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…

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…

To creep on tip-toes

Zoe Grams hunts bears and ballet dancers at Scottish Ballet’s Ride the Beast You’d be forgiven for thinking a ballet set to five classic Radiohead songs is a marketing strategy to appeal to the yoofs; something that sits as…