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Review: Game of Thrones, Series Finale

Game of Thrones has proved such a letdown in its concluding season it was difficult to imagine in what way the final episode could any further tarnish a reputation ...

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Spoilers: Game of Thrones finale problematic in both plot and execution

Game of Thrones has proved such a letdown in its concluding season it was difficult to imagine in what way the final episode could any further tarnish a reputation ...

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I can go for that: Hall and Oates ready to rock Cork

As they get ready to play the Marquee in Cork, Hall and Oates tell Ed Power about the mad times of their 1980s heyday, and having Bowie support them for his first ...

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Review: The National's I Am Easy To Find is a minor-key delight

When The National performed at Cork’s Sounds From A Safe Harbour festival in 2017, they were raising the curtains on 18 months of punishing touring. After ...

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Chernobyl drama series is sober, respectful and unbearably tense

Ed Power reviews Chernobyl, the new drama series on Sky Atlantic.

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Foreign fields: The best music festivals in Europe and beyond

Glastonbury is back and there are a host of other overseas festivals offering impressive line-up, writes Ed Power.

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Few standouts on 18-track Vampire Weekend album

Vampire Weekend’s prep-school rock lit up the zeitgeist a decade ago.

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Catherine Grieves: The woman who chooses the music for Killing Eve

Catherine Grieves is at the Music Cork event this week to talk about her work on TV and film soundtracks, writes Ed Power.

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UCC scholar wants to challenge assumptions about choral music

US-born composer James May will have his prize-winning work performed at Cork International Choral Festival, writes

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Loyle Carner back with album of soul-baring honesty

There are no hands in the air moments on the second album from British MC Loyle Carner.

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Review: Beyoncé, Homecoming

Beyoncé may be Queen of Pop. But she’s also mistress of the surprise album drop.

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Walking On Cars revved up and ready to go for second album

Dingle heroes Walking on Cars tell Ed Power how they got past second-album syndrome, and why the band are turning their Cork gig into a sort of homecoming.

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Shawn Mendes impressed at a sold-out 3Arena in Dublin

Boy-next-door charm and smoothly calibrated pop have proved a potent blend in the hands of Canadian chart poppet Shawn Mendes. Without fanfare the 20 year-old has ...

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Irish R&B group Chasing Abbey on finding their groove

To make it to the top, sometimes you have to hit rock bottom first.

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Setting the record straight: Music's greatest comeback revolves at 45rpm

Saturday is Record Store Day - and with viyl sales on the up, Ed Power wonders, in an era of streaming and music on demand, just why we are still drawn to the humble ...

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From struggling troubadour to chart-topper: David Gray takes to Bórd Gais Energy Theatre stage

David Gray has had an occasionally fraught relationship with his back catalogue, once telling this writer he was a bit jaundiced playing his biggest hit, Babylon, ...

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Fontaines DC: Dublin city rockers

Fontaines D.C’s debut album arrives as a hard-edged antidote to other elements of the Irish music scene, writes Ed Power

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Not quite a return to the Stone Age

The case can be made that Queens of the Stone Age in their pomp were among the last great monsters of rock.

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Why directors are hiring ‘intimacy experts’ for sex scenes

Actors used to turn to alcohol to numb nerves before filming explicit shots. Now Tinseltown has ‘intimacy co-ordinators’, writes Ed Power

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Galloping off to war: War Horse

A horse and a boy go to war. That’s the premise of Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 children’s bestseller War Horse.

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'Will I retire? I’ll have to one day': Rod Stewart on his tour and love of football

Rod Stewart tells Ed Power about his upcoming Irish dates, his cover of Grace, and his ongoing love affair with football.

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