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Exposure: Haim set for 2013 UK tour dates

15 May 2013

Sweet, yearning, retro pop melodies from sister-heavy band

When Haim look towards their future, do they see anything between themselves and a torrent of riches and acclaim? We’ve checked, and we can detect nothing. Were we to be unimaginative, in fact, we’d say they have all the retroisms to one day go on to be…

Stag and Dagger: Glasgow's city festival prepares for fifth edition

15 May 2013

One-ticket-admits-all festival to feature exciting acts from all genres

It’s uncertain whether anyone remembers the ‘Sauchiehall Crawl’ event of a few years back, which attempted to do for Glasgow’s busiest late night thoroughfare what the Camden Crawl in London was doing. Well, despite being ill-remembered in the face of…

William Tyler & Hiss Golden Messenger - Summerhall, Edinburgh, Sat 4 May

15 May 20134 stars

Songs setting a dense emotional mood and strong sense of place

Despite the setting in a cool, dark, wood-panelled lecture theatre, sometime Silver Jews and Lambchop guitarist William Tyler and Hiss Golden Messenger songwriter and fulcrum Michael ‘MT’ Taylor brought a certain sense of the pastoral with them for this…

Wet Sounds - Glasgow event combines swimming and music

10 May 2013

Float in a pool listening to sounds by Joel Cahen and La Horrox

It’s the most listening fun you can have without electrocuting yourself. You get in the pool. You listen to music either in the water, out of the water or somewhere in between, floating on the surface. There are speakers submerged below you and in the…

King Creosote - Oran Mor, Glasgow, Wed 10 Apr 2013

23 Apr 20133 stars

Fence Records stalwart's bittersweet railing over declining physical music sales

Following on from his low-key appearance on the fringes of Fence’s Gnomegame festival in Anstruther the weekend before, Kenny Anderson was playing the second date of a monstrous month-long UK solo tour here, the first coming the day before in Shetland.

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Casual Sex - Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, Glasgow, Fri 5 Apr 2013

22 Apr 20135 stars

Upcoming post-punk 4-piece stand out a mile in Glasgow's healthy band scene

The idea that Casual Sex are successors to Franz Ferdinand’s mantle as post-punk overlords of Glasgow has already been floated. But this lot are in a parallel universe of their own. To watch them is to be aware that something special’s undoubtedly on…

Container, Dalhous and The Orpheus Choir set for Glasgow club night Collapse

17 Apr 2013

Off-beam US techno producer Container makes loud, rhythmic techno

How plans to bring off-beam US techno producer Container to the UK transformed into a cutting edge electronica night

Fence Gnomegame - Town Hall, Anstruther, Sat 6 & Sun 7 Apr 2013

16 Apr 20134 stars

The Pictish Trail, eagleowl and Golden Teacher all play the micro-festival in Fife

’I know some of you are excited about this next band because we've already sold out of their records,’ declared Pictish Trail Johnny Lynch in advance of eagleowl’s Saturday afternoon set, which premiered material from their new album this silent year.

Five reasons to head to Electric Circus' Big Day In

16 Apr 2013

Dutch Uncles, Discopolis, Dems, Jonnie Common and more head up the indoor mini-festival

1. It’s in, not out Worried about the shameful 'spring' weather we’ve been having? Wishing you could get away from it with some antipodean (autumn) sunshine and a bunch of bands in a field? Well, tough. But if you couldn’t afford the flight to Oz and…

Extreme hip hop/noise posse Death Grips coming to UK

16 Apr 2013

MC Ride, Zach Hill and Andy Morin set to play London, Glasgow and Brighton

After their recent South by Southwest showcase set, Death Grips’ live show was memorably described by SPIN magazine as a journey into ‘chaotically thrilling what-the-fuckness’. All 33 minutes of it are available to watch below, featuring fearsome…

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Interview: Todd Edwards set for Electric Frog Easter Weekender 2013

19 Mar 2013

Line-up features Simian Mobile Disco, Andrew Weatherall, Todd Terje and Pan-Pot

Easter and resurrections go together, in which case Glasgow’s finest serious clubber’s weekender has chosen the right time to stage a comeback. Just when it looked like the two-day Electric Frog event as was had given up the ghost in the face of…

French producer Vitalic takes live band on road for UK tour

19 Mar 2013

Latest album Rave Age fuses disco with rock

In the near two decades since he started making and playing music, Pascal Arbez has managed to surf the waves of taste without being trapped in the hole of typecasting to any particular scene or genre. Discovered by Michael Amato, aka The Hacker, and…

