Das Pop – 17/02/2009 – King Tut’s

“Children of Glasgow. We are Das Pop. We are going to be your friends tonight.” Lights focus on sparkling drums, then bass, guitar and finally vocals; a slick opening to a buzzing, animated and surprisingly friendly…

Peter Doherty – 24/02/2009 – The Arches

Languorous types Ex-Lovers kick off tonight’s proceedings.   Sadly, their half-dreamy, half-bored take on inter-band relationships (as The NME would have it) loses its wintery, ethereal quality in a space so huge and is simply lost on…

Emmy: the greatest show on Earth?

Emmy the Great’s frontwoman stops to talk Cantopop, Sweet Valley High and Samuel Beckett with Oisín Kealy Emma-Lee Moss has been ‘next year’s big thing’ since 2006. This year, she’s more of a buried treasure. It seems folk was…

Swap shop

Gloom is looming, credit is crunching, and it’s still too expensive to turn the heating on. Given the ever more realistic prospect that none of us may ever find the proper job we need to fend…

Espresso yourself

Claire Strickett ups her caffeine intake and reviews coffee houses in the West End There are times in life — after a grilling in your 9am tutorial; when you have 1000 words to go on your essay the day…

Giving weight to proceedings

Markee Rambo-Hood on a bold but flawed performance of Paperweight at the Citizens Theatre Paperweight details the struggle of two office workers and the monotony of their office life. The play follows a working day in the life of…

Heretics and Philistines

Dominic Maxwell-Lewis is disappointed by the Tron’s overambition in Defender of the Faith Set in a farmhouse on the Irish border against a backdrop of uncompromising republicanism, Defender of The Faith tells the story of a family torn apart…

Learning some manners

Willy Russell’s classic drama is starting to show its age, writes Tom Bonnick Staging productions of plays that have already been made into widely acclaimed, arguably better, films always seems like a daring gambit, and perhaps for this reason…

No encouragement needed

Tom Bonnick Rebecca Stott once wrote that one in four listeners of Radio 4 have started writing a novel, a statistic which, anecdotally speaking, I can attest to. Given the unbelievably large, exponential growth in the numbers of published…

A crass examination

A spectacular set is let down by poor timing in An Inspector Calls, writes Sarah Smith Having seen, and loved, Stephen Daldry’s production of An Inspector Calls five years ago, I had high expectations for this performance. Unfortunately, whilst…

Tigers earn their stripes

Glasgow University Tigers overpowered the Teeside Cougars as they impressively continued their march to the playoffs. Whilst the start of the season saw the new squad struggling to generate momentum, their imperious home form at…

You only swing when you’re winning

I’m about as far away from Carnoustie as you can probably imagine; I’m currently huddled in a dank pub toilet in Carluke on the phone to golf captain David Taggart. He is about to head…

Hockey team back on form

In a season that has been marred all too often by frustration and set backs Glasgow University hockey managed to haul their campaign back on track with an emphatic victory over a beleaguered Ayr side at the Garscube. Glasgow…

Three cheers for Glasgow

Rebecca Day dusts off her pom poms to train with the GU cheerleaders It is hard to ignore the stereotype entrenched in the mind when someone mentions the word ‘cheerleader’. It has almost become a by-word for blond, tanned…