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Arab Strap

By • Oct 13th, 2016 • Category: Album review, Scottish albums

In 1996, an unlikely pair from Falkirk released an album of songs about life, the absence of love and scraping by.



Electric Frog

By • Jun 7th, 2013 • Category: Gig review, gig reviews (Scottish)

Electric Frog has become a Glasgow staple, bringing an eclectic mix of music and artists to the newly refurb’d SWG3



Spare Snare

By • May 16th, 2013 • Category: Album review, Scottish albums

This is the tenth album from Dundonian indie-rocksters Spare Snare, a band 21 years young



Sparrow and the Workshop

By • Apr 10th, 2013 • Category: Album review, Scottish albums

The first time I saw them, they were stalking across a blustery field near Oban, backstage at Dunstaffnage festival



Scunner

By • Mar 29th, 2013 • Category: Album review, Scottish albums

Ah, Scunner! A more crazy conundrum of collective consciousness has never darkened the cabariot streets of this humdrum city.



Rick Redbeard

By • Feb 25th, 2013 • Category: Album review, Scottish albums

This reviewer feels slightly sad and nostalgic sitting listening to the treat of Redbeard’s album spilling digitally from the laptop.



Therapy?

By • Dec 7th, 2012 • Category: Gig review

As Andy Cairns and his gang troop onto the stage, resplendent in kilts (“Happy f**kin’ St Andrew’s Day!”), it’s a strange wash of nostalgia and tremulous excitement which mingles with the sweat and beer.



Blood Red Shoes

By • Sep 7th, 2012 • Category: Single review

This is visceral, almost a lament, the two-piece creating layers of blood-rich warmth in the duelling vocals



Universal You

By • Dec 1st, 2011 • Category: Album review, Scottish albums

This is quite harmless nineties Euro-rock, and as such becomes palatable background music.



Mummy Short Arms

By • Nov 8th, 2011 • Category: short players (Scottish), Single review

Two tracks from Glasgow’s Mummy Short Arms, the oddly monikered gang of surrealists.