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The Fratellis Announce “Costello Music” Anniversary Tour

Home-grown talent, The Fratellis have announced plans to play a string of UK Dates later this year to celebrate 10 years since the release of their debut album, “Costello Music”.

The trio, from Glasgow, released their debut offering in October 2006; it includes the singles, “Chelsea Dagger”, “Whistle For The Choir”, “Henrietta”, “Baby Fratelli”, “Ole Black ‘N’ Blue Eyes” and “Flathead”, which featured in an advert for Apple iPod. The Fratellis picked up a Brit Award for “Best British Breakthrough” in 2007 and “Costello Music” was in The UK Top 100 for 83 weeks.

The band will play “Costello Music” in FULL across November and December 2016; the trio will kick off at Nottingham’s Rock City on 26th November, before stopping off for shows at UEA in Norwich (27th), Manchester’s Academy (29th), Liverpool’s 02 Academy (30th), Sheffield’s 02 Academy (1st December), 02 Academy in Bristol (3rd), Bournemouth 02 Academy (4th), University in Keele (5th), Oxford’s 02 Academy (6th), 02 Institute in Birmingham (8th), Newcastle’s 02 Academy (9th), a hometown show at Glasgow’s legendary Barrowland Ballroom (10th), 02 Academy in Leeds (12th) and concluding at London’s o2 Forum (13th).

Altogether now, “Duh, duh, duh, duh . . .”

Tickets go on-sale on Friday 20th May 2016 @ 9am


Live Review : The Smyths, O2 ABC (06/05/2016)


Apparently, The Queen Is Dead, and has been for 30 years . . .

Glasgow’s O2 ABC took us back to the golden era of indie with The Smyths, who paid homage to the legendary Mancunian band and their iconic 1986 album, “The Queen Is Dead”.


Naturally, the title track kicked off proceedings; the nostalgia in the venue was so thick that you could taste it, and the dotted Smiths T-shirts amongst the crowd and the war-cry like cheering when the band took to the stage confirmed from the get-go that The Smiths may be long gone, but their legacy has lasted the test of time.

The setlist lifted pivotal tracks from The Smiths short (but sweet) career as well as the 10-tracks that shape their famous third LP; “Panic” created chaos, “Girlfriend In A Coma” saw the hundreds-strong crowd bob in perfect time, “Frankly, Mr Shankly” had middle-age men huddle and sing along, “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” provoked some moves that Morrissey would have been proud of, while “I Know It’s Over” brought the entire room together in mournful spirit.

The Smyth’s Morrissey, aka Graham Sampson, is every inch the controversial Smiths front-runner; Sampson is a more approachable Morrissey, perfectly executing the required flourishing that The Smiths frontman is known and loved for in the perfect balance of sophistication and narcissism, and if I had closed my eyes, no-one would have convinced me that it wasn’t Stephen Patrick Morrissey singing onstage.

I am human, and I need to be loved

The Smiths iconic track, “How Soon Is Now?” concluded the show, bringing the trip down memory lane to an end; most of the crowd lingered long after the band had vacated the stage suggesting that I wasn’t the only one who wasn’t ready to leave behind girlfriends in comas, double decker bus crashes, meetings at the cemetary gates and charming men.

The last word on a possible Smiths reunion came from Morrissey in 2014 when he claimed, “I don’t know anyone who would want a Smiths reunion”. Clearly, even Morrissey isn’t clued up on the legacy or impact on his former band 30 years on; for now, however, we have The Smyths who aren’t simply “the next best thing”, but the best we’ve got.



Gutter Gig Guide : 11/05/2016

Gigs This Week

American singer/songwriter, Father John Misty is scheduled to play Glasgow’s 02 Academy tonight (Thursday 12th May 2016). Misty, aka J. Tillman, is out in support of his latest LP, “I Love You, Honeybear” which dropped in February 2015.

Glasgow’s Stereo plays host to London-born singer/songwriter, Patrick Wolf tonight (Thursday 12th May 2016). Wolf has released six studio albums throughout his career, the most recent being 2012’s double LP, “Sundark And Riverlight”.

Pop punks, Busted are back together and are set to play a double header at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Friday (13th) and Saturday (14th May 2016). The trio split in 2005 following a 5 year career which spawned two studio LPs, their 2002 self-titled debut and 2003’s “A Present For Everyone”. Busted dropped brand new single, “Coming Home” earlier this month.

Libertine, Pete Doherty is flying solo at The Barrowland this Friday (13th May 2016) following a hugely successful UK Tour with his original band, The Libertines. Doherty is out ahead of the release of his second solo LP, due for release later in 2016.

Homegrown heroes, BMX Bandits are scheduled to play Glasgow’s CCA on Saturday (14th May 2016). The band, from Glasgow, are known for their 1960s inspired guitar pop and have released nine LPs to date, the most recent being 2012’s “In Space”.

