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Opinion: Why Young Fathers deserve the 2014 Mercury Prize

31 Oct 2014

Edinburgh group's win suggests there’s still a place for non-prescribed ‘out there’ music

Congratulations to Edinburgh’s Young Fathers, only the third Mercury Prize winner from Scotland in its 22-year history – and certainly its least heralded, considering the hype with which Primal Scream and Franz Ferdinand swept in on in 1992 (the first…

Belle and Sebastian announce UK-wide tour in May 2015

28 Oct 2014

Indie poppers will play 12 gigs in cities including Cardiff, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow

Belle and Sebastian have announced a tour across the UK in May 2015, ahead of the January release of their new album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance. The ‘Funny Little Frog’ indie poppers, fronted by God Help The Girl writer and director Stuart…

Aberdeen's sound festival 2014 gets underway

27 Oct 2014

Opening weekend included performances by Rohan de Saram, Jonathan Mayer and Erwan Keravec

If there was ever any need to prove that Aberdeen’s sound festival of contemporary music was about more than just classical – or that musical genres and boundaries have little importance anyway – then this year’s opening weekend would have done the job…

The Lighthouse Late – Fri 24 Oct

27 Oct 20144 stars

Line-up included Ella The Bird, James Yorkston, art collective METASITU and Stuart Murdoch

Glasgow boasts many glorious buildings. Yet hidden down a lane off Buchanan Street sits one of its best kept architectural secrets. Now the secret is out as on Friday 24 October The Lighthouse, together with The List, presented a celebration of…

Spotify playlist: Hallowe'en 2014

24 Oct 2014

Featuring The Cure, Eminem, Cat Power, Mike Oldfield, Bauhaus, Prima Donnas and Suicide

What is it about October that makes Hallowe’en music go from sleazy to palatable? Chuck a few pumpkins in Tesco and suddenly everyone’s getting down to ‘The Monster Mash’ like it’s a regular Tuesday. Luckily, the sounds of Hallowe’en aren’t restricted…

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Top picks from Africa in Motion festival 2014

24 Oct 2014

Including screenings of films Difret and Electro Chaabi, plus live performances from The Soil

The ninth Africa in Motion festival kicks off in Edinburgh today, with the UK premiere of Soleils. This year’s festival, a medley of film, music and exhibitions taking place across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling, marks the 20th anniversary of the end…

Scottish Opera set to bring Rossini's La Cenerentola to Edinburgh and Glasgow

22 Oct 2014

Show promises to be an '18th-century funked up' dark comedy based on classic fairytale Cinderella

It is a familiar enough story. The rags to riches Cinderella is the beautiful princess who reaches the dizzy heights of fairytale romance with her handsome prince, leaving her cruel stepmother and two ugly sisters seething in her wake. Opening their…

New club night FOAM opens at Glasgow's Art School

22 Oct 2014

'Not an extravagant, lasers-in-your-face gala, but a place to congregate, free from pretension'

‘With this in mind, I think this event has the potential to “go off”,’ confirms Guy Veale. He’s just gone through a long explanation of the careful considerations that have gone into planning this new collaboration between the Art School, himself and…

Top five live acts at Simple Things Festival 2014 in Glasgow

22 Oct 2014

Featuring Autechre, Clark, Nightmares on Wax, Lone ft Konx-om-Pax and General Ludd

Launching in Bristol in 2011, this one-day electronic festival is now coming to Glasgow and down as an annual affair to get excited about. Matching international acts with the best of local talent, the focus is on darker, experimental live shows, with…

The best classical concerts – Oct / Nov 2014

22 Oct 2014

Featuring Hebrides Ensemble: Dead Elvis, Denis Kozhukhin and St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Hebrides Ensemble: Dead Elvis Inspired by the rock’n’roll King, Dead Elvis is American composer Michael Daugherty’s tribute to the legend that is Elvis Presley, with solo bassoonist Peter Whelan donning the white suit that’s far removed from the usual…

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Exposure: General Ludd

21 Oct 2014

All you need to know about electronic Glasgow duo Tom Marshallsay and Richard McMaster

General Ludd fuses the talents of a bunch of Glasgow music acts we already loved. The duo of Tom Marshallsay (aka Dam Mantle), and Richard McMaster (from Golden Teacher, Lovers Rights and Silk Cut) was a shoo-in for good things, and recent DJ mixes and…

Top five 70s & 80s music pioneers that keep on burning

21 Oct 2014

Featuring The Pop Group, Young Marble Giants, Vic Godard & Subway Sect, Sexual Objects and Pere Ubu

The Pop Group Bristol's incendiary troupe of avant-punk insurrectionists return after this year's Celtic Connections show to perform their just re-pressed We Are Time album in full. Manic dub-funk sloganeering dangerous enough to bring down…

