Music, Henry Northmore

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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…

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Exposure: Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats

22 Apr 2014

Frontman KR Starrs discusses 'psychotic rock music', Mind Control and touring with Black Sabbath

Spiking their doomy metal riffs with psychedelic 60s pop melodies, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats are a dark pagan cult bowing down at the altar of rock. Although they’ve previously shunned the media, now, fresh from supporting Black Sabbath across…

Rufus Wainwright - Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Wed 5 Mar 2014

21 Mar 20144 stars

The baroque pop artiste imbues his modern material with class and elegance

Rufus Wainwright may have dabbled in musicals, operas and orchestras but tonight is stripped back to basics. No backing band, just the purity of one man singing at a grand piano. He sometimes switches to guitar, and is joined by his half-sister Lucy…

Interview: Roger Limb of The Radiophonic Workshop

18 Mar 2014

The iconic BBC music ensemble behind the Doctor Who theme is back on tour

The BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop was an early pioneer of electronic music. Originally set up by Desmond Briscoe and Daphne Oram in 1958 to produce music and sound effects for radio, it soon became a hub for musical experimentation, producing hundreds of…

As The Palaces Burn

27 Feb 20144 stars

Fascinating documentary about Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe's trial for manslaughter

Lamb of God are a seriously heavy rock band from Richmond, Virginia, who alongside Machine Head, Trivium and Shadows Fall helped revive the sound of thrash for a new generation of metal heads. They’ve sold a shit load of records; picked up multiple…

Metronomy - Love Letters

21 Feb 20143 stars

Joe Mount's electro-pop follow-up to The English Riviera can't help but suffer by comparison

Across three albums, Metronomy evolved from Joseph Mount’s one-man glitch electronica project into an iridescent indie pop band. Debut album Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 You Owe) (2006) bristled with wonky beats while The English Riviera (2011) saw…

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Interview: Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland

29 Jan 2014

The commercial-metal man chats about his art school past and love of dark electronic music

The annual Kerrang! tour is a snap shot of the state of heavy rock. And 2014 finds us in a dark and disturbing place featuring the monstrous riffage of Nottingham’s Baby Godzilla famed for their explosive live shows; the power meets thrash of…

Moderat set for rescheduled London and Glasgow dates on UK tour

29 Jan 2014

Live show from Modeselektor/Apparat collaboration setback by illness and venue closure

On paper, it’s a collaboration that just shouldn’t work. Modeselektor (aka duo Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary) and Apparat (aka Sascha Ring) were both moving in the same circles on the Berlin music scene circa 2002, but playing very different…

Black Sabbath - SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Mon 16 Dec 2013

19 Dec 20135 stars

The (mostly) original line-up reunite to perform a set of pure heavy metal ecstasy

There’s always a slight fear when a band comes out of retirement and heads back on the touring circuit that they’ll never recapture past glories. For many fans it’ll be their last and only chance to catch an act they know and love in the live arena, so…

Hot 100 2013: 89-80

11 Dec 2013

Anna Meredith, Neil Forsyth and Greg McHugh 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.

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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.

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.

Arcade Fire / The Reflektors - Barrowland, Glasgow, Fri 15 Nov 2013

5 Dec 20135 stars

Stunning carnivalesque event that transcends gig

It’s the worst kept secret in indie rock that The Reflektors are actually the alter ego of Montreal’s Arcade Fire. But this barely veiled mystery helps hype the anticipation: we know this won’t be your average Arcade Fire performance. Each ticket has…

Alice in Chains - O2 Academy, Glasgow, Thu 14 Nov 2013

22 Nov 20134 stars

Come With the Fall's William DuVall delivers a fitting tribute to deceased frontman Layne Staley

Few bands recover from the death of their lead singer. Most implode or just cannot face the thought of carrying on (a few very rare cases, like AC/DC, go onto unlikely world domination). An important factor is who actually writes the majority of the…

Paloma Faith - Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Tue 29 Oct 2013

8 Nov 20133 stars

A jazz-flecked set and 42-piece orchestra backing makes the pop performance soar

Of all her contemporaries (Winehouse, Adele, Sandé, etc) Paloma Faith’s vocals were always the most rooted in the classic big band era, which makes this large scale tour, backed by the 42-piece Guy Barker Orchestra, such a natural fit. Without the…