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A Hero's Disruption A Hero's Disruption Jake Tiernan It has been an exceptional year for the post-punk Dublin band Fontaines D.C., and this week, just over a year after their debut 'Dogrel', they release their much anticipated second album 'A Hero's Death'. Jake Tiernan reviews.
The Punks Next Door The Punks Next Door Andrea Cleary Dublin band Silverbacks have just released their debut album 'Fad'. Andrea Cleary reviews.
A Story of Resilience A Story of Resilience Lucy Hayward O'Leary A recently published book by Alf McCreary on the history of the Ulster Orchestra tells the story of persistence in the face of extraordinary challenges. Lucy Hayward O'Leary reviews.
Up to the Surface Up to the Surface Don O'Mahony Jazz musician Aengus Hackett has just released his debut EP of electronic music under the alias Penji. Don O'Mahony reviews.
The Silencing of An Spidéal – Why Catherine Martin Needs to Set Out a New Vision for the Arts The Silencing of An Spidéal – Why Catherine Martin Needs to Set Out a New Vision for the Arts Toner Quinn The experience of one village in the west of Ireland shows that the new Minister for Arts faces a serious challenge, to change the way we think about culture and its role in our society, writes Toner Quinn.
Exploring Schubert's Year Exploring Schubert's Year Tara Broderick Sharon Carty and Jonathan Ware's new album is a collection of Schubert songs centred around the four seasons. Tara Broderick reviews.
Against the Party Line of Western Music Against the Party Line of Western Music Brendan Finan Jennifer Walshe's recent album, 'A Late Anthology of Early Music Vol. 1: Ancient to Renaissance', uses Artificial Intelligence to reimagine the taught history of Western music. Brendan Finan reviews.
On Life's Wave On Life's Wave Shannon McNamee Brigid Mae Power's 'Head Above the Water', released on Fire Records earlier this month, is the third album from the Galway singer-songwriter. Shannon McNamee reviews.
The Unresolved Mystery of David Gray The Unresolved Mystery of David Gray Toner Quinn A new documentary explores the extraordinary story of David Gray and Ireland in the 1990s, the making of 'White Ladder', and how it became Ireland's best-selling album of all time, but is the story as simple as it seems? Toner Quinn reviews.
The Songs We Don't Talk About The Songs We Don't Talk About Toner Quinn If we are going to tackle racism, we need to improve our conversations about culture, writes Toner Quinn.

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