Laura Ennor

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Owl John - Owl John

15 Jul 20144 stars

Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchinson favours folky atmospherics over indie-rock hooks in solo outing

Forget whisky and genealogy website subscriptions. Some would argue that Scotland’s most successful transatlantic export consists of rollicking indie-folk tunes, a few beards and just enough heavily accented curse words to make the Americans blush.

Remember Remember - Forgetting the Present

11 Jun 20143 stars

Graeme Ronald's twinkly post-rock songs remain light, airy & full of momentum, but lack originality

Three years and countless live shows since The Quickening, Graeme Ronald’s Remember Remember has settled into a six-piece formation, with twinkly glockenspiels and soaring synths to the fore on contradictory third record, Forgetting the Present. As the…

Elbow - The Hydro, Glasgow, Sun 6 Apr 2014

2 May 20142 stars

The odd moment of intimacy can't save an indistinct and unremarkable performance devoid of subtlety

Surprisingly, perhaps, for those who remember the days when Elbow were (unjustly) a byword for indie mediocrity, plodding along with minimal recognition except when being mocked for their daft name, Guy Garvey is these days quite the showman. If he’s…

Goldfrapp - Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Fri 4 Apr 2014

2 May 20144 stars

The grown up popstar performs a varied set with a constant mixing and balancing of moods

Alison Goldfrapp has some very, very loyal fans. As Britten’s Peter and the Wolf fades out, she trips on stage to excitable screams and cries of ‘we love you Alison’ that emanate somewhat unexpectedly from a crowd that is more than just greying round…

Metronomy - O2 ABC, Glasgow, Wed 19 Mar 2014

25 Mar 20143 stars

A few bum notes can't stop Joe Mount and co achieving the dreamy, the euphoric and the bittersweet

Try to create the perfect pop machine and you might come up with something not too far from Metronomy. But how to make this precision instrument perform live, with all the character and spirit required of a gig? As the very name suggests, Metronomy’s…

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How to have a perfect wedding without blowing the budget

24 Feb 2014

Knot & Pop and The Stitchery are just two organisations helping people have inexpensive weddings

For the blissfully engaged but not blinded by love, avoiding the traditional frillfest wedding is, thankfully, getting easier. The internet contains endless blogs and image-sharing sites full of inspiration, so instead of throwing in your lot with an…

Cass McCombs - CCA, Glasgow, Thu 9 Jan

17 Jan 20143 stars

Perfect mix of cynical comment, spiritual profundity and evocative twang of great American beyond

Cass McCombs’ records are full of a road-worn, vaguely spiritual-mystical wisdom that fits with his near 20-year history as an itinerant musician. On stage at the CCA, he cuts a far less mature-seeming figure. There’s something of that other…

Glasser – Interiors

30 Sep 20134 stars

Cameron Mesirow's second album is finely balanced between assuredness and vulnerability

This is Cameron Mesirow aka Glasser’s sophomore full-length release, following 2010’s masterfully mesmeric Ring, an album which presented a seemingly fully-formed young artist, already able to combine true originality with a beguiling and listenable…

Neon Neon - Òran Mór, Glasgow, Wed 11 Sep 2013

25 Sep 20132 stars

Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip's live collaboration shows great potential but contains too many weak links

Gruff Rhys claims that not enough songs have been written about how left-wing Italian publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli smuggled the manuscript for Doctor Zhivago out of the Soviet Union and then hid it under his mattress while he went clubbing in…

Haim - Days Are Gone

18 Sep 20133 stars

Long-awaited debut of well-crafted R&B-tinged West-coast pop stands up to comparison with influence

It feels like Haim have been around a while: following a build-up of hype late last year, they topped the BBC’s Sound Of 2013 poll. But that notoriously non-prescient accolade (The Bravery, anyone?) marked a new chapter in an already long musical…

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Spotify playlist: Autumn 2013

6 Sep 2013

Music for an autumn spent reading, watching the rain and going to gigs

‘Grey Geisha’ - Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin. A visit from the East in the form of sweeping instrumental electronic music. Hecker teams up with the man behind Oneohtrix Point Never to create a tactile and ethereal mix of shifting static and blurry melody.

