Music



Is there an ethical streaming service?

22nd February 2021

From Spotify to Soundcloud, writer Joe Evans wonders if there is any platform available for musicians to share their music free of exploitation. Does anyone remember when Taylor Swift removed her entire catalogue from Spotify in 2014? Don’t worry if you had forgotten, her three-year stand against the pathetic rates Spotify pays artists ended after ...


Review: evermore by Taylor Swift

17th February 2021

 Is evermore just folklore part two, or something more? Unlike the wait for this review, Taylor Swift’s new album quickly dropped out of the blue and sent the fans insane last month. This was the shortest period between albums and really fit the weirdness of 2020. Taylor self-admittedly tends to think of albums as phases ...


Valentine’s Day Playlist 2021

13th February 2021

 “Expect many disco hits and the inevitable come-down of Jeff Buckley.” I thought I’d select these songs as a dedication to lovers, best friends, secret admirers and all the love in between. There’s no better connection than dancing with those you love, something that most of 2020 left us only dreaming about. As we remain ...


Movements that shaped us: Rave

10th February 2021

In a continuation of our Movements that shaped us series, Megan Farrimond takes a look at the 1990s rave movement and the culture surrounding what the government calls “the succession of repetitive beats”. When acid house hit the UK, it changed the way dance music was consumed. Taking the amateur DJ to the streets, warehouses, ...


Memories of a gig: The 1975

9th February 2021

Our debut gig-goer is Lauren Lilley, who looks back on The 1975’s Hydro gig this year with fond memories of a show more like a gathering of a community, and a band that soundtracked her teenage years. Without a doubt, the best ever gig I have been to was seeing The 1975 for the fourth ...


Musicians of Glasgow Uni: Loup Havenith

6th February 2021

A continuation of the Musicians of Glasgow Uni series, Music Editor Jodie Leith delivers some quick-fire questions to our music-making students. Highlighting the rich musical talent gracing our (online) lectures, we take a look at musician’s background, music, interests, and how they’re finding life as a student at UofG (in a pandemic). This time, The ...


IDESTROY: ‘The punk scene has welcomed us with open arms’

6th February 2021

IDESTROY guitarist and vocalist Bec Jevons chats with writer Joe Evans about the punk scene, her experience of groping at gigs, guitars being stolen (and rescued) in Glasgow, and their upcoming debut album, We Are Girls. CW: Sexual harassment and assault IDESTROY are a three-piece Bristol band composed of Bec Jevons (vocals/guitar), Nicola Wilton-Baker (bass/backing ...


Review: Spare Ribs by Sleaford Mods

6th February 2021

Unapologetically sharp and charged with opinion, Sleaford Mods return with Spare Ribs, a record which, despite an attempt to carve an original sound, fails to take chances – and pales in comparison to earlier works. The most immediately appealing aspect of Sleaford Mods’ latest record is its title. Spare Ribs: it summons up some vivid, ...


Is Spotify Wrapped a new national holiday?

2nd February 2021

Does Spotify Wrapped regain a communal listening that has been lost in the age of headphones, or is it merely an exercise in marketing and data-harvesting? If we read it charitably, Spotify Wrapped – the annual roundup of what albums, songs, artists, and podcasts Spotify users listened to most from 1 January to 31 October ...


An album that soundtracks my life: Life in Cartoon Motion by MIKA

1st February 2021

For our next instalment in our ongoing series, Lucy Fitzgerald celebrates MIKA’s infectiously upbeat debut album Life in Cartoon Motion. While snubbed by music critics, Lucy maintains MIKA’s debut contains a pop optimism and male flamboyance which is yet to be matched by today’s top music figures (with the exception of Jojo Siwa). Life in ...