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Bette Midler announces UK tour for July 2015

17 Nov 2014

Singer will play concerts in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds and London

Bette Midler has announced that she is to tour the UK in July 2015 for the first time in 35 years. As well as songs from her new album It’s The Girls!, released today, the Grammy award-winning singer will play hits spanning the length of her career to…

Moreno Veloso – Coisa Boa

12 Nov 20144 stars

First album for 12 years from Brazilian artist is refined mix of traditional and modern acoustics

Coisa Boa is Brazilian singer, songwriter and producer Moreno Veloso's first album in 13 years and it's a beauty. Relaxed and airy, it's less obviously experimental than some of his earlier work, with Veloso's soft, inviting vocals wrapped in…

Juliette Binoche confirmed for Edinburgh International Festival 2015

12 Nov 2014

French actress will star in stage version of Antigone translated by Anne Carson

Celebrated French actress Juliette Binoche will appear at the 68th annual Edinburgh International Festival, which takes place from 7-31 August 2015. New festival director Fergus Linehan, former director of the Sydney Festival and the Dublin Theatre…

Live Review: Silver Apples, Stereo, Glasgow, Fri 28 Nov

12 Dec 20143 stars

One for the audiophiles, Simeon breathes synth charm into future sounds of yesteryear

These days, Simeon, the enigmatic founding / sole surviving member of Silver Apples, looks like a craggy character from a Coen Brothers or David Lynch film who has just emerged from decades in his desert bunker lab with the sound of the future – or what…

See in the New Year at Scot:Lands

12 Dec 2014

Scot:Lands opens up New Year’s Day in Edinburgh with an array of exciting performances

Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay programme has matured around the long-running street party in recent years, both as a season of well-structured and fun family events and as a money-maker for the city. One of the best innovations of the last couple of…

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Live Review: Xylouris White, King Tut's, Glasgow, on Wed 26 Nov

12 Dec 20145 stars

Giorgos Xylouris and Jim White perform pure instrumental joy on Cretan lute and drums

Fresh outta style school, veteran virtuosos Giorgos Xylouris ('George' to his mates) and Jim White (of the Dirty Three) are a commanding and welcome presence, all big hair and smart casual. Sitting comfortably on a stage capable of holding at least five…

Jean-Luc Guionnet/Éric La Casa — Home: Handover

12 Dec 20144 stars

Ambitious collaborative project of spoken word, field recordings, improvisation and sound art

To describe this ambitious, four-disc, multi-stage collaborative project in any detail would require a far larger space than the one this review inhabits. In brief, Home: Handover is an exploration of sanctuaries and private lives and acoustics, with…

The Hot 100 2014: The Not 100

11 Dec 2014

Our five favourite gaffes, misjudgements and People Who Are the Opposite of Hot from 2014

John Barrowman In truth there was much to appreciate about the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, but for the first few minutes Karen Dunbar and Barrowman – a man whose cod hootsmon accent reeks of mouldy shortbread – had us clawing at the earth…

Nicki Minaj UK tour 2015 dates announced

9 Dec 2014

The reigning queen of hip hop and giant serpents to bring her Pinkprint Tour to Europe

Nicki Minaj has followed up a brilliant guest appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend by announcing dates for The Pinkprint Tour in Europe, with the show closing out at Glasgow's SSE Hydro on Sun 12 Apr. The tour also features special guest…

Live Review: Deacon Blue, SECC, Glasgow, Mon 1 Dec

9 Dec 20144 stars

Deacon Blue perform tracks from albums A New House, Raintown and Fellow Hoodlums

A Monday night in December at the heart of Glasgow's corporate culture and media enclave wouldn't normally set the pulses racing, but Deacon Blue manage to make this cavernous conference centre feel intimate during their adopted hometown gig. The band…

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Christmas Gigs in Glasgow & Edinburgh

9 Dec 2014

December gigs including Trembling Bells, The Cosmic Dead, TYCI and Dune: The Musical

Stevie Wonder knows his answer already: ‘candles burning low, lots of mistletoe, choirs singing carols, right outside his door.’ But what does Christmas mean to you? If it’s an elaborately camp, musical remake of David Lynch’s Dune, adding an…

Scotch & Soda

27 Nov 20144 stars

Australian circus brings roguish magic to Edinburgh’s Paradiso Spiegeltent

Edinburghers are spoiled for Spiegeltents and circus stunts during the summer, so it makes sense that Underbelly – along with Unique Events – have begun to expand this magic into a sort of winter Fringe, supplementing the markets and fairground rides…

Elton John confirms UK dates of European tour in June 2015

26 Nov 2014

Pop legend will play concerts in Gloucester, Walsall, Glasgow and Aberdeen

Elton John has announced he will play a series of concerts in June 2015 as part of his European tour. The pop legend, whose track Candle in the Wind is the the biggest-selling single of all time, and his band (including original member Nigel Olsson on…

