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.

Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

28 Aug 20143 stars

Canadian dance-punk duo release second album with mixed results

It’s hard to work out Death from Above 1979’s reasons for putting out The Physical World: they’ve talked in interviews about the constant nagging from fans and the press, but denied they’re doing it for them; they’ve said it’ll allow them to play live…

Andrew Doyle: Zero Tolerance

11 Aug 20143 stars

Highly amusing Edinburgh Fringe show about raw heartbreak eventually becomes easy to pre-empt

Hell hath no fury like Andrew Doyle dumped. Applying his typical cruel wit to the thoughts a recent break-up has left him with, he doesn’t just thoroughly shred his ex with that sharp tongue, it’s people who talk on trains, homophobes, children, readers…

Hennessy and Friends: Murmurs

10 Aug 20142 stars

Childish, rough, and repetitive material from critically lauded group

In all aspects but the energy of its eponymous frontwoman, this is an extremely weak showing from the critically lauded Hennessy (Miranda) and Friends (David Seymour and Steven Shapland). Unrecognisable from their poster quotes and past reviews (they…

Minor Delays

10 Aug 20143 stars

Well-constructed Fringe show from young act specializing in stripped-back sketch comedy

A recent past of endless student revues is evident with the on-stage ease and well-honed timing of former Cambridge Footlighters Harry Michell (last seen in 2013’s breakneck costume-change belter Dressing Down) and Abi Tedder plus their Leeds Tealights…

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Will Mars: As Good as my Audience

7 Aug 20142 stars

Ropey Edinburgh Festival Fringe show fails due to moany patter, not unpopular opinions

Will Mars is pretty open about his opinions, and they’re opinions he’s aware will make him unpopular. In fact, he makes a feature of being a dickhead (his word, not ours). Having awkwardly – and somewhat pleadingly – acknowledged the presence of a…

Sheeps: Wembley Previews

7 Aug 20144 stars

A heady mixture of the silly and the cerebral at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Watch too much sketch comedy and it can start to feel like a tired format. Until, that is, you watch a group that does something so original and so thoroughly hilarious that your faith is once more restored. Sheeps are that group. If the conceit of this…

Don't Worry Guys it's Sarah Campbell

7 Aug 20143 stars

An Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy show with plentiful, if not constant, screwy, hilarious moments

Sarah Campbell has a lot of worries – they’re far better developed than your average set of neuroses, and they range from the quotidian to the existential. While the former can be predictable, among the latter sort are fears about the emptiness of…

Guilt and Shame: Going Straight

4 Aug 20143 stars

A pacy and gleefully silly character show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

A mildly cheesy story about friendship and learning to love yourself is at the heart of this pacy and gleefully silly character show. But it’s more than that: Gabe and Rob have a point to make about sexuality, machismo and intolerance, although they’re…

Bren and Jenny: Hello

4 Aug 20143 stars

Brendan Murphy and Jenny Bede present a fun, spirited chat-show parody at the Edinburgh Fringe

Brendan Murphy and Jenny Bede morph into troubled hosts of ‘the longest running daytime chat show in history’ plus all their equally dysfunctional crew and guests for this hour of loosely linked sketches and songs. Raggedy in a likeable way, ‘The Hello…

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Angus Dunican: The Great Indoors

3 Aug 20142 stars

A likeable, sweet personality can't save this predictable Free Fringe performance

It would be hard to leave this show without really liking Angus Dunican. He’s the guy you want in your friendship group, livening up social gatherings with his self-deprecating tales of whimsy and woe. But pub anecdotes is about as far as The Great…

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…