Sensaround – Isotropes

21 Oct 20143 stars

Intriguing experiment of electro-acoustic improvisation from electic trio

Isotropes sees Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra saxophonist Raymond McDonald splashing around in a digital bubblebath with Australian musicians Alister Spence and Shoeb Ahmad. Come on in, the water's lovely. Sensaround's electro-acoustic improvisation…

Wadada Leo Smith – Red Hill

21 Oct 20144 stars

Great trumpeter leads younger improvisers to create tunning modern jazz sound

Red Hill finds the great trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith leading an expedition of younger improvisers across volcanic landscapes and lunar surfaces. This is a highly charged group, animated by Balasz Pandi's restless flurries across the kit. Busy, without…

Lady Gaga – The Hydro, Glasgow, Sun 19 Oct

20 Oct 20143 stars

Decadent and dynamic show fails to transcend generic format of stadium pop

Despite her impassioned pleas for tolerance and sexual freedom – and her fascination with performance art – Lady Gaga struggles to rise above the generic format of the stadium pop gig. Surrounded by dancers, and racing about an elaborate set on this…

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Pleasance Sessions: The List Magazine Presents ...

17 Oct 20144 stars

Two Wings, Ubre Blanca and Prehistoric Friends showed refreshing variety of musical talent

Over the past week the inaugural Pleasance Sessions mini-festival has been doing a great job of representing Scotland’s alternative music scene with a bunch of cannily-curated gigs whose reasoning has seemed to be more ‘who’s best?’ than ‘who’s…

Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter

16 Oct 20144 stars

Glossiest album to date from one of the world's most successful metal bands does not disappoint

Masked nine-piece Slipknot are one of the biggest metal bands in the world but.5: The Gray Chapter finds them in a state of flux. A few years ago even the idea of a fifth Slipknot album seemed unlikely. After bassist and founder member Paul Gray's death…

The legacy of Spandau Ballet

16 Oct 2014

After the release of a new documentary, the 80s pop legends have announced a UK tour in 2015

From the start, Spandau Ballet made it clear exactly who they were. ‘I am beautiful and clean/ And so very very young’ sang Tony Hadley on ‘To Cut A Long Story Short’ from their debut album Journeys to Glory. These well-dressed gentlemen obsessed with…

Album round up – October 2014

15 Oct 2014

Including new releases from Flying Lotus, Adrian Crowley, Graveyard Tapes and Deerhoof

Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! (Warp) ●●●●● The album you’re surely least likely to expect to find the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg guesting on this year, Flying Lotus’ fifth, You’re Dead!, is that rare monster, a record which is entirely…

Singles Roundup – October 2014

14 Oct 20144 stars

Featuring Sinead O'Connor, The Son(s), Jon Hopkins and Twin Atlantic

Sinead O’Connor – 8 Good Reasons (Nettwerk Music Group) ●●● Though not quite a reinvention, Sinead O’Connor’s sound of recent years is a notable shift in musical terms. The fragility of her early work remains elusive and the anger and thrust of…

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Celtic Connections 2015 line-up includes Craig Armstrong and King Creosote

14 Oct 2014

Paul Buchanan, Chris Thile, Skerryvore, Nathaniel Rateliff and Angelique Kidjo will also perform

The traditions and stories behind instrument building, and sounds for the big screen (including music from Craig Armstrong and King Creosote) are two of the major themes running through Celtic Connections 2015, whose programme has just been…

Simple Things 2014 lineup includes Autechre, Clark and Dean Blunt

14 Oct 2014

Bristol-based electronic festival is set to head north for the first time to venues across Glasgow

In recent years Glasgow has proven itself to be a fairweather friend to city-based festivals, with every continuing success story like Stag & Dagger giving way to an honourable but now defunct effort such as Hinterland. This November sees another new…

A guide to the top music events and gigs this autumn

14 Oct 2014

Including The Pleasance Sessions, To Rococo Rot, Simple Things, Chvrches and Future Islands

The Pleasance Sessions The mini-festival continues with gorgeous Italo-synths and swooning, keening folk from Ubre Blanca and Two Wings (Thu 16 Oct), plus Glasgow’s excellent ‘proto-robo-folkers’ the Phantom Band and ambient vista-makers Remember…

The best gigs to celebrate Hallowe’en 2014

14 Oct 2014

Including Goblin, Zola Jesus, Nightrave, Pressure and Hot Mess

Gory gig options are in good supply this Hallowe’en. Fans of the tits + terror school of Dario Argento giallo horror movies can watch 70s Italian prog rock legends Goblin perform their live soundtrack to a screening of Suspiria at SWG3 Warehouse. Which…

OFF! – King Tut’s, Glasgow, Sun 5 Oct

14 Oct 20144 stars

Keith Morris shows why he remains a punk legend with stellar performance

Taking to the same stage as two years ago, OFF! prove nothing if not reliable. They fire short-yet-hardly-sweet salvoes of Cali-punk polemics in multi-song bursts, squeezing the ire into ten minutes before Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks) breaks…