High 5, with Gringo Star

High 5, with Gringo Star

Having shared stages with the likes of Feist, Weezer, Cat Power, Best Coast, Wavves, Black Lips, The Toadies, and more, Atlanta quartet Gringo Star visit Scotland this Saturday (Feb 16) as part of their UK tour. Combining a love for the pioneers of the past with a sense of vital originality, the band seamlessly fuse garage rock, doo-wop harmonies straight from a fifties jukebox, and surfed-up alternative guitar riffs. There’s no premeditation, posturing, or overthinking…

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Interview: Simon Evans, stand-up comedian

Interview: Simon Evans, stand-up comedian

While everyone from your local barista to a modestly talented centre forward might be dubbed a ‘genius’ these days, stand-up Simon Evans is not sure that many people are truly deserving of such an accolade. In the funny and erudite Hove-based comic’s new touring show (the not surprisingly titled Genius), he bemoans the fact that genuine geniuses are low on the ground. “The show is about the notion of actual genius being hard to find…

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AAA’s Hottest Record of the Week: Dylan Thomas by Better Oblivion Community Center

AAA’s Hottest Record of the Week: Dylan Thomas by Better Oblivion Community Center

Better Oblivion Community Center have shared the surreal music video for debut single Dylan Thomas – and it’s our Hottest Record Of The Week. Last week saw Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst release their surprise collaboration album under the Better Oblivion Community Center moniker, and the pair have also just announced a UK and world tour. You can check out the tour dates below, as well as the video for Dylan Thomas, directed by Japanese…

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High 5, The 10:04s

High 5, The 10:04s

The 10:04s have been one of the mainstays of the Edinburgh music scene. But rather than peddling the same old, same old, they have continually evolved over the years. They draw from an eclectic blend of influences, and have opened for The Cribs, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Idlewild and, current darlings of the NME, The 1975. But these four fellas are headliners in their own right. Be sure of that. The group is made up of Steven Bolton…

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High 5, with Fiona Bevan

High 5, with Fiona Bevan

Fiona Bevan is a songwriter to the stars. She wrote One Direction’s Little Things, with Ed Sheeran, which was No.1 in 13 countries. She wrote Steps’ chart-topping comeback single, Afraid of the Dark last year. And she’s written the new Backstreet Boys single, as well as other songs for the likes of Aurora, Rita Ora and Tom Walker. She’s finally found some time for her own music, with a beautiful new EP – and you can hear that and…

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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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