Mapping the Borders of The Mountain Goats

Contributor Tess Isabelle O’Regan contemplates the theme of borders present in the music of The Mountain Goats.   In the first line of the third verse of International Small Arms Traffic Blues, John Darnielle, frontman of The Mountain Goats, proclaims: “Our love is like the border between Greece and Albania”. You expect a certain amount […]

On the Record with Trick Mist

Entertainment editor Seán Enda Donnelly interviews Trick Mist on the release of his new album, The Hedge Maze and the Spade, a strikingly surreal mediation on loss, childhood and the future. Neuroscience suggests memories weave together our past, present, and future. The same brain processes that we use in recollection aid us in future planning […]

Beyond the Realms of Musical Composition: Historical Examples of Music Being Used as a Political Instrument

Ronan Keohane discusses examples in which music has been used for political ideological purposes and alludes to possible contemporary examples.   Ever since the invention of the music telegraph in the 1890’s by Guglielmo Marconi, which helped facilitate the recording and broadcasting of music throughout the world at large, music has been an instrument used […]

A State of Hypocrisy – the Right to Choose in the State of Texas

With humour and outrage in equal measure, Deputy Features and Opinion Editor John Hunter looks at the recent attack on abortion rights in Texas.   Oh christ, whilst still reeling from the horrific and costly end to the war in Afghanistan, the subsequent overthrowing of the Afghan government by the Taliban and the devastating loss […]

The Radical Filmmaking of Gregg Araki;

Kate O’Riordan provides an overview of the offbeat director’s work which deals with sexual fluidity and gender expression through absurdism   From fever dream-like visuals to hardcore scenes of violence, Gregg Araki’s radical and subversive style of filmaking is undoubtedly distinct. As an independent writer and director who began his career in the late 1980s, […]

The Gender Health Gap

Despite our standard of healthcare constantly evolving and improving, Sarah O’Mahony shines a light on the knowledge deficits suffered by women at the hands of the medical world. Inequality across borders When you think of gender inequality in healthcare, your mind may land on images of women and girls in poorer countries. You see emotive […]