You know you can expect an intimate listening experience when the venue bar shuts just before the main event.
Thanks to Glasgow’s summer weather for playing a part, because a three-hour epic of a stadium set from Bruce Springsteen wouldn’t be complete without a glowing orange sunset bleeding into dusk in the background.10 comments
A PERFORMANCE by Yorkshire singer-songwriter-experimentalist David Thomas Broughton is so much more than just a concert – quite literally it’s an experience, a sonic record not just of the music he makes but of the space we’re all inhabiting.
Two years ago, Ron Sexsmith suffered a health scare which inspired a lot of soul-searching on his subsequent album, Forever Endeavour – the rich irony being that Sexsmith has never been short on soul in the 20-plus years he has been releasing music.
The fire-damaged Hydro entertainment venue remains scheduled to open at the end of September, operators have said.
Although physically reduced to a rock power trio of drums, bass and vocals, the Icelanders’ assertive ambience continues to challenge, confound and sound like nobody else.
KT TUNSTALL made her name as a commercial pop songwriter with a belting bluesy voice and a fondness for rootsy rhythms.1 comment
Our roundup of the latets releases
Getting lost in the sonic complexities of the Scottish duo’s fourth album is far too easy, as it ebbs and flows on a hypnotic electro tide.
The Scotsman’s music critics review the latest album releases, including offerings from Camera Obscura and Tricky
ELVIS’ army has gathered from far and wide. Well, quite a lot from Glasgow anyway and, as he thunders on past the last train witching hour in a packed nearly three-hour set, chances are a few of them ended up here to stay.
ELVIS Costello’s Revolver tour has come round again, but no two shows are the same, thanks to the Spectacular Spinning Songbook, aka “the showbusiness marvel of the age”, a colourful fairground-style wheel of musical fortune which dictates the set list according to turns and choices made by audience members.
YORKSHIRE’S youthful Exit Calm may be the latest in a long line of British bands who write clod-hoppingly portentous lyrics in the hope they’ll be perfectly calibrated to register as profound with an audience bearing the glaze of beer in their eyes, but there can surely be little doubt that sequences like “forever dancing with the devil, you’re lost in the crowd / you think you’re on another level, you think you’ve figured it out” are of a kind which Noel Gallagher would gladly offer in a high-profile single release.
WHILE the rain washed down upon tens of thousands at the huge Stone Roses show across the city, one love of a more intimate variety was playing out here.
ALMOST 23 years to the day, the Stone Roses returned to the scene of one of their most historic gigs for, as singer Ian Brown put it, “a little déjà vu”.1 comment
LAST night’s Usher Hall concert in celebration of the Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture was quite an occasion.
Last night’s Usher Hall concert in celebration of the Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture was quite an occasion.
In a programme where Richard Strauss’s early Piano Quartet should have been the one familiar work, even it – dating from his pre-Rosenkavalier days – bore an unfamiliarity that spoke more of Brahms than the adventurous composer who was soon to deliver the fierce expressionism of Elektra and Salomé.
LIKE much of Brahms, the D Minor Piano Concerto balances Romantic passion with classical restraint.
THE Scottish Ensemble’s final concert of the 2012-13 season was titled Q2: Quartets Squared, because the programme’s two substantial works were string quartets arranged for string orchestra.
In this week’s round-up of new music: T Break line-up revealed; Wee Chill plans 10th birthday; more acts for Doune the Rabbit Hole; new music from Camera Obscura, Sparrow and the Workshop and Garden of Elks; plus this best gigs across Scotland.
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