Baby In Vain – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh – 4 Oct 2017

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When I last saw Denmark’s Baby In Vain a couple of years ago, I was impressed and intrigued, but they have developed their music more and have even bigger riffs and choruses. Really ramped up the volume, the fuzz and the rock poses … everything bigger. Very much appreciated by a busy Sneaky Pete’s … still impressed!

7.5/11 – Attended by George

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Susanne Sundfør – CCA, Glasgow – 3 Oct 2017

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I saw Susanne for the first time in Hull in May. I liked the show, but only after I had listened to her albums did I start to get into her music. I’ve hardly listened to anyone else since! Her latest album ‘Music For People In Trouble’ is a return to her original quieter, folky style, but is full of great songs and her lyrics have really grown in maturity and impact. She is a truly wonderful singer, songwriter and musician.

I suppose I was hoping this show would not be a straight repeat of Hull, but it pretty much was. But this time there were many more songs and I knew them all well, which really helped my enjoyment. I also managed my way right to the front, and in such a relatively small venue, turned it into an intimate show with lots of good natured chat between Susanne and the audience. Typical Glasgow!

Just got tickets to see her yet again in London next March, possibly with more backing musicians and bigger production. Consider me a proper fan now!

9/11 – Attended by George

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/susanne-sundfor/2017/cca-centre-for-contemporary-arts-glasgow-scotland-1be399bc.html

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Skating Polly – Broadcast, Glasgow – 31 July 2017

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Skating Polly are a young band from Tacoma, USA. I’ve been aware of them for a while and this gig was a break from their tour supporting Kate Nash, too good to miss and I’m glad I went through to Glasgow. Formed in Oklahoma by step sisters Peyton and Kelli when they were just 14 and 9 … they are not much older now but have progressed from twee but original tunes to more powerful post punk with the addition of brother Kurtis on drums.

Not quite sure what to expect but I was impressed as howls of noise gave way to energetic riffs with melodic vocals and interesting lyrics. They can play big and loud but the tunes are always there. Peyton leads the music and Kurt adds beefy beats, but it’s younger sister Kelli that grabs most attention, a supernova of energy and a blur of movement. Well impressed!

Apologies for rubbish pics … odd lighting, phone camera and much sweatiness!

8/11 Attended by George

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Radiohead – TRNSMT Festival, Glasgow Green – 7 July 2017

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This was the first day of the new TRNSMT festival, a potential replacement for T in the Park, and though I saw lots of bands I was really only there to see the best band in the world … Radiohead! I was there the last time they played Glasgow Green in 2009. That was a great experience and this one was every bit as good, if not better.

A 2hr 10min set sounds long and hard work, but it was far from that, instead the time just flew by through a great set celebrating the best of their catalogue including many of my absolute favourite songs. Apart from the odd altercation, the crowd were magnificent and sang along beautifully, what a great bunch of singers, at best the combination was really moving. As always Radiohead played perfectly, reproducing the songs superbly with some subtle variations and the sound was excellent. All brilliant musicians, Thom Yorke the focal point, but such a clear sound let me hear perfectly just how good Colin Greenwood is on bass, genius. The visuals provided by the enormous backdrop were also simply astounding.

Radiohead have an undeserved reputation for being serious and depressing, but I couldn’t stop smiling and bopping along like most of the crowd. At the end of their second multi song encore they finished with ‘Karma Police’ and the audience (and my) singing of the ‘I lost myself’ refrain carried through the end of the set and for a long time afterwards while everyone wended their way home. Simply a wonderful day!

10/11 – Attended by George, Andy, Jude, Douglas

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/radiohead/2017/glasgow-green-glasgow-scotland-4be41bbe.html

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Mannequin Pussy – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh – 10 June 2017

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Mannequin Pussy are a relatively new band from Philadelphia that are attracting a lot of interest for their energetic post-punk noise that veers from thrash to melodic through a set full of short punchy songs. Singer Marisa Dabice is obviously the focus of attention and it’s hard to take your eyes of her magnetic performance, but the band are tight with notably powerful drumming. Though not especially original or exceptional I enjoyed their set and look forward to seeing what comes next from them.

7/11 – Attended by George

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Agnes Obel – ABC, Glasgow – 8 June 2017

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I really enjoyed her first album ‘Philharmonics’, though not been so keen on recent albums, but thought it would be good to see her live, and accompanied by 3 versatile musicians it was a really enjoyable show. 

Agnes has a subtle, smoky voice that compliments her intricate piano led songs with typically downbeat lyrics. A fragile, delicate sound that would work better in more intimate surroundings. An unusual atmosphere for a ‘rock’ venue … the feeling more like a classical recital, but things warmed up and got more enthusiastic by the end.

7.5/11 Attended by George

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Cara Dillon – Queens Hall, Edinburgh – 12 May 2017

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We’ve seen Cara quite a few times, and not much more than a year ago. I was thinking, do we really need to see a similar set again? Well a few moments into ‘There Were Roses’ and then ‘Black Is The Colour’ reminded me what a special artist she is. The emotion in her wonderful voice and reflected back from the audience was really moving. Cara, and her wonderful band, never let you down. Lovely!

8/11 Attended by George & Karen

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