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The Pictish Trail - Secret Soundz Vol 2

18 Dec 20124 stars

(Fence) Pity poor Johnny Lynch, who has to escape to the Isle of Eigg to be free of the long shadow which Fence and their multifarious festival activities cast over him. None of that’s true, of course, but it pays to be reminded of the label boss’s…

Hot 100 2012: 19-11

11 Dec 2012

David Greig, Karen Gillan and Chris Hoy among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

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 2012, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2012: 29-20

11 Dec 2012

Chvrches, Cora Bissett and Grant Morrison among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

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 2012, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2012: 79-70

11 Dec 2012

Dominic Hill, Ewan Morrison and LuckyMe among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

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 2012, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2012: 59-50

11 Dec 2012

Billy Connolly, Optimo and Kevin Bridges among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

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 2012, you'll find them here.

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Hot 100 2012: 69-60

11 Dec 2012

Rachel Sermanni, Limmy and Peter Capaldi among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

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 2012, you'll find them here.

Grimes - Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Tue 28 Aug 2012

19 Sep 20124 stars

Understated but wonderful set to loud and receptive crowd

Having played her last Scottish date in Glasgow’s Berkeley Suite earlier this year as a solo artist, Vancouver’s Claire Boucher (aka Grimes, even though there wasn’t a note of grime played here) seems to have decided the best way to go full-band is to…

Esben and the Witch - Wash the Sins Not Only the Face

17 Jan 20133 stars

Harrowing, furrow-browed and worthy follow-up to debut

(Matador) Like The Horrors with the darkness turned up to 11, Brighton trio Esben and the Witch make music which sounds like it was beamed directly in from a provincial student union sometime around the late 80s or early 90s. It sounds bloody great…

Toro Y Moi - Anything in Return

18 Dec 20123 stars

Chaz Bundick's third album is a truly original piece of pop-flecked electronica

Fitting broadly into the ever-expanding genre of electronic singer-producers who are making increasingly sophisticated sounds on their own, Chaz Bundick – who recently made the move from his native South Carolina to Berkeley, California – has earned the…

Hogmanay 2012: Bwani Junction

12 Dec 2012

The indie-Afrobeat quartet are taking the stage at Edinburgh's Hogmanay for the first time

‘None of us have ever done the Street Party before,’ says Bwani Junction guitarist Dan Muir, a surprising admission from possibly the brightest young band in Edinburgh, and one that is going to be playing at that very event this year. ‘Well, our drummer…

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Hot 100 2012: 39-30

11 Dec 2012

Konx-Om-Pax, Ingleby Gallery and NVA among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

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 2012, you'll find them here.

Jack White - Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Thu 8 Nov 2012

15 Nov 20124 stars

The White Stripes man's show is by turns both surprising and comfortably predictable

Jack White’s come a long way since the days he could comfortably make a racket as part of a power duo with Meg in the White Stripes. A couple of regular bands have followed in between, and now for his first solo album, Blunderbuss, he’s touring with two…

Crystal Castles comes to Glasgow's O2 ABC with darker material

15 Nov 2012

`The band's third album explores a sinister edge in the 2012 cultural landscape

Despite their often-unsettling musical supremacy, Toronto’s Crystal Castles occasionally seem wilfully confrontational without a surplus of substance to back it up. They’ve shot up in our estimation after a interview ahead of LP Crystal Castles (III)…

Polica - SWG3, Glasgow, Fri 2 Nov 2012

15 Nov 20123 stars

Icy pop rock that's enjoyable without straining the imagination

It’s Minneapolis outfit Poliça’s first time in Scotland, says singer Channy Leaneagh, and we can tell it'll be the last they’re in a modest-sized venue like SWG3. Disregarding approval they’ve already had from Jay-Z and Bon Iver, they’re a collection of…

S-Type - Billboard

15 Nov 20123 stars

A dancefloor-friendly and painfully promising EP from the LuckyMe producer

Another product of the extended family tree of hip hop-obsessed Scots music producers, which bred Hudson Mohawke amongst others, S-Type (the solo project of 25-year-old Bobby Perman) is a natural fit for LuckyMe. This, his label debut EP for them, is a…

