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First Aid Kit – Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, Tue 16 Sep 2014

17 Sep 20144 stars

The Swedish outfit cover Jack White and Paul Simon on their Stay Gold tour

Following the somewhat dramatic onstage collapse of support act Jo Rose (a fair enough solo singer-songwriter who, thankfully, turned out to be alright), you could forgive Swedish outfit First Aid Kit for being out of sorts for a few moments…

Singles round up – September 2014

16 Sep 2014

Including new releases from Garden of Elks, Rozi Plain and Rachel Dadd, Baio and Night Noise Team

Garden of Elks – Yoop EP (Self-released) ●●●● Something of a Glasgow rock supergroup with members of Bronto Skylift, Paws and the late Dananananaykroyd in their number, Garden of Elks release an EP which is pleasingly not at all what might be expected…

Slam, Chris Liebing and Tommy Four Seven lined up for Pressure's 2014 CLR Records party

16 Sep 2014

Visionquest's Lee Curtiss, Ryan Crosson and Shaun Reeves will also be in attendance

Slam’s monthly Pressure parties have been an unshakeable part of the fabric of Glasgow clubbing for many years now, and this autumn’s relaunch in honour of the city’s student contingent returning demonstrates why. The line-up is even more overwhelmingly…

Hausfrau: Night Tides

16 Sep 20143 stars

An absorbing, pulsing electronica debut from Claudia Nova, occasionally let down by weak vocals

Hausfrau is the alter ego of Glasgow-based artist, Claudia Nova, who brings us an absorbing debut in the form of Night Tides. Released on aptly-named label, Unknown Pleasures (there is at least a thematic connection, if not exactly a direct similarity…

Free-rocking Connecticut trio Magik Markers set for UK tour

16 Sep 2014

The noisy threesome arrive endorsed by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo

Since forming in 2001, free-rocking Connecticut trio Magik Markers have made an indelible (ahem) impression. Their white noise assault, stream-of-consciousness lyrics (recitations of the Periodic Table being an early theme) and chaotic live performances…

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Fred Moten, Miss Prissy and M Lamar lined up for ARIKA14 Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way

16 Sep 2014

The experimental performance fest explores racial and sexual nonconformity in its sixth outing

When the Arika organisation took a side-step from curating experimental music festivals in a now booming scene, they laid the groundwork for their Instal and Kill Your Timid Notion events. The more holistically inclined series of themed Episodes they…

The Pictish Trail, Des Maclean and Alan Bissett among highlights of the Stirling Fringe 2014

16 Sep 2014

After the success of its launch last year, the Stirling Fringe is back for 2014. Running from Fri 19–Sun 28 Sep, the Fringe promises an array of colourful entertainment from both home-grown and international talent. With over 50 events, Stirling's…

Profile: mysterious masked prog rock collective Goat

16 Sep 2014

Need-to-know facts about the Swedish band ahead of UK tour dates and release of new album Commune

Mysterious masked collective Goat are said to hail from the Arctic Circle settlement of Korpilombolo in northern Sweden. Historically a hotbed of voodoo worship, it was destroyed by Christian crusaders and cursed by its own people, yet endures as an…

GENERATION By Night - Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh, Fri 12 Sep 2014

16 Sep 2014

Golden Teacher and Optimo enhance a celebration of contemporary Scottish art

We’ve already awarded a well-deserved five stars to Modern Art One’s strand of the GENERATION project, which celebrates the past 25 years of contemporary Scottish art. Our reviewer on that occasion was especially impressed by Douglas Gordon’s ‘24 Hour…

Eclair Fifi on organising the 2014 LuckyMe DJ reunion

15 Sep 2014

One-off night at Glasgow's Art School includes S-Type, Naked, David Barbarossa and Ubre Blanca

‘First and foremost, LuckyMe are my best friends and my family,’ says Clair ‘Eclair Fifi’ Stirling, resident DJ/designer for the Scottish label and erstwhile Radio 1 host of In New Music We Trust. ‘A lot of labels grow from a group of friends releasing…

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Five Reasons to go to FRESH 14

15 Sep 2014

Glasgow University's freshers' fair promises free food, drink, dance and more

Drink up Far be it for us to perpetuate the broke student stereotype, but who says no to free food and drinks? There’ll be Keglevich vodka shots and Rekorderlig cider doing the rounds, plus Chicken Cottage and Crolla’s ice-cream. You know, all the…

Yes or No? 15 shows to help you make your decision for the Scottish independence referendum

12 Sep 2014

Need help deciding? Let the worlds of art, theatre, comedy, books and music lend a hand

Glasgow Early Days: The Arches Referendum Festival A week of special theatre commissions including work by Rob Drummond, Gary McNair & Davey Anderson and Robert Ormerod, with the Arches Political Party the night before and the What Now? Brunch the…

