2011 February



Historic race for Rectorship

12th February 2011

The contest to become the University of Glasgow’s 121st Rector has begun with two candidates vying for the position - current rector Charles Kennedy and contender Alison Louise Kennedy....


Hetherington re-opened by students

12th February 2011

The abandoned Hetherington Research Club has been occupied by various activist groups in protest to proposed cuts to Higher Education....


GUU hosts series of debates

12th February 2011

The Glasgow University Union (GUU) has continued its tradition of debating by hosting two political debates....


Consultation over future of higher education

12th February 2011

The Scottish Government has published its Green Paper on the future of Higher Education in Scotland....


A World of Music – Celtic Connections 2011

10th February 2011

The award winning Glasgow based music festival was back again this January, bigger and better than ever. The cross-genre, multi-venue extravaganza showcased a little bit of everything, from hot new talent (Rachel Sermanni) to guitar legends (Richard Thompson), folk heroes (Sharon Shannon) to Indie giants (The Walkmen). With so many fantastic evenings of music you ...


Don’t let the beard fool you… he isn’t folk

10th February 2011

Nick Biggs talks with Iron & Wine about religious influence, film professorship and the joys of collaboration. Over the last decade Sam Beam (or Iron & Wine, as he is better known) has become well known for writing songs about love, recording on a shoe-string, and his distinctive, melodic guitar picking. His new release, entitled ...


Vital Signs, Broken Sleep

10th February 2011

Jean-Xavier Boucherat chats with Ben Chansy, aka Six Organs of Admittance. As might have been mentioned, we’re big fans of inane genre tags. The uselessly vague Freak-Folk label started getting thrown around in self-absorbed magazines around about the turn of the century and since then has repeatedly failed to encapsulate an abundance of interesting sounds, ...


Critical Mass

10th February 2011

My flatmate said something really clever not so long ago, which was, there is really just too much music. He’s almost certainly right. Musicians and producers the world over should really take a year out and let everyone catch up. I can just see lovers the world over locking themselves up in cheap hotel rooms, ...


James Blake – James Blake

10th February 2011

I wearied of the term dubstep far quicker than I imagined I would, and as such I instantaneously grew weary of the term post-dubstep.  As the year begins to shape up, and various music polls tip their tainted hats towards ‘new’ artists that have been recording and releasing music for a considerable time longer than published, ...


Ebsen and the Witch – Violet Cries

10th February 2011

Here is a band fairly much surrounded by hype. Upon listening to their debut album however, it would appear that it is well deserved. Violet Cries is a stunningly theatrical work, yet one that never approaches melodrama, full of eerie echoes and ghostly vocals. Opening track Argyria starts delicately, barely there at all. A distant ...