Music

Live Music in Edinburgh

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.

Zero 7, Queens Hall, 12 October 2009

Any Zero 7 fans, myself included, who were at this remarkable and eclectic gig expecting an evening of summery pop like the gentle warm breeze of their popular ambient chillout theme Destiny were in for a rude shock. Zero 7 kicked the door down, tore up the rule book and performed a two hour epic set that was more of a bold and chaotic montage of old and new material.

Review: Mudhoney & The Vaselines, 9 October 2009

Heritage rock, once the preserve of grey-haired bands from the sixties and seventies, is now deep within the "alternative indie" music of two decades ago. Spurred on by the modern day success of the Don't Look Back brand ethos as well as festivals such as All Tomorrow's Parties offering quick reunion fixes, the everlasting present of rock music has now reached the early nineties rock scene, giving us the bizarre sight of Pixies in 2009 touring their classic Doolittle album twenty years on.

RSNO Best of All Possible Worlds Concert Review

The first half was dominated by the personalities of the conductor and the soloist. Kristjan Järvi is the talented younger son of the Orchestra's conductor laureate. Lithe and ardent he moved from one front corner to the other on the new conductor's podium in gleeful control of the players in front of him, and when applause came too soon, of the audience too.