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Oneohtrix Point Never - Commissions I

23 Apr 20144 stars

Dreamy, intoxicating and cleansing compilation of electronic experimentalism

Daniel Lopatin, under his Oneohtrix Point Never guise, has long since wandered off into the conceptual, compositional undergrowth where you are fêted almost no matter what you do because, hey, you’re pushing sonic boundaries, ‘challenging’ listeners…

Bis - Data Panik etcetera

24 Apr 20144 stars

A compilation of released and unreleased material that indicates a band steeped in a love of pop

With the original trio’s members off enjoying careers in hospitality, motherhood and being in Debukas, this is sadly not the comeback Bis album the word is arguably not waiting for, but which many of us would be very pleased to see. Nor is it a proper…

The Other Woman

24 Apr 20142 stars

Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton are a likeable but poorly served trio in this weak comedy

A romcom with what seems like a refreshing sisterly twist, The Other Woman sees a trio of wronged women team up to get their own back on a real weasel of a guy. So far so fun, right? Unfortunately Nick Cassavetes' eighth film squanders its subversive…

188th RSA Annual Exhibition: Focus on Film

23 Apr 20144 stars

An expansive and essential Scottish film art showcase, featuring Rachel Maclean and Peter Capaldi

Perhaps the biggest criticism that can be levelled at this year’s Royal Scottish Academy annual members’ exhibition is that there’s almost too much to soak up. Between the vast submission-based selection upstairs and the curated rooms downstairs, there…

George Clinton & P-Funk - O2 ABC, Glasgow, Fri 18 Apr 2014

24 Apr 20144 stars

'Dr Funkenstein' is back, and more involved in the onstage funking than he's been in years

Who wants to get funked up? Glasgow clearly does, given the substantial crowd who turn up to see George Clinton and P-Funk drop the bomb on the ABC. Until recently, P-Funk shows were reportedly sad affairs, with Clinton barely present, and the band…

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Alex Frost: Reproduction

23 Apr 20143 stars

Astute, creative comment on the commodification of human reproduction, part of Glasgow International

The birth rate in Britain has leapt 18% in the last decade. That means, in statistical terms, we’re in the midst of a baby boom. Alex Frost uses this as a playful stepping-off point to explore issues of reproduction, human and artistic, in his solo show…

Of Spire and Throne - Toll of the Wound

23 Apr 20144 stars

Expertly crafted and highly satisfying slab o’ sludge from Edinburgh doom trio

Following last year’s split release with Groningen sludgelords Ortega, Edinburgh-spawned doom trio Of Spire and Throne return with a limited edition EP on cassette, CD and black or red vinyl. With bleak cover art and a tracklist that promises three…

Albums round-up - April 2014

24 Apr 2014

New releases from Brody Dalle, The Last Battle, Woods, Fat Goth, Night Noise Team and more reviewed

Brody Dalle – Diploid Love (Caroline) ●●● Brody Dalle, erstwhile frontwoman of The Distillers and Spinnerette, has the cool rocker chick thing down pat. But she’s no trailblazer on this solo debut, instead following leads established by Courtney Love…

Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

23 Apr 20144 stars

Debut solo album of understatement and maturity that never completely leaves low gear

It’s taken him more than two decades in the music industry to arrive at his debut solo album, which leads us to the rather strange experience of hearing sometime Blur frontman Damon Albarn’s new release being trailed with terms like ‘long-awaited’, as…

Gabriel Kuri: All probability resolves into form

23 Apr 20143 stars

Kuri's Glasgow International survivalist sculpture show puts a political twist on hard theory

In case of emergency, natural disaster, nuclear fallout or biblical engulfment, Mexican artist Gabriel Kuri is probably a very good man to have on your side. By stocking up on blankets, fire extinguishers, boxes of matches, bottles of water and assorted…

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Clip Art - Clip Art

24 Apr 20144 stars

An intriguing and immersive mini-album of retro-electronica from Errors' Stephen Livingstone

I have a senior relative who, eager to show me something ‘on the web’, spent a long time frustratedly footering about on a laptop to no avail, not realising he was searching in Microsoft clip art thinking it was Internet Explorer. It was too funny to…

Singles, EPs and downloads - April 2014

24 Apr 2014

New releases from Seafieldroad, Jamie xx, Tuff Love and Michele Mininni reviewed

Seafieldroad – 'This Road Won’t Build Itself' (Biphonic) ●●●● Confessedly wary of contributing to the perception that, in his words, the Scottish independence movement is ‘an army of sentimental nationalists’, Yes-voting musician and one third of…

Kelis - Food

24 Apr 20143 stars

A Dave Sitek-produced R&B/pop/soul combo that's finger-licking good when it finds its form

