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CHVRCHES, Boards of Canada and Biffy Clyro longlisted for Scottish Album of the Year Award 2013

24 Apr 2014

RM Hubbert, Camera Obscura, Frightened Rabbit, Mogwai, The Pastels and Edwyn Collins also recognised

The longlist for The Scottish Album of the Year Award 2013 has been announced, with CHVRCHES, Boards of Canada and last year's winner RM Hubbert among the nominees. The prize, now in its third year, honours Scottish artists who produced albums between…

Albums round-up - April 2014

24 Apr 2014

New releases from Brody Dalle, The Last Battle, Woods, Fat Goth, Night Noise Team and more reviewed

Brody Dalle – Diploid Love (Caroline) ●●● Brody Dalle, erstwhile frontwoman of The Distillers and Spinnerette, has the cool rocker chick thing down pat. But she’s no trailblazer on this solo debut, instead following leads established by Courtney Love…

Miley Cyrus and Courtney Love: proof that there's still a sexist double standard in music

24 Apr 2014

Despite their vast musical differences, Cyrus and Love share a lack of PR/media filter

At this very moment, Miley Cyrus is probably the most famous pop star on the planet. She twerked her way into the global consciousness grinding up against Robin Thicke in flesh-toned rubber pants at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. The former Hannah…

Interview: Bill Forsyth, director of Gregory's Girl, Local Hero and That Sinking Feeling

24 Apr 2014

The acclaimed Scottish director discusses the guerrilla tactics that formed his career

‘Youth required for film production company,’ was the advert which would shape the course of the young Bill Forsyth’s life. In his final year of school and feeling decidedly unmotivated about the world of work awaiting him in post-war Glasgow, the…

George Clinton & P-Funk - O2 ABC, Glasgow, Fri 18 Apr 2014

24 Apr 20144 stars

'Dr Funkenstein' is back, and more involved in the onstage funking than he's been in years

Who wants to get funked up? Glasgow clearly does, given the substantial crowd who turn up to see George Clinton and P-Funk drop the bomb on the ABC. Until recently, P-Funk shows were reportedly sad affairs, with Clinton barely present, and the band…

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Interview: musician Brody Dalle, formerly of The Distillers and Spinnerette

24 Apr 2014

The newly-solo artist talks Cyndi Lauper, Swedish pancakes and coffee

First record you ever bought Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual. Last extravagant purchase you made My ‘Stand and Deliver’ studded leather jacket. First film you saw that really moved you *3Betty Blue changed my life. I saw the uncut three-hour…

Interview: Juno Temple, star of Killer Joe, Maleficent The Dark Knight Rises

24 Apr 2014

The daughter of Julien Temple also stars in psychedelic drama Magic Magic alongside Michael Cera

Getting work certainly doesn't seem to be a problem for Juno Temple. At 24, the pixie-like daughter of filmmaker Julien Temple and producer Amanda Pirie, has already been involved in around 30 movies, ranging from independent projects including Kaboom…

Misadventures in Wonderland: Edinburgh International Science Festival

24 Apr 2014

Our intrepid columnist Alice makes slime, touches a heart and makes giant bubbles

What is the Science Festival? It's packed full of activities to learn about our bodies. I went to the City Art Centre but there's other bits scattered about. It's, and I'm sorry if this causes offence, a lot more glossy than I thought it would be. It…

Singles, EPs and downloads - April 2014

24 Apr 2014

New releases from Seafieldroad, Jamie xx, Tuff Love and Michele Mininni reviewed

Seafieldroad – 'This Road Won’t Build Itself' (Biphonic) ●●●● Confessedly wary of contributing to the perception that, in his words, the Scottish independence movement is ‘an army of sentimental nationalists’, Yes-voting musician and one third of…

Clip Art - Clip Art

24 Apr 20144 stars

An intriguing and immersive mini-album of retro-electronica from Errors' Stephen Livingstone

I have a senior relative who, eager to show me something ‘on the web’, spent a long time frustratedly footering about on a laptop to no avail, not realising he was searching in Microsoft clip art thinking it was Internet Explorer. It was too funny to…

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Kelis - Food

24 Apr 20143 stars

A Dave Sitek-produced R&B/pop/soul combo that's finger-licking good when it finds its form

With her fierce musical and sartorial style, Kelis always felt a little bit too free-thinking, too sassy, too strange, too damn cool for the pure pop mainstream. There was almost a sense of infiltration about hearing songs as smartly unconventional as…

Bis - Data Panik etcetera

24 Apr 20144 stars

A compilation of released and unreleased material that indicates a band steeped in a love of pop

With the original trio’s members off enjoying careers in hospitality, motherhood and being in Debukas, this is sadly not the comeback Bis album the word is arguably not waiting for, but which many of us would be very pleased to see. Nor is it a proper…

The Other Woman

24 Apr 20142 stars

Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton are a likeable but poorly served trio in this weak comedy

