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Nicki Minaj heads to the Hydro with the Pinkprint tour

31 Mar 2015

Bringing the boom badoom boom bass back to Glasgow a few months after the MTV EMAs

Returning to the same spot where she helped host the MTV EMAs back in November, the cheeky-aggro-dollybird queen of rap – and proud advocate of the big booty – Nicki Minaj returns to the Hydro, this time with her Pinkprint tour. An occasionally…

Tyler, the Creator: new projects, same old gusto

31 Mar 2015

The rabble-rousing rapper lines up a series of gigs and his own internet TV station

One of the last times I saw Tyler, the Creator he was in typical rabble-rousing form, in knee-high socks, swan-diving off a stage and causing pandemonium. It was his, and his hip hop cabal Odd Future’s schtick: new world order demagoguery, chaotic live…

Zayn Malik on the rebound with Naughty Boy

31 Mar 2015

We compare Zayn Malik's solo song with previous band-to-solo efforts

In a move that's only surprising in its rapidity, Zayn Malik (ex-One Direction, in case you'd forgotten) has teased his first solo effort. Just five days after leaving the boyband, Malik has collaborated with producer/troller Naughty Boy, who…

Gig review: RBMA presents A Night With LuckyMe feat Mykki Blanco, The Glue Factory, Glasgow, Sun 29 Mar

31 Mar 20154 stars

A speaker-humping, towel-swinging, 'taps aff', punk-rap night to remember

Mykki Blanco, the alter-ego of the rapper and performance artist Michael Quattlebaum Jr, returns to Glasgow on the back of the announcement she's quitting music to train as an investigative journalist, with a special focus on homosexuality and gay…

Ela Orleans – Upper Hell

31 Mar 20155 stars

Glasgow-based noir-pop alchemist makes heaven out of hell

If Ela Orleans' last exceptional album, Tumult In Clouds (2012) was concerned with the heavens, then you can imagine where we're all headed on its brilliant successor, Upper Hell. The Poland-raised, Glasgow-based noir-pop diviner referenced Ray…

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Review: Scottish Opera’s KidO

30 Mar 20153 stars

Musical feet and fruity sounds for pre-school audiences

There are certain places we expect musical sounds to emanate from – and a pineapple isn’t one of them. Such strange and delightful occurrences are par for the course in Scottish Opera’s new show, Kid O however. Advised to take off their shoes and…

Interview: Young Fathers, ‘They dinnae ken what to call us…’

27 Mar 2015

‘Scottish hip-hop trio'. Convenient shorthand, maybe, but Young Fathers prefer to challenge that reductive label. 'It's frustrating people keep calling us “hip hop”,' explains Graham ‘G’ Hastings. ‘When you listen to our records, particularly the new…

Best Record Store Day 2015 events across Edinburgh and Glasgow

27 Mar 2015

Releases from David Bowie, Miracle Strip and Biffy Clyro are on sale as part of Record Store Day

You can keep your MP3s and your iTunes and whatnot, it's been eight years now and thankfully, the UK is still not over Record Store Day. This year plenty of acts are getting in on the act and putting out special releases – there's David Bowie, with a…

Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too

27 Mar 20154 stars

Mercury Prize-winning trio come back in style

In an era when designed-in, risk-averse formulism is the only style which is allowed into the mainstream, it’s pleasing to hear Edinburgh trio Young Fathers unashamedly describe themselves as pop music. From that out-of-the-blue but utterly deserved…

The SCO, BBC SSO, and RSNO: what to expect from their new seasons

26 Mar 2015

We look at forthcoming attractions from Scotland's three largest orchestras

Scotland has many orchestras but three big ones in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. And while some may question whether Scotland needs so many orchestras in this auterity-era…

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The best Edinburgh Science Festival arts and culture events

26 Mar 2015

From drone orchestras to geek songs, we’ve picked our top tips for this year's science fest

The white coats are let out for the day to hop on their bikes as part of Edinburgh International Science Festival’s Street Science team. Engaging with audiences across the city, the aim is to shake up science, blow off the cobwebs and prove that it’s…

Download: new Singles and EPs out now and incoming – April

26 Mar 2015

Featuring Happy Meals, Rose McDowall, Froth, Vashti Bunyan & Animal Collective and Sacred Paws

Sunday, Monday: Happy Meals. Tuesday, Wednesday: Happy Meals. Thursday, Friday: Happy Meals. There isn't a day in the week that cannot be hugely improved by a blast of astral disco-chanson from Glasgow duo Happy Meals. ‘Altered Images’ is the latest…

