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Live Review : Dirty Harry + Talk Of The Town, 02 ABC (09/10/2015)

Friday saw Glasgow’s 02 ABC play host to a double header of power pop/rock and gals with serious attitude when tributes Dirty Harry and Talk Of The Town took to the venue’s stage.

Talk Of The Town pay tribute to Chrissie Hynde & Co and are the only Pretenders tribute in the UK. The band kicked off proceedings with the track they took their name from, before taking punters on a trip down memory lane with some of the biggest and best hits from the legendary rock band, including their take on Kinks tracks, “Stop Your Sobbing” and “I Go To Sleep”, complete with cheeky introduction from “Chrissie”, “Does anyone like Ray Davies? I do . . .”

However, it was best-known hits, “Don’t Get Me Wrong” and “Brass In Pocket” which provoked the biggest reaction from their audience in the way of infectious movement and questionable singing (!) Talk Of The Town’s front-woman (aka the lovely Sharon Duncan) mirrored the style and sound of Chrissie Hynde without even trying, with a quiet confidence that was impossible to ignore; Talk Of The Town represent a time when guitar-friendly rock music laced with catchy choruses still had a place on mainstream radio, while “Chrissie” proves that girls can hold their own centre-stage.

Headliners Dirty Harry took centre stage to a raucous reception and reminded everyone why we love Blondie; the band took 02 ABC’s gig-goers on a nostalgic ride via power-pop (“Call Me”), disco (“Heart Of Glass”), experimental electronic (“Atomic”) and raunchy rap (“Rapture”). 

Dirty Harry’s blonde replica owned the stage from the get-go; strutting, sashaying and seducing her audience in a blur of leather boots and attitude. While “Debbie’s” adopted American accent may have faltered in a few places, it did nothing to quash the illusion that you were watching Blondie; the addition of a mirrorball and some questionable blue eyeshadow and it could have been down-town New York circa 1980Although, it was the big pop-hits that stole the show, the band were clever to include forgotten gems, “In The Flesh”, “Pretty Baby” and “Union City Blues”, among others. 

Talk Of The Town and Dirty Harry individually wowed punters, but together they reminded us why we initially fell in love with each band respectively and took us back to a simpler time when real music sound-tracked the radio and women were at the fore-front of music armed with attitude and talent, not a team of a song-writers and a really manipulative PR team.




Gutter Gig Guide : 07/10/2015

Gigs This Week

Reggae/pop royalty, UB40 are at Glasgow’s 02 ABC on Thursday (8th October 2015). Having originally formed in Birmingham in 1978, the band have released 18 studio albums to date, the most recent being 2013’s “Getting Over The Storm”; the band’s last LP with trumpet player, vocalist and founding member, Astro.

Glaswegian trio, Baby Strange are at Saint Luke’s in Glasgow this Friday (9th October 2015) as part of their current UK Tour. The band’s latest single, “Pleasure City” is available now.

South Carolina grunge band, Heyrocco are scheduled to take the stage at Glasgow’s Hug & Pint this Friday (9th October 2015). The band formed in 2009 and released their debut album, “Teenage Music Soundtrack” in June 2015.

Glasgow’s 02 ABC has an unmissable double-header of rock tributes this Friday (9th October 2015) with Dirty Harry and Talk Of The Town; live tributes to Blondie and The Pretenders. Dirty Harry formed in Edinburgh in 2011 out of frontwoman, Sarah Kennedy’s desire to pay tribute to power pop goddess, Debbie Harry, while Talk Of The Town are the only UK tribute to Chrissie Hynde & Co.

Homegrown talent, Vukovi will be headlining The Art School this Saturday (10th October 2015). The female-fronted band have built up a strong following of loyal fans and have support slots alongside Young Guns and Mallory Knox in the pipeline.  “Boy George” is the latest single from the band and is available now.

The Brit answer to American rockers, Foo Fighters are at The 02 ABC this Saturday (10th October 2015) in the form of tribute band, Sonic Motorways. Ideal night out for any Foos fan who missed out on the real deal’s Murrayfield Stadium show last month.

