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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Interview: AAA chat with Australian musician Ben Salter ahead of his visit to Scotland

Interview: AAA chat with Australian musician Ben Salter ahead of his visit to Scotland

Australia has produced its fair share of great songwriters, and this decade has seen the emergence of one of that country’s very best, Ben Salter. He’s touring the UK for the fifth time this month, and making his first ever – belated, he admits – visit to Scotland. A prolific member of acclaimed Australian bands including Giants of Science, The Gin Club and the Wilson Pickers, Salter embarked on his solo career in 2011 with The Cat,…

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Paul McCartney to visit Scotland this year on UK tour

Paul McCartney to visit Scotland this year on UK tour

Sir Paul McCartney has announced his first UK dates in over three years – and the legendary Beatle will visit Scotland in December. Macca will play gigs in Glasgow, Liverpool and London later this year in support of his upcoming 17th solo album, Egypt Station, which is due for release on September 7. Speaking about the UK gigs, McCartney said: “There’s nothing like performing in front of your home crowd, especially when it’s been a…

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The Lovely Eggs to return to Edinburgh on autumn tour

The Lovely Eggs to return to Edinburgh on autumn tour

Psychedelic punks The Lovely Eggs have announced new live dates for the autumn – including a visit to Edinburgh. The Lovely Eggs, whose latest album This Is Eggland was released in February, have been hailed as one of the most unique, innovative and genuine bands on the British Underground music scene. Setting themselves apart from the mainstream, they’ve built up a cult following which is due to blow wide open with their mild-melting new album,…

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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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