REVIEW: Twin Atlantic, Glasgow Barrowlands

Twin Atlantic Glasgow Barrowlands – 26/10/12  The self-styled “last hurrah” for latest album Free brought the jock-rock juggernaut back home to Glasgow for a slick and passionate set comprising tracks from their first two studio albums as well as a collection of live favourites and B-sides which introduced a bit of much-needed variety into proceedings. Although they still retain some of the teenage swagger demanded of young rockers, this was a maturer, more assured Twin Atlantic than the one who shot onto the scene three years ago, instantly comfortable with their material without seeming bored by it, they shot into…

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REVIEW: Taken 2

In 2008, retired CIA agent Brian Mills (Liam Neeson) used his ‘particular set of skills’ to kick and punch his way through Europe to rescue his kidnapped daughter. Taken was a box office smash, with Neeson reinventing himself as the new action hero of the 21st Century. Now Brian Mills is back. However, things aren’t going to plan. After he and his ex-wife Lennie (Famke Janssen) are kidnapped by the families of the human traffickers he had previously killed, it’s now up to his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) to find them. “Sounds pretty good so far,” I hear you say.…

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REVIEW: Sinister

I love a good horror movie. I also love the nail-biting, edge of your seat, sick-to-the-stomach feelings that come with a particularly good horror movie. So, when I saw the trailer for Sinister, and the words “from the producer of Paranormal Activity and the director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose”, I knew it was an absolute must-see. It never helps to go and watch a horror movie in the cinema because the terror is completely amplified – the noises are louder and you’re in a room full of people sharing a collected nervousness for what they are about to…

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REVIEW: Dog is Dead – All Our Favourite Stories

The debut album from Nottingham five-piece Dog is Dead is an assured if uninspired first step into a music industry that has not been kind to indie music of late. In fact, so desolate is the alternative music landscape that five years ago was a cornucopia of opportunity that there really is only room for one band at a time to find any kind of success and, on this evidence, it is hard to see Dog is Dead dethroning Mumford and Sons at the top. ‘All our Favourite Stories’ opens with the plodding but strangely uplifting ‘Get Low’, with the…

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REVIEW: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Every now and then, you’ll hear someone mega pretentious harp on about the book, the film, the song, the play, the art exhibition, the whatever that changed them. It moved them to their very core. Made them re-evaluate their whole life. It really changed – You get the picture. It’s pretty annoying. But I’m about to make the same claim. When I read Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower aged 18, that was it for me. Life = changed forever. No other book could come close to it. It knocked the socks off Harry Potter, left Jane Eyre…

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REVIEW: Ellie Goulding – Halcyon

On 8 October, Ellie Goulding’s new album Halcyon hit the shelves nearly three years after the release of her triple-platinum, number one, debut album Lights which sold one and a half million copies. Many British fans have been chomping at the bit to hear some new material from Hereford-born Ellie, left patiently waiting while she chased success in America. With only two new tracks added when Lights was re-released as Bright Lights in November 2010,  this new album is long overdue. As a massive Ellie Goulding fan myself, Halcyon had big shoes to fill. Halcyon by definition means calm, peaceful…

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REVIEW: No Doubt – Push and Shove

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? It’s certainly the case for No Doubt, their latest offering Push and Shove, released 21st September 2012, after an eleven year break. The album cover features an interesting, warped portrait of the band, and if that’s not enough to grab your attention, the first track ’Settle Down’ has already risen to success when it was released as a single earlier this year. The dancefloor-ready anthem ‘Looking Hot’ is going to be an instant hit, fusing pop, punk and electro effortlessly. The ska influences that they’re so famous for are still there though, particularly…

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