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Connect the Scots

10th February 2009

Oisín Kealy & Lewis Porteous reflect on the highlights of Celtic Connections 2009 The careers of both Teddy Thompson and Martha Wainwright were always going to be haunted by their inherited dynasties.  Over a decade since their musical debuts, both on the backs of their parents, Martha’s voice is arguably foremost within her family. Teddy’s, ...


The Cribs – 04/02/2009 – ABC

10th February 2009

Laura Cernis Swaggering onto the stage amidst cat calls and cheers, the Wakefield trio (plus one faintly ridiculed ex-Smiths member) launch straight into new track, ‘We Were Aborted’, quickly proving their worth to the punters. A song later and the ever-catchy intro to ‘Hey Scenesters’ starts up – cue ABC erupting into a chaos of ...


Franz Ferdinand – Tonight – Domino

10th February 2009

Harry Akehurst With the characteristic brashness that carried them to fame, Franz Ferdinand’s third album, ‘Tonight’ arrives with enthusiastic art in the heart of an especially bleak winter. Their 2004 debut found success through its immediacy and assertiveness, and against our current backdrop of economic and cultural horror,  this record charting the highs, lows and ...


Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream – Domino

10th February 2009

Catriona Reilly From a glance at the nauseatingly 80s, Siegfried and Roy-esque album cover of Empire of The Sun’s forthcoming release of ‘Walking on a Dream’, you get a fair idea of what might follow sonically. This album is another offering from Australia’s small but so far innovative electro scene, hailing bands such as Cut/Copy, ...


There’s bin a murrdurr

10th February 2009

Oisín Kealy For me, Kylie Minogue has made no greater contribution to music than with her death. This is not proposed derisively; for the hit machine she proved herself to be through much of this decade, I cannot deny her a certain deserved acclaim. My argument is that no artistic endeavour she has made up ...


The world’s oldest conflict: Gaza’s ruins

21st January 2009

 James Foley As fragile ceasefires are announced by both Israel and Hamas, James Foley reports upon the history and geopolitical dynamics of the Middle East conflict Tony Blair asked a disgruntled electorate to let history judge the value of the War on Terror. Already, history’s verdict is damning. Barack Obama assumes office on January 20th ...


A clear voice of authority

21st January 2009

Tom Bonnick talks to Raimi Gbadamosi about race, language and power When I sit down to interview Raimi Gbadamosi, the first thing that he remarks upon is that my Dictaphone looks like a Gameboy. In print, this seems like any other throwaway aside, but in person it is slightly disconcerting, having so mundane and familiar ...


Valkyrie (Dir: Bryan Singer)

21st January 2009

Emily McQueen-Govan After a repeatedly delayed release, problems with casting, and eventually, a whole host of well-known names led by that most famous and ridiculed of all, Tom Cruise, Valkyrie seemed a project that would not make it past the reviews. Set in July of 1944, the story is that of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg ...


The Wrestler (Dir: Darren Aranofsky)

21st January 2009

Frank Lazarski In Barry Levinson’s 1982 picture ‘Diner’, there is a scene in which Mickey Rourke, as Boogie, is at the local dance. Against a backdrop of mealy-mouthed teenagers twisting in a music hall, he talks with a dark haired girl about who she’s leaving with. Quietly, lying with a half-smile, he tells her he ...


Role Models (Dir: David Wain)

21st January 2009

Lewis Porteous Role Models opens with a comic set piece in which Stifler from American Pie forces Paul Rudd to smell his index and middle fingers, while alluding to having recently engaged in sexual activity with the hot, subservient babe from whose classic sports car he has just dismounted. With expert timing, and displaying a ...