With her fierce musical and sartorial style, Kelis always felt a little bit too free-thinking, too sassy, too strange, too damn cool for the pure pop mainstream. There was almost a sense of infiltration about hearing songs as smartly unconventional as…

Led Bib - The People In Your Neighbourhood

24 Apr 20143 stars

The perky, math-rock-infused jazz group deliver a witty & energetic collection of rockers & ballads

Next to the punk-jazz maelstrom of The Thing or the wild electricity of 1970s Miles Davis, the perky math-rock-infused jazz of Mercury Prize-friendly British groups like Polar Bear and Led Bib tends to sound pretty reined-in. But taken on its own terms…

Rebecca Gouldson: Industrial Shift

24 Apr 20144 stars

A printmaking exhibition that finds beauty and intrigue in redundant tools and relics

Rebecca Gouldson’s first solo show concentrates on the images and objects of historic industry, with beauty and intrigue found in its redundant tools and relics. Scratches, scribbles and signs of wear and tear guide Gouldson’s mark-making on rich…

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Warren United

22 Apr 20143 stars

Johnny Vegas, Darren Boyd and Morwenna Banks voice ITV4's hit-and-miss cartoon football comedy

The big pitch for this new animated sitcom about football and family from Baby Cow is that it’s here just in time for the Champions League Semi-Finals and Brazil World Cup. My guess is that people looking forward to those particular events won’t need a…

Bigert and Bergström: The Weather War

23 Apr 20143 stars

The Swedish duo explore man's attempts to control the weather

Man’s attempt to control the weather is the focus of this exhibition by the Swedish artists Bigert and Bergström. The installation’s focus is a film, which serves as both a walk through the history of the weather and contemporary methods of weather…

Mac DeMarco - Salad Days

23 Apr 20144 stars

New-found smoothness to 80s and 90s college rock sound from young Canadian songwriter

Mac DeMarco is only 23 years old, but already he is world-weary. His second full-length album, Salad Days, sees the Canadian songwriter eschewing the weirdness of previous releases, like 2012’s 2, for something approaching wisdom, complete with…

Pigfoot - 21st Century Acid Trad

23 Apr 20144 stars

Modernist take on trad from British quartet featuring Liam Noble, Paul Clarvis and Chris Batchelor

This debut from British quartet Pigfoot is a witty and affectionate détournement of the 1920s and 30s New Orleans and Chicago jazz favoured by the trad jazzers who, pre-rock 'n roll, energised the youth of post-war Britain. Trad jazzers have often been…

Jordan Wolfson

22 Apr 20143 stars

An exhibition of high-end corporate ad-land stylings and provocative animations, as part of GI 2014

It’s the soft-core gloss that sucks you in first in ‘Raspberry Poser’, the 14-minute billboard-size video projection that forms the heart of Jordan Wolfson’s life-and-death fusion of high-end corporate ad-land stylings and provocative animations. A…

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Ai Aso - Lone

23 Apr 20144 stars

Warm and inviting live set of psychedelic pop hypnosis

A gorgeous set of psychedelic pop hypnosis from Ai Aso, Lone sees her strip back the psych-rock of previous collaborations with lynchpins of the Japanese underground like Michio Kurihara of Ghost, and Wata and Michio from Boris, to focus on the core…

John Burnside - I Put a Spell on You

22 Apr 20144 stars

The writer's latest is a semi-memoir that partially explores the theory behind the practice

Probably by commercial necessity John Burnside’s I Put a Spell on You is being promoted as a memoir, the missing link between his earlier volumes A Lie About My Father and Waking Up in Toytown, but it is a far stranger and more haunting book than those…

BJ Novak - One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

22 Apr 20144 stars

An impressive debut collection from the writer/producer/star of America's The Office

It's tempting to approach One More Thing as an attempt to cash in on BJ Novak's celebrity status. After all, how many writers get their own photograph on the cover of their debut book – a short story collection, no less. Novak, best known as Ryan from…

Simon Wroe - Chop Chop

22 Apr 20144 stars

An authentic and gradually sinister look at life in a busy kitchen

Told from the perspective of a novice commis chef, known only to us as 'monocle', Chop Chop exposes the closed world of the restaurant kitchen. An English lit graduate with literary aspirations, Monocle is an outsider in the hard-working, masculine…

Ibibio Sound Machine - Ibibio Sound Machine

23 Apr 20143 stars

London-based eight-piece combining dancefloor production Nigerian highlife, afrobeat and gospel

Given Soundway’s excellent track record in reissuing vintage African funk and psychedelia, it’s fitting that they’re now showcasing acts who are updating those sounds for the 21st century. London-based eight-piece Ibibio Sound Machine’s name is a…