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The Mighty Stef, Thee Penny Dreadfuls, Petty Youth, Buffalos Bay, (Belfast Empire, May 12th 2016 review)
The Mighty Stef played their final Belfast gig in the Empire
on Thursday night, as the final curtain comes down on their time together as a
band. The Dublin quintet headlined three and a half hours of stellar rock and roll and got quite a send-off from a sm...

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Silences - Luna EP review
Silences are a five-piece from Armagh who have steadily been building a fervent local following through a string of EPs, 'Luna' being the latest and, as I will cover, by far the most full-bodied. While what undoubtedly grabs the attention for many are the s...

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The Coral - Distance Inbetween
The Coral's debut album, all the way back in 2002, played out like the most rickety of pirate ships. The opening line was literally "We'll set sail again." Fourteen years on, and the pirate ship is now a spaceship. 'Connector' is the perfect primer for this...

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Changing Of The Guard
Aston Villa's slide towards the Championship has been one of the more agonizing of recent times. Remi Garde thinks he has had it bad? The plummet dates back as far as Martin O'Neill's departure in August 2010 and Gerard Houllier's replacement, the other Fre...

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Klopp's Possible Ticket to Europe Papers the Cracks
So, that Capital One/Carling/Magners/Burger King Cup match was just awful, wasn't it? I saw the words "tense" and "nail-biting" bandied around quite a lot, but can only assume this is down to the disproportionate amount of ex-Liverpool players/managers (and...

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Fork In The Barrack Road
I started a post with this title nine days ago, leading on the point that while Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet were good players, they were not the strengthening that was required. Judging by the five goals and four points that came Newcastle's way since th...

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A good week for English co-efficients
In what was fast becoming a situation of desperate measures for the Premier League's beloved fourth place trophy, ironically the club most accused of treating it as such was the one who did it the most damage this week. Arsenal's 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich...

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Why this season's Premier League is the most refreshing in years
The self-styled best league in the world has had its issues of late. The top four in particular was seen as a closed shop, with only the rich elite having any hope of inhabiting the money positions. Rightly or wrongly, the ever-more financially bloated top ...

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An Unhappy First Visit...
The pressure was always going to prove too much. Five games without victory in the build-up to a match that Newcastle would always be expected to win in any circumstances, yet there was a certain fear in the air, a sense that any win would be scrappy. The o...
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