What’s in The Ticket today – and your plugs
The best in music and movies from your weekly treat in The Irish Times
Black Sabbath: Ozzy is back as The Ticket goes full metal jacket for the week. “We all decided that if we were going to do this, this is our last chance, cos we’re all into our 60s now, and we couldn’t do it in another five years, we’d be f**king 70 and then we’d be dead,” he tells us
Mastodon: frontman Troy Sanders chews the fat ahead of the Atlanta band’s visit to Ireland next week
Euro thrash: Ronan McGreevey lists the festivals to get your hard rock on at this summer
Irish black metal: how Irish bands such as Altar of Plagues, Primordial, Sodb and Slidhr are using Celtic and pre-Christian influences to enhance their noise
After Earth: Hollywood’s king of the surprise ending M Night Shyamalan plugs his new flick and tries to avoid revealing any spoilers
Paradise:Love – Ulrich Seidl on why Austrian films so relentlessly pessimistic as his exploration of three women’s search for fulfilment blossoms into a film trilogy that has garnered lots of attention.
Plus CD reviews (including Black Sabbath, The Handsome Family, Jon Hopkins, These New Puritans Majical Cloudz, When Saints Go Machine, O Emperor, Clifford T Ward, Benga, Sounds of System Breakdown, Mopo etc), film reviews (After Earth, Stone Roses: Made of Stone, Behind the Candelabra, Come As You Are, The Iceman, Therese Desqueyroux, The Last Exorcism 2), games, apps, listings, movie quiz, 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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