A romcom with what seems like a refreshing sisterly twist, The Other Woman sees a trio of wronged women team up to get their own back on a real weasel of a guy. So far so fun, right? Unfortunately Nick Cassavetes' eighth film squanders its subversive…

Rebecca Gouldson: Industrial Shift

24 Apr 20144 stars

A printmaking exhibition that finds beauty and intrigue in redundant tools and relics

Rebecca Gouldson’s first solo show concentrates on the images and objects of historic industry, with beauty and intrigue found in its redundant tools and relics. Scratches, scribbles and signs of wear and tear guide Gouldson’s mark-making on rich…

Nightfilm resident John Hutchison explains why you should see Henchman School of Shooting

24 Apr 2014

'They're a musical smörgåsbord – edgy blues licks, perfectly formed indie and smoky soul and funk'

A fantastic lineup for an equally fantastic cause. This is a cross-genre showcase of some of Edinburgh's finest musical talents, with singer/songwriter duo the Keystone Project fusing Nick Drake-esque melodies with heartfelt blues; Battle of the Zoo…

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Led Bib - The People In Your Neighbourhood

24 Apr 20143 stars

The perky, math-rock-infused jazz group deliver a witty & energetic collection of rockers & ballads

Next to the punk-jazz maelstrom of The Thing or the wild electricity of 1970s Miles Davis, the perky math-rock-infused jazz of Mercury Prize-friendly British groups like Polar Bear and Led Bib tends to sound pretty reined-in. But taken on its own terms…

Mac DeMarco - Salad Days

23 Apr 20144 stars

New-found smoothness to 80s and 90s college rock sound from young Canadian songwriter

Mac DeMarco is only 23 years old, but already he is world-weary. His second full-length album, Salad Days, sees the Canadian songwriter eschewing the weirdness of previous releases, like 2012’s 2, for something approaching wisdom, complete with…

Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

23 Apr 20144 stars

Debut solo album of understatement and maturity that never completely leaves low gear

It’s taken him more than two decades in the music industry to arrive at his debut solo album, which leads us to the rather strange experience of hearing sometime Blur frontman Damon Albarn’s new release being trailed with terms like ‘long-awaited’, as…

Tradfest explores ‘Revival and Renaissance’ in the year of Scottish Homecoming and the independence referendum

23 Apr 2014

Owen Jones, Wounded Knee, David Torrance, Gerry Hassan & Alexander Moffat are among the fest guests

Only in its second year, Tradfest returns to Edinburgh for a fortnight celebrating Celtic arts and Scottish cultural traditions this month, presenting a programme busy with talks, tours, music, art, theatre and puppetry, among many other elements. It…

Oneohtrix Point Never - Commissions I

23 Apr 20144 stars

Dreamy, intoxicating and cleansing compilation of electronic experimentalism

Daniel Lopatin, under his Oneohtrix Point Never guise, has long since wandered off into the conceptual, compositional undergrowth where you are fêted almost no matter what you do because, hey, you’re pushing sonic boundaries, ‘challenging’ listeners…

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Of Spire and Throne - Toll of the Wound

23 Apr 20144 stars

Expertly crafted and highly satisfying slab o’ sludge from Edinburgh doom trio

Following last year’s split release with Groningen sludgelords Ortega, Edinburgh-spawned doom trio Of Spire and Throne return with a limited edition EP on cassette, CD and black or red vinyl. With bleak cover art and a tracklist that promises three…

Gabriel Kuri: All probability resolves into form

23 Apr 20143 stars

Kuri's Glasgow International survivalist sculpture show puts a political twist on hard theory

In case of emergency, natural disaster, nuclear fallout or biblical engulfment, Mexican artist Gabriel Kuri is probably a very good man to have on your side. By stocking up on blankets, fire extinguishers, boxes of matches, bottles of water and assorted…

188th RSA Annual Exhibition: Focus on Film

23 Apr 20144 stars

An expansive and essential Scottish film art showcase, featuring Rachel Maclean and Peter Capaldi

Perhaps the biggest criticism that can be levelled at this year’s Royal Scottish Academy annual members’ exhibition is that there’s almost too much to soak up. Between the vast submission-based selection upstairs and the curated rooms downstairs, there…

Frank Skinner: 'YouTube has already totally killed the anecdote’

23 Apr 2014

The comedian talks to us about live performance and dirty jokes ahead of his Man in a Suit tour

He may have started in the stand-up game relatively late at the ripe old age of 30, but Frank Skinner can’t be accused of not making up lost ground. The Perrier winner of 1991 has done chat shows, chatted about football with his old flatmate while being…

Glenn Wool prepares 'greatest hits' show The Jokes I’m Most Fond Of

23 Apr 2014

The Canadian comic and sometime lumberjack will be supported on tour by Frankie Boyle

It’s perhaps curious that Glenn Wool should have been so comfortable as part of the Lumberjacks trio: he’s a comic who comes across as both single-minded and maverick. Then again, touring the country with fellow UK-based Canadians Stewart Francis and…