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All Saints, Atomic Kitten, East 17 and more confirmed for Another Time, Another Place UK tour

14 Apr 2014

The pop nostalgia fest will take place in November 2014; tickets are on sale now

All Saints, Atomic Kitten, East 17, Let Loose, Big Brovaz, and Jenny Berggren (Ace of Base) have united for Another Time, Another Place, a night of 90s and 00s pop taking place at London’s O2 on Fri 11 Apr. Expect to hear all the hits, from East 17’s…

Interview: Chris Corsano of the Flower-Corsano Duo

11 Apr 2014

Time was that if you lived in Edinburgh it felt like you could see drummer Chris Corsano play live pretty much any night of the week. During his time living in the capital in the mid to late noughties, the New England-sired drummer whose collaborators…

The Space Lady, Ai Aso & Ela Orleans with Maja Borg - Garnethill Centre, Glasgow, Fri 4 April 2014

9 Apr 20144 stars

A characteristically diverse line-up as part of the experimental Counterflows Festival

The feast of contemporary music that was Counterflows 2014, a weekend festival in Glasgow, kicked off in characteristically diverse fashion with an early-evening showcase of experimental music from around the globe. That includes a cult San Francisco…

Interview: producer of intelligent house music Heatsick

4 Apr 2014

The DJ and producer prepares to play the Counterflows festival alongside Golden Teacher & Joe McPhee

Steven Warwick, who’ll be better known to many as the intelligent house producer, and maker of intensely danceable, cyclical-tropical, minimal disco beats, Heatsick, has ordered in lavender room sprays, hula hoops, fortune cookies and yoga mats before…

Franz Ferdinand - Barrowland, Glasgow, Tue 25 Mar 2014

4 Apr 20144 stars

A triumphant hometown show for Glasgow's indie kingpins

‘Alright Glasgow? It’s good to see you!’ Frontman Alex Kapranos beams at a rapturous reception from a sold-out Barrowlands. Dressed impeccably – in matching black, white and grey suits and looking no older than they did 10 years ago – Franz Ferdinand…

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Neil Gaiman to visit London and Edinburgh with The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains

2 Apr 2014

Tickets for the live multimedia readings, which will take place in July, are on sale now

Neil Gaiman has announced dates in Edinburgh and London this summer for his new multimedia show, The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains. The shows, which will take place on Fri 4 & Sat 5 Jul at the Barbican Centre, London and on Sun 6 Jul at…

Black Sabbath, Soundgarden and Faith No More to play British Summer Time Festival 2014

1 Apr 2014

Presale tickets available from Wed 2 Apr; general sale available from Fri 4 Apr

Black Sabbath, Soundgarden and Faith No More are the latest names to be added to the British Summer Time series of gigs set to take place in Hyde Park this July. The metal titans will head up a line-up that also features Motorhead, Soulfly, Wolfmother…

Michael Bublé announces two dates in London as part of 2014 world tour

1 Apr 2014

Tickets for the December dates at The O2 will go on sale from Fri 4 Apr

After ten sold out shows at The O2 last year, Michael Bublé is coming back to the venue to play two nights in December (Mon 15 & Tue 16) as part of his new UK arena tour. These dates, plus an already-announced show in Belfast, are his only confirmed…

Wild Beasts - The Arches, Glasgow, Thu 27 Mar 2014

31 Mar 20145 stars

Hayden Thorpe and co play a special set of celestial songs from new album Present Tense

Present Tense, Wild Beast's fourth album, has been showered with acclaim since its release earlier this month. Rightfully so too, it's an exquisite record which cements the Kendal group's gradual evolution from carnal, loquacious, indie upstarts, into…

The Glasgow Open House Festival aims to bring art and music to unusual spaces

27 Mar 2014

Flats, gardens, sheds and community centres will serve as venues for art exhibitions and events

G lasgow Open House is unlocking some doors to the private world of artists, creating a festival in intriguing and often inaccessible spaces around the city. Flats, gardens, sheds, community centres and even the Glasgow Theosophical Society will serve…

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Avey Tare - Enter the Slasher House

27 Mar 20143 stars

The Animal Collectivist's latest solo effort fits well with the group's established psych vibe

Animal Collective, as we now well know, offer a kind of phantasmagorical trip down the rabbit hole, a lysergic musical microdot that can leave the listener feeling both exhilarated and exhausted, but it’s a sensory overload that more often than not…

Were you there? Five of the best Richard Youngs performances

27 Mar 2014

The mercurial underground legend has made a career out of unique gigs - here are our top 5

For the Glasgow Open House Festival, underground legend Richard Youngs will undertake a three-night residency at a secret venue, concluding with a DJ set of his new electronic material. A mercurial talent who has dabbled in avant-folk, industrial noise…

Exposure: dream-pop trio Magic Eye

27 Mar 2014

The band, who have links with Errors and NAKED, have signed with LA DIY label Not Not Fun

