistant. While alone one afternoon she meets Max de Winter, a handsome widower who invites her for a drive. After a whirlwind romance they wed, and spend another week on the continent.

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Les Misérables; a tension filled look at France's uneasy problem

Mon, Oct 12, 2020

Little did I know when I had left my recliner seat in screen seven at Omniplex Salthill on Thursday October 1 that it would be my last cinema experience for the foreseeable future as a level three lockdown was enforced the next Tuesday. But like most things in life, it is always good to go out with a bang and Les Misérables certainly provides plenty.

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Album review: Future Islands

Thu, Oct 08, 2020

IT BEGINS with the call of birds in the wild and concludes with the sound of a cassette tape being switched off - a journey from the natural to the mechanical? More from the wilds to the security of a safe space.

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