Travis – Glasgow, SSE Hydro, 22/12/19

Travis – Glasgow, SSE Hydro, 22/12/19

The band who... Delivered a debut album that caught the ear of Noel Gallagher, who knows a thing or two about writing songs, and then went on to worm its way into the ears, hearts and souls of a dedicated group of fans. Shifted nearly three million copies of their second album...going platinum nine times [...]

Ad Astra Per Aspera

Ad Astra Per Aspera

To the stars through difficulties In the year of two thousand and eighteen a strange, peculiar, wonderful and poorly written thing happened. This. The Mild Mannered Army. Of course the truth, as ever, is not quite as pure or simple as that. The truth is that The Mild Mannered Army started in July of 2014 [...]

James/The Charlatans – SSE Hydro, Glasgow 5/12/18

James/The Charlatans – SSE Hydro, Glasgow 5/12/18

Manchester. So much to answer for. Home, at least spiritually, to some/most/all of the best bands ever to spring forth from the fertile soil of this sceptred isle. Something in the water. Tonight two of the best (the two best?) are sharing the stage. There is no support act. Not really. One is simply appearing [...]

Christine and the Queens – Usher Hall, Edinburgh, November 24th, 2018

Christine and the Queens – Usher Hall, Edinburgh, November 24th, 2018

Like almost everyone else I first became aware of Christine and the Queens after their appearance on "Later with Jools Holland..." in April, 2016.  On that occasion they gave us a performance of "Tilted" that combined a beautiful voice, stunning choreography, the spirit of Michael Jackson, a homage to the wonders of disco and eighties [...]

Marion – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh, 16/11/18

Marion – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh, 16/11/18

It seems like a long time ago now. All of it. "Violent Men" for the first time. The Melody Maker tour at the Garage on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow. Supporting Morrissey, specifically at the Civic Hall in Motherwell. Buying "This World and Body" from Sleeves in Kirkcaldy. Somehow getting a promo copy of "Miyako Hideaway". [...]

I Dreamed a Dream…James T in the Park, 2014

I Dreamed a Dream…James T in the Park, 2014

YouTube is a wonderful and dangerous space. Hours and hours of learning available to everyone with an internet connection. A tool as revolutionary as the Gutenberg press. Instant access to lectures, presentations, debates and discussions, news and information from around the world and from across the decades. Astonishing. Mainly I use it for watching footage [...]