Culture



Cabaret for climate awareness: inside Ben and Jerry’s night of activism

24th September 2021

The world-famous ice cream company hosted a lively gig at St Luke’s in Glasgow to raise awareness of the climate crisis. A smoky room with a drinks bar at one corner and a free ice cream stall at the other, the Ben and Jerry’s climate awareness cabaret was already off to a solid start. With ...


Does Hairspray (2007) still ‘hold’ up?

23rd September 2021

Film & TV Editor Lucy Fitzgerald looks back on a childhood musical movie favourite and reconsiders its themes through an adult lens. The musical film Hairspray (2007), directed by Adam Shankman, is a reimagining of John Waters’ much more risqué 1988 original. Set in 1960s Baltimore, the story follows the naively idealistic Tracy Turnblad, a larger-than-life high ...


Schoolin’ life: Absence of the uni experience on TV

22nd September 2021

Bea Crawford laments the lost university experience on the small-screen due to the disproportionate amount of wild, teen-centred series If the new Gossip Girl reboot has taught us anything, it’s this: TV producers love to portray an edgy high school experience. From Skins to Riverdale and Euphoria, the running theme across most teen shows today ...


Pathetic phallusy: How gent’s genitals have dick-tated comedy in film

21st September 2021

A look into the “cocky” humour wielded by men in 2000s American movies When it comes to raunch-coms, I have never been much of a fan. There are, however, some obvious exceptions – one of which being Superbad which I treated like some sort of religious text during the less put-together phases of my teen ...


My first post-lockdown gig: anticipation & anxiety

21st September 2021

The lifting of restrictions is not without its share of worries, for artists and gig-goers alike. The last concert I attended was in February 2020, making this my longest period of time without live music since I was seven. So, you’d be forgiven for thinking that having tickets to the upcoming Sports Team concert at ...


Make some NOISE: Glasgow’s loudest new indie band

19th September 2021

NOISE hail from Dumbarton, a town to the west of Glasgow just as colourful in its culture as rough around the edges. Nothing about the four-man-band’s King Tuts set was rough around the edges, though: the six song show was seamless in its execution, a mix of older songs intermingled with never-played-before gems – Victor ...


Johnny Took: The Glow, Gallagher, and Greenock

15th September 2021

Our Editors-in-Chief Hailie and Lucy caught up with Johnny Took of the DMAs in the run-up to their long-awaited return to the UK Johnny Took, Tommy O’Dell, and Matt Mason make up the Sydney-based three-piece band that is DMA’s. Known for their Britpop vibe and having previously supported Liam Gallagher in 2019, the band are ...


The problem with Kanye West’s Donda

12th September 2021

A dark, confusing, rambling album with an unacceptable feature: it’s time to stop idealising the shock-rapper’s idea of “bravely” defying public opinion I first discovered Kanye West through an early 2010’s obsession with a Dash-owning, Playboy-modelling Kim Kardashian and her band of merrymen (a Brady–Bunch-on-acid family who doubled as co-stars). The seemingly quiet rapper...


Review: Infinite Granite by Deafheaven

8th September 2021

Despite promising to reinvent their sound, Deafheaven only succeeds in reinventing the wheel. Ever since their breakout record Sunbather, it feels like Deafheaven have been struggling to find their signature sound as a band. Each subsequent album seems to navigate a slightly different sonic terrain to the last, but none quite reach a cohesive basis ...


Wolf Alice: ‘We want Lawrence Chaney and Kieran Tierney to come to our Glasgow show’

4th September 2021

Culture Editor Jodie Leith chatted earlier in the year with Theo Ellis and Joff Oddie of Wolf Alice about their latest album, Blue Weekend, balancing expectation with growth, and why they’re guest-listing Lawrence Chaney and Kieran Tierney. Following the success of their debut album, My Love Is Cool, and four years after the following album ...