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Music

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

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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Music

Live Review: Kris Drever intimately tells everyday stories to a transfixed crowd at La Belle Angele

The most striking thing about entering La Belle Angele is silence. Venue staff stretch towards you as much as possible across the bartop, lest they disturb anyone nearby. This comes as Kris Drever commands incredible focus from the audience. Rows of chairs are filled all the way from the stage to the bar at the […]

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Lifestyle What's On

Get yer sonsie face on: celebrating Burns Night in Edinburgh

“Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o the puddin’-race!” The opening lines of Robert Burns’ ‘Address to a Haggis’ will be repeated across Scotland on 25 January to mark Burns Night (or Burns Nicht in traditional Scots). Burns Night is the celebration of Scottish poet Robert Burns, one of Scotland’s most revered cultural […]

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Environment Science

One in 11 wildlife species in Scotland facing extinction

The 2016 State of Nature report has revealed that 520 wildlife species in Scotland are at risk of extinction. The report was released by a collaborative group of conservation and research charities, including the Woodland Trust Scotland, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Of the estimated 6,000 wildlife species in Scotland, 65 […]

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Sport

SFA policy failing to address sectarian and racist abuse

Late in February, Bangor-born Josh Magennis – a Northern Irish striker for Kilmarnock – was subject to racist abuse from a Hearts fan during his team’s 1-0 defeat at Tynecastle. This abuse was not because of his skin colour, according to a Hearts statement following the allegation; it was “anti-Irish”. There has been a lot […]

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Live Music

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles continued their series of concerts for this season in Edinburgh on Sunday with a programme that featured Beethoven’s “Coriolan Overture”, Sibelius’s “Violin Concerto” and “Symphony No. 7” and finally Beethoven’s “Leonore Overture”. Both Beethoven overtures bookending this programme gave a lively note to begin […]

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Sport

DEBATE – Has the demise of Rangers been good for Scottish football?

Matt Ford : Yes, Rangers’ collapse highlights the dangers of modern-day financial mismanagement Without question, the never ending cloud of uncertainty surrounding Rangers has been a compelling storyline that we have all followed closely. Arguments about their demise and its implications for the nature of Scottish Football have unsurprisingly been hotly debated in the last few […]