Music, Previews, Issue 638

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Camille O’Sullivan: The Dark Angel

23 Aug 2009

For every fly-by-night that comes to Edinburgh in August one month and picks up the awards, TV contracts, films scripts and buggers off to their newly purchased castle on a tax haven Caribbean island. Others do some sweating for their rep and Camille…

Belle Orchestre

21 Aug 2009

Instrumental orchestral rock comes to Glasgow

Instrumental band from Montreal with a shared history and sound to Arcade Fire, though Bell Orchestre go for a more epic glacial sound. Not surprising when you realise they share three members and recorded their debut album in the same studio and at the…


21 Aug 2009

Sub Pop folksters play Stereo

The seven-strong line-up of Nu folk band from the US of A headed by Andy Cabic is sometimes bolstered by Devendra Banhart (though we can’t guarantee his appearance at these dates). Tune into their layered, mesmeric folky sound on their latest album…

Music hitlist

21 Aug 2009

Belle Orchestre, Bronto Skylift, Fleet Foxes, Hank Williams III, Retrofest, Tenniscoats, Terry Reid, The Fortunate Sons, The Pastels, Tori Amos,

Magazine - Second Life

21 Aug 2009

On their return earlier this year, Magazine received ecstatic words. Now, Neil Cooper is convinced lighting can strike twice. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for reigniting love affairs. This year, in a concrete hall close to Manchester University…

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Pokey LaFarge

21 Aug 2009

Being totally honest, it was the tremendous name that first caught our eye with Mr LaFarge, but when you hear the ragged glories he knocks out on his acoustic six-string you know there’s more than just showbiz glitz to this critter. Like all genii…

The Pastels and Tenniscoats - Two's company

21 Aug 2009

It was a marriage made in indie heaven: the dreamy ponderings of Glasgow’s Pastels with that of Tokyo’s industrious Tenniscoats. David Pollock takes up the story

Tori Amos

21 Aug 2009

The definitive female voice returns

The ultimate kooky female singer-songwriter (well, since Kate Bush at any rate), known for her quirky take on piano ballads and eccentric vocals. Here touring her tenth studio album Abnormally Attracted to Sin recorded at her home studio in…


20 Aug 2009

Facing up to change

Malinky have been around on the Scottish folk scene for over a decade now, and went through a scenario that many young bands face – the loss of a particularly prominent member to a solo career. The band initially got together to allow singer Karine…

Admeto Re’di Tessaglia

20 Aug 2009

Getting a handle on Handel

Scorned lovers, jealous tantrums and furious outbursts are all in a day’s work for conductor Nicholas McGegan. As he explains, ‘There’s not a great deal of difference between opera and soap opera – they are all about love, jealously and ambition.…

Preston Reed

20 Aug 2009

Under the hammer

Guitarist Preston Reed is a dazzling exponent of the guitar technique broadly known as ‘hammering-on’, a percussive method of playing on the neck that looks as impressive as it sounds. You can get a flavour from his CDs, but there is no substitute for…

Tam White and the Sermon Orchestra

20 Aug 2009

Preaching a funky lesson

Tam White is Scotland’s best-known blues voice, but he has a lot more than a 12-bar in his locker. His baptism as a pop singer in the 60s eventually led to the jazz-tinged blues of The Dexters, and on to settings that ranged from a celebrated duo with…

Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich

20 Aug 2009

American soprano is mobbed, but not in the mob

Dawn Upshaw is up to her elbows in batter. She’s in the kitchen of her New York home, making pancakes with her son. It’s a very domestic scene, but then the American soprano couldn’t be further from the diva-ish stereotype. She’s just returned from the…

5 reasons to go and see: Fleet Foxes

20 Aug 2009

1 They’re fleet You should see the five band members in their tracksuits, doing the hundred yard dash. Actually, the distinctly un-athletic looking band from the Seattle suburbs look as if they couldn’t walk up a hill slowly without reaching for the…