Rock the South 2015: bigger & better

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A review of the Friday and Saturday performances from this year’s Rock the South. With many thanks for the cover photo of RAS & other photos that were used on the Sunday Times of Malta to Sarah Falzon.  To read reviews from Thursday click here and from Sunday here.  Now in its fourth edition, Rock the […]

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Nobody wanted to leave

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This review was first published on the Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture section. Two recent acoustic performances by Scottish post-punk band The Twilight Sad at St James Cavalier, Valletta, did a lot to restore my faith in local demand for what I like to call non-popcorn music events. The band, which won the award for […]

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Review: Kulħadd Ħalla Isem Warajh

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Kulħadd ħalla isem warajh by Clare Azzopardi My rating: 4 of 5 stars Feminist literature has a bit of a scary ring to it, so I am quite wary of using this label. However, Clare Azzopardi’s Kulħadd Ħalla Isem Warajh, fits the description perfectly, because it is feminist literature as it should be done. Azzopardi’s […]

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Book review: L-Aħħar Tlettax

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    Ivan De Battista: L-Aħħar Tlettax. Merlin Publishers, 2013. 149 pp. Some people are born under a lucky star, everything they touch turning into the proverbial gold. Then there’s the protagonist of Ivan De Battista’s latest novel. His grandmother was a prostitute who practiced her profession while supposedly baby-sitting. His father beat him up […]

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Areola Treat’s Walk into Nothing review

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An edited version of this review was published on The Sunday Times of Malta. If Björk, PJ Harvey and Siouxie Sioux were to have a love child (don’t ask, just go along with it) Walk into Nothing, the latest album from indie punksters Areola Treat, might be the result. There might also be some DNA […]

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So cool they’re hot – 2013 culture roundup

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An edited version of this feature was published on The Sunday Times of Malta. It’s been a strange year on the culture front. As we move one year closer to the big year – that’s 2018 – when Valletta will be officially crowned Capital of Culture, we’ve had hits, misses and glitches that are making […]

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Idiots abroad: What Happens in Brussels stays in Brussels

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This review was first published on The Sunday Times of Malta. First sentences. So important in any book. They can turn you off completely, make your eyes skim uninterestedly over the words and your hands chuck it back to its shelf. Or they can reel you in, like William Gibson’s legendary “The sky over the […]

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Music review: Hesitation Marks

Trent Reznor of music group Nine Inch Nails performs at the Voodoo Music Experience concert held at Riverview Park in New Orleans, Louisiana October 29, 2005. The New Orleans date for the event was held as a benefit for police, firefighters, National Guard, military and others who have aided in the city's recovery from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

  Nine Inch Nails wonderboy Trent Reznor is back after a self-imposed hiatus. Judging by new album Hesitation Marks, the man’s still got it.   The news that Trent Reznor was returning to the studio was greeted with mixed emotions by die-hard fans. The fear that that their hero might, after all, have feet of […]

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Book review: Volens, Mark Camilleri

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Volens by Mark Camilleri My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve always been fond of a good, old-fashioned detective story. The real whodunnits, Agatha Christie-style, where you can study characterization and attempt to reach your own (often erroneous) conclusion. Most of today’s detective stories, sadly, fall short of this, regaling us instead with one-dimensional characters, […]

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Cable 35: The boys are back in town

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Making a name for yourself away from Maltese shores is certainly no mean feat that is achieved by the mediocre. For the talented few who do achieve it, the temptation to forget all about the tiny audience back home must be pretty irresistible. Which is why I have a lot of respect for those musicians […]

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