The Orielles at Mono, 22/2/18

It’s been almost a year since The Orielles last played Glasgow at the very intimate Hug and Pint. Today the energetic indie trio is making an appearance in Mono and, contrary to the last time, there is quite a crowd waiting here already. Even though their debut album was released less than a week ago,Continue reading “The Orielles at Mono, 22/2/18”

Alvvays at ABC, 18/2/18

It’s the second UK date of Alvvays’ European Spring and Summer tour at Glasgow’s sold out show tonight and the band’s first return to Glasgow soil since 2017’s Antisocialites LP was released to rave reviews. Alvvays arrive on stage to a pulsating electronic synth-pop track, and the band’s name displayed on a floor to ceilingContinue reading “Alvvays at ABC, 18/2/18”

The Van T’s, Shredd, Pleasure Heads at Stereo, 16/2/18

Pleasure Heads (PLSR HDS) from Falkirk describe themselves as fuzzy pop, however on this showing they are a rock solid indie rock/pop outfit with a hankering back to 1980’s post punk. The night sees the release of their latest single ‘Middle Men’, which forms part of their guitar led set. Strong choruses, husky vocals andContinue reading “The Van T’s, Shredd, Pleasure Heads at Stereo, 16/2/18”

Nick Hakim, Jamie Isaac at Tut’s, 16/2/17

Feeling more confident about the style of Jamie Isaac’s music and what his four-piece band would be playing, I am surprised by the simple set up, of only having himself on piano, a bass player, a drummer and a bearded man in charge of samples and loops. Playing a for half an hour Isaac’s setContinue reading “Nick Hakim, Jamie Isaac at Tut’s, 16/2/17”

Kendrick Lamar at The Hydro, 11/2/18

Fresh from his explosive Grammy night performance, Kendrick Lamar brings his DAMN. tour across the Atlantic to a packed-out Hydro. As his music has moved further into the personal-political space of black life in America, it seems reasonable to wonder how well it would translate when transplanted so far from its original context. From the momentContinue reading “Kendrick Lamar at The Hydro, 11/2/18”

Celtic Connections: Out Lines, Hamish Hawk at Saint Lukes, 4/2/17

The final night of Celtic Connections and have they saved the best till last? Hamish Hawk opens the show with a stripped back set, just him and a guitar; a gentle polite set with plenty of audience interaction. The lack of accompaniment exposes the quality of his singing and songwriting to all and it goesContinue reading “Celtic Connections: Out Lines, Hamish Hawk at Saint Lukes, 4/2/17”

Celtic Connections: Hazy Recollections at ABC, 4/2/18

Presumably this Year’s Celtic Connections is the most successful yet, but a gig on a Sunday afternoon is what it’s all that about. Hazy Recollections showcases short sets from a number of artists back to back (with no discernible interval) in a chilled out, generally all seated, environment. From a personal point of view aContinue reading “Celtic Connections: Hazy Recollections at ABC, 4/2/18”

Celtic Connections: Beth Orton, Blue Rose Code at ABC, 2/2/18

With Celtic Connections drawing to a close, it’s up to nights like this to really cement the diversity of talent a city-wide festival can attract to its doors. Up first is Edinburgh-raised Ross Wilson, aka Blue Rose Code, kicking things off with fresh cuts from his critically-acclaimed third album, 2017’s The Water of Leith. FlankedContinue reading “Celtic Connections: Beth Orton, Blue Rose Code at ABC, 2/2/18”

Celtic Connections: This Is The Kit at ABC, 19/1/18

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Celtic Connections continues to be an integral part of cultural life in Glasgow. In light of Brexit, many of us are starting to feel alienated and detached from our cultural identities, and seek to find a sense of belonging and togetherness. For many, Celtic Connections is a way toContinue reading “Celtic Connections: This Is The Kit at ABC, 19/1/18”

Celtic Connections: Fiskur, Phil Taylor, Zoe Graham at The Hug and Pint, 30/1/18

Zoe Graham is an alt folk singer-songwriter from Glasgow who opens the show with a song about “industrial strength Velcro” – although it seems “industrial strength” may in fact be about people’s personalities with Graham preferring the “softer” side. Graham is very busy on stage where she uses looping to great effect with her synth,Continue reading “Celtic Connections: Fiskur, Phil Taylor, Zoe Graham at The Hug and Pint, 30/1/18”