Thirty-five years ago Dublin punk band The Radiators From Space song Television Screen, became the first punk single to make the charts anywhere in the world. With their fourth studio album due on April 30th, Sam McGrath recently caught up with the bands ever stylish, Dublin born Philip Chevron to talk about life, music and his days in The Pogues.
You might have noticed these harsh stickers appearing like a rash all over town. Shannon Duvall got to the centre of the epidemic for us.
Currently on show in the Droichead Arts Centre is an exhibition of original artworks by Gee Vaucher. Most well known for her covers and record sleeve designs for the band Crass and it’s associated label Crass Records. Thomas McCarthy legs it down memory road.
Anger is an energy. During this depression the celebrity gods are used to flog us all sorts of things, Scratch Dat Itch saw of Bono and Ali saving the world by selling us expensive bags ‘for charity’ and his anger levels went dangerously into the red.
Every now and then, when a mainstream newspaper decides they need some good news to counter the overwhelming gloom and endless, downward spiral of the economy, they turn to the arts. Barry semple is not impressed.
From cold-calling on flats – literally ringing on bells and knocking on doors and calling people on the phone. Then I found a contact who could introduce me to others. This made the process a little easier. I will not pretend that I found it easy to meet people – many were not interested in engaging with me. Some refused outright, others seemed to consider it yet when I turned up at a prearranged time to record a conversation they would not turn up or they had a change of mind or just would not answer the door or got someone else to answer the door.
A legend, a convicted “terrorist”, self-described as “a drinker with a writing problem”, Brendan Behan was one of the sharpest, most entertaining and rambunctious geniuses of our time.
Donal Fallon takes a look at the months in the wilderness for the friday night faithful as they find something else to do in the League of Ireland “Off Season”.
Post ‘Celtic Tiger’ Ireland has more than its fair share of challenges. One being the endless amount of vacant space across the state. The Phibsboro Karate Club provides one possible solution. Barry Healy caught up with one of the projects founders, Eric, to find out more.
Dublin has one of the worst ‘after hours’ public transport services in Western Europe. On the weekend, public transport does not operate any later than 12:30am and any earlier than 6:30am. Jay Carax looks at the consequences.