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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - Eoin But­ler

SLOW PLACE LIKE HOME When I See You… Ice Cream ★★★ Strange Brew Rekkids Slow Place Like Home is the mu­si­cal nom de guerre of Done­gal elec­tron­ica artist Keith Man­nion. When I See You... Ice Cream is the fol­low up to his 2016 sin­gle Tiger Lilly. It’s a dinky, unim­pos­ing and yet in­fu­ri­at­ingly catchy track. He plays sup­port to UNKLE at the Roisin Dubh as part of the Gal­way Arts Fes­ti­val on July 27th.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE The Way You Used to Do ★★★★ Mata­dor When it was an­nounced that Mark Ron­son was pro­duc­ing Queens of the Stone Age’s forth­com­ing new al­bum, Vil­lains, fans of the vet­eran rock­ers might have feared the pop hit­maker would come in and up­set what is by now a tried and trusted for­mula. On this ev­i­dence, there is zero cause for con­cern. The al­bum’s lead sin­gle com­bines a sneery and a snarling vo­cal with a riffs so big and dumb it could be elected pres­i­dent of the United States. QOTSA play the 3Arena in Dublin on Novem­ber 24th.

AGE Peaks ★★★ AGE are a Hack­ney-based “in­die-elec­tronic part­ner­ship”, con­sist­ing of Ir­ish­woman Jenny Cos­grove and Australian Gavin Dwight.

Peaks is their in­trigu­ing de­but sin­gle.

THE KILLERS The Man ★★★ Is­land I’ve got gas in the tank,” boasts Bran­don Flow­ers, on the lead sin­gle from The Killers’ Won­der­ful Won­der­ful al­bum. “I’ve got money in the bank / I’ve got news for you baby, you’re look­ing at the man.” In other words, ladies and gen­tle­men, please stand for the Douchebag Na­tional An­them. “Okay, okay, so there’s abun­dant ev­i­dent, start­ing with the sin­gle cover art (de­pict­ing a child in an adult’s cloth­ing), to sug­gest the singer’s tongue is at least partly in his cheek. But he’s a rock star. So deep down, you just know he ab­so­lutely be­lieves it.

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