City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland


Review: Little Boots (Ellie Goulding in support), 25 October 2009

Little Boots

Little boots, otherwise known as Victoria Christina Hesketh, far surpasses the metaphorical implications of her particular namesake.  Having expected (rather ignorantly) someone of such small stature would struggle to fill the HMV Picture House with her sweet little electro pop beats and heart-warming poshy voice - she did not.

Bands Announced For Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party

The Enemy

Organisers of Edinburgh’s four-day Hogmanay festival today announced that The Enemy (pictured) will headline this year’s Hogmanay Street Party on Thursday 31 December.

Review: Portico Quartet & Sweet Billy Pilgrim, 4 November 2009

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A curious double bill for this midweek gig.  It seems churlish to describe Sweet Billy Pilgrim as the “support act”, particularly as how their recent “Twice Born Men” album was nominated for this year's Mercury Music Award. 

SCO and Paul Lewis Play Beethoven

Paul Lewis plays Beethoven

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra's concert at the Queen's Hall, part of their regular autumn series, began with a Webern piece. A student of Schonberg, his music challenges people to listen in new ways.

Performance of New Work Inspired by "Dummy Jim"

The One Ensemble & Sarah Kenchington will perform the world premiere of a suite of works inspired by the story of James Duthie. Duthie, a profoundly deaf Aberdeenshire man, cycled solo on a 3000 mile return trip to the far north of Europe in 1951. Sadly he was killed in a mysterious road accident in 1965.

Review: Bat for Lashes, Tuesday 20th October

Bat for Lashes

Bat for Lashes has a responsibility to the outside world to be so cool that it makes everyone a bit sad. But Bat (AKA, Lisa Khan) doesn’t see it like that.

RSNO The Firebird Concert Review

Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

Henri Dutilleux, born in 1916 in Angers, is one of France’s most important twentieth century composers. His Symphony No 1 was written in 1951. The full orchestra started the evening with its four mono-thematic movements.

Scottish Ensemble Side by Side Review

Scottish Ensemble

Scottish Ensemble's touring programme to commemorate their 40th Anniversary.

Basshunter Review


So it turns out that Basshunter has quite an extensive repertoire. Having assumed that the one song everyone had turned up for- would simply be stretched out over the necessary period of time, with intermitted “I love Scottish girls” and “Are you ready to party?” It actually turns out he has a least four more.

Review: Girls, 14 October 2009


San Francisco’s Girls seem to be so named after their unreachable objects of desire that just might make them whole. The duo of Christopher Owens and Chet J R White have recently released their first album, the invigoratingly titled “Album”, and filled it with anthems of almost grief-stricken longing set to music steeped in both the upbeat jangling of 60’s garage pop and the frazzled numbness of early 90’s shoegazing.