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Night at the museum: Game Masters edition

23 Jan 2015

Games, live music, speed dating, talks from smart people, and silent disco: Museum Lates has it all

While marauding dinosaurs, ramping huns and Ben Stiller on guard duty might sound like a lot of fun, we’re always much more excited about what Museum Lates at National Museum of Scotland has to offer. The latest edition, Museum Lates: Game Masters…

Scottish bands headed to South by Southwest

23 Jan 2015

Seven Scottish artists to showcase their music at renowned industry conference in Austin, Texas

South by Southwest (SXSW) will once again be host to a mixture of talented artists from Scotland, it was announced today. Blues Singer/Songwriter Dave Arcari will be joined in Austin by the likes of experimental hip-hop group Hector Bizerk and…

New music from Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat

23 Jan 2015

Listen to first track from incoming new album, The Most Important Place in the World

2011 Scottish Album of the Year winners Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat are back with new music. 'This Dark Desire' is the first single from their new record 'The Most Important Place In The World' and through label Chemikal Underground the duo have…

Watch The Decemberists sing YouTube comments on Jimmy Kimmel

23 Jan 2015

Portland-based indie band break the talk show mould before heading off on European tour

The Decemberists scored big on Jimmy Kimmel's US talk show last night with a selection of hilarious YouTube comment renditions. Promoting their newly released sixth album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, the indie folk five-piece known…

The Phantom Band – Fears Trending

13 Jan 20154 stars

Hot on the heels of 2014's Strange Friend comes a cyberspace tackling companion

Like the audio equivalent of that 'all the buses coming at once' cliché, (admittedly heavily paraphrased here) the Phantom Band have simultaneously rewarded the patience of faithful followers and curious new fans alike with the release of two brand new…

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Alasdair Roberts – Alasdair Roberts

13 Jan 20153 stars

Scottish troubadour returns with another album exemplifying his undiluted, traditional folk wares

That this is Ali Roberts’ eighth album on Drag City tells you a lot about the rich seam of traditional folk balladry he has mined throughout his career. That he has, in all that time, remained resolutely untouched by crossover success is another…

Preview: Inés de Castro

13 Jan 2015

James MacMillan conducts and Olivia Fuchs directs Spanish tragedy for Scottish Opera

First seen in 1996, James MacMillan’s first large-scale opera, Inés de Castro, makes a welcome return to the Scottish Opera stage. Based on the play by Jo Clifford, it tells of the horrific fate of Inés, the Spanish lover of the 14th-century crown…

Preview: Half Man Half Biscuit

13 Jan 2015

HMHB bring latest album Urge for Offal to Edinburgh's Liquid Room

We could fill this preview with wry titles from post-punk’s Half Man Half Biscuit alone. From the Birkenhead quartet's 1985 debut album, Back In The DHSS, through some of their best-loved LP designates (1998's Four Lads Who Shook The Wirral; 2005's…

Listen to The Prodigy's new single 'Nasty'

13 Jan 2015

Brand new album The Day Is My Enemy promises to be their 'meanest' yet

Following the debut of their single 'Nasty' on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show last night (12 Jan), The Prodigy has announced details of new album The Day is My Enemy, to be released 30 Mar on their own label, Take Me to the Hospital.

Top picks Celtic Connections 2015

12 Jan 2015

With thousands of artists and hundreds of events, Celtic Connections 2015 has something for everyone

Celtic Connections prides itself on spinning folk and traditional music in new and unexpected directions, and if ever a gig epitomised that philosophy, it’s this one. Brighton-born singer Mary Hampton might work within folk traditions, but her haunting…

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Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

12 Jan 20154 stars

Latest solo album from Animal Collective's Panda Bear proves a life-affirming encounter

Just as Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks turned out to have little in common with the trusty sound palette of horror soundtracks, so the latest solo offering from Tare’s Animal Collective right hand man, Noah ‘Panda Bear’ Lennox, is neither some schlocky…

Singles and EPs – December 2014

9 Jan 2015

Featuring Jacques Greene, Tuff Love, Simple Minds and Hector Bizerk

Now a staple of the LuckyMe stable, young Montreal producer Jacques Greene here delivers another EP led by a track with an unmistakably upbeat tone. It rests first upon a swirling, welcoming house riff which reminds of none other than steel pans being…

BC Camplight – How To Die In The North

9 Jan 20152 stars

Brain Christinzio's third album of psychedelic pop is unfocused and echos a lot of other artists

*7PSYCHEDELIC POP *6(Bella Union) ++=== *2In what sounds like a moment of toe-curling self-abasement that has all present staring awkwardly at their feet, Brian Christinzio aka BC Camplight has been known to describe himself as ‘the guy who blew…

