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Alternative Christmas carols: How did Santa and reindeers suddenly become cool?

From the Fence Collective to the Phantom Band, Scotland’s indie musicians are getting all festive this month...


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Up and Coming: I Am Arrows

Who is Arrows? Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Andy Burrows, best known to date as Razorlight's drummer. No, come back – he was the lovely bloke everyone liked. We Are Scientists liked him so much, they asked him to be their drummer when he departed Razorlight.

Interview: Charlotte Gainsbourg on her new album, Beck and T in the Park

I LOVE T in the Park, I really do, but among the things it possibly lacks are Gallic poise, elegance, sophistication – oh, and chic too. Scotland's annual rockfest shouldn't feel bad about any of this, however. There will be corners of Paris – since they've been Starbucked – which are also deficient in these areas.

King Tut's: Hail the King of rock

As King Tut's celebrates its 20th birthday, Fiona Shepherd discovers the secret of the venue's success in nurturing new talent: feed them well and they will repay you with performances to remember

Wee label with great chemistry

ON THE top floor of an industrial unit in the East End of Glasgow, the Chemikal Underground office looks as if it's been going since the dawn of time.

Interview: We Were Promised Jetpacks rocket on

BELIEVE it or not, the upcoming appearance by his band on the Waverley Stage at Edinburgh's Hogmanay will be the first time that Adam Thompson has ever experienced the city's famous street party. That wouldn't be such a strange occurrence for most of the artists who have graced the capital's New Year stages, even the Scottish ones, but We Were Promised Jetpacks are one of the few to have earned the honour who actually come from Edinburgh.

The Strokes confirmed to headline RockNess music festival

NEW York indie rock band The Strokes have been confirmed to headline next year's RockNess music festival, taking place on the banks of Loch Ness.

Interview: Arctic Monkeys

BACKSTAGE in Antwerp, Alex Turner is thinking about Glasgow. "Fantastic audiences," says the Arctic Monkeys' leader in recognition of the demanding aesthetes who once terrified Des O'Connor to the extent he pretended to faint.

Interview: Throbbing Gristle - Back to work as pioneers of industrial music make a return two decades on

FINANCIAL despair and political disaffection might be no good for the country, but at the very least they foster an environment in which a band like Throbbing Gristle can flourish.

City needs a 6000-seat venue to keep ahead of competition

A 6000-CAPACITY indoor concert arena should be built in Edinburgh, according to a long-awaited review of the city's cultural venues.

Kenny Anderson Interview: Coming home again

KENNY ANDERSON'S MUSIC HAS always had a bittersweet edge to it. Even when he's obviously having a ball on stage as his alter-ego King Creosote, playing his most uplifting, triumphant tunes and surrounded by the friendly faces of his Fife-based Fence Collective, there's still a just-perceptible tinge of melancholia – a background hum of heartbreak.

Capital records: Edinburgh's music scene is thriving

IN SCOTLAND'S CAPITAL, BUSINESSES are collapsing, jobs are being lost and building projects are being abandoned. And yet, in the midst of all this, the city's music scene has never felt so alive and full of possibility. If you're looking for exciting new bands, Edinburgh is now the place to be in Scotland.

Scouting for Girls interview: Scout's honour

Scouting for Girls are riding high as the indie band of the moment, but Chitra Ramaswamy is pleasantly surprised to meet a down-to-earth bunch who insist they will never forget the debt they owe their fans

Rock's loudest mouth: Fiona Shepherd on Noel Gallagher

She may not be mad for his music, but pop critic Fiona Shepherd reveres the wit and wisdom of Noel Gallagher

The hot ticket: Travis

As Travis release a new album and set out on an autumn tour, impress your friends with our ten facts about the much-loved Scottish band…

Too hot to be cool - TV on the Radio interview

TV on the Radio boasts rock's most exciting new producer on a mission to bust out of the underground scene, writes Jon Pareles

Surprise party - Bloc Party interview

By keeping it a big secret, Bloc Party have turned their new release into the main event, writes Craig McLean

Glasvegas - Backstage with Scotland's most talked-about new band

How do you live up to being called 'the best new band in Britain'? LEON McDERMOTT joins Glasvegas back stage to find out

Meursault - Tears at the ceilidh

Meursault make haunting electronica, with ukuleles. It's great stuff, says ANDREW EATON

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