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Wintersong 2014 lineup to include RM Hubbert, Alasdair Roberts and Richard Youngs

20 Nov 2014

Also set to play are Howie Reeve, Horse Loom, Plinth and Louis Abbott of Admiral Fallow

‘Winter is my favourite season. It has such a desolate beauty to it,' says RM Hubbert, who'll be performing a specially composed set at Platform's Wintersong event. 'I’ve been thinking about the comparisons between those winter landscapes and the…

Ubre Blanca Terminal Island EP

19 Nov 20144 stars

An brilliantly unsettling adventure both escapist and inescapable from electronic synth duo

Oh Don Johnson, so much to answer for. Somewhere in the past two decades, the mulleted heart-throb’s 80s cop frolic Miami Vice has become shorthand for fast cars, Martini Girls, neon cocktails, rolled-up jacket sleeves, Reagan’s America, bronzed…

NME Awards Tour 2015 headlined by the Palma Violets

18 Nov 2014

Fat White Family, The Amazing Snakeheads and Slaves also set for 11 date UK wide tour

The NME Awards Tour will mark 20 years next year, as it stops at venues across the UK in February and March 2015. This year’s headliners are the Palma Violets, who enjoyed a sell-out run on the 2013 tour with Django Django and Miles Kane. They will be…

Final details for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 celebrations revealed

17 Nov 2014

Including a Torchligh Procession through city centre, mini-festival Scot:Lands and the Loony Dook

The final programme for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 celebrations were announced today. Opening proceedings is the much-loved Torchlight Procession (Tue 30 Dec), in which 8 000 torchbearers will take to the streets to walk from George IV Bridge through the…

Ariana Grande set for four UK concerts in June 2015

17 Nov 2014

Pop sensation will play in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham

Fresh from her performance at the MTV EMA’s this month, Ariana Grande has announced that she is to return to Glasgow’s SSE Hydro in June 2015 when she brings her Honeymoon Tour to the UK. The Nickelodeon TV star turned pop sensation will play four UK…

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Bette Midler announces UK tour for July 2015

17 Nov 2014

Singer will play concerts in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds and London

Bette Midler has announced that she is to tour the UK in July 2015 for the first time in 35 years. As well as songs from her new album It’s The Girls!, released today, the Grammy award-winning singer will play hits spanning the length of her career to…

Christmas 2014: Sarah Tanat-Jones on what she loves and hates about the festive season

14 Nov 2014

Musician and illustrator explains family chaos surrounding the actual day and why she loves sparkles

LIKES Favourite Christmas Song ‘Ring Out Solstice Bells’, by Jethro Tull. Dad plays this song every Christmas. This song makes me feel excited and happy; it’s one of the last relics of childhood that's still available to me. It's so good. It's got…

Christmas 2014: A guide to Scottish concerts and gigs

13 Nov 2014

Including Kid Canaveral’s Xmas Baubles, Slowfest, RSNO's Hollywood Christmas and Handel’s Messiah

Of this year’s stellar repertoire of festive music events happening across the central belt, none has us more excited than Dune: The Musical (Pilrig St Paul’s Church, Edinburgh, Fri 12 Dec) from the Irregular Owl Movements. The clubbing wing of…

Exclusive: Machines in Heaven – Hindu Milk EP

13 Nov 20144 stars

Listen to the band's new EP via our exclusive preview

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to give praise for those machines which art in heaven – when they’re not assuming the earthly guise of three blokes abiding in Glasgow, that is. Let us join in offering thanks for their retro-futurist digital…

Scottish Ensemble to tour Scotland with new show Night and Day

12 Nov 2014

A candlelit evening of music including pieces by Chopin, Mozart and the late Steve Martland

In amongst all the traditional Christmas concerts there is usually at least one that is a little bit different. Proving once again that tinsel and Santa hats really aren’t necessary to get into seasonal spirit, the Scottish Ensemble’s December programme…

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Mary Halvorson – Reverse Blue

12 Nov 20144 stars

'What sets her apart from other virtuosos is her distinctive compositional voice'

New York guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson combines the history of jazz guitar with an avant-rock sensibility: think Mark Ribot or Bill Frisell drawing oblique pop angles with Deerhoof. What sets her apart from other virtuosos is her distinctive…

Moreno Veloso – Coisa Boa

12 Nov 20144 stars

First album for 12 years from Brazilian artist is refined mix of traditional and modern acoustics

Coisa Boa is Brazilian singer, songwriter and producer Moreno Veloso's first album in 13 years and it's a beauty. Relaxed and airy, it's less obviously experimental than some of his earlier work, with Veloso's soft, inviting vocals wrapped in…

