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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

Young Vets, BBC Two

Britain, as Tamsin Greig’s soothing voiceover told us at the top of this hour, is a nation in love with its animals. Still, it’s unlikely that BBC Two is betting the house on this docu-soap, which...

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CD: Mirel Wagner - When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day

I feel as though most recording artists are missing a trick when it comes to seasonal albums. Although the market for Christmas albums is - as we demonstrate here on theartsdesk annually - a growth...

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Kate Adie's Women of World War One, BBC Two

The role of women during the First World War has been heavily mythologised in a way that has cast them as both the angels of the home front and a force for positive political change. What made this...

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CD: The Gaslight Anthem - Get Hurt

It’s been that long since the Gaslight Anthem could be called a punk band with any sort of seriousness that a good half of the crowd at their last round of UK shows would have balked at the notion....

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CD: Jenny Lewis - The Voyager

Context is everything. It’s the difference between that “lady without a baby” line that’s got everybody talking delivered straight up, and the knowing smile and cross-dressing Hollywood actresses...

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Glasgow Girls, BBC Three

A few months ago, Glasgow Girls - Cora Bissett and David Greig’s 2013 musical based on the true story of seven teenage girls from Drumchapel, Glasgow and their campaign to end the forced removal of...

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CD: Honeyblood - Honeyblood

Right from their lo-fi beginnings, Glasgow’s Honeyblood have always been able to deliver the perfect kiss-off. It’s why it’s a relief to see that the duo’s self-titled debut album retains a fair...

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The Culture Show: Girls Will Be Girls, BBC Two

In 40 years’ time, when some suit at the BBC is searching the archives for some suitable footage to illustrate women in music in the early 21st century, will he pull out an image of Miley Cyrus or...

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CD: Old 97's - Most Messed Up

It feels as if the life-on-the-road song has become a rite of passage for those rock bands that manage to clock up enough years together, but after 20 years in the business Texan alt-country rockers...

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Murdered By My Boyfriend, BBC Three

The BBC might have convinced itself that the only thing that will change in the way it caters to the youth market next autumn is the method of delivery, but Murdered By My Boyfriend makes the case...

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CD: How To Dress Well - 'What Is This Heart?'

It seems a little ambitious to be thinking of those omnipresent end-of-year album best-of lists when it is barely summer, but there’s something about How To Dress Well’s “What Is This Heart?” that...

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CD: First Aid Kit - Stay Gold

Something about First Aid Kit has always seemed a little too polished, too perfect. While there can be no denying that their 2012 breakthrough record The Lion’s Roar is a rich, lovely listen – in no...

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CD: Howling Bells - Heartstrings

Any fears that Howling Bells’ short hiatus, or the new motherhood of frontwoman and lead songwriter Juanita Stein, had softened the band’s deliciously dark yet melodic songwriting must surely be...

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10 Questions for Howling Bells' Juanita Stein

Howling Bells have come a long way in the 10 years since they settled on a name and direction for their musical project, both physically - the four-piece uprooted themselves from Sydney, Australia to...

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CD: Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

The first thing you’ll notice about Sharon Van Etten’s Are We There is how crystal-clear and clean it sounds. “Afraid of Nothing”, the album’s opening track, fizzes with hope and expectation like the...

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CD: Conor Oberst - Upside Down Mountain

Nobody ever accused, say, Dylan of having a voice that didn't mature with his songwriting. It’s something that springs to mind every time I try to put my finger on exactly why I’ve never warmed to...

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