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They Might Be Giants

One of the most prolific songwriting duos around, They Might Be Giants prove that once again they can successfully go back and forth between humorous parody and sincere songs, sometimes within the same track, across a number of different genres, and still be clever and catchy.

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Album review

Those Dancing Days

Like a statement of intent, the opening track ‘Reaching Forward’ of the new Those Dancing Days album begins with a terrifyingly electro synth line

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Gig review

Ben Folds

The lyrics on Ben Folds’ new album, Lonely Avenue, were written by author Nick Hornby, and Folds is proud to remind us of that fact. “This stuff comes from Nick Hornby’s head… he writes books!” Folds announces, eyes beaming with admiration, before launching into ‘Belinda’.

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Album review Scottish albums

The Steals

The Steals’ debut album, ‘Static Kingdom’, is the soundtrack to a cartographer’s voyage of discovery into lands unknown.

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short players (Scottish) Single review

The OK Social Club

Now into their third EP, you’d think it would feel like business as usual for Edinburgh four-piece The OK Social Club. Named after their producer, Andy Howden, That Howden Sound collates three different songs of jagged indie-punk.

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Gig review

Frank Turner

With a background in hardcore punk music, it’s rather surprising that Frank Turner’s solo career consists of acoustic songs, but these aren’t sit-down acoustic folk ballads; they’re stand up and sing-along acoustic belters. As his tall frame takes the stage as though climbing a victory podium, he’s flanked by a military snare-loving drum kit, embossing […]

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Gig review

Spoon / White Rabbits

American college indie rock is a well-explored genre in the States, but the barrage of t-shirt and jeans bands rarely seem to bleep on our radar. Two such examples are Spoon, who hit their stride in the mid-naughties, and White Rabbits, more recent scenesters.

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Gig review

Them Crooked Vultures

I can’t imagine Josh Homme was too popular with the Corn Exchange staff, who are more at home doing wedding receptions and corporate events, when he told the sold out crowd they were welcome to climb on peoples’ shoulders, drink heavily and crowd surf.

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Found / Dead Boy Robotics / Not Squares

The night of electronic splendours began with Belfast-based Madchester-inspired three-piece Not Squares.