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Gig Preview – Augustines

We are Augustines_035Gordon Reid looks up to the towering majesty that is Augustines ahead of their show in Glasgow this week.
Almost two years ago to the day the Mrs left me a note attached to the compute . It was a simple instruction.
‘Wake the PC up and listen to the song that I’ve left on YouTube’.
That song was “ Book of James “ (a haunting song about something that we can all hope never to go through) , the band were WE ARE AUGUSTINES and my Mrs has impeccable taste in music.

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Neko Case – Oran Mor Glasgow

NekoCase1280x720Neko and her band hit the stage without long term backing singer and friend Kelly Hogan. “She’s on the tour bus, really sick….actually maybe she’s dead. We didn’t check.”

Black humour is at the heart of so much of what Neko Case does, and it shares songs with romanticism, feminism, a love of nature and a sense
that under the surface of civilisation we’re all beasts. And maybe she’s right.

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Arctic Monkeys – Glasgow Hydro

Arctic MonkeysGordon Reid checks out the popular Yorkshire beat combo.

I’m old. I am probably too old to like these scamps from Sheffield, there is very little doubt about it. But their first two albums spoke to a very important part of my youth; songs about winding up the police and noising up bouncers at nightclubs, about poseurs and girls and hangovers and drugs. Maybe not who I am, but certainly who I was.

Had I been in a band back then then this is the sort of stuff that I would have been writing. Shut it.

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Laura Veirs – ABC2 Glasgow

Laura VeirsLaura Veirs is always an interesting proposition live. She’s known to use different instrumentalists (or none – just one woman and an acoustic guitar), mix up set lists and when last in town she played an afternoon gig for kids playing songs from her Tumblebee album aimed at the, ahem, genuinely young fans (as opposed to the young at heart fans who predominate tonight).

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Access Royale live at Glasgow Faktory this Weekend

Access RoyaleDoing anything fun this weekend? It’s okay, you don’t need to make something up just to look cool. We’ve come to help. So for anyone looking for some rock and roll, Washington DC’s Access Royale hit Scotland for the first time as they follow last year’s acclaimed debut album, City of Paradigm, with their new single download of Planet Earth, out now via ARU Records. And they’ve kindly agreed to let us give you the track here on the site, simply by clicking this link. So it seems only fair that you go see them.

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Suede – Glasgow Barrowlands

Brett Anderson. Gonna need some Persil.

Brett Anderson. Gonna need some Persil.

Many a band have gone from press darlings to punchlines, but rarely has the lustre came off as completely as  it did with Suede. In 1992 they were the vanguard of the UK’s response to grunge. 1993 saw them viewed as flouncy demigods, harbingers of a new age of guitars and glamour. By 1994 Tim Burgess of The Charlatans was able to look down his nose at them in the inkies, safe in the knowledge the audience was with him. Even back then, the dreary Manc band was obviously only musical methadone until the Stone Roses got off their arses and made an album. When even Burgess could have a pop without being assaulted with a hearty chorus of ‘hang on! You’re in the fucking Charlatans!’ then it was clear that Suede were way past the point of critical adulation.

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Paul Weller – Hammersmith Apollo London

FL_paulWeller_500pxYou couldn’t really set it up any better: Paul Weller, a sell-out home town gig on a Saturday night, last show of the tour and Ronnie Wood on stage with him. That should have been the platform for a special gig but it just…wasn’t.

Your writer left disappointed so I’ll get the whining over to start with. Far too much mediocre paint-by-numbers rock, an overload of newer material, very little rapport with the audience and only playing for an hour and 40 minutes.

Do I feel better having got that out? No I don’t.

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