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August Amazing!

10 Aug

We’ve got a couple crackers coming up in August, and we hope to see you there.

First up, everyone’s favourite miserablist party band The Just Joans wanted to play a gig with their good pals the Middle Ones, and how could we say no to that combo?! Anna and Grace are touring with Hallie and the Annies, who play lovely, discordant shimmer-pop. We’re very much looking forward to this intimate gig in a new location—upstairs from McNeill’s bar, tucked away just off Victoria Rd at Torrisdale St.

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Fittingly, the following Wednesday, we’ve got Colour Me Wednesday coming up from London. They asked if they could play with a couple of their favourite acts, and handily enough, they’re some of our favourites too! Local singer-songwriter Chrissy Barnacle and Dublin’s own Kate’s Party will fill your ears with sonic delights. This gig’s north of the river, at the Roxy 171.

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Thank You!

12 Feb

How good was that then?! We managed to be The Skinny’s top pick of the weekend, and everyone we spoke to had a terrific time. We’ve even been reviewed by the lovely Nina Glencross!

Thank you to Citizen Bravo, Bodyheat, The Yawns, The Sweet Nothings, Where We Lay Our Heads, Martha, TeenCanteen, The Spook School, The Just Joans, The Bobby McGee’s, The Strangers Almanac, David Leach, MJ Hibbett (& Steve!), A New International & Adam Ross ( Randolph’s Leap).

Thank you to Joe, Kim and everyone at the wonderful The Glad Cafe who make doing our bit that much easier.

Thanks to All The Rage for providing the tunes for dancing to afterwards on the Saturday and allowing folk to get drunker than they already were!

And thanks to all of you for coming and supporting the bands. We couldn’t have asked for a better audience!

Same time next year?!

ONE WEEK FROM TOMORROW!!

31 Jan

The All Day-and-a-half-er is almost here!! We’re getting very, very excited and we hope you are too!

We’ve put together a wee guide for those folks who may not know the southside that well. As well as a map and various logistical bits and bobs, the PDF also lists the running order and set times for the two days, so may be of interest even to Shawlands veterans.

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All Day-and-a-half-er Guide

We can’t wait to see you there!

Long time no blog

17 Jan

It may seem like we’ve been fairly quiet of late, but we can assure you we’ve been working hard to brighten up your February with our first Pop!South Day-and-a-halfer at The Glad Cafe!

If the dolldrums of the new year are getting you down, come out for some pop sunshine over the second weekend in February. We’ve got a belter of a line-up, with bands playing all day on Sat, and an acoustic half-day on Sunday to ease the hangover away. We’re revealing the last few names of full line-up on Monday, but there are plenty of favourites already. Check out the Facebook event for the list. If you want to know more about the bands, head on over to our post on Last Year’s Girl to read more.

Here’s the poster. Feel free to share!

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They should be popping up around town within the week!

The Flatmates/The Spook School/Bite. at Glad Cafe

21 Oct

It’s been a wee while since we posted here, but if you pay attention to all things Last Year’s Girl, and you should really, then you’ll know we haven’t gone into hibernation or anything. We were, however, gearing up for the great gig we put on over the weekend.

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With this bill, there was no way it was going to be anything less than good, but it ended up being closer to resplendent. Despite UnPop sabotaging The Flatmates’ frontwoman with more Buckfast than a wee Swede can take! The sheer energy of all the bands was impressive, certainly enough to banish the memory of the rain soaked trip to the venue with catchy riffs.

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Bite. were up first. Chris Elkin and his guitar were front and center, a big change from his role in the Just Joans, and Chris seems to enjoy playing the part, with just enough lip curl and hip swagger to seem a natural rock frontman. It’s too bad more folk didn’t come out early to see them. Even the soundman was nodding his head along to the driving beat, and the Flatmates merch maven turned to me after the set to ask who they were. It’s always a good sign when the folk who have to listen to anonymous local support night after night perk up and take notice! Seriously, go and listen to ‘Rub It In‘. It’s worth your four minutes time. You might even thank me later.

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The Spook School. What can I say about them? It seems wrong to wax rhapsodic about them without doing it in a hand-written letter, as their drummer, Niall, is so fond of doing. They just released their first LP with Fortuna Pop. As always, they put on a hell of a show. Now, normally, Niall’s mouth kinda runs away with the banter, but, impressively, he was silenced by Nye and Adam’s sister who was in attendance. I kinda wanted to shake the hand of the woman who scares Niall, but I was too intimidated. This didn’t *actually* hamper the mayhem much. Every time we see them, they seem to get better and better. I can only imagine what the future holds for them.