This haze-addled Edinburgh dream-pop trio are easy to love, and to (lose) focus on. Formed a couple of years ago, and currently under the jurisdiction of Los Angeles DIY paradise Not Not Fun, Magic Eye channel a day-glo fug of exotica, as attested by…

Mogwai, Hudson Mohawke, Optimo and Numbers join forces for the East End Social's Last Big Weekend

26 Mar 2014

The two-day music festival will take place in Glasgow on Sat 30 & Sun 31 Aug

Mogwai, Hudson Mohawke, Optimo and Numbers have been announced as acts at the East End Social's Last Big Weekend, a new two-day music festival to be held in Glasgow in August 2014. Mogwai will headline the first day of the festival on Sat 30 Aug, while…

Jon Hopkins at Leisure System – The Art School, Glasgow, Fri 28 Feb 2014

25 Mar 20144 stars

The electronica producer du jour weaves synths, bass and beats into a eurphoric whole

Having only reopened again in January, Glasgow’s Art School union already feels like its regained its position as a home for events promoters might struggle to organise elsewhere in the city. In fact, its welcoming of more experimental, musically…

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Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love

25 Mar 20144 stars

A record of tonal weirdness that does great things for Nutini as a vocalist of versatility and soul

The underwhelming cod-bluesery of Paolo Nutini’s comeback single ‘Scream (Funk My Life Up)’ opens his third album, and it’s hard to overstate just how much this limp effort fails to sell a record which is by some margin his most interesting yet. It…

Tobias - A Series of Shocks

25 Mar 20142 stars

A strong start gives way to a weak, anticlimactic album from minimal techno producer Tobias Freund

‘Repeated listen’ are words that are the equivalent of splattering on make-up to cover several blemishes. A Series of Shocks is album that reveals more flaws than positives when listening over again and again. The album, which is Tobias' second…

Metronomy - O2 ABC, Glasgow, Wed 19 Mar 2014

25 Mar 20143 stars

A few bum notes can't stop Joe Mount and co achieving the dreamy, the euphoric and the bittersweet

Try to create the perfect pop machine and you might come up with something not too far from Metronomy. But how to make this precision instrument perform live, with all the character and spirit required of a gig? As the very name suggests, Metronomy’s…

Sunsmasher - Hell/Noise/Church

25 Mar 20144 stars

A full-on assault of hardcore-infused speedfreak black metal

Continuing the tradition started with 2011’s Mammothian/Loud/Cult, Glasgow’s foremost purveyors of total misery Sunsmasher return with a second self-descriptively titled release. It’s been a while since the first one, but with the members involved in a…

Banks - O2 ABC2, Glasgow, Sun 23 Mar 2014

25 Mar 20144 stars

The rising R&B pop starlet showcases and amazing vocal range at this intimate gig

Jillian Banks is the friend in your group that is shy the one minute, then after a few drinks is up on the dancefloor, totally wrapped up in the music as you look on in amazement, sipping on your vodka and Coke. Replace the drinks with a couple of lines…

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The Space Lady, Ela Orleans and Heatsick among the highlights on Counterflows 2014

24 Mar 2014

Joe McPhee, Ghedalia Tazartes and Maya Dunietz will also appear at the experimental music festival

Gallivanting through the musical cosmos, Counterflows returns with a stellar line-up of free jazz, avant-pop and unclassifiable sonic adventurism. For the first time, the festival has a ‘featured artist’ – legendary saxophonist and trumpeter Joe McPhee…

The Amazing Snakeheads - Amphetamine Ballads

24 Mar 20144 stars

A debut rock'n'roll album teeming with adrenaline highs of gambling and downtempo, reflective lows

They say rock'n'roll is dead. Granted, it definitely doesn't look like a viable career option, and never has – but one group who just might make a go of it, are Arctic Monkeys' labelmates The Amazing Snakeheads, a hyped Glasgow trio who've just produced…

Austen George - Sound House, Edinburgh, Sat 1 Mar 2014

24 Mar 20143 stars

A tender, heartfelt domestic performance from the singer-songwriter

There’s a natural cosiness to a concert in a house – the ready-made intimacy of the setting can amplify the straightforward beauty of hearing the piano, or the soft strumming of an acoustic guitar. Singer-songwriter Austen George’s gig at the Sound…

The Hidden Door festival aims to instil Edinburgh with a new DIY events ethos

21 Mar 2014

'We can do things like this if we want; we don’t have to wait for permission'

‘Edinburgh suffers from what you might call institutional repetition,’ says David Martin, creative director of the Hidden Door Festival, a defiantly DIY agent of change on the capital’s cultural landscape. ‘What we wanted to do was something a bit…

Interview: Nicolas Jaar and Daniel Harrington, aka Darkside

21 Mar 2014

The brooding, electronic-rock duo discuss their origins and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories

'How did we meet?’ ponders New Yorker Nicolas Jaar on his relationship with his partner on the Darkside, Dave Harrington. ‘We were set up on a blind date,’ he decides with a laugh. The truth is, they kind of were. Jaar, more famous for dense and…