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Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter

16 Oct 20144 stars

New album marks the next chapter in the history of one of the world's most successful metal bands

Masked nine-piece Slipknot are one of the biggest metal bands in the world but.5: The Gray Chapter finds them in a state of flux. A few years ago even the idea of a fifth Slipknot album seemed unlikely. After bassist and founder member Paul Gray's death…

Interview: Skid Row guitarist Dave 'The Snake' Sabo discusses the band's new EP release

26 Sep 2014

After reforming in 1999, the 80s heavy metal rockers are set for series of UK shows

'Tomorrow call tour manager Toad and he will put you in touch with Snake.' It's the kind of email you only get when arranging an interview in the heady world of heavy metal. Of course the Snake in question is Dave 'The Snake' Sabo guitarist with hard…

Interview: composer Clint Mansell discusses music making ahead of his first UK wide tour

19 Sep 2014

Ex-Pop Will Eat Itself frontman talks about Hollywood and composing for Darren Aronofsky

Grebo punk becomes the most celebrated film composer in modern cinema. It’s an unlikely story, for sure. In the late 80s / early 90s, Clint Mansell was the lead singer with Pop Will Eat Itself, an industrial electro-rock band famed for piling samples…

Radiophonic Workshop, Future Islands, Pere Ubu: a guide to experimental artists on tour this autumn

19 Sep 2014

This autumn's gig calendar also features Steve Beresford, Ilan Volkov and more as part of GIOFest

The Radiophonic Workshop British electronic music might have taken a very different path if it wasn't for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. From its inception in 1958 as the Beeb's in-house special effects and music production unit wholly unconcerned about…

DragonForce - The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Wed 17 Sep 2014

19 Sep 20143 stars

Ridiculous but unapologetic virtuoso speed-metal hampered by technical gremlins

Like an over-amped 80s metal band, DragonForce play with power, speed and intensity. Why settle on one guitar solo when you can have five? The 'Force sound like every Iron Maiden album ever recorded all playing at once, on double speed, so it’s…

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Singles and downloads - August 2014

28 Aug 2014

Featuring Nozinja, Franz Ferdinand, Rustie and Mark Lanegan

Nozinja – 'Tsekeleke' (Warp) ●●●● South African beat maker Nozinja (aka Richard Mthetwa) makes his debut on Warp Records, coming out the blocks like a demented circus theme tune before morphing into hyper-speed afrobeat. This amalgam of traditional…

Replaceable Things

27 Aug 20144 stars

Brilliant contemporary classical music from Ensemble Thing at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Ensemble Thing's contemporary classical is a challenging but thought provoking start to a day of Fringing. Starting as a four-piece – Laim Lynch on violin, Emily Walker on cello, Elizabeth Stirrat on accordion and Jennifer Stephenson on clarinet – they…

Jonny & the Baptists: The Satiric Verses

19 Aug 20143 stars

Catchy, political songs from musical comedy double act at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Musical comedy double act Jonny & The Baptists (aka Jonny Donahoe and Paddy Gervers) got an unlikely publicity boost earlier this year. After setting out on their 'Stop UKIP' tour and releasing a video on YouTube, the party sat up and took notice…

Camille O'Sullivan: 10

15 Aug 20142 stars

An inoffensive Edinburgh Festival Fringe show of cover versions camouflaged in glamour

Camille O'Sullivan has become one of the mainstays of the Edinburgh festival. This year marks her tenth at the Fringe and in that time she’s racked up an impressive collection of five-star reviews and sold-out shows. Backed by a trio of musicians, she…

Darling Ghost

15 Aug 20143 stars

Dark avant-garde musical cabaret is fascinating to witness, despite not always cohering

As the doors open you are greeted by four wind musicians at the front, a pianist with horns dressed in period costume and two women seated at a table to the left. Darling Ghost is hard to categorise; think free jazz meets Tori Amos or Regina Spektor at…

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Beefheart 'n' Cheeze - Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh, Sun 3 Aug 2014

14 Aug 20144 stars

Orange Claw Hammer pay tribute to avant-garde weirdo rocker, Captain Beefheart

Captain Beefheart has become synonymous with avant-garde rock. An innovator who rejected the boundaries of genre, an explorer who blasted into the sonic soundscape. 1969's *3Trout Mask Replica*2 has become the go-to album for lovers of the weird and…

Andrew O'Neill - Heavy Metal: A History

9 Aug 20144 stars

Huge connection with a subculture results in massive pay-off for those in the know

From the black clad hordes, sporting Mastodon t-shirts and Mohawks, waiting in line you know Andrew O'Neill is preaching to the converted. The clue is in the title if the thought of anything heavier than Coldplay brings you out in a cold sweat steer…

