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Family activities during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

15 Jul 2014

A series of interactive workshops planned including the Big Big BIG Sing and Get Scotland Dancing

With music, theatre, art, dance and more all crammed into Glasgow’s Commonwealth cultural celebrations, it’s tempting to sit back, observe and absorb as a passive spectator. But get out there and get involved as an active participant, and you’ll be sure…

The unique reworkings of Shakespeare lined up for 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

15 Jul 2014

Shows include Billy's Birthday Bash: Let's Party Like Its 1564, Blind Hamlet and Et Tu Elvie

‘It’s hard to separate the existence of British theatre from the fact of Shakespeare. After all, there isn’t another culture that can boast not only the world’s greatest playwright but one of the greatest writers ever to have lived,’ says Ramin Gray…

Festival 2014 to host a series of cultural events to celebrate the Glasgow Commonwealth Games

15 Jul 2014

Live music, film, comedy, film and fashion events to coincide with the Games

Glasgow Green Live Zone One of Glasgow’s most iconic city parks will be transformed into a huge home for the duration of the Games. The Living Room hosts the main stage, with themed days celebrating the music of Commonwealth Cultures (Thu 24 Jul)…

Vintage Glasgow returns for second year to coincide with 2014 Commonwealth Games

15 Jul 2014

A weekend of fashion, music and dressing up as part of the Merchant City Festival

We predict the 2014 look du jour over at the Athletes’ Village will be going very big on Lycra singlets, tech-filled running shoes and racerback sports bras. Meanwhile, down in the Merchant City, the fashion will be feeling far more nostalgic. Over two…

The Neutrinos bring live music installation KlangHaus to 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

15 Jul 2014

Show at Summerhall challenges traditional notions of how a gig should be

Despite its name, the new show by dark-hearted art-rock ensemble the Neutrinos is about much, much more than mere music. By keeping the audience in the dark at Summerhall’s already atmospheric Small Animal Hospital and utilising an array of slide…

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Interview: artist Michelle Hannah, one half of the band Picana Electrica

15 Jul 2014

The performance artist curates Nightflights & pitches herself as 'the Lidl version of Tilda Swinton'

Michelle Hannah is a Glasgow-based performance artist and one half of the band Picana Electrica. She was recently commissioned to produce the new work ‘Statue’ by the Talbot Rice Gallery as part of Counterpoint at the Edinburgh Art Festival. What’s…

Interview: Hackney Colliery Band on their unique sound ahead of 2014 Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival gig

15 Jul 2014

Group blend Afrobeat and Balkan music with contemporary rock to produce new fusion music

For those of you with a passing knowledge of London who may feel somewhat confused by the Hackney Colliery Band’s name, musician Steve Pretty is here to put your mind at ease. ‘There’s no colliery in Hackney,’ he confirms, describing the moniker as ‘a…

Interview: Soumik Datta on the unifying power of music ahead of 2014 Edinburgh Mela show

15 Jul 2014

Musician set for 2014 Mela performance and tour of Scotland with Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Collaboration is at the heart of everything for Soumik Datta. It’s there from his ambitious Edinburgh Mela-commissioned audio-visual production The King of Ghosts featuring the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, to live performances with famous names from…

T in the Park 2014 - Saturday review and photo gallery

15 Jul 2014

Katy B, Pharrell, Bombay Bicycle Club and Calvin Harris with Will Smith bid farewell to Balado

It might be grey and drizzly but for anyone who survived the monsoons of 2012's T this is literally a walk in the park. Katy B ●●● impresses early doors with a mix of R&B, pop and dubstep. Backed by four dancers and some rumbling beats there's an…

Albums round-up - July 2014

15 Jul 2014

New releases by Sinead O'Connor, Wire, Tender Games, Cocteau Twins and more reviewed

Various artists – Hyperdub 10.2 (Hyperdub) ●●●●● Hyperdub’s 10th anniversary celebrations proceed apace with this second of four compilations released through 2014. Sorry to gush, but god it’s beautiful, a who’s who of the post-dubstep, post-garage…

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Experimental musician Matthew Herbert set to bring new show to Glasgow for one-off performance

15 Jul 2014

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall hosting artist's project sampling 20 different pianos

Matthew Herbert remembers his grandad playing church hymns at home on an art deco piano, his black patent shoes tapping out accidental percussion on the wooden pedals. That same piano was sampled for a new work by his grandson – 20 Pianos – which will…

Children's show Musical Mornings with Mil’s Trills set for 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

15 Jul 2014

New York songwriter Amelia Robinson on her show that introduces music and instruments to all ages

If helping your little one discover the joy of music and language is high on your list of priorities, but one more rendition of ‘Wheels on the Bus’ might tip you over the edge, then a refreshing wind is blowing in from New York. Singer and songwriter…

Interview: Christian Scott on his signature blend of styles ahead of 2014 Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

