Ladytron break into uncontrolable tears of joy on sight of this review


PRO FORMA oo Barfly, Glasgow, Mon 2 Dec

What is it with the electro crowd? Fashion focused they stand. boasting cheekbones you could chop lines with. too busy fixing their mullets and high fringes to dance . . . maybe support act Pro Forma don't do it for them. but then this Optimo-spawned trio don't even seem to be doing it for themselves. A menacing mixture of crunchy bass. blips and bleeps is overshadowed by the aloof and occasionally atonal delivery that only recording will mask.

Ladytron are. however. an altogether more exciting proposition: an immaculately attired. stunning robo-pop sensation of effortless icy cool. twisted loops. beats and 80s synths. Tonight's performance to promote second album. Light and Magic. kicks off with 'True Mathematics‘. a sexy techno track gone gritty with the addition of live drums and bass and sinisterly simplistic melodies crawling Out from underneath. Despite standing motionless for the majority of the set. this futuristic four-piece-come-pop-art-experiment make what is ultimately cool-kid

music enjoyable even for the less-zombified. (Camilla Pia)

I The Music Barrowland. Glasgow. 12 Jan.

I Tori Amos Clyde Auditorium. Glasgow. 12 Jan. I Counting Crows SECC. Glasgow. l5 Jan.

I The Flaming Lips Barrowland. Glasgow. 15 Jan. I Left Hand Element King Tut's. Glasgow. 1811111. I Sophie Ellis Bextor Clyde Auditorium. Glasgow. l‘) Jan.

I Taproot Garage. Glasgow. 22 Jan.

I Supergrass (‘orn Exchange. Edinburgh. 22 Jan. I Raging Speedhorn Liquid Room. Edinburgh. 26 Jan.

I NME Awards Tour fear. the Datsuns, the Polyphonic Spree, Interpol and the Thrills

Barrowland. Glasgow. 26 Jan.

I John Squire

Barrowland. Glasgow. 28 Jan.

I Love with Arthur Lee


to Glasgow


Queens Hall.Edinburgh. 2‘) Jan.

I Andmoreagains King Tut’s. Glasgow. l Feb.

I Sum4‘l Braehead Arena. Glasgow. 3 Feb.

I Low Queen's Hall. Edinburgh. 3 Feb: QML’. Glasgow. 5 Feb.

I Reel Big Fish Barrowland. Glasgow. 4 Feb. I The Delgados QML'. Glasgow. 4 Feb.

I The Coral Barrowland. Glasgow. 5 Feb.

I Violent Delight Cathouse. Glasgow. 8 Feb. I Kinesis King Tut's. Glasgow. l() Feb.

I Sigur Ros Barrowland. Glasgow. ll Feb.

I Waterdown King Tut’s. Glasgow. 12 Feb.

I Vanessa Carlton Queens Hall. Edinburgh. 14 Feb.

I Stereo MC’s

Barrowland. Glasgow. 1-1 Feb.

n go"



DOLLY PARTON Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Wed 27 Nov 000.

Dolly Parton is an Icon - yeah, that’s right, with a capital ‘l’. Dolly also gives good chat, even if it is jokes that she was telling 20 years ago: ‘I hope y’all paid plenty for your tickets, cos I sure do need that money - it costs a lot to look this cheap.’

On her first major European tour for a decade Parton is backed by a viciously tight bluegrass band. Sounding as good as ever she teased the audience by starting the set with some of the tunes from her new album. Still singing about the pain of lost loves after all this time, even though she’s been married to the same man for 37 years, she


‘It was a penalty!’ claims Dolly

sure knows the fundamentals of


Subway, Edinburgh, Mon 2 Dec .00.

Edinburgh audience.

lucky enough to squeeze in. (Ninian Dunnett)

-. m Mamas


Barrowland. Glasgow. 15 Feb.

I Peter Hamill (‘otiicr Theatre. Glasgow. 15 Feb.

I Erasure Barrowland. Glasgow. 16 Feb.

I Stone Sour Barrowland. Glasgow. l‘) Feb.

* The Ataris Garage Glasgow. l‘) Feb.

I Lamb QMU. Glasgow. I‘) Feb.

I Teenage Fanclub

Barrowland. Glasgow. 21 Feb:

Liquid Room. Edinburgh. 23 Feb. NOTE RESCHEDULED DATE.

* Feeder Barrowiand. Glasgow. 22 Feb SOLD ()[TTz l2 Mar.

I Def Leppard

Barrowland. Glasgow. 2-1 Feb.

I Turin Brakes

Barrowland. Glasgow. 25 Feb.

I Carmina Burina SECC. Glasgow. 1 Mar.

* Lemon Jelly QMU. Glasgow. 1 Mar; Queen‘s Hall. edinburgh. 2 Mar.

* H20 Garage. Glasgow. 2 Mar.

I Donny Osmond Clyde Auditorium. Glasgow. 3 Mar. I Jackson Browne Royal Concert Hall. Glasgow 2 Mar SOLD OUT; Usher Hall. Edinburgh. 3 Mar.

I Red Hot Chili Peppers SECC. Glasgow. 5 & 6 Mar SOLD OUT.

I Anthrax Garage. Glasgow. 7 Mar.

I Millencolin Barrowland. Glasgow. 8 Mar. RESCHEDULED DATE

I Liberty X Clyde .»\uditorium. Glasgow. [-1 Mar. I Tracy Chapman Clyde Auditorium. Glasgow. l7 Mar. I Stiff Little Fingers Barrowland. Glasgow. l7


* Strapping Young Lad Garage. Glasgow. [8 Mar.

good country: ‘if you wanna have a hit you gotta have a hurt.’

Finally she broke and hit the people with what they wanted to hear: ‘Jolene’, ‘Nine to Five’, ‘Coat of Many Colours’ and, of course, ‘I Will Always Love You’. Trannies, grannies and ironic students wept like abandoned Kentucky babies. Unmissable. (Paul Dale)

Praise to the promoters who bring us transatlantic wonders into packed little clubs. Laura Cantrell's two albums have won her indecent acclaim. but it took the husband- and-wife team of Lonesome Highway who have already brought us the likes of Allison Moorer and Jay Farrar since setting up in August to deliver the singer to an

The Scottish connections don't end there. either. Cantrell's new album When the Roses Bloom Again (itself a title song whose words. originally attributed to Woody Guthrie. probably started life as a Scottish traditional song) is released here by Francis Macdonald's Shoeshine Records. It was the ex-Teenage Fanclub man himself who took the drum stool with a cracking little band for this hoedown.

With a voice pure and authoritative. Cantrell's instinct is for gimmick-free ClaSSIC country from bluegrass to 60$ country rock: a night of simple delights for anyone

* Pitchshifter Garage. Glasgow. l‘) Mar.

I Finch Barrowland. Glasgow. 2l Mar.

* Avril Lavigne Barrowland. Glasgow. 22 Mar.

* Jimmy Cliff Liquid Room. Edinburgh. 22 Mar. I Beth Orton L'sher Hall. Edinburgh. 26 Mar.

* Sugababes Academy. Glasgow. 28 Mar.

* Daniel Bedingtield Barrowland. Glasgow. 30 Mar.

* Inspiral Carpets Academy. Glasgow. 2 Apr. * Massive Attack Academy. Glasgow. 8 & 9 Apr.

I Robbie Williams Murrayf‘ield. Edinburgh. 28 & 2‘) June. SOLD OUT

I Westlife SECC. Glasgow. 8. 9 & l2 Jul.

* Atomic Kitten SliCC.

Glasgow. l Dee.


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