Glasgow’s Broadcast has a live set from London rockers, Yuck on Saturday (14th May 2016). The band have drawn favourable comparisons to Pavement, My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth; their third LP, “Stranger Things” was released in February of this year.

Foxes is scheduled to play Glasgow’s 02 ABC on Sunday (15th May 2016) as part of her current tour. Foxes, aka Louisa Rose Allen, released her second studio album, “All I Need” in February of this year; it followed her 2014 debut, “Glorious”.

Glasgow’s Oran Mor plays host to indie rockers, The Heavy on Sunday (15th May 2016). The band, from Bath, are best known for their signature 2009 single, “How You Like Me Now?”, and released their fourth studio album, “Hurt & The Merciless” in April of this year.

Birmingham-born soul singer, Laura Mvula is scheduled to play Glasgow’s Oran Mor on Monday (16th May 2016). Mvula released her debut effort, “Sing To The Moon” in 2013; her second LP, “The Dreaming Room” is set to drop next month.

Glasgow’s 02 ABC plays host to Dublin-born quintet, September Girls on Monday (16th May 2016). The band are known for their brand of noise pop and released their debut effort, “Cursing The Sea” in January 2014; their second LP, “Age Of Indignation” dropped last month.

Washington-born indie rockers, Chastity Belt are at Glasgow’s Broadcast on Tuesday (17th May 2016). The four-piece band have released two studio albums to date; their 2013, “No Regerts” and “Time To Go Home” which dropped last year.

Glasgow’s Hug & Pint plays host to Anna Meredith and her brand of electronic/acoustic music on Tuesday (17th May 2016). Meredith is a former composer with The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and released her debut album, “Varmints” in March of this year.

Celtic punk rockers, The Rumjacks are scheduled to play Glasgow’s Audio on Wednesday (18th May 2016). The band, from Sydney, Australia, released their latest LP, “Sober & Godless” last year; it followed their 2010 debut, “Gangs Of New Holland”.

Just Announced

Nottingham born singer/songwriter, Jake Bugg is back with a brand new album and has announced plans to tour later this year, including a date at Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Friday 21st October 2016. Bugg’s third LP, “On My One” is scheduled for release in June 2016.

Tickets are available now

Live Review : David Duchovny, 02 ABC (05/05/2016)

The music is out there . . .

Actor-turned-musician, David Duchovny brought mellow rock and a little Dad dancing to Glasgow’s 02 ABC on Thursday night, as part of his European Tour.

The wolf whistles and high-pitched screams that welcomed his entrance onstage confirmed that the 55 year old’s days as a sex symbol are far from over. Looking every inch the part in black skinny jeans and leather jacket, Duchovny kicked things off with a humble, “Hey” and track, “Let It Rain”, which ironically in Glasgow, it wasn’t (for once).

Best known as Special Agent Fox Mulder from hit sci-fi TV series, “The X Files”, Duchovny was out in support of his newest venture; “Hell Or Highwater”, his debut album released last May, which shaped the bulk of the laid-back set, including stand-out moments, “Stars”, “Unsaid And Undone” and title-track, “Hell Or Highwater”Duchovny cut a somewhat different figure from his famous TV roles and looked comfortable in this new rock star role; he pouted, strutted and posed his way through the set, much to the delight of his many female fans. However, his mellow vocals hinted that it’s still early days for him as a singer; his lyrics were not always audible and there were moments when his passion clearly outweighed his vocal talent. 

“This would only happen here, Glasgow . . .”


A surprise sprinkling of David Bowie’s “Stay” and The Weekend’s “Can’t Feel My Face” brought a funky spin to the show, and was warmly welcomed by fans who danced and sang along. The half-Scottish Duchovny paid tribute to his roots; he recorded a message for his Aberdeen-born mother, donned a kilt (the screaming was deafening) and enjoyed an impromptu language lesson with a front row fan; he didn’t look entirely convinced that “gallus” was a real word . . .

Duchovny may not be the musician he’d like to be; his vocals were missing the trademark growl that could have made them great, instead of average and he danced like a Dad (albeit a very sexy one), but his passion for being onstage doing something he really wants to is impossible to ignore, and exceedingly difficult to resist.


Gutter Gig Guide : 27/04/2016

Gigs This Week

King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut play host to Molotov Jukebox tonight (Thursday 28th April 2016). The band is fronted by actress, Natalia Tena, known for her roles in “Harry Potter” and “Game Of Thrones”. Molotov Jukebox are out in support of their second studio effort, “Tropical Gypsy”, which dropped earlier this month. Support comes from home-grown heroes, The Cut Throat Razors.

