Arts & Culture, Fuinneamh, Music, Opinion

Live Report: Bray outfit Scustin wow at the Record Room

The Record Room put on another banger of a show on Friday, March 31. The popular Bray-based band, Scustin, headlined the night with multiple support acts, all drawing in a crowd of faithful followers singing throughout their sets. First up was the band Eskimo, with Luke Kelly as lead vocalist. Their set comprised of mostly upbeat rock, which had people …

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Arts & Culture, Features, Fuinneamh

Read all about it: An evening of smooth country classics destroyed by emo savagery

The most disgusting assortment of bands was gathered and pushed onto the Pharmacia stage by ULFM and UL music society on Wednesday, March 8. After an hour or so of sitting in the smoking area eating elf bars, a large wolf-costumed man, adorned in UL merch, approached with a synthetic graphite and nylon constructed hurley. Beating at each of the …

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‘Alice in Borderland’ Review: Watch it! Thank Me Later…

I never had any interest in watching Korean dramas as both subtitles and dubbing bother me. However, recently, I kept seeing season two of a show I never heard of before popping up in Ireland’s Top 10. It must have been there for at least a month or two. I ummed and awed about giving it a try when my …

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2023 Oscars: Picks and Predictions

Awards season is well underway as the 2023 Academy Awards quickly approaches – here’s a rundown of our dream wins and predictions for the main categories. Best Picture Personal Pick: Everything Everywhere All at Once Prediction: 1. Everything Everywhere All at Once 2. The Fabelmans 3. The Banshees of Inisherin Everything Everywhere All at Once is a rollercoaster experience demanding …

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Babylon: A charismatic and chaotic feast for the senses

Babylon is a beautiful, chaotic, messy three-hour epic centred around the transition from silent films to sound. Damien’s Chazelle $80 million project follows three protagonists – Manny Torres (Diego Calva), Nellie LaRoy (Margot Robbie) and Jack Conrad (Brad Pitt) – as they navigate this shift from different angles. It is a ridiculous picture with incredible highs and disastrous lows as …

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“It’s me. Hi! I’m the problem, it’s me”: A Taylor Swift album ranking

After a recent binge of all of Taylor Swift’s albums (done so by his own free will), our wonderful Fuinneamh editor had the fantastic idea to rank them, after bothering many people with his unwanted opinions on Taylor’s discography. Starting from worst to first, let’s look at the discography of pop’s favourite millenial, Taylor Swift, a month on from the …

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Bizarre psychological thriller ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ is sure to fascinate viewers

Set in the ’50s, Alice (Florence Pugh) and Jack (Harry Styles) are living the perfect life in the refined town of Victory. The couple is hot for each other – they lead sociable and exciting lives, party hard and still manage to have their perfect little suburban life with no worries and everything where it should be. That is until …

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Arctic Monkeys: From Worst To First

Arctic Monkeys are releasing their seventh studio album The Car on Friday, October 21, so An Focal’s Fuinneamh Editor, James Roulston Mooney, has taken this opportunity to come up with the DEFINITIVE ranking of their works thus far. Don’t tell him otherwise. Starting from worst to first, let’s look at the discography of one of the biggest bands of the …

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‘Candour and Humour’ High Hopes by Steve Garrigan Review

In his deeply personal memoir, named after the band’s famous song, Kodaline frontman Steve Garrigan’s shares a different side of him – one that is away from the spotlight. On the very first page of his book, he admits he never thought he would have the courage to write a book about his life – but it turned out to …

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Has the Pandemic Changed the Arts Scene Forever?

It has been a long and exhausting year and a half. On a personal level, even if you’ve had the luck not to lose anyone to the virus, or contract it yourself, spending so long under a Groundhog Day of isolation would drive anyone’s mental health into the mud. Even on a grander more sociological scale, we’ve been faced with …

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