Interview / Tony Black: ‘Before I knew it, Gus was back, voicing and his opinions on everything’

Interview / Tony Black: ‘Before I knew it, Gus was back, voicing and his opinions on everything’

It’s been ten years since the last outing of crime writer Tony Black’s inimitable cop Gus Dury – but the “punk rocker of the Scottish crime scene” is back. AAA caught up with Tony to find out what fans can expect from new novel, Wrecked. The Gus Dury creation first made waves back in 2009 in the author’s debut title, Paying for It, where the hard-drinking Edinburgh cop landed himself in hot water for headbutting…

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Interview: Ed Cares, Childcare

Interview: Ed Cares, Childcare

London quartet Childcare bring the Sabi Tour to Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh on Saturday, 30 November – and AAA caught up with Ed Cares from the band for a chat ahead of the gig. As part of the group’s Get Well Soon wellness campaign, attendees can expect a mixture of “mindful eating, yogic breathing and mass meditation” alongside the band’s usual brand of leftfield softcore-psych. The Sabi Tour will also offer participants lavender scratch’n’sniff vinyl,…

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AAA’s Hottest Record of the Week: Chvrches, Death Stranding

AAA’s Hottest Record of the Week: Chvrches, Death Stranding

Scottish synth-pop trio Chvrches have shared new track Death Stranding — and it’s our Hottest Record Of The Week. The Lauren Mayberry-fronted group debuted the track on The Late Late Show With James Corden. The song is for Hideo Kojima’s new game, also titled Death Stranding, and Chvrches band member Iain Cook has revealed to the BBC that the famed video game designer said it “made him cry”. Fellow band member Martin Doherty added: “He…

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My Edinburgh: Jordan Harvey, King Calaway

My Edinburgh: Jordan Harvey, King Calaway

Jordan Harvey has gone far since his schooldays in South Queensferry – all the way to Nashville in fact. Now a key member of country supergroup King Calaway, Jordan first came to the attention on the BBC One talent show, Let It Shine. As a band, King Calaway have performed on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, Neighbours and the Late Late Show With James Corden – not to mention performing on the main stage at Gibraltar…

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AAA’s Hottest Record Of The Week: The Filthy Tongues – Mummy Can’t Drive

AAA’s Hottest Record Of The Week: The Filthy Tongues – Mummy Can’t Drive

The Filthy Tongues, who topped AAA’s Scottish Albums of the Year poll in 2016, are back with brand single Mummy Can’t Drive – and it’s our Hottest Record of the Week. You can listen to it right here. Veterans of the Edinburgh indie scene, The Filthy Tongues have occupied a unique place at the heart of Scottish alternative rock in various manifestations since the mid-80s. Martin Metcalfe, Fin Wilson and Derek Kelly were the core-members…

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Fringe Q&A: Jena Friedman

Fringe Q&A: Jena Friedman

As America slips into fascism, Jena celebrates free speech while she still has it, in this unapologetic political hour of comedy. Miscarriage of Justice is the US comic’s long-awaited return to the Fringe after her critically-acclaimed 2015 hit American C*nt. Having appeared on multiple top US shows including Conan and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jena brings her unique insight and acerbic wit back to Edinburgh at a time when politics in America and…

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Fringe Q&A: Kenny Emson, Rust

Fringe Q&A: Kenny Emson, Rust

‘Rule number eleven: we don’t talk about them. They don’t exist here’. Nadia and Daniel have a secret. In fact they have quite a few. They’ve just signed on the line for a studio flat. Under a pseudonym, naturally – Mr and Mrs White. After years of school pick-ups, TV takeaways, and the drudgery of married life, this is their chance to wipe the slate clean. But as much as they try and redefine the…

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Fringe Q&A: Manual Cinema’s Frankenstein

Fringe Q&A: Manual Cinema’s Frankenstein

Love, loss and creation merge in unexpected ways in this thrilling classic gothic tale conceived by Manual Cinema. Stories of Victory Frankenstein, Mary Shelley and her Monster expose how the forces of family, community and education shape personhood, or destroy it by their absence. Internationally renowned multimedia company Manual Cinema stitches together the classic story of Frankenstein with Mary Shelley’s own biography to create an unexpected story about the beauty and horror of creation. Manual…

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Fringe Q&A: Patrick Monahan

Fringe Q&A: Patrick Monahan

Smart and funny observations on a new-found, middle-class lifestyle with ski holidays, through the prism of poor, immigrant, living-in-a-caravan roots. As seen on The One Show (BBC), Fake Reaction (ITV), Celebrity Squares (ITV). AAA caught up with Patrick for a chat… This isn’t your first time at the Fringe… No, I’ve been coming to the festival for every year since 2003, but every year feels like the first time because I always write a brand…

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Fringe Q&A: Le Coup

Fringe Q&A: Le Coup

Company 2 brought you the smash hit Cantina followed by Scotch and Soda – and now they’re back with their latest and greatest work Le Coup. Place yourself in the world’s last travelling boxing tent for some hard-hitting acrobatics and aerial feats where you have nothing to lose and everything to gamble. Is this your first time at the Fringe? I have been to the Fringe as a punter and as an artists. Company2 was…

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