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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…

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: 5 music highlights

22 Jul 2014

Featuring Withered Hand, Niki King, Asian Dub Foundation and RM Hubbert with Emma Pollock

Withered Hand The self-deprecating Dan Willson (he slagged his own voice off at an Usher Hall anniversary bash earlier this year and says his kids are the band’s toughest critics) gets set to receive the acclaim of others with tunes from breezy latest…

Review and picture gallery: Howlin' Fling, Isle of Eigg, Fri 18-Sun 20 Jul 2014

21 Jul 20144 stars

Beth Orton, Sam Amidon and Jens Lekman impress at this special 3 day festival

‘I want to hear some howling this weekend’, shouts Johnny Lynch as he introduces the first act at Howlin' Fling. 'Ahr-Ahr-Ahrooo', cry back the audience. There’s a heady atmosphere on the first night of this three day festival on the Isle of Eigg…

Grumbling Fur - Preternaturals

15 Jul 20144 stars

An offbeat and memorable collection of avant-pop from the underground psych duo

While Alexander Tucker declaring Preternaturals to be ‘our pop record’ could be misleading, there’s no denying that the third album from Grumbling Fur (the duo of Tucker and Daniel O'Sullivan) does wander some rarely occupied passages between wyrd folk…

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…

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T in the Park 2014: Amazing Snakeheads interview

23 Jun 2014

‘Playing live when we first started was just about war ... Total fucking chaos and destruction'

‘Playing live when we first started was just about fucking war,’ blurts singer and guitarist Dale Barclay over a phoneline from Paris, in summing up the philosophical arc of the Amazing Snakeheads across a transformative debut year. ‘It wasn’t about…

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…

Neutral Milk Hotel - Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Thu 14 Aug.

15 Aug 20144 stars

Return to flying form for Jeff Mangum's troupe at Edinburgh's Corn Exchange

The mythology surrounding the demise then phoenix-like rebirth of Jeff Magnum’s troupe has always been steeped in a mix of hype and speculation, an anti-marketing anomaly which created a devoted cult following years after their hiatus – and given their…

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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Festival 2014 to host a series of cultural events to celebrate the Glasgow Commonwealth Games

15 Jul 2014

Live music, film, comedy, film and fashion events to coincide with the Games

Glasgow Green Live Zone One of Glasgow’s most iconic city parks will be transformed into a huge home for the duration of the Games. The Living Room hosts the main stage, with themed days celebrating the music of Commonwealth Cultures (Thu 24 Jul)…

Owl John - Owl John

15 Jul 20144 stars

Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchinson favours folky atmospherics over indie-rock hooks in solo outing

Forget whisky and genealogy website subscriptions. Some would argue that Scotland’s most successful transatlantic export consists of rollicking indie-folk tunes, a few beards and just enough heavily accented curse words to make the Americans blush.

Post-rock icons Slint hit the road again for Spiderland reissue tour

15 Jul 2014

Founding members Brian McMahan and David Pajo admit comeback tours are purely for the fans

In a time before Mogwai walked the post-rock earth, there was Slint. One of those groups whose commercial returns never came anywhere near matching their immense influence on future generations of musicians – their 1991 album Spiderland is regarded as…

Linkin Park announce UK dates for November 2014

9 Jul 2014

Tickets for the dates, in support of new album The Hunting Party, go on sale from Fri 11 Jul

Linkin Park have announced they'll be playing The O2, London on Sun 23 Nov in support of latest album The Hunting Party. In writing the album, multi-instrumentalist and singer Mike Shinoda was inspired by a blog post titled ‘Rock Sucks Right Now and its…

Honeyblood - Honeyblood

8 Jul 20143 stars

Accomplished self-titled debut a successful take-off, despite some inconsistencies

Between the Glasgow music scene, Brighton’s FatCat Records and New York-based producer Pete Katis (he of Interpol and The National repute), a runway to success has effectively been laid. Be it towards a steady ascendance in commercial returns…

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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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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The Pheromoans - Hearts of Gold

27 Jun 20144 stars

The band's most accomplished album to date, skilfully making mundaneness sound invigorating

Brighton’s Pheromoans see the world through a slightly cloudy pint glass, in parts reminiscent of the experimental rock of the Fall at their sloppy best, 60s surf rock and the early stripped-down, DIY tape approach of the Shadow Ring’s kitchen sink…

Peter Gabriel prepares to play So (and new material) at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

26 Jun 2014

Tickets for the show, which takes place this December, go on sale from Fri 27 Jun

Peter Gabriel is to perform his iconic So album in its entirety at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena. The 4 December show is part of Gabriel’s ‘Back to Front’ tour, and will feature the original So live band: bassist Tony Levin, guitarist David Rhodes…

British indie pop band Young Kato to play London’s Club Surya

26 Jun 2014

Tickets for the gig go on sale from Fri 27 Jun

British indie pop band Young Kato are set to play London’s Club Surya on 28 July. The Cheltenham six-piece made up of Tommy Wright, Jack Edwards, Joe Green, Joe Lever, Harry Steele and Sam Henderson, formed in 2011 when step-brothers Sam and Jack…

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…

Thin Privilege - Thin Privilege

20 Jun 20144 stars

Superb use of bass ensures debut album is concise and venomous enough to effortlessly dodge cliché

Thin Privilege know what is best in life. And what is best in life is bass. These four young men eschew the pompous banality of the six-string in favour of a potent double shot of the more economical four. They’re not the first to employ twin basses…