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Blood Relatives - King Tut’s, Glasgow, Sat 7 Sep 2013

25 Sep 20134 stars

The folk-poppers formerly known as Kitty and the Lion are on top form

On their first proper tour since rebranding themselves (they used to be Kitty the Lion, don’t you know), Glasgow’s folk-pop favourites Blood Relatives are using this hometown stop as a launch for new single ‘Deerheart’.

Miaoux Miaoux, Abandoman and Howard Marks among highlights at The Pleasance Sessions

23 Sep 2013

The gig series also plays host to Conquering Animal Sound, Three Blind Wolves and Chris Ramsey

Probably best known as a mobbed venue for August Fringe shows, The Pleasance is often overlooked during the other 11 months of the year. Now, the Edinburgh University Student Union plans to raise its status as one of the best entertainment venues in the…

Shellac announce UK tour for November 2013

20 Sep 2013

Steve Albini, Todd Trainer and Bob Weston will finish off a nationwide tour with a slot at ATP

Self-proclaimed ‘minimalist-rock trio' Shellac are set for a double header of Scottish dates as part of their UK tour. The post-hardcore titans, who have been producing their distinctively harsh, stripped back and fast paced signature sound for over…

Kings of Leon - Mechanical Bull

19 Sep 20134 stars

The Followills recapture their Southern friend rock roots with sixth album

When Kings of Leon announced that Mechanical Bull was to be the title of their comeback album, there may have sneaking suspicions that they had indeed combusted, and were residing in a world of fantasy, delusion and robotic bovines. So cruel was the…

Arctic Monkeys - AM

19 Sep 20134 stars

The likely lads become wise men in this grown-up LP from the Sheffield quartet

'Are there some aces up your sleeve?', croons Alex Turner as viscous guitars and a loping drum beat curls around the opening track of the Arctic Monkeys latest offering, AM. As first impressions go, ‘Do You Wanna Know?’, suggests that the band, after…

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Haim - Days Are Gone

18 Sep 20133 stars

Long-awaited debut of well-crafted R&B-tinged West-coast pop stands up to comparison with influence

It feels like Haim have been around a while: following a build-up of hype late last year, they topped the BBC’s Sound Of 2013 poll. But that notoriously non-prescient accolade (The Bravery, anyone?) marked a new chapter in an already long musical…

RM Hubbert - Breaks & Bone

18 Sep 20134 stars

Guitarist's third album is a work of exceptional beauty from a unique talent

On Thirteen Lost & Found, RM Hubbert was assisted by some big names in Scottish music – Emma Pollock, Aidan Moffat and Alex Kapranos among them. Breaks & Bone finds Hubby working alone again, revisiting and pushing forward the stripped-down sound of his…

Crystal Stilts - Nature Noir

18 Sep 20134 stars

Cleaner production lets these outsidery cousins of jangly indie-pop sparkle

The dark, mysterious, outsidery cousins of jangly indie-pop, Crystal Stilts seem to thrive on awkwardness. Their live shows have come on from the shambolic early days circa 2009’s Alight of Night when now-solo-artist Frankie Rose moonlighted…

The Grand Gestures - Second

18 Sep 20132 stars

Glum, lo-fi collaborations from Spare Snare man featuring RM Hubbert, Emma Pollock and Sanjeev Kohli

‘A love story, a hobby, a happening, a need, a collaboration, a must,’ is how Spare Snare man Jan Burnett sums up The Grand Gestures. It’s not so much a band, then, as a broad lo-fi alliance, which he helms as core composer and curator. Their second…

5 reasons to attend Human is Not Alone

16 Sep 2013

Fat Goth, United Fruit, Hey Enemy and Vasquez unite to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care

1 It’s happening for the best possible reasons Usually The List can’t resist being a bit cheeky when writing the 5 Reasons... column, but sadly Human is Not Alone is deadly serious. A charitable push in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care, it’s been…

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Interview: Paul Wolinski, one quarter of intrumental post-rock band 65daysofstatic

16 Sep 2013

‘The music is a way to explain all the stuff there aren't any words for'

‘The music is a way to explain all the stuff there aren't any words for,' says Paul Wolinski who makes up one quarter of post-rock instrumental four piece 65daysofstatic. 'It's why we started writing music in the first place – because, to me personally…

Where to buy Arcade Fire's new single, ‘Reflektor’

9 Sep 2013

The new song is being released on 12″ vinyl at limited UK locations - find your nearest store

Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire are set to release brand new single ‘Reflektor’ at 9pm on Mon 9 Sep. Glasgow’s Love Music and Mono will be the only Scottish record stores selling the single on 12″ vinyl. On Thu 5th Sep, the band released a…

Tame Impala - Picture House, Edinburgh, Tue 20 Aug 2013

29 Aug 20134 stars

A scintillating show from the Australian psych-rock fivepiece

Tame Impala are a psych-rock fivepiece from Perth, Australia, dropping in to the Edinburgh Fringe as part of their world tour. There was a definite 60s vibe to the evening, which kicked off with a flawless set from Midlands band, Temples, whose set…