Don't Make A Scene: A Field Guide to Putting on DIY Gigs

9 Jan 2015

Rob St John and Bartholomew Owl present their step-by-step' guide to DIY gig promotion

The clue about DIY gig promotion is all in the name – you do it yourself. But that doesn’t mean that the eager music lover with a yen for events organisation has to lurch blindly into the minefield of guest-list etiquette and creative rider demands…

Preview: First Aid Kit

8 Jan 2015

If your heart can stand it, other worldly sister act are touring their soulful folk tunes now

As teenagers in their native Stockholm, Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, discovered the Americana music of Gram Parsons, Bright Eyes and Fleet Foxes. It was their cover of the latter’s ‘Tiger Mountain Peasant Song’ in 2008 that brought them…

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Listen to Idlewild's new single now

8 Jan 2015

Come on Ghost drops onto Soundcloud and into your eardrums – let the hype begin

Stoking the flames of our excitement at the forthcoming album release and impending tour, Scottish indie rock favourites Idlewild have released their newest single 'Come on Ghost' on Soundcloud. After a four year hiatus, the band delighted fans back…

5 Reasons to see Die Antwoord

5 Jan 2015

As if you weren't already hyped, we breakdown the wild anticipation behind the South African phenom

Much of South African trio Die Antwoord’s (‘The Answer’ in Afrikaans) cultural capital has come from precisely that, getting people talking about them. Following years floating about the lower reaches of their home country’s rap-rock scene in various…

Preview: Musik / Reise

24 Dec 2014

German electronica appreciation with Hans Joachim Irmler and friends

Faust arguably set the template for the whole immersive living, band-as-commune, jamming-naked-in-the-kitchen thing when they encamped themselves in a house-cum-studio in rural Germany in 1970 and made some landmark recordings. Communal living aside…

Christmas Songwriters Club (2014)

23 Dec 20144 stars

Festive spirit and great tunes fill new location for an evening with some of Edinburgh's best

Stop Christmas right there, because the best seasonal hit you’re not likely to hear again in your life has been written. Apologising for the ‘disaster’ that apparently was his Christmas Songwriters Club appearance back in 2010 (‘I got pissed a little…

Briefs: The Second Coming (2014)

22 Dec 20145 stars

Brassy yet classy, boylesque troupe Briefs returns to Edinburgh

Their outfits could out-sparkle the Jenners Christmas tree, their banter is filthier than a lump of coal. The Briefs boys are back in Edinburgh bringing, in their words, 'a little bit of butch and a fuckload of camp' to the winter market. Originally…

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Album Round-up — December 2014

18 Dec 2014

New releases from Disappears, Prosumer, Smashing Pumpkins, Darren Hayman, Yo La Tengo and Beyoncé

Disappears — Irreal (Kranky) ●●●● The ‘guitars are dead’ contingent may wish to re-evaluate upon exposure to this, the sixth album from Brian ‘90 Day Men’ Case’s Chicagoan art-rock group. It’s hard to categorise, but there’s essentially an attempt…

K-X-P – The History of Techno EP

18 Dec 20143 stars

Insouciant, dynamic dirges from Finnish cosmic rock demagogues

Finnish people, as we have learned from studies and Aki Kaurismaki movies, are totally cracked, so it makes sense that that the country’s bands err on the side of bedlam. Here we have cosmic rock demagogues K-X-P obliging by flagrantly breaking the…

Various Artists – The Travelling Archive: Folk Music from Bengal

18 Dec 20144 stars

Captivating glimpse of a diverse musical culture

The latest batch from Sublime Frequencies includes a smokin' live album from Lebanese / Egyptian guitar legend Omar Khorshid and a compilation of mesmeric Sahel folk, but this collection is of particular interest, representing the first fruits of the…

Verckys et L'Orchestre Vévé – Congolese Funk, Afrobeat and Psychedelic Rhumba 69–78

18 Dec 20144 stars

Irrestistible Congolese grooves with a strong Latin flavour

Waiting for the delayed Ali–Foreman 'Rumble In The Jungle' in 1974, James Brown used his time in Kinshasa to check out the local bands. Above all, the artist who blew him away was Verckys, the charismatic leader of L'Orchestre Vévé. Verckys formed the…

2015 Highlights: Music

17 Dec 2014

Featuring: Belle & Sebastian, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tectonics, Electric Frog and Kelvingrove

Cue euphoria for fans of Glasgow’s indie twee-pop superstars; they return in January with their new, ninth album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, before playing a hometown arena gig in the summer, joined by the Scottish Festival Orchestra...