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