Review: Guadalupe Plata

If you’re wondering what Guadalupe Plata sounds like, picture this: you’re a petty criminal, quiet type with too short a fuse.  Not well kempt; hair straggly, grease stains on already dirty clothing.  Fouled up your last job, folk got hurt.  Now you’re one step ahead of the law, driving down a long highway in the American South, travelling somewhere in the neighbourhood of ninety miles/hour.  A sawn-off shotgun tucked halfway under a couple of rags on the seat next to you.  Distractedly, you switch on the radio.

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Review: Clown Cabaret Scratch Night

With those in my age bracket, there is a rule: for any given situation, there’s a Simpsons reference that will apply.  Accordingly, when I first saw the title Clown Cabaret Scratch Night, my first response was to recall Lisa’s reaction to the marquee advertising a Yahoo Serious Festival: ‘I know those words, but that sign makes no sense’.

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Review: Molly Burch

There’s something about The Glad Cafe’s performance space that’s particularly suited to music of the most direct nature: to artists who somehow combine qualities of force and proximity. This night, the first of these was Molly Linen, a recent arrival on the Glasgow scene. As yet, she’s released only two songs, Away and Waited Long, both of which were performed this evening. Neither would be out of place – apart from being on electric rather than acoustic guitar – on the early ’60s American folk circuit.

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Review: Trudy and the Romance

It was likely down to the Bank Holiday Monday that there was only a single audience member present as things kicked off at Broadcast last week. To their credit, openers Pretty Villain still gave it everything they had, even though they didn’t entirely come into their own until the floor began filling out a bit. A serviceable band playing on home turf, they showed occasional bits of swagger in their style but otherwise seemed the sort for whom more solid gigging would do a world of good.

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Review: Erasure

Things were going well.  A sold-out Glasgow audience was showing up in good time, eager for the live debut of World Be Gone, the first Erasure studio album to hit the UK top ten since 1997.  Openers Isgar – a touring outfit composed of members of The Swaps – provided just the right touch of low-key country brooding to keep interests piqued, with their closing number, Rage, introducing a mid-’80s Bryan Ferry vibe that proved a well-suited segue into what was to come.

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