Glasvegas: All on Black

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James Allan and Glasvegas performing live in Scotland.

It's hard to pigeonhole Glasvegas. While Britain's music scene is currently awash with spattered Day-Glo clothing and hipster aloofness, the band of the moment dress in black and embrace their emotions with astonishing honesty. But what's this cream-colored cocktail in the hand of lead singer James Allan as he sits — black shoes, black Ray-Bans, black vertical hair — in the windowless bar of a posh London hotel? "Hey, don't box me!" says Allan, with a smile as unexpected as the banana breeze he's sipping.

Allan and his band are making a habit of defying preconceptions. While the...

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