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Lisa-Marie Ferla

Lisa-Marie Ferla

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Lis has been famous on the internet since 1999; the result of having a blog which predates the existence of the term "blogging". Although she 'daylights' as a legal journalist, after hours she writes about new music for publications including the Scotsman and the Herald. She is based in Glasgow.

Articles by Lisa-Marie Ferla

The X-Files, Channel 5

It’s 2016, and The X-Files is the most popular TV show in the world. The very idea that over 20 million people in the US would tune in to a new episode of the pioneering sci-fi drama 14 years after...

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CD: Emma Pollock - In Search of Harperfield

If you haven’t fallen for Emma Pollock by the end of the first two songs on In Search of Harperfield – you know, on the off chance that you have somehow been immune to the first lady of Scottish...

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Fargo, Series 2 Finale, Channel 4

It stands to reason that the contents of a prequel can never be entirely surprising. Some details have to be constants, some plot twists left unturned. As soon as it became clear that the second...

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Albums of 2015: Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love

There's a line of argument – and a fairly convincing one – that this is the decade that pop culture lost its imagination. Right now the cinemas are booked out with the latest sequel to a 38...

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CD: The Corrs - White Light

Say what you like about The Corrs, there was never any denying their talent – or the voice of raven-haired youngest sister Andrea, fronting the familial quartet with ferocity and grace. It’s why...

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CD: Emilie & Ogden - 10,000

Names can be deceiving: take Emilie & Ogden. Once you know that the name is not that of a traditional duo, but rather describes Canadian musician Emilie Kahn and her Ogden harp, it’s hard to...

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Girl in a Band: Tales from the Rock'n'Roll Front Line, BBC Four

For women making music, it’s probably a tough call to decide on what is more tedious: being asked what it’s like being a girl in a band, or being grouped with other female musicians, regardless of...

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CD: Ryan Adams - 1989

Back in the early 2000s, it was rumoured that Ryan Adams had covered Is This It by The Strokes in its entirety. According to my extensive cataloguing of the career of Americana’s enfant terrible,...

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CD: Peaches - Rub

As the year in which Jenny Hval has already declared war on “soft dick rock”, 2015 seems perfect for the return of Peaches: the electroclash shock-rock pioneer’s bass-heavy, provocative music is the...

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CD: Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION

Complaining about pop music sounding manufactured is something that, in these postmodern monoculture days, “serious” music fans are all supposed to be past by now. Certainly, since its US release...

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CD: Foals - What Went Down

Coming to Foals without the baggage – without knowing, for example, that they’re a British guitar band of mid-Noughties vintage – is a disconcerting experience, not least where fourth album...

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CD: Micachu & The Shapes - Good Sad Happy Bad

Bands that stand out live often disappoint on record: it can be difficult to capture the energy, the ferociousness, the vitality that makes a group of musicians special when you freeze it in time....

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CD: Frank Turner – Positive Songs for Negative People

Sad singers never write truly happy albums, but Positive Songs for Negative People – and was there ever a title that so perfectly summed up the work of Frank Turner? – is probably as close as...

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CD: The Maccabees - Marks to Prove It

That I’ve tended to lump The Maccabees in with a certain brand of mid-Noughties landfill lad-rock is my problem, not theirs; not least because the Londoners’ ambitions on their latest album are...

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CD: Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free

When you’re a big Bruce Springsteen fan, as I am, there’s a game that you end up getting quite good at: one in which you have to separate the stories, about the hard-drinkin’, hard-livin’ workingman...

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CD: Veruca Salt - Ghost Notes

“It’s gonna get loud, it’s gonna get heavy,” purrs Nina Gordon on “The Gospel According to Saint Me”, the opening track from what must surely, if you overlook Independence Day getting a sequel 20...

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