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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

Glossiest album to date from one of the world's most successful metal bands does not disappoint

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…

Album round up – 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…

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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…

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…

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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…

Lily Allen, Lady Gaga, Perfume Genius and John Grant: solo UK tour highlights for autumn/winter 2014

19 Sep 2014

Lily Allen If Lily Allen's recent set at Glastonbury was anything to go by, she’s certainly retained her energetic schoolgirl charm and buoyant stage persona during a four-year absence. Following a self-imposed hiatus, Allen faced the possibility of…

The Jesus and Mary Chain, Chvrches, Prides and Slowfest: A guide to Scottish musicians on tour this autumn

19 Sep 2014

The Jesus and Mary Chain In anticipation of the 30th anniversary of their iconic debut album Psychocandy, the Jesus and Mary Chain will be playing the record from start to finish at Barrowlands. One of Scotland’s most beloved bands, the Mary Chain…

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The Melvins - Hold It In

19 Sep 20144 stars

Invigorating change in band line up ensures heavy metal record of playful and caustic precision

Now in their fourth decade, change remains the only constant in Casa de las Melvins. Most recent bassist Jared Warren and second drummer Coady Willis are out, at least temporarily, while Jeff Pinkus and Paul Leary (both of the Butthole Surfers) are…

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

17 Sep 20144 stars

The Swedish 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 outfit First Aid Kit for being out of sorts for a few moments…

Singles round up – September 2014

16 Sep 2014

Including new releases from Garden of Elks, Rozi Plain and Rachel Dadd, Baio and Night Noise Team

Garden of Elks – Yoop EP (Self-released) ●●●● Something of a Glasgow rock supergroup with members of Bronto Skylift, Paws and the late Dananananaykroyd in their number, Garden of Elks release an EP which is pleasingly not at all what might be expected…

Free-rocking Connecticut trio Magik Markers set for UK tour

16 Sep 2014

The noisy threesome arrive endorsed by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo

Since forming in 2001, free-rocking Connecticut trio Magik Markers have made an indelible (ahem) impression. Their white noise assault, stream-of-consciousness lyrics (recitations of the Periodic Table being an early theme) and chaotic live performances…

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…

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Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

28 Aug 20143 stars

Canadian dance-punk duo release second album with mixed results

It’s hard to work out Death from Above 1979’s reasons for putting out The Physical World: they’ve talked in interviews about the constant nagging from fans and the press, but denied they’re doing it for them; they’ve said it’ll allow them to play live…

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…

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…

St Vincent: a volatile marriage of ‘serene calmness and bristling aggression’

27 Aug 2014

The singer and guitarist a unique, serrated, superfuzz playing style

Originality is not an accolade bandied about so much these days but Texan musical innovator Annie Clark in ice queen / guitar hero guise as St Vincent is surely a one-off, with a unique, serrated, superfuzz playing style which she has developed across…

David Stubbs - Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany

27 Aug 20144 stars

A thorough critical and cultural history of the genre of Kraftwerk, Can, Neu!, Faust and more

'The European canon is here' declared David Bowie on 1976's Station to Station, signalling his allegiance to the new German music, crassly but enduringly dubbed krautrock by the 1970s British music press. Four decades on, krautrock is enshrined in the…