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Wilko Johnson announces 2015 tour dates

26 Feb 2015

Veteran guitarist/singer beats cancer and hits the road with his band

It’s one of the more awesome comebacks in rock'n'roll history. Much-loved guitarist and singer Wilko Johnson – owner of the most intimidating glare in pub-rock, who was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in 2013, and who gave an emotional…

BRIT Awards 2015 complete list of winners

26 Feb 2015

Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith and Royal Blood among the winners at UK pop's annual backslapping party

The winners have been announced, the awards collected, Kanye came, Madonna fell, and Ant and Dec have skulked back into the jungle to work on their jokes. Ed Sheeran cleaned up with the two biggest prizes of the night while Paloma Faith took home…

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 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…

Sacred Paws chat Sleater-Kinney and the legacy of 90s feminist-punk

20 Feb 2015

After a decade-long wait, devotees are being inspired all over again

Yes, of course it was thrilling when David Bowie dropped an album out of nowhere. And granted, Aphex Twin delighted with his blimps and his cryptic new LP campaign. But Sleater-Kinney knocked these dudes for six when they hid a brand new single – their…

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Fleetwood Mac announce series of UK concerts for May and June 2015

10 Nov 2014

Multi-award winning band will play concerts in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow

Fleetwood Mac have announced they will bring their ‘On With the Show’ tour to the UK in May and June 2015. The multi-award winning band, whose 1977 album Rumours has sold over 45 million copies, will tour with their original line-up after welcoming…

Belle and Sebastian – Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance

27 Jan 20153 stars

Glasgow indie veterans go all-out for pop, with mixed results

In an interview last summer with The Herald, Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch recalled a meeting with Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant that seems to have had a profound effect on the band’s fresh direction. While the gist of their chat was Tennant’s…

Blur to release new album, listen to new single now

19 Feb 2015

The Magic Whip to be the first studio LP the group has released in 12 years

News sure to cause a collective meltdown of fans everywhere, Blur have simultaneously announced their first studio album in 12 years, released the first single and confirmed an appearance in London’s Hyde Park at the British Summer Time Festival this…

The Jesus & Mary Chain take their debut album on tour

10 Feb 2015

The Reid brothers mark the 30th birthday of album Psychocandy with a full live outing

Back in the mid-80s, when Morrissey was looking for a job and then he found a job, the Jesus & Mary Chain were looking for a reaction and they got a reaction – to their name, their attitude and their sound. Smothering their sweet, simple…

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…

Django Django UK tour announced

16 Feb 2015

London rock outfit to take new album Born Under Saturn on UK tour in May

May the fourth be with Django Django fans. The London four piece releases their newest album, Born Under Saturn, Mon 4 May via Because Music – just two days after they kick off an 10-date UK tour, it was announced today.

Fawn Spots – From Safer Place

13 Feb 20153 stars

Slightly up-and-down debut from the York trio

York trio Fawn Spots are riding on a post-hardcore crest which seems to have resurfaced again, earning them a comparison by comedian Stewart Lee to proto-frat indie stalwarts Guided by Voices and Minnesota's finest pre-emo's, Hüsker Dü - which seems…

Kaiser Chiefs to headline Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

29 Jan 2015

The multi-million selling rock four piece are set to play the festival

Kaiser Chiefs have been announced as Saturday night’s headline act for this year’s Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. This will be the multi-million selling quintet’s first appearance at a Highland festival, with the band’s only other gigs in the…

Babes In Toyland announce 2015 UK tour

27 Jan 2015

Female punk trio follow their first live show in 18 years with five UK dates

Following the announcement of a reunion show at The Roxy in LA this February, female punk trio Babes In Toyland have revealed dates for a UK tour. Members Kat Bjelland (lead vocals and guitar), Lori Barbero (drums) and Maureen Herman (bass) were…

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Watch The Decemberists sing YouTube comments on Jimmy Kimmel

23 Jan 2015

Portland-based indie band break the talk show mould before heading off on European tour

The Decemberists scored big on Jimmy Kimmel's US talk show last night with a selection of hilarious YouTube comment renditions. Promoting their newly released sixth album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, the indie folk five-piece known…

Listen to Idlewild's new single now

8 Jan 2015

Come on Ghost drops onto Soundcloud and into your eardrums – let the hype begin

Stoking the flames of our excitement at the forthcoming album release and impending tour, Scottish indie rock favourites Idlewild have released their newest single 'Come on Ghost' on Soundcloud. After a four year hiatus, the band delighted fans back…

K-X-P – The History of Techno EP

18 Dec 20143 stars

Insouciant, dynamic dirges from Finnish cosmic rock demagogues

Finnish people, as we have learned from studies and Aki Kaurismaki movies, are totally cracked, so it makes sense that that the country’s bands err on the side of bedlam. Here we have cosmic rock demagogues K-X-P obliging by flagrantly breaking the…

Live Review: Silver Apples, Stereo, Glasgow, Fri 28 Nov

12 Dec 20143 stars

One for the audiophiles, Simeon breathes synth charm into future sounds of yesteryear

These days, Simeon, the enigmatic founding / sole surviving member of Silver Apples, looks like a craggy character from a Coen Brothers or David Lynch film who has just emerged from decades in his desert bunker lab with the sound of the future – or what…

NME Awards Tour 2015 headlined by the Palma Violets

18 Nov 2014

Fat White Family, The Amazing Snakeheads and Slaves also set for 11 date UK wide tour

The NME Awards Tour will mark 20 years next year, as it stops at venues across the UK in February and March 2015. This year’s headliners are the Palma Violets, who enjoyed a sell-out run on the 2013 tour with Django Django and Miles Kane. They will be…

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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…

Sleaford Mods – Broadcast, Glasgow, Wed 5 Nov

7 Nov 20144 stars

'21st century British frustrations with a style and intelligence that is at once commanding'

‘It's all so fucking boring’: just one of many spit-spattered phrases to be gobbed on one's face courtesy of Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson. But it's true. Or feels like it sometimes. In these times of constant information and 'trending', what actually…

Album Roundup – November 2014

7 Nov 2014

Including new releases from Dean Blunt, Neil Landstrumm, TV On The Radio, Simple Minds and Micah P H

Neil Landstrumm – Nights of Shame EP (Kick + Clap) ●●●●● Silly-good new stuff from producer Neil Landstrumm, on Kick + Clap, a brand new all-vinyl label which he says, ‘jacks so hard, it has to be from Chicago’. In reality, these squelchy, chiming…

Preview: Jack White to play Glasgow show

6 Nov 2014

Set list expected to include solo hits, plus songs from Dead Weather, Raconteurs and White Stripes

The saviour of garage rock circa 2001 has come a long way in the past decade. He’s achieved a red carpet status, appeared on prime-time chat shows and is now embarking on a bona fide arena rock tour, all without compromising the passionate ideals which…