Theatre Review: The Odd Couple

By Émer O’Toole Half Wits, Webster’s Theatre New theatre group, Half Wits’ take on Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple proves a friendship can be just as infuriating as a marriage. The time is 1965, the place: New York, and Oscar Madison’s pigsty of an apartment is everything you would expect from a stereotypical bachelor: left-over rubbish from … Continue reading Theatre Review: The Odd Couple

“The benchmark for festivals across the world”: Why Scottish music fans are choosing Primavera Sound to kick off their summer

By Tony Inglis Imagine this day: you wake up, saunter down the sunny street to a cortado and a freshly baked pastry. Refreshed, you spend the day sightseeing in a city teeming with exuberance, shaded by beautiful buildings, and stepping in and out of some of the best museums and galleries Europe has to offer. … Continue reading “The benchmark for festivals across the world”: Why Scottish music fans are choosing Primavera Sound to kick off their summer

Live Review: Mac DeMarco

By Tony Inglis Barrowlands, Glasgow, 24 November 2017 The first time I saw Mac DeMarco play live – a few years ago, in Glasgow’s now shuttered iconic club venue, The Arches – kids literally hung from the rafters as Mac and his band closed out their set with a raucous, hilarious, ingratiating rendition of Metallica’s … Continue reading Live Review: Mac DeMarco

Theatre Review: Rope

By Émer O'Toole Alfred Hitchcock described Rope as an “experiment that didn’t work out,” and he was happy to see it kept out of release for nearly 30 years. Gary Hurr's take on the whodunit in reverse at Webster's Theatre blends Hitchcock's 1948 film with Patrick Hamilton's original play. Hamilton's 1929 thriller which he claimed was nothing more than "a De Quinceyish essay in the macabre", was originally set … Continue reading Theatre Review: Rope

Live Review: The War on Drugs

By Tony Inglis Barrowlands, Glasgow, 9 November 2017 One sure fire way to avoid the #dadrock backlash is to be extremely good at what you do. The War on Drugs have so far been immune from the criticisms that plague other all white, male guitar bands of the moment because their brand of arena-ready revivalist … Continue reading Live Review: The War on Drugs

Album Review: Taylor Swift, reputation

By Tara Fitzpatrick “The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now...” Having gone almost entirely off the grid since that celebrity-spat with Kanye and Kim Kardashian-West, Taylor Swift is back with a dramatic reinvention and her most ostentatious marketing campaign to date. ‘Reputation’ her sixth album, is a 15 track analysis of fame, friendship … Continue reading Album Review: Taylor Swift, reputation

Live Review: Julien Baker

By Tony Inglis CCA, Glasgow, 9 November 2017 Tennessee singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Julien Baker arrived in Glasgow riding a crest of popularity, but not completely shielded from criticism. Touring off the back of her weirdly divisive new album Turn Out the Lights, its recent release has garnered a reaction ranging from an outpouring of … Continue reading Live Review: Julien Baker

Live Review: (Sandy) Alex G

By Tony Inglis CCA, Glasgow, 18 October 2017 About three quarters of the way through Alex G’s set at the CCA (or (Sandy) Alex G, as he has rebranded himself this year so as not to be confused with the dumbfounding uber popularity of a similarly named YouTube star), the eponymous Alex Giannascoli takes a … Continue reading Live Review: (Sandy) Alex G

Live Review: EMA

By Tony Inglis Broadcast, Glasgow, 6 October 2017 EMA brought her brand of noisy, paranoiac pop to the low-ceilinged basement at Broadcast on a busy Friday night in Glasgow’s city centre. The low turn out for the show suggested that too many people had decided to submit to the lesser pleasures of the city’s pubs … Continue reading Live Review: EMA