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Headlining, of course, were the Flatmates. Back from the past with a mix of old and new tunes for the audience’s listening pleasure. Here’s them performing ‘I Could Be In Heaven / Tell Me Why’ from the gig.

Despite the awful Bucky hang-overs, everyone was in good spirits by the time they went on, and the show went off with only a couple of hitches. Given the amount of jumping about and cymbal crashing new frontwoman Lisa was doing, you would never know she was a bit green in the gills earlier in the evening. They were absolutely wonderful, and the crowd seemed to really enjoy the whole night.

Last, but far from least, we have to thank our DJing pals for providing between band choooons. All the Rage were up first, and Calvin, who does Broadcast Beach at Mono, provided the last set. Thanks again guys!

The Middle Ones at Plan B Books

19 Aug

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Our most intimate show yet was a lovely affair with a whole range of styles and sounds, from acoustic ukelele, to a five-piece playing gorgeous, layered songs with lots of infectious indie-pop in between.

Our hosts for the evening were Plan B Books. We roped their very own Nyla into opening for us, only hours after running her first, very successful, electric gig at the venue the evening before—a riotous affair with Harry and the Potters, Martha, Chrissy Barnacle, and The Pumpkin Pasties.

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She soldiered through her exhaustion and played a fun and energetic set to the early birds. I just wish more folk heard her play! It’s definitely worth downloading her free EP ‘The Whole Point of this EP is to Make You Smile.’ Trust me.

I am glad that a few more folk were there to be won over by the beautiful tunes of Where We Lay Our Heads. They played with a slightly pared back sound, substituting a plinking, tinkling glockenspiel for a keyboard and using a drum box in order to fit everyone in. Slightly stripped back as they may have been, they still made the most beautiful pop music.

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I know at least one person went straight upstairs after their set and purchased an EP, which is always a good sign! They’re getting a new EP together just now, and I, for one, can’t wait to hear it.

Meanwhile Frozy expanded their duo by enlisting some helping Middle Ones hands and voices throughout their set. Grace expertly turned a pelican case into a drum kit, while Anna added some extra vocals to the mix. I certainly recommend checking out their ‘Pulling Daisies’ LP and giving them some of your monies for some good choons.

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The loveliest ladies in indiepop, The Middle Ones, closed out the evening. They made the loudest, stompingest music of the night, an impressive feat from two people! They too gained a number of new fans and I heard more than a few accolades outside after the gig.

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If you didn’t make it to this show, you missed an absolutely wonderful time and some fabulous acts. I hope you check them out online, because you won’t be disappointed.

Meanwhile you could always join us on Fri for another terrific show at Glad Cafe. Haiku Salut are headlining, and funnily enough, the Middle Ones will be opening for them in just a few weeks! Indiepop sure is a small world…

Pop!South #3

2 Aug
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Making Marks from Norway had good banter

What a couple of weeks! Thank you again, again, and again to everyone who’s come out to our first three shows. We’ve had a blast and hope you have too! Nina, from Is This Music? wrote a lovely review of Gig #2, which gives us hope we’re doing things right.

This was our final Indietracks-themed gig, and as much as it was ambitious to put on 3 gigs in 10 days, it’s been so much fun and we’re sad to see them over.

The first band on this bill was Making Marks, formerly My Little Pony, from Norway. Although the bass player was born in Edinburgh, so there’s a local connection! They were lovely, and their frontman even tried to work some newly learned Scottish idioms into his banter. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone say ‘You cunts are awright’ so damn sweetly!

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Next up were local favourites The Felt Tips, who haven’t played in Glasgow in years. It was great to see them back, and their new material is fresh and full of energy.

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[UPDATE! StringBeanJen posted a video from the performance]

The Ballet are usually a three-piece, but visa issues prevented their bassist for coming with them, but Craig and Greg did an amazing job as a two-piece.

By now, the venue was pretty full, so I didn’t manage to get a good shot of them. Of course, I’d rather get bad shots and folks were enjoying themselves!

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(So here’s Greg)

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(And Craig)

John Graham has some much better shots of The Ballet, The Felt Tips and Making Marks over at his site. Give them a look!

I think the whole Pop!South team is now trying to recover from an amazing couple of weeks, but we’ll be back with some more great shows in August. Hopefully we’ll see you out soon!