We Were Promised Jetpacks announce new album and tour

We Were Promised Jetpacks announce new album and tour

Edinburgh indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks have announced a brand new album – their first in four years – to be released on 14 September. The band will also embark on a huge tour in the UK, EU and US throughout September, October and November. The More I Sleep The Less I Dream marks a new chapter in We Were Promised Jetpacks’ career. It’s about going back to the heart of who they are – a…

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Aretha Franklin’s 10 greatest songs

Aretha Franklin’s 10 greatest songs

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has died at the age of 76. The legendary American soul singer had advanced pancreatic cancer and passed away today (Aug 16) with her family at her bedside. Franklin’s family said: “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for…

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Review: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Leith Theatre

Review: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Leith Theatre

In a city where live music has for decades been seen as a poor cousin to its noisy neighbour in the west, Edinburgh has done a fine job this summer in disabusing us of the notion that if you want to see big-name acts you have to hop along the M8. The slew of open-air gigs in Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle have been devoured by music lovers, and Hidden Door’s contribution to Edinburgh…

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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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Russian authorities ban Pussy Riot member from travelling to Edinburgh

Russian authorities ban Pussy Riot member from travelling to Edinburgh

A member of punk band Pussy Riot has been banned from travelling to the Edinburgh Fringe by Russian authorities. Maria Alyokhina was scheduled to promote her latest book. Posting on Twitter yesterday from Moscow’s Domodevo Airport, she wrote: “the guys from the FSB border service told me that I am barred from leaving the country.” According to the Moscow Times, Alyokhina was blocked from leaving Russia allegedly for evading community service she was ordered to…

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New Jesus And Mary Chain album in the works

New Jesus And Mary Chain album in the works

Legendary Scottish noisemongers The Jesus And Mary Chain have confirmed they’ll be working on their new album later this year. The band will begin working on it after their North American tour with Nine Inch Nails, which kicks off on September 13 and runs until December 12. “We’re thinking of doing a new album soon after this tour,” said lead singer Jim Reid. “I reckon that will be the next thing we do. “We work…

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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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Slaves to visit Scotland on UK tour

Slaves to visit Scotland on UK tour

Punk duo Slaves have announced some of their biggest gigs to date – including a visit to Glasgow’s Barrowlands. The acclaimed outfit, who are set to release their eagerly-anticipated third album Acts Of Fear on August 17, will also play dates in Newcastle, Nottingham, Belfast, Dublin, Manchester and London, among other cities. You can see Slaves’ full UK and Ireland touring schedule below. Wednesday November 7 2018 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 Academy Newcastle Thursday November…

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Fringe interview: Amanda Palmer

Fringe interview: Amanda Palmer

The unpindownable musical force known as Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls, Eveyln Evelyn) returns to the Fringe, this time armed with only a piano and a ukulele. Amanda’s shows are a combination of uplifting, humorous and tear-jerking, often all in the same song. Expect special guests ranging from local musicians to celebrity friends and husbands (her author husband, Neil Gaiman, occasionally duets). AAA caught up with Amanda for a chat ahead of her four-night stint at the…

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Unreleased Prince song features in new Spike Lee film

Unreleased Prince song features in new Spike Lee film

The never-before-released Prince song Mary Don’t You Weep features on the soundtrack of Spike Lee’s new film. The acclaimed Malcolm X director has won heaps of acclaim for BlacKkKlansman, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May, scooping the prestigious Grand Prix prize. It follows the true story of Ron Stallworth, an African American detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. Now, it’s been reported that Lee has secured the use of Prince’s Mary Don’t You Weep,…

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