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Idlewild announce new album and 2015 tour

4 Nov 2014

Band have announced release of new album Everything Ever Written and accompanying UK tour in 2015

Last night Idlewild confirmed the release of a new album Everything Ever Written on 9 February 2015, as they previewed the lead track ‘Collect Yourself’ on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Radio show. A subsequent European tour has been announced with five UK dates…

Future Islands – ABC, Glasgow, Tue 4 Nov

6 Nov 20143 stars

Middle of the road electropop saved by eccentric frontman

There’s a fun drinking game to be played at Future Islands shows based around frontman Samuel T Herring’s idiosyncratic repertoire of dance moves – the pogo, the chestbeating, the bowling ball, the drowning man, the Frisbee ninja – but even at one sip…

Opinion: Why Young Fathers deserve the 2014 Mercury Prize

31 Oct 2014

Edinburgh group's win suggests there’s still a place for non-prescribed ‘out there’ music

Congratulations to Edinburgh’s Young Fathers, only the third Mercury Prize winner from Scotland in its 22-year history – and certainly its least heralded, considering the hype with which Primal Scream and Franz Ferdinand swept in on in 1992 (the first…

Jesus and Mary Chain set for Glasgow gig

6 Nov 2014

Band will play classic album Psychocandy in full at Barrowland

It’s possible to identify only a few true Big Bang moments in British music and Psychocandy was one. With an echoey boom-thwack of Bobby Gillespie’s rudimentary drum kit, a beautiful hiss of guitar fuzz and feedback, and a shy drawl of Jim Reid’s…

Ariel Pink – pom pom

6 Nov 20143 stars

Unashamed perversions abound in first album without usual Haunted Graffiti collaboraters

Judging by some of his troll-y statements about women of late, sufficient to prompt Grimes to slate his ‘delusional misogyny’, you’d be about as pleased to know your best friend is dating Ariel Pink as you would one of those unwashed-looking…

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Mogwai – Music Industry 3 Fitness Industry 1 EP

6 Nov 20144 stars

Glasgow band take new musical direction with latest release that includes three Rave Tapes remixes

Less than a year after their unexpected but well-deserved most successful record yet (eighth album Rave Tapes broke the UK top ten), the ever hard-grafting Mogwai are back with an EP which leads off with probably the most commercial song they’ve ever…

Singles and EPs – November 2014

6 Nov 2014

Featuring Prehistoric Friends, Atom Tree, Mourn and Hookworms

Prehistoric Friends – Wisdom Tooth (Yetts Yeti) ●●●● More Casiotone for the painfully alone, or something like that, as Yetts o’ Muckhart by way of Glasgow’s finest tease their self-titled debut album – due next year – with a second single therefrom.

Synaesthete – Array

6 Nov 20144 stars

Colourful new album from Sarah Tanat-Jones is rich array of sound and vision

Tropical electro-pop livewire Sarah Tanat-Jones, aka Synaesthete, first came to our attention as the glittering, drum-battering vocalist of Edinburgh alt-rock combo Come On Gang. Said troupe split up before they issued their debut – and needless to say…

Interview: Camille O’Sullivan – First and last

4 Nov 2014

Irish soul singer discusses first dates, David Bowie and Kanye West's outfits

First record you ever bought ‘John, I’m Only Dancing’ by David Bowie. Last extravagant purchase you made On impulse, I bought a Theremin last week in New York.  First film you saw that really moved you Wizard of Oz. It’s still magical to me…

Belle and Sebastian announce UK-wide tour in May 2015

28 Oct 2014

Indie poppers will play 12 gigs in cities including Cardiff, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow

Belle and Sebastian have announced a tour across the UK in May 2015, ahead of the January release of their new album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance. The ‘Funny Little Frog’ indie poppers, fronted by God Help The Girl writer and director Stuart…

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Aberdeen's sound festival 2014 gets underway

27 Oct 2014

Opening weekend included performances by Rohan de Saram, Jonathan Mayer and Erwan Keravec

If there was ever any need to prove that Aberdeen’s sound festival of contemporary music was about more than just classical – or that musical genres and boundaries have little importance anyway – then this year’s opening weekend would have done the job…

The Lighthouse Late – Fri 24 Oct

27 Oct 20144 stars

Line-up included Ella The Bird, James Yorkston, art collective METASITU and Stuart Murdoch

Glasgow boasts many glorious buildings. Yet hidden down a lane off Buchanan Street sits one of its best kept architectural secrets. Now the secret is out as on Friday 24 October The Lighthouse, together with The List, presented a celebration of…

Spotify playlist: Hallowe'en 2014

24 Oct 2014

Featuring The Cure, Eminem, Cat Power, Mike Oldfield, Bauhaus, Prima Donnas and Suicide

