Category Archives: live review

Pop!South Weekender with The Spook School, ballboy, BooHooHoo, Life Model, Wolf Girl, Soda Foundation Rag at The Glad Cafe, 11/2/17

For the fourth (and sadly final) year running, Glasgow promoters Pop!South curate a long weekend of DIY indie and punk from Southside staple, The Glad Cafe. Unfortunately, trains and tardiness kept me from catching opening acts Marble Gods and Joyce Delaney but, having seen both tear it up live elsewhere, I can confirm they are totally … Continue Reading ››

Sacred Paws (album launch) at Mono, 27/01/17

Mono is heaving for the hotly anticipated launch of Sacred Paws’ debut long-player, Strike A Match. Sold out on the door, this humble reviewer had to smuggle in the very editor of Rave Child himself with a presciently purchased plus one. A crowd this size would flatter most, but Sacred Paws’ ticket-shifting feat seems even more remarkable … Continue Reading ››

Celtic Connections: C Duncan, Man of Moon at Saint Luke’s, 26/1/17

An object lesson tonight - always choose your support acts carefully: whether by design, accident, or simply the vagaries of playing at a festival - for that is what Celtic Connections is - C Duncan, all-conquering hometown hero he may be, is nonetheless utterly blown off the stage by the previous set from Man Of … Continue Reading ››

Celtic Connections: Martha Ffion, Dave Frazer, Ruth Finegold at The Hug and Pint, 24/1/17

You can really hurt someone when you love them like that,Martha Ffion, aka Claire M. F. McKay croons on new track ‘Record Sleeves’, slotted neatly in the middle of tonight’s headline set. If love can be painful, then Ffion and her band The Homemakers have certainly left their adoring crowd with a bout of heartbreak. Despite … Continue Reading ››

FUZZKILL RECORDS presents Shredd (EP launch), HOME$LICE, Black Cat Revue at The Old Hairdressers, 21/1/17

A Fuzzkill show is rarely a tame affair, but tonight’s show manages to blow it out the water with a headliner that grasps the show by collar and engulfs the venue in as chaotic an atmosphere as I’ve witnessed in a while. That said tonight nearly never happened, well maybe that’s taking it a bit far, … Continue Reading ››

The Hotelier, Crying, Breakfast MUFF at Stereo, 21/1/17

Breakfast MUFF get me excited quickly though with their range of catchy songs, they garner popularity and enthusiasm without sacrificing lyrical or musical integrity. Each of the three members has a microphone and whilst in the process of admiring the drummer’s classy and elegant voice and style on the kit, she emerges from behind the drums … Continue Reading ››

Celtic Connections: Calexico at The Royal Concert Hall, 20/1/17

With eight records of well-regarded borders Americana, multilingual, musically omnivorous Calexico have become a bit of an institution in the still solidly English-speaking world of alternative music. Tonight they perform as a seven-piece including a pair of brass players and joined by a host of guests who explore the various subgenres of music that find a … Continue Reading ››

Celtic Connections Opening Concert with Laura Marling with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Declan O’Rourke, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, Cara Dillon, Aziza Brahim, Rachel Sermanni and Adam Holmes, Karine Polwart at The Royal Concert Hall, 19/1/17

The 2017 Celtic Connections festival is opened with a brand new face to the festival – Laura Marling, the English singer songwriter of immense pedigree and commonly regarded as “the greatest songwriter of her generation” visits the festival for the first time to team up with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley. With arrangements … Continue Reading ››

Meshuggah, The Haunted at ABC, 15/1/17

Even for fans of heavy music, a Meshuggah gig is an intimidating prospect – their extreme metal aggression fused with polyrhythmic textures makes them a disorientating experience without respite. Fellow Swedes The Haunted are the heaviest band on the bill in the vast majority of circumstances, but their thrash metal approach seems a little safe here … Continue Reading ››