tue 09/02/2016

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

Taylor Swift, Hyde Park

While most contemporary entertainers rely on a little of the old smoke and mirrors, no pop culture phenomenon requires the same suspension of disbelief as the 21st-century pop concert. When you pay...

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CD: Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool

Do you remember Alisha’s Attic? The '90s sister-duo’s debut was the first album I bought, and it was full of pretty pop songs soaked in vinegar and malice. Wolf Alice, a grunge-pop four-piece from...

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CD: Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, girl

Trying to pigeonhole Apocalypse, girl, Norwegian artist Jenny Hval’s third album under her own name, is like trying to grab onto a snake that is in the process of shedding its skin. It’s a simile...

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CD: Florence + The Machine: How Big How Blue How Beautiful

That How Big How Blue How Beautiful is as much a mission statement as an album title will come as little surprise to anyone with even a passing familiarity with either Florence Welch or her pop...

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Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, SSE Hydro, Glasgow

It seems a peculiar conceit to pack up a full symphony orchestra and choir and take them the length of the UK solely to perform suites of music from a popular television show – and I say this as...

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theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Thea Gilmore

It takes a particular combination of talent, guts, perseverance and sheer bloody-mindedness for an artist to take the creative decisions that Thea Gilmore has across her approaching 20-year career...

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CD: Thea Gilmore - Ghosts and Graffiti

Almost two decades into a distinguished career, nobody would have judged Thea Gilmore for indulging herself with a greatest hits collection – indeed, it’s something that record labels have been...

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CD: Jenny Lysander - Northern Folk

There’s a certain sound - one that I’d describe as “pastoral folk”, without ever being certain of what that means - that has always struck me as quintessentially English. Jenny Lysander’s debut album...

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CD: Speedy Ortiz - Foil Deer

To let you understand the spontaneous grin that burst across my face when I first heard Foil Deer probably needs a little context: I studied, and now have a job involving, corporate law. Still, there...

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CD: Calexico - Edge of the Sun

I often think that, once a band hits certain milestones – longevity, moderate commercial success, critical acclaim – it can be difficult to know where to begin. I don’t mean the big bands, with the...

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CD: Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp

The rich, knock-off church organ drone that opens Ivy Tripp disorientates from the off, while at the same time telling you all you need to know. It may have been the simplicity and directness of...

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CD: Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

Let’s get one thing straight: Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell is not a folk album. Folk, in this case, is a word used as a comfort blanket in an attempt to summarise the Michigan songwriter’s...

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Hillary Clinton: The Power of Women, BBC Two

If the mark of a good documentary is that it teaches you something new, then the awkwardly titled Hillary Clinton: The Power of Women was a very good documentary indeed. For instance, before watching...

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Raised by Wolves, Series One, Channel 4

For somebody who never seems to be short of things to say, journalist and author Caitlin Moran doesn’t half like to repeat herself. Raised by Wolves is, for those of you keeping score at home, her...

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Stop Cutting Our Girls: a Comic Relief Special, BBC Three

Earlier tonight, I read - on Twitter, so I’m not vouching for its accuracy - that more people have now signed a petition to reinstate Jeremy Clarkson at the BBC than to take stronger action against...

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CD: Madonna - Rebel Heart

These days, reflections on Madonna’s 30 years at the top of the pop podium may only be framed in terms of the pagan Triple Goddess: maiden, mother and crone – or, at least, that’s what the...

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