Returning to Glasgow to promote second solo album Women + Country, Jakob Dylan (yes his dad is indeed Bob) appeared a cool, calm and collected figure as he and his backing band hit the stage.
He remained so even in the face of sound which throughout tonight’s show never quite made the grade. Shrill bursts of feedback and a complete lack of bass might have caused some artists to complain but Dylan took it in his stride.
At times during the more atmospheric numbers the singer/guitarist prompted an almost dream-like state thanks to the effortless flow of the music and in particular Jon Rauhouse’s pedal steel guitar playing, but like a dream too often the songs blurred and were soon forgotten, replaced by the next in a succession of pleasant rather than compelling rock-infused country tracks.
It was a trend that continued for the duration of a set which at times seemed never-ending. Thankfully a rousing encore, complete with hit One Headlight, went some way to making amends for what was overall a routine performance.

King Tut’s, Glasgow, July 14 *

On tonight’s evidence it’s fair to say that Yorkshire ‘band’ One Night Only are really just singer George Craig plus the guys who originally founded the indie-pop outfit back in 2003. For an hour the Burberry model and current beau of Harry Potter actress Emma Watson took centre stage to deliver one mindless indie-pop anthem after another while his band-mates tellingly were left to occupy the peripheries.
If Craig was a particularly good frontman or had even shown an ounce of presence you could maybe forgive some of the atrocious lyrics, clichéd chat and his faux rock credentials but such was the general unimaginative nature of the music that finding anything at all redeeming about tonight’s set is practically impossible.
Essentially One Night Only are a pop Libertines but without the songs, character, appeal, edge or style. Apart from those key elements ONO – a mighty appropriate abbreviation on two levels – were faultless.
Sadly there’s every chance these purveyors of polished pop-pap sadly will soon be riding high in the charts.

The Features’ debut album Exhibit A may have been a critical success but the band’s brand of ragged pop-rock failed to penetrate the public consciousness, which given the wealth of pop nuggets it contained is a real shame.
Subsequently dropped by their label, the Nashville quartet has found a new lease of life courtesy of the Kings Of Leon. Having toured with KOL, the band became the first signings to the Followill boys’ record label Serpents and Snakes last year.
Six years on from a dazzling display at the now sadly defunct Barfly, The Features were once again headlining a Glasgow stage and for moments during tonight’s rapid-fire stomp it was as if they’d never been away.
Full of energy and clearly happy to see a decent-sized crowd, older songs like Exhibit A, Exercising Demons and That’s The Way It’s Meant To Be bounced along, as did those punters keen to make up for lost time.
Of the new tracks showcased it was Old & Cold that stood out thanks mainly to its explosive euphoric climax – little wonder then singer Matt Pelham was swamped by eager fans enthusiastically embracing the band’s return after the show.