Rashied Al Akbar, Muhammad Ali, Earl Cros, Idris Ackamoor – Ascent of the Nether Creatures

12 Nov 20144 stars

Taped in the Netherlands in 1980, Ascent of the Nether Creatures is a thrilling live set from four undersung Loft-era musicians. Trumpeter Earl Cross played on Noah Howard's classic Black Art, but his work as leader has been under-documented. He's on…

Juliette Binoche confirmed for Edinburgh International Festival 2015

12 Nov 2014

French actress will star in stage version of Antigone translated by Anne Carson

Celebrated French actress Juliette Binoche will appear at the 68th annual Edinburgh International Festival, which takes place from 7-31 August 2015. New festival director Fergus Linehan, former director of the Sydney Festival and the Dublin Theatre…

Opinion: Fielding Hope's contribution to Glasgow's underground live music scene

11 Nov 2014

Brains behind Cry Parrot live music is moving to London to become senior producer at Cafe OTO

After putting on some of Scotland’s weirdest, most fun, independent, DIY, new underground music events for almost eight years, Fielding Hope, the brains behind Cry Parrot live music, is moving to London to become senior producer at Cafe OTO. While it’s…

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Exposure: Steve Hauschildt

11 Nov 2014

All you need to know about the former Emerald's member-gone-solo

The former synth wielder from the legendary kosmische wizards, Emeralds, Steve Hauschildt goes it alone these days with hallucinogenic AV shows and an upcoming solo release on the excellent Ghostly International label. This Sleazy’s show will be a rare…

Various – Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul & Psych from Peru's Radical Decade

11 Nov 20143 stars

Mixed music bag documenting fertile, if short-lived, Liman music scene during 1968-75 Velasco regime

Peru Bravo documents the fertile, if short-lived, Liman music scene during the 1968-75 Velasco regime, offering tasty psych and funk nuggets and the odd gem. Los Destellos' 'Onsta la Yerbita' is a trip, with an echo-drenched MC inviting the kids to…

Stanley Odd – A Thing Brand New

10 Nov 20144 stars

Scottish hip hop at its best from Dave Hook and co

With the Mercury Music prize victory for Young Fathers still causing some reverberations in Londonista music circles, it’s eminently possible that this moment could be a turning point for Scottish hip hop. One act who might reap benefits from this…

The Son(s) –The Things I Love Are Not At Home

10 Nov 20144 stars

'Simple folky melodies surrounded by lush layers of varied, often cinematic sounds'

The Son(s) is a mysterious outfit – apparently the solo continuation of what was a three-piece band (hence that awkwardly un-Googleable moniker), details about the people involved are scant. But, in a way, that only adds to the sense that this lush…

Xylouris White – Goats

10 Nov 20144 stars

George Xylouris and Jim White create wondrous and perfectly balanced Greek folk sound

Theirs is a pairing both unlikely and perfect. George Xylouris, venerated Cretan lute player, born into a family of renowned folk musicians, immersed in the age-old musical traditions of his homeland, and Jim White, in-demand and questing…

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Sound of Yell – Broken Spectre

10 Nov 20144 stars

El Hombre Trajeado co-founder goes solo with the help of a dozen friends

His sometime El Hombre Trajeado accomplice and co-founder RM Hubbert might have attracted more recognition in recent times for his exhausting workrate and proliferation of fine albums, but Stevie Jones’ own career has continued apace in the meantime…

Robert Wyatt – Different Every Time

10 Nov 20145 stars

'Oblique English magic'

Robert Wyatt may have retired from music, but what a wonderful legacy he's left: almost 50 years of avant-pop genius, taking in collaborations with everyone from Björk and Brian Eno to Ivor Cutler. Compiled by Wyatt and his biographer Marcus O'Dair…

Sharon Van Etten set for Glasgow gig

10 Nov 2014

Emotional indie rocker is finally making it big after success of album Are We There

Although she’s four albums into a five-year recording career and the last of those records was released a full six months ago, it feels as though New Jersey’s Sharon Van Etten has never been more popular. You sense that she’s another slow-burn artists…

Tony Conrad: Invented Acoustical Tools 1966–2012

10 Nov 20143 stars

Deconstruction has its limits at exhibition of handmade ‘acoustical tools’

An exhibition of Tony Conrad’s work shouldn’t be silent: and this one isn’t. As soon as you enter the first room, the howling, whistling and scraping of a new composition, made with his collection of homespun instruments, draws its fingernails down your…

Five Reasons to go to Giofest VII

10 Nov 2014

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and guest musicians will create weekend of unique experiences

Hear something you’ve never heard before And, more importantly, that you’ll never hear again. With all the festival’s music being made up on the spot – by the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and guest musicians – every performance across the weekend is a…