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The Moth and the Mirror

By • Oct 16th, 2011 • Category: Album review, Scottish albums

This is a fantastic album. Like an approaching thunder storm over the Kilpatrick Hills, every song holds an intensity, a sense of immediacy and drama, but it doesn’t come across as anything too overbearing

Electric Frog

By • Sep 14th, 2011 • Category: Gig review

A rather ominous sky welcomes revellers to the Electric Frog all-dayer down at SWG3, though the puddles forming around our ankles can’t shake the excitement building over the rather delicious live acts preparing to take to the stage.

The Pictish Trail, James Yorkston and Lisa O’Neill

By • Aug 30th, 2011 • Category: Gig review, gig reviews (Scottish)

As part of the innovative Unbound series of free, unticketed shows at the Book Festival this year, it is certainly a real treat to see such established musicians for nowt.


By • Aug 26th, 2011 • Category: Album review, Scottish albums

This is one of those moments when pressing is a scary prospect.

Nico’s Bike

By • Jun 24th, 2011 • Category: short players (Scottish), Single review

A rhythmic offering of lo-fi delights from Nico’s Bike. With ‘Sharkbait’ we dip toes into the Blondie-inspired waters

Le Reno Amps

By • Jun 23rd, 2011 • Category: short players (Scottish), Single review

Apparently, God Loves a Trier – well, this is a band who have been plodding happily along for some time now, and thank goodness they’ve stuck it out, if this new EP is anything to go by.


By • Jun 20th, 2011 • Category: Gig review

It’s been around six years since I last saw Ladytron, and was wowed by the effortless cool they expel from every stylish pore. Their music is at once hypnotic, yet prescient, a mixture of bold statement and subtle derision.


By • Jun 18th, 2010 • Category: Gig review

Here’s a top tip: never book a gig on the same day as a major sporting event. As people gave their Saturday up for the footie, the city’s pubs and venues were noticeably devoid of punters

Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers

By • Jun 17th, 2010 • Category: Gig review, gig reviews (Scottish)

The Stow College record label Electric Honey has, over the years, brought to our ears many delights from bands such as Belle and Sebastian, Wake the President, Biffy Clyro and now Woodenbox.

Blood Red Shoes / Underground Railroad

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

Underground Railroad are onstage as I arrive, an eye-pleasing three-piece from Paris, who live in London.