Who are you kidding?

… receives a lesson in indie from Black Kids’ lead, Reggie Youngblood It has been a little over a year since Black Kids played the Athens pop festival, their first gig outside of their hometown in…

Mystery Jets – 25/10/2008 – QMU

Ellie Gallagher The grins on the faces of mid-pubescent crowd widened as the sirens of Hideaway signalled the Mystery Jets’ entrance, rolling out the opening of their set with fingers flying, but bodies still and faces straight (A little…

Hot Chip – 02/11/2008 – Carling Academy

Catriona Reilly Never has the clichéd phrase ‘the crowd was buzzing with excitement’ meant so much; by the time Hot Chip ascended to the stage of the cavernous Carling academy the crowd was ready to explode. Initiating the frenzy,…

Squarepusher – Just a Souvenir – Warp Records

Rudi Zygadlo Squarepusher’s music is often tagged with genres like drill ‘n’ bass – Warp Records’ own online store categorizes him as breakcore. However, it is apparent from his latest installment, ‘Just a souvenir’ that the amen break is…

Deerhunter – Microcastle – Kranky Records

Sanne Stienstra It was no surprise when Deerhunter’s third full-length release Microcastle leaked onto the internet nearly five months before it was due to come out. What was unexpected, however, was the mass of confusion following this regarding the…

Timeless qualities

Gerry McKeever During the Smashing Pumpkins SECC show last year, notoriously onerous front-man Billy Corgan responded characteristically bluntly to the crowd’s light-hearted boos.  Glasgow’s finest had ‘feigned’ offence at the mere mention of England, through a reference to Manchester’s…

Bad dreams in the night

Tom Bonnick revisits Ken Loach’s magnum opus, Cathy Come Home First aired in 1966 as part of the BBC’s — now sadly extinct — The Wednesday Play strand, Cathy Come Home is the story for which the word ‘harrowing’…

Keeping it in the family

Kate Hughes previews the Theatre Royal’s new season-opener, The Secret Marriage Scottish Opera began their winter season with an inspired adaptation of Italian composer Domenico Cimarosa’s most lauded work, his 1792 opera Il Matrimonio Segreto (The Secret Marriage). Director…

Black and white vision

Claire Strickett So you’re off to the cinema to see a film. Why?  I don’t ask why you are going to the cinema as such  (Boredom? Procrastination? A new love interest?) but rather, why are you going to see…

Burn After Reading (Dir: Ethan & Joel Coen)

Lewis Porteous It seems as though, following the twin misfires of Intolerable Cruelty and The Ladykillers, fresh offerings from the Coen brothers will always be treated with a degree of suspicion. Indeed, some quarters, convinced of the duo’s decline,…