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Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

23 Apr 20144 stars

Debut solo album of understatement and maturity that never completely leaves low gear

It’s taken him more than two decades in the music industry to arrive at his debut solo album, which leads us to the rather strange experience of hearing sometime Blur frontman Damon Albarn’s new release being trailed with terms like ‘long-awaited’, as…

Tradfest explores ‘Revival and Renaissance’ in the year of Scottish Homecoming and the independence referendum

23 Apr 2014

Owen Jones, Wounded Knee, David Torrance, Gerry Hassan & Alexander Moffat are among the fest guests

Only in its second year, Tradfest returns to Edinburgh for a fortnight celebrating Celtic arts and Scottish cultural traditions this month, presenting a programme busy with talks, tours, music, art, theatre and puppetry, among many other elements. It…

Rod Stewart musical Tonight’s the Night set for 2014 UK tour

22 Jan 2014

Touring version of Ben Elton's 2003 musical hits Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and more

Having sold out almost the entire opening week of the SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow last autumn, public affection for Rod Stewart and his music isn’t likely to abate soon, especially not in Scotland. This touring version of the 2003 Ben Elton musical…

Hot 100 2013: 19-11

11 Dec 2013

Armando Iannucci and Boards of Canada 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.

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Singles and downloads - March 2014

19 Mar 2014

Paolo Nutini, Machinedrum, Golden Teacher and Paws reviewed

Paolo Nutini – 'Scream (Funk My Life Up)' (Atlantic) ●● For the first ten seconds, the comeback single from Paisley’s favourite son is highly promising, with a vaguely South Asian convergence of atmospheric windchime sounds and squealing rap intro…

Beyonce - Hydro Arena, Glasgow, Thu 20 Feb 2014

21 Feb 20145 stars

The Mrs Carter live show is a mesmerising blend of star power, pyrotechnics and damn good music

There are a hundred and one questions which could be asked of Beyonce as a true artistic breaker of boundaries; namely, judging by this performance, the tension between an obviously passionate feminist voice which saw her render the powerful TED talk…

Singles and downloads - February 2014

21 Feb 2014

New releases from The Machine Room, Trans, Bdy_Prts and Whilst reviewed

The Machine Room – 'Chances' / 'Your Head on the Floor Next Door' (Disorder Recordings) ●●● This second single from Edinburgh quintet the Machine Room comes in advance of the ‘Sweden EP’ from which its lead track is taken later in the month, and it’s…

Mogwai - Rave Tapes

20 Jan 20144 stars

The band's 12th studio album is more deliberately understated than usual, if no less emotional

When Mogwai attempt a change of style, it occurs at a pace to suit that of their music, with all the relentless, unhurried grace of a turning cruise liner. While electronics have long played some part in their sound, they’ve increasingly come to the…

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.

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The Hidden Door festival aims to instil Edinburgh with a new DIY events ethos

21 Mar 2014

'We can do things like this if we want; we don’t have to wait for permission'

‘Edinburgh suffers from what you might call institutional repetition,’ says David Martin, creative director of the Hidden Door Festival, a defiantly DIY agent of change on the capital’s cultural landscape. ‘What we wanted to do was something a bit…

Interview: Nicolas Jaar and Daniel Harrington, aka Darkside

21 Mar 2014

The brooding, electronic-rock duo discuss their origins and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories

'How did we meet?’ ponders New Yorker Nicolas Jaar on his relationship with his partner on the Darkside, Dave Harrington. ‘We were set up on a blind date,’ he decides with a laugh. The truth is, they kind of were. Jaar, more famous for dense and…

5 acts to see at the Wee Dub Festival 2014

25 Feb 2014

Featuring Nucleus Roots, Iration Steppas ft. Danman, African Head Charge and more

Founded by Gregory Lapinski in 2011 as a one-dayer and expanded into a full weekend this year with the help of Chris Knight (Astrojazz, Departure Lounge, Kelburn Garden Party), the Wee Dub Festival celebrates dub and reggae styles across a bunch of…

Toby Paterson: Soft Boundary

20 Jan 2014

Work by Glasgow-based artist exploring city landmarks including Red Road flats

Originally intended to be a simple series of paintings, albeit created on aluminium sheeting, Soft Boundary has taken on a new life for Glasgow-based artist Toby Paterson. ‘From gathering experiences and photographic documentation of the latest series…

Singer Law set for release of EP Haters and Gangsters and live dates

16 Jan 2014

Exposure: Edinburgh-based artist tours with Young Fathers

Originally from Leicester, singer Lauren Holt moved to Edinburgh in 2010 on a whim, mostly because her partner had holidayed in the city and said it was nice. ‘I didn’t want to stay stagnant in one place,’ she says. ‘You can get stuck, you know?’ It’s…

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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…

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…

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: 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.

Young Fathers - Dead

21 Jan 20144 stars

A debut LP that redefines the boundaries of UK hip hop and Scotland’s artistic landscape

Welcome back to Young Fathers, surely one of the most creative forces in UK hip hop and certainly the most productive. Since signing to Anticon two years ago – the highly esteemed Los Angeles powerhouse of more esoteric and inventively under-the-radar…

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Dick Gaughan - Leith Folk Club, Edinburgh, Tue 7 Jan 2014

17 Jan 20144 stars

Refreshing candour at gig from ever-political singer-songwriter and guitarist

'You thought you were getting away without me mentioning it, eh?’ enquired Dick Gaughan with an impudent growl midway through the second half of his now-traditional New Year show a couple of streets from his childhood home. ‘It’ was, perhaps inevitably…

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…

Hot 100 2013: 29-20

11 Dec 2013

Electric Frog, Peter Capaldi and Summerhall 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.

The New Mendicants - Into the Lime

5 Dec 20133 stars

Reassuringly familiar alt-country collaboration from Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake and Joe Pernice

The year’s finest new band from Canada who aren’t Canadian at all, The New Mendicants are a collaboration between Norman Blake (a Scot) of Teenage Fanclub, Joe Pernice (an American) of The Pernice Brothers, and sometime drummer for the Pernices Mike…