Tom Wrigglesworth: Utterly at Odds With the Universe

16 Aug 20133 stars

Down-to-earth humour based on comic's relationship with his granddad

Funny-sad shows about earthy but inspirational old relatives have been something of a vogue these past few years at the festival, so while you can hardly fault a man for wanting to tell what seems to be a genuine (if…

Hannah Gadsby: Happiness is a Bedside Table

13 Aug 20134 stars

Beautifully constructed and moving show that has an important point to make

A show that manages to be both cheek-achingly funny and genuinely touching is a rare thing, so make the most of this treat from Tasmanian comic Hannah Gadsby. To the uninitiated, her slurring way of speaking could almost have you believe she’s come to…

Dressing Down

13 Aug 20134 stars

Breakneck-paced sketch show is studenty, smart and artfully ramshackle

If you’re choosing one show to represent the breakneck-paced sketch genre in your viewing schedule this festival, make it this one. Studenty (OK, they just look too young to be this funny and clever), smart and artfully ramshackle, it’s everything a…

Birthday Girls: 2053

7 Aug 20133 stars

Sketch absurdity and eccentricity in spades

Birthday Girls are three fifths of sketchers Lady Garden: ringleader Rose, innocent-looking but not-so-secretly filthy Beattie, and Camille, who fills the trio’s ‘creepy idiot child’ role with aplomb. Their first show as a threesome has a lot going for…

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Craig Campbell's Thrilling Mic Hunt

5 Aug 20134 stars

Brilliant Canadian raconteur treats us to jovial observational anecdotes at the Fringe Festival

‘Me falling off a log – you can’t get more Canadian than that,’ says Craig Campbell of an ill-fated sea kayaking trip, just one of many similarly cursed escapades he relates in a roundly entertaining hour of jovial observational anecdotes. And it’s true…

Suzy Bennett

5 Aug 20133 stars

Too much information in a packed debut

Suzy Bennett’s debut solo show is a sweet and rather tragic affair. Bubbly and endearing, she’s a dab hand at getting the audience onside with some preposterous self-lampoonery, and it’s genuinely impossible to know how much of her dignity-free tale…

Chris Fitchew in Jack of All Trades

5 Aug 20131 star

Trashier than the trash TV it heavy-handedly mocks

Trashier than the trash TV it heavy-handedly mocks, this one-man cavalcade of awfulness gives camp comedy a bad name. Chris Fitchew lamely parodies a series of telly and celebrity types, from TOWIE geezers and Jersey Shore divas to Tom Cruise and…

Sam Lloyd: Fully Committed

5 Aug 20133 stars

Astonishingly intensive performance by the comedian behind Ted from Scrubs

Running at 90 minutes, Fully Committed is well over the length of your average Fringe offering – but then Ted from Scrubs can get away with that sort of thing. A gentle comedy at a gentle pace, it could probably do with losing those extra minutes, but…

Stephen Carlin: Gambling Man

5 Aug 20132 stars

Reformed comedian jokes about the temptation to go back

Stephen Carlin’s slightly mumbling, hesitant delivery is part of his shtick as a slightly surly, dysfunctional Scotsman; but often in this show the hesitations just feel downright awkward as he visibly aches for a reaction beyond polite laughter. His…

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Gary Delaney 2: This Time It’s Not Personal

5 Aug 20133 stars

One-liner show making a virtue of naffness

Gary Delaney will make you laugh when you don’t even want to. There’s nothing big and not much clever about his lowbrow one-liners, but through groans and cringes aplenty, he’ll get you in the end, and probably with something very silly indeed. He…

Mogwai – Zidane: A 21st Centry Portrait – 220 Broomielaw, Glasgow, Sun 21 Jul 2013

26 Jul 20134 stars

Mogwai's mesmeric score to the 2006 Douglas Gordon film goes down a storm on home turf

Glasgow artist Douglas Gordon, together with Philippe Parreno, released his singular film portrait 21st Century Portrait of footballer Zinedine Zidane almost seven years ago, and yet this mini-tour was the first live outing for Mogwai’s mesmeric…

The Wee Chill - SWG3, Glasgow, Sat 29 Jun 2013

11 Jul 20133 stars

10th anniversary saw the Glasgow showcase return to its live roots

For its tenth anniversary, The Wee Chill returned to its live roots, putting on a bill of mostly guitar-based acts across the hangar-like SWG3 warehouse and the teeny-tiny Poetry Club across the lane. In between, there was extremely good fast food…

Zola Jesus & JG Thirlwell ft Mivos Quartet - Versions

11 Jul 20133 stars

Genreless experimental producer and string quartet enable charming rework of Zola's previous albums

An album of new reworkings from Zola Jesus’ previous two records (2010’s Stridulum II and 2011’s Connatus) plus one original track, Versions was born out of a one-off live event. That night in 2012, Wisconsin-born Nika Roza Danilova teamed up with…

Fucked Up, Titus Andronicus and Metz - SWG3, Glasgow, Tue 28 May 2013

12 Jun 20134 stars

A sweaty, impassioned and powerful triple-bill of North American rock acts

Titus Andronicus have had a rough day ahead of their show in one of Glasgow's most lugubriously located venues: two blown tyres on the A1 left them waiting hours for a tow and only sneaking their equipment in through the side door at around 9.30pm. So…