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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.

Big Rory and Ochie the Dog

Physical Theatre review: Surge Festival 2018, various venues, Glasgow

You don’t expect a chatty demonic baby, two apocalyptic brass bands or duelling swaggering Liam Gallaghers to invade the Merchant City, but the final weekend of the European Championships celebrations in Glasgow ushered in a carnival of surprising open air theatre, none of it thankfully offering juggling, unicycling or doing something with fire.

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).

Chris Thorpe uses a well-amplified guitar to blast out his anger with contemporary life. Picture: Contributed

Theatre review: Status, Summerhall

It’s the morning after the Brexit vote, and Chris Thorpe is up on the roof of the ­London block of flats where he lives, wondering where he is, and how much he knows – or really cares – about the country he calls home.

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Little Musician. Picture: Contributed

Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Three of the best shows for children

Who said the only people who get to enjoy the mayhem of the Fringe are adults? Every year, there is a huge programme just for kids. If you’re looking for inspiration for what to do with your children at the Edinburgh Festival, you can’t go wrong with these show recommendations from our critics.

Prayaag Akbar PIC: Shanta Rana

Book review: Leila, by Prayaag Akbar

One of the most depressing ironies of our age – and there’s some pretty stiff competition out there – is that, at a time when the most serious threat facing our species is man-made climate change, a problem which requires people from all over the world to work together towards a common goal, we seem to be increasingly obsessed with demarcating and defending our own little patches of dirt. Well, make that a little patch of dirt with a moat in the case of the UK; a big patch of dirt in the case of the United States. When Donald Trump, the climate change ostrich-in-chief, first started slobbering semi-coherently about building a “big, beautiful wall” along the US-Mexico border, he shocked a lot of people, but Trump was in tune with the times: since 9/11, border walls and fences have become quite the thing. According to Canadian academic Elisabeth Vallet, the world had seven border walls at the end of the Second World War, still just 15 by the time the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, yet now we have a total of 77. Our heads of state are looking more and more like a posse of bad-tempered, shotgun-toting farmers, taking it in turns to shriek “get off my land!” And meanwhile, the planet literally burns.

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