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Piping Live! 2012 warms up with tour around Scotland

27 Jul 2012

Pit stops for the pipers include Eilean Donan and Culzean Castle

To celebrate The Year of Creative Scotland 2012, Piping Live! Festival On Tour will bring piping to new audiences and locations across Scotland. The tour, which runs from 31 Jul to 4 Aug, will offer the opportunity to enjoy the best of Scotland’s…

Interview: Amy Macdonald prepares to play 'Five a Day for the Kids'

7 Jun 2012

At only 24 years of age, Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald has had a UK Number One single and sold four million albums. Known for her originality as well as her versatility, Amy has developed a following with self-penned tracks such as 'This is…

Ride the RockNess Express - train details

8 May 2012

The Express will pick up festival goers from London, Birmingham, Derby, York and Newcastle

As part of the Year of Creative Scotland, RockNess are offering a unique (and environmentally friendly) way to the festival site on the banks of Loch Ness. Picking up passengers from London, Birmingham, Derby, York and Newcastle before dropping them off…

Interview with New Order drummer Stephen Morris and guitarist Phil Cunningham

26 Apr 2012

The reunited music icons on playing live and the importance of arguing

New Order are back, and it’s as if they never went away. Are you enjoying it Stephen Morris, drummer and longest continuously-serving member alongside Bernard Sumner? ‘Yeah, it’s been great,’ he says from his house/studio just outside Macclesfield…

Five reasons to go and see Tim Hecker

23 Apr 2012

The electronica artist is appearing at church venues in Edinburgh and Glasgow in May

1. Celebrate the death of rave At least according to Hecker’s new album: the wonderfully-titled Ravedeath, 1972, a lush assembly of droning, dream-like electronic soundscapes which builds upon the work he’s been creating for the last two decades, both…

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Interview: Ben Sims gets ready for RockNess 2012

13 Apr 2012

The techno DJ/producer among names added to festival bill

DJ Ben Sims has been announced for 2012’s RockNess festival, where he joins Soma Records on the Arcadia UFO stage. With over 20 years of DJ experience, running his own Theory label (among others), he’s renowned for his DJ skills using vinyl, CD and…

Want advice on how your band can 'make it' and score a gig abroad?

3 Apr 2012

Third Annual Wide Days Seminar

Following on from successes in 2010 and 2011, the informal music conference, slash industry showcase that is Wide Days returns – with seminars for those wanting to get in to the music business during the day, followed by live performances and showcases…

Interview: Andrew Weatherall set for RockNess 2012

30 Mar 2012

Esteemed DJ and producer on A Love From Outer Space and festivals

Andrew Weatherall is just one of the new announcements for 2012’s RockNess line-up where he’ll be joining Soma Records who are taking control of the new Arcadia UFO. It’s a Scottish Festival exclusive as he’s joined by Sean Johnston as they present an…

5 reasons to go and see OFWGKTA

27 Mar 2012

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All set to play O2 ABC gig

1. We might find out what they are Are they an ironic comedy hip hop troupe? Or are they a wilfully nasty, relentlessly violent, misogynistic and homophobic throwback whose goofy nonsense just happens to distil the finest styles of rap created in the…

Colette Thurlow of 2:54 - interview

27 Mar 2012

The indie singer/guitarist discusses sibling bandmates and significant influences

Like a louchely worn black leather jacket, moody guitar music will never go out of fashion – see 2:54 for proof on both counts. Having toured with Warpaint and The Big Pink since emerging a year ago, the London four-piece based around sisters Colette…

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SMC to host Composition Marathon

8 Mar 2012

Event at the Scottish Music Centre to feature performances from Daniel's Beard, Pure Brass and more

To commission ten composers at the same time to write a new work each is quite an undertaking. To ask them all to do it in the space of only twelve hours could be verging on insanity, especially as none of the ten will have an inkling of which…

Dub/electronic/experimental act Hype Williams to play Glasgow's SWG3

29 Feb 2012

The London duo marry a shadowy stage presence with engaging tunes

The List once saw Hype Williams perform entirely hidden behind a white bedsheet. It was like a Poundstretcher version of Pink Floyd’s The Wall but with an added fug of skunk. The duo, Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland, revel in this sort of batshit chicanery…

