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Opinion: Why Young Fathers deserve the 2014 Mercury Prize

31 Oct 2014

Edinburgh group's win suggests there’s still a place for non-prescribed ‘out there’ music

Congratulations to Edinburgh’s Young Fathers, only the third Mercury Prize winner from Scotland in its 22-year history – and certainly its least heralded, considering the hype with which Primal Scream and Franz Ferdinand swept in on in 1992 (the first…

Interview: acid house inventor Phuture

19 Sep 2014

DJ Pierre discusses reunion with Spanky and their invention of the dance genre ahead of Glasgow gig

’Real artistry just happens, I don't believe you plan it,’ says DJ Pierre, and the co-inventor of the acid house sound as one half of Phuture. ‘We didn't realise at the time we were on the verge of creating a new genre. We knew this was new and…

La Belle Angele: 'Don’t expect free-entry nights with cheap booze offers, that’s exactly what we’re not about’

11 Sep 2014

Manager Martin Coull talks us through Edinburgh's revived iconic club and gig venue

Anyone who made a habit of going clubbing in Edinburgh twelve years ago knows where they were in December 2002 on the night of the Cowgate fire. It was a Saturday, and many of them might have been heading to the old building which burned all night, the…

Peter Straker: Black Magic

4 Aug 20143 stars

Showtune singer thrills but picks wrong songs at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Hair in the late 1960s and partly through a hard-working career which has continued to stretch on over the decades. Following on from his recent Fringe appearances performing Jacques Brel, this latest show is the Straker rock 'n' roll…

John Maxwell Geddes work If It Wasn’t for Their Wellies performed at 2014 Edinburgh Free Fringe and Museum Lates

30 Jul 2014

Old Edinburgh rubber factory and 103-year-old worker inspire WW1 songs

’When I got this commission I didn’t think it was the most exciting idea to write about welly boots,’ says the composer John Maxwell Geddes, ‘because it’s hardly writing about romance. Or about the start of the First World War, because I don’t celebrate…

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Simple Things 2014 lineup includes Autechre, Clark and Dean Blunt

14 Oct 2014

Bristol-based electronic festival is set to head north for the first time to venues across Glasgow

In recent years Glasgow has proven itself to be a fairweather friend to city-based festivals, with every continuing success story like Stag & Dagger giving way to an honourable but now defunct effort such as Hinterland. This November sees another new…

Singles round up – September 2014

16 Sep 2014

Including new releases from Garden of Elks, Rozi Plain and Rachel Dadd, Baio and Night Noise Team

Garden of Elks – Yoop EP (Self-released) ●●●● Something of a Glasgow rock supergroup with members of Bronto Skylift, Paws and the late Dananananaykroyd in their number, Garden of Elks release an EP which is pleasingly not at all what might be expected…

Pleasance Sessions: The List Magazine Presents ...

17 Oct 20144 stars

Two Wings, Ubre Blanca and Prehistoric Friends showed refreshing variety of musical talent

Over the past week the inaugural Pleasance Sessions mini-festival has been doing a great job of representing Scotland’s alternative music scene with a bunch of cannily-curated gigs whose reasoning has seemed to be more ‘who’s best?’ than ‘who’s…

Album round up – October 2014

15 Oct 2014

Including new releases from Flying Lotus, Adrian Crowley, Graveyard Tapes and Deerhoof

Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! (Warp) ●●●●● The album you’re surely least likely to expect to find the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg guesting on this year, Flying Lotus’ fifth, You’re Dead!, is that rare monster, a record which is entirely…

Slam – Reverse Proceed

8 Oct 20144 stars

Glaswegian duo mix acid house, ambience and techno to create timeless electronic sound

With their first record in seven years, the Glaswegian duo behind house classic ‘Positive Education’ have created a record which belies their 22 years in existence to build upon an electronic sound which is truly timeless. Aesthetically, this may be…

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Hieroglyphic Being - The Seer of Cosmic Visions

19 Sep 20144 stars

New album from Jamal Moss is winning combination of raw, rhythmic, primal dancefloor afro-futurism

He hails from Chicago, Illinois, but don’t confuse Jamal Moss with your regular epochal house producer. Despite an early initiation to electronic music listening to Ron Hardy at the city’s seminal Music Box club, Moss is just as influenced by the…

Exposure: FKA Twigs

19 Sep 2014

Self-proclaimed urban punk artist set for series of UK gigs

At time of writing, FKA Twigs is getting dangerously close to shedding her title as one of the most interesting new artists working in the orbit of the mainstream today and instead appending the words ‘… girlfriend of Twilight star Robert Pattinson’ to…

Slam, Chris Liebing and Tommy Four Seven lined up for Pressure's 2014 CLR Records party

16 Sep 2014

Visionquest's Lee Curtiss, Ryan Crosson and Shaun Reeves will also be in attendance

Slam’s monthly Pressure parties have been an unshakeable part of the fabric of Glasgow clubbing for many years now, and this autumn’s relaunch in honour of the city’s student contingent returning demonstrates why. The line-up is even more overwhelmingly…