Wintersong 2014 lineup to include RM Hubbert, Alasdair Roberts and Richard Youngs

20 Nov 2014

Also set to play are Howie Reeve, Horse Loom, Plinth and Louis Abbott of Admiral Fallow

‘Winter is my favourite season. It has such a desolate beauty to it,' says RM Hubbert, who'll be performing a specially composed set at Platform's Wintersong event. 'I’ve been thinking about the comparisons between those winter landscapes and the…

Ubre Blanca Terminal Island EP

19 Nov 20144 stars

An brilliantly unsettling adventure both escapist and inescapable from electronic synth duo

Oh Don Johnson, so much to answer for. Somewhere in the past two decades, the mulleted heart-throb’s 80s cop frolic Miami Vice has become shorthand for fast cars, Martini Girls, neon cocktails, rolled-up jacket sleeves, Reagan’s America, bronzed…

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NME Awards Tour 2015 headlined by the Palma Violets

18 Nov 2014

Fat White Family, The Amazing Snakeheads and Slaves also set for 11 date UK wide tour

The NME Awards Tour will mark 20 years next year, as it stops at venues across the UK in February and March 2015. This year’s headliners are the Palma Violets, who enjoyed a sell-out run on the 2013 tour with Django Django and Miles Kane. They will be…

Final details for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 celebrations revealed

17 Nov 2014

Including a Torchligh Procession through city centre, mini-festival Scot:Lands and the Loony Dook

The final programme for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 celebrations were announced today. Opening proceedings is the much-loved Torchlight Procession (Tue 30 Dec), in which 8 000 torchbearers will take to the streets to walk from George IV Bridge through the…

Ariana Grande set for four UK concerts in June 2015

17 Nov 2014

Pop sensation will play in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham

Fresh from her performance at the MTV EMA’s this month, Ariana Grande has announced that she is to return to Glasgow’s SSE Hydro in June 2015 when she brings her Honeymoon Tour to the UK. The Nickelodeon TV star turned pop sensation will play four UK…

Christmas 2014: Sarah Tanat-Jones on what she loves and hates about the festive season

14 Nov 2014

Musician and illustrator explains family chaos surrounding the actual day and why she loves sparkles

LIKES Favourite Christmas Song ‘Ring Out Solstice Bells’, by Jethro Tull. Dad plays this song every Christmas. This song makes me feel excited and happy; it’s one of the last relics of childhood that's still available to me. It's so good. It's got…

Christmas 2014: A guide to Scottish concerts and gigs

13 Nov 2014

Including Kid Canaveral’s Xmas Baubles, Slowfest, RSNO's Hollywood Christmas and Handel’s Messiah

Of this year’s stellar repertoire of festive music events happening across the central belt, none has us more excited than Dune: The Musical (Pilrig St Paul’s Church, Edinburgh, Fri 12 Dec) from the Irregular Owl Movements. The clubbing wing of…

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Exclusive: Machines in Heaven – Hindu Milk EP

13 Nov 20144 stars

Listen to the band's new EP via our exclusive preview

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to give praise for those machines which art in heaven – when they’re not assuming the earthly guise of three blokes abiding in Glasgow, that is. Let us join in offering thanks for their retro-futurist digital…

Scottish Ensemble to tour Scotland with new show Night and Day

12 Nov 2014

A candlelit evening of music including pieces by Chopin, Mozart and the late Steve Martland

In amongst all the traditional Christmas concerts there is usually at least one that is a little bit different. Proving once again that tinsel and Santa hats really aren’t necessary to get into seasonal spirit, the Scottish Ensemble’s December programme…

Mary Halvorson – Reverse Blue

12 Nov 20144 stars

'What sets her apart from other virtuosos is her distinctive compositional voice'

New York guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson combines the history of jazz guitar with an avant-rock sensibility: think Mark Ribot or Bill Frisell drawing oblique pop angles with Deerhoof. What sets her apart from other virtuosos is her distinctive…

Rashied Al Akbar, Muhammad Ali, Earl Cros, Idris Ackamoor – Ascent of the Nether Creatures

12 Nov 20144 stars

Taped in the Netherlands in 1980, Ascent of the Nether Creatures is a thrilling live set from four undersung Loft-era musicians. Trumpeter Earl Cross played on Noah Howard's classic Black Art, but his work as leader has been under-documented. He's on…

Various – Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul & Psych from Peru's Radical Decade

11 Nov 20143 stars

Mixed music bag documenting fertile, if short-lived, Liman music scene during 1968-75 Velasco regime

Peru Bravo documents the fertile, if short-lived, Liman music scene during the 1968-75 Velasco regime, offering tasty psych and funk nuggets and the odd gem. Los Destellos' 'Onsta la Yerbita' is a trip, with an echo-drenched MC inviting the kids to…