Review: The Wave Pictures Rating 78%

Review: The Wave Pictures

Moshi Moshi’s The Wave Pictures hit Glasgow’s CCA, to be greeted by some die hard fans and music aficionados alike as they performed what seemed an improvised, unrehearsed set, one which kept the audience very happy however. With Glasgow’s West Princes supporting, the guys from London had a nicely warmed and pretty satisfied crowd, which made the whole gig-playing process a lot more enjoyable for them no doubt. Well that is certainly as it seemed on stage.

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Review: The Big Moon, Museum of the Moon Rating 80%

Review: The Big Moon, Museum of the Moon

The moon is swaying ever so slightly above our heads. Not figuratively. Really. We are sat beneath a seven metre wide 1:500,000 replica of the moon that floats on nearly invisible string in the middle of the Mackintosh Church. It forms part of the 150th anniversary of ‘Mack’. The latest project of Luke Jerram shines bright against the dark wood and Mackintosh style famed for simple curved lines making the perfect replication of every bumpy detail of the surface of the moon starker still.

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Review: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends – New Worlds Rating 80%

Review: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends – New Worlds

Being the cultural trashfire of a human being that I am it means I am oblivious to major events that I’d love to attend until way after they’ve occurred. Having grown up on a heavy diet of Bill Murray films in my youth to the slightly leaner output of his Wes Anderson offerings I was genuinely delighted to be asked by my editor if I’d like to cover this event. While I am closer in character to Murray’s famous grumpy cynic in Groundhog Day I’d like to think I’m only an ice sculpture away from that facade melting away.

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Review: wojtek the bear – A Talent for Being Unreasonable Rating 70%

Review: wojtek the bear – A Talent for Being Unreasonable

wojtek the bear, gained their unusual moniker after their lead singer, Tam Killean, fell down a Wikipedia shaped rabbit hole one evening. He became momentarily obsessed with the story of Wojtek, a Syrian brown bear, who rather surreally was enlisted into the Polish army, eventually reaching the rank of corporal before finally taking up residence at Edinburgh Zoo.

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Review: The Bucky Rage Rating 78%

Review: The Bucky Rage

Performing on a night sold as a sixties soul night, deemed for dance offs, soul claps and night trains, The Bucky Rage took themselves to the stage of Glasgow’s Broadcast to offer another entertaining set, masks and all. Supporting the support band Daddy Long Legs, who I unfortunately missed due to changes in the schedule, The Bucky Rage played to loyal fans and a whole new bunch of contemporary sixties swingers who you took a moment or two to warm to the four-piece.

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Review: Tim Key – Megadate Rating 85%

Review: Tim Key – Megadate

As we file into Traverse 1, Tim Key is already pacing in wait. Pint in hand he eyes up his audience like prey. Not in a bad way, more in the manner of an eager, if slightly cocky, man in a bar on a Friday night, surveying his prospects. But of course, this is after all a Megadate and we are all on it with him.

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Review: Microdisney Rating 95%

Review: Microdisney

It may have been over thirty years since The Clock Came Down the Stairs, but it seems no less punctual for all that. Tonight’s show starts on the minute at the venue’s advertised opening time, causing us (in cahoots with London’s transport system) to miss the start and Microdisney’s much heralded return to the stage. Given the band’s commercial trajectory, or lack of it, during their time together, maybe this ‘ahead of their time’ approach could fatefully serve to summarise their fruitful if not lucrative recording years.

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Review: Year Zero Rating 40%

Review: Year Zero

Immerse Productions’ marketing is impressive. The blurb, social media hype, trailer and interviews suggest an exciting, modern and innovative experience that takes a look at political unrest combined alongside what might happen in a catastrophic international emergency scenario. It’s exciting to see immersive theatre happening locally (even during the Fringe the offering is relatively limited) and during the rest of the year it’s practically non existent. Unfortunately this production doesn’t do the genre the best service.

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Review: Primavera Sound 2018 Rating 92%

Review: Primavera Sound 2018

An invite to the first music festival outside the UK was enticing particularly with the calibre of line-up on offer at Primavera Sound 2018. The festival has built up a reputation for delivering stellar line-ups and now in it’s eighteenth year and getting bigger every year, it takes place in the almost guaranteed Barcelona sunshine at the end of May. This is it’s eighth year at the Parc Del Forum offering twelve stages, delivering a blend of top acts doing the festival rounds, smaller up and coming artists and local names to delight an international crowd in attendance.

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Review: Courtney Barnett Rating 91%

Review: Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett packed out Glasgow’s Barrowlands, promoting new album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, whilst also playing oldies from her first EP, A Sea of Split Peas, nailing the guitar, the nonchalant rock lass, reminding us all of how far she has come since 2013. Supported by Melbourne three-piece, Loose Tooth, Barnett sings for the observers, projecting an underwhelming tone with her lyrics, whilst simultaneously overwhelming us with her talent. It’s hardly surprising the venue was packed to the rafters by fans for her fabulous music.

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Films at Hidden Door Festival Rating 65%

Films at Hidden Door Festival

One of the disappointments of Hidden Door is that, unless you take a week’s holiday, you’ll be left wishing you’d seen more. This Festival has gone from pop-up to fully-fledged, this year spreading its wings into a second venue. I was particularly looking forward to seeing a selection from the film programme, being screened in the iconic, but dilapidated State Cinema.

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Review: Hilary Woods – Colt Rating 95%

Review: Hilary Woods – Colt

There’s something wonderful about stumbling across an artist who resonates with your own particular musical taste. I remember in the early nineties when I stumbled across a Mary Beats Jane album that I still love today or took a punt on a weird looking record called Portrait of an American Family by Marilyn Manson simply because it was produced by Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails. While not as distinct the opening of Hilary Wood’s Colt already feels iconic to me. Reminiscent of a time that’s passed but familiar; if Twin Peaks was real Hilary Woods would be playing in the Bang Bang Bar. Indeed the song Black Rainbow recalls Lynch vividly, not least because the opening bars echo the famous Badalamenti theme from the show.

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