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Bloc Party drummer Matt Tong talks to us ahead of their UK tour

13 Sep 2012

New album Four is 'the first time we’ve communicated what we wanted to achieve, with any record'

Bloc Party paved the way for resurgence in the popularity of simplistic, yet engaging rock music when they first emerged almost ten years ago. With their biting, post-punk aesthetic and potent hooks, the band enjoyed brief but major success with three…

Interview with New Order drummer Stephen Morris and guitarist Phil Cunningham

26 Apr 2012

The reunited music icons on playing live and the importance of arguing

New Order are back, and it’s as if they never went away. Are you enjoying it Stephen Morris, drummer and longest continuously-serving member alongside Bernard Sumner? ‘Yeah, it’s been great,’ he says from his house/studio just outside Macclesfield…

Interview: Andrew Weatherall set for RockNess 2012

30 Mar 2012

Esteemed DJ and producer on A Love From Outer Space and festivals

Andrew Weatherall is just one of the new announcements for 2012’s RockNess line-up where he’ll be joining Soma Records who are taking control of the new Arcadia UFO. It’s a Scottish Festival exclusive as he’s joined by Sean Johnston as they present an…

Alex Scally of dream-pop duo Beach House - interview

18 Oct 2012

Scally and vocalist Victoria Legrand are enjoying success from breakthrough album Bloom

An interview with Beach House’s Alex Scally is worth the chase across a continent, the reschedulings and delays as he, singer Victoria Legrand and their band and crew relay their way through the duo’s biggest tour of the United States since they formed…

Animal Collective bringing Centipede Hz tour to Glasgow's O2 ABC

18 Oct 2012

The album is slower-selling than Merriweather Post Pavilion, but fits better with AnCo's masterplan

Will Merriweather Post Pavilion, comfortably Animal Collective’s most commercially successful album in nine attempts to date, ultimately prove their happy accident? It pushed the American purveyors of strange, soupy, experimental neo-psychedelia onto…

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Five reasons to check out Matthew Herbert’s ‘One Pig’

18 Oct 2012

The sound experiment documents the birth, life and death of a pig

1 Not many gigs document the birth, life and death of a pig ‘The whole show is about remembering this life that existed and then passed. All of us are playing pig samples. Our drummer’s playing a drum made from the skin of the pig. We’ve also got a chef…

Glasgow's Minimal initiative to celebrate Estonian composer Arvo Pärt

18 Oct 2012

Part's Stabat Mater and Passio will be conducted by Paul Hillier

Now entering its third year, Glasgow Music’s groundbreaking Minimal initiative brings a weekend of music by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt to City Halls and Kelvingrove. His Stabat Mater will be heard one night, with Passio, a setting of the St John…

Bizarro-pop oddball Ariel Pink set for Glasgow's Stereo

9 Oct 2012

The man and his Haunted Graffiti cohorts are coming to town to promote new album Mature Themes

Ariel Pink recently declared in an interview, ‘If I could find another Ariel to perform my songs, I gladly would.’ For someone who pathologically enjoys tying interviewers in knots, this sentiment actually rings true. Pink is like the Pied Piper of…

Michael Gira discusses Swans' upcoming live date at the Arches

9 Oct 2012

The post-punk experimental outfit will be touring their latest album, The Seer

‘I see it all, I see it all, I see it all, I see it all,’ intones Michael Gira on the title track of Swans’ latest album, The Seer. Having carved out a 30-plus year career as a musician, label boss, artist and author, indeed the enigmatic frontman has…

John Cale promises 'straight rock'n'roll' for upcoming Edinburgh gig

13 Sep 2012

The ex-Velvet Underground man discusses his latest album, Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood

Whatever you do, don’t even dare to ask 70-year-old ex-Velvet Underground member and renowned experimentalist and collaborator John Cale if he’s ever thought about retiring. ‘No, I’ve never thought about retiring,’ he comes back with a bristling laugh…

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New BBC SSO airing of Tristan and Isolde to be conducted by Donald Runnicles

13 Sep 2012

The Edinburgh born conductor will be joined by Matthew Best, Nina Stemme and Nicky Spence

In Edinburgh born Donald Runnicles, Scotland is extremely fortunate to have one of the world’s finest Wagnerian conductors as a prime mover in the country’s musical midsts. Featuring the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, of which he is Chief Conductor…

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival programme highlights

13 Sep 2012

Scottish Opera, Music Like a Vitamin and director Jack Bond are among the top tips for the fest

‘Walk in my shoes’ is the theme of the sixth edition of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF). This year we’re presenting nearly 300 arts events across Scotland. As before, it encompasses theatre, comedy, film, dance, literature…

