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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…

Opinion: the SAY Award longlist is keeping Scotland’s musical conversation alive

23 Apr 2015

Scottish Album of the Year longlist is a strong showcase of the country’s musical output right now

Another beauty of a longlist emerged this morning from the SAY HQ. It features some of Scotland’s biggest hitters, one of whom will take the best album of the year award in June. As a playlist of the country’s musical output, what do these 20 albums…

Best Record Store Day 2015 events across Edinburgh and Glasgow

27 Mar 2015

Releases from David Bowie, Miracle Strip and Biffy Clyro are on sale as part of Record Store Day

You can keep your MP3s and your iTunes and whatnot, it's been eight years now and thankfully, the UK is still not over Record Store Day. This year plenty of acts are getting in on the act and putting out special releases – there's David Bowie, with a…

Watch Trembling Bells’ ‘Hallelujah’ music video

13 Apr 2015

Premiering a hallucinatory trip down Glasgow's High Street with Trembling Bells

Scottish folk-rock band Trembling Bells have a new and wonderfully hallucinogenic music video tour of Glasgow to accompany its 7” release of ‘Hallelujah’ as part of Record Store Day. Alex Neilson’s song-based group featuring Lavinia Blackwall’s…

Interview: Rose McDowall on punk, prejudice and polka dots

24 Mar 2015

The former Strawberry Switchblade frontwoman looks to future projects

Rose McDowall is enshrined in the popular imagination – the one that stretches back to the mid-80s at any rate – as the petite, raven-haired goth girl with the polka dot mini-dresses who sang with one-hit wonders Strawberry Switchblade. Inevitably there…

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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…

Brian Wilson announces 2015 UK tour

24 Mar 2015

Former Beach Boy is to tour with former band members plus support from America and Edwyn Collins

Brian Wilson has announced he is to play a UK arena tour this September. The legendary singer-songwriter and former member of 60s surf-poppers The Beach Boys will bring the sound of California to British shores on an eight-gig tour that takes in…

Fans discuss how they feel about Morrissey's tour cancellations

18 Mar 2015

It’s not a Morrissey tour without cancellations. Kirstyn Smith talks to fans about how they feel

The story may be old, but it goes on... It was to little surprise, but a fair amount of concern, that Morrissey cancelled the second date of his 2015 European tour – meant to be taking place in Tilburg, Netherlands on Tuesday 10 March.

Watch trailer for Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck

12 Mar 2015

First authorised film about the Nirvana singer features home movies and unreleased music

Having premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Montage of Heck has already been described as ‘the definitive Cobain documentary’. It is the first authorised film about the lead singer of Nirvana, with Courtney Love and their daughter…

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…

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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…

Listen to FFS’s new single Johnny Delusional

14 Apr 2015

Franz Ferdinand and Sparks release the first track from their debut album as FFS

The recently-formed supergroup, comprising art rockers Franz Ferdinand and American fraternal duo Sparks, have released the first single of their forthcoming debut album. The 12-Track, self-titled album will be released on Monday 8 June on Domino. It…

Paul Vickers and The Leg – The Greengrocer

19 Mar 20154 stars

This food-stuff-based quasi concept album is easy to digest

Don't be fooled by the troubadourish mediaevalisms of the jaunty guitar flourish that opens the third and much belated opus by the wildest junkyard auteurs to ever embark on a galloping collision course of surrealist lyrical fantasms and stumblebum…

Glastonbury: controversial headline acts that played memorable sets

18 Mar 2015

Kanye West isn't the only headliner to disgruntle a few of the festival's fans

So, it seems that some Glastonbury fans don’t love Kanye as much as Kanye loves Kanye, as they’ve started a petition asking organisers to cancel his headline slot and replace him with a rock band. The petition already has over 35,000 signatures, but…

Bloc Party recording new album

17 Mar 2015

Listen to Bloc Party's new music as the band announce they are working on a fifth album

Bloc Party have confirmed that they are recording a new album. Speaking to Australian radio show, Triple J, frontman Kele Okereke confirmed that, following a hiatus that began in 2012 after their fourth album Four, the group are 'at the writing and…

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Young Fathers announce release of White Men are Black Men Too

12 Mar 2015

Young Fathers' new album White Men are Black Men Too released in April, new single 'Shame' out now

Young Fathers have announced their second studio album, White Men are Black Men too, will be released on Sat 6 Apr. Controversially-titled White Men are Black Men Too (more on that here), the Scottish trio's new album falls somewhere in between rock…

Nadine Shah – Fast Food

3 Mar 20153 stars

Northumbrian singer's second album is elegantly packaged but lacks bite

An expressive alto voice with a torch song tone is a powerful musical weapon, deployed with precision over the years by femmes fatales from Marianne Faithfull to PJ Harvey, Anita Lane to Anna Calvi, all of whom can conjure up a cloak and dagger…

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…

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…

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.

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…