by Siobhanne Beattie / December 18th 2014 / No Comment
Glasgow Gigs This Week
The Twilight Sad take to the stage at 02 ABC this weekend (Friday 19th December) with support from Errors and Vladimir. The post-punk, Scottish band are set to perform a mixed bag of material, including latest LP, “Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants ToLeave”, released in October of this year.
Gutter favourites, Vigo Thieves will also be at 02 ABC in Glasgow this weekend; they are scheduled to play on Saturday night (20thDecember). The band will round off an incredible year at the venue for their last gig of 2014; they are set to perform at The Barrowlands in February.
King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut are hosting a very special tribute to music and life of the late, great Joe Strummer. The gig, scheduled for Monday 22nd December, will be the 10th Anniversary show and all proceeds will go to Strummerville, Strummer’s charity devoted to helping young people through music.
Pop/soul legend, Lionel Richie has unveiled plans to tour next year. The “All The Hits, All Night Long Tour” will roll into Glasgow on Friday 6th March 2015 when the former Commodores frontman will play some of his biggest hits at The SSE Hydro, including, “Hello”, “Dancing On The Ceiling” and “Three Times A Lady”.
Singer/Songwriter, Lucy Rose will be out on her first headline tour in 2015, including a date at The Glasgow Art School on 15th March. Following the release of her debut, “Like I Used To” in 2013, Rose has supported Neil Diamond at Hyde Park and played Glastonbury.
Winners of NBC’s third season of “The Sing Off”, instrument-free, vocal sensations, Pentatonix are bringing their unique take on music to Glasgow next May. The American quintet will be at 02 Academy on Wednesday 6th May 2015.
by Siobhanne Beattie / December 15th 2014 / No Comment
Nicki Minaj “The Pinkprint”
Hot on the heels of announcing “The Pinkprint World Tour”, scheduled to hit UK shores in Spring 2015, rap diva, Nicki Minaj releases the album of the same name today. “The Pinkprint” is the third studio effort from her Minajesty and includes the singles, “Only”, “Anaconda” and “Pills ‘N’ Potions” while Beyonce, Drake, Ariana Grande and Chris Brown guest-star on the LP. 2014 has seen Ms Minaj host the MTV EMAs in Glasgow last month and star opposite Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann in revenge rom-com, “The Other Woman”.
5 Seconds Of Summer “LIVESOS”
Aussie boyband, 5 Seconds Of Summer release their first live LP this week. The pop/punk quartet released their self-titled, debut in June of this year, which features the singles, “She Looks So Perfect”, “Don’t Stop”, “Amnesia” and “Good Girls”. “LIVESOS” includes their take on The Replacements, “What I Like About You” as well as reworkings of hits by Green Day and Katy Perry.
D’Angelo “Black Messiah”
D’Angelo brings a 14 year hiatus to an end this week with the release of his third studio effort. “Black Messiah” follows 2000’s “Voodoo” and features the single, “Really Love”.
Nathan Carter “Christmas Stuff”
Country singer, Nathan Carter presents his own take on the festive season with, “Christmas Stuff”; an album of well-known and loved Christmas songs, including, “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”, “Let It Snow”, “Silent Night” and “Blue Christmas”.
by Siobhanne Beattie / December 13th 2014 / No Comment
The Hobbit : The Battle Of The Five Armies
An all-star cast bring the concluding part of The Hobbit Trilogy to the silver screen this weekend. Director, Peter Jackson brings the legendary fantasy series to life with an explosive and unmissable final chapter of the trilogy, led by Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, with support from a stellar line-up including Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom and Sir IanMcKellan. The stage is set for the epic battle of Middle Earth that sees goblins and wargs take on the dwarves, elves, men and giant eagles in one riveting conclusion!
Tinker Bell And The Legend Of The NeverBeast
Family fun comes in the form of this animated adventure, voiced by Lucy Liu, Mae Whitman and Anjelica Huston. Tink and her friends encounter a strange, toothy, green-eyed beast in this latest magical instalment, and quickly learn that you should never judge a book by its cover! Disney’s sixth Tinker Bell tale is a must for the kids (big and small) this festive season!
