Ones to watch in 2014: Lonely the Brave

Looking ahead to the best new music that’s likely to make an impact in 2014, we asked our music writers to choose one act they expect to do just that in the next 12 months. Today Patrick McPartlin argues the case for Lonely the Brave Current darlings of Radio 1 DJs Zane Lowe and Daniel …

Radar January 10, 2014

Sigur Rós – live review

Sigur Rós brought their trademark post-rock to Edinburgh’s Usher Hall as part of their latest UK tour. Review by Patrick McPartlin Dealing in textural, epic soundscapes , Icelandic trio Sigur Rós – backed by an eleven-piece orchestral section – have nearly two decades worth of material to draw upon as their world tour begins its …

Gigs November 19, 2013

Music review: Dorothea Röschmann | Russian National Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review: Dorothea Röschmann/Malcolm Martineau and the Russian National Orchestra/Nikolai Lugansky, reviewed by Sarah Urwin Jones [Nikolai Lugansky] The Edinburgh Festival might be known for the grand scale musical pyrotechnics that light up the Usher Hall, but the diminutive Queen’s Hall with its morning recital programme is for a number of people …

Meghan Tyler: How to cope when there’s Nothing To Be Done

Edinburgh Festival Fringe guest blog: Writer and performer Meghan Tyler of Chaseplay Theatre explores the philosophies and big questions behind their all-female Fringe debut Nothing To Be Done, and offers her own simple but inspiring solution. “The Answer to the Great Question… Of Life, the Universe and Everything… is… forty-two,’ said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.” ― Douglas …

Theatre review: Cartwheels

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Cartwheels, at C Nova (Venue 145), review by Matt Trueman Three students sit around their kitchen table. One of them, Amelia, is pregnant with another’s child and they are wondering whether or not to keep it. Suddenly, their housemate snaps. “This isn’t a debating competition,” she screams, “this is your actual …

Theatre review: The Portrait Firm

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: The Portrait Firm, at Summerhall (Venue 26), review by David Pollock Over not much longer than half an hour, we’re immersed in a sinister and blackly amusing experimental orgy of cacophonous weirdness. Inspired by the work of early 20th-century writer, artist and philosopher Stanislaw Ignacy “Witkacy” Witkiewicz, this avant-garde plunge into …

Theatre review: Next Door

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Next Door, at Underbelly Cowgate (Venue 61), review by Sally Stott You couldn’t meet two more likeable performers than Ivan Hansen, from Denmark, and Pekka Räikkönen, from Finland. From the moment you enter the theatre and they are smiling and bopping along to Culture Club’s Karma Chameleon to the end of …

Theatre review: The Pearl

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: The Pearl, at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), review by Sue Wilson Adapted from John Steinbeck’s eponymous cautionary novella – itself based on a Mexican folk tale – this charming ensemble production from the Warwick-based Dumbshow company extends the warmest of theatrical welcomes, to adults and older children alike. The welcome is …

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