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Sleb Safari: Oprah Winfrey has life figured out and then some

Maeve Connolly
DO YOU remember when you used to catch The Oprah Winfrey Show at odd hours in your student house courtesy of the NTL box you had installed once you left home and learned there were more than seven TV channels available? There was no need to go to the library when you could learn all you believed you needed to know from Oprah.

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QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – VILLAINS Queens Of The Stone Age may have lost a bit of their earthy authenticity since the days of Nick Oliveri and that golden run from Rated R on but there's absolutely no doubt that Josh Homme still knows how to hook you in.

Horslips men Barry Devlin & Jim Lockhart get poetic

Robert McMillen
IS IT still traditional music if it is played with electric guitars and drums by a rock band? The question might be a tad philosophical and, once you hear the opening riff of Dearg Doom by Horslips, famously based on the tune Marcshlua Uí Néill – and the theme tune to the Jack Charlton soccer years – you may wonder if it really matters.

Now on sale: The Gospel According to Blindboy at Belfast Book Festival

David Roy
The Gospel According to Blindboy at Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast THE higher profile half of bag-headed Limerick hip-hop/comedy duo The Rubberbandits has got a new book coming out later in the year – and he's coming to Belfast to promote it, courtesy of The Belfast Book Festival.

Last chance for: Custom House Square gigs

David Roy
BELFAST'S new downtown summer music festival hits its half-way point tomorrow night with an mostly local line-up featuring performances by Amy McDonald, Ryan McMullan and David C Clements and headlined by be-capped Bangor crooner Foy Vance.

Gig of the week: The 2nd Annual Gascan Ruckus Summer BBQ at QUBSU

David Roy
LAST summer, Armagh alt-rockers Gascan Ruckus came up with the novel idea of staging an all-day local music stuffed gig in Belfast with the added incentive of barbecue-cooked (m)eats Apparently, it went so well (excellent attendance, no reported food poisoning deaths) that they decided to do it again: thus, tomorrow afternoon finds The 2nd Annual Gascan Ruckus Summer BBQ taking place at its now regular home in the soon-to-be-extinct QUBSU.

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