15 Jul 2014

Grammy-nominated musician on customising his own instruments to get the perfect sound

‘I don’t know what it’s not like to be from here,’ Christian Scott says in response to a query about what it means to be a musician from New Orleans. ‘I will say that being born and raised here, I benefitted from the wisdom of a lot of really great…

Claude Speeed - My Skeleton

15 Jul 20144 stars

LuckyMe release prioritising mesmerising dreamscapes over big drops

Modern art is too often about cheap thrills and easy pickings. Pop music is preoccupied with attention-seeking and shock factors; horror movies cast aside creeping uneasiness for loud noises and jump-out-your-skin scares that come and go but leave no…

T in the Park 2014 - Friday review and photo gallery

15 Jul 20144 stars

Biffy Clyro, Chvrches and Manic Street Preachers among highlights at festival's final Balado edition

‘Welcome to the end of T as we know it’ was the message being spread around the T site on Friday, and it was the Scottish bands on the bill who were heading it up. Not least headliners Biffy Clyro, who informed us (it still doesn’t seem true) that…

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Singles and downloads - July 2014

15 Jul 2014

New releases from Jamie xx, Randolph's Leap, Esa and eagleowl & Woodpigeon reviewed

Randolph's Leap – 'I Can’t Dance to This Music Anymore' (Lost Map) ●●● A folksy companion to The Smiths’ 'Panic', this latest postcard single from Eigg’s Lost Map label establishes dancefloor refusal as a metaphor for all other kinds of reluctance…

T in the Park 2014 - Sunday review and photo gallery

15 Jul 20144 stars

Kaiser Chiefs, Chvrches, Sven Vath and Arctic Monkeys play the festival's Balado swansong

The weather turned for the better on the final day of T (good news for Metronomy and their white suits), as punters braced themselves for Balado’s (Very) Last Stand. Kaiser Chiefs revved up the crowd like battle-hardened festival veterans. The more…

Owl John - Owl John

15 Jul 20144 stars

Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchinson favours folky atmospherics over indie-rock hooks in solo outing

Forget whisky and genealogy website subscriptions. Some would argue that Scotland’s most successful transatlantic export consists of rollicking indie-folk tunes, a few beards and just enough heavily accented curse words to make the Americans blush.

Herbert - 'Part Six' EP

15 Jul 20143 stars

Electronic polymath Matthew Herbert makes a partially satisfying return to house music

Matthew Herbert has done a lot of things with his various musical talents, too many to go into here, so let’s just settle on calling him an electronic polymath who has recorded pig farts, made some great house music and done everything in between (and…

Grumbling Fur - Preternaturals

15 Jul 20144 stars

An offbeat and memorable collection of avant-pop from the underground psych duo

While Alexander Tucker declaring Preternaturals to be ‘our pop record’ could be misleading, there’s no denying that the third album from Grumbling Fur (the duo of Tucker and Daniel O'Sullivan) does wander some rarely occupied passages between wyrd folk…

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Music highlights from Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games programme

15 Jul 2014

City prepares for sonic summer with scheduled performances from artists including Aidan Moffat

East End Social. Chemikal Underground’s spotlight on the East End’s charms continues, with Mogwai and Hudson Mohawke playing the Last Big Weekend in Richmond Park (Sat 30 & Sun 31 Aug)

5 things to expect at Glasgow's 2014 film and music event Cargo, Camera… Action!

15 Jul 2014

A day of live screenings, circus performers, DJs and more on the River Cyde Embankment

1. A ghost ship filled with cannibal rats Inspired by the viral story of an abandoned Russian ship heading for Britain’s shores earlier this year, Glasgow’s mighty exponents of the all-in-one film screening / art installation / large-scale outdoor…

Post-rock icons Slint hit the road again for Spiderland reissue tour

15 Jul 2014

Founding members Brian McMahan and David Pajo admit comeback tours are purely for the fans

In a time before Mogwai walked the post-rock earth, there was Slint. One of those groups whose commercial returns never came anywhere near matching their immense influence on future generations of musicians – their 1991 album Spiderland is regarded as…

Teenage Fanclub, David Guetta and Killers headline Glasgow's outdoor summer music schedule

15 Jul 2014

Belle and Sebastian, Squeeze, Steve Earle, Capercaillie, Alison Moyet & The Waterboys also lined up

Glasgow won’t stop being the place to lounge about in the sunshine listening to music when the Commonwealth Games have packed up and left town, it seems. With the West End’s Kelvingrove Bandstand having been renovated as an outdoor live music…

Death Shanties - Crabs

15 Jul 20144 stars

Alex Neilson rejoins his ‘balls-to-the-wall free jazz’ project for a more exploratory affair

Glasgow's Death Shanties promise ‘balls-to-the-wall free jazz’, yet Crabs, their first official debut following 2013's self-released Nunatak, is a more exploratory affair than that description suggests. As the panicky squalls of ‘Something in Me Wakes…