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Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio & Peter Evans - The Freedom Principle / Live In Lisbon

27 Jun 20144 stars

Simultaneous releases impress with their outlandish arrangements

Two simultaneous releases documenting Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado's Motion Trio live and in the studio with New York trumpet agitator Peter Evans. There's a giddy lightness to the rhythm section of Miguel Mira on cello and Gabriel Ferrandini on…

Review: Tectonics Glasgow 2014

1 Jul 2014

Neil Cooper reflects on three days of inspiring experimentalism at Glasgow's Tectonics festival.

FRIDAY If incoming Edinburgh International Festival director Fergus Linehan really wishes to refresh his music programme with something more contemporary than the current model as he hinted at during a recent press briefing, he could do worse than…

OOIOO - Gamel

8 Jul 20144 stars

The latest oouting by Boredoms' Yoshimi is a little like a Japanese Raincoats vs Steve Reich

In parallel to leading Boredoms' cosmic drum circle, Yoshimi has journeyed through cute motorik pop, tropical disco frenzy and kaleidoscopic jazz weirdness with her all-female group OOIOO. For Gamel, two male gamelan players have been added, giving a…

We Are Scientists announce live date at Brooklyn Bowl, London in October 2014

7 Jul 2014

Tickets for the gig go on sale from Fri 4 July

Following the release of their fourth studio album, TV en Francaise, indie rockers We Are Scientists are extending their European tour dates to include an extra date at London’s Brooklyn Bowl on Wed 22 Oct. The new date follows a summer of intensive…

The Wailers to perform greatest hits set at London’s Brooklyn Bowl this August

7 Jul 2014

Tickets for the gig go on sale from Fri 4 July

Heroes of reggae history The Wailers are preparing to hit the UK with a celebration of their greatest hits this August. The band, led until his death by Bob Marley and currently led by founding member Aston ‘Family Man’ on bass, will run through their…

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Dinosaur Jr announce UK live date in August 2014

7 Jul 2014

Tickets for the gig go on sale from Fri 4 July

Influential rock group Dinosaur Jr are heading to the UK in support of latest album I Bet on Sky, their third since reforming in 2005. The trio – J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph – will be visiting London’s Brooklyn Bowl on Wed 6 Aug. Tickets for the…

The Libertines announce live dates at Alexandra Palace for September 2014

5 Jul 2014

Tickets for the gigs will go on sale from 9am on Mon 7 Jul

The recently reformed Libertines have announced they’ll be playing new live dates at the Alexandra Palace, London on 27 & 28 Sep. The announcement was made as the indie kingpins performed as part of British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park. Tickets…

The Who announce UK arena tour for winter 2014

4 Jul 2014

Tickets for the tour go on sale from Fri 4 July

Rock colossi The Who have announced they’ll be celebrating 50 years since their inception with a string of arena dates around the UK. The Who Hits 50 tour will call at London, Glasgow, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester and…

Paolo Nutini announces debut O2 arena show for October 2014

4 Jul 2014

Tickets for the gig go on sale from Fri 4 July

Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini has announced he’ll be playing a date at The O2, London on Thu 30 Oct. The soulful musician, whose most recent album, Caustic Love, has notched up significant sales and critical appreciation, makes his first visit…

Interview: blogger and label boss Brian Shimkovitz discusses his Awesome Tapes From Africa

3 Jul 2014

The blog/label highlights music inspired & made by King Sunny Adé, Fela Kuti, Hailu Mergia and more

Awesome Tapes From Africa began when ethnomusicology student Brian Shimkovitz decided to share the music he'd collected on his travels. The blog, and now label, has become a portal to obscure and amazing sounds from across the continent: hip-hop to…

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Calling Festival - Clapham Common, London, Sat 28 & Sun 29 Jun 2014

3 Jul 2014

Aerosmith and Stevie Wonder headline the two-day festival

Moving from Hyde Park to Clapham Common for the first time, 2014’s Calling Festival offered two very different days of music. The opening line-up was a full on old school rock fest. Richie Sambora ●● proved that unless he’s doing Bon Jovi tunes he’s…

Albums round-up - June 2014

27 Jun 2014

New releases from How to Dress Well, Drcarlsonalbion, Phantogram, How to Swim, Bad Aura, Julie Byrne

How to Dress Well – What Is This Heart? (Weird World) ●●● A third serving of intimate, largely downbeat, so-called ‘indie’ R&B from Tom Krell, whose yearning tenor set against a minimal, manicured electronic backdrop bears comparison with a less…

The Knife - Shaken Up Versions

27 Jun 20144 stars

The Swedish electronicists' Shaking the Habitual remix album is their best record since Silent Shout

One listener’s subversive visionary is another’s wilful contrarian, and so it goes for the Knife. A remix album? These Swedish enigmas of esoteric electronica would never turn in something so mundane, and instead offer us Shaken Up Versions – a ‘mini…