The Prodigy – The Day Is My Enemy

26 Mar 20153 stars

Going backwards to stay angry, and partying like it's 1996

Despite Liam Howlett's talk of The Prodigy's 'angry album', and the aggressive titles ('Nasty', 'Get Your Fight On'), The Day Is My Enemy is a conservative album. Aside from sprinkling occasional samples of Arabic music, and a melody line on 'Wild…

Brian Wilson announces 2015 UK tour

24 Mar 2015

Former Beach Boy is to tour with former band members plus support from America and Edwyn Collins

Brian Wilson has announced he is to play a UK arena tour this September. The legendary singer-songwriter and former member of 60s surf-poppers The Beach Boys will bring the sound of California to British shores on an eight-gig tour that takes in…

Interview: Rose McDowall on punk, prejudice and polka dots

24 Mar 2015

The former Strawberry Switchblade frontwoman looks to future projects

Rose McDowall is enshrined in the popular imagination – the one that stretches back to the mid-80s at any rate – as the petite, raven-haired goth girl with the polka dot mini-dresses who sang with one-hit wonders Strawberry Switchblade. Inevitably there…

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Opinion: Nothing Ever Happens Here?

23 Mar 2015

Edinburgh’s often accused of being a city where nothing, musically, ever happens. A few independent

Nicholas Herd, who’s been running the independent gig promoting outfit Braw Gigs out of Edinburgh for the past eight years, rounds up fellow gig promoters and club organisers who are making Edinburgh's music scene.

Mogwai 20th anniversary tour, dates added and lineup details

23 Mar 2015

Cork and Dublin stops added to the tour, with Glasgow support now including Loop and The Vaselines

Scottish post-rockers Mogwai are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a recently announced series of June gigs in London and Glasgow, have now added dates in Cork and Dublin to their tour schedule. Also announced are the supporting acts joining…

Blur share new song 'There Are Too Many of Us'

20 Mar 2015

More new music from Blur as band share another track from new album, The Magic Whip

Just last month Blur announced first new album in 12 years, The Magic Whip, and along with it released the single 'Go Out'. Now the band has shared another song from the forthcoming album, 'There Are Too Many of Us'. You can listen and watch the…

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…

Counterflows 2015: interview with featured artist Noura Mint Seymali

19 Mar 2015

The mauritanian desert-rock singer talks influences, griot traditions and her latest album Tzenni

Glasgow's annual music bacchanal, the global / alternative weekend festival Counterflows, has been zig-zagging geographic boundaries, remapping cultural ones, and revelling in subterranean sonic fun since 2012.

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Jlin – Dark Energy

19 Mar 20152 stars

The producer pushes footwork into darker nooks as her new record weighs heavy with a sobering tone

Jlin’s earnest, tempestuous footwork – that frenetic Chicago sound – does not originate from a happy place. The Gary, Indiana producer admits herself: ‘My musical sense of expression comes from sadness and anger.’ So if you like your footwork to be fun…

Edinburgh International Festival 2015: The Hub Sessions

19 Mar 2015

Highlights of new strand include works from the National’s Bryce Dessner and Anna Calvi

For the first time, this year’s Edinburgh International Festival will feature The Hub Sessions, where some of the world’s most exciting musicians perform in the intimate surroundings of The Hub in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. Here are this year’s…

Paul Vickers and The Leg – The Greengrocer

19 Mar 20154 stars

This food-stuff-based quasi concept album is easy to digest

Don't be fooled by the troubadourish mediaevalisms of the jaunty guitar flourish that opens the third and much belated opus by the wildest junkyard auteurs to ever embark on a galloping collision course of surrealist lyrical fantasms and stumblebum…

Glastonbury: controversial headline acts that played memorable sets

18 Mar 2015

Kanye West isn't the only headliner to disgruntle a few of the festival's fans

So, it seems that some Glastonbury fans don’t love Kanye as much as Kanye loves Kanye, as they’ve started a petition asking organisers to cancel his headline slot and replace him with a rock band. The petition already has over 35,000 signatures, but…

Magners Summer Nights 2015 lineup revealed

18 Mar 2015

Highlights include: King Creosote, Roddy Frame, Glasgvegas, Joan Armatrading, Ben Folds and more

The lineup for this year's Magners' Summer Nights festival has been announced featuring a series of summertime gigs in Glasgow (Thu 6 Aug – Sat 15 Aug) and Edinburgh (Wed 26 Aug – Fri 28 Aug). Glasgow's Bandstand in Kelvingrove Park will feature…