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RockNess - Clunes Farm, Dores, Sun 9 Jun 2013

18 Jun 20134 stars

Part 2 of our RockNess review coverage features Lianne La Havas, Madness and Camera Obscura

At any British festival the tendency is to review the weather first, and RockNess certainly comes off best when you do that in this case. Sunday’s line-up rounded off a glorious Highland weekend in one of Scotland’s most scenic spots, with a diverse…

5 reasons to attend Human is Not Alone

16 Sep 2013

Fat Goth, United Fruit, Hey Enemy and Vasquez unite to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care

1 It’s happening for the best possible reasons Usually The List can’t resist being a bit cheeky when writing the 5 Reasons... column, but sadly Human is Not Alone is deadly serious. A charitable push in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care, it’s been…

Wickerman Festival - East Kirkcarswell Farm, near Kirkcudbright, Fri 26 & Sat 27 Jul 2013

3 Sep 20134 stars

Dexys, Nile Rodgers, Casual Sex and Roman Nose are highlights of annual fire-fuelled fest

During a festival which featured a broader range of cross-generational guests than ever, it was the old-stagers and the young pretenders who caught our ears the most. There was one of each of the former per day, with evening turning to night on Friday…

Eminem - Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, Tue 20 Aug 2013

29 Aug 20134 stars

The bad boy rapper returns to Glasgow with a massive production and a raw undertone

The last and best of this August’s experimental Summer Sessions gigs on Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park was sadly followed up by negative press about the more excitable and probably less able to handle large quantities of drink among Marshall Mathers…

New EPs round-up - August 2013

27 Aug 2013

Jacques Greene, Arches, Computerscheisse and Sampha reviewed

Jacques Greene - On Your Side EP (LuckyMe) ●●●● LuckyMe (the label that ironically calls itself 'post-cool') it seems, have unearthed a major talent-in-waiting with Montreal’s Jacques Greene. He’s also released on Night Slugs and Vase, of course, but…

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Factory Floor - Factory Floor

25 Aug 20134 stars

Post-industrial sounds you’ll never tire of hearing on long-awaited debut

Fun fact: this long-awaited debut album by North London dancefloor experimentalists Factory Floor was mixed using the same desk that Dave Stewart used for the Eurythmics’ early hits. Cue anyone who fancies reviewing the record while only giving it the…

Marnie - Crystal World

25 Aug 20133 stars

Electro-revivalism and crystalline future-folk on Ladytron singer solo debut

Helen Marnie has a hard job ahead of her, carrying off those press shots on her own where the stylish pan-sexual majesty of her sometime band Ladytron’s pictures continued to be an otherworldly sight to behold. We’re sure she’ll manage, but just so the…

The B-52s - ABC, Glasgow, Mon 12 Aug 2013

22 Aug 20133 stars

Familiarity is key for lovers of the surf-pop posse's look back at a 30-plus year career

'First we were punks, then we helped create New Wave,’ declared Fred Schneider, matter of factly, ‘but this is a punk song.’ The full range of the Georgia outfit’s 30-plus year career was explored here, but judging by crowd volume, it was the dayglo…

FOUND and Young Fathers to appear at Art Late North and South

14 Aug 2013

Evening programme of performance and tours held in association with The List

The thread between art and music has always held strong amidst Scotland’s art school culture, and it seems to be booming within the context of Edinburgh Art Festival as well. A fixture of the programme for some years now, its expansion to two events…

Vic Galloway presents Songs in the key of Fife

14 Aug 2013

TV & radio presenter shines spotlight on the Kingdom

Over the last couple of decades a musical story has been brewing in the East Neuk (literally, the ‘east corner’) of Fife, just the opposite side of the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh, and broadcaster Vic Galloway is the man to finally tell it. Partly…

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Tame Impala lead the charge in Australia's current trend for psych rock revivalism

8 Aug 2013

Revivalist psych rock from down under

There’s must be something in the water in Australia these days, for the new wave of psychedelic rock bands emerging from the country is growing. Following the example set in the northern hemisphere by groups like The Flaming Lips and MGMT, various…

Drum Struck

5 Aug 20134 stars

Family-friendly, interactive drum thumping

Even before we’ve entered the room, the ingredients are in place to make this show by South African drumming group Drum Café one of the sleeper family hits of this year’s festival. The premise is simple – there are lots of drummers onstage and everyone…

Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells For Two

4 Aug 20134 stars

Australian musicians on a mission to recreate a prog masterwork during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

There's a full band's worth of kit and more onstage, and only two young guys dressed all in black in charge of it. That's in contrast to their audience, silver-haired ladies and gentlemen (mostly gentlemen) of a certain age, waiting expectantly for a…

