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The Airborne Toxic Event

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

For such a sensational band, The Airborne Toxic Event are potentially the most unpretentious bunch of people you could hope to come across. 



We Were Promised Jetpacks / Jesus H. Foxx / The Little Kicks

By • Oct 31st, 2008 • Category: Gig review, gig reviews (Scottish)

Firstly, in an entirely irrelevant observation; allow me to state that there is an unsettling proportion of extraordinarily tall people in attendance tonight.



Zoey Van Goey / The Starlets / John B McKenna

By • Oct 2nd, 2008 • Category: Gig review, itm? live

“Eh, I’m quite drunk”. So declares John B McKenna, offering a somewhat unnecessary disclaimer to his appreciative audience. If McKenna was to be judged solely on his appearance and verbose lyricism, the verdict would surely be something along the lines of ‘tortured artist type’. But his frequent and charming between-song banter (including a plug of […]



The Whip

By • Mar 24th, 2008 • Category: Single review

Mancunian four-piece The Whip were described by Lily Allen as “more gratitude than attitude” after a recent appearance on her BBC Three show.



Long Blondes

By • Mar 24th, 2008 • Category: Single review

The Long Blondes’ Kate Jackson would appear to have swapped her tweed pencil skirts and berets for neon leggings and a glittery boob tube if new single ‘Century’ is anything to go by. It’s a stabbing, even menacing song in places, with some early-90s esque synthesisers providing the backdrop. There is some respite however, as […]



Camera Obscura

By • Feb 6th, 2008 • Category: Gig review

“I dearly like the west…” croons Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell. The diminutive frontwoman seems genuinely pleased to be back on stage at Glasgow’s ABC, the band’s first Scottish date since last summer.



Kid Carpet

By • Oct 23rd, 2007 • Category: Gig review

Kid Carpet is possibly the perfect example of, well, quite a few things. On the one hand he is a born entertainer possessing an inimitable imagination.



Kid Carpet – interview

By • Oct 23rd, 2007 • Category: Feature

Kid Carpet – the UK’s top purveyor of Fisher Price electronica – has just completed a Scottish mini-tourin conjunction with is this music? and those nice people at the Greenside Hotel in Leslie. Which is where Laura Barbour met the Kid, to discuss his his sound, his image, and of course, his plans for a […]



Franz Ferdinand

By • Sep 19th, 2007 • Category: Gig review

Begrudgingly esteemed by many a musical anorak as one of the “better” guitar bands of recent years, Franz Ferdinand are apparently amidst a departure from said style in favour of a more experimental sound.