Two brazen young boys, Ellis and Neckbone, befriend a dangerous fugitive they discover living in a boat in a tree on a remote island in Arkansas. The mysterious man is called Mud (Matthew McConaughey). He is charismatic, tough and needs nothing but the shirt on his back and a pistol for protection – but he […]

“Here is a career: who is Van Dyke Parks? Get me Van Dyke Parks. Get me a young Van Dyke Parks. Who is Van Dyke Parks?” Now 70 years of age, American composer and producer Van Dyke Parks has avoided fame all his life. Next month he will release his sixth studio album, Songs Cycled […]

Colin Farrell stars as Victor, a Hungarian gangster disguised as an American gangster, in director of the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Niels Arden Oplev’s revenge flick, Dead Man Down. The body of a gang member is discovered in crime boss Alphonse’s freezer. Attached to it is a cryptic message that may very well […]

We think things are bad today, imagine a world where there is total musical homogenisation. Real music is long dead. Instruments are banned. The iPlanet chart is dominated by hits that are scheduled years in advance. There are no rock bands, only boy bands, girl bands, boy and girl bands and “girl bands with a […]

Travel writer Eoghan Corry has been a journalist and author for over 30 years. Since 2002, he has edited Ireland’s biggest travel publication, Travel Extra. He appears regularly on Irish radio and television and currently writes a weekly column for The Evening Herald. He took time out of his busy schedule to talk to CLiCnews […]

Kilcullen band Fenton Blue will represent Kildare in the 2013 Irish Youth Music Awards being held in Liberty Hall, Dublin, on April 27, writes Conor McMahon. The talented group—formed in 2009 by school pals Stephen Clare, Sean E Ryan, Peter O’Sullivan and Tiernan Cady—competed with five other bands in The Moat Theatre last weekend for […]

Loud, comical and a little bit nuts, Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds brought their swamp-punk sound to the suitably makeshift Loft Venue in The Grand Social last night. A legend of the post-punk scene, guitar-player Kid Congo Powers has a seriously impressive rock n’ roll résumé – he was a core member of […]

Before you flush your goldfish down the toilet, remember: all drains do NOT lead to the ocean – we don’t want a repeat of what happened 10 years ago when Finding Nemo was released. Reflecting on that, it is hard to believe that a decade has passed since Nemo appeared on the big screen. This […]

Mainie Jellett's Cubist painting, 'Achill Horses'

Analysing Cubism, a new exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Imma) in Kilmainham, explores the early decades of the Cubism art movement. It features the work of various celebrated Cubist artists including Albert Gleizes, Evie Hone and Mainie Jellett. The exhibition pays particular attention to the period in the 1920s and 30s that […]

I trust you know about Joe Ratzinger (Pope Ben) and God know what in the UK? In other clerical matters, the alternative press has raised questions about the reasons for Fr Tony Flannery’s persecution by Vatican authorities. Remember Tony? The Redemptorist priest was censured a year ago for expressing his views on homosexuality, contraception, celibacy and women priests […]