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Music review: Busted

More than a decade after the first flush of stardom ended with frayed relationships and a forcible split in the band, Busted’s announcement last year that they would be reconvening for Night Driver, their first album in 13 years - following the aptly-titled ‘Pigs Might Fly’ reunion tour – came with much bullish talk that the public should adjust our perceptions of them as saccharine teen-pop jobsworths.

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James Yorkston

Music review: Song, By Toad’s Granfalloon

Rarely a label to shout about itself, the Edinburgh-based Song, By Toad imprint is one which deserves others making a regular fuss over it instead. Founded by Matthew Young in 2008, it makes a habit of keeping things homespun and low-key, hosting gigs in Young and his wife’s Leith flat, his lock-up recording studio the “Happiness Hotel”, and in less traditional concert spaces around the city.

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Richard Egarr PIC: Marco Borggreve

Music review: The SCO and Richard Egarr

Richard Egarr breezes on stage like a man on a mission, turns to the SCO and fires up Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture with no regard for lingering applause. The audience is caught on the hop; the musicians aren’t. It’s clear we’re in for an explosive night.

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Wylde

Under the Radar: Wylde

Wylde are a young shoegaze/noise-pop quartet from West Lothian, who self-released their excellent single How at the start of the month. To date, they’ve supported acts like Posable Action Figures, Big Thief, Tongues, The Van T’s and Stillhound and performed at festivals including Edinburgh’s multi-venue festival The Big Discovery as well as Oxfordshire’s Truck festival.

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The Pet Shop Boys' stage show is dazzling

Music review: The Pet Shop Boys

Despite being a categorical statement of fact, it’s hard to believe that Neil Tennant is 62. Think about that for too long and your mind may explode.

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Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), Emma Pollock (The Delgados), RM Hubbert and Paul Savage  performed for one night only as The Mauron

Film/Music review: Lost in France

The partisan audience at the Glasgow Film Festival’s hottest ticket may not have learned anything they didn’t know already from Lost In France – Niall McCann’s affectionate, nostalgic portrait of the city’s 1990s indie scene and, in particular, the bands on the Chemikal Underground roster – but there was love to spare in the room for this heartwarming celebration of friendship and collective creativity, which revisited a chaotic 1997 trip to a small festival in Mauron, Brittany, of which several participants appeared to have little recollection.

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Eccentric rock star Julian Cope

Music review: Julian Cope

One of the few truly all-the-way out there eccentric rock stars of the 1980s, the former frontman of famously LSD-gobbling Liverpudlian post-punks Teardrop Explodes these days divides his time between writing about archaeology, occultism and paganism among many other subjects, and – when he gets the chance – making solo music for release through his Head Heritage organisation.

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Fringe shows have been staged in St Andrew Square Garden for the last three years.

Last-ditch plea over Fringe shows banned from historic square

Edinburgh Festival Fringe promoters have issued an eleventh-hour plea for a rethink over a ban on shows being staged in a historic New Town garden after city council chiefs rejected a bid to relocate them elsewhere.
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Joe Strummer. Picture: TSPL

Six of the most iconic gigs at King Tut’s in Glasgow

“You haven’t made it as a band unless you’ve played King Tuts” - That was the opinion of Mull Historical Society front man Colin MacIntyre on the iconic Glasgow venue.

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Andrew Ridgeley and Pepsi and Shirlie pay tribute to George Michael. Picture: PA

Brits: David Bowie wins Best Solo Male year after his death

David Bowie was named British Male Solo Artist at the Brit Awards last night, just over a year since his death.

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The Calm Fiasco

Under the Radar: The Calm Fiasco

With the release of the stomping Lose Control in 2016, The Calm Fiasco appear to have signalled a move into a more robust direction, opting for a chunky, riff-laden sound and (hopefully) a departure from the lad pop of their earlier days.

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Alex Kapranos PIC: Lisa Ferguson

Music/Film review: Lost in France

The partisan audience at the Glasgow Film Festival’s hottest ticket may not have learned anything they didn’t know already from Lost In France – Niall McCann’s affectionate, nostalgic portrait of the city’s 1990s indie scene and, in particular, the bands on the Chemikal Underground roster – but there was love to spare in the room for this heartwarming celebration of friendship and collective creativity, which revisited a chaotic 1997 trip to a small festival in Mauron, Brittany, of which several participants appeared to have little recollection.

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Simon Thacker

Interview: guitarist Simon Thacker on blending Indian, Flemenco and Balkan influences on his new album

The alchemy of music informs much more than the title of the latest album from classical guitarist Simon Thacker, in duo with cellist Justyna Jablonska and featuring some strikingly eclectic guests and musical adventuring. The duo regard Karmana – Sanskrit for “performing anything by means of magic” – as representing a crucial stage in their musical development.

The first album comprised entirely of the 38-year-old, East Lothian-based guitarist’s own compositions and “re-imaginings”, Karmana (Slap the Moon Records) not only features virtuosic duetting between guitar and cello, but includes Thacker’s arrangement of a traditional Roma song, sung by the Lublin-based Roma singer Masha Natanson, a fiery collaboration between cellist, guitarist and Indian tabla virtuoso Sarvar Sabri, and also an astonishing setting of The Highland Widow’s Lament, featuring singer-songwriter Karine Polwart and an uncanny soundscape of multi-tracked and reversed guitar and cello.

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Amy Macdonald

Album reviews: Amy Macdonald | Chuck Prophet | The Damned

Amy Macdonald seems to be seeking new musical horizons but doesn’t forget to offer a musical comfort blanket for fans to shelter under

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Lauren Laverne was in Glasgow today to confirm it is hosting the BBC 6 Music Festival next month.

Stars head to Glasgow for BBC 6 Music Festival

Some of Scotland's biggest musical acts are being lined up to appear at a BBC festival being staged north of the border for the first time.
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Alpesh Chauhan

Music review: BBC SSO & Alpesh Chauhan

It’s the strangest thing to watch a conductor act out choreographed directions in front of an orchestra, only to find that much of it fails to connect with the musicians. There were so many such moments in this BBC SSO concert on Friday under Birmingham-born Alpesh Chauhan, the ultimate outcome of which was to make the majority of the evening sound ordinarily routine.

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Tim Kliphuis

Music review: Tim Kilphuis Sextet

Emerging from a baroque milieu where improvisation and flamboyance would have been par for the course, arrangement of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by a violin-led swing jazz trio seems perfectly appropriate, as keenly demonstrated by Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis with guitarist Nigel Clark and bassist Roy Percy, here augmented by a string trio of violinist Seonaid Aitken, viola player Francesca Hunt and cellist Su-a Lee.

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Elim Chan

Music review: The RSNO & Elim Chan

This concert was designed to celebrate Neemi Järvi‘s 80th birthday ­but both the conductor laureate and pianist Ingrid Fliter were indisposed necessitating a replacement line-up and programme changes.

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David Cassidy, best known for his role as Keith Partridge on "The Partridge Family".� (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)

Teen heartthrob David Cassidy reveals he is battling dementia

Former teenage heartthrob David Cassidy has revealed he is battling dementia.

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Sir Edwin Landseer's The Monarch Of The Glen. Picture: National Museum of Scotland

Paul McCartney’s Monarch of the Glen painting could go on display alongside original masterpiece

It was a commission for Paul McCartney’s Kintyre hideaway that led to the Beatles’ most memorable album cover.

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