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Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry announces solo UK tour in 2015

6 Oct 2014

Tickets for 20-date tour go on sale from Fri 10 Oct; pre-sale tickets available Wed 8 Oct

After performing to packed audiences at Coachella and Glastonbury festivals this year, Bryan Ferry is set to play a 20-date UK tour in May and June 2015. The tour will include shows in London, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow. With his…

Ryan Adams UK tour announced for February/March 2015

6 Oct 2014

Star to play in Brighton, Leicester, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Wolverhampton and Liverpool

Ryan Adams has announced seven UK solo gigs in February and March 2015. The Grammy-nominated alt-country star will perform in Brighton, Leicester, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Wolverhampton and Liverpool following the recent release of his self-titled 14th…

Interview: Skid Row guitarist Dave 'The Snake' Sabo discusses the band's new EP release

26 Sep 2014

After reforming in 1999, the 80s heavy metal rockers are set for series of UK shows

'Tomorrow call tour manager Toad and he will put you in touch with Snake.' It's the kind of email you only get when arranging an interview in the heady world of heavy metal. Of course the Snake in question is Dave 'The Snake' Sabo guitarist with hard…

DragonForce - The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Wed 17 Sep 2014

19 Sep 20143 stars

Ridiculous but unapologetic virtuoso speed-metal hampered by technical gremlins

Like an over-amped 80s metal band, DragonForce play with power, speed and intensity. Why settle on one guitar solo when you can have five? The 'Force sound like every Iron Maiden album ever recorded all playing at once, on double speed, so it’s…

Lighthouse Late lineup includes James Yorkston, Ella the Bird and Jonathan Barnbrook – Fri 24 Oct

7 Oct 2014

Evening of live music and DJ sets, film screenings, talks, demonstrations and workshops

On Friday 24 October, The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture in Glasgow, will be transformed into a hub of creative activity for the first ever Lighthouse Late. The event celebrates design, music and cinema with a programme of…

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ARIKA14 Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way

6 Oct 20144 stars

Highlights include Queen of Krump, Kia Labeija and M Lamar's stunning musical evocation of slavery

Arika's dynamic reconstruction of the festival format makes the discussions as important as the artistic presentations: with academics brushing shoulders with the Queen of Krump and opera singer M Lamar, Episode 6 places music and dance in the context…

Prehistoric Friends, Two Wings and Ubre Blanca at The Pleasance Sessions

3 Oct 2014

Glasgow's hottest emerging bands take to the stage, plus special guests TYCI DJs

The Pleasance Sessions – Edinburgh’s very own cultural Oktoberfest – returns for its second year. And on Thu 16 Oct, three of Glasgow’s hottest emerging bands hotfoot it east for The List presents … night at the award-nominated music festival. Here’s…

Highlights of Edinburgh's Christmas and Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2014 programme

1 Oct 2014

Lily Allen, Al Murray, Briefs and Hot Dub Time Machine set to help city celebrate the festive period

Edinburgh's Christmas 2014/15 tickets are now on sale, with a programme that promises to be bigger and better than ever. Opening on Friday 21 Nov, the attractions span two locations in the heart of the city centre, at St Andrew Square and East…

Edinburgh’s Christmas 2014 celebrations revealed

30 Sep 2014

Programme of festive markets, shows and events will kick off on Fri 21 Nov

Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations for 2014-15 were revealed this morning, at the Assembly Rooms on George Street. Run by Underbelly and Unique Events, this year’s collection of festive markets, attractions and performances will open on Friday 21…

Manic Street Preachers to mark 20th anniversary of classic album The Holy Bible with UK tour

25 Sep 2014

Tickets for Glasgow, Manchester and London shows go on sale from Fri 26 Sep

20 years after the release of their third album The Holy Bible, Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers will play a series of live UK shows in December 2014 to mark the record’s anniversary. The multi-award winning trio –  James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire…

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Azealia Banks – 02 ABC, Glasgow, Mon 15 Sep

23 Sep 20144 stars

Filth and fury abound in electrifying performance from Harlem hip hop artist

Two years ago Azealia Banks played a sold out show in this very room. Dressed in lizard scales, replete with matching green contact lenses and a shit eating grin, the self-styled Yung Rapunxel gyrated across the stage like David Icke's auto-destructive…

sound festival 2014 line-up announced

22 Sep 2014

Confirmed artists include Alasdair Roberts, Ross Whyte, Fulgor al Bies, Sarah Jane Summers and Vox

Two years ago, a special opera bus ferried audiences around to see cutting-edge music theatre in a chilly barn, a far-flung lighthouse and a city-centre flat. Last year, a weekend of microtonal music tweaked and stretched the ear with bewitchingly…

Head to the Highlands this Autumn!

