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How we write abuse

11th October 2023

A reading of the controversial novel A Little Life. CW: Rape, Paedophilia, Self-Harm A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara chronicles the life of Jude St. Francis — whose past is shrouded in mystery — and his college friends Malcolm, Willem and Jean-Baptiste (aka JB). The story begins with the four of them plunging into New ...


Review: Yeule – Softscars

30th September 2023

Softscars, the latest release in Yeule’s boundlessly experimental catalogue, is the glitch princess’s very own alt – rock dreamscape. There is a strong argument that right now, in 2023, the musical landscape has become bleak. Major labels continue to dominate the industry, sounds remain shaped by algorithms, artificial intelligence threatens to dehumanise the nature of ...


Folly Group support Geese at King Tuts – Review

28th September 2023

Matthew Patrizio reviews Geese’s appearance at King Tuts this month ahead of the release of their second album. The New York quintet, Geese, returned to Glasgow’s infamous King Tuts for their second world tour celebrating the release of their new album “3D Country”. I was first made aware of Geese after the release of their ...


Review: Sprain – The Lamb as Effigy

18th September 2023

The Lamb As Effigy, Sprain’s latest attempt at achieving the incomprehensible, sees them fall short despite their respectably lofty ambitions. Black Country, New Road. Black Midi. Squid. Saxophones and schoolboy-ish 27 year olds. References, references, inspiration, “The Scene”. Swans and Godspeed! You Black Emperor and yes it’s the same riff for 10 minutes, that’s the ...


The Campus Novel, from an on-campus viewpoint

5th September 2023

Book Columnist Ruhee Parelkar explains the endless appeal of the campus novel. Before I came to university, my understanding of what university life would be was created by the campus novel. I spent countless hours sifting through books, looking up academia mood boards on Pinterest and fantasising about how my life would change the moment ...


R.F. Kuang’s Yellowface is a brilliantly unhinged modern satire

5th September 2023

Yellowface sharply reimagines archaic racial politics under the professional sheen of the publishing industry Yellowface. A word that has near-centuries of stories attached to it. A caricature once attached to the 20th-century Hollywood industry, where white actors would portray East Asian characters through harmful stereotypes (famously, Anna May Wong was a victim of this). In ...


The Chats @ The Barras

26th May 2023

Unapologetic Aussie pub punk rock band The Chats produced a mature performance at the Barras on the tour of their second album, Get Fucked; in the same way it’s almost endearing and grown up when a toddler tells you to fuck off.  I often write reviews straight after the gig meticulously taking notes throughout, but ...


Beautiful and experimental: Review of Dragonfall by L. R. Lam

26th April 2023

With progressive representation and constant shifts of narrative perspectives, Dragonfall is a unique intervention in the fantasy canon. “If there can be dragons in fantasy, why can’t there be queer people?” I remember a colleague on my Fantasy MLitt commenting in a discussion on diversity within the genre. It’s fitting, then, that Sunday Times bestseller ...


The downfall of the smashing pumpkins

29th March 2023

ATUM – A Rock-Opera In Three Acts is a resounding disappointment and a damning indictment of the band’s decline. A wave of excitement came over me when I heard the Pumpkins were putting out a sequel to their epic album Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness. Along with Siamese Dream, their dazzling 1995 release won ...


Review: Joesef’s pinnacle gig of his career @ Barrowlands

29th March 2023

The East-end Glaswegian singer sells out two nights. Lights up, pints downed and Beyonce’s Break my Soul: the beginning of the Barrowlands gig for the East End singer was always going to be a standout. In a venue of such momentous Scottish music moments, the Barrowlands’ stairs welcomed a new crowd for such a personable, ...