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Music review: Roddy Frame, Kelvingrove Bandstand, Glasgow

In BBC Scotland’s recent history of Scottish pop, Rip It Up, Roddy Frame was an odd omission, given he can claim over 30 years as a cult singer songwriter and a clutch of proper big hits in his ‘80s Aztec Camera days. Perhaps it was down to Frame’s long exile, or just his laid-back schedule these days, but certainly his sporadic live shows have become a solid fixture in Glasgow at least. Frame was the first act to play the now fire-ravaged ABC O2 venue and on Saturday he became the 50th to play the rejuvenated Kelvingrove Bandstand, closing this year’s Summer Sessions.

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Barry Burns of Mogwai and French experimental techno producer David Letellier

Music review: SUMS, George Square, Glasgow

Saturday night in George Square isn’t the most obvious location for a punishing assault of instrumental post-rock, but I must say I enjoyed the amusing incongruity of watching SUMS perform in the centre of Glasgow to a crowd flecked with families and pensioners (it was a free event).

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Music review: Tom Jones, Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

PRIOR to this show, headlines had been made about a series of gig cancellations following the hospitalisation of Sir Tom Jones, now 78. You wouldn’t have known it to look at him, however, because the versatile singer appears ageless and undimmed while onstage.

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Music review: Van Morrison, Kelvingrove Bandstand, Glasgow

“YOU might think it’s nostalgia, I don’t mind” Van crooned early on in his set. In Kelvingrove Park, you could almost feel his audience’s collective heart throb with joy at the Belfast singer’s careless permission to luxuriate in rose-tinted memories of a career spanning almost six decades.

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Bastille performing at Edinburgh's Summer Sessions in Princes Street Gardens

Music review: Bastille, Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

ONE of the more interesting and questioning British pop bands of their time, Bastille aren’t afraid to reflect the spirit of the age in uncompromising – and possibly slightly over-egged – fashion. “This next song is incredibly depressing and bleak, it offers no hope whatsoever but we like playing it,” says lead singer Dan Smith, polite and well-spoken, before World Gone Mad. “Sorry, I’m really s**t at talking about our songs.”

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Soprano Emma Mockett was one of the budding young stars of the RCS Opera School who added to the dynamic feel of the whole show. Picture: John Devlin

Music review: Festival 2018: Glasgow Meets Berlin

FESTIVAL 2018, the cultural strand of the Glasgow/Berlin European Championships, was focused in George Square on Tuesday evening, where live outdoor performances by the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Symphony Orchestra and opera students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) were interspersed with live big screen relays showing the Brandenburger Sinfoniker performing in Berlin’s Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, introduced by German presenter Frederike Westerhaus.

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Under the Radar: Vansleep

Vansleep are a promising young quartet from Aberdeen who write catchy indie-rock songs. They’ve enjoyed airplay on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal’s RAPAL show and ShmuFM, their debut single, Get Up, has clocked up more than 30,000 Spotify streams, and they were awarded the Best Newcomer at this year’s Fudge Awards.

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Music review: Viktoria Mullova & Katia Labèque

Music review: Viktoria Mullova & Katia Labèque

There was no thematic focus to this programme so consequently the music felt unanchored too. Mullova’s opener, an account of Prokofiev’s Sonata for solo violin in D major, was the highlight. Her agile string crossings and rhythmical attack were dramatic while her lyricism underpinned quieter moments.

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