La Belle Angele: 'Don’t expect free-entry nights with cheap booze offers, that’s exactly what we’re not about’

11 Sep 2014

Manager Martin Coull talks us through Edinburgh's revived iconic club and gig venue

Anyone who made a habit of going clubbing in Edinburgh twelve years ago knows where they were in December 2002 on the night of the Cowgate fire. It was a Saturday, and many of them might have been heading to the old building which burned all night, the…

A guide to Scotland's best emerging bands 2014

10 Sep 2014

Featuring Honeyblood, Prides, Roman Nose, TeenCanteen, Birdhead, Hector Bizerk and more

With such a rich Scottish music scene, deciding which new releases or local gigs to check out can all seem a bit daunting. To ease the pain, here are a few acts to get you started. Exploding onto the scene last year with euphoric single ‘Out of the…

A guide to Glasgow's best music venues in 2014

10 Sep 2014

Featuring Mono, Stereo, the Barrowland Ballroom and King Tut's Wah Wah Hut

The Hydro With a capacity of 13,000, Glasgow’s newest and biggest live music venue opened in 2013. Prince, Fleetwood Mac, Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus all played there in year one alone. If the bands you love have grown arena big, there are few better…

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Sun Ra and his Arkestra - In The Orbit of Ra

5 Sep 20145 stars

Magnificent space-jazz compilation selected by current Arkestra leader Marshall Allen

To listen to Sun Ra's music is to travel the spaceways, spending Plutonian nights dancing with cosmo-aliens, and tuning into the latest news from Neptune. Sun Ra's astro-black mythology is science-fiction at its most potent, challenging racist American…

The Grip - Celebrate

5 Sep 20144 stars

Oren Marshall displays subtle inventiveness on vibrant contemporary jazz record

The symbiotic relationship between the bird and the elephant is one of nature's sweetest. Listening to Celebrate, one can readily imagine Finn Peters' alto sax as an egret, fluttering around Oren Marshall's waddling elephant tuba. In this little…

King Ayisoba - Wicked Leaders

5 Sep 20144 stars

Vibrant merging of traditional north Ghanian styles with the energy of modern hip-life

You might have caught King Ayisoba on his spring tour, resplendent in traditional Ghanian robes and sandals, whipping Glasgow's Platform into a frenzy with his intense chants and relentless kologo rhythms and riffs. He's a magnificent performer…


3 Sep 20144 stars

Percussion explosion that puts a smile on your face at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

It takes you a few minutes to realise, but when you do, your admiration for this Portuguese six-piece rockets even further. The realisation? That not s single percussion instrument on the stage (and there are a lot of them) could be bought in a music…

Maroon 5 announce London, Birmingham and Manchester arena dates for 2015

2 Sep 2014

Tickets for the group's summer 2015 UK tour dates go on sale from Fri 5 Sep

Chart-topping 'Moves Like Jagger' posse Maroon 5 are heading to the UK as part of the their 2015 European tour. The arena dates in London, Birmingham and Manchester will take place in late May/early in June next year, and will feature material from…

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Finding Fela

1 Sep 20142 stars

Alex Gibney's inconsistent documentary melds the life and music of Nigerian star Fela Kuti

Comparatively speaking, Fela Kuti did for African music what Djibril Diop Mambéty did for African cinema. Using his art as a means not only to battle against the harsh realities of neo-colonialism but to connect with other cultures, he created a…

Les Troyens

1 Sep 20143 stars

Mariinsky Opera delivers stylised Berlioz production at the Edinburgh International Festival

Anticipated as one of the must-sees of this year’s Edinburgh International Festival, Mariinsky Opera’s visit with Berlioz’s epic Les Troyens (The Trojans) was a mixed bag. Running for five and a half hours, admittedly with two extended intervals, the…

Album round up - August 2014

28 Aug 2014

Including new releases from James Yorkston, Moon Duo, Earth and Franz Ferdinand

James Yorkston – The Cellardyke Recording & Wassailing Society (Domino) ●●●●● It would be tempting to declare this customarily brilliant piece of work from Fife’s other contemporary folk troubadour a fond farewell to the Fence Collective as-was, with…

Various artists - Bourgeois Kerb Stomp

28 Aug 20144 stars

Industrial dub power trio Ex-Servicemen split 3 ways for this experimental/noise cassette release

Self-described ‘industrial dub power trio’ Ex-Servicemen breaks down into its component parts for this three-way split. Cognisant of both the usefulness of technological ghosts and the fetishistic potential of physical objects, Herhalen (a Glasgow-based…

Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

28 Aug 20143 stars

Canadian dance-punk duo release second album with mixed results

It’s hard to work out Death from Above 1979’s reasons for putting out The Physical World: they’ve talked in interviews about the constant nagging from fans and the press, but denied they’re doing it for them; they’ve said it’ll allow them to play live…