Review: Mac Demarco – This Old Dog

Sonically, Mac Demarco’s latest album is firmly within his comfort zone, never straying too far from his usual brand of dreamy jangle pop. Yet where This Old Dog stands out from the rest of his discography is Demarco’s lyricism, which is more personal than ever. His relationship with his estranged father bookends the album, from the opening track ‘My Old Man’, in which Demarco fears that he increasingly resembles his father, to ‘Watching Him Fade Away’ where he attempts to reconcile his ambivalence as his father’s health fails – a fitting closer to an album concerned with change, longing, and death. Read more about Review: Mac Demarco – This Old Dog

Review: José González and The String Theory

Genre collaborations seem to be on the up at the moment and José González and The String Theory have just provided perhaps one of the best live examples to date.

As part of the Southbank Centre’s Nordic Matters festival of music and culture the Argentinian-Swedish indie folk singer-songwriter and guitarist José González combined with the contemporary orchestra The String Theory conducted by PC Nackt. Read more about Review: José González and The String Theory

The Shawshank Redemption (Review)

Bill Kenwright’s stage adaptation of The Shawshank Redemption might be touring to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the iconic film, but it is firmly based on Stephen King’s short novel.

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Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment (Review)

If you were to walk past Braehead Arena in Glasgow last night, you’d have been forgiven for thinking you’d wandered straight into an alternate universe, where little Princesses and friendly snowmen ruled the land.  Hurried shoppers were replaced with excitable children, all eager to watch their favourite Walt Disney movies be brought to life through Feld Entertainment’s latest Disney on Ice spectacle, Worlds of Enchantment.

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Jesus Christ Superstar (Review)

Easter weekend may have been and gone but a packed audience still filled The Edinburgh Playhouse last night to see Bob Thomson’s and Bill Kenright’s adaptation of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar come to life.

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Review: McBusted Tourplay/Live at the O2

When I heard that 2/3 of Busted and McFly were forming supergroup McBusted, my inner fifteen year old did a little happy dance. Then she had a panic attack. It’s like when you find out they’re making a sequel to one of your favourite movies (I’m still too scared to watch Anchorman 2) because while you’d love more of the same, can it ever be as good? Even if it is as good, do McBusted have what it takes to survive as a band now, and not simply serve as a nice nostalgia trip? Read more about Review: McBusted Tourplay/Live at the O2

Review: Harry Potter Dark Arts Tour Launch

Celebrities including Mary Berry, Amanda Holden, Simon Pegg, Jonathan Ross, Kirstie Allsopp, Conor Maynard, Jake Wood, Charlie Brooks and Gaby Roslin came out to celebrate the launch of a new section devoted to the Dark Arts, encompassing Horcruxes and other sinister wizarding artefacts, in what is Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter’s first permanent addition since opening. Read more about Review: Harry Potter Dark Arts Tour Launch

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic (review)

Of all the Disney on Ice shows that have toured the UK in recent years, 100 Years of Magic has to be the most spectacular. Featuring more than 60 different characters and stunning ice-skating routines choreographed to countless classic Disney songs, the show is an explosion of colourful cartoon magic from start to finish. Read more about Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic (review)

Jersey Boys Review

From their meteoric rise to superstardom from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey to their equally startling fall and subsequent redemption, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were never a typical boy band. It’s fitting, then, that the stage adaption of their fascinating story doesn’t fall into the trap of following the same cookie-cutter-like formula that most jukebox musicals do. Read more about Jersey Boys Review