Rise Kagona and the Jit Jive Band set for shows at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

1 Aug 2013

Guitarist from Zimbabwean group The Bhundu Boys play with new band

Zimbabwean group The Bhundu Boys took the world music scene by storm in the 1980s, drawing praise from Elvis Costello and supporting Madonna at Wembley, but the subsequent story of fall-outs, death and trouble with the law is one of music’s sadder…

Song Noir gives film & TV themes a dark makeover at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

30 Jul 2013

Music duo Pumajaw interpret music from Twin Peaks, The Night of the Hunter and more

Scottish duo Pumajaw – aka Pinkie Maclure and John Wills – are a pair of musicians who embrace the theatricality of rock music, with performances characterised by a dark, dramatic sense of power and sexuality, set off by Maclure’s torchsinging vocal.

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What does Eminem have in store for his live UK dates this summer?

16 Jul 2013

As his sold out Glasgow Summer Session approaches, we offer a profile of Marshall Mathers

'Got an Oscar but I’m still a grouch, I use it as a doorstop,' says Marshall Mathers on 'Symphony in H', the opening track on his as-yet-untitled upcoming eighth studio album, which has just been previewed online at time of writing. It’s a typical…

Crate Digging: Mikey Collins from Glasgow mod club Friday Street

11 Jul 2013

Resident digs out his favorite vinyl records as the seminal Glasgow night comes to an end

After 13 years, seminal Glasgow night Friday Street comes to an end this month. Throughout this time their music policy has focused on ‘60s soul, rhythm & blues, beat, boogaloo and ska, and resident Mikey Collins has chosen one from each genre to play…

Four Corners club outing for Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

11 Jul 2013

Mark Ronson and Jamiroquai collaborators Haggis Horns set for Four Corners live show

Their usual home at the new Bongo Club might be on ice for the duration of the Edinburgh Festival while Underbelly moves in, but it’s pleasing to see that funk and soul night Four Corners has found a temporary new venue in the atmospheric festival-only…

Glasgow club Bigfoot’s Tea Party take things to the Riverside

11 Jul 2013

Bigfoot changes venues and announces Comeme's Alejandro Paz for upcoming Tea Party

Music drowns out the rest of the world down there,’ says promoter George Russell of the unique location he’s discovered for his club’s summer outdoor party. It’s true that Bigfoot’s Tea Party has held events at the old Tall Ship building on the banks of…

Bruce Springsteen - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Tue 18 Jun 2013

11 Jul 20135 stars

A rousing, anthemic fanfare to the hopes and dreams of the ordinary guy or girl

It’s hard to get away from comparing three and a half hours in the company of Bruce Springsteen to a religious experience, try as one might to avoid diving into the cliché trap. But seriously, how could anyone fail to be utterly uplifted by what we were…

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Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus

11 Jul 20134 stars

An album entirely in control of its mood and emotional aesthetic

It’s clear that something special is in store from the first seconds of ‘Brainfreeze,' the track which opens this third album from Bristolian electronic juggernaut Fuck Buttons, aka Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power. It thunders in on an echoing…

The Stone Roses - Glasgow Green, Sat 15 Jun 2013

11 Jul 20134 stars

No new material but a pretty great reunion gig nonetheless

The best band in the world in the second-best city in the world,’ was how bass player Mani chose to sign off from this soggy but poignant return to the scene of one of The Stone Roses’ greatest triumphs, adding 'We wish we was Glaswegian.’ Twenty-three…

Washed Out - Paracosm

11 Jul 20134 stars

Triumphant album maintaining an accessible pop veneer while staying true to Greene's musical vision

The title of this album, a term meaning a detailed imaginary world, perfectly encapsulates what Ernest Greene, as one of the vanguard figures of a new wave of electronic artists creating expansive and immersive solo symphonies, is all about. Greene…

Catherine Bennett is a Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model

10 Jul 2013

The new show from performance artist Bryony Kimmings attempts to create an alternative popstar

Catherine Bennett is a young pop star with a purpose. ‘CB’ doesn’t wear skimpy clothes and lots of make-up or sing about boys and sex and dancing in nightclubs, or anything else you might hear being bandied around in the charts. Instead, she works in a…

Nomeansno - Electric Circus, Edinburgh, Tue 28 May 2013

12 Jun 20134 stars

A ridiculously good gig by the unfeasibly great group of Canadian math rock progenitors

‘I hate wankers,’ declared guitarist Rob Wright apropos of nothing, with a wry grin. Who was the Canadian punk’s tirade in reference to? Surely not his adoring crowd, who helped the band produce a show to remember. As one hirsute stage invader attempted…