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Best new Scottish music for December

9 Dec 2016

December's new gigs and albums include festive offerings from Kid Canaveral, Roddy Woomble and Song, by Toad

The usual change of seasonal gears arrives this month, when artists stop releasing albums for a moment and get on with putting on Christmas parties instead. In Edinburgh, there are loads of them; we recommend the customary Kid Canaveral's Xmas Baubles…

Preview: Pleasance Sessions

8 Oct 2015

Featuring RM Hubbert, Withered Hand, Man of Moon and PAWS

This weekend sees the 2015 Pleasance Sessions kick off, featuring gigs from RM Hubbert, Withered Hand and PAWS. Together with Nothing Ever Happens Here, the series of gigs staged at Summerhall's renovated Dissection Hall, the Sessions are a key art…

Opinion: 2015's SAY Award shortlist shines a spotlight on lesser-known acts

29 May 2015

Stewart Smith assesses the 10 contenders for this year's Scottish Album of the Year Award

This year’s shortlist for the Scottish Album of the Year award is a canny mixture of household names and under-the-radar talent. 2014’s winners Young Fathers are in there with the Mercury Prize winning DEAD, while Caledonian soul superstar Paolo Nutini…

King Creosote to headline Electric Fields

29 Apr 2015

Scottish folk legend is set to perform at the festival's sophomore event

Scottish folk legend King Creosote has been announced as the headline act at this year's Electric Fields festival on Sat 29 Aug. The other newly-announced bands are Blanck Mass, Vessels, Catholic Action, Birdhead, Finding Albert, Fat Goth, United Fruit…

Nothing Ever Happens Here

20 Mar 2015

Broken Records’ Jamie Sutherland talks about Summerhall’s new music programme

That name is a joke, although some might not believe that. It’s a play on the often-parroted refrain that nothing happens in Edinburgh musically, that it’s a dead zone compared to ever-bustling Glasgow. Despite slightly overblown newspaper headlines…

Dearness – Accidental Gold

9 Mar 20154 stars

New Glaswegian jingle-jangle from PAWS' bassist Ryan Drever featuring ex-Minutemen legend Mike Watt

Here we have some brand new Glaswegian jingle-jangle from PAWS’ bassist Ryan Drever (he also happens to be a member of The List’s music reviewing super-squad). It starts off with the appropriately titled ‘THAW, which sounds as if the 2002 end of year…

Pale Imitation festival curates series of gigs by local bands during Edinburgh Festivals

29 Jul 2014

2014 line-up features PAWS, Halfrican, LAW and last ever show by Meursault

Pale Imitation has a pretty simple mission statement. To celebrate the best independently-minded Scottish bands and musicians by bringing them together for a month-long festival in Edinburgh throughout August. But, wait. Put ‘festival’, ‘Edinburgh…

Interview: Phillip Taylor of PAWS talks We Are Scientists, Weezer and the Morrissey incident

21 May 2014

'It’s nice to receive support from the press... It’s not why we play music'

Your new album Youth Culture Forever is out soon in the UK, how are you feeling ahead of the release? Phillip Taylor, frontman: I’m really excited for it to come out. Hopefully people that liked our first record will like this one also. It’s a strange…

Paws - Youth Culture Forever

15 May 20143 stars

The lo-fi rock trio's second album is the work of a band starting to sound like themselves

Another of Brightonian indie FatCat’s ever-growing stable of Scottish artists, PAWS are poised amid the potential of previous label success Frightened Rabbit (unqualified success, we’d say) and the likes of the Twilight Sad and We Were Promised Jetpacks…

Singles and downloads - March 2014

19 Mar 2014

Paolo Nutini, Machinedrum, Golden Teacher and Paws reviewed

Paolo Nutini – 'Scream (Funk My Life Up)' (Atlantic) ●● For the first ten seconds, the comeback single from Paisley’s favourite son is highly promising, with a vaguely South Asian convergence of atmospheric windchime sounds and squealing rap intro…

