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K-X-P – The History of Techno EP

18 Dec 20143 stars

Insouciant, dynamic dirges from Finnish cosmic rock demagogues

Finnish people, as we have learned from studies and Aki Kaurismaki movies, are totally cracked, so it makes sense that that the country’s bands err on the side of bedlam. Here we have cosmic rock demagogues K-X-P obliging by flagrantly breaking the…

Live Review: Silver Apples, Stereo, Glasgow, Fri 28 Nov

12 Dec 20143 stars

One for the audiophiles, Simeon breathes synth charm into future sounds of yesteryear

These days, Simeon, the enigmatic founding / sole surviving member of Silver Apples, looks like a craggy character from a Coen Brothers or David Lynch film who has just emerged from decades in his desert bunker lab with the sound of the future – or what…

NME Awards Tour 2015 headlined by the Palma Violets

18 Nov 2014

Fat White Family, The Amazing Snakeheads and Slaves also set for 11 date UK wide tour

The NME Awards Tour will mark 20 years next year, as it stops at venues across the UK in February and March 2015. This year’s headliners are the Palma Violets, who enjoyed a sell-out run on the 2013 tour with Django Django and Miles Kane. They will be…

Christmas 2014: A guide to Scottish concerts and gigs

13 Nov 2014

Including Kid Canaveral’s Xmas Baubles, Slowfest, RSNO's Hollywood Christmas and Handel’s Messiah

Of this year’s stellar repertoire of festive music events happening across the central belt, none has us more excited than Dune: The Musical (Pilrig St Paul’s Church, Edinburgh, Fri 12 Dec) from the Irregular Owl Movements. The clubbing wing of…

Sharon Van Etten set for Glasgow gig

10 Nov 2014

Emotional indie rocker is finally making it big after success of album Are We There

Although she’s four albums into a five-year recording career and the last of those records was released a full six months ago, it feels as though New Jersey’s Sharon Van Etten has never been more popular. You sense that she’s another slow-burn artists…

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Fleetwood Mac announce series of UK concerts for May and June 2015

10 Nov 2014

Multi-award winning band will play concerts in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow

Fleetwood Mac have announced they will bring their ‘On With the Show’ tour to the UK in May and June 2015. The multi-award winning band, whose 1977 album Rumours has sold over 45 million copies, will tour with their original line-up after welcoming…

Album Roundup – November 2014

7 Nov 2014

Including new releases from Dean Blunt, Neil Landstrumm, TV On The Radio, Simple Minds and Micah P H

Neil Landstrumm – Nights of Shame EP (Kick + Clap) ●●●●● Silly-good new stuff from producer Neil Landstrumm, on Kick + Clap, a brand new all-vinyl label which he says, ‘jacks so hard, it has to be from Chicago’. In reality, these squelchy, chiming…

Sleaford Mods – Broadcast, Glasgow, Wed 5 Nov

7 Nov 20144 stars

'21st century British frustrations with a style and intelligence that is at once commanding'

‘It's all so fucking boring’: just one of many spit-spattered phrases to be gobbed on one's face courtesy of Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson. But it's true. Or feels like it sometimes. In these times of constant information and 'trending', what actually…

Ariel Pink – pom pom

6 Nov 20143 stars

Unashamed perversions abound in first album without usual Haunted Graffiti collaboraters

Judging by some of his troll-y statements about women of late, sufficient to prompt Grimes to slate his ‘delusional misogyny’, you’d be about as pleased to know your best friend is dating Ariel Pink as you would one of those unwashed-looking…

Mogwai – Music Industry 3 Fitness Industry 1 EP

6 Nov 20144 stars

Glasgow band take new musical direction with latest release that includes three Rave Tapes remixes

Less than a year after their unexpected but well-deserved most successful record yet (eighth album Rave Tapes broke the UK top ten), the ever hard-grafting Mogwai are back with an EP which leads off with probably the most commercial song they’ve ever…

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Preview: Jack White to play Glasgow show

6 Nov 2014

Set list expected to include solo hits, plus songs from Dead Weather, Raconteurs and White Stripes

The saviour of garage rock circa 2001 has come a long way in the past decade. He’s achieved a red carpet status, appeared on prime-time chat shows and is now embarking on a bona fide arena rock tour, all without compromising the passionate ideals which…