Rodriguez to perform in Usher Hall in Edinburgh on November 25th

4 Sep 2012

The Sugarman receives recognition in the west four decades after his music was originally discovered

Sixto Diaz Rodriguez will perform at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on Sunday 25 November following sell-out shows in London. The music of the 70-year-old Detroit singer has only recently come to light in the western world, despite achieving a cult status in…

Glasgow packs a punch with two piping hot cultural events

4 Aug 2012

Piping Live! and World Pipe Band Championships coming in August 2012

Live Piping! Glasgow once again welcomes new and established artists from over ten countries to perform at 150 events across the city, including the John McSherry Band, Breabach and Rura. Look forward to master classes, ceilidhs, concerts…

A royal Tattoo will mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in August 2012

3 Aug 2012

The programme includes music, Dennis the Menace, and Brave-inspired medley

Musicians from Switzerland, Norway and Australia, as well as some unexpected guests, will be among the sparkling line-up at this summer’s 62nd Tattoo, which will welcome a fusion of well-loved traditional elements and exciting new contributions. As…

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Interview: Archie Shepp - Edinburgh date for avant-garde firebrand

31 Jul 2012

The legendary sax-man talks bagpipes, gospel and reggae before his Summerhall show

Archie Shepp came to prominence in the mid-1960s as a leading light of the black avant-garde, playing with Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon and Don Cherry, among others. John Coltrane sponsored Shepp's contract with Impulse! records and invited him to play on…

Exclusive new tracks from Discopolis' Summer Mixtape EP

31 Jul 2012

Listen here first to the Edinburgh electro-poppers' new material

Upcoming Edinburgh based trio Discopolis are soon to release their Summer Mixtape EP as a free download on their website and Soundcloud page. The boys – Fergus Cook, Laurie Corlett Donald and Dave Lloyd – formed the group in 2010, after having been…

Piping Live! 2012 warms up with tour around Scotland

27 Jul 2012

Pit stops for the pipers include Eilean Donan and Culzean Castle

To celebrate The Year of Creative Scotland 2012, Piping Live! Festival On Tour will bring piping to new audiences and locations across Scotland. The tour, which runs from 31 Jul to 4 Aug, will offer the opportunity to enjoy the best of Scotland’s…

Interview: Amy Macdonald prepares to play 'Five a Day for the Kids'

7 Jun 2012

At only 24 years of age, Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald has had a UK Number One single and sold four million albums. Known for her originality as well as her versatility, Amy has developed a following with self-penned tracks such as 'This is…

Ride the RockNess Express - train details

8 May 2012

The Express will pick up festival goers from London, Birmingham, Derby, York and Newcastle

As part of the Year of Creative Scotland, RockNess are offering a unique (and environmentally friendly) way to the festival site on the banks of Loch Ness. Picking up passengers from London, Birmingham, Derby, York and Newcastle before dropping them off…

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Five reasons to go and see Tim Hecker

23 Apr 2012

The electronica artist is appearing at church venues in Edinburgh and Glasgow in May

1. Celebrate the death of rave At least according to Hecker’s new album: the wonderfully-titled Ravedeath, 1972, a lush assembly of droning, dream-like electronic soundscapes which builds upon the work he’s been creating for the last two decades, both…

Interview: Ben Sims gets ready for RockNess 2012

13 Apr 2012

The techno DJ/producer among names added to festival bill

DJ Ben Sims has been announced for 2012’s RockNess festival, where he joins Soma Records on the Arcadia UFO stage. With over 20 years of DJ experience, running his own Theory label (among others), he’s renowned for his DJ skills using vinyl, CD and…

Want advice on how your band can 'make it' and score a gig abroad?

3 Apr 2012

Third Annual Wide Days Seminar

Following on from successes in 2010 and 2011, the informal music conference, slash industry showcase that is Wide Days returns – with seminars for those wanting to get in to the music business during the day, followed by live performances and showcases…

5 reasons to go and see OFWGKTA

27 Mar 2012

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All set to play O2 ABC gig

1. We might find out what they are Are they an ironic comedy hip hop troupe? Or are they a wilfully nasty, relentlessly violent, misogynistic and homophobic throwback whose goofy nonsense just happens to distil the finest styles of rap created in the…

Colette Thurlow of 2:54 - interview

27 Mar 2012

The indie singer/guitarist discusses sibling bandmates and significant influences

Like a louchely worn black leather jacket, moody guitar music will never go out of fashion – see 2:54 for proof on both counts. Having toured with Warpaint and The Big Pink since emerging a year ago, the London four-piece based around sisters Colette…