Ben Howard to visit Edinburgh Playhouse in June

Ben Howard to visit Edinburgh Playhouse in June

Two-time Brit Award winner Ben Howard has returned with a new single, a new album, and details of a UK tour that sees him visit Edinburgh’s Playhouse Theatre in June. You can listen the seven-minute-long A Boat To An Island On The Wall below, and check out Howard’s full touring schedule. Tickets for all dates on the tour go on sale from 9am on Friday, April 13. The new single is a taster of the British troubadour’s forthcoming third…

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AAA’s Hottest Record Of The Week: Stand ‘X’, by James Brown Is Annie

AAA’s Hottest Record Of The Week: Stand ‘X’, by James Brown Is Annie

Edinburgh soul-funk band James Brown Is Annie are back with new song Stand ‘X’ – and it’s our Hottest Record Of The Week. The first single from their forthcoming Creative Scotland-funded album (JBiA II), Stand ‘X’ is produced by Average White Band legend Hamish Stuart, who hand-picked the track as the album’s first release. “It’s a great record, really musical, and shows the best qualities of the group,” says Stuart, who performed with The Paul…

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Review: Crazy For You, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: Crazy For You, Edinburgh Playhouse

You don’t need to know the name Gershwin to be familiar with ​their memorable ​songs ​dating back to the early 20th century. In fact, chances are you’ll probably know the words and recognise ​a number of the score​s written by the Gershwin brothers, George and Ira, who remain one of the most renowned songwriting duos in history. The legendary Jazz Age composers produced some of the greatest musicals of all time, including Funny Girl, Shall We…

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Synth-rock superstar Gary Numan making quick return to Scotland

Synth-rock superstar Gary Numan making quick return to Scotland

Hot on the heels of his sell-out gig in Edinburgh, electro-pop legend Gary Numan has announced a string of UK dates for November, including a return to Scotland. Numan, who went down a storm at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh a few weeks back, has just finished Part 2 of his UK tour to promote his current album Savage: Songs From A Broken World. Now, the tour will take a surprisingly elegant turn when Numan…

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Andrew Lincoln teases ‘epic’ season finale for The Walking Dead

Andrew Lincoln teases ‘epic’ season finale for The Walking Dead

Andrew Lincoln says the season eight finale of The Walking Dead will be “epic”. The English actor, who plays the survivors’ fearless leader Rick Grimes in the hit zombie series, told Entertainment Weekly that the season-ending episode is going to be huge. “I would say this is a smorgasbord,” Lincoln told EW. “I think you’ve got everything in this one. It’s quite an unusual structure, but it’s very emotional, I hope, because that’s what I felt [while…

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Noel Gallagher responds to Live Forever being voted best British song ever

Noel Gallagher responds to Live Forever being voted best British song ever

Ahead of his visit to Edinburgh this summer, Noel Gallagher has responded to Oasis’ Live Forever being voted the best British song ever. The iconic Manchester band’s third single from their 1994 debut Definitely Maybe came out on top in a new Radio X poll, which featured no fewer than five Oasis songs in its top 10. Live Forever beat Bohemian Rhapsody to the top spot. The Queen classic had topped the station’s annual Best…

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Listen to The Weeknd’s new album My Dear Melancholy

Listen to The Weeknd’s new album My Dear Melancholy

Canadian R&B star The Weeknd has released a new album: My Dear Melancholy. And you can listen to it right here. The new album comes just 18 months after the Grammy-winning effort Starboy, which featured collaborations with Daft Punk and Lana Del Rey. The Weeknd – real name Abęl Tesfaye – recently teamed up with Kendrick Lamar on the Black Panther soundtrack single Pray for Me. The six-track My Dear Meloncholy is executive produced by…

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Dua Lipa discusses sexism and harassment in the music industry ahead of Scottish gig

Dua Lipa discusses sexism and harassment in the music industry ahead of Scottish gig

Ahead of her visit to Scotland next month, Dua Lipa has spoken out about sexism in the music industry and the #MeToo movement. Appearing on the cover of the new issue of GQ, the New Rules hitmaker, who was the winner of Best British Female Solo artist at this year’s Brits, discusses changing attitudes towards misogyny. “For a female artist, it takes a lot more to be taken seriously if you’re not sat down at…

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AAA’s Hottest Record Of The Week – Chvrches, Never Say Die

AAA’s Hottest Record Of The Week – Chvrches, Never Say Die

Scottish synth-pop trio Chvrches have shared new track Never Say Die — and it’s our Hottest Record Of The Week. The Lauren Mayberry-fronted group returned recently with comeback single Get Out, which was followed by the Matt Berninger-featuring My Enemy. Never Say Die is one of the first songs Chvrches recorded with producer Greg Kurstin for forthcoming new album Love Is Dead — and Mayberry says it’s one of her favourite songs on the new record. “It’s…

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Shirley Manson’s Garbage to reissue Version 2.0 ahead of Edinburgh gig

Shirley Manson’s Garbage to reissue Version 2.0 ahead of Edinburgh gig

Having recently announced shows in Edinburgh and Glasgow to mark the 20th anniversary of Version 2.0, American-Scottish alt-rockers Garbage have now confirmed a reissue of their classic second album. The band have also shared the bonus track Lick The Pavement – and you can listen to it below. The album, which contains the hit singles I Think I’m Paranoid and Push It, will be re-released on June 22 ahead of an anniversary tour that sees them…

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