Idlewild announce new album and 2015 tour

4 Nov 2014

Band have announced release of new album Everything Ever Written and accompanying UK tour in 2015

Last night Idlewild confirmed the release of a new album Everything Ever Written on 9 February 2015, as they previewed the lead track ‘Collect Yourself’ on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Radio show. A subsequent European tour has been announced with five UK dates…

Spotify playlist: Hallowe'en 2014

24 Oct 2014

Featuring The Cure, Eminem, Cat Power, Mike Oldfield, Bauhaus, Prima Donnas and Suicide

What is it about October that makes Hallowe’en music go from sleazy to palatable? Chuck a few pumpkins in Tesco and suddenly everyone’s getting down to ‘The Monster Mash’ like it’s a regular Tuesday. Luckily, the sounds of Hallowe’en aren’t restricted…

Top five 70s & 80s music pioneers that keep on burning

21 Oct 2014

Featuring The Pop Group, Young Marble Giants, Vic Godard & Subway Sect, Sexual Objects and Pere Ubu

The Pop Group Bristol's incendiary troupe of avant-punk insurrectionists return after this year's Celtic Connections show to perform their just re-pressed We Are Time album in full. Manic dub-funk sloganeering dangerous enough to bring down…

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…

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Album Roundup – October 2014

15 Oct 2014

Including new releases from Flying Lotus, Adrian Crowley, Graveyard Tapes and Deerhoof

Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! (Warp) ●●●●● The album you’re surely least likely to expect to find the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg guesting on this year, Flying Lotus’ fifth, You’re Dead!, is that rare monster, a record which is entirely…

Singles Roundup – October 2014

14 Oct 20144 stars

Featuring Sinead O'Connor, The Son(s), Jon Hopkins and Twin Atlantic

Sinead O’Connor – 8 Good Reasons (Nettwerk Music Group) ●●● Though not quite a reinvention, Sinead O’Connor’s sound of recent years is a notable shift in musical terms. The fragility of her early work remains elusive and the anger and thrust of…

A guide to the top music events and gigs this autumn

14 Oct 2014

Including The Pleasance Sessions, To Rococo Rot, Simple Things, Chvrches and Future Islands

The Pleasance Sessions The mini-festival continues with gorgeous Italo-synths and swooning, keening folk from Ubre Blanca and Two Wings (Thu 16 Oct), plus Glasgow’s excellent ‘proto-robo-folkers’ the Phantom Band and ambient vista-makers Remember…

Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry announces solo UK tour in 2015

6 Oct 2014

Tickets for 20-date tour go on sale from Fri 10 Oct; pre-sale tickets available Wed 8 Oct

After performing to packed audiences at Coachella and Glastonbury festivals this year, Bryan Ferry is set to play a 20-date UK tour in May and June 2015. The tour will include shows in London, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow. With his…

Prehistoric Friends, Two Wings and Ubre Blanca at The Pleasance Sessions

3 Oct 2014

Glasgow's hottest emerging bands take to the stage, plus special guests TYCI DJs

The Pleasance Sessions – Edinburgh’s very own cultural Oktoberfest – returns for its second year. And on Thu 16 Oct, three of Glasgow’s hottest emerging bands hotfoot it east for The List presents … night at the award-nominated music festival. Here’s…

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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…

Manic Street Preachers to mark 20th anniversary of classic album The Holy Bible with UK tour

25 Sep 2014

Tickets for Glasgow, Manchester and London shows go on sale from Fri 26 Sep

20 years after the release of their third album The Holy Bible, Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers will play a series of live UK shows in December 2014 to mark the record’s anniversary. The multi-award winning trio –  James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire…

Throwing Muses – Òran Mór, Glasgow, Wed 17 Sep

19 Sep 20144 stars

Cult US alt-rock band put on stellar performance led by Kirsten Hersh

There comes a point, in the course of a musical performance, when the musicians either click with the music or they don't, going from merely playing the song to communicating the song. In a bad performance, it never happens at all. With Throwing Muses…

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…

Sleaford Mods, Eagulls, John Cooper Clarke and Ought: A guide to the outspoken artists touring the UK this autumn

19 Sep 2014

Sleaford Mods They’re Nottingham’s gobbiest duo and one of the most noxious acts in the UK. Now, Sleaford Mods are bringing their punk grime back to Scotland in November with two headlining shows in Glasgow and Edinburgh and supporting slots for The…