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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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5 reasons to go see Future Islands

22 May 2014

Samuel T Herring and co are much more than just a viral phenomenon

1. You saw it, right? Tell us you saw it. Saw what? Why, Future Islands’ career-breaking turn closing The Late Show with David Letterman back in March, of course – one of music’s viral moments of the year, currently at almost one and a half million…

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…

T in the Park 2014: Your guide to the T Break stage

23 Jun 2014

Listen to a sample of Scotland's unsigned talent, including Atom Tree, Fat Goth, Tuff Love and more

If you love guitars... Blood Relatives ‘Sunny pop from a rainy city’ is how Glasgow’s Blood Relatives bill themselves, and we wouldn’t disagree. Last year’s debut album on Comets & Cartwheels Deerheart revealed a group whose revelling in the jangly…

Adam Holmes & the Embers - Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Mon 5 May 2014

13 May 20144 stars

Gravel-voiced folk musician whose Scottish Album of the Year nomination is well-earned

Freshly longlisted for this year’s Scottish Album of the Year award for his measured and thoughtful debut album Heirs and Graces, Adam Holmes doesn’t seem like the sort of character who will do much shouting about his success. ‘D’youse feel like…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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Singles and downloads - July 2014

15 Jul 2014

New releases from Jamie xx, Randolph's Leap, Esa and eagleowl & Woodpigeon reviewed

Randolph's Leap – 'I Can’t Dance to This Music Anymore' (Lost Map) ●●● A folksy companion to The Smiths’ 'Panic', this latest postcard single from Eigg’s Lost Map label establishes dancefloor refusal as a metaphor for all other kinds of reluctance…

5 things to expect at Glasgow's 2014 film and music event Cargo, Camera… Action!

15 Jul 2014

A day of live screenings, circus performers, DJs and more on the River Cyde Embankment

1. A ghost ship filled with cannibal rats Inspired by the viral story of an abandoned Russian ship heading for Britain’s shores earlier this year, Glasgow’s mighty exponents of the all-in-one film screening / art installation / large-scale outdoor…

Teenage Fanclub, David Guetta and Killers headline Glasgow's outdoor summer music schedule

15 Jul 2014

Belle and Sebastian, Squeeze, Steve Earle, Capercaillie, Alison Moyet & The Waterboys also lined up

Glasgow won’t stop being the place to lounge about in the sunshine listening to music when the Commonwealth Games have packed up and left town, it seems. With the West End’s Kelvingrove Bandstand having been renovated as an outdoor live music…

Interview: folktronica wunderkind Jonnie Common limbers up for the Jonnie Commonwealth Games

14 Jul 2014

Fellow electronica athletes Paddy Steer, Joe Howe and MC Almond Milk will also attend

With an album out this autumn and regular curatorship of the Save As Collective – alongside James ‘Conquering Animal Sound’ Scott, Julian ‘Miaoux Miaoux’ Corrie and Gavin ‘grnr’ Thomson – lone electro-acoustic troubadour Jonnie Common (who also performs…

Albums round-up - June 2014

27 Jun 2014

New releases from How to Dress Well, Drcarlsonalbion, Phantogram, How to Swim, Bad Aura, Julie Byrne

How to Dress Well – What Is This Heart? (Weird World) ●●● A third serving of intimate, largely downbeat, so-called ‘indie’ R&B from Tom Krell, whose yearning tenor set against a minimal, manicured electronic backdrop bears comparison with a less…

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Interview: LeithLate director Morvern Cunningham discusses the 2014 edition of the community art happening

17 Jun 2014

'The aim is to continue to transform Leith into a vibrant and exciting place to visit, live & work'

’The aim was to put on a party and hope that people turned up,’ says LeithLate director (although she doesn’t like the term) Morvern Cunningham of her art and music festival in Edinburgh’s port area. Starting out as a one-night celebration of the DIY…

Singles and EPs - June 2014

10 Jun 2014

New music from Owl John, Law, Tut Vu Vu and Boot & Tax

Owl John - Hate Music. Presumably fed up with being the sound of winsome men in plaid shirts everywhere, Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison and Andy Monaghan have teamed up here with Olympic Swimmers’ Simon Liddell for a noisy, grizzled slice of…

John Talabot set for date at Glasgow's Subculture

10 Jun 2014

Barcelona producer and DJ continues to grow reputation with further live dates

Barcelona’s John Talabot has told the story of his very earliest days in music, when he was just transitioning from a love of atmospheric guitar music like Joy Division to soaking up the sounds of Jeff Mills, Aphex Twin and the stables of Warp and…

Paws - Youth Culture Forever

15 May 20143 stars

The lo-fi rock trio's second album is the work of a band starting to sound like themselves

Another of Brightonian indie FatCat’s ever-growing stable of Scottish artists, PAWS are poised amid the potential of previous label success Frightened Rabbit (unqualified success, we’d say) and the likes of the Twilight Sad and We Were Promised Jetpacks…

Neutral Milk Hotel: inspirers of love, adoration and a proprietary sense of ownership in fanatical fans

14 May 2014

The American indie icons are touring following a reunion once thought hopelessly unlikely

Seek word online of the once-unlikely reunion of American heroes of 90s indie Neutral Milk Hotel and you might trip across an article on Salon entitled, somewhat melodramatically, ‘You ruined Neutral Milk Hotel: Nostalgia, millennials and the return of…