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I Don’t Know How But They Found Me

By • Sep 1st, 2018 • Category: Gig review

It’s not often that the queue at King Tut’s winds out the door and down the street, but this “new” band has credentials.


By • Aug 1st, 2017 • Category: Gig review, gig reviews (Scottish)

The moment I get on the ‘shuttle bus’ (it’s a people carrier), the rain starts.

Darwin Deez / Little Comets

By • Nov 6th, 2010 • Category: Gig review

For an indie pop bop, Little Comets are utterly perfect. It seems strange that the UK’s best response to New York’s Vampire Weekend comes with a Geordie twang, but they make it work

Walter Schreifels

By • Apr 19th, 2010 • Category: Gig review

When his post-hardcore band made their long anticipated comeback in 2008, King Tut’s was sold out and sweaty. Returning on his own to promote a solo side project, Walter plays to a much thinner and more reserved crowd – but captivates just as hard with nothing but an acoustic guitar and a voice. His charming, […]

Manchester Orchestra

By • Nov 18th, 2009 • Category: Gig review

With two albums under their belt and a pretty dedicated following of their own, Manchester Orchestra seemed completely out of their comfort zone playing to a room of restless Biffy Clyro fans. Their sound is a much more delicate thing than that of the headliners, and unfortunately not a lot of the Barrowlands crowd are […]

Jack’s Mannequin

By • Sep 13th, 2009 • Category: Gig review

Hyperactive Andrew McMahon has plenty reasons to be cheerful tonight – he sold out King Tuts, got boosted up to the QMU – and judging by how densely packed even the balcony seems to be, can’t be far off capacity here too.

Friendly Fires / Hockey / Wax Stag

By • Jun 11th, 2009 • Category: Gig review

Walking into a venue the size of the Picture House and seeing an act so short in personnel as Wax Stag is an unusual thing – but when that act consists of a man at a drum kit playing along to an electronic backing, well, the whole situation becomes completely surreal.

Bell X1

By • Jun 11th, 2009 • Category: Gig review

Most bands, when they start to get a bit of commercial success, succumb to the nice, comfy lifestyle and write more obviously commercial songs. Bell X1, on the other hand, seem to be getting weirder.

The Void

By • May 27th, 2009 • Category: short players (Scottish), Single review

One of Edinburgh’s most exciting musical prospects at the moment, The Void’s sound is a winning combination of Biffyish quirky timing and Fall Out Boyish radio-friendliness.

The Coronas

By • May 27th, 2009 • Category: Single review

Named after the beer, or the plasma atmosphere around the sun (yeah, thanks Wikipedia)? From the glaikit faces on the front of the CD, the smart money’s got to be on the beer.