Review: The Anatomy of Silence

Not a week goes past without some sort of injustice hitting social media. It might not make the news, but in certain circles, it does the rounds. Whispered words were once the way women protected themselves from dangerous situations. Everyone knew about Harvey Weinstein before everyone knew about him because gossip was a weapon of defence. But now the world is more connected, and in some ways less beholden to laws which prevent journalists potentially printing something defamatory. The allegations towards R. Kelly and Bryan Singer began with similar whispers and are now unavoidable, the news free to report on what other people are saying online.

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Review: Skating Polly

It is a repeated refrain, but a true one: guitar music is not cool anymore. It will be, again, but beats and synth are in where once the riff reigned supreme. Those still subscribing to all things rock have committed to one of two things: downplaying their more abrasive sounds for crossover appeal; or, doubling down and turning the guitars up.

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Review: Glasgow Garden Festival ’18

“There’s more to this place than just a misplaced traffic cone.” Jamie Scott has created and curated The Glasgow Garden Festival ’18, celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Glasgow Garden Festival ’88. A long-forgotten event with hardly a mark left as proof of its existence, Scott’s record and event seeks to contextualise the impact it had on the city, what it could have stood for, and where Glasgow has gone in the years since.
Poet Liam Patrick Hainey, introduced as Glasgow’s makar, commences proceedings (alongside a Princess Diana lookalike and a bloke in a Prince Charles mask) with a class-conscious take on the notion that People Make Glasgow. Rousing and angry words are a brief overture of what is to come from an evening of city-wide introspection, remembering that behind the slogans and sheen, there has always been a people forgotten about.

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Review: Hearts Beat Loud

That summer before university is fertile ground for coming of age stories, but the roles are inverted in Hearts Beat Loud. Daughter Sam has her life planned out, choosing to spend her last holiday at home taking extra classes before school begins. Her dad Frank is not so certain, after seventeen years, he can no longer afford to run his record store. A lifelong musician, both father and daughter unwind by making music together in a kitted-out rehearsal space at home.

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Review: Iceman

The discovery of a 5,000-year-old man preserved in ice is bound to raise some questions. Ötzi, found by two German tourists in the Ötzal Alps at the border of Austria and Italy, had an arrow through his left shoulder, a fatal wound. Felix Randau’s Iceman christens him Kelab, the head of a small clan, a hunter-gatherer, who returns home one day to a raped and pillaged settlement.

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