It’s A Wonderful Life @ The GFT, Friday 12th-Sunday 28th December 2014
Frank Capra’s 1946 Christmas Classic gets an airing at The GFT this month. This heart-warming festive fable tells of the trials and tribulations of small-town businessman, George Bailey (played by James Stewart) who, deep in debt and tired of the bad luck life has repeatedly dealt him, decides to commit suicide on Christmas Eve . . . Until an angel called Clarence shows him what life would have been for his nearest and dearest had he never been born. If you don’t leave the cinema after seeing this movie with your faith in humanity restored, you’re dead inside!
Elf @ University Of Glasgow Chapel, Friday 19th December 2014 @ 5.15pm
Will Ferrell stars in this modern-day festive favourite as Buddy, a human who was raised as an elf in the North Pole. He sets out to NewYork to meet his real father and find his place in the world, only to discover that everyone has forgotten the true meaning of Christmas; Buddy decides to win over his new-found family and remind the world of the magic of Christmas.
The Nightmare Before Christmas @ University Of Glasgow Chapel, Friday 19th December 2014 @ 10pm
Tim Burton’s unconventional take on Christmas is an all-singing, all-dancing horror show, (of course!) Pumpkin King, JackSkellington is renowned for his Halloween celebrations, but bored of planning the festivities for the witching hour, Jack decides to take over Christmas! Cue the kidnapping of Santa, trick or treaters, Lock, Shock and Barrel let loose and a terrifying encounter with the evil OogieBoogie!
Former Friends actress, Jennifer Aniston was “humbled” this week after news broke that she is nominated for “Best Actress” at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards. Aniston is nominated for her role in independent movie, “Cake” , where she plays a woman who becomes obsessed by the suicide of a member of her chronic pain group; the film co-stars Felicity Huffman, Sam Worthington and Anna Kendrick. She will take on Felicity Jones, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike and Reese Witherspoon for the gong next year.
by Siobhanne Beattie / December 11th 2014 / No Comment
Glasgow Gigs This Week
Old-school Madchester band, Inspiral Carpets are due to take to the stage at 02 ABC this Friday (12th December 2014). The band are in the middle of a UK Tour and are out in support of their latest, self-titled LP, their first studio effort release in 20 years!
Fans of The Runaways, Suzi Quatro and The Donnas are in for a treat this weekend when The Amorettes play King Tuts this Friday (12th December). The spunky, Scottish trio independently released their debut album, “Haulin’ Ass” earlier this year and have caused a stir on the live music scene, thank to their high octane, zesty performances.
Taking Back Sunday will be live at 02 ABC on Saturday 13th December, with support from Marmozets. The American rock band are out on tour in support of, “Happiness Is”, their 6th studio album which was released in March of this year.
Our very own home-grown talent, We Were Promised Jetpacks are scheduled to rock The QMU this Saturday (13th December). The band released their third studio album, “Unravelling” in October.
The Enemy are set to play two dates at Glasgow’s 02 ABC this coming week; Monday 15th and Wednesday 17th December 2014, with support from The Twang. The band have enjoyed a new lease of life following the release of third studio album, “Streets In The Sky” in May 2012.
Ska/pop legends, Madness will be at The Hydro next week (Thursday 18th December). The band are expected to perform a mixed bag of hits old and new, including “House Of Fun”, “It Must Be Love”, “Baggy Trousers” and material from latest album, “Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da”, released in October 2012.
Announced This Week
Fresh from hosting The MTV EMAs in Glasgow last month, rap diva, Nicki Minaj announced a 17 Date Tour for next year. “The Pinkprint Tour” will include a date at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Sunday 12th April 2015.
Irish singer/songwriter, Hozier is riding a success wave following the release of his self-titled debut, released in September. Hozier will be on tour next year, including a date at Glasgow’s Barrowlands on Wednesday 27th May 2015.
Fresh from releasing new single, “Love Like This”, Irish band, Kodaline have announced plans to tour next year. The band will be at Glasgow’s Barrowlands on Sunday15th Febraury 2015.
by Siobhanne Beattie / December 11th 2014 / No Comment
The Smashing Pumpkins “Monuments To An Elegy”
American alternative band, The Smashing Pumpkins release their 9th studio album this week. “Monuments To An Elegy” is part of the band’s ongoing project, “Teargarden By Kaleidyscope” and features the singles, “Being Beige”, “One And All (We Are)” and “Drum + Fife”, rocker Tommy Lee plays drums on the album.
Ghostface Killah “36 Seasons”
Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah releases, “36 Seasons” this week; it’s the eleventh studio album by the rapper, released via TommyBoy Records and follows 2013’s “Twelve Reasons To Die”.