Singer/songwriter, Ben Montague will be live at Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on Saturday (10th October 2015). The Kent-born musician has released three LPs to date, the most recent being 2013’s “Tales Of Flying And Falling”.

Canadian rock band, Metric are at Glasgow’s 02 ABC on Sunday (11th October 2015). The band formed in Toronto in 1998 and released latest LP, “Pagans In Vegas” last month.

Aussie trio, Little May are at Glasgow’s King Tut’s on Sunday (11th October 2015) as part of their current tour; the band are out on the road in support of their debut LP, “For The Company” which comes out on Friday (9th October 2015).

Indie pop band, Swim Deep are scheduled to play Glasgow’s Oran Mor on Monday (12th October 2015). The band, who formed in 2011 in Birmingham, have released two studio albums to date, the latest being, “Mothers” which came earlier this month.

Liverpudlian indie rock band, Circa Waves are at The 02 ABC on Tuesday (13th October 2015). The band released their debut LP, “Young Chasers” in March of this year.

Glasgow’s King Tut’s is due to play host to Dublin-born band, Raglans on Tuesday (13th October 2015). The band formed in 2011 and their self-titled, debut LP was released in March 2014.

Just Announced

Veteran rocker, Bryan Adams has announced tour dates in support of his forthcoming LP, “Get Up”, due for release on Friday 23rd October 2015. Adams will play Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Tuesday 5th April 2015.

Tickets go on-sale on Friday 9th October 2015 @ 9am

Foals have unveiled plans to play Glasgow’s SSE Hydro in 2016; the band will be at the venue on 12th February 2016 in support of their latest LP, “What Went Down”.

Tickets go on-sale on Friday 9th October 2015 @ 9am

Janet Jackson has announced a string of UK Tour dates for 2016 as part of her highly-anticipated return to music. Jackson’s brand new LP, “Unbreakable” is available now; it’s the first album from the singer in 7 years. Glasgow’s SSE Hydro will play host to Ms Jackson on Monday 4th April 2016.

Tickets go on-sale on Friday 9th October 2015 @ 9am

Dundee’s own, The View have brought Christmas early for Glasgow fans with a date at the city’s 02 Academy on Wednesday 16th December 2015. The band are out in support of their latest studio effort, “Ropewalk” which came out last month.

Tickets go on-sale on Friday 9th October 2015 @ 10am





Gutter Gig Guide : 30/09/2015

Gigs This Week

Eliza And The Bear will be appearing at Glasgow’s Stereo on Friday (2nd October 2015). The London-born band formed in 2011; the gig is part of the band’s biggest headline tour to date, and their brand new EP, “Make It On My Own” is available now.

Blackpool-born, singer/songwriter, Rae Morris is at Glasgow’s Oran Mor on Friday (2nd October 2015). Morris released her debut single, “Don’t Go” in March 2012; the single features on her debut LP, “Unguarded” which was released in January of this year.

Walk Off The Earth are a rock, ska and reggae rock band that formed in Ontario, Canada in 2006. The band gained popularity after posting their take on tracks by Gotye, Adele, Maroon 5 and LMFAO on YouTube. Walk Off The Earth will be at 02 ABC on Sunday (4th October 2015); latest LP, “Sing It All Away” is available now.

South London pop-tart, Kimberley Anne kicks off her current UK Tour at Glasgow’s Stereo on Sunday (4th October 2015). Kimberley Anne has supported Haim, First Aid Kit and Jake Bugg on tour, and describes her music as “acoustic pop married to indie, whilst having a love affair with Afro/Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms”. Latest single, “Bury It There” is out now.

Dundee’s finest, The View will be at Edinburgh’s Liquid Room for a 3 night consecutive run kicking off on Sunday (4th October 2015). The band, fronted by Kyle Falconer, released their fifth studio album, “Ropewalk” in September of this year; it features the singles, “Marriage” and “Under The Rug”.

Post-BritPop band, Starsailor are scheduled to play at Glasgow’s 02 ABC on Monday (5th October 2015). The band, from Wigan, formed in 2000 and have released 4 studio LPs to date, the most recent being 2009’s “All The Plans”. Starsailor are out in the road in support of their “Greatest Hits” which came out last month. Support comes from Kerri Watt.

