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Calexico and Iron & Wine are better off seperate

As their combined name suggests, Calexico and Iron & Wine are the coming together of two unlikely projects; sometimes a beautiful blend, other times an eclectic jumble (the fact that they retain their own names is telling). Nevertheless, they are a wonderfully talented group of musicians and they entertained a full Usher Hall on a […]

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Live Review: Samantha Crain & Hamish Hawk are charming with witty and wistful songs

Taking the stage in the rather lovely ‘Main Hall’ at Summerhall, adorned with its red-velvet curtains, were two captivating singer-songwriters. Whilst different in style, Hamish Hawk and Samantha Crain share an enviable skill for crafting lyrics and melody. Both entertained a seated audience of all ages with endearing charm and skill, warming an already mild […]

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Live Review: Sharon van Etten beguiles a crowded Saint Luke’s with diverse musical brilliance

The throbbing synth and ominous hum of ‘Jupiter 4’ fills the room as the band starts. The crowd falls into a tense silence – the bass drum kicks in – and then erupts as Sharon Van Etten walks on stage. Effortless and nuanced, the song swells and soars, and a truly spectacular musical performance at […]

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Frank Turner loses all subtlety on latest music therapy session

Frank Turner’s latest EP, Don’t Worry, continues his recent trend of what might be best described as music-therapy pop. It comes to join the string of singles surrounding his Be More Kind album of last year, as Frank attempts to console us as our world goes to shit. The EP opens with its namesake and […]