Author Archives: markmckinlay

5 Reasons Why NME’s Rebranding Won’t Work

Britain’s oldest weekly magazine has undergone a recent facelift, but what are the results? So far uninspiring. Coffee table-chic won’t work   Much to the despair of accountants and magazine owners everywhere, music is very rarely something you can delve … Continue reading

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Review: The Machine Room – Sweden

Edinburgh’s The Machine Room return with their first single since last year’s well-received Love From A Distance EP. Since then the five-piece have played a string of notable gigs around the country, sharpening their teeth as both songwriters and a … Continue reading

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Review: The 10:04’s – Throes

Drenched in a uniquely Scottish melancholy, ‘Throes’ shows that The 10:04’s have heart as well as harmonies. The four piece’s previous two releases have been the kind of tracks to get you dancing – this one will get you thinking. … Continue reading

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Review: Kung Fu Academy – Super 8 Flashback

Kung Fu Academy definitely like to keep you on your toes. Gyrating through more genres in one song than many bands manage in their career, the Edinburgh four-piece’s latest release begins with a guitar rift that wouldn’t sound out of … Continue reading

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Review – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – The Barrowlands, Glasgow – 25/03/13

Good things come to those who wait. Their tours to these shores may be few and far between but Black Rebel Motorcycle Club know how to leave their mark when they’re here. Still playing blues that shake the pillars of … Continue reading

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Review – The Courteeners – HMV Picture House, Edinburgh – 02/03/13

Some bands divide opinions, others make the Cold War look like a minor disagreement. The Courteeners are as disliked as they are revered – caring not a jot whether you agree with them or not. Whilst third-album Anna might have … Continue reading

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Do Bands Get To Pick Their Fans ?

Johnny Marr hates David Cameron. Morrissey hates David Cameron. I hope even David Cameron hates David Cameron. But does that mean that he shouldn’t be allowed to listen to The Smiths? The Prime Minister’s supposed love of the band attracted … Continue reading

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