First seven Tom Waits albums to be re-issued

First seven Tom Waits albums to be re-issued

Legendary singer-songwriter Tom Waits has announced that he will be re-issuing his first seven albums on vinyl later this year, via his label, ANTI-Records. Starting with Waits’ 1970 debut Closing Time on March 9, the series will continue with The Heart Of Saturday Night (1974), Nighthawks At The Diner (1975), Foreign Affairs (1977), Blue Valentine (1978), Heartattack And Vine (1980) and Small Change (1976). Release dates for the other vinyl and CD reissues are yet to be…

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AAA’s Hottest Record of the Week: Fireworks by First Aid Kit

AAA’s Hottest Record of the Week: Fireworks by First Aid Kit

Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit first came to our attention when their cover of Fleet Foxes’ Tiger Mountain Peasant Song became a YouTube sensation in 2008. AAA then caught them live supporting Conor Oberst on a couple of his European dates and were blown away by just how good they are. Not only are the girls easy on the eye, but their exquisite brand of indie-country is easy on the ear, with sibling harmony…

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Review: The Palmiros, Sleepless Giants and The Motion Poets, at Sneaky Pete’s

Review: The Palmiros, Sleepless Giants and The Motion Poets, at Sneaky Pete’s

Saturday at Sneaky Pete’s with a trio of bands serving up a night of brash rock’n’roll has to be the perfect way to heat up a cold January. The first act on the bill, Edinburgh four-piece Sleepless Giants, open to a good-sized early crowd, testament to the strong local support these boys have built up over the past few years. They play a big sound with songs such as All I’ve Got and Somewhere constantly…

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Tommy Smith’s Trane rolls into Queen’s Hall

Tommy Smith’s Trane rolls into Queen’s Hall

Internationally acclaimed Edinburgh-raised saxophonist Tommy Smith plays a hometown concert with his latest group, Tommy Smith Quartet: Embodying the Light at the Queen’s Hall on Sunday, January 28. Smith formed the group in February last year to mark two fiftieth anniversaries – his own fiftieth birthday and the half-centenary of the death of his greatest inspiration, jazz icon John Coltrane – and the response it has received has been outstanding. Its first album, Embodying the…

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Watch: Young Fathers share video for new single In My View

Watch: Young Fathers share video for new single In My View

Mercury Prize-winning Edinburgh trio Young Fathers have announced third album Cocoa Sugar and shared a video for new single In My View. You can watch it here. The new album follows 2014’s DEAD, and 2015’s White Men Are Black Men Too. Cocoa Sugar will be released on March 9 via Ninja Tune, and is available for pre-order now. Meanwhile, Young Fathers will perform a run of UK and EU dates throughout March and April 2018, including…

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Bright Light Bright Light discusses Erasure support slot

Bright Light Bright Light discusses Erasure support slot

Bright Light Bright Light – aka Rod Thomas – says he can’t wait to open for his musical heroes Erasure on their forthcoming UK tour, which includes a visit to Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on February 3. “My love of Erasure and how important I think they are both to the LGBT community and to music in general has been well documented,” says London/New York based Rod, whose albums Make Me Believe In Hope (2012), Life Is…

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The Walking Dead creator defends killing off key character

The Walking Dead creator defends killing off key character

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has defended the decision to kill off a key character in upcoming episodes of the hit zombie series. Last month’s mid-season finale saw Carl Grimes, played by Chandler Riggs, bitten by a deadly zombie – and his death is expected when the show returns for its mid-season premiere next month. Fans are less than happy about the decision, largely because Carl is still alive in the comic books, and…

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R.I.P. Dolores O’Riordan: The Cranberries’ Top 10 songs

R.I.P. Dolores O’Riordan: The Cranberries’ Top 10 songs

Cranberries star Dolores O’Riordan has died ‘suddenly’ aged just 46, it was announced by her publicist today (Jan 15). The Irish musician, born in Limerick, led the band to international stardom in the 90s with hits including Linger and Zombie and sold more than 40 million records worldwide. Below are ten of The Cranberries best songs. “Salvation” – 1996  “When You’re Gone” – 1996 “Promises” – 1999 “Just My Imagination” – 2009 “Why” – 2017…

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Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dies aged 46

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dies aged 46

The Cranberries’ lead singer Dolores O’Riordan has died at the age of 46, her publicist has confirmed. The Irish musician, born in Limerick, led the band to international stardom in the 90s with hits including Linger and Zombie and sold more than 40 million records worldwide. O’Riordan’s publicist confirmed news of her death, releasing a statement that read: “Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old. “The…

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Shirley Manson slams Liam Neeson for ‘witch hunt’ in Hollywood claims

Shirley Manson slams Liam Neeson for ‘witch hunt’ in Hollywood claims

Edinburgh-born singer Shirley Manson has called out actor Liam Neeson for claiming the #MeToo movement has turned into a ‘witch hunt.’ The Garbage frontwoman tweeted: “No Liam Nelson you couldn’t be more wrong. There is no witch hunt. Just a bunch of privileged men being held accountable for their actions.” A few days ago, Neeson described the recent surge of sexual misconduct allegations in the entertainment industry as “a bit of a witch-hunt”, citing the…

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