PAWS - Mono, Glasgow, Fri 7 Feb 2014

21 Feb 20144 stars

The Glasgow posse showcase electric new material from upcoming album Youth Culture Forever

A pre-New Year blog post had Philip Taylor, the frontman of Glasgow thrash-poppers PAWS, lambast 'unoriginal' music journalists for labelling his group as part of a 'grunge revival'. While it's an understandably frustrated complaint (grunge continues…

Halloween 2013: the best clubs and parties in Glasgow and Edinburgh

15 Oct 2013

Featuring Optimo Espookio, Scottish Poetry Library's Fright Night and PAWS' Halloween Ball

We all know nothing could beat the Halloween Party from Hocus Pocus (Come on, Bette Midler singing ‘I Put A Spell On You’? Classic!). All we can do is make some feeble attempts to replicate its awesomeness. Take your pick from these five Halloween…

Admiral Fallow, Emeli Sande and Django Django nominated for Scottish Album of the Year Award 2012

25 Apr 2013

Dam Mantle, The Twilight Sad and Lau also in running for best Scottish album of the last year

Admiral Fallow, Emeli Sande and Django Django are among the artists who are in the running for the Scottish Album of the Year Award 2012. They are part of a longlist of 20 albums, whittled down from over 270 titles by a selection of journalists…

PAWS - Cokefloat!

20 Sep 20123 stars

Noisy, fuzz-loving take on American lo-fi from Glasgow trio

The latest Scots to release their debut on Fat Cat, this Glasgow trio don’t have the breakout potential of a Twilight Sad, Frabbit or Jetpacks – each ex or of the same parish – but when it comes to noisy, fuzz-loving, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Sub Pop…

PAWS - Misled Youth

23 Apr 20124 stars

A pacey, frantic and melancholy EP from the Glasgow garage pop-rock trio

(Fat Cat) Grrr, Paws are good. Be it gigging in weird places (the Glasgow trio have played in bathrooms, skate shops and on top of double decker buses) or the bedroom recordings released on painstakingly put-together, hand-numbered limited edition…

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2011 - Beauly, Inverness, 5-6 Aug

30 Aug 20114 stars

Newcomers prove themselves at summer festival highlight

Selling out in record time once again, this year's Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival put up a good fight against the weekend's floods to deliver arguably its best instalment to date. Mule-packed with a dizzying array of arts performances, from the…

T in the Park: T Break 2011 act profiles

28 Jun 2011

The up-and-comers earning slots on this year’s T Break stage

We profile the up-and-comers who have gained one of the fiercely contested slots on this year’s T Break stage Lady North Mathy electro for fans of Errors’ complex disco beats, or Battles’ stuttering drums. Despite the misleading name, Lady North has…

Exposure: Glasgow indie trio PAWS

14 Apr 2011

Over the past 12 months, Glasgow trio PAWS have gone from ambitious bedroom jams to supporting damn near every cult US indie export to grace our fair shores (Dum Dum Girls, Wavves, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti etc). Combining Dinosaur Jr-esque melodic…

Music industry seminar Wide Days 2011 features top speakers

5 Apr 2011

Showcase sets from Withered Hand, Capitals and Rachel Sermanni

Following its successful launch in 2010, the organisers behind Scotland's Born To Be Wide return to the capital on the 7th April 2011 with their jam-packed A&R seminar Wide Days, featuring a tasty programme of panels and workshops by day and selective…

The Babies, Paws and Schnapps - Stereo, Glasgow, Sat 19 Mar 2011

24 Mar 20114 stars

New York lo-fi indie kids provided with able support from local acts

Imposing concrete pillars aside, Stereo continues to ‘cement’ (oh yes, we did) its position as one of Glasgow’s best basement venues, and a good place to seek musical refuge in the face of yet another cold Saturday night in the city. First up, local…

Labels of Love: Wise Blood Industries

16 Sep 2010

In The List’s conception of utopia, every good record label is inspired by shrunken cadavers and cardinal sin. In the real world, there is only one – Glasgow’s fearless Wise Blood Industries – named after Flannery O’Connor’s great American novel, and…