SUN­DAY 13.12.15

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - AD TCL

ART So­las Awards Ex­hi­bi­tion 2015 Short­list show in­clud­ing work by first-place win­ner Michael LeBel­homme (France), who ex­plores the com­plex­ity of rep­re­sent­ing land­scape in The Two Labyrinths. Also, sec­ond- place win­ner Dara McGrath (Ire­land), whose Project Clean­sweep looks at lands once used by the MOD in the UK for mil­i­tary ex­er­cises; and third-place win­ner Mervyn Arthur (UK), who, in Slip­shod/Screen Test, plays with no­tions of per­fec­tion, ab­strac­tion and real­ism. NON-NA­TIONAL El Vy And to think that when the de­but Ir­ish ap­pear­ance of The Na­tional’s Matt Berninger’s side project was first an­nounced, it was for Whe­lan’s. Within days the gig was shifted to this much larger venue, and so here’s the thing: will Berninger and his El Vy as­so­ciate, Brent Knopf, blow the roof off with songs from their de­but al­bum (Re­turn to the Moon) and a few Na­tional tunes, or just tear down the walls? Ei­ther way, wrap up.

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