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Monoganon - Family

11 Oct 20134 stars

Second album of introspective and complex psych-folk psalms and alt-pop mantras

‘What’s going on in here?’ asks Monoganon frontman John B McKenna in the opening line of his second album, F A M I L Y, as well he might. This introspective, complex collection of psych-folk psalms and alt-pop mantras dedicated to love, and loss and…

Interview: Manchester pop-rock quartet PINS

11 Oct 2013

The all-female foursome talk aesthetics, new music and voodoo dolls

The Ray Ban and leather-clad quadruple that make up PINS (Faith Holgate, Lois McDonald, Anna Donigan and Sophie Galpin) hail from Manchester and recently signed to the Cocteau Twins' Bella Union Records. Following this month’s release of their…

Jazzateers - Jazzateers

11 Oct 20134 stars

Re-release of 1983 debut from Glasgow band with rock’n’roll swagger and sass aplenty

When the decidedly non-jazz Jazzateers reformed to play a double bill with Vic Godard reviving his 1980s swing-based set at Glasgow International (yes) Jazz Festival in June this year, it shed some light on one of the great missing links of the original…

Bardo Pond - Peace on Venus

11 Oct 20133 stars

Ninth album from veteran stoner space rockers sounds gloriously messed up

Where a lot of bands coyly beat about the bush as to how much drugs may or may not have influenced their music, since forming in 1991 veteran stoner space rockers Bardo Pond have pretty much written hallucinogenic substances into their raison d’être…

Exposure: Miracle Strip make ambitious electronic lo-fi indie-pop

11 Oct 2013

Singer Fergus Christie Jack on Girl Gangs, influences and bass solos

Eurythmics, Boy George, Simple Minds – they all sang of miracles. Combine the three, chuck in Postcard Records and Jens Lekman, remove your clothes, et voila: Miracle Strip. Formed in an Edinburgh kitchen by singer / instrumentalist Fergus Christie Jack…

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Point Close All Quotes: A Quietus Anthology (Ed. Charles Ubaghs)

11 Oct 20135 stars

Essential anthology of passionate opinion and off-the-beaten-track music journalism

The Quietus recently turned five, and anyone with an interest in continuing to treat music as a subject worthy of healthy, (mostly) grown-up discussion knows why that’s a good thing. With a printed music press kept alive by ever-narrower commercial…

William Onyeabor - World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?

11 Oct 20134 stars

Luaka Bop 25th anniversary reissue of Nigerian wigged-out electro funk

Who indeed? After self-releasing eight albums between 1978 and 1985 Nigerian musician William Onyeabor became a Born Again Christian, refusing to speak about his funky past ever again. Thanks to David Byrne's Luaka Bop, Onyeabor's eccentric funk and…

Avenged Sevenfold - Hail to the King

26 Sep 20134 stars

A7X's latest hits hard and heavy and dares to be epic

California’s Avenged Sevenfold are on the edge of greatness. They are the feral dogs biting at the genre’s underbelly uniting the metal clans with their powerful yet accessible thrash assault. They haven’t crossed over into mainstream consciousness in…

Skaters - King Tut’s, Glasgow, Fri 30 Aug 2013

25 Sep 20132 stars

Uninspired shtick comes over as secondhand Strokes, Vaccines, Ramones, Blondie ...

Don’t be confusing these New Yorkers with James Ferraro and Spencer Clark’s experimental noise project namesake. Nor actual skaters, seeing as they don’t own a board between them. Frontman Michael Ian Cummings picked the moniker because it conjured for…

Eleanor Friedberger - Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Sat 31 Aug 2013

25 Sep 20134 stars

The sometime Fiery Furnace exercises an array of styles and delicately drawn emotional resonances

The point in the midst of ‘Roosevelt Island’s squelching funk, where the line ‘it always kicks in’, er, kicks in, is where resistance becomes futile, for anyone of a mind to offer it. Sometime Fiery Furnace Eleanor Friedberger isn’t even here with her…

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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…