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Upcoming Gigs: February 2020

Black Midi February 14th – €16.50 Button Factory Black Midi bring their chaotic, profoundly energetic blend of genres to the Button Factory on the 14th of February. Formed in 2017, they garnered massive critical acclaim with their debut Schlagenheim and…

COMMENT: Record Labels Are Unethically Profiting Off The Deaths of Rappers

In the midst of an opioid crisis, coupled with ongoing violence in poorer communities that continues to prove fatal, the hip-hop community is losing more of its members than ever before. Major record labels are making no effort to hide…

Good Luck Everybody – AJJ

Good Luck Everybody – AJJ ★ ★   AJJ, formerly known as Andrew Jackson Jihad, have never exactly been strangers to mixing politics into their music, as their previous name would imply. Albums like 2011’s Knife Man were captivating with their…

Uncut Gems – Daniel Lopatin

Uncut Gems – Daniel Lopatin ★ ★ ★ ★ When Daniel Lopatin (better known as Oneohtrix Point Never) first linked up with the Safdie Brothers, directors of Uncut Gems, on 2017’s Good Time, the plot, characters and setting were malleable…

Have We Met – Destroyer

Have We Met – Destroyer ★ ★ ★ ★ Destroyer was formed in 1995 as a side project of Dan Bejar, known for his work in The New Pornographers, and 25 years on he continues to deliver with a strong…

Love Island: A Modern Tragedy

Unless you’ve been living under a rock since Christmas, the little world of Love Island has probably gained your attention to some degree. Whether it be the adverts of toned men and bikini clad women, it’s hard to escape its…

Stádas Acht na Gaeilge i dTuaisceart Éireann

Rinneadh gealltanais i gcomhaontú Aoine an Chéasta  breis is fiche bliain ó shin go mbeadh áit cheart an ag nGaeilge i dTuaisceart Éireann. Síníodh i gcomhaontú Cill Rímhinn i 2006 go mbeadh Acht na Gaeilge ann i dTuaisceart Éireann ach…

Night in Shining Armour: The Benefits of a Good Sleep

Sleep. The one thing we can’t seem to get enough of. And if we do happen to get enough, is the quality up to par? In Ireland, about 55% of adults report getting an average of 6-8 hours of sleep…

KangaRobot: How Animals Inspire Machines

Through long-term evolutionary processes, animals have developed innate advantages in locomotion, cognition, information processing and control. Inspired by their evolution, biomimetic robots are integrated with biological characteristics which give them more powerful motor and cognitive abilities and more delicate control…

GE2020: Ireland’s Election of … Change?

Irish politics is entering a new phase after a dynamic election battle. Election 2020 was a divisive campaign which highlighted further destruction of the civil war parties’ duopoly and foreshadowed a fascinating decade in Irish politics.  This was a change…

Iowa Caucus Chaos

On Monday, February 3rd, Iowa was the first state to vote for a Democratic candidate for the upcoming US presidential election.  It is one of a handful of states which uses the archaic caucus system. This involves voters gathering in…

Brexitmania: Sure it’s only half time!

In the final party leaders debate of the 2020 general election, Leo Varadkar exclaimed ‘Brexit isn’t finished, it is only half time!’ This is a point made repeatedly by Fine Gael throughout the campaign. The statement is made again and…