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FOUND and Young Fathers to appear at Art Late North and South

14 Aug 2013

Evening programme of performance and tours held in association with The List

The thread between art and music has always held strong amidst Scotland’s art school culture, and it seems to be booming within the context of Edinburgh Art Festival as well. A fixture of the programme for some years now, its expansion to two events…

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…

Drum Struck

5 Aug 20134 stars

Family-friendly, interactive drum thumping

Even before we’ve entered the room, the ingredients are in place to make this show by South African drumming group Drum Café one of the sleeper family hits of this year’s festival. The premise is simple – there are lots of drummers onstage and everyone…

Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells For Two

4 Aug 20134 stars

Australian musicians on a mission to recreate a prog masterwork during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

There's a full band's worth of kit and more onstage, and only two young guys dressed all in black in charge of it. That's in contrast to their audience, silver-haired ladies and gentlemen (mostly gentlemen) of a certain age, waiting expectantly for a…

Rise Kagona and the Jit Jive Band set for shows at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

1 Aug 2013

Guitarist from Zimbabwean group The Bhundu Boys play with new band

Zimbabwean group The Bhundu Boys took the world music scene by storm in the 1980s, drawing praise from Elvis Costello and supporting Madonna at Wembley, but the subsequent story of fall-outs, death and trouble with the law is one of music’s sadder…

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Song Noir gives film & TV themes a dark makeover at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

30 Jul 2013

Music duo Pumajaw interpret music from Twin Peaks, The Night of the Hunter and more

Scottish duo Pumajaw – aka Pinkie Maclure and John Wills – are a pair of musicians who embrace the theatricality of rock music, with performances characterised by a dark, dramatic sense of power and sexuality, set off by Maclure’s torchsinging vocal.

What does Eminem have in store for his live UK dates this summer?

16 Jul 2013

As his sold out Glasgow Summer Session approaches, we offer a profile of Marshall Mathers

'Got an Oscar but I’m still a grouch, I use it as a doorstop,' says Marshall Mathers on 'Symphony in H', the opening track on his as-yet-untitled upcoming eighth studio album, which has just been previewed online at time of writing. It’s a typical…

Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus

11 Jul 20134 stars

An album entirely in control of its mood and emotional aesthetic

It’s clear that something special is in store from the first seconds of ‘Brainfreeze,' the track which opens this third album from Bristolian electronic juggernaut Fuck Buttons, aka Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power. It thunders in on an echoing…

Crate Digging: Mikey Collins from Glasgow mod club Friday Street

11 Jul 2013

Resident digs out his favorite vinyl records as the seminal Glasgow night comes to an end

After 13 years, seminal Glasgow night Friday Street comes to an end this month. Throughout this time their music policy has focused on ‘60s soul, rhythm & blues, beat, boogaloo and ska, and resident Mikey Collins has chosen one from each genre to play…

Washed Out - Paracosm

11 Jul 20134 stars

Triumphant album maintaining an accessible pop veneer while staying true to Greene's musical vision

The title of this album, a term meaning a detailed imaginary world, perfectly encapsulates what Ernest Greene, as one of the vanguard figures of a new wave of electronic artists creating expansive and immersive solo symphonies, is all about. Greene…

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Four Corners club outing for Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

11 Jul 2013

Mark Ronson and Jamiroquai collaborators Haggis Horns set for Four Corners live show

Their usual home at the new Bongo Club might be on ice for the duration of the Edinburgh Festival while Underbelly moves in, but it’s pleasing to see that funk and soul night Four Corners has found a temporary new venue in the atmospheric festival-only…

Glasgow club Bigfoot’s Tea Party take things to the Riverside

11 Jul 2013

Bigfoot changes venues and announces Comeme's Alejandro Paz for upcoming Tea Party

Music drowns out the rest of the world down there,’ says promoter George Russell of the unique location he’s discovered for his club’s summer outdoor party. It’s true that Bigfoot’s Tea Party has held events at the old Tall Ship building on the banks of…

The Stone Roses - Glasgow Green, Sat 15 Jun 2013

11 Jul 20134 stars

No new material but a pretty great reunion gig nonetheless

The best band in the world in the second-best city in the world,’ was how bass player Mani chose to sign off from this soggy but poignant return to the scene of one of The Stone Roses’ greatest triumphs, adding 'We wish we was Glaswegian.’ Twenty-three…

Bruce Springsteen - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Tue 18 Jun 2013