19 Sep 2014

Homecoming Scotland 2014 has already enjoyed many brilliant moments over the past few months… but there are plenty more to come! Be part of it and check out the jam-packed Highland Homecoming programme; a two-month celebration of the very best of…

Lily Allen, Lady Gaga, Perfume Genius and John Grant: solo UK tour highlights for autumn/winter 2014

19 Sep 2014

Lily Allen If Lily Allen's recent set at Glastonbury was anything to go by, she’s certainly retained her energetic schoolgirl charm and buoyant stage persona during a four-year absence. Following a self-imposed hiatus, Allen faced the possibility of…

Perfume Genius – CCA, Glasgow, Mon 1 Sep 2014

19 Sep 20144 stars

Fragile and initimate pop chamber songs from Seattle-based songwriter Mike Hadreas

When the Seattle-based songwriter, real name Mike Hadreas, says 'welcome to my home' soon after taking the stage, it can almost be seen as an invitation to make yourself comfortable, as a lot of his fragile chamber pop tunes, confessional and intimate…

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A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos

19 Sep 20145 stars

Timeless, solitary music is ready-made soundtrack to moments of sublime inner vision

It’s hard to know where to start with an album like this, one that simply uncurls itself out of the speakers / headphones with a majestic, enveloping and enchanting ease, creating right away this thoroughly immersive and diaphanous state of blissful…

Caribou - Our Love

19 Sep 20143 stars

Canadian returns with psychedelic electronic dance record

Dan Snaith’s long journey from master of neo-psychedelic pop eclecticism into a full-blown, wee-small-hours, floor-filling electronic dance artist is complete with his fourth album as Caribou. 2010’s inspired Swim backstroked strongly in that direction…

Experimental alt.pop duo Conquering Animal Sound set to release EP Talking Shapes

19 Sep 2014

Themes explored on the new record include musical languages, gender, feminism and football

Giddy, gorgeous, cacophonic, experimental – the music of duo Conquering Animal Sound is all-over-the-shop-pop, in the best way. The Glasgow two-piece (Anneke Kampman and Jamie Scott, who also perform as solo artists ANAKANAK and MC Almond Milk) return…

Exposure: FKA Twigs

19 Sep 2014

Self-proclaimed urban punk artist set for series of UK gigs

At time of writing, FKA Twigs is getting dangerously close to shedding her title as one of the most interesting new artists working in the orbit of the mainstream today and instead appending the words ‘… girlfriend of Twilight star Robert Pattinson’ to…

Hieroglyphic Being - The Seer of Cosmic Visions

19 Sep 20144 stars

New album from Jamal Moss is winning combination of raw, rhythmic, primal dancefloor afro-futurism

He hails from Chicago, Illinois, but don’t confuse Jamal Moss with your regular epochal house producer. Despite an early initiation to electronic music listening to Ron Hardy at the city’s seminal Music Box club, Moss is just as influenced by the…

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Interview: composer Clint Mansell discusses music making ahead of his first UK wide tour

19 Sep 2014

Ex-Pop Will Eat Itself frontman talks about Hollywood and composing for Darren Aronofsky

Grebo punk becomes the most celebrated film composer in modern cinema. It’s an unlikely story, for sure. In the late 80s / early 90s, Clint Mansell was the lead singer with Pop Will Eat Itself, an industrial electro-rock band famed for piling samples…

Interview: conductor Donald Runnicles on tacking Shostakovich with the BBC SSO

19 Sep 2014

'He witnessed the phenomenal happenings in Russia from the early 20th century through to his death'

What a title for a concert series: Shostakovich 5, 10, 15. There won’t be a 20 though, as Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his last symphony, ‘No 15’, in 1971, just a few years before his death. Taking the symphonies over the course of three…

Vashti Bunyan - Heartleap

19 Sep 20144 stars

Hauntingly poetic final album from the singer-songwriter

Vashti Bunyan is a voyeuristic pleasure. She sings like she's murmuring to herself, like you're overhearing her thinking out loud whilst she just happens to be in the same room as the music. ‘I sigh with every breath I’m breathing’, she whispers on…

Ebo Taylor, King Ayisoba and Ghana Soundz set for UK dates

19 Sep 2014

World music star Taylor has his history with Highlife, Afrobeat Academy and Fela Kuti

In what will be his Scottish debut, legendary Ghanaian bandleader Ebo Taylor brings his nine-piece band to the Art School for an unmissable night of West African music. A spry and charismatic 79-year-old, Taylor has been touring and recording with…

Fumaça Preta: Fumaça Preta

19 Sep 20144 stars

A stunning South American psychedelia record from Alex Figueira

Hot on the stacked heels of Meridian Brothers, Soundway delivers another cracked vision of South American psychedelia. Fumaça Preta ('black smoke') is the studio project of Alex Figueira, a Portuguese-Venezualan producer based in Amsterdam. Stirring a…