Icky Blossoms – ‘Icky Blossoms’

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Icky Blossoms. Shit name, isn’t it? You’d expect a band called Icky Blossoms to be a white boy-girl combo who do ironic ukulele covers of rap songs and the Lon Lon Farm theme, and are really, really brilliant at social media. But such nightmare visions of twee hipster turpitude are unfounded.
While [...]

Tectonics Festival 11-12 May

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Israeli conductor Ilan Volkov curating a festival alongside the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, you say? How wonderfully highbrow. Perhaps too highbrow, for me at least – or perhaps not.
In fact, last weekend’s Tectonics Festival packed out Glasgow’s City Halls with an unusually mixed crowd of bespeckled twenty-something hipsters, chin stroking classical music aficionados, and just about [...]

The Family Rain/Deap Vally @ Scala 22/5

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

London’s Scala venue is near-capacity. Apart from the usual young music fans there are quite a lot of lads out tonight, and a visible Rock Dad contingency.
In fact the scales seem to be slightly tipped in favour of the gents this evening, which in my experience is pretty bloody unusual when [...]

Quickbeam – ‘Quickbeam’

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Glasgow’s Quickbeam are already making waves on the alt-folk scene in Scotland and their debut album marks their arrival into the popular folk echelons with aplomb.
The 12-track self-titled player is beautifully layered, with soaring and affecting music that will touch even those with the sombre of hearts. Their lyrical flair is clear throughout and beautifully [...]

Stag & Dagger 2013

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Across seven different venues in Glasgow over 30 acts took to the stage on  a very wet Stag & Dagger weekend. With bands starting from as early as 2pm and DJ’s playing into the night till 3am, the weather did little to alter attendance.
Umbrella and sunglasses in check, in preparation for any typical trends in [...]

Emily Wells – ‘Mama’

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

The majority of Emily Wells’ new fans will have arrived at her fairyland, hip-hop indebted rock through the inclusion of her song “Becomes the Color” in Park Chan-Wook’s Stoker.
It was one of those magic moments where song, visuals and story synthesised into art that stole your breath away, and resulted in the [...]

Song of the Day: Department M – ‘Absentia’

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

The amount of pounding new electronica artists flooding the music industry at the moment is at times overwhelming.
I am not going to lie; I have found a number of them extremely boring and feel they are bringing absolutely nothing new to the table. Differentiation is something I bang on about constantly, but Song of the [...]

Carnivores – ‘You Digust Me’

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Carnivores are hilariously blunt. Unless you’re some kind of metal otaku it can be tricky to distinguish the bands working the crowded Kerrang!-approved post-grunge hard rock scene, and if Carnivores don’t immediately stand out musically song titles like “Scottish Football” and “The Second Wave Of Yuppie Scum” do the trick. By which it should not [...]