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A Gig A Day : 16/10/2017

Tuesday (17th October 2017) : Rationale @ Oran Mor

Rationale, aka Tinashe Fazakerley is bringing his brand of soulful R ‘n’ B and indie pop-inspired electronica to Glasgow’s Oran Mor tomorrow night. Rationale, who was born in Zimbabwe, released his self-titled debut under his new stage name this month.

Wednesday (18th October 2017) : Zara Larsson @ Glasgow’s 02 Academy 

Glasgow’s 02 Academy plays host to Swedish songstress, Zara Larsson this week; the singer is out in support of her second studio effort, “So Good” which was released in March of this year. “So Good” follows her 2014 debut LP, “1”.

Thursday (19th October 2017) : The Horrors @ Glasgow QMU

Indie rockers, The Horrors play at Glasgow’s QMU this week; the band, from Southend-on-Sea, formed in 2005 and have released five studio efforts since then, the latest being “V” which dropped last month.

Friday (20th October 2017) : Train @ Glasgow’s 02 Academy

Pop rockers, Train are scheduled to play Glasgow’s 02 Academy this weekend as part of their current “Play That Song Tour”. The band, from San Francisco, are best known for their signature single, “Drops Of Jupiter”, and released their tenth studio album, “A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat” in January of this year.

Saturday (21st October 2017) : The Frank And Walters @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut

Cork born, alt rockers, The Frank And Walters are scheduled to play Glasgow’s legendary King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut this weekend. The band, who formed in 1989, have released eight studio albums in their career, the most recent being 2016’s “Songs For The Walking Wounded”.

Sunday (22nd October 2017) : Chantel McGregor @ Glasgow’s 02 ABC

Blues guitarist and singer, Chantel McGregor is scheduled to play Glasgow’s 02 ABC this weekend; the singer, from Bradford, is out in support of her latest LP, “Lose Control” which dropped in October 2015.

Monday (23rd October 2017) : Acid Mothers Temple @ Broadcast

Glasgow’s Broadcast plays host to Japanese psychedelic rockers, Acid Mothers Temple next week. The band, who originally formed in 1995, have released an unbelievable 74 studio albums in their career, the most recent being 2016’s “Wake To A New Dawn Of Another Astro Era”.

Live Review : The Smiths Ltd @ The Classic Grand (06/10/17)

It’s been 30 years since The Smiths bowed out, but their legacy isn’t determined the albums they continue to sell, the once teenage commiserators to Mancunian misery who still sport a Moz-inspired quiff or even that perfectly timed profile that pops up every so often to remind us why we fell in love with the band way back when, and why they’re still as important and influential as ever . . .

Their legacy lies in gigs just like this; The Smiths Ltd encapsulate the sound, style and satire that made Morrissey great (complete with gladiolis in pocket), and deliver the songs that saved our lives with the moving momentum that made The Smiths unique; their setlist initially disguised itself as typical with the signature songs and mainstream singles taking priority including, “Panic”, “This Charming Man”, “Girlfriend In A Coma” and “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”, however, a sharp U-turn thrown in every track or so  of less obvious tracks, a la, “Reel Around The Fountain”,  kept the audience on their toes, and delighted them into the bargain.

By their own admission, the band endured an extensive search for their perfect Morrissey and it’s evident that it paid off with singer, Johnny Turner at the helm; he not only captures the distinct sound that made Morrissey an icon, but he embodies the flamboyant stage presence and sardonic manner that causes still our fascination with him today. The Smiths Ltd, as a unit, cement what made their heroes great; their tight delivery of classic songs give their audience something that seems a long time lost, but is still as important to them now as it was in the days of melting walkmans, double decker buses, tutu wearing Vicars and not having a stitch to wear.

If The Smiths Ltd are the musical equivalent of The Pied Piper, the different walks of people who packed out The Classic Grand in Glasgow last weekend, are the children who follow the music; the somewhat out of place crowd of guys in their mid 20s who invested their faith in Oasis only to be let down badly soaking up the classic songs that are like new friends to them, the middle aged couple with the wife replicating Morrissey’s quiff and glasses that she needs now more than she did then, swaying in time to the songs they bonded over as teenagers and the solo dancer, a balding man carrying a little extra weight these days but whose flouncing would make even Morrissey smile.

The Queen may be dead, but thanks to The Smiths Ltd, the band who told us so live on . . .



Paloma Faith Announces New LP + Glasgow Gig

Quirky songstress, Paloma Faith has launched her comeback with her fourth studio LP and UK Tour, including a date at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro next year.

Faith, from Hackney in London, is scheduled to release, “The Architect” on Friday 17th November 2017; it’s her first LP in 3 years and the first since giving birth to her first child in December 2016. “The Architect” follows her 2009 debut effort, “Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?”, 2012’s “Fall To Grace” and 2014’s “A Perfect Contradiction”; Faith is the only British female artist other than Adele to have three platinum-selling albums.

The accompanying tour is scheduled to kick off in Leeds’ First Direct Arena on 2nd March 2018, before stopping off for shows across The UK including BHGE Arena in Aberdeen (5th), Glasgow’s SSE Hydro (6th), BIC in Bournemouth (11th), London’s 02 Arena (14th), Liverpool’s Echo Arena (20th) and Dublin’s 3Arena (24th).

Faith’s new LP is proceeded by lead single, “Crybaby” which is available now, and the album features collaborations with Sia, John Legend and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man.

“The Architect” is available on Friday 17th November 2017

Tickets for Paloma Faith’s UK Tour go on-sale on Friday 29th September 2017 at 9am


Ezra Furman Unveils “Driving Down To L.A.”

Ezra Furman dropped the video for brand new track, “Driving Down To L.A” this week; it’s the first single from the singer/songwriter since 2015’s “Lousy Connection”.

Furman, from Chicago, has released three solo efforts as well as recording with his bands The Boyfriends and The Harpoons; his latest studio offering was 2015’s “Perpetual Motion People” which featured the break-out track, “Lousy Connection”.

“Driving Down To L.A.” was directed by Joseph Brent, and Furman has dedicated the video to Heather Heyer, a 32 year old paralegal who was killed during a “Unite The Right” Rally the day before the video was shot. Furman has described the track as ” A song about paranoia, escape and ecstatic ego-death. This video is about hos fear turns to violence. I hope it goes without saying that I don’t advocate shooting a gun into a car full of people, whether they are enraged white supremacists or not. The video is a fantasy and a nightmare. I think it matches the cultural nightmare we are now living through, one from which I pray we can soon wake up”.

The release of Furman’s new single coincides with his announcement of his hometown show at Thalia Hall in Chicago on Monday 26th February 2018.

Dua Lipa Announces 2018 Arena Tour

Singer/songwriter, Dua Lipa has announced her biggest tour to date with arena shows booked for April 2018, including Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.

Lipa, who was born in London to Albanian parents, released her self-titled, debut offering in June of this year; it features the singles, “Be The One”, “Hotter Than Hell”, “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” and “New Rules” which held the #1 spot in The UK Singles Chart for two weeks and hitting over 270, 000, 000 views of the official music video. 

The UK Tour kicks off in Dublin’s Olympia (10th April 2018) before stopping off at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro (12th), Manchester’a 02 Apollo (14th), Birmingham’s Genting Arena (17th), Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena (18th) and London’s Alexandra Palace (20th).

Tickets are available now.

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