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The Stranglers @ O2 Academy Glasgow

A packed venue showed that nostalgia for the ’70s was still strong in the air. Looking out over the sea of bald heads and leather jackets, it quickly became apparent that the audience of the sold-out gig was almost entirely male, and with very few exceptions (yours truly included) all over the age of 50. […]

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Young Fathers – Rain or Shine

The latest winners of the Mercury Prize and Edinburgh’s very own success story had a lot to live up to after their astounding début album. Therefore, it is with some apprehension that listeners approach the first track to be revealed from Young Fathers’ new album White Men Are Black Men Too. However, the single does […]

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Cowell’s protégés release fourth bland effort

One Direction Four The latest album from Cowell’s protégés kicks off with a worryingly sexist start. ‘Steal My Girl’ is not only musically disappointing (hardly surprising) but features the repeated refrain of “Everyone wants to steal my girl” and “Find another one/because she belongs to me”. Sorry lads, it doesn’t matter how bouncy your hair […]

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Hookworms – The Hum

The latest album from the psychedelic quintet is a magical racket of simple chords and echoing vocals. However, it takes great skill to sound this unassuming. Stand-out tracks on the album range from the likes of the fast-paced ‘The Impasse’ to the much gentler ‘Off Screen’. The former of which is screechy and loud and […]

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Deerhoof – La Isla Bonita

The San Francisco group’s latest album is reminiscent of ‘60s French pop, especially on tracks like ‘Paradise Girls’ and ‘Doom’. However, the title of the latter seems an odd choice given its sweet and cheery nature. ‘Last Fad’ has similar pacing and instrumental refrains as St Vincent’s ‘Rattlesnake’. That being said, in terms of vocals, […]

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Nine years on, there’s still no stopping The Subways

It is remarkable that after a whole decade they haven’t become stale or reserved by any margin. They kicked off their set with ‘Oh Yeah’ off of their first hit album Young For Eternity, which was met by gleeful yells from the entire audience.

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Kindness – Otherness

The one man “indie disco-funk” band delivers a delightfully mellow album with his latest release. Otherness is a varied album featuring a number of collaborations with those including Kelea, Ade, Robyn, Devonte Hynes, Tawiah and Manifest.

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Pixie Lott – Break Up Song

Pixie Lott’s latest release proves to be just as nauseating as one would expect.