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The Libertines announce live dates at Alexandra Palace for September 2014

5 Jul 2014

Tickets for the gigs will go on sale from 9am on Mon 7 Jul

The recently reformed Libertines have announced they’ll be playing new live dates at the Alexandra Palace, London on 27 & 28 Sep. The announcement was made as the indie kingpins performed as part of British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park. Tickets…

Interview: Idlewild singer-songwriter Roddy Woomble

27 Aug 2014

The musician talks crying at kids’ films and being starstruck by Morrissey

First record you ever bought Five Star, ‘Silk & Steel’. Last extravagant purchase you made Probably a nice meal somewhere – generally though, extravagance is overrated. First film you saw that really moved you Ghostbusters. First movie…

Interview: musician Brody Dalle, formerly of The Distillers and Spinnerette

24 Apr 2014

The newly-solo artist talks Cyndi Lauper, Swedish pancakes and coffee

First record you ever bought Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual. Last extravagant purchase you made My ‘Stand and Deliver’ studded leather jacket. First film you saw that really moved you *3Betty Blue changed my life. I saw the uncut three-hour…

First Aid Kit – Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, Tue 16 Sep 2014

17 Sep 20144 stars

The Swedish alt.country outfit cover Jack White and Paul Simon on their Stay Gold tour

Following the somewhat dramatic onstage collapse of support act Jo Rose (a fair enough solo singer-songwriter who, thankfully, turned out to be alright), you could forgive Swedish alt.country outfit First Aid Kit for being out of sorts for a few moments…

GENERATION By Night - Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh, Fri 12 Sep 2014

16 Sep 2014

Golden Teacher and Optimo enhance a celebration of contemporary Scottish art

We’ve already awarded a well-deserved five stars to Modern Art One’s strand of the GENERATION project, which celebrates the past 25 years of contemporary Scottish art. Our reviewer on that occasion was especially impressed by Douglas Gordon’s ‘24 Hour…

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Maroon 5 announce London, Birmingham and Manchester arena dates for 2015

2 Sep 2014

Tickets for the group's summer 2015 UK tour dates go on sale from Fri 5 Sep

Chart-topping 'Moves Like Jagger' posse Maroon 5 are heading to the UK as part of the their 2015 European tour. The arena dates in London, Birmingham and Manchester will take place in late May/early in June next year, and will feature material from…

Interview: First Aid Kit

15 Aug 2014

Swedish folk sisters on their musical influences and why they sing in English ahead of UK gigs

Johanna, according to Wikipedia it took you a while to be persuaded about the merits of country music, as you were a big fan of German techno. Is that still something you enjoy? We made a joke about that in an interview at one point; Johanna did have a…

Interview: Hackney Colliery Band on their unique sound ahead of 2014 Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival gig

15 Jul 2014

Group blend Afrobeat and Balkan music with contemporary rock to produce new fusion music

For those of you with a passing knowledge of London who may feel somewhat confused by the Hackney Colliery Band’s name, musician Steve Pretty is here to put your mind at ease. ‘There’s no colliery in Hackney,’ he confirms, describing the moniker as ‘a…

Performers of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: Send us your bribes!

9 Jul 2014

Send us free stuff and get valuable exposure for your show

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the world, and as a result, individual shows or performers can sometimes struggle to make themselves heard. In an ideal world, it'd be great if every show could achieve a decent level of…

We Are Scientists announce live date at Brooklyn Bowl, London in October 2014

7 Jul 2014

Tickets for the gig go on sale from Fri 4 July

Following the release of their fourth studio album, TV en Francaise, indie rockers We Are Scientists are extending their European tour dates to include an extra date at London’s Brooklyn Bowl on Wed 22 Oct. The new date follows a summer of intensive…

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The Wailers to perform greatest hits set at London’s Brooklyn Bowl this August

7 Jul 2014

Tickets for the gig go on sale from Fri 4 July

Heroes of reggae history The Wailers are preparing to hit the UK with a celebration of their greatest hits this August. The band, led until his death by Bob Marley and currently led by founding member Aston ‘Family Man’ on bass, will run through their…

Dinosaur Jr announce UK live date in August 2014

7 Jul 2014

Tickets for the gig go on sale from Fri 4 July

Influential rock group Dinosaur Jr are heading to the UK in support of latest album I Bet on Sky, their third since reforming in 2005. The trio – J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph – will be visiting London’s Brooklyn Bowl on Wed 6 Aug. Tickets for the…

The Who announce UK arena tour for winter 2014

4 Jul 2014

Tickets for the tour go on sale from Fri 4 July

Rock colossi The Who have announced they’ll be celebrating 50 years since their inception with a string of arena dates around the UK. The Who Hits 50 tour will call at London, Glasgow, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester and…

