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Classic Album: The Divine Comedy – Promenade

Published on June 25th, 2014 | by John Higgins

I’m none too smart, a sumo-intellectual at best, but people often assume I am clever because of my large forehead, glasses and the fact that I talk far too much. My learning is skin-deep and a …... Read More


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Preview: Pick ‘n’ Mix Theatre Festival

Published on June 24th, 2014 | by Eve Rosato

Pick ‘n’ Mix. The phrase typically brings to mind the stale, sugary, empty promise of overpriced cinema confectionery. The Pick ‘n’ Mix Theatre Festival on the other hand promises to deliver something altogether more nourishing. Now …... Read More


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Classic Album: Hüsker Dü – Zen Arcade

Published on June 19th, 2014 | by Will Murphy

From the moment you press play, you know that you’re in for something special. Those drums, militaristic and intensely precise, ushers you into this false sense of rigidity and form. Then that bass comes in with …... Read More


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Fruit Tree: A Nick Drake Playlist

Published on June 19th, 2014 | by Brian Coney

“Fame is but a fruit tree, so very unsound. It can never flourish, ’till its stock is in the ground. So men of fame, can never find a way, ‘Till time has flown, far from their …... Read More


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Festival Mixtape: Body & Soul 2014

Published on June 13th, 2014 | by Brian Coney

Boasting one of the strongest festival line-ups this summer, Body and Soul returns to the labyrinthine and picturesque Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath from June 20-22. Closely connected to the tradition of the Summer Solstice –  a thousand …... Read More


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A Tribute to John Mills (Panda Kopanda)

Published on June 12th, 2014 | by David Agnew

On Friday, May 30 I received a phonecall to tell me that, after suffering with leukaemia since the turn of the year, my closest friend was now considered beyond medical help and would be dead within …... Read More


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Choice Cuts: The Best Tracks of May

Published on June 10th, 2014 | by Aaron Hamilton

In the latest installment of Choice Cuts – a feature looking at the very best tracks released in the month previous – Belfast-based writer and voracious sound enthusiast Aaron Hamilton takes us a on an eight-track, cross-genre …... Read More


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Forty Years of Phantom of the Paradise

Published on June 11th, 2014 | by John Higgins

We open on a blood red, pixilated screen, so tightly rotoscoped that Ken Morse must have had to have a lie down afterwards. As the camera twists away we hear the urgent and distinctly imitable voice …... Read More


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Dig Early: Six Months of Psych (Part I of II)

Published on June 6th, 2014 | by Brian Coney

Having seen a real upsurge over the last while, 2013 was a particularly stellar year for psych rock (and all its many manifestations) the world over. With mind-expandingly exceptional albums from the likes of Hookworms, Goat, Destruction Unit and Unknown …... Read More


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Frame by Frame #10: Ciaran Lavery – Left For America

Published on May 29th, 2014 | by Colm Laverty

In the grand tenth installment of Frame by Frame, Belfast-based photographer and filmmaker Colm Laverty chats to singer-songwriter Ciaran Lavery and filmographer Richard O’ Connor about the superb video for the former’s ‘Left For America’. Featuring actor …... Read More


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