Eclair Fifi on organising the 2014 LuckyMe DJ reunion

15 Sep 2014

One-off night at Glasgow's Art School includes S-Type, Naked, David Barbarossa and Ubre Blanca

‘First and foremost, LuckyMe are my best friends and my family,’ says Clair ‘Eclair Fifi’ Stirling, resident DJ/designer for the Scottish label and erstwhile Radio 1 host of In New Music We Trust. ‘A lot of labels grow from a group of friends releasing…

Yes or No? 15 shows to help you make your decision for the Scottish independence referendum

12 Sep 2014

Need help deciding? Let the worlds of art, theatre, comedy, books and music lend a hand

Glasgow Early Days: The Arches Referendum Festival A week of special theatre commissions including work by Rob Drummond, Gary McNair & Davey Anderson and Robert Ormerod, with the Arches Political Party the night before and the What Now? Brunch the…

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Album round up - August 2014

28 Aug 2014

Including new releases from James Yorkston, Moon Duo, Earth and Franz Ferdinand

James Yorkston – The Cellardyke Recording & Wassailing Society (Domino) ●●●●● It would be tempting to declare this customarily brilliant piece of work from Fife’s other contemporary folk troubadour a fond farewell to the Fence Collective as-was, with…

The Juan Maclean - In A Dream

28 Aug 20144 stars

A career-high return from the DFA-signed disco electronicists

With the demise in recent years of LCD Soundsystem and The Rapture, it seemed like the early 2000s vintage of ‘punk-funk’ (for that’s what it was excruciatingly known as) had died a death. Yet the label which curated the style keeps on kicking, and…

Interview: Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite on Last Big Weekend gig in Glasgow's East End

27 Aug 2014

Saturday line-up includes Young Fathers, Honeyblood, Fuck Buttons and Swervedriver

When you’re interviewing Stuart Braithwaite, wise and notoriously outspoken guitar player with Mogwai, about the summer that Glasgow’s just had, the first thing you want to know is what he thought of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. In which…

Interview: JD Twitch on the Last Big Weekend event in Glasgow's East End

26 Aug 2014

Friday line-up includes Jeff Mills, James Murphy, Hudson Mohawke and Golden Teacher

‘Having been involved in music in Glasgow for nearly three decades I think this is the most exciting time for the city I've known,’ says Optimo’s Keith McIvor, aka JD Twitch, ‘and it's great to have this chance to celebrate that.’ He is, let’s face it…

Edinburgh Mela 2014 guests line-up includes Apache Indian, Soumik Datta and former-Bhundu Boys Rise Kagona

17 Aug 2014

Multinational dance festival enters its 20th year with highlights including The King of Ghosts

The second day of last year’s Edinburgh Mela may have been called off due to unprecedented high winds, but what the thousands who came to Leith Links saw in the event’s earlier stages was a summation of everything its artistic director Chris Purnell has…

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The best nocturnal activities during the 2014 Edinburgh Festivals

7 Aug 2014

Try something alternative like ceilidh dancing or a cabaret club night

One of the best things about Edinburgh in August has to be the wealth of indulgent after-hours fun to be found in the most unexpected of places. David Pollock picks a few highlights for those seeking a lighthearted alternative to the usual late-night…

Club Spiegel: aiming to bring the best party bands to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

6 Aug 2014

Melbourne’s Shuffle Club, The Loveboat Big Band and Shooglenifty are among acts confirmed

’Always live and always unexpected’ is how Spiegelmaestro David Bates describes Club Spiegel, the late-night offshoot of that most legendary of Fringe venues, the Famous Spiegeltent. Built in 1928 in Flanders, Belgium, the antique mirrored tent will…

Asian Dub Foundation to play one-off DJ set at 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

30 Jul 2014

London punk, ragga and bhangra band play at Summerhall venue with support from Soom T and LSK

’The word ‘political’, it’s been a bit of a millstone,’ says Steve ‘Chandrasonic’ Savale of the Hackney-formed Asian Dub Foundation, for twenty years a group who have fused a social consciousness to a melting pot of Great British street sounds, from…

Albums round-up - July 2014

15 Jul 2014

New releases by Sinead O'Connor, Wire, Tender Games, Cocteau Twins and more reviewed

Various artists – Hyperdub 10.2 (Hyperdub) ●●●●● Hyperdub’s 10th anniversary celebrations proceed apace with this second of four compilations released through 2014. Sorry to gush, but god it’s beautiful, a who’s who of the post-dubstep, post-garage…

T in the Park 2014 - Friday review and photo gallery

15 Jul 20144 stars

Biffy Clyro, Chvrches and Manic Street Preachers among highlights at festival's final Balado edition

‘Welcome to the end of T as we know it’ was the message being spread around the T site on Friday, and it was the Scottish bands on the bill who were heading it up. Not least headliners Biffy Clyro, who informed us (it still doesn’t seem true) that…