Paolo Nutini announces debut O2 arena show for October 2014

4 Jul 2014

Tickets for the gig go on sale from Fri 4 July

Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini has announced he’ll be playing a date at The O2, London on Thu 30 Oct. The soulful musician, whose most recent album, Caustic Love, has notched up significant sales and critical appreciation, makes his first visit…

Jurassic 5 and Ugly Duckling – O2 ABC, Glasgow, Mon 23 Jun 2014

25 Jun 20144 stars

Underground hip hop double bill that rates humour and fluidity above bitches and bling

Ugly Duckling are under no illusions about their place here tonight: self-aware first track, ‘Opening Act’, is followed by a short history lesson ‘for those of you wondering who we are’, detailing the fertile mid-90s Californian hip hop scene that…

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Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon heading to UK in July 2014

25 Jun 2014

Tickets for the hip hop star's UK dates go on sale from Fri 27 Jun; presale tickets available Thu 26

Wu-Tang Clan superstar Raekwon is taking to the road this year in support of forthcoming solo album FILA (Fly International Luxurious Art), scheduled for release this September. The album will be his first since 2011's Shaolin vs Wu-Tang, and is said to…

Har Mar Superstar announces 2014 UK dates in support of new album Bye Bye 17

25 Jun 2014

Tickets for the September date go on sale Fri 27 Jun; presale available Thu 26 Jun

Flamboyant R&B/sexpop icon Har Mar Superstar is touring in support of his new album, Bye Bye 17. A significant departure for the man known to his friends as Sean Tillmann, the new album explores a more soulful angle, with Otis Redding and Sam Cooke…

Lenny Kravitz announces Wembley date as part of 2014 world tour

25 Jun 2014

Tickets for the show in December go on sale from Fri 27 Jun

Guitar-wielding rock legend Lenny Kravitz has announced the UK dates of his 2014 world tour, which will call at Wembley Stadium on Fri 6 Dec 2014. The iconic guitar player, whose hits include 'Are You Gonna Go My Way?' and 'Fly Away', is touring in…

Eels – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Wed 18 Jun 2014

19 Jun 20143 stars

Mark Oliver Everett and co take shots at a Vegas-style performance, with mixed results

There’s something a bit off about tonight’s performance from Eels (who, if you’re not already familiar with them, are aptly described by frontman Mark Oliver Everett as ‘sweet, soft bummer rock’). The rough-edged, smiling-on-the-outside, forlorn…

Die Antwoord – Donker Mag

13 Jun 20143 stars

The third album from the South African rave-rap outfit is an eclectic hip hop parody

Ever since South African rave-rap outfit Die Antwoord first blasted onto the scene with lead single ‘Enter the Ninja’ (from 2009 debut $O$), the same, oft-repeated question has dogged them: is this hopelessly deluded trio for real, or a closely studied…

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5 Awesome Community Projects

6 May 2014

Featuring the Love Music Community Choir, Dig In, The Children's Wood and Punjabi Junction

The Community Choir: Love Music Community Choir In these digitalised, distancing times, what better way is there to feel part of something human than by singing your heart out alongside like-minded souls? The rise of community choirs is evidence of…

Umberto – The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh, Thu 1 May 2014

2 May 20144 stars

Impressively danceable basement set from the horror synth muso

Back in 2012, LA resident Umberto played a live soundtrack set to ridiculous 80s slasher Pieces at the Arches, as part of the Glasgow Film Festival. It’s something of a surprise, then, to have him show up in this dingy, wee, 100-capacity basement in…

CHVRCHES, Boards of Canada and Biffy Clyro longlisted for Scottish Album of the Year Award 2013

24 Apr 2014

RM Hubbert, Camera Obscura, Frightened Rabbit, Mogwai, The Pastels and Edwyn Collins also recognised

The longlist for The Scottish Album of the Year Award 2013 has been announced, with CHVRCHES, Boards of Canada and last year's winner RM Hubbert among the nominees. The prize, now in its third year, honours Scottish artists who produced albums between…

Kaiser Chiefs announce UK arena dates for 2015

22 Apr 2014

Tickets for the indie rockers' large-scale gigs will go on sale from Fri 25 Apr

Indie rock titans Kaiser Chiefs have announced details of two large-scale arena gigs in 2015, following a series of festival and racecourse-based gigs in 2014. Tickets for the gigs, which will take place at The O2, London and the Leeds First Direct…

Black Sabbath, Soundgarden and Faith No More to play British Summer Time Festival 2014

1 Apr 2014

Presale tickets available from Wed 2 Apr; general sale available from Fri 4 Apr

Black Sabbath, Soundgarden and Faith No More are the latest names to be added to the British Summer Time series of gigs set to take place in Hyde Park this July. The metal titans will head up a line-up that also features Motorhead, Soulfly, Wolfmother…