Taking a peek at Cafezique

Claire Strickett They don’t quite spell it out for you, but it’s clear enough – at Cafezique, the focus is on the food. Everything about it screams casual, the atmosphere falling somewhere between café and gastropub. It’s a tiny…

Insight into a colossal mind

Gerry McKeever kicks back with Roots Manuva Roots treads the imaginary tightrope of success with a flair few can claim to posses. Somehow, he has nestled into the hearts of a huge number of fans in the UK and…

British Sea Power – 11/10/08 – ABC

Lewis Porteous Since Franz Ferdinand hijacked it for marketing purposes, the term ‘art rock’ has become synonymous with impotent posturing; the genre of choice for musicians who favour style over substance and real ideas. When British Sea Power’s debut…

Mr. Scruff – Ninja Tuna – Ninja Tune

Oisín Kealy Mr Scruff is the nom de plume of one Andy Carthy, and by all accounts a title that has become synonymous with marathon DJ sets of outstanding quality. Here on his first release of new material since…

Classical Music Series – Sep to Oct 2008 – Glasgow University

Running quietly alongside the new academic year is 2008-09’s Music in the University programme, a series of concerts from high-profile performers, both classical and contemporary. If it sounds like some musty anachronism then you should read…

Back in the groove

Gerry McKeever 2.16! This apparently insignificant number may seem innocent and unthreatening to the untrained eye, possibly even alluring with it’s carefully constructed camouflage. Nevertheless, take note, with the imminent approach of the Hallowed 31st, this little rotter has…

Reluctant thoroughbreds of rock

Declan McKay finds his way backstage to meet Foals at Glasgow’s Barrowlands So there I was, being led nervously through the winding and somewhat grimly clad corridors and stairways of the infamous Glasgow Barrowlands to conduct my first ever…

In from the cold

Laura Doherty verbally jams with Adem, and tries to avoid the f-word If you type ‘ADEM’ into google you’ll find info-sites on Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis, a rather complicated and nasty sounding brain affliction. “It’s also Danish for ‘breathe’, or…

Ronnie Spector – 29/09/08 – The Arches

As a cursory glance at her official website will suggest, Ronnie Spector is obsessed with the notion of ‘rocking,’ perhaps to an extent not usually expected of a sixty-five year old. “I started out rocking,” she…

Six stringed safari

The Ullapool Guitar Festival is different. Here’s the basic plot: the venues are the high school theatre, where there is an afternoon performance and an evening performance, and a local hotel bar, where a late night…

Shouts & murmurs of an American psyche

Tom Bonnick chews the fat over culture, politics, and stupid news anchors with George Saunders, the funniest smart-guy — or maybe the smartest funny-guy — in the room George Saunders is one of America’s leading contemporary satirists. The author…

Participation prerequisite

James Porteous Following Guardian’s coverage of campus elections last year, in which the apparent apathy amongst students towards campus politics was brought into focus (with many electoral positons running un-opposed, or suffering from a low voter turnout), it is…

The rough and the smooth

George Binning The inhabitants of Guardian’s office have spent the past year (at least) pretending to ignore the radical developments going on in the Hub. It has been the general consensus that finding your news by looking out of…

Conflict of interest at Fresher’s Fair

George Binning The Officer Training Corps (OTC) clashed with the Stop the War Coalition (STWC) in their bids to win over new students in the Freshers’ Fair. Though all student societies had been briefed by the SRC to keep…