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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…

Scottish festivals 2013 - An A-Z of the best summer festivals

17 May 2013

The best festivals of music, film, food, cycling and more taking place in Scotland 2013

When it comes to festivals, Scotland really doesn’t hold back. From Orkney to Byres Road, muddy fields to stately homes, the growing number of them cater to all tastes, styles and budgets. Our A-Z guide profiles Scotland’s best summer jamborees, the…

Neil Young: Journeys

16 May 20134 stars

An intimate homecoming documentary by the country rock legend, shot by Jonathan Demme

‘This is a town in North Ontario,’ are the first interview words uttered by Neil Young in this Jonathan Demme-directed documentary, and it’s probable that he’s consciously referencing the lyric of his own song ‘Helpless’. In the opening few minutes of…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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Singles & EPs round up - June 2013

10 Jun 2013

Leonidas & Hobbes, Frightened Rabbit, theapplesofenergy, Harvey McKay and more reviewed

Leonidas & Hobbes Machines, Tapes & Electronic Setups EP (Hobbes Music) ●●●● The debut EP from Edinburgh electronic duo Leonidas & Hobbes (the latter, Andy Richardson is a well-known promoter about town and sometime writer of this establishment) is…

Cold Cave's Dominick Fernow takes his Vatican Shadow alter-ego on tour

10 Jun 2013

The Hospital Records boss (aka Prurient) specialises in dense beds of instrumental electronica

Go to Discogs, search for Prurient and feel the next few hours of your life contract as you imagine yourself rifling through their creator’s online footprint to find out exactly what Dominick Fernow has done with his time. Lots and lots of electronic…

Interview: Phoenix - Thomas Mars on success and learning to write songs again

7 Jun 2013

The French four-piece take album Bankrupt! into the heart of the mainstream

With each new release, Phoenix are getting bigger, bolder and better. David Pollock talks to Thomas Mars about making the right album at the right time This year in pop music is all about two French groups heading rapidly towards global glory.

5 Reasons to Go See . . .I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore

6 Jun 2013

1 Talking about music isn’t like dancing about architecture. A curse on whoever was meant to have said that thing about writing about music. Steve Martin? Elvis Costello? This is a talk, it’s about music and it promises to be really quite…

Black Sabbath: 13

6 Jun 20132 stars

Latest album falls short of expectations with pretentiousl lyrics and overdriven sound

‘Wow, a new Black Sabbath record: this should be really good!’ involuntarily blurts out your brain before it has time to digest the relevant information: just about everything Ozzy Osbourne has done with his career since the 1970s. Press play. Courtesy…

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Nile Rodgers set for 2013 UK tour

6 Jun 2013

Pop icon and serial hit producer performs at Summerhall and Wickerman Festival 2013

Nile Rodgers isn’t the most famous person in the world, but he knows plenty of them. These two very special summer appearances on Scottish soil will most likely not sell out as swiftly as, for example, one of his former collaborators announcing a…

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

24 May 20133 stars

A track by track breakdown of the heavily hyped, mixed-bag of a disco-synth album

It’s the most anticipated album of the year, but it’s only partly been worth the wait. While Tron-helmeted duo Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo’s commitment to using real live musicians and an eclectic pool of guests to recreate the…

The best European music festivals you've never heard of

17 May 2013

Featuring Electric Elephant, Unsound, Oya and Sunsplash

1 All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland Sadly coming to an end in the UK, hipster holiday camp hideaway ATP is once more branching out overseas, starting with this weekender on an ex-NATO air base starring Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Fall, Deerhoof and…

Exposure: Haim set for 2013 UK tour dates

15 May 2013

Sweet, yearning, retro pop melodies from sister-heavy band

When Haim look towards their future, do they see anything between themselves and a torrent of riches and acclaim? We’ve checked, and we can detect nothing. Were we to be unimaginative, in fact, we’d say they have all the retroisms to one day go on to be…

William Tyler & Hiss Golden Messenger - Summerhall, Edinburgh, Sat 4 May

15 May 20134 stars

Songs setting a dense emotional mood and strong sense of place

Despite the setting in a cool, dark, wood-panelled lecture theatre, sometime Silver Jews and Lambchop guitarist William Tyler and Hiss Golden Messenger songwriter and fulcrum Michael ‘MT’ Taylor brought a certain sense of the pastoral with them for this…