Just Announced

Electronic duo, Disclosure have announced plans to tour later this year; brothers, Howard and Guy Lawrence will be at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Thursday 26th November 2015. Second LP, “Caracal” was released in September of this year.

Tickets go on-sale on Friday 2nd October 2015 @ 9am


New Order : 8 Magic Musical Moments

As New Order prepare to release, “Music Complete” this week, we take a look back at the finest musical moments to date. “Music Complete” is out on Friday (25th September 2015); it’s their first album without bassist, Peter “Hooky” Hook and features input from Iggy Pop, La Roux and Brandon Flowers

Ceremony (1981)

Written when New Order were still Joy Division, “Ceremony” was the first single from the remaining members, following Ian Curtis’ suicide in May 1980. The track was released by New Order as their debut single in March 1981 and again in September of that same year to include new member, Gillian Gilbert. “Ceremony” is featured on “Still”, a compilation album of released and unreleased material and a live recording of Joy Division’s last gig, released a year after Curtis’ death.

Waiting For The Sirens’ Call (2005)

Taken from the 2005 album of the same name, “Waiting On The Sirens’ Call” is New Order frontman, Bernard Sumner’s “favourite New Order song of all time”. It was the third single from the LP and charted at #21 in The UK.


Regret (1993)

The lead single from New Order’s sixth studio LP, “Republic”; the first album from the band under London Records after the demise of Factory Records. The single was released in 1993 and is the last UK Top 5 Single the band have earned to date.

Crystal (2001)

The lead single from their seventh studio album, “Get Ready”, released in 2001. The track scored the band a UK Top 10 Single and is considered “possibly one of the best New Order singles”. The promo for “Crystal” features a fictional band called The Killers (the name appears on the drum kit); it inspired the name of the real-life band from Las Vegas. Frontman, Brandon Flowers joined New Order onstage at T In The Park 2005 to perform the track.

True Faith (1987)

Released in July 1987, “True Faith” was the lead single from, “Substance ’87”, a compilation album that was written and recorded over a 10-day studio session with producer, Stephen Hague. The track was accompanied by a bizarre video where costumed dancers leap about, fight and slap one another, and bassist, Peter Hook claims it was written during an “unhappy period in New Order’s life”.

Bizarre Love Triangle (1986)

Taken from New Order’s 1986 album, “Brotherhood” and despite failing to make either The UK Top 40 or The US Billboard Hot 100, it is still considered one of the band’s best known singles. “Bizarre Love Triangle” features in 2010’s “Hot Tub Time Machine” starring John Cusack and 2011’s “What’s Your Number?” and ranked at number 201 in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs Of All Time” in 2004.

Temptation (1982)

A stand-alone single from 1982; this track is best recognised for its association with cult movie, “Trainspotting” in 1995. “Temptation” features both on the movie soundtrack and is sung by Diane (Kelly McDonald) is two scenes in the film; in the shower faintly in the background and sitting on the edge of Renton’s (Ewan McGregor) bed while he is going “cold turkey”.



Blue Monday (1983)

One of the most instantly recognisable intros of all time, and the biggest selling 12″ single ever; New Order’s “Blue Monday”. The track defined the dance club scene of the 80s and early 90s; the single, however, was not eligible for an official Gold Disc as record label, Factory Records was not a member of The British Phonographic Industry Association. “Blue Monday” was number one in Ireland, New Zealand, The UK Indie Chart and The US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play.







Ellie Goulding Shares “On My Mind” Video

Electro-pop princess, Ellie Goulding has shared the video for brand new track, “On My Mind” the lead single from her forthcoming third LP, “Delirium”, due to drop in November 2015.

To coincide with the album announcement, Goulding has also unveiled plans to tour The UK in March 2016 with a string of dates across the country; the tour takes in 10 cities and kicks off at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on 8th March 2016, before stopping off at Liverpool’s Echo Arena (10th), Sheffield Arena (12th), Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena (13th), First Direct Arena in Leeds (15th), Newcastle’s Metro Arena (16th), The SSE Hydro in Glasgow (18th), Manchester Arena (19th), Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena (21st) and concluding at London’s 02 Arena (24th).

