The Wave (Dir. Dennis Gansel)

Emily McQueen-Govan It is easy to establish a dictatorship when the required ingredients are pre-eminent in society. That is the premise of ‘The Wave,’ Dennis Gansel’s film based on a real-life incident  which took place in a California high…

Playing Ketchup

Michelle Williams braves Ashton Lane’s newest arrival Now, I ain’t no doctor or nothin’, but I do know a thing or two about burgers. In my house burgers come fat, juicy and homemade, full of chillis and smothered in…

Le geek – c’est chic!

Tara Hepburn A friend said to me recently that she had no time for fashion — that it’s intimidating and elitist, and annoyingly ‘cool’. And whilst that’s a slightly sweeping excuse for her own sartorial ineptitude, it’s a belief…

Freshers & finals

David Kirkpatrick It’s cold outside, Christmas cards are on sale and I’m sitting waiting for a cheerful, white bearded old man to appear. There’s only one logical conclusion: it has to be the first seminar of term. But how…

Records and Rolexes – The battle for Freshers’ Week ’08

For the high-pressure occasion that is the first night of Freshers’ week, both unions competed to win freshers to their fold with big names from hugely contrasting musical spheres. Following nicely from Dizzee…

Freshers’ Week 2008 – Hayseed Dixie – QMU

It all started a long time ago, in a valley named Deer Lick Holler. A crew of young boys managed to get their hands on a couple of AC/DC records.  Only having an…

Freshers’ Week 2008 – Subcity Party – Postgraduate Club

Continuing from last years’ success, the first Subcity Party/Rave went down an absolute treat on the 26th. The Universities own mob of radio-freaks are proving time and time again that they really know how to get…

Wire – 11/09/08 – The Arches

Benzo Harris At first I was skeptical — post-punk before punk was over? Transcending the genre in the mid ‘70s? Snobbish elitism comes to mind. Well, as I waited in line around a bunch of guys who coulda been…

Filthy weekends

Gerry McKeever No doubt many among us will have spent a considerable amount of our laughably-long summer break by standing in a muddy field attempting to sing along to someone or other performing at least 15km away, by lip-reading…

The Bug feat. MC Flowdan – 12/09/08 – The Art School

Continuing the quality of acts that Glasgow reggae impressarios Mungos Hifi are bringing to the Artschool, the 12th saw London-based avant-garde soundsmith The Bug.  Known among electronica cirlces for being originally signed to Rephlex Records, the…

Metallica – Death Magnetic – Mercury Records

Graeme Stirling James Hetfield and friends return with their ninth studio album, the second to feature bassist Rob Trujillo, and the first release since 2003’s St Anger. The previous album’s stripped-down style and bizarre co-operative songwriting didn’t go down…

Fabriclive 41 – Simian Mobile – Disco Fabric Records

Fabriclive 41 comes barely a year after Simian Mobile Disco’s first reluctant commitment to record, last summer’s “Attack Decay Sustain Release”. Maintaining their improvisatory sound, this live mix sees James Ford and Jas Shaw forage through…

Kings of Leon – Only by the Night – Columbia Discs

There have been big changes in the Kings Of Leon camp since their sparkling debut ‘Holy Rover Novocaine’ exploded onto the scene in the spring of 2003. One of the many garage rock outfits to benefit…

Glasvegas – Glasvegas – SonyBMG

Glasvegas are hotly tipped to be the new Franz Ferdinand, although where they have obtained this label is somewhat unclear. Certainly, their self-titled, long awaited-for debut album showcases the Glasgow of today – our football culture,…

Naked to the Net

The internet has been pretty good for music fans over the last few years. Free downloads clog our head holes, a  stream of recommendations dribble out our ears before we can give them any attention, and…