What is it about October that makes Hallowe’en music go from sleazy to palatable? Chuck a few pumpkins in Tesco and suddenly everyone’s getting down to ‘The Monster Mash’ like it’s a regular Tuesday. Luckily, the sounds of Hallowe’en aren’t restricted…

Top picks from Africa in Motion festival 2014

24 Oct 2014

Including screenings of films Difret and Electro Chaabi, plus live performances from The Soil

The ninth Africa in Motion festival kicks off in Edinburgh today, with the UK premiere of Soleils. This year’s festival, a medley of film, music and exhibitions taking place across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling, marks the 20th anniversary of the end…

The best classical concerts – Oct / Nov 2014

22 Oct 2014

Featuring Hebrides Ensemble: Dead Elvis, Denis Kozhukhin and St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Hebrides Ensemble: Dead Elvis Inspired by the rock’n’roll King, Dead Elvis is American composer Michael Daugherty’s tribute to the legend that is Elvis Presley, with solo bassoonist Peter Whelan donning the white suit that’s far removed from the usual…

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Scottish Opera set to bring Rossini's La Cenerentola to Edinburgh and Glasgow

22 Oct 2014

Show promises to be an '18th-century funked up' dark comedy based on classic fairytale Cinderella

It is a familiar enough story. The rags to riches Cinderella is the beautiful princess who reaches the dizzy heights of fairytale romance with her handsome prince, leaving her cruel stepmother and two ugly sisters seething in her wake. Opening their…

New club night FOAM opens at Glasgow's Art School

22 Oct 2014

'Not an extravagant, lasers-in-your-face gala, but a place to congregate, free from pretension'

‘With this in mind, I think this event has the potential to “go off”,’ confirms Guy Veale. He’s just gone through a long explanation of the careful considerations that have gone into planning this new collaboration between the Art School, himself and…

Top five live acts at Simple Things Festival 2014 in Glasgow

22 Oct 2014

Featuring Autechre, Clark, Nightmares on Wax, Lone ft Konx-om-Pax and General Ludd

Launching in Bristol in 2011, this one-day electronic festival is now coming to Glasgow and down as an annual affair to get excited about. Matching international acts with the best of local talent, the focus is on darker, experimental live shows, with…

Exposure: General Ludd

21 Oct 2014

All you need to know about electronic Glasgow duo Tom Marshallsay and Richard McMaster

General Ludd fuses the talents of a bunch of Glasgow music acts we already loved. The duo of Tom Marshallsay (aka Dam Mantle), and Richard McMaster (from Golden Teacher, Lovers Rights and Silk Cut) was a shoo-in for good things, and recent DJ mixes and…

Sensaround – Isotropes

21 Oct 20143 stars

Intriguing experiment of electro-acoustic improvisation from electic trio

Isotropes sees Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra saxophonist Raymond McDonald splashing around in a digital bubblebath with Australian musicians Alister Spence and Shoeb Ahmad. Come on in, the water's lovely. Sensaround's electro-acoustic improvisation…

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Top five 70s & 80s music pioneers that keep on burning

21 Oct 2014

Featuring The Pop Group, Young Marble Giants, Vic Godard & Subway Sect, Sexual Objects and Pere Ubu

The Pop Group Bristol's incendiary troupe of avant-punk insurrectionists return after this year's Celtic Connections show to perform their just re-pressed We Are Time album in full. Manic dub-funk sloganeering dangerous enough to bring down…

Wadada Leo Smith – Red Hill

21 Oct 20144 stars

Great trumpeter leads younger improvisers to create tunning modern jazz sound

Red Hill finds the great trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith leading an expedition of younger improvisers across volcanic landscapes and lunar surfaces. This is a highly charged group, animated by Balasz Pandi's restless flurries across the kit. Busy, without…

Lady Gaga – The Hydro, Glasgow, Sun 19 Oct

20 Oct 20143 stars

Decadent and dynamic show fails to transcend generic format of stadium pop

Despite her impassioned pleas for tolerance and sexual freedom – and her fascination with performance art – Lady Gaga struggles to rise above the generic format of the stadium pop gig. Surrounded by dancers, and racing about an elaborate set on this…

Pleasance Sessions: The List Magazine Presents ...

17 Oct 20144 stars

Two Wings, Ubre Blanca and Prehistoric Friends showed refreshing variety of musical talent

Over the past week the inaugural Pleasance Sessions mini-festival has been doing a great job of representing Scotland’s alternative music scene with a bunch of cannily-curated gigs whose reasoning has seemed to be more ‘who’s best?’ than ‘who’s…

Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter

16 Oct 20144 stars

New album marks the next chapter in the history of one of the world's most successful metal bands

Masked nine-piece Slipknot are one of the biggest metal bands in the world but.5: The Gray Chapter finds them in a state of flux. A few years ago even the idea of a fifth Slipknot album seemed unlikely. After bassist and founder member Paul Gray's death…