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Live Music

The Queen of Folk returns: Joan Baez at Queen’s Hall

17th March Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh How many women over a certain age do we see in the popular music scene? How many women do we consider to have changed its history? Joan Baez starts her concert with one of her most beautiful songs, ‘There But For Fortune’. She stands alone against the red backdrop in […]

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Film

Interview: Fergus Doyle and Luka Vukos talk their science-fiction short film Lose Like a Human

The independent Edinburgh-based production company Neon-Eye has recently completed a short science-fiction film Lose Like a Human, created by two University of Edinburgh alumni, screenwriter Fergus Doyle and director Luka Vukos. Set around a conversation over a game of chess between an AI Otto and its creator Jane, the film tackles questions of sociality, ethics […]

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albums Music New Sounds

Album review: Sun Ra, Gershwin, and the symbiosis within American jazz

4/5 stars The essence of jazz lies in the merging of two different Americas – one European and one African, one in Tin-Pan Alley and one in Harlem. It is in Ella Fitzgerald singing ‘Summertime’; it is in Sun Ra both chanting ‘Nuclear War’ on top of a bebop rhythm and reimagining Gershwin’s orchestral compositions. […]

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albums Music

A restless return from Charlotte Gainsbourg

Rating: 4/5 After 7 years of silence, French-British singer and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg confidently comes back with her 5th album, Rest ­– a powerful and intimate ode to life, death and the grief that comes in between. It is definitely the strength with which Gainsbourg unravels her personal drama of the deaths of her half-sister […]

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Music

The myth of tormented genius: the link between mental health and creativity

In the contemporary perception of extraordinary artistry, it seems that the question of what is older – the history of music or the history of mental illness – has almost become the chicken and the egg conundrum. Even more radically in the eyes of the general public and media, they are essentially the same. This […]

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albums Music

Albums of the Summer 2017: Cigarettes After Sex, ‘Cigarettes After Sex’

If one thing can be said for certain about a current four-piece ambient-pop band from Texas, Cigarettes After Sex, it is that they are consistent: low resolution-looking black covers with minimalistic images; the slow, sensual rhythms; the deep, androgynous and absolutely stunning voice of their founder and frontman Greg Gonzalez; the melancholically pop lyrics. The […]

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Fringe Music

A Brief History of DISCO

It seems that during the Fringe every spare room in the city becomes a venue. Down the stairs of SpaceTriplex – just like a rabbit hole – a spectator reaches a rather small room, where they are greeted by a seven-piece band enticing them inside with the sounds of ‘Boogie Wonderland’. With this funky melody […]

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Music

Sofar Sounds: Changing the way we listen to music

Whether by a coincidence or as an intended reference, the alternative name for Sofar Sounds shares the title with the album by Leonard Cohen, Songs from a Room. A simple, unpretentious and elegant invitation to come in, sit down and listen – if you are lucky enough to make it to the list. Born in […]