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Beyonce to bring Mrs Carter World Tour to UK in 2014

12 Dec 2013

The show will call at Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and London in February and March

Beyonce has just announced that she'll visit the UK as part of her Mrs Carter World Tour in 2014. The singer will visit Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and London in February and March next year, before going on to visit Dublin, Cologne, Amsterdam…

Airbourne, Alice In Chains, Ghost, Gojira, Karnivool, Mastodon and Slayer added to Sonisphere 2014 lineup

6 Jan 2014

The new acts join headliners The Prodigy, Metallica and Iron Maiden at the rock and metal fest

UPDATE: Airbourne, Alice In Chains, Ghost, Gojira, Karnivool, Mastodon and Slayer have been added to the line-up for Sonisphere 2014, which will take place at Knebworth Park on Fri 4–Sun 6 July 2014.

Interview: Django Django get ready to play Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party

23 Dec 2013

Tommy Grace from the London-based group talks about seeing out a hectic 2013

’It’s pretty massive,’ says Django Django’s Tommy Grace of his band’s imminent debut appearance at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party. ‘We’re really thrilled to be doing it, especially in the slot just before the bells.’ It’s particularly sweet for…

Top 10 albums of 2013

20 Dec 2013

Featuring Boards of Canada, My Bloody Valentine and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Boards of Canada – Tomorrow's Harvest (Warp) Eight years on from The Campfire Headphase, the Edinburgh brothers engaged in a remarkable pre-release album campaign that had fans listening to album streams in the Mojave Desert and watching video…

Black Sabbath - SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Mon 16 Dec 2013

19 Dec 20135 stars

The (mostly) original line-up reunite to perform a set of pure heavy metal ecstasy

There’s always a slight fear when a band comes out of retirement and heads back on the touring circuit that they’ll never recapture past glories. For many fans it’ll be their last and only chance to catch an act they know and love in the live arena, so…

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Scotland's arts community rally to raise money for the Clutha Appeal Fund

18 Dec 2013

A series of music & comedy gigs are taking place to raise funds in the wake of the helicopter crash

Following the devastating helicopter crash at The Clutha in Glasgow, the arts community in Scotland has been rallying around to organise events and benefit nights, with proceeds going to the Clutha Appeal Fund. Glasgow Stands Up for The Clutha (Sun…

Alternative top 5 albums of 2013, featuring Penny Penny, Andy Kaufman and Lithic Grid

18 Dec 2013

Five LPs you may not have heard this year - but are definitely worth tracking down

Various artists – Dark Acid 2 (Clan Destine) Part 2 in a series of acid/ techno records. This gently-face-melting beauty features Glasgow-based artists Stefan Blomeier, Claire (real name Elise Tippins), Tropics of Cancer (with members of Golden…

Preview of 2014: 10 cultural events you won't want to miss

17 Dec 2013

Featuring the Commonwealth Games, Drake, Dark Behaviour and Only Lovers Left Alive

The big hitters Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Even if you were the ‘forget your PE kit’ sort when you were at school, there’s little chance you’ll be able to avoid getting swept up by Commonwealth fever when it hits Glasgow at the height of…

Kurt Vile and the Violators - The Arches, Glasgow, Sun 15 Dec 2013

17 Dec 20133 stars

An indie rock performance that struggles to find its swagger

Appearing briefly from behind the veil of tousled hair which covers his face, a reluctant Kurt Vile musters an introduction of sorts; ‘Uh, you guys… uh… look hot’. Inevitably it draws an appreciative cheer from the expectant crowd but this half-hearted…

Hot 100 2013: 39-30

11 Dec 2013

Blythe Duff, Mark Millar and Numbers among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

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Raymond MacDonald and Marilyn Crispell - Parallel Moments

13 Jan 20144 stars

An excellent pairing from the avant garde pianist and alto saxophonist

A long-time associate of Anthony Braxton, Marilyn Crispell's playing is avant garde, but with a strong romantic sensibility, making her an excellent match for Scottish saxophonist Raymond MacDonald, co-founder of Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. Crispell…

Dum Dum Girls - Too True

10 Jan 20143 stars

Kristin 'Dee Dee' Gundred delivers a third album of better-than-average dreamy American indie-pop

