Interview: They Might Be Giants

Interview: They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants now an unstoppable force John Flansburgh, the co-frontman for They Might Be Giants, once referred to his band as “the most stoppable force in rock music”. He was referring to TMBG’s early years as a duo – with co-conspirator John Linnell – and the fact that they had few music industry connections and little more than an abundance of creativity going for them. Now, more than 35 years since the pair…

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High 5, with Addie Brik

High 5, with Addie Brik

A few months back, Georgia-born but Scotland-based singer songwriter Addie Brik released her new album,  the excellent I Have A Doctor On Board, on her own Itza label. Featuring both Here Comes The Lover, which was described as “beguiling” by God Is In The TV when voted their Track of The Day, and Belly, Folk Radio UK’s “breathtaking” Song of The Day, the 10-track album was recorded in Glasgow and written in a small room overlooking the Firth of…

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AAA’s Hottest Record of the Week: Lana Del Rey, Venice Bitch

AAA’s Hottest Record of the Week: Lana Del Rey, Venice Bitch

US singer Lana Del Rey has shared new song Venice Bitch – and it’s AAA’s Hottest Record of the Week. You can listen to it here. The single comes hot on the heels of another recent new song, Mariners Apartment Complex (watch the video below), which was produced in collaboration with Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff. In the video for Venice Bitch, Del Rey talks on the phone before facing the camera and pretending to shoot at…

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AAA playlist: Shirley Manson

AAA playlist: Shirley Manson

It’s 20 years since Garbage’s second studio album, Version 2.0, was released – and the American-Scottish alt-rockers are marking the occasion with a tour that brings them to the Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre on Tuesday (September 4). The album, which includes the likes of Push It, I Think I’m Paranoid, When I Grow Up and Special, has sold an impressive four million copies worldwide since its release – and a special 20th anniversary edition was released in June….

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Win tickets to see The Darkness and more at Midstock Festival

Win tickets to see The Darkness and more at Midstock Festival

Midstock music festival returns to Dalkeith Country Park next weekend (31 August-1 September) – and we’ve got tickets to give away for the Saturday, when chart sensations The Darkness will headline. The festival, which is now in its fifth year, kicks off on the Friday with a line-up of top DJ producers and headliners 2 Unlimited. But it’s the Saturday we’re giving away tickets for – and that’s the day The Darkness headline. Joining the rock…

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Fringe Q&A: Scott Bennett

Fringe Q&A: Scott Bennett

Rob Brydon tour support, BBC News Quiz writer, The Chris Ramsey Show writer and Amused Moose Edinburgh Award nominee Scott Bennett is performing at the Fringe with an honest and hilarious new show. AAA caught up with Scott for a chat in between shows. How has your Fringe been so far? It’s been great fun so far, audiences have been great and the room has been busy. I’m not sick of the show either, which…

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Fringe interview: Anthony Jeannot

Fringe interview: Anthony Jeannot

A letter from the past, a date with a doomsday survivalist and the start of your dream career. What would you do if you could find out what your teenage self thought of your current life? Life Coach (Age 14), by Anthony Jeannot, is a show about accepting who we are and what we’ve done, even the time we accidentally slapped a girl in the face with our man boob. AAA caught up with Anthony for a chat….

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High 5, with Laurie Black

High 5, with Laurie Black

Classically trained pianist turned cabaret anarchist Laurie Black recently released third album Kink! – a collection of songs about BDSM and books. Laurie was crowned Emerging Artist at this year’s Adelaide Fringe 2018, and she is bringing her synth-rock cabaret show Bad Luck t0 the Edinburgh Fringe. AAA caught up with Laurie for a quick chat ahead of her visit. Bad Luck, Underbelly, Cowgate – Big Belly, 8.50pm, Aug 20-26, www.edfringe.com     Favourite Film  I’ve recently discovered two…

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Fringe interview: Laurence Clark

Fringe interview: Laurence Clark

An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting sees Laurence Clark tackling important issues like how best to balance crutches on his son’s baby walker to make him look like a Dalek! Laurence starred in BBC One documentary, We Won’t Drop the Baby and recently featured on The One Show. He’s been shortlisted for Funniest New Comedian, is an Amused Moose Edinburgh Laughter Awards finalist and is currently developing a sitcom for Channel 4. AAA caught up with Laurence…

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High 5, with A Ritual Spirit

High 5, with A Ritual Spirit

Formed from the ashes of a previous band, A Ritual Spirit debuted in the Edinburgh live scene in early 2011 after self-recording a four-track demo during 2010. Shows around Scotland and Northern England followed, along with a three-track EP, before attention turned to writing, recording and touring an album. Carnival Carnivorous was released in 2013 with debut single The Way I Died leading the way, followed by a video for second single Visceral Decay, all…

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