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The Twilight Sad shroud Usher Hall in awe

Fresh off the back of winning The Skinny’s Scottish Album of the Year Award and not too far gone from touring with the behemoths that are The Cure, The Twilight Sad endeavoured upon their largest headline show yet at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall. Opening the night were Man of Moon, a diminutive 2-piece set-up that finds […]

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Music

Meursault takes La Belle Angele

The quintessentially ‘La Belle Angele’ purple haze douses the famous room as a night of electronic folkness commences. A sprinkling of both new and old songs sees Jonnie Common enliven the crowd. His largely enjoyable set is perhaps most succinctly summed up by a comically fast guitar solo followed by the utterance of “eh, something […]

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Music

Soccer Mommy asserts herself with ‘lucy’

Those familiar with Soccer Mommy may instinctively assume a song titled ‘lucy’ to be a self-deprecating song about a love-rival, brimming with jealousy and an unwilling admiration for the titular character, yet, it is a journey of tackling one’s own inner-demons, personified within a meeting with Lucifer. The demonic suggestions of the lyrics are not […]

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Music

Wilco release new single ‘Everyone Hides’

‘Everyone Hides’ is a tale of self-delusion wrapped up in brightly coloured autumnal tones, delicately traversing a swift three minutes of unadulterated Yankee Hotel Foxtrot nostalgia. A bouncing yet lackadaisical seeming groove led by an elastic acoustic guitar riff is paired with a mimicking bassline and brightly cracking snare beats, over which a sweet melody […]

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Music

Boards of Canada return with previously unreleased ‘XYZ’

Against all cultural expectations, a small town on the east coast of Scotland birthed some of the most boundary-pushing and captivating IDM to have ever been produced: Boards of Canada’s ‘Music Has the Right to Children’ and ‘Geogaddi’. Nearly two decades on from these monumental releases, no artist has quite approached the same standards from […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘Intelligently devised’: If You’re Feeling Sinister review

The 1996 sophomore album from Glasgow-based cult indie-art band Belle and Sebastian, If You’re Feeling Sinister, has been heralded as magnificent by legions of fans since its release. Now, with a minimal plot weaved within it, it has been presented as an unremarkable theatre piece.  Kid (Sarah Swire), a lost youth, and Boss (Alan McHugh), […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘Heart-wrenching and equally hopeful’: 50 words review

Combining such rampant hilarity with heartfelt dialogue and intelligently developed characters within just a 50-minute show seems a sizeable challenge; 50 Words not only succeeds but exceeds in this Herculean task. Rehearsed in Alex Zawalnyski’s living room, he and his childhood friend Luke Malone have expertly prepared a low-budget but high-quality minimalistic piece of theatre.   […]

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Comedy Fringe

Paul Foot: Baby Strikes Back!

Deep in the heart of the Cowgate, the repurposed Bongo Club kitted out as a Fringe venue is suddenly doused in darkness. Scarcely any light filters through the cracks under the doors as a caricatured voice booms out of the speakers. As if it weren’t abundantly clear that the voice giving us instructions on how […]