‘Here is my best attempt at joining the rock’n’roll ranks,’ writes Kristin ‘Dee Dee’ Gundred – for Los Angeles’ Dum Dum Girls are fundamentally she – in an accompanying spiel to her third album. Too True also lists Arthur Rimbaud, Charles Baudelaire and…

Warpaint - Warpaint

10 Jan 20143 stars

The LA pop-rock quartet experiment with a more pared-back sound, with mixed results

It takes a lot of hard work to sound this organic and elemental. Well-connected LA quartet Warpaint have spent three years conceiving and recording the eponymous follow-up to their acclaimed debut album The Fool, with the whole painstaking process…

Haiti Direct: Big Band, Mini Jazz and Twoubadou Sounds, 1960–1978

10 Jan 20144 stars

A remarkably consistent and fascinating collection examining Haiti’s rich musical culture

Though just as rich, multi-faceted and deeply rooted, Haiti’s musical culture has never attained anything like the international profile enjoyed by those of its neighbours Jamaica and Cuba. Compiled by tropicalia archaeologist Hugo Mendez of the Sofrito…

Celebrate the legacy of Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, on Burns Night

7 Jan 2014

Find an event or create your own with our handy guide to Burns Suppers

It’s important, during the winter months, to keep in contact with close friends and loved ones. The cold weather and dark nights are best combatted with a mixture of food, drink and merriment, and while Christmas and Hogmanay go some way to making sure…

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Singles and downloads - December 2013

20 Dec 2013

New Releases from The Sexual Objects, The Fall, Sandford and Michael Head reviewed

The Sexual Objects – ‘Feels With Me’ (Eyelids in the Rain) ●●●●● For seekers who know, Davy Henderson is the greatest rock poet on the planet, and has been ever since he exploded into Edinburgh's post-punk art/pop scene with the short-lived but…

Top 5 gigs of 2013, including Shangaan Electro, Kraftwerk and Arcade Fire as The Reflektors

18 Dec 2013

Golden Teacher & Glasgow's Tectonics Festival also make our list of the best live shows of the year

Shangaan Electro SWG3, Glasgow, Wed 17 Jul 'How many BPMs? One. Eight. Nine!' An afternoon dance workshop preceeded this night of joyous hyperspeed South African electro, with excellent outfits and jaw-dropping feats of dancing. Read the full…

Interview: techno producer Daniel Avery on debut album Drone Logic

17 Dec 2013

'I wanted to make something Andrew Weatherall would play... Slow, psychedelic acid music'

With the end-of-year ‘best of’ lists due around about now, it remains to be seen whether or not Daniel Avery’s debut album Drone Logic really is the crossover success it feels like at the moment. It breaks few boundaries, but there’s just something…

Best Hogmanay events in Edinburgh and Glasgow 2013

12 Dec 2013

How to spend the Christmas holidays, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in Scotland

The best events in Glasgow and Edinburgh for Hogmanay 2013/2014. Plus, all the places open on New Year's Day. 1 Watch some pop lords. The former assistant editor of Smash Hits (that’s Neil Tennant, fact fans) and Chris Lowe bring their deadpan, yet…

Scot:Lands offers tour of free music, theatre and dance performances around Edinburgh on New Year's Day

12 Dec 2013

Performances from RM Hubbert, Smallpetitklein and theatre show Whatever Gets You Through the Night

They’ve danced up trees, tackled events surrounding 9/11 and cavorted in castles: suffice to say, Dundee-based dance troupe Smallpetitklein don’t so much think outside the box, as build a new one entirely. Which makes them a perfect addition to…

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Hot 100 2013: 89-80

11 Dec 2013

Anna Meredith, Neil Forsyth and Greg McHugh among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 79-70

11 Dec 2013

Peggy Hughes, Freya Mavor and Dominic Hill among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 69-60

11 Dec 2013

Limmy, Vox Motus and Red Note Ensemble among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 59-50

11 Dec 2013

Young Fathers, LuckyMe and Rally & Broad among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 49-40

11 Dec 2013

Braw Gigs, Paul Wright and Neil Landstrumm among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.