Music, Pop

1,816 articles

Sorted by popularity / date

Pop princess Kylie Minogue announces UK tour dates for 2014

19 Mar 2014

Tickets for the tour, which will visit the UK in September/October, go on sale from Fri 21 Mar

Kylie Minogue will be touring the UK this September as part of her ‘Kiss Me Once' European tour. The tour will commence at Liverpool's Echo Arena in Liverpool on Wed 24 Sep and call at Manchester, London, Cardiff, Birmingham and Nottingham. Kylie will…

Exposure: dream-pop trio Magic Eye

27 Mar 2014

The band, who have links with Errors and NAKED, have signed with LA DIY label Not Not Fun

This haze-addled Edinburgh dream-pop trio are easy to love, and to (lose) focus on. Formed a couple of years ago, and currently under the jurisdiction of Los Angeles DIY paradise Not Not Fun, Magic Eye channel a day-glo fug of exotica, as attested by…

Banks - O2 ABC2, Glasgow, Sun 23 Mar 2014

25 Mar 20144 stars

The rising R&B pop starlet showcases and amazing vocal range at this intimate gig

Jillian Banks is the friend in your group that is shy the one minute, then after a few drinks is up on the dancefloor, totally wrapped up in the music as you look on in amazement, sipping on your vodka and Coke. Replace the drinks with a couple of lines…

Metronomy - O2 ABC, Glasgow, Wed 19 Mar 2014

25 Mar 20143 stars

A few bum notes can't stop Joe Mount and co achieving the dreamy, the euphoric and the bittersweet

Try to create the perfect pop machine and you might come up with something not too far from Metronomy. But how to make this precision instrument perform live, with all the character and spirit required of a gig? As the very name suggests, Metronomy’s…

Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love

25 Mar 20144 stars

A record of tonal weirdness that does great things for Nutini as a vocalist of versatility and soul

The underwhelming cod-bluesery of Paolo Nutini’s comeback single ‘Scream (Funk My Life Up)’ opens his third album, and it’s hard to overstate just how much this limp effort fails to sell a record which is by some margin his most interesting yet. It…

back to top

Chvrches - Barrowland, Glasgow, Sat 8 Mar 2014

21 Mar 20144 stars

A wonderful, confident homecoming show from the electro-pop trio

Quite how much of a good impression Chvrches have made upon their home city is illustrated by this, their ‘first ever show at the Barrowlands’, as described with pride by singer Lauren Mayberry, and a wonderful, confident show it is too. The music…

Rufus Wainwright - Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Wed 5 Mar 2014

21 Mar 20144 stars

The baroque pop artiste imbues his modern material with class and elegance

Rufus Wainwright may have dabbled in musicals, operas and orchestras but tonight is stripped back to basics. No backing band, just the purity of one man singing at a grand piano. He sometimes switches to guitar, and is joined by his half-sister Lucy…

Carla Bozulich - Boy

19 Mar 20143 stars

An adventurous, unique, instinctive and powerful twist on folk, blues and gospel forms

Carla Bozulich has done a lot that’s worthy of your ears over the couple of decades – most prominently, the savage country-punk of The Geraldine Fibbers and the more exploratory Evangelista, plus the Nels Cline Singers, Ethyl Meatplow, Scarnella and…

Interview: San Franciscan busker The Space Lady

19 Mar 2014

The iconic outsider musician is experiencing a revival since her 70s/80s heyday

Walk through San Francisco's bohemian Castro district in the 70s or 80s and you might come across a street musician dressed in a winged helmet and futuristic robes, singing celestial lullabies over the cosmic tones of a modified Casio keyboard. This was…

The Notwist, with Jel – Mono, Glasgow, Sun 16 Mar 2014

19 Mar 20144 stars

The long-running German alt.rockers team up with the Californian hip hop electronicist

Given The Notwist’s (comparatively) recent move towards electronica, it’s not too surprising to see Jel join the long-running German alt.rockers on this European tour. The co-founder of alternative electronica/hip hop label Anticon, he’s carved a niche…

back to top

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…

Tuff Love/ Miracle Strip/ The Pictish Trail - Henry's Cellar, Edinburgh, Thu 13 Mar 2014

19 Mar 20144 stars

Lost Map's Johnny Lynch presides over a night of infectious pop joy

In a venue not dissimilar to the hull of a sunken ship, Johnny Lynch has every reason to be happy. Not only has he smoothly steered through the first six months of running his new record label, Lost Map and handed over his own solo material to be…

Babe - Volery Flighty

14 Mar 20143 stars

Former Findo Gask man Gerard Black proves he's just as talented as his famous friends

Talented pals – who needs them? Fife-born Gerard Black’s Glasgow/Bordeaux-based brainchild Babe (also featuring Amaury Ranger, Thomas Ogden and Michael Marshall, a bandmate of Gerard’s in defunct Scottish synth-pop group Findo Gask) have been…