11 Jul 20135 stars

A rousing, anthemic fanfare to the hopes and dreams of the ordinary guy or girl

It’s hard to get away from comparing three and a half hours in the company of Bruce Springsteen to a religious experience, try as one might to avoid diving into the cliché trap. But seriously, how could anyone fail to be utterly uplifted by what we were…

Catherine Bennett is a Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model

10 Jul 2013

The new show from performance artist Bryony Kimmings attempts to create an alternative popstar

Catherine Bennett is a young pop star with a purpose. ‘CB’ doesn’t wear skimpy clothes and lots of make-up or sing about boys and sex and dancing in nightclubs, or anything else you might hear being bandied around in the charts. Instead, she works in a…

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RockNess - Clunes Farm, Dores, Sun 9 Jun 2013

18 Jun 20134 stars

Part 2 of our RockNess review coverage features Lianne La Havas, Madness and Camera Obscura

At any British festival the tendency is to review the weather first, and RockNess certainly comes off best when you do that in this case. Sunday’s line-up rounded off a glorious Highland weekend in one of Scotland’s most scenic spots, with a diverse…

Nomeansno - Electric Circus, Edinburgh, Tue 28 May 2013

12 Jun 20134 stars

A ridiculously good gig by the unfeasibly great group of Canadian math rock progenitors

‘I hate wankers,’ declared guitarist Rob Wright apropos of nothing, with a wry grin. Who was the Canadian punk’s tirade in reference to? Surely not his adoring crowd, who helped the band produce a show to remember. As one hirsute stage invader attempted…

Cold Cave's Dominick Fernow takes his Vatican Shadow alter-ego on tour

10 Jun 2013

The Hospital Records boss (aka Prurient) specialises in dense beds of instrumental electronica

Go to Discogs, search for Prurient and feel the next few hours of your life contract as you imagine yourself rifling through their creator’s online footprint to find out exactly what Dominick Fernow has done with his time. Lots and lots of electronic…

Singles & EPs round up - June 2013

10 Jun 2013

Leonidas & Hobbes, Frightened Rabbit, theapplesofenergy, Harvey McKay and more reviewed

Leonidas & Hobbes Machines, Tapes & Electronic Setups EP (Hobbes Music) ●●●● The debut EP from Edinburgh electronic duo Leonidas & Hobbes (the latter, Andy Richardson is a well-known promoter about town and sometime writer of this establishment) is…

Interview: Phoenix - Thomas Mars on success and learning to write songs again

7 Jun 2013

The French four-piece take album Bankrupt! into the heart of the mainstream

With each new release, Phoenix are getting bigger, bolder and better. David Pollock talks to Thomas Mars about making the right album at the right time This year in pop music is all about two French groups heading rapidly towards global glory.

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Nile Rodgers set for 2013 UK tour

6 Jun 2013

Pop icon and serial hit producer performs at Summerhall and Wickerman Festival 2013

Nile Rodgers isn’t the most famous person in the world, but he knows plenty of them. These two very special summer appearances on Scottish soil will most likely not sell out as swiftly as, for example, one of his former collaborators announcing a…

Black Sabbath: 13

6 Jun 20132 stars

Latest album falls short of expectations with pretentiousl lyrics and overdriven sound

‘Wow, a new Black Sabbath record: this should be really good!’ involuntarily blurts out your brain before it has time to digest the relevant information: just about everything Ozzy Osbourne has done with his career since the 1970s. Press play. Courtesy…

5 Reasons to Go See . . .I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore

6 Jun 2013

1 Talking about music isn’t like dancing about architecture. A curse on whoever was meant to have said that thing about writing about music. Steve Martin? Elvis Costello? This is a talk, it’s about music and it promises to be really quite…

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

24 May 20133 stars

A track by track breakdown of the heavily hyped, mixed-bag of a disco-synth album

It’s the most anticipated album of the year, but it’s only partly been worth the wait. While Tron-helmeted duo Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo’s commitment to using real live musicians and an eclectic pool of guests to recreate the…

Scottish festivals 2013 - An A-Z of the best summer festivals

17 May 2013

The best festivals of music, film, food, cycling and more taking place in Scotland 2013

When it comes to festivals, Scotland really doesn’t hold back. From Orkney to Byres Road, muddy fields to stately homes, the growing number of them cater to all tastes, styles and budgets. Our A-Z guide profiles Scotland’s best summer jamborees, the…