“Delirium” follows Goulding’s 2010 debut LP, “Lights” which features her breakthrough single, “Starry Eyes” and her take on Elton John’s classic track, “Your Song”, and 2012’s “Halcyon Days” which includes her first UK number one single, “Burn” and her collaboration with DJ Calvin Harris, “I Need Your Love”. Goulding also scored a massive UK number one with “Love Me Like You Do” earlier this year; the track is featured on “Fifty Shades Of Grey” movie soundtrack.

On “Delirium”, Goulding says, “A part of me views this album as an experiment – to make a big pop album, I made a concious decision that I wanted it to be on another level”. The forthcoming LP was recorded in London, Sweden and Los Angeles with support from Max Martin, Greg Kurstin, One Republic’s Ryan Tedder, Klas Ahlund and Disclosure’s Guy Lawrence

“On My Mind” is available now

“Delirium” is out on Friday 6th November 2015

Tickets for Ellie Goulding’s UK Tour are on-sale on Friday 25th September 2015 @ 9am

Gutter Gig Guide : 23/09/2015

Gigs This Week

Singer/songwriter, James Bay is at Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Thursday (24th September 2015) as part of his current UK Tour. Bay released his debut offering, “Chaos And The Calm” in March 2015, which features his signature song, “Hold Back The River” and singles, “Scars” and “Let It Go”.

Former New Order bassist, Peter Hook will be at The Art School in Glasgow on Thursday (24th September 2015) playing both “Low-Life” and “Brotherhood” in full under Peter Hook & The Light, a band he formed in May 2010. Hooky was the bassist first for Joy Division until Ian Curtis’ suicide disbanded the group in 1980 and later, New Order up until he quit in 2007.

Worchester-born, indie band Peace are at Glasgow’s QMU on Saturday (26th September 2015). The band, who formed in 2009 and released their second LP, “Happy People” in February of this year, it followed their 2013 debut album, “In Love”.

Gabrielle Aplin is scheduled to play at Glasgow’s Oran Mor on Sunday 27th September 2015. Aplin first came to attention online largely due to her acoustic covers of Paramore and You Me At Six tracks on YouTube; she went on to release her debut LP, “English Rain” in 2013. “Light Up The Dark” is the follow-up LP and was released this week.

Fresh from the release of second studio album, “Little Victories” last month, The Strypes are scheduled to play a gig at Glasgow’s QMU on Sunday 27th September 2015. The band, from Cavan in Ireland, formed in 2011 and released their debut LP, “Snapshot” in September 2013.

Brit-born rock band, Mallory Knox are at Glasgow’s 02 ABC on Monday 28th September 2015. The band, who formed in 2009, released their second LP, “Asymmetry” in October 2014.

Welsh rock band, Pretty Vicious are scheduled to play at Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on Monday 28th September 2015. The band, from Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, formed in March 2014. Pretty Vicious were announced this week as part of Radio X Road Trip line-up for a gig at Manchester’s 02 Apollo in December alongside Noel Gallagher, Johnny Marr and Neon Waltz.

Just Announced

Fresh from releasing their long-awaited third LP, “Anthems For Doomed Youth” earlier this month, The Libertines have announced plans for a UK Arena Tour in January 2016, including a date at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on the 21st.

Tickets go on-sale on Friday 25th September 2015 @ 9am

Electro-pop princess, Ellie Goulding has announced plans to tour The UK in early 2016. Goulding is set to release her third studio album, “Delirium” in November 2015 and will be at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Friday 18th March 2016.

Tickets go on-sale on Friday 25th September 2015 @ 9am

Home-grown hero, Gerry Cinnamon has announced a gig at Glasgow’s Oran Mor on Friday 4th December 2015. Still reeling from a stellar set at this years T In The Park, Cinammon, from Castlemilk in Glasgow, is out on tour next month with a string of Scottish dates in Kilmarnock, Greenock, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee.

Tickets are available now



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