Album review: The Flaming Lips

Thu, Dec 05, 2019

THE LIVE album is very much a 1970s creature. In a time when your favourite band was unlikely to come to your town, it allowed you the vicarious thrill of 'almost being there' once the needle hit the vinyl.

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Knives Out - a great whodunit in the Agatha Christie mould

Thu, Dec 05, 2019

DIRECTOR RHIAN Johnson has made some of my favourite films of recent years, but while his last film was a Star Wars, his best work has always been his own scripts, particularly his spin on film noir with 2005’s Brick.

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Celebrating the quiet man of sixties British pop

Thu, Nov 28, 2019

WHILE THE name Ivor Raymonde may not be familiar, the songs he wrote, produced, or provided orchestral arrangements for, are among the finest of British sixties pop.

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Powerhouse performance from Christian Bale in Les Mans 66

Thu, Nov 28, 2019

LE MANS 66 could easily be called The Myth of American Exceptionalism: The Movie. Usually in such Hollywood stories - this chronicles the clash between European Enzo Ferrari and American Henry Ford II - it is the other way around.

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A break-up film that is a breath of fresh air

Thu, Nov 21, 2019

MARRIAGE STORY is a film about divorce. The obvious comparison is with Kramer versus Kramer but perhaps a better comparison is with Annie Hall - remember that movie starts with "Annie and I broke up” in Alvy’s monologue.

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EP review: Hiperson

Thu, Nov 14, 2019

IN A world so dominated by the English language, it is refreshing when a band goes against the grain and sings in their native tongue. Hiperson, from Chengdu in southwest China, is one such act.

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The Irishman - big cast, big cost, and worth it

Thu, Nov 14, 2019

THIS WEEK saw the release of the much anticipated The Irishman in Irish cinemas. We are lucky here in Ireland, due to Netflix's role in financing the film that is has not been released in American cinema chains.

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Geraldine Mills' poetic trek into her family history

Thu, Nov 14, 2019

THE OPENING verse of Geraldine Mills' new poetry collection, The Bone Road, reads: “They’re glad to see the back/of all the wind-crippled whins,/turn their heads from/the rain over Achill Island,/smoor the final fire.”

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Danielle Holian’s brutal truth telling

Thu, Nov 07, 2019

DANIELLE HOLIAN'S debut poetry collection, Beautifully Chaotic, is part of a boom in the popularity of poetry among young people – particularly young women – over the past few years.

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Album review: Starcrawler

Thu, Oct 31, 2019

WHAT A difference a year makes. In 2018 LA's Starcrawler's debut album arrived after much hype and celebrity endorsements from Dave Grohl and Elton John. It was spirited and energetic, but scrappy and inconsistent.

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Comedy Carnival - laughter in the Eyre in spite of Brexit

Tue, Oct 29, 2019

THE BIGGEST Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway to date just might have been the most memorable, with routines, views, and actions that delighted audiences over the last weekend, and the memory of which will keep up giggling for some time yet.

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Album review: Lankum

Thu, Oct 24, 2019

'THE WILD Rover' is known as a rambunctious, 'no regrets' ode, to a one time life of boozing. In the hands of Lankum though, it is a very different proposition.

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An aerial view of Galway in the 1600s

Thu, Oct 24, 2019

THE FIRST paragraph of this fascinating book reads: “Galway is unique among Irish cities in possessing a map that not just provides a bird’s-eye view of the urban landscape at a critical juncture in its history, but also offers insights into cultural, socio-political, and religious outlooks of the town’s ruling elite at this time. The printed map is a glorification of Galway, a celebration of its importance, wealth and power in the years immediately preceding its surrender to parliamentary forces in 1652. That it was made to impress is evinced not only in the visual impact of the heraldic embellishments and decorative artistry employed but also in the wealth of detail recorded, much of which might otherwise remain unknown."

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Album review: Daithí

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

INTROSPECTIVE, CONFESSIONAL songwriting is not an approach readily associated with electronic music, which tends mostly towards the austere and abstract on one side, or euphoric, Balearic, hedonism on the other.

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Judy marks major comeback for Renée Zellweger

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

JUDY IS based on the stage play End of the Rainbow. It is a sturdy and competent music biopic, there seems to be one of these every year and this is a one of the good ones.

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New poetry collection from Mary O'Malley is worth rejoicing over

Thu, Oct 10, 2019

THE POET Dave Lordan has argued that, in an age when poetry is more effectively transmitted over the internet, rather than through traditional book sales, the poetry collection belongs more to the heritage end of the poetry business.

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Album review: Kim Gordon

Thu, Oct 10, 2019

THE EASIEST way to approach Kim Gordon's debut album is not necessarily at the start, but towards the end, with the furious, rampaging, hurtle of 'Hungry Baby'.

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Joker - a troubling depiction of Batman's arch enemy

Thu, Oct 10, 2019

JOKER, ALSO known as Arthur Fleck, grew up the victim of abuse, and struggles with a type of Tourettes which results in his erupting in involuntary laugher when he is unhappy or uncomfortable.

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Album review: Kacy & Clayton

Thu, Oct 03, 2019

THE SASKATCHEWAN cousins 2018 album, The Siren's Song, was steeped in late 1960s British folk-rock, with clear nods to Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, and Anne Briggs.

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The Goldfinch - big star cast cannot rescue bad adaptation

Thu, Oct 03, 2019

THIS IS the second film released in the last few months named after a painting. The first was The Souvenir, a beautiful low budget movie about a film student in 1980s London. This is the opposite - big budget (which unfortunately looks set to make an epic box office loss), all star cast, and based on a Pulitzer Prize winning novel.

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