Irish short “Stutterer” takes Oscar

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A huge congrats to Benjamin Cleary’s short Stutterer, which took home the price for Best Short Film (Live Action) at this year’s 88th Oscars ceremony.

A beautifully shot short about a young man with a crippling speech impediment, starring Matthew Needham, was the only Irish nomination to come home with a golden statue, despite the record number of nominations this year.

Brie Larson also won Best Actress for Irish made and directed (Lenny Abrahamson) film Room, adapted from the Irish novel by Emma Donoghue (though I thought Jacob Tremblay really stole the show – those two are so cute!)

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You can watch Stutterer through RTE Player for a limited – check it out here!

Congratulations to all the winners, and nominees, in this year’s Academy Awards – stay tuned for our full run down soon!

Review: The Dirty Nil ‘Higher Power’

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The Dirty Nil released their debut album Higher Power on February 26th via Dine Alone Records. Hailing from Ontario Canada, these guys bring an adrenaline fueled garage-punk-rock-and-roll that they’ve been creating together since high school. Up until now they’ve release a slew of 7″ singles, mixtapes, EPs, and cassettes, so their first full length was highly anticipated. A lot of people were involved, Shehzaad Jiwani and Adam Bentley produced, John Goodmanson (Sleater Kinney, Death Cab for Cutie, Unwound) mixed, and Troy Glessner (Anberlin, Neck Deep) mastered.

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Review: Beware Of You ‘Bears!’

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After deciding to release it a week early, Irish band Beware Of You unleashed their EP Bears! into the world. This is the bands second EP release (we reviewed their first EP Self-Portraits here) and was recorded at Red Lake Studios with Gary Duncan. Its seven tracks of alternative pop punk at its finest.

The EP opens pretty heavily until the vocals come in to bring a lighter poppier melody to it. This first track ‘Kid At Heart’ isn’t the strongest on the record, but it’s a good opener, showcasing both the light and heavy sides you can expect with the rest of the songs. The EP’s highlight comes in track 6 ‘Breaking Down Doors’; its punchy with catchy hooks and a killer baseline.

Another high point is at the end of Track 4 ‘New Parts’ where the vocals turn very soft and delicate, giving it a very pleasant tone. The EP ends on a high point too with ‘I’m Done’ which ends in an explosion of guitars.

Throughout the record the heavy guitars contrast nicely with the pop-rock vocals. Vocalist Leah Moore has such a unique gritty tone that brings along an extra edge, making Bears! stand out starkly in the Irish alternative music scene. It’s astonishing to think that Beware of You have only just passed their first birthday, considering the huge impact they’ve already made with their powerful energetic live shows. Every element of the band seems to just have clicked together perfectly from the start, making them one of the most exciting bands around.

The EP launch is taking place in The Green Room at The Academy tomorrow night (the 27th) make sure you stall down to it, if the EP is anything to go by it’ll be a great night. Joining them is Radio Room, Trooper Charlie, and Girlfriend. Offend Brand are also popping over from France to sell their wares on the night too. Get your tickets for the event on ticketmaster. Tickets are €11.75, doors are at 7pm and its an over 18s event.

And head on over here to get a copy of Bears!.

 

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Words by Lissa

ICYMI: The first bands for 2000trees Festival have been announced

Celebrating its 10th birthday this year, the 2000trees festival will have over 100 bands playing in 2016. The headliners are Twin Atlantic and Refused, who will be joined by:

While She Sleeps
Moose Blood
WSTR
Palm Reader
The Smith Street Band
Blood Youth
Beasts
Kagoule
Trash Boat
Max Raptor
Black Foxxes
Muncie Girls
Jim Lockey
Bellevue Days
Tigercub

The festival takes place on the 7th, 8th and 9th of July in the Cotswold Hills and is set across 9 stages.

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New trailer for The Huntsman (2016)

Check out the latest trailer for The Huntsman: Winter’s War, follow up to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman!

Hemsworth’s Huntsman and Theron’s Evil Queen really were the highlights of the previous film so I’m excited to see what they have in store. Also, with Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain on board as fierce females The Ice Queen and huntswoman respectively, we should be in for a good show.

Well, entertaining at least.

In cinemas this April!

Introducing: Threatpoint

With a look at their third album Careful What You Wish For, we would like to introduce Threatpoint – a metal quintet hailing from Pennsylvania.

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Threatpoint are self-produced with a range of experience from a multitude of backgrounds. Their combined sound results in a fast-pased, heavy sound with a great beat. With hints of death metal, they keep their style open enough to attract rockers of a slightly lighter disposition (have a listen to the opening guitar magic of “Mockingbird” which leads you into the unsuspecting death mosh!)

“Vultures of Prey” is my personal favourite from their current range, yet I can’t wait to have a listen to their acoustic special to be released soon as a companion piece to Careful What You Wish For.

You can have a listen to some their stuff through their website here.