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Interview: Anthony Naples

3 Mar 2015

Up and coming producer Naples discusses beginnings, inspirations and his Glasgow connection

Miami-born, New York-based and possessing a long association with the city of Glasgow, Proibito Records boss and brand new album artist (his debut Body Pill just came out on Text) is back this weekend as a guest of Numbers. The youthful producer tells…

digitalanalogue – Be Embraced, You Millions!

3 Mar 20153 stars

Named in say-what-you-hear fashion after the mix of hardware and software used in the making of the music, digitalanalogue is the instrumental, solo, side project of Broken Records guitarist Ian Turnbull, and his debut offering is a sort of instrumental…

The Kildas, The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, Thu 26 Feb 2015

3 Mar 20154 stars

The remote islands of St Kilda and Fair Isle are featured in an evening of islands, songs and loops

The Hebridean island of St Kilda is shrouded in myth and mystification. Evidence of habitation on the barren outcrop dates back to the Bronze Age, but the last of a dwindling population was finally evacuated in 1930 after flu epidemics and the ravages…

Interview: Jimmy Somerville, 'Even cheesy disco songs have great messages'

3 Mar 2015

Former Bronski Beat/Communards frontman talks about his new album, 80s nostalgia and growing up gay

Jimmy Somerville, erstwhile frontman of Bronski Beat and The Communards, has kept a low profile over the past two decades but now he’s back on the dancefloor with Homage, a new album of originals celebrating his love of disco What was your first…

Nadine Shah – Fast Food

3 Mar 20153 stars

Northumbrian singer's second album is elegantly packaged but lacks bite

An expressive alto voice with a torch song tone is a powerful musical weapon, deployed with precision over the years by femmes fatales from Marianne Faithfull to PJ Harvey, Anita Lane to Anna Calvi, all of whom can conjure up a cloak and dagger…

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Madonna announces four UK dates for 2015

2 Mar 2015

The material girl to play dates in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow in December 2015

Following her headline-grabbing performance at last week's Brit Awards, Madonna has announced a mammoth 35 city tour starting in Miami on 29 August. After playing the US, Asia and Australia, the singer will head to Europe before finishing with four…

Live Review: Ravi Coltrane Quartet, Royal Conservatoire, Glasgow, Sat 28 Feb 2015

2 Mar 20154 stars

Jazz saxophonist Coltrane – son of Alice and John – and his foursome are on another level

Ravi Coltrane's three Scottish dates are undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of Jazz Scotland's enterprising new series of year-round concerts. The son of two of the 20th century's greatest musicians, Alice and John Coltrane, the 49-year-old saxophonist…

S-Type – SV8

2 Mar 20153 stars

Beatmaker S-Type's new EP of club tunes featuring Yung Gud and Lunice is both eerie and ecstatic

You can't swing a oversized glowstick in Glasgow without whacking a HudMo or a Rustie, such is the city's reputation as a creative hothouse for scallywags bashing on MPCs and creating big room beats. LuckyMe labelmate S-Type is another of this merrie…

Super Furry Animals announce tour dates

27 Feb 2015

Following the re-release of Mwng the Welsh group head out on a short UK tour in May 2015

Super Furry Animals will go on tour for the first time in six years this May. The re-release of their classic fourth album Mwang - in its 15th anniversary year - kicks off a short tour of Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and London. In 2000, Mwang…

Wilko Johnson announces 2015 tour dates

26 Feb 2015

Veteran guitarist/singer beats cancer and hits the road with his band

It’s one of the more awesome comebacks in rock'n'roll history. Much-loved guitarist and singer Wilko Johnson – owner of the most intimidating glare in pub-rock, who was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in 2013, and who gave an emotional…

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Optimo's Foodbank Fundraiser aims to help Glasgow's hungry

26 Feb 2015

JD Twitch and JG Wilkes to raise money for city foodbanks at Art School event

Glasgow's Art School is being taken over for a fundraising event supporting Glasgow foodbanks on Fri 13 Mar. The line-up includes Optimo (organisers, along with Autonomous Glasgow), Nightwave, Harri & Domenic, MWX and many more, as well as visual art…

BRIT Awards 2015 complete list of winners

26 Feb 2015

Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith and Royal Blood among the winners at UK pop's annual backslapping party

The winners have been announced, the awards collected, Kanye came, Madonna fell, and Ant and Dec have skulked back into the jungle to work on their jokes. Ed Sheeran cleaned up with the two biggest prizes of the night while Paloma Faith took home…

Death From Above 1979, ABC, Glasgow, Mon 23 Feb 2015

24 Feb 20153 stars

There's little electricity in the air tonight for the reunited Canadian duo

There's a moment right before the gig starts when a crew member comes onstage for a routine check of the bass. In what feels like a fraction of an instant, that familiar, rabid tone that has become just as iconic as the be-trunked emblem…