Rock/metal trio, Russian Circles are set to play Saint Luke’s in Glasgow tonight (Thursday 28th April 2016). The band, from Chicago, have released five studio albums to date, the most recent being 2013’s “Memorial”

Rat Boy, aka Jordan Cardy, is scheduled to play Glasgow’s Oran Mor on Friday (29th April 2016). Essex-born, Rat Boy has released two EPs to date; 2014’s “The Mixtape” and “Neighbourhood Watch”, which dropped last year. Support comes from Skaters.

Glasgow’s CCA play host to Japanese pop punk band, Shonen Knife on Friday (29th April 2016). The all-female band, who originally formed in 1981, are heavily influenced by 1960s girl groups, The Beach Boys and The Ramones. The band released their latest LP, “Adventure” this year.

Former Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman, Chris Cornell flies solo on Friday (29th April 2016) at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall as part of his “Higher Truth Tour”. The tour is in support of the album of the same name; it was released in September 2015 and is Cornell’s fourth solo LP. Support comes from Fantastic Negrito.

King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut plays host to Dublin-born quartet, We Were Giants on Saturday (30th April 2016). The band take influence from Biffy Clyro, Muse, Coldplay and Foo Fighters, among others and have been described as “indie rock with an anthemic touch”.

American rapper, Mac Miller is at Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Sunday (1st May 2016). Miller, aka Malcolm James McCormick, is from Pittsburgh and released his third LP, “GO:OD AM” in September 2015; it features the singles, “100 Grandkids”, “Break The Law” and “Clubhouse”.

The Movielife are at Glasgow’s Stereo on Bank Holiday Monday (2nd May 2016). The band are from Long Island, New York and are out on their reunion tour following their split in 2003. The Movielife have released three albums in their career, the most recent being 2003’s “Forty Hour Train Back To Penn”.

Singer/songwriter, Lewis Watson is at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on Monday (2nd May 2016). The Oxford-born singer released his debut LP, “The Morning” in June 2014

American indie rockers, Radiation City are scheduled to play Glasgow’s Hug & Pint on Monday (2nd May 2016). The band, from Oregon, formed in 2010 and released their third LP, “Synesthetica” in February of this year; it follows their 2011 debut, “The Hands That Take You” and 2013’s “Animals In Median”.

The SSE Hydro play host to country music superstars, Dixie Chicks on Tuesday (3rd May 2016). The band, who formed in Dallas in 1989, consists of sisters, Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robinson and lead singer, Natalie Maines. The band released their seventh and latest studio LP, “Taking The Long Way” in May 2006

Just Announced

Pop punks, McFly have parted ways with their Busted buddies and have announced a reunion tour for later this year, including THREE dates at Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Thursday (16th), Friday (17th) and Saturday (18th June 2016).

Tickets go on-sale on Friday 29th April @ 9am

Home-grown heroes, Teenage Fanclub have unveiled plans to play Glasgow’s Barrowland on Saturday 3rd December 2016. The band, from Bellshill, formed in 1989 and have released nine studio LPs to date, the most recent being 2010’s “Shadows”.

Tickets go on-sale on Friday 29th April 2016 @ 9am



Live Review : Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, SSE Hydro (21/04/2016)

The former Oasis guitarist brought his solo show to Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Thursday night.


With the news of Prince’s untimely demise breaking just hours early, the older Gallagher brother’s entrance served as a tribute to The Purple One; Prince’s image filled a screen accompanied by the opening speech of, “Let’s Go Crazy”, which was met by a mix of cheers and applause, and more than a few fans standing in solitary silence as a mark of respect.

“Everybody’s On The Run” got things started, with a generous mix of tracks from his self-titled, debut and latest LP, “Chasing Yesterday” shaping the set; “In The Heat Of The Moment”, “The Death Of You And Me”, “Riverman” and “If I Had A Gun”, which he dedicated to his wife, Sara, were particular stand-out moments. Gallagher sent a clear message to Oasis fans pinning their hopes on a future reunion with, “You Know We Can’t Go Back” suggesting that while things may be “alright” between the brothers, getting together again on-stage is still just a die-hard’s dream.

However, it was the sprinkling of Oasis covers that injected the audience with zest; some surprising (“Sad Song” and “Digsy’s Dinner”) and others, just plain brilliant (“Champagne Supernova” and “Half The World Away”). Another nod was given to the late Prince when Gallagher played “Live Forever” and his audience took lead vocals. 

Gallagher himself said very little, taking only a few minutes to chat and joke with his crowd during the two hour set in Glasgow; he was always the one to let the music do the talking, a stance he is clearly comfortable with and gives fans no cause for complaint.

There is no question that Noel Gallagher can do it alone, but with the crowd losing their heads over that euphoric, “Don’t Look Back In Anger” chorus, you can’t escape the nagging feeling that one Gallagher brother simply isn’t enough for them . . .


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