Exposure: Glasgow act Golden Teacher take their live dance music to club nights

18 Mar 2013

Bells From the Deep End EP out on Optimo Music

Another winner has emerged from the Optimo Music stables, with the sleazy Dinosaur L-isms of Glasgow’s Golden Teacher. One of the greatest things to have hit the city’s dancefloors in memory, the ad hoc assembly are a collaboration between members of…

The Knife - Shaking the Habitual

14 Mar 20135 stars

98-minutes of new music from Swedish pioneers is a mighty piece of work

(Rabid) Dear God, where to start? How about with congratulations, not just for taking their time to get it right and unleashing a 98-minute double CD/triple vinyl monster upon us seven years after Silent Shout’s breakthrough success, but for…

My Bloody Valentine UK tour 2013

25 Feb 2013

Shoegaze legends release first album in 22 years

The unexpected surprise comeback is a devalued currency in music these days, what with The Stone Roses and David Bowie having crossed the rubicon and The Smiths’ return feeling more like an inevitability waiting to happen. In which case the stealth…

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John C Reilly & Friends - St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow, Tue 12 Feb 2013

15 Feb 20134 stars

Actor takes country band on the road as part of Wreck-It Ralph publicity tour

’We got the Death Star to work for us,’ laughs John C Reilly, actor, singer, raconteur and star of Disney offering Wreck-It Ralph, explaining the novel approach to around-the-world publicity junkets he managed to talk the megacorpration into. Instead…

Atoms for Peace - Amok

13 Feb 20134 stars

Oblique Eraser-esque debut from supergroup featuring Thom Yorke, Flea and Nigel Godrich

(XL recordings) Don’t let the jaunty, almost flamenco-styled bassline which opens the light crackle of electronic pop and fizz of ‘Before Your Very Eyes’ wrong-foot you, because here comes the man at the controls to rain on your parade. ‘Look out at the…

Steve Mason - Monkey Minds in the Devil’s Time

13 Feb 20134 stars

Politically-charged and slickly-produced album of conviction from ex-Beta Band lynchpin

(Double Six) There’s plenty to be written elsewhere about the sad lack of socially-conscious mainstream music being made, whether that’s because most artists just aren’t interested or have an understandable fear of offending someone who might buy…

Ex-Cocteau Twin Robin Guthrie on his career so far and what's in store

25 Jan 2013

The shoegazing dream-pop musician is currently touring with the Robin Guthrie Trio

‘To be honest there’s very little interest in me in the UK,’ says composer of haunting instrumental soundtracks, co-founder of the Bella Union label, Grangemouth man, prodigious swearer and yes, former Cocteau Twin Robin Guthrie. ‘You know what the…

TeenCanteen - Noble’s Bar, Edinburgh, Sat 29 Dec

25 Jan 20133 stars

On the last Saturday of 2012, with Leithers gathering to get in training for Hogmanay in one of the area’s better locals, it's not the situation where you might expect to experience one of Edinburgh’s finer prospects. ‘I think that’s the first time…

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Kendrick Lamar - ABC, Glasgow, Wed 16 Jan

24 Jan 20134 stars

An energetic, confident show from the fast-rising Compton hip hop artist

‘My name is Kendrick Lamar,’ our host informs us. ‘I come from a place called Compton California. You know? West Coast, Tupac...’ That’s all he needed to say to remind us of the lineage he’s already managed to hustle and work his way into, after his…

Alex Smoke: Wraetlic - Oddio at Berkeley Suite, Glasgow, Sat 12 Jan 2013

23 Jan 20134 stars

Visuals-heavy set from London-based producer's vocal-based side project

It’s unclear how many of the healthy crowd packed into the Berkeley Suite’s underground art deco-meets-urban gothica black box of a basement know what they’re here to experience, with a small crowd of serious head-nodders and fans of the artist before…

Biffy Clyro - Opposites

17 Jan 20133 stars

Double album showing both sides of band contains some great material, but feels diluted

(14th Floor Records) Pick any classic double album in history and you’ll find one excellent, seminal record padded out with just as much filler. Here, the Biffy have decided to go full 1970s and not allow for much editing of the creative process, and…

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away

17 Jan 20134 stars

Tarnished lullabies of sadness and bitter menace

(Bad Seed Ltd) It would be a tired cliché indeed to speculate whether Nick Cave is mellowing with age just because this new album barely makes it out of second gear. The feral sex-wolf of legend is largely absent here, but in these tarnished…

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…