David Pollock

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Comic news and new releases – March 2015

26 Feb 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road spin-off and Judge Dredd among March's hottest comics releases

As if we weren’t all bloody excited enough about George Miller’s forthcoming, Tom Hardy-starring sequel to his demented petrolhead dystopiana trilogy, the comic tie-ins have just been announced. Published by DC’s long-standing mature readers imprint…

Interview: Hardeep Singh Kohli on new Leith curry and beer house VDeep

20 Feb 2015

Celebrity Masterchef finalist curates new Indian menu at the Vintage's new 'Leith Lab'

Until recently known as the Vintage, one of the strongest of Leith’s many dining experiences for its inventive combination of contemporary food and craft beers, the Henderson Street corner site a stone’s throw from the Shore will this weekend…

TV review: Bitter Lake, iPlayer

23 Jan 2015

Adam Curtis' new documentary is a BBC iPlayer exclusive focussing on the West's role in Afghanistan

There’s a certain type of audience out there for whom Adam Curtis’ familiar, destabilising form of documentary narrative is like crack, and they await Bitter Lake eagerly. Made up of grainy found footage, much of it utilizing recording formats which…

The Hot 100 2014: 100-91

11 Dec 2014

Sophia George, Richard Youngs and Carina Contini among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors

The Hot 100 is The List's annual celebration of the figures who've contributed most to the cultural landscape during the year. From chefs and theatre-makers to writers and musicians, you'll find them here.

Jason Rhoades: Four Roads exhibition coming to the BALTIC

25 Feb 2015

Chief Curator Laurence Sillars reflects on the first major survey exhibition of the artist's work

Dead prematurely at the age of 41 through heart failure, Californian artist Jason Rhoades combined elements of performance and conventional art in his work. Already recognised and much appreciated by the critical establishment throughout his life, the…

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Artist Rooms: Diane Arbus, Kirkcaldy Galleries

23 Feb 20154 stars

Artist Rooms series brings work by seminal 20th century street photographer to Fife

The beauty of the continuing Artist Rooms series, as jointly curated by the Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland, isn’t just in the wealth of era-defining contemporary art it displays, but the out of the way locations it brings it to. This is the…

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…

V&A Dundee takes Scottish design on tour

6 Feb 2015

Design in Motion opens in Dundee and travels across Scotland

Following hot on the heels of the recent announcement that Dundee is to become an official UNESCO City of Design – a status that places it alongside fellow recipients of the title including Bilbao and Helsinki – a brand new touring exhibition is set to…

StAnza 2015 boasts a world-class lineup

11 Feb 2015

St Andrews' international poetry festival features Simon Armitage, Bill Manhire and Alice Notley

‘There’s a long tradition of poetry festivals in St Andrews,’ explains Eleanor Livingstone, director of the town’s current incumbent StAnza. ‘It dates back to the 1970s, when the US writer Jay Parini, then studying at St Andrews University, started…

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…

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Arenacross brings a rock concert vibe to Motocross

4 Feb 2015

The sporting spectacular sets out on its 2015 UK stadium tour

’It’s a very unusual event,’ says Arenacross organiser Matt Bates of a sporting phenomenon that was founded three years ago and which has rapidly built to the scale that it can fill indoor arenas like the Hydro, around the country. He describes it as a…

Dead Girl Walking – Chris Brookmyre

3 Feb 20154 stars

Jack Parlabane is back in this fast-paced offering from the Tartan Noir author

Fans of two of the Tartan Noir genre’s most successful authors will be pleased to know that Ian Rankin’s Rebus isn’t the only semi-retired character who has been brought back into full use of late. Although Chris Brookmyre has used a broader collection…

Laura Aldridge: California wow! at Tramway invites sensory impulses

3 Feb 2015

Glasgow-based artist showcases sculptural works through a pink filter

‘More often than not,’ explains Surrey-born, Glasgow-based artist Laura Aldridge, ‘my work is positioned on a precipice of wanting to act upon an impulse, particularly a sensory impulse of wanting to touch and feel and simultaneously be felt by material…

Wendelien van Oldenborgh: Beauty And The Right To The Ugly

3 Feb 20154 stars

Film installation examining the concept of community-oriented architecture

This new Collective Gallery in the old City Observatory atop Calton Hill might inspire comparisons between a Georgian architecture-saturated panorama outside and the drum-like brick interior’s intimacy. Intentionally or not, this film piece by Dutch…

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…

New Year's Resolutions: do more sport

30 Dec 2014

Time to get physical with everything from parkour to pole-dancing

New Year’s resolutions come and go, but it helps to keep things interesting if you’ve decided to try your hand at staying fit by doing something out of the ordinary. For those who caught Commonwealth Games fever in the summer and are waiting for…

New Year's Resolutions: take more classes

30 Dec 2014

From drawing to dancing, and singing to stitching, build your skills

In the spirit of trying something new for 2015, we thought we’d point out a number of classes and events which go on all year round in the Central Belt and which allow participants to get actively involved. So what do you want to do? Art’s a good one…

Restaurant review: The Percy (closed)

24 Dec 2014

Joseph Malik cooks up a hearty storm in the Leithier suburbs

Having built a very well-deserved reputation as head chef at Leith-and-thereabouts bar establishments Joseph Pearce, Lioness of Leith and the Safari Lounge, Joseph Malik has gone it alone with his own place in the former trattoria in the side room of…

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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…

The Two Roberts: Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde

18 Dec 20144 stars

Intriguing retrospective of two charismatic artists who died young

Reading the literature which accompanies this intriguing retrospective on the work of Ayrshiremen Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde – who were students together at Glasgow School of Art in the early 1930s, lovers from then on, hugely popular…

John Lees and Iain Laurie – And Then Emily Was Gone

16 Dec 20144 stars

Smart plotting, fresh and genuinely creepy, Lees and Laurie have created a distinctive calling card

‘There’s a world of the screaming impossible all around us, something so far beyond our comprehension that most of us just block it out,’ reveals disfigured village sage Mental Jimmy midway through the tale, adding spine-crawling credence to our…

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…