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It Crawled From the South – Live In Glasgow

We love REM here at ELM, particularly the 80s stuff which is, let’s face it, the best they made. So it stands to reason we’d like It Crawled From the South, a tribute to the IRS years. they played the last ELM night and rocked like a Georgia-based motherf…well, you get the gist. You can see them in Glasgow on the 23rd August at McCuhills in High Street. Get along for a great night.



The New Mendicants – Mono, Glasgow

Norman Blake (left) and Joe Pernice

Norman Blake (left) and Joe Pernice

Two of the finest songwriters of the last 20 years collaborating on a new project was something our sonic Preacher Howlin’ Whippet had to check out. And as a man who’s seen his fair share of angels while running from the Devil, he was uniquely placed to tell us whether it was a match made in Heaven or should go straight from Hell.

Finding themselves as neighbours in Canada, Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake and Joe Pernice of Pernice Brothers/Scud Mountain Boys fame have embarked on an acoustic tour of these shores, with stories, anecdotes and songs from weighty back catalogues.

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Ken Stringfellow – Glad Cafe, Glasgow

Ken StringfellowSometimes in life you are rewarded for the hundreds of gigs you’ve attended where the artist/band stand stock still and churn out note perfect versions of their songs. You could be anyone, they could be anyone too.

But it doesn’t have to be that way folks. No, you can ‘own the room’ as Ken Stringfellow does this fine summer’s evening. A smallish but clearly devoted crowd hang round the piano, keyboard, amp and guitar – yes, Ken has not bothered with the stage and has set up within the floor space where the audience should be. It’s a sign of what is to come. He ambles on and almost straight away he has us in the palm of his hand. He is funny, self-deprecating and charming. Heck, he even pops out to get a chair for a woman who had sat on the floor.

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Celtic Connections 2012

The first week in January is rarely fun. No matter how much you may profess to hate Christmas, there’s lots to do. People to see, places to go and presents. The telly is better, the pubs are warmer, the drink more plentiful. Work is calmer, people are nicer.

And then it’s finished. And you have nothing – nothing – to look forward to.

Well thank God for Celtic Connections, Glasgow’s annual festival of all that’s good in folk, roots, world, traditional, indie, blues and jazz. The 19th Celtic Connections festival will see around 2100 artists from around the world taking part in 300 events in 20 venues across Glasgow over 18 days. There is, almost literally, something for everyone.

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Spare us the clutter – Disastrous Glasgow show for Echo and the Bunnymen

There is often a very thin line between being extremely cool and an enduring cocksocket, and it seems that it’s one Ian McCulloch has crossed lately.  Echo and the Bunnymen were in town to play a greatest hits set and their supposedly seminal 80s album Ocean Rain. It was, in the parlance, a shambles.

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LCD Soundsystem – Glasgow Barrowlands

Music exists to move you. Sometimes your head, sometimes your feet, but always; that’s what it’s for. It is a rare act who can do both at the same time. But midway through a thunderous, epic ‘All My Friends’ – the sort of dark classic Ian Curtis may well have gone on to create if he’d married the Kraftwerk albums he loved to his own, haunted muse – LCD Soundsystem achieve just that. It’s a remarkable moment from a remarkable group. Continue reading

Brendan Benson- ABC2, Glasgow.

Most people who love music have a little bit of music snobbery in them. They like things small, exclusive, a little elitist and, most of all, things that no-one else knows about.

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