R&B queen Kelis brings her Food-themed delights to UK

27 Jun 2014

In addition to milkshakes, the singer now serves up 'Jerk Ribs', 'Hooch' and 'Biscuits 'n' Gravy'

To paraphrase Blondie, Kelis Kelis, I've got a crush on you. And when you talk, it seems like paradise. Especially when Kelis speaks (or rather, sings) of culinary groove-pop treats like 'Jerk Ribs', 'Hooch' and 'Biscuits 'n' Gravy', then laces them…

The Pheromoans - Hearts of Gold

27 Jun 20144 stars

The band's most accomplished album to date, skilfully making mundaneness sound invigorating

Brighton’s Pheromoans see the world through a slightly cloudy pint glass, in parts reminiscent of the experimental rock of the Fall at their sloppy best, 60s surf rock and the early stripped-down, DIY tape approach of the Shadow Ring’s kitchen sink…

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Black Top with Steve Williamson - #One

27 Jun 20144 stars

Trio dazzle to produce inspired Afro-futurist free improvisation set

An inspired set of Afro-futurist free improvisation, Black Top's #One sees the London-based duo of pianist Pat Thomas and multi-instrumentalist Orphy Robinson joined by the brilliant saxophonist Steve Williamson.

Atlanta-based rapper Future announces trio of November 2014 UK tour dates

27 Jun 2014

Tickets for the gigs will go on sale from Fri 27 Jun

Future has announced a handful of UK tour dates for November 2014. The rapper recently welcomed his first son, also called Future, with fiance Ciara but will be taking time off daddy-duty to play a trio of shows this winter. The Atlanta-based star…

Peter Gabriel prepares to play So (and new material) at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

26 Jun 2014

Tickets for the show, which takes place this December, go on sale from Fri 27 Jun

Peter Gabriel is to perform his iconic So album in its entirety at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena. The 4 December show is part of Gabriel’s ‘Back to Front’ tour, and will feature the original So live band: bassist Tony Levin, guitarist David Rhodes…

Boyz II Men heading to UK for December 2014 tour dates

26 Jun 2014

Tickets for the R&B legends' UK shows go on sale from Fri 27 Jun

Boyz II Men will play two UK shows this December, it has been announced. The most successful R&B group of all time, the Boyz have sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. The group found fame (and four Grammy Awards) in the 1990s as a quartet…

British indie pop band Young Kato to play London’s Club Surya

26 Jun 2014

Tickets for the gig go on sale from Fri 27 Jun

British indie pop band Young Kato are set to play London’s Club Surya on 28 July. The Cheltenham six-piece made up of Tommy Wright, Jack Edwards, Joe Green, Joe Lever, Harry Steele and Sam Henderson, formed in 2011 when step-brothers Sam and Jack…

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T in the Park to move to Strathallan Castle for 2015

25 Jun 2014

The new site lies 20 miles from the festival's current home in Balado, Perthshire

T in the Park is to leave its current Balado home in 2015, it’s been announced, and move to the grounds of nearby Strathallan Castle. The festival’s new site is located near Auchterarder in southern Perthshire, approximately an hour away from both…

Jurassic 5 and Ugly Duckling – O2 ABC, Glasgow, Mon 23 Jun 2014

25 Jun 20144 stars

Underground hip hop double bill that rates humour and fluidity above bitches and bling

Ugly Duckling are under no illusions about their place here tonight: self-aware first track, ‘Opening Act’, is followed by a short history lesson ‘for those of you wondering who we are’, detailing the fertile mid-90s Californian hip hop scene that…

Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon heading to UK in July 2014

25 Jun 2014

Tickets for the hip hop star's UK dates go on sale from Fri 27 Jun; presale tickets available Thu 26

Wu-Tang Clan superstar Raekwon is taking to the road this year in support of forthcoming solo album FILA (Fly International Luxurious Art), scheduled for release this September. The album will be his first since 2011's Shaolin vs Wu-Tang, and is said to…

Har Mar Superstar announces 2014 UK dates in support of new album Bye Bye 17

25 Jun 2014

Tickets for the September date go on sale Fri 27 Jun; presale available Thu 26 Jun

Flamboyant R&B/sexpop icon Har Mar Superstar is touring in support of his new album, Bye Bye 17. A significant departure for the man known to his friends as Sean Tillmann, the new album explores a more soulful angle, with Otis Redding and Sam Cooke…

Lenny Kravitz announces Wembley date as part of 2014 world tour

25 Jun 2014

Tickets for the show in December go on sale from Fri 27 Jun

Guitar-wielding rock legend Lenny Kravitz has announced the UK dates of his 2014 world tour, which will call at Wembley Stadium on Fri 6 Dec 2014. The iconic guitar player, whose hits include 'Are You Gonna Go My Way?' and 'Fly Away', is touring in…