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short players (Scottish) Single review

Frightened Rabbit

This has a lilting, rhythmic feel, Scottish folk traditions, enveloped in an uplifting sentiment.

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short players (Scottish) Single review

Ming Ming and the Ching Chings

The raucous and relentless energy of ‘Show Off’ is exactly reminiscent of their amazing live shows, a high-energy race to the finish with polished percussive interjections and frenetic vocals.

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short players (Scottish) Single review

The Stark Palace

I love The Stark Palace. With Roger Simian (of Dawn of the Replicants fame)and Cameron Jack, it’s always the whole hog, the real deal.

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short players (Scottish) Single review

Ming Ming and the Ching Chings

The raucous and relentless energy of ‘Show Off’ is exactly reminiscent of their amazing live shows

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Single review

Venetia and the Voltage

I know I’m a stickler for such things, but the title of this song is a question, yet Venetia seems to believe her previous superstar DJ fame means she can overlook such unimportant aspects of life such as punctuation…

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Gig review gig reviews (Scottish)

Cruiser

Resplendent in tartan, Cruiser are in line with the weekend’s Scottish theme.

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Album review

Marble Valley

“Former PAVEMENT member STEVE WEST” the sticker on the album yells at me, and as I listen I can certainly hear the Pavement influence, in so much as it is crafty and horizontal at times

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Gig review

Kristin Hersh – Paradoxical Undressing

When I was 17 I was given a taped recording of some album or other. Now for those of us old enough to remember making tapes for people, there would inevitably be that moment where you would have to decide whether to fill the space at the end of a side with random tracks, or […]

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Gig review

How To Swim / Rick Redbeard

Rick Redbeard isn’t helping my pirate fascination, and I walk in expecting to see a crafty Edward Teach type, though perhaps a little less walk-the-plank and rather more yo-ho-ho (with the obligatory bottle of rum).

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Gig review

Dunstaffnage Music Festival

FRIDAY NIGHT The last drops of the cheap dark rum flow from the bottle as the rain comes crashing down, plummeting earthwards in a clear attempt to stop us having any fun. A weathered roadie watches as the ground swells with water, and the tents are lashed by a wind skimming straight over angry waves […]