Category Archives: live review

Sean Nicholas Savage, Kelora at Glad Café, 7/3/18

Support band Kelora are creepily atmospheric, playing gothic lullabies at a somnambulant pace. A repetitive drum machine ticks along like leaden footsteps up an old wooden staircase, their doomy songs wrapped in a thick fog of synthesizer and reverbed guitar. The venue staff at the Glad appear to be under strict instruction to keep the trio bathed … Continue Reading ››

Kendrick Lamar at The Hydro, 11/2/18

Fresh from his explosive Grammy night performance, Kendrick Lamar brings his DAMN. tour across the Atlantic to a packed-out Hydro. As his music has moved further into the personal-political space of black life in America, it seems reasonable to wonder how well it would translate when transplanted so far from its original context. From the moment Lamar springs … Continue Reading ››

Celtic Connections: Out Lines, Hamish Hawk at Saint Lukes, 4/2/17

The final night of Celtic Connections and have they saved the best till last? Hamish Hawk opens the show with a stripped back set, just him and a guitar; a gentle polite set with plenty of audience interaction. The lack of accompaniment exposes the quality of his singing and songwriting to all and it goes down well … Continue Reading ››

Celtic Connections: Hazy Recollections at ABC, 4/2/18

Presumably this Year’s Celtic Connections is the most successful yet, but a gig on a Sunday afternoon is what it’s all that about. Hazy Recollections showcases short sets from a number of artists back to back (with no discernible interval) in a chilled out, generally all seated, environment. From a personal point of view a rare appearance … Continue Reading ››