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ROCSTRONGgenre-juggling pop from Dublin

What you may need to know…

01. South Dublin-based performer/songwriter/producer André Bangala, better known to the world as Rocstrong, has made his presence felt in Irish music as of late, featuring on The Thin Air’s 17 for 17 list, among other accolades.

02. Broadsheet Trailer Park regulars may recognise his tune Go Head: used by none other than the Coen Brothers on the trailer for 2015’s Hail Caesar.

03. Streaming above is debut extended-player Show Off What You Got, available for streaming and download from his Bandcamp. Meanwhile, brand-new single I Gotcha is streaming now on Spotify.

04. Catch him this Saturday night at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght, alongside upcoming hip-hop collectives Loud Motive and Craic Appeal.

Thoughts: Ably balancing accessibility with a number of musical reference points and influences, Rocstrong is a beguiling pop proposition.


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Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos examine Joel and Ethan Coen’s masterful use of the shot/reverse shot. To wit:

How do you film a conversation? Most likely, you’re going to block the actors, set up the camera, and do shot/reverse shot. But where do you put the camera? What lens do you use? And how do you cut back and forth? Today, I consider the Coen brothers — Joel & Ethan — and see how these choices lend a particular feel to their version of shot/reverse shot.


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Reimagined movie posters by (from top) Holly Pereira (Hail Caesar!), Paula McGloin (True Grit); and Austin Lysaght (Raising Arizona)

Fan of the Coen Brothers?

Holly Pereira writes:

On Friday, March 4, 2016, to celebrate the launch of ​Hail Caesar!​, the Coen Brothers’ new release, the ​Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield is delighted to collaborate with Dublin illustrators​ Blind Elephant​ for an exhibition of reimagined film posters.

The artists and designers of ​Blind Elephant Illustration Collective​ were invited to redesign posters of their favourite Coen Brothers’ films. The exhibition will be on show in the mezzanine area of the Lighthouse Cinema from the opening night of Hail Caesar! on March 4, and will run until March 18.

The party will kick off at 8pm and we’ll be doing late screenings of the film so you’ll have time to enjoy a beverage and have a dance before the film kicks off at 10.30pm.

Come along in appropriately weird and wonderful costume inspired by the gobsmackingly gorgeously attired Hollywood sirens and sexpots of the past. We’ll have themed cocktails and era‐specific music on the night but it’s up to you to bring the glamour!

Buy tickets here

Drawing the Coens (Facebook)

The Blind Elephant Collective

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From artist Joe Forkan’s ‘series…

‘…of paintings and drawings exploring layered narratives, using masterpieces of Western art and the Coen Brother’s film The Big Lebowski as a starting point.’

Now that’s an artist’s statement.

Above: paintings based on The Incredulity of St Thomas (Caravaggio, 1602) (1,2); Wanderer Above the Sea Of Fog (Caspar David Friedrich, 1818); Supper at Emmaus (Caravaggio, 1601); Oath of The Horatii (Jacques-Louis David, 1784); The Lamentation (Peter Paul Rubens, 1614) and Portrait of Pablo de Valladolid (Diego Velázquez, 1637).

Original artworks here.