The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr to visit Scotland on UK tour

The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr to visit Scotland on UK tour

Albert Hammond Jr has announced a UK tour which will see The Strokes’ guitarist visit Scotland. In support of his fourth full-length album, the New Yorker will play dates in Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, London, Bristol and Brighton. You can see the full tour dates below. Speaking of his March-released album, Francis Trouble, Hammond Jr said: “What the music says may be serious, but as a medium it should not be questioned, analyzed or taken too…

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High 5, with Sonars

High 5, with Sonars

Sonars are an British-Italian electro-psych duo who take influence from the likes of Tame Impala, Gorillaz and Air. The band consists of Brighton-born Frederick Paysden and Serena Oldrati from Bergamo. Since their debut release in 2015 they have performed over 250 concerts throughout Europe, sharing the bill with international acts such as Slowdive, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Thurston Moore, The Prodigy, Ride and Primal Scream.  On Friday, the dynamic duo take to the stage…

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Review: Vistas @ The Caves

Review: Vistas @ The Caves

Sunday night saw three Edinburgh-based bands on the bill at The Caves, an intimate venue tucked away in the cobbled streets of the Cowgate. Headliners for the night were four-piece Vistas, a band who have been winning praise from all quarters. From sessions for Vic Galloway’s radio show, appearances at Hit the North, Live at Leeds and Liverpool Sound City, to a headlining slot at the upcoming King Tut’s Summer Nights in July, this is…

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Teenage Fanclub to revisit classic albums on UK tour

Teenage Fanclub to revisit classic albums on UK tour

Scottish indie veterans Teenage Fanclub are reissuing five of their classic albums on vinyl – and playing them live on tour. The legendary Scottish group, who Kurt Cobain once dubbed “the best band in the world”, will also be touring the UK, and are set to play three consecutive nights at Glasgow’s ABC in October. The band will also also play gigs in Manchester, Birmingham and London. The Fannies’ last studio album, Here, was released…

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Review: Public Service Broadcasting, Usher Hall

Review: Public Service Broadcasting, Usher Hall

Dismissed in the early days as an “art-school novelty act”, J. Willgoose Esq’s musical brainchild has grown considerably. Not to gargantuan proportions, yet, but certainly headed in that direction. Back in 2010, while Public Service Broadcasting was still a solo project, the corduroy-clad multi-instrumentalist was playing to just a handful of punters during the Fringe. “It was tough… a right old slog,” the London-based songwriter told AAA Edinburgh recently. “I think I played to four…

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Interview: Public Service Broadcasting

Interview: Public Service Broadcasting

J. Willgoose Esq is reminiscing about his first visit to the Scottish capital, back when Public Service Broadcasting was still a solo project. “I know Edinburgh better than most cities that we pass through, because there was a very formative experience there doing the Fringe in 2010,” he says, speaking from his home in South London. “It was back when it was still a solo show. And it was tough. A right old slog. I think I played…

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KAZE unveil new single ahead of Edinburgh gig

KAZE unveil new single ahead of Edinburgh gig

Ahead of their visit to Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s later this month, hotly-tipped girl/boy duo KAZE have unveiled their first new music of 2018. You can listen to new single Fierce here. Though less than four minutes in duration, Fierce is a multi-faceted and masterful slice of prog-tinged pop, crammed with tight time signature changes, complex vocal harmonies, cacophonous riffs and operatic vocals that nod to their heroes Queen, Radiohead, and Steely Dan. Hailed as “fresh…

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Review: Gary Numan, Nightmare Air at Assembly Rooms

Review: Gary Numan, Nightmare Air at Assembly Rooms

The phrase “shut up and play the hits” is a well-worn trope whenever so-called ‘heritage acts’ head out on tour. There’s a certain breed of gig-goer who only wants to hear old favourites, while the artists themselves, who are often tired of playing the same songs over and over, year after year, just want to perform their newer material, which is the reason they hit the road in the first place. The iconic and highly influential Gary…

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Reef discuss new album and announce Edinburgh gig

Reef discuss new album and announce Edinburgh gig

Reef have announced their first album in 18 years – plus details of a UK tour that brings them to Edinburgh in May. Revelation, out on May 4, is the revitalised west-country quartet’s first studio album since 2000’s Getaway, their first with new guitarist Jesse Wood, and their first with new label earMUSIC, Europe’s premier rock label. The album was recorded in Ireland and has been produced by long-time collaborator George Drakoulias (The Black Crowes, Primal Scream,…

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Canadian music icon Steven Page announces Edinburgh gig

Canadian music icon Steven Page announces Edinburgh gig

Following a string of rip-roaring shows in the UK last year, Canadian music icon Steven Page will return to the UK this August for a new set of shows – including a performance at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh. Of last year’s tour, playing as a trio, and the new dates, the founding member of legendary Canadian indie band Barenaked Ladies says: “After 10 years away, I brought my trio over to the UK last October…

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