Win tickets to Bernard O’Shea in Vicar Street

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Win! One of Five pairs of tickets to the hilarious Republic of Telly star, Bernard O’Shea live at Vicar Street on Friday October 25th 2013, 8.30pm.

“Bernard O’Shea is a fizzing, iridescent ball of sheer energy; a fast- talking, fast-thinking comedian who invigorates a room with his presence.”

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Win tickets to Delorentos in Vicar Street

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Day and Night and Independent.ie are giving you the chance to catch the renowend Irish band Delorentos, in Vicar Street, Dublin, on November 1st at 8pm.

2013 started with a bang for Delorentos when they won the Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year for Little Sparks and were in Dublin airport at 6am the next morning to start a very successful whistle-stop tour of North America. The band also had the great honour of opening for Bruce Springsteen in Nowlan Park in Kilkenny.

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Why Lorde knocked Miley off the top of the charts

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Last week, Sinead O’Connor attempted to offer some advice “in the spirit of motherliness and with love” in open letters to Miley Cyrus. Spurred on by the raunchy nature of her music video, some shots of which Cyrus claimed was inspired by the Irish singer’s iconic Nothing Compares 2 U video, O’Connor encouraged Miley “to send healthier messages to your peers.”

While all that was happening another O’Connor was quietly climbing to the top of the US charts doing just that, knocking Miley and her Wrecking Ball off the top in the process with a song called Royals and becoming the youngest singer to take the number one slot in 26 years.

Ella Yelich-O’Connor, the singer of the chart hit in question is a 16 year-old New Zealand singer who goes by the name of Lorde is the complete anthesis what has defined Miley Cyrus in 2013: that is a 20 year-old former tween star attempting to graduate to grown up pop idol by twerking, shedding clothes and showing tongue.

By contrast, Lorde, let’s the music speak for itself because crucially she has something to say. Royals is a great song but it is most notable lyrically as it takes an opposing stance to the youth and pop culture that Miley seems so desperately trying to conquer.

“But every song’s like: Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece, jetplanes, islands, tigers on a gold leash, we don’t care, we aren’t caught up in your love affair,” goes the song, kicking back against pop’s established aspirational obsessions with status and wealth.

Later on in the song she gives us a dose of real life. “My friends and I we’ve cracked the code / We count our dollars on the train to the party / And everyone who knows us knows / That we’re fine with this, we didn’t come from money.”

Lorde didn’t need to resort to cheap stage tricks to top the charts. And live, a Lorde show will contain more focus on singing than gyrating. There won’t be any kind of stage choreography and she won’t be whipping up the crowd. “I’m kind of over gettin’ told to throw my hands up in the air,” she sings on Team.

Whether Lorde’s jaded anti-luxury teenage stance is a calculated disposition isn’t clear at this point but it has resonated on a large-scale and her music, at least feels authentic. Yelich-O’Connor is a young woman in control. By contrast, Miley Cyrus attempts to provoke with what she described to MTV as “a strategic hot mess.”

There’s space for both artists of course, but only one of them is saying something interesting. 

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In this week’s Day & Night… Iggy Azalea on famous feuds, famous exes, and accusations of sleeping her way to the top.

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In this week’s Day & Night, we talk to the provocative Iggy Azalea about famous feuds, famous exes, and accusations of sleeping her way to the top.

The Manic Street Preachers tell John Meagher about their latest album, and remaining the likely lads of Welsh rock despite growing older, while Rudimental talk to Ed Power about remaining anonymous despite great commercial success.

PLUS teenage actress Hailee Steinfeld talks taking up the mantle of Shakespeare’s Juliet at only 16, and the pressure of being nominated for an Oscar at fourteen years of age.

All that and the latest news, reviews and previews, only in Day & Night with Friday’s Irish Independent.

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BatDad Vine compilation

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For all of the reboots and revamps of Batman on screen, there’s never been one where Bruce Wayne has kids has there? Nevermind, BatDad’s Vine compilation does an bangup job of giving us an impression what Batman as a domestic dad would really be like. Hilarious.

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Win tickets to see The Fifth Estate

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Independent.ie and Entertainment One have teamed up to offer 10 lucky readers the chance to bag a pair of tickets to the exclusive preview screening of ‘The Fifth Estate’ in Cineworld Cinemas on Thursday October 3rd at 7pm.

Based on real events, The Fifth Estate reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an internet start-up into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organisation, Wikileaks. The Fifth Estate opens in cinemas October 11th, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl, directed by Bill Condon.

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Spotify new releases playlist: Chvrches, Manics, Elton John and The Unusual History of Ether

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Every Friday, John Meagher reviews a selection of new release albums in Day And Night and we’ll publish a Spotify playlist of the albums (where available) so you can listen and judge for yourself.

Today’s albums available to stream from the review section and what John had to say about it:

Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe – the debut album from the Glasgow electro-poppers. “Electro-pop fans everywhere are in for a real treat with this hugely accomplished offering.”

Elton John’s 30th album, The Diving Board – “…observations about the aging process and memories veer dangerously close to the bleedin’ obvious.”

Manic Street Preachers’ Rewind The Film – “…the focus is on beautifully crafted, largely acoustic songs that seem to have come direct from the heart.”

The Unusual History of Ether, a a Copenhagen-based singer from Dublin with three Danish guys on the album A Distant Age – “…shows great promise.”

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Burning Man – from above

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If you’ve ever wondered what the festival in the desert actually looks like, this video shot on a drone helicopter with a camera attached will give you a good idea of the bacchanalia. Nerd alert! It sort of looks like a party on the Star Wars planet of Tatooine.

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