Florence & The Machine and Noel Gallagher to play T in the Park 2012

21 Feb 2012

The Vaccines, The Maccabees and The Horrors also on bill

DF Concerts and Tennent’s Lager today unveiled that Florence and the Machine and Noel Gallagher’s Flying Birds will be two of the big acts playing at Balado this summer. Flame-haired and big-lunged star Florence had her second full-length record…

Five picks from Celtic Connections 2012

6 Jan 2012

Featuring Zoe Muth, Jack Bruce, King Creosote and Jon Hopkins and Vieux Farka Touré

Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers The year in Americana 2011 belongs to Gillian Welch and the release of her album The Harrow & the Harvest, but amongst a promising field of young female country singers, Zoe Muth stands out. With her ear for an instant…

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy to play Celtic Connections set

6 Jan 2012

Some facts you may not know about Will Oldham's alterego

1. This will be first Scottish performance in over five years The music of Will Oldham (aka Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy) has haunted independent music for over two decades now, through various monikers (Palace Music, Palace Brothers, Palace Songs to name a…

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The Captain’s Collection

19 Dec 2011

Matthew Zajac of Dogstar Theatre to play Gaelic music preservationist Captain Simon Fraser

The latest production from Inverness-based company Dogstar is a rich tale about a composer and former British Army officer who courts fame by publishing his volumes of Highland music. The piece, which is being performed in Glasgow as part of Celtic…

New Year in Vienna and A Viennese New Year

13 Dec 2011

Austrian-themed classical concerts by the SCO and RSNO

What would New Year music be without Vienna? No matter how many times orchestras sail up and down the Beautiful Blue Danube, pop the corks in the Champagne Polka or waltz their way through the overture to Die Fledermaus, audiences flock to hear their…

Numbers discuss the club/brand's New Year plans

13 Dec 2011

Hogmanay celebrations in both Edinburgh and Glasgow lie ahead

It’s been another good year for Glasgow’s ever-growing clubbing export Numbers. So big, in fact, that they need a whole three cities to contain their send-off to 2011. First they’ll be warming up with a set at Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s the night before…

Com Truise - profile

16 Nov 2011

Seth Haley (under his synth-pop pseudonym) gears up to play Sneaky Pete's

Who: No, not the one married to Hatie Kolmes. Com Truise is the alias of Seth Haley, the New Jersey based producer behind this summer’s sublime Galactic Melt; his debut album, and one of this year’s finest, most addictive electronic synth-pop…

Wake the President - Zumutung!

15 Nov 20113 stars

Harder, more mature songwriting on Glasgow duo's second album

(We Can Still Picnic) An improvement from their first album You Can't Change That Boy in 2009, Wake the President have taken a harder, more mature songwriting approach on new album Zumutung!. Twin brothers hailing from Glasgow, Erik and Bjorn…

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Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore brings his fourth solo album to Glasgow

15 Nov 2011

We look back on the career of the legendary DIY music icon

Once upon a time in Stirling, a counter-cultural icon walked among the people and played his guitar and snapped up their Scottish country dance records. The year was 2005, when Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore came to the central belt to perform at…

Eat, sleep and breathe: The Drums

15 Nov 2011

The Brooklyn indie-poppers' guitarist Jacob Graham lets us in on his tour-time eating habits

What time is breakfast? Whenever I wake up. Usually around 9.30 or 10am. But going through time zones can mess that up. Tea or coffee? I’ve never really gotten into either. I do like hot chocolate though. Smoking or non-smoking? Non.

Ever been to a silent disco with a Chinese dragon?

25 Oct 2011

Ever explored a museum at night? Ever had a cocktail surrounded by thousands of years of history? Ever been to a silent disco with a Chinese dragon? Thanks to the support of RBS and The List, the National Museum of Scotland is bringing you an exclusive…

Azari & III - Don't call them house revivalists

21 Oct 2011

Toronto-based act favour Roland drum machines, crisp piano loops and emotional lyrics

Is it too soon for a house music revival? That’s the question The List is mulling over ahead of speaking to self-proclaimed ‘house music aficionados’ Azari & III. The Toronto-based band, comprising producers Dinamo Azari and Alixander III and vocalists…

Eat, sleep and breathe: Twin Sister

20 Oct 2011

The dream-pop quintet's guitarist Eric Cardona explains the band’s on-the-road eating habits

What time is breakfast? Usually around 10 or 11 we are locating a Denny’s. Tea or coffee? Lately, it’s been coffee again. Not at Denny’s though. Too much water. One good cup a day. Smoking or non-smoking? Non-smoking for three of us…