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The Concretes

By • Dec 9th, 2010 • Category: Gig review

“Unexpected cold weather and snow cause untold mayhem and abject chaos across the entirety of the UK. Again. Roads blocked, airports closed, gig attendance at all time low.” Sigh, what a shame.

Dan Sartain

By • Jun 3rd, 2010 • Category: Gig review

So on to the stage saunters Dan Sartain in The Captain’s Rest, looking every inch the rock and roll rake that he is, both in stature and demeanour.

Dan Sartain

By • May 14th, 2010 • Category: Album review

Dan Sartain Lives! cries the album title and this doozy sounds not like the lurching, fetid, corpse of a reanimated zombie rock and roller but a shiny and brilliant, celestial rebirth in Dante’s Inferno.

The Black Hand Gang

By • May 14th, 2010 • Category: short players (Scottish), Single review

The Black Hand Gang, as everyone should know, were the spark that triggered the onset of the First World War. By plotting and eventually executing a rather important Austrian chap by the name of Franz Ferdinand decades of tension over territory in Europe came to a head in a fairly catastrophic way. Interestingly, Franz Ferdinand […]

Woodenbox With a Fistful Of Fivers

By • May 5th, 2010 • Category: short players (Scottish), Single review

A rollicking throw down of a tune that kicks in all rock-a-billy drum skiffles with jangly wee guitar licks on top.

Right Hand Left

By • May 5th, 2010 • Category: Single review

Sweet Jesus! Right Hand Leftʼs singer sounds a lot like Sting. Maybe Sting trapped in a cave what with all of that ʻatmosphericʼ reverb ladled on top of the vocals.

The Futureheads

By • May 5th, 2010 • Category: Gig review

Big Jimmy Singhʼs on the Maryhill Road was, and undoubtedly still is, brilliant for many, many reasons. Not least of these reasons is the fact that they used to sell six tins of icy cold, crisp and refreshing Miller for a snip at four pounds and fifty pence.

Shy Child

By • Apr 17th, 2010 • Category: Album review

Shy Childʼs fourth album and the New York duoʼs ʻfeminineʼ album to counter balance Noise Wonʼt Stopʼs more ʻmasculineʼ beats.

Echoes Fall

By • Apr 11th, 2010 • Category: Single review

Admittedly Iʼve never actually been to Ipswich but Echoes Fall seem suitably familiar with it to compare it with some confidence to a ʻcesspoolʼ.


By • Apr 10th, 2010 • Category: Single review

What fortuitous timing that Londonʼs Mahavira choose now to release their new E.P. ʻHalf Lightʼ.