Sacred Paws chat Sleater-Kinney and the legacy of 90s feminist-punk

20 Feb 2015

After a decade-long wait, devotees are being inspired all over again

Yes, of course it was thrilling when David Bowie dropped an album out of nowhere. And granted, Aphex Twin delighted with his blimps and his cryptic new LP campaign. But Sleater-Kinney knocked these dudes for six when they hid a brand new single – their…

T in the Park announces 2015 lineup

20 Feb 2015

Sam Smith, Kasabian and The Prodigy join The Libertines for the festival

Kasabian, David Guetta and Sam Smith are Friday night's headliners; Saturday night sees Avicii, the Libertines and the Script topping the bill, while Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, The Prodigy and Stereophonics take on Sunday. The safe line-up…

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Blur to release new album, listen to new single now

19 Feb 2015

The Magic Whip to be the first studio LP the group has released in 12 years

News sure to cause a collective meltdown of fans everywhere, Blur have simultaneously announced their first studio album in 12 years, released the first single and confirmed an appearance in London’s Hyde Park at the British Summer Time Festival this…

Old Hairdressers Fifth Anniversary All-Dayer: Mega Hair!

19 Feb 2015

The Glasgow venue celebrates five years of grassroots music and arts

Over the past five years, The Old Hairdressers has established itself as Glasgow's most adventurous grassroots music and arts space, hosting gigs, club nights, exhibitions, film screenings, plays, talks and experimental happenings. 'We rarely say no…

UK metal festival round-up: From Hammerfest to Bloodstock

18 Feb 2015

We take a closer look at 2015's line-ups, which feature the likes of Metallica, Kiss and Slipknot

Henry Northmore As Godflesh, Onslaught and Conan join the latest announcements for this year’s Bloodstock it’s the perfect time to check out the line-ups rocking some of the best metal events across this year’s festival season. Hammerfest…

Strange Electricity: Jim Tenors recalls making Sähkö The Movie

18 Feb 2015

Ahead of a rare screening in Glasgow, the director shares his memories of filming the documentary

Only the few will have seen Sähkö The Movie – regarded among certain technoheads as the ‘Holy Grail of electronic music documentaries’. Rarely screened live, besides the odd special event like Sonar festival, or a night at MoMA in New York, it’s coming…

Ata Kak – Obaa Sima

17 Feb 20154 stars

This joyous, one-off pop nugget is an exuberant blend of Ghanian highlife, hip hop and house

Ata Kak's Obaa Sima was the album which inspired ethnomusicologist Brian Shimkowitz to start his Awesome Tapes from Africa blog in 2006. His fascination with the Ghanian singer and rapper began in 2002, when he chanced upon the obscure tape at a…

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Taraf De Haidouks – Of Lovers, Gamblers and Parachute Skirts

17 Feb 20154 stars

The Romani collective return to older styles for their 25th anniversary album

For their 25th anniversary album, the freewheeling Romani collective Taraf de Haidouks have returned to the older styles which first inspired them: Romanian ballads, Gypsy love songs, old-time dance tunes and Turkish-influenced instrumentals. Of Lovers…

Troyka – Ornithophobia

17 Feb 20153 stars

A contemporary sound which brings to mind the glory days of prog and jazz-rock

For listeners of a certain vintage, Troyka will recall the 1970s heyday of prog and jazz-rock, with their tricksy time changes, wiggy solos and maze-like structures. *3Ornithophobia*2 even has a concept, being based around the winningly batty notion of…

Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter 3: River Run Thee

17 Feb 20155 stars

A collage of jazz, blues, noise and spoken word makes up this remarkable album

For the third chapter in her epic work exploring the legacy of slavery, musician and activist Matana Roberts has created an extraordinary collage, bringing together jazz, blues, noise and spoken word in an approach she calls 'panoramic sound quilting'.

Django Django, Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Sun 15 Feb

16 Feb 20154 stars

Energy, thumping beats and squelchy electronics turn the Liquid Rooms into a tropical rave

With Django Django’s Scottish roots and links to Edinburgh College of Art, it’s unsurprising that they chose the capital for one of just two UK dates on this intimate mini-tour. It’s also unsurprising that the Liquid Room is absolutely stowed…

Django Django UK tour announced

16 Feb 2015

London rock outfit to take new album Born Under Saturn on UK tour in May

May the fourth be with Django Django fans. The London four piece releases their newest album, Born Under Saturn, Mon 4 May via Because Music – just two days after they kick off an 10-date UK tour, it was announced today.