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Siriusmodeselektor at Riverside Festival, Glasgow

24 Apr 2015

Berlin-based supergroup comprising Siriusmo and Modeselektor play Europe this summer

Carrying on the spirit of collaboration which has seen them twice team up with Apparat to release records as Moderat, Berlin-based duo Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary, aka Modeselektor, have now teamed up with Siriusmo (Moritz Friedrich) as…

Blur – The Magic Whip

8 Apr 20154 stars

An intriguing return from Albarn, Coxon, James and Rowntree produces a couple of classics

Brushing aside the Brit-centric formulism of their career heyday, what was truly great about Blur was also what sounded like the least considered. We’re talking about the self-titled 1997 record and selected subsequent moments from 13 and Think…

Interview: Stuart Cosgrove on Detroit ‘67

4 Mar 2015

Popular Scottish football presenter’s passion for soul music inspired his latest book

He’s familiar to Scottish radio listeners as half of a double act with Tam Cowan on BBC Radio Scotland’s football satire and discussion show Off the Ball. But Stuart Cosgrove’s career extends into areas which most of his listeners are probably unaware…

Got kids, will festival: how to rock out as a family this summer

1 Apr 2015

Doune the Rabbit Hole and Kelburn Garden Party welcome families alongside party animals

‘People are becoming more aware that a festival doesn’t have to be somewhere that isn’t child friendly,’ says Jamie Murray, director of Doune the Rabbit Hole festival, which happens on the Cardross Estate near Stirling every August. ‘They now know that…

Stuart David – In The All-Night Café

7 Apr 20154 stars

Belle & Sebastian co-founder takes a trip down memory lane

‘Stuart, this is Stuart.’ Those were the words, remembers the first Stuart (David), of the moment he was introduced to the other Stuart (Murdoch) in the kitchen of a friend’s flat in Glasgow – and a new chapter in the city’s musical history was…

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Best family-friendly festivals in Scotland

1 Apr 2015

Top five fests for all the family, including Solas, Kelburn Garden Party and Doune the Rabbit Hole

Think festivals aren’t the right place for kids? Think again. Several of Scotland’s best boutique festivals are welcoming kids and families in their droves. Here, we pick out five of the best for 2015. Solas Enjoying a range of family and kids-only…

Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too

27 Mar 20154 stars

Mercury Prize-winning trio come back in style

In an era when designed-in, risk-averse formulism is the only style which is allowed into the mainstream, it’s pleasing to hear Edinburgh trio Young Fathers unashamedly describe themselves as pop music. From that out-of-the-blue but utterly deserved…

The best Edinburgh Science Festival arts and culture events

26 Mar 2015

From drone orchestras to geek songs, we’ve picked our top tips for this year's science fest

The white coats are let out for the day to hop on their bikes as part of Edinburgh International Science Festival’s Street Science team. Engaging with audiences across the city, the aim is to shake up science, blow off the cobwebs and prove that it’s…

Nothing Ever Happens Here

20 Mar 2015

Broken Records’ Jamie Sutherland talks about Summerhall’s new music programme

That name is a joke, although some might not believe that. It’s a play on the often-parroted refrain that nothing happens in Edinburgh musically, that it’s a dead zone compared to ever-bustling Glasgow. Despite slightly overblown newspaper headlines…

Errors – Lease of Life

10 Mar 20154 stars

Continued, open-minded listening is the least this fine record deserves

The point of departure between the old Errors and the new Errors came in 2012, when the Glasgow-based quartet slimmed down to a trio. The difference between both incarnations was made plain by contrasting that year’s duo of releases, the third album…

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Interview: Errors

10 Mar 2015

Glaswegian band's Simon Ward talks about the making of their new album

Before the band’s representative gets a say, a word about Errors’ new album Lease of Life; it’s excellent. Not just by the standard of a group who have proven to be consistent sonic adventurers over their three full albums to date, but in the way it…

Interview: Anthony Naples

3 Mar 2015

Up and coming producer Naples discusses beginnings, inspirations and his Glasgow connection

Miami-born, New York-based and possessing a long association with the city of Glasgow, Proibito Records boss and brand new album artist (his debut Body Pill just came out on Text) is back this weekend as a guest of Numbers. The youthful producer tells…

Records Also Released

11 Feb 2015

A round-up of new releases for February

Daniel Avery’s 2013 debut album Drone Logic didn’t so much reinvent techno as present a pristine contemporary version of it, drawing from iconic influences like the Chemical Brothers and Underworld to hammer out a sound that was credible and crossover…

Idlewild – Everything Ever Written

4 Feb 20154 stars

Misty-eyed maturity and vitality mark Idlewild's first album since 2009's Post Electric Blues

Ask the band and they’ll tell you this isn’t their comeback record, for how can you make a comeback if you’ve never really been away? Despite going on semi-official hiatus following 2009’s Post Electric Blues and their subsequent solo careers (singer…

Guide to Scotland's Festivals 2015: Idlewild's Roddy Woomble talks playing the summer festival circuit

2 Feb 2015

Idlewild prepares for busy summer, following the release of new album Everything Ever Written

Roddy Woomble is a man with acres of festival experience. Fronting Edinburgh indie-punk outfit Idlewild, he appeared high up the bill at some of the biggest rock festivals in Britain, from Glastonbury to T in the Park. In recent years, however, the…

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Singles and EPs – December 2014

9 Jan 2015

Featuring Jacques Greene, Tuff Love, Simple Minds and Hector Bizerk

Now a staple of the LuckyMe stable, young Montreal producer Jacques Greene here delivers another EP led by a track with an unmistakably upbeat tone. It rests first upon a swirling, welcoming house riff which reminds of none other than steel pans being…

5 Reasons to see Die Antwoord

5 Jan 2015

As if you weren't already hyped, we breakdown the wild anticipation behind the South African phenom

Much of South African trio Die Antwoord’s (‘The Answer’ in Afrikaans) cultural capital has come from precisely that, getting people talking about them. Following years floating about the lower reaches of their home country’s rap-rock scene in various…

Christmas Songwriters Club (2014)

23 Dec 20144 stars

Festive spirit and great tunes fill new location for an evening with some of Edinburgh's best

Stop Christmas right there, because the best seasonal hit you’re not likely to hear again in your life has been written. Apologising for the ‘disaster’ that apparently was his Christmas Songwriters Club appearance back in 2010 (‘I got pissed a little…

Album Round-up — December 2014

18 Dec 2014

New releases from Disappears, Prosumer, Smashing Pumpkins, Darren Hayman, Yo La Tengo and Beyoncé

Disappears — Irreal (Kranky) ●●●● The ‘guitars are dead’ contingent may wish to re-evaluate upon exposure to this, the sixth album from Brian ‘90 Day Men’ Case’s Chicagoan art-rock group. It’s hard to categorise, but there’s essentially an attempt…

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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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…

Sharon Van Etten set for Glasgow gig

10 Nov 2014

Emotional indie rocker is finally making it big after success of album Are We There

Although she’s four albums into a five-year recording career and the last of those records was released a full six months ago, it feels as though New Jersey’s Sharon Van Etten has never been more popular. You sense that she’s another slow-burn artists…

Sound of Yell – Broken Spectre

10 Nov 20144 stars

El Hombre Trajeado co-founder goes solo with the help of a dozen friends

His sometime El Hombre Trajeado accomplice and co-founder RM Hubbert might have attracted more recognition in recent times for his exhausting workrate and proliferation of fine albums, but Stevie Jones’ own career has continued apace in the meantime…

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…

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…