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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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: 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…

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…

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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)…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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.

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…

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…