Chad VanGaalen - Shrink Dust

14 Mar 20143 stars

Self-proclaimed country album from Calgary's astral-rock artisan

Picture this. Two small, prying hands growing out of your shoulders, ripping your eyelids wide apart, provoking untold confusion and pain, and all to a groovy psych-pop beat. Welcome to the surreal province of Chad VanGaalen, where such events unfold on…

François & the Atlas Mountains - Piano Ombre

14 Mar 20144 stars

The final LP in François Marry's 'trilogy' contains yet more bilingual, elegantly tailored synth pop

François Marry, one-time touring member of Camera Obscura, and Fence Records recording artiste, has ceased his perambulations around the UK and returned to his native France to record the final part of what he sees as a trilogy of albums. With Piano…

back to top

Interview: Franz Ferdinand bassist Bob Hardy

13 Mar 2014

A discussion on flat parties, sabbaticals and the latest Franz album

'It’s kind of like a holiday with your pals,' muses Franz Ferdinand bassist Bob Hardy, of the Glasgow artisan guitar pop artistes’ rationale for taking a good long break prior to making their latest album, following three records in quick succession up…

Interview: Paolo Nutini on new album, Caustic Love

11 Mar 2014

The singer-songwriter is set to play a slew of festival dates, including T in the Park & V Festival

If you have turned on a radio at any point in the past month or so, you may be aware that Paisley pop prodigy Paolo Nutini is back in the game with new single ‘Scream (Funk My Life Up)’ after an absence of five years - say three, if you take time off…

Paul Haig – At Twilight

10 Mar 20144 stars

Ex-Josef K member – and 'face and sound of 1982' – returns with another solo album

When Paul Haig, Malcolm Ross and co called time on Edinburgh's jangular art-rock funkateers Josef K, following the release of both theirs and Alan Horne's Postcard label's sole album release, The Only Fun In Town, in 1981, Haig styled himself as the…

Vic Godard – Thirty Odd Years

10 Mar 20145 stars

An exquisite package dedicated to the anti-career of the prolific Subway Sect man

'It's a literary and philosophical group,' says the voice of the late Edinburgh-based poet Paul Reekie in a faux-radio interview at the start of this two-CD, 44 track retrospective from Vic Godard. As a singer/songwriter, Godard's band Subway Sect may…

Bdy_Prts - Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow, Wed 5 Mar 2014

7 Mar 20144 stars

Debut single launch gig for the bodysock-loving Glasgow alt-pop duo

’We thought we'd only sold about 30 tickets!’ Jenny Reeve protests mid-set, but the venue is rammed full and there is little doubt that Bdy_Prts is the hottest ticket in town on this particular evening. Neither Reeve nor her partner in crime Jill O…

back to top

Disclosure with Joey Bada$$ - Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Wed 5 Mar 2014

6 Mar 20144 stars

Poor sound quality can’t hamper a night of near-perfect pop-house

Given that the Corn Exchange is used as much for wedding fayres and corporate events as for live music performances, it’s not surprising that it lacks the decent acoustics of purpose-built gig houses. Tonight’s support act, Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$…

Exposure: 80s echoing synth-pop from Glaswegian trio Prides

24 Feb 2014

The trio specialise in big, anthemic choruses a la Tears for Fears, Roxy Music, Genesis & Talk Talk

Already one of the most talked about bands of 2014, Glasgow trio Prides have wasted no time in taking their euphoric synth-pop to the masses. Emerging early last year, their debut single ‘Out Of The Blue’ was playlisted by Radio 1 and they were also…

Beyonce - Hydro Arena, Glasgow, Thu 20 Feb 2014

21 Feb 20145 stars

The Mrs Carter live show is a mesmerising blend of star power, pyrotechnics and damn good music

There are a hundred and one questions which could be asked of Beyonce as a true artistic breaker of boundaries; namely, judging by this performance, the tension between an obviously passionate feminist voice which saw her render the powerful TED talk…

Dean Wareham - Dean Wareham

21 Feb 20144 stars

The Luna/Galaxie 500 guitarist delivers perfectly crafted, exquisitely delivered songs

No one ever claimed Dean Wareham was a great guitar player, least of all himself. But eavesdropping on his ongoing search for the lost note and perfect chord progression is compelling. With a knack for plaintive melody and lyrical phrasing most other…

Metronomy - Love Letters

21 Feb 20143 stars

Joe Mount's electro-pop follow-up to The English Riviera can't help but suffer by comparison

Across three albums, Metronomy evolved from Joseph Mount’s one-man glitch electronica project into an iridescent indie pop band. Debut album Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 You Owe) (2006) bristled with wonky beats while The English Riviera (2011) saw…