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Alex Scally of dream-pop duo Beach House - interview

18 Oct 2012

Scally and vocalist Victoria Legrand are enjoying success from breakthrough album Bloom

An interview with Beach House’s Alex Scally is worth the chase across a continent, the reschedulings and delays as he, singer Victoria Legrand and their band and crew relay their way through the duo’s biggest tour of the United States since they formed…

Single of the Month - Rennes Les Bains Clan's ‘What You Fighting For’

18 Oct 2012

Releases by Deadline Shakes, How to Dress Well, Jets, Telepathe and more

Such was The List’s excitement at the joys contained in the Singles & Downloads sandbox this month that we thought we’d try a wee experiment. How about, we thought, if we could get to the end of this column without mentioning any of the crap? Then let’s…

Crate Digging - Optimo Hallowe'en playlist

10 Oct 2012

Twitch and Wilkes’ playlist of horror, including Sunn O))), Current 93 and The Birthday Party

At last, the Optimo boys come to Crate Digging just as their revered Halloween party and fancy dress armageddon Optimo (Espookio) makes its return. Time for Twitch and Wilkes’ playlist of ultimate horror... JG Wilkes: Sunn O))) ‘Black Wedding…

Green Day - ¡Uno!

9 Oct 20123 stars

The first of Green Day's new trilogy of albums is a decent pop album trying to be something more

All credit to Green Day for showing some adventure and recording a trilogy of albums (¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and, inevitably, ¡Tre!) for release over the space of three months, but Billie Joe Armstrong’s claim that they’re going ‘epic as fuck’ is somewhat…

Exposure: Azealia Banks

17 Sep 2012

The Harlem hip-hop artist with a filthy mouth and great hair hits Glasgow this month

Well done to Harlem’s Azealia Banks, who’s managed to build the foundations of an entire career with three and a half minutes of non-stop, glorious filth. We never knew swearing could get quite so eloquent until we heard last year’s ‘212’, the…

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John Cale promises 'straight rock'n'roll' for upcoming Edinburgh gig

13 Sep 2012

The ex-Velvet Underground man discusses his latest album, Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood

Whatever you do, don’t even dare to ask 70-year-old ex-Velvet Underground member and renowned experimentalist and collaborator John Cale if he’s ever thought about retiring. ‘No, I’ve never thought about retiring,’ he comes back with a bristling laugh…

Techno DJ Gary Beck prepares to launch debut album

13 Sep 2012

Bring a Friend will be launch at club nights in Edinburgh and Glasgow this month

’It’s not a bad CV to have, is it?’ laughs Glaswegian DJ and producer Gary Beck. ‘Definitely not bad. If I was to have seen it six years ago I don’t know whether I would have believed it myself.’ He’s talking to The List about the roster of labels he’s…

How to Dress Well - Total Loss

13 Sep 20124 stars

An unheralded modern electronica classic from Brooklynite Tom Krell

Already recognised as a most forward-thinking electronic producer thanks to his 2010 debut Love Remains, How to Dress Well (aka Brooklynite Tom Krell) has moved up to another level with his new album. Bearing a trace reminiscence of The xx thanks to…

Pet Shop Boys - Elysium

7 Sep 20123 stars

Tennant and Lowe's latest isn't their best but still beats most of the synth-pop competition

’You’ve been around, you don’t look too rough / and I still quite like some of your early stuff,’ croons Neil Tennant on ‘Your Early Stuff’ midway through this record, and it’s pleasing to note he and Chris Lowe haven’t lost their sense of humour.

Vaccines - Come of Age

4 Sep 20123 stars

Anthemic guitar-laden indie-pop lacks passion and originality

It’s hard to reconcile the fact that this record sounds more constructed than an Ikea bookcase with its compelling charms as a pop album. If however, you’re looking for a bit of guitar-laden indie-pop with a certain anthemic quality, it’s unlikely to…