Union J “You Got It All”
X Factor rejects, Union J are having the last laugh after being voted off the TV talent show in 2012. “You Got It All” is the second studio album from the boy band, following their self-titled debut released in 2013. “You Got It All” features the title track single and “Tonight (WeLive Forever)”.
Carrie Underwood “Greatest Hits : Decade #1″
American singer/songwriter, Carrie Underwood releases her first Greatest Hits compilation this week. Since winning the fourth season of “American Idol” in 2005, Underwood has gone on to become a monster success in mainstream music with 6 Grammy Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards and a Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Song” under her belt. “Greatest Hits : Decade #1″ includes “Jesus, Take The Wheel”, “Undo It”, “Before He Cheats” and latest single, “Something In The Water”.
J Cole “2014 Forest Hills Drive”
J Cole releases his third studio effort this week. “2014 Forest Hills Drive” is the address of the American rapper’s childhood home which he shared with his mother, stepfather and brother; J Cole re-bought the house in 2014. The album features the singles, “Apparently” and “G.O.M.D”.
by Siobhanne Beattie / December 5th 2014 / No Comment
The sublime Bill Murray stars as St Vincent de Van Nuys, an unlikely babysitter in this hysterical, heart-warming comedy about a grouchy war veteran who befriends 12 year old, Oliver (played by Jaeden Lieberher) whose parents have recently divorced. However, StVincent’s style of babysitting becomes a concern for Oliver’s mum, Maggie (played by the hysterical, Melissa McCarthy of “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat”) when she discovers St Vincent has introduced Oliver to the lifetsyle of race tracks and bars! The directorial debut from Theodore Melfi also stars Naomi Watts as Russian “Lady Of The Night”, Daka and Chris O’Dowd as Oliver’s concerned teacher, Brother Geraghty.
Festive family fun comes in the form of this Christmas comedy caper starring Jim Broadbent, Kit Connor, Ewen Bremner and JodieWhittaker. The fate of Christmas rests on the shoulders of 9 year old, Tom (Kit Connor) who finds Santa (Jim Broadbent) in his garden shed. Santa has crashed his sleigh and needs the help of Tom and his Dad, Steve (Rafe Spall) to return to Lapland; however, when Santa is arrested for trying to retrieve his beloved reindeer from Battersea Dogs Home, it’s up to Tom and Steve to save the day, but Steve is fresh from prison and isn’t keen to go back . . . Festive family fun!
From the director of “The Last King Of Scotland” comes this tense tale of an underwater treasure hunt. Jude Law plays CaptainRobinson, a man who has dedicated his life to submarines, at the cost of both his career and his marriage, who learns that one of Hitler’s U-boats lies at the bottom of the Black Sea, with a $182 million worth of gold bullion inside! Desperate, Captain Robinson assembles a half British, half Russian crew to retrieve the treasure with a agreement to split the proceeds equally, but it isn’t long before the greedy seadogs to realise that the less the crew, the larger their share gets . . . Terrifying tense.
Penguins Of Madagascar
Those crazy penguins we know (and love) from The “Madagascar” film franchise star in their very own, hilarious spin-off. Skipper (TomMcGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Private (Christopher Knights) and Rico (John DiMaggio) are leading a double life as secret agents and have joined forces with North Wind, an elite undercover inter-species task force led by Classified the wolf (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) in a bid to outsmart old foe, Dave The Octopus (John Malkovich).
Gremlins @ The GFT, Friday 5th December, 11pm
When an eccentric inventor buys an unusual Christmas present for his son, Christmas chaos ensues for an entire town! Starring Zach Gilligan and Phoebe Cates, this hilarious festive favourite is the perfect anecdote to traditional Crimbo movies! Remember, whatever you do, don’t feed Gizmo after Midnight . . .
The Polar Express @ Cineworld (Renfrew Street), Monday 8th December (Various Show-Times)
Tom Hanks leads in the festive fable about a doubting young boy who boards a magical train to North Pole and Santa Claus’ home on a journey of self-discovery and the power of belief.
“Spectre” will be the 24th James Bond film, scheduled for release in October 2015. Daniel Craig will return as 007 for the fourth time with support from an all star cast, including Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear. Singer/Songwriter, Sam Smith is rumoured to be recording the theme song for “Spectre”, but this has yet to be confirmed.