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What’s in The Ticket today – and your plugs

Elle Fanning: the latest Big Young Thing talks about her performance in Super 8, the summer sci-fi blockbuster from JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg. Shabazz Palaces: how hip-hop got weird with Ishmael Butler leading the way. The Smurfs: are the …

Fri, Aug 5, 2011, 08:00

   

Elle Fanning: the latest Big Young Thing talks about her performance in Super 8, the summer sci-fi blockbuster from JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg.

Shabazz Palaces: how hip-hop got weird with Ishmael Butler leading the way.

The Smurfs: are the blue cuddly critters really “totems of Marxist propaganda offering an archetype of totalitarian society imbued with Stalinism and Nazism”? Donald Clarke takes a closer look at pop culture’s socio-political undertones

Pugwash: Thomas Walsh leaves his bedsit in Crumlin to talk about his new album “The Olympus Sound”

Plus reviews of new albums (including Pugwash, Epic45, Thee Oh Sees, Baxter Dury, Josh Radin, “Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love”, Fruit Bats, Noriana Kennedy, Benny Green and “Johnny Boy Would Love This – a Tribute to John Martyn”), movies (Sarah’s Key, Treacle Jr, The Tree, Knuckle, The Referees and Mr Popper’s Penguins), games (From Dust) apps, listings, news and much, much more.

That’s your winning Ticket in The Irish Times today in print, online and the best of The Ticket on the app.

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