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Single review

Mariachi El Bronx

I kind of expected that if The Bronx, a redoubtable NY outfit with good hard rocking credentials

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Gig review

Dinosaur Jr / Built To Spill

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…. don’t flip with the formula… making people deaf since 1987… of this later, but first off, the support. Veterans of seven albums, I am told, these guys let the music speak for itself. Picked to support Mr Mascis et al, they may have been selected to make him […]

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Album review

The Lowland Hundred

Well – “a concept album about Aberystwyth”, at least the press release said with some humour “come back guys, was it something we said?…”

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Album review Scottish albums

North Atlantic Oscillation

This is quite something. An Edinburgh-based three-piece who have some storming melodies, rousing choruses and sophisticated song structures (and yes I did read the press release but not quoting verbatim), they could (and are already) going far.

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Gig review

LCD Soundsystem

It was sweaty, says Betty, but LCD slayed them tonight.

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Gig review

Fuck Buttons

Arriving around 8pm I was able to catch the latter half of the support band, the Factory Floor. In a prelude to things to come the stage looked like an extension of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, with vintage analogue equipment all over the place.

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Gig review gig reviews (Scottish)

A Band Called Quinn

So here we are, not at the main ex-cinema upstairs but in the bar, and despite previous quips about sticky floors etc it looks pretty classy (or classic?).

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Album review

The Absolute Belters

Is this some kind of a joke? I kind of hope there is some comedian behind this, taking the p*** but I fear not.

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Gig review gig reviews (Scottish)

The Twilight Sad / The Unwinding Hours

Good Friday in Glasgow and we are in for a fairly apocalyptic evening. Extreme Noise Terror is on the agenda (not on the bill but you know what I mean). The guest list queue outside ABC is about as long as the regular punters’ one with some familiar faces waiting to see this first “quadrophonic” […]

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Album review

Kathryn Williams

In these days of production line pop pixies and even folk-ish acts like Mumford and Sons packing out venues, has the time finally come for one of British folks brightest talents?