Factory Floor - Factory Floor

25 Aug 20134 stars

Post-industrial sounds you’ll never tire of hearing on long-awaited debut

Fun fact: this long-awaited debut album by North London dancefloor experimentalists Factory Floor was mixed using the same desk that Dave Stewart used for the Eurythmics’ early hits. Cue anyone who fancies reviewing the record while only giving it the…

Kings of Leon - Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, Thu 15 Aug 2013

23 Aug 20134 stars

A revitalised Followill clan display slick stagecraft at the inaugural Glasgow Summer Session

After rumours of inter-band tension and tales of diva behaviour backstage, Kings of Leon cancelled a string of US dates in 2011. They announced a six-month hiatus and as time rolled on people started to wonder if KoL had imploded under the weight of…

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Beatles spoof The Rutles set to unleash their hair and their noise one last time

23 Aug 2013

Co-creator Neil Innes insists this is the last time the parody group will 'Twist & Rut'

This the story of four Liverpool lads who shook the world. From humble beginnings in the Cavern Club, the Rutles achieved huge fame, played to screaming hordes at Che Stadium (named after that famous Cuban revolutionary … Che Stadium) and turned the…

Super Adventure Club - Broadcast, Glasgow, Tue 8 Aug 2013

23 Aug 20134 stars

The wrong-pop trio's last gig before extended hiatus is a celebration, tinged with drunken sadness

It’s hot in the city, hotter still in this subterranean sweatbox. Your sympathies then, for the poor git in the rubber horse mask expressing, via the medium of equine dance, an onslaught of giddy, brain-melting wrongpop. The behoofed Bez is Dr Horse…

The B-52s - ABC, Glasgow, Mon 12 Aug 2013

22 Aug 20133 stars

Familiarity is key for lovers of the surf-pop posse's look back at a 30-plus year career

'First we were punks, then we helped create New Wave,’ declared Fred Schneider, matter of factly, ‘but this is a punk song.’ The full range of the Georgia outfit’s 30-plus year career was explored here, but judging by crowd volume, it was the dayglo…

Broken Records - Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh, Thu 8 Aug 2013

22 Aug 20134 stars

Haddow on the Fringe gig reinforces the Scottish rock group's popularity on home turf

Rock Broken Records Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh, Thu 8 Aug As Edinburgh’s Broken Records take to the stage, the temperature goes up a notch (literally) with the intimate venue reaching capacity. The guys plough through a setlist that contains new…

Johnny Lynch says goodbye Fence Records, hello Lost Map

20 Aug 2013

The man also known as The Pictish Trail says a fond farewell to Fence and launches a new label

‘I joined Fife’s Fence Records full time back in the summer of 2003. I’d released my first home recordings on the label under The Pictish Trail name the previous year, and suddenly found myself cutting out photocopied album artwork, spray-painting CD…

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Tame Impala lead the charge in Australia's current trend for psych rock revivalism

8 Aug 2013

Revivalist psych rock from down under

There’s must be something in the water in Australia these days, for the new wave of psychedelic rock bands emerging from the country is growing. Following the example set in the northern hemisphere by groups like The Flaming Lips and MGMT, various…

Angry post punk outfit Swans present a bracing fusion of psychedelic ferocity and minimalist compulsion

4 Aug 2013

As Michael Gira's sextet returns to Edinburgh, we salute their latter-day revival

Since they were mostly reviled in their earliest incarnations, the revival of Swans was never liable to be a cosy nostalgia trip. Michael Gira’s fierce vision, too heady and intense even in the glory days of post-punk, may pursue an orchestrated majesty…

We Are Scientists – Oran Mor, Glasgow, Mon 29 Jul 2013

30 Jul 20134 stars

Entertaining, well-balanced set from the Brooklyn indie-rock trio

‘Is anybody else really fucking cold?’ We Are Scientists frontman Keith Murray, his denim jacket dripping with perspiration, gets an easy laugh from the similarly-drenched crowd midway through this evening’s set at Oran Mor’s subterranean sweatbox…

Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra – Picture House, Edinburgh, Wed 17 Jul 2013

23 Jul 20134 stars

Dark, crowd-diving thrills from the Daily Mail snubbing ex-Dresden Doll

Where, oh where to begin? What highlights shall we zoom in on? Perhaps poet-punk Amanda Palmer’s surprise warm-up performance of ‘St. James Infirmary Blues’ in the middle of the dancefloor with the mighty Horndog Brass Band after casually necking back a…

Gogol Bordello - Pura Vida Conspiracy

23 Jul 20134 stars

A relentlessly positive album from Eugene Hutz's gypsy-folk-punk posse

Isn’t everyone on a quest towards unity? To breaking down the borders and living as one? Well, at least one man is. The psychological pleasure seeker Eugene Hütz is very vocal about seeking that one unused thing within everyone’s being, and Gogol…