Criticism

Effecting a Divide Effecting a Divide Anna Murray This year's Hard Working Class Heroes festival inadvertently made a clear division between better- and lesser-known acts. The result was that some of the most interesting bands struggled to draw an audience, writes Anna Murray.
Mahler Everywhere Mahler Everywhere George Rafael Was Gustav Mahler the most influential composer of the last 150 years? Two recent books by the journalist and broadcaster Norman Lebrecht claim as much; George Rafael, though, feels the question of Mahler's influence is more personal.
No Movement Without Rhythm No Movement Without Rhythm Jack Talty Rian is a collaboration between the musician Liam Ó Maonlaí and the choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan. For Jack Talty at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, the lines between music and dance began to disappear.
I Wanna Riot of My Own I Wanna Riot of My Own Peter Rosser A new collection of essays suggests that Punk is best described as a cultural movement that doesn't move: it is a moment, a punctuation mark, an animal urge, occurring without unity of purpose or logic.
Laptops, Activated Laptops, Activated Anna Murray The Dublin Laptop Orchestra crouched, bent, stretched, circled and swooped, making each piece as much a work of performance art as music. Here, Anna Murray found the physicality and energy of acoustic music translated to electronic performance.
Golden Syrup Golden Syrup Anna Murray The barriers between electronica and rock are being dismantled in Irish music, writes Anna Murray. Patrick Kelleher's new album is part of this, and yet at odds with its contemporaries.
More Strings More Strings Niall Keegan Irish harp music has evolved and diversified in recent history – now it ranges from the pub session to historical reconstructions and new-age airs.
CD Review: Josephine Foster – Graphic as a Star CD Review: Josephine Foster – Graphic as a Star Rachel Blech Josephine Foster, Graphic as a Star, Firerecords (FIRE 136)
Máirtín O’Connor, Cathal Hayden and Seamie O’Dowd Máirtín O’Connor, Cathal Hayden and Seamie O’Dowd Adrian Scahill Máirtín O’Connor, Cathal Hayden and Seamie O’Dowd – Crossroads (MCSCD001)
Jennifer Walshe – XXX­_Live_Nude_Girls!!! Jennifer Walshe – XXX­_Live_Nude_Girls!!! Michael Quinn XXX­_Live_Nude_Girls!!!, Mere Recordings (Mere002)

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