Frankly The Smiths – Dreadnought Rock, Bathgate – 24 March 2018

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Frankly The Smiths are frankly, brilliant! A 90+min, 23 song set list was gleefully lapped up by us and an enthusiastic Bathgate Saturday night crowd. Go and see them … soon!

7.5/11 – Attended by George, Karen, Jan

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Dream Wife – Stereo, Glasgow – 23 March 2018

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Can’t be sure what decided me to go along to see Dream Wife? Maybe the Riot Girrrl attitude and Iceland connection from singer Rakel was it for me, but Glasgow agreed and packed out Stereo so much I nearly melted in the heat. And they are good at what they do, simple but anthemic punky grunge with nice riffs and yelpy vocals. A bit Sleater-Kinney ish in the riffs which I like, but not so much variety or melody, so while the crowd was enthusiastic, I was less moved by relatively samey songs.

They went down a storm though and I can understand the appeal, they look great, sound tight and have a cool attitude. Fun!

6.5/11 – Attended by George

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Gary Numan – Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – 16 March 2018

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Gotta admire Gary for longevity and persistence. He has always kept working and has a loyal and supportive fan base, including Jan, so I was curious and happy to chum her along.

I do find his post Tubeway Army, Gothish style, not really to my taste. Professional as always of course, but mostly a bit dull though the impressive light show was cool … the poor sound didn’t help. But the sound seemed to snap into place after an hour of ho hum and the song ‘I Am Ruin’ was unexpectedly and spectacularly good as were a few songs following. He did 3 Tubeway Army era songs and while ‘Cars’ and ‘Are Friends Electric’ were disappointing, ‘I Die You Die’ was great. For fans only.

7/11 – Attended by George & Jan

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Bob Log III – Opium, Edinburgh – 14 March 2018

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I didn’t go out intending to see Bob Log again, but after seeing iDestroy and TuneYards I wandered past Opium and he still wasn’t on yet … so why not? And I’m glad I joined in for another fun packed performance, just like last time at Sneaky Pete’s, complete with balloon bursting, inflatable boat crowd surfing and Bob’s unique punk slide guitar blues. You must see him sometime. How does he do it? How does he get away with it? What a man!

7.5/11 – Attended by George, Andy, Douglas

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Tune-Yards – Liquid Room, Edinburgh – 14 March 2018

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tUnE-yArDs is the name adopted by Merrell Garbus from New England for her various changing musical projects. I liked a version of her from quite a few years ago, I bought a ticket she was so intriguing, and she is still certainly that, but this version I didn’t really enjoy so much. Liquid Room was packed out with loving fans though, so … my problem, not theirs!

6.5/11 – Attended by George

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iDestroy – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh – 14 March 2018

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I saw bassist Becky Baldwin play with Hands Off Gretel when they supported Skating Polly, and later found out more about her variety of work as a professional bass player and was well impressed. Seemed rude not to catch one of her many bands iDestroy at Bannermans en-route to see tUnE-yArDs at Liqid Room later. They were cool and went down well with a full house. More straighforward rock than my hopes for my favourite ‘riot grrrl’ sound, but great playing and attitude. Unfortunately I couldn’t stay long enough to see more than part of their set.

6.5/11 – Attended by George

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First Aid Kit – Vega, Copenhagen – 11 March 2018

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We combined a lovely weekend trip to Copenhagen with seeing First Aid Kit again … the 8th time for me since that magic night I first saw them in Sneaky Pete’s 8 years ago. And with a new album Ruins I wasn’t quite sure what to expect having hardly heard the new songs. But the Söderberg girls never let you down, always so musical and more professional than ever.

What a great show with a lovely atmosphere from their many adoring fans. I still think a couple of the new songs are a bit too straight country for me, but that didn’t really matter since everything else was their best songs delivered perfectly. Though seasoned performers, they still seem able to have fun on stage during big tours and that came across well. Playing bass frees Johanna from behind her keyboard to let loose! Quite right! See you again soon! xx

9/11 – Attended by George & Karen

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Petty Vicious – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh – 8 March 2018

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3/11 – Attended by George, Andy, Billy

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Cindy Wilson – Liquid Room, Edinburgh – 24 Feb 2018

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8/11 – Attended by George, Karen & Jan

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Sextile – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh – 23 Jan 2018

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7.5/11 – Attended by George, Andy & Douglas

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