Edinburgh Festival regular John Otway returns for 2014 Free Fringe run

2 Aug 2014

’Rock’s greatest failure’ wins audiences over

John Otway is one of British music's great eccentrics. His half talking/half singing style has made him one of the country's most enduring live performers despite a distinct lack of record sales. 'When I was about nine years old I decided I wanted to be…

Interview: horror prog legend Claudio Simonetti of Goblin

1 Aug 2014

The regular Dario Argento collaborator talks to us ahead of his live soundtrack gig at FrightFest

The Italian giallo films have a particular hold over horror fans. Their garish use of gore, overtly sexualised themes, bold use of colour and fantastic scores make them a unique cinematic experience. Dario Argento and Goblin were a perfect match, the…

Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings - Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Sun 27 Jul 2014

1 Aug 20143 stars

The former Rolling Stone heads up what might be the best covers band on the circuit

The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival brings another big name to the city to finish off the fest in style. But before Bill Wyman takes to the stage Glasgow blues belter Maggie Bell warms up the crowd with her deep and earthy vocals. Mixing Etta James…

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T in the Park 2014 - Saturday review and photo gallery

15 Jul 2014

Katy B, Pharrell, Bombay Bicycle Club and Calvin Harris with Will Smith bid farewell to Balado

It might be grey and drizzly but for anyone who survived the monsoons of 2012's T this is literally a walk in the park. Katy B ●●● impresses early doors with a mix of R&B, pop and dubstep. Backed by four dancers and some rumbling beats there's an…

Calling Festival - Clapham Common, London, Sat 28 & Sun 29 Jun 2014

3 Jul 2014

Aerosmith and Stevie Wonder headline the two-day festival

Moving from Hyde Park to Clapham Common for the first time, 2014’s Calling Festival offered two very different days of music. The opening line-up was a full on old school rock fest. Richie Sambora ●● proved that unless he’s doing Bon Jovi tunes he’s…

Lucozade Energy Arena announced for T in the Park 2014

24 Jun 2014

T in the Park is huge. It’s the largest music festival in Scotland with an enviable reputation for big name acts, great music and some of the most passionate fans in the world. It’s on such a humongous scale that there’s room for headline acts such as…

Rival Sons - Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Mon 16 Jun 2014

19 Jun 20143 stars

Californian posse showing utter devotion to the retro rock of Led Zep, Doors et al

Led Zeppelin are the archetypal rock gods: the thundering guitars, the psychedelic leanings, the band that pioneered heavy rock excess. And there seems to be a new wave of bands reaching back and taking inspiration from Zeppelin and their ilk (Deep…

Eagles - SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Mon 2 Jun 2014

13 Jun 20144 stars

The country-rock legends performance that's instantly evocative of a time and place in music history

Eagles have been through a long hard journey: acrimony, divorce, drink, drugs. And it was all recorded in Alison Ellwood's fascinating three hour plus documentary The History of the Eagles. Screened on Showtime in the US and the BBC in the UK it was…

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Prince - Hydro, Glasgow, Thu 22 May 2014

29 May 20144 stars

His Purple Majesty brings an embarrassment of riches to his first Glasgow show in nearly two decades

It's been a long time coming and there's a buzz of nervous energy rippling through the audience packed into the Hydro. Even with tickets clutched in hand it’s hard to believe he’s really, genuinely here. Prince hadn't played Glasgow in 19 years; then…

Nine Inch Nails - SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Tue 20 May 2014

22 May 20144 stars

A perfect symbiosis of technology, sound and visuals from Trent Reznor's industrial/electronica crew

Nine Inch Nails exist in a world of shadows, the vast Hydro auditorium plunged into darkness, Trent Reznor and co swimming into view amongst the inky black. The deceptively simplistic set pulsing muted primary colours as they launch into the stripped…

Made in America

20 May 20143 stars

Ron Howard directs a behind-the-scenes look at Jay Z's titular music festival

In 2012 hip hop mogul Jay Z hosted the inaugural Made in America music festival in central Philadelphia. Calling on his celebrity friends Ron Howard was on hand to film the two days of rap, indie, rock and dance music. However this is more of a…

Interview: Wes Eisold of Cold Cave on touring with Nine Inch Nails

14 May 2014

'Trent Reznor made his own world. That's the goal right?'

Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails have always walked their own path but still managed to take industrial metal into the mainstream. Tracks like 'Head Like a Hole', 'Closer' and 'The Hand That Feeds' became unlikely MTV favourites. Then 'Hurt', Reznor's…

Miley Cyrus and Courtney Love: proof that there's still a sexist double standard in music

24 Apr 2014

Despite their vast musical differences, Cyrus and Love share a lack of PR/media filter

At this very moment, Miley Cyrus is probably the most famous pop star on the planet. She twerked her way into the global consciousness grinding up against Robin Thicke in flesh-toned rubber pants at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. The former Hannah…