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Music review: Deep Purple/Europe

THE serious rock squad were out in force for this hefty double feature. Special guests Europe, the Swedish soft rockers best known for hair metal fanfare The Final Countdown, provided a valiant warm-up set with the requisite brawny hard rock riffs, portentous prog rock keyboard interludes and a lead vocalist named after an extreme weather event.

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Cabaret star Meow Meow gave a performance of great feeling

Music review: Hebrides Ensemble & Meow Meow: Restless Love

EVEN after experiencing Restless Love, it’s still tough to say what it actually was. But when a show is this good, this daringly provocative, with performances so utterly committed, does it really matter?

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Brandon Flowers of The Killers

Music review: The Killers

How is it possible for a band as huge and experienced as The Killers to play an arena concert with such an abysmal sound mix? I’ve witnessed hundreds of enormo-gigs in my time, including many at this particular venue, and very few have ever sounded this bad.

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Masha Alyokhinas Riot Days is more political art happening than a Pussy Riot gig

Music review: Pussy Riot

You never quite know what you’re going to get with Pussy Riot – just ask the worshippers in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour when the group smuggled in guitar and amp and donned colourful balaclavas to play a brief guerrilla gig in 2012, protesting Vladimir Putin’s third term in office. During their subsequent trial for “hooliganism”, three unmasked members of the group – Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria “Masha” Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich – became the most celebrated faces of the Snow Revolution. Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina served two years in prison and, on release, Alyokhina published the book Riot Days on which this show was based.

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Josh Homme and co got fired up and lit up the crowd

Music review: Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age are the thinking man/woman/child’s dumb rock band, in that there is a fierce intelligence at play and often on display from charismatic, right-on frontman Josh Homme, aka the Ginger Elvis, as he helms his cool compadres on their tight but loose mission to rock our socks off.

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Ocean Code

Under the Radar: OceanCode

Formed at the end of last year, OceanCode are a promising young folk/pop/Americana quartet with members from Aberdeen, Dumfries, Inverness and Glasgow. In their short time together, they’ve supported international touring bands (including artists we’ve featured in this column such as Mt. Doubt and NOAH NOAH), they’ve played King Tut’s Summer Nights Festival, and frontwoman Ruth Gillies has toured Scotland as part of the youth music project Hit The Road.

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Liam Gallagher will perform at Glasgow Green in June. Picture: PA

Liam Gallagher to headline Glasgow's TRNSMT festival

Liam Gallagher is to headline Glasgow’s TRNSMT festival next summer, it was announced today.

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Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot PIC: Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Music review: Pussy Riot, Art School, Glasgow

You never quite know what you’re going to get with Pussy Riot – just ask the worshippers in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour when the group smuggled in guitar and amp and donned colourful balaclavas to play a brief guerrilla gig in 2012, protesting Vladimir Putin’s third term in office. During their subsequent trial for “hooliganism”, three unmasked members of the group – Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria “Masha” Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich - became the most celebrated faces of the Snow Revolution. Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina served two years in prison and, on release, Alyokhina published the book Riot Days on which this show was based.

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"Brandon Flowers sounded like someone doing Killers karaoke in a faraway recalcitrant dodgem car." PIC: Rob Loud

Music review: The Killers, Hydro, Glasgow

How is it possible for a band as huge and experienced as The Killers to play an arena concert with such an abysmal sound mix? I’ve witnessed hundreds of enormo-gigs in my time, including many at this particular venue, and very few have ever sounded this bad.

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Meow Meow PIC: Karl Giant

Music preview: Meow Meow and the Hebrides Ensemble team up to tackle Schubert and Schumann

I must warn you that I’ve only partially finished a biscuit.” Melissa Madden Gray, better known as Meow Meow, is taking a nightcap when we speak over the phone – it’s morning in Scotland, but late evening Down Under. “Don’t worry – I’m used to working with time differences,” she explains. “I’m usually awake and over-excited at any time of the day or night.”

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Taylor Swift PIC: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Album reviews: Taylor Swift | Paloma Faith | Charlotte Gainsbourg | Spinning Coin

Pop princess Taylor Swift grows up, while Paloma Faith experiments with ideas, if not sound

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Thomas S�nderg�rd PIC: Martin Bubandt

Music review: the RSNO & Thomas Søndergård

You know that moment, buying a new car, when you fire up the ignition, press your foot on the accelerator and the connection is immediate, the steering instantly responsive, the decision made? The experience was similar on Saturday when music director designate Thomas Søndergård took the RSNO, and us, on a thrill-a-minute journey.

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Ricky Ross

Music review: Ricky Ross, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh

Like Deacon Blue, the band which he founded more than three decades ago, and which fostered the extensive career in music and broadcast he’s enjoyed ever since, Ricky Ross’ solo work enjoys a particular popularity amid Scottish audiences. His new record under his own name, Short Stories Vol.1, is a very distinctive take on his back catalogue and on his muse as it stands at the moment, and its stripped-back use of just Ross’s voice and piano or guitar was mirrored here.

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Stephen Hough PIC: Robert Torres

Music review: Basel Chamber Orchestra & Stephen Hough

It’s an evergreen favourite, but Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture always manages to retain an enduring freshness, especially when heard in the understated, at times almost muted, style of the Basel Chamber Orchestra with conductor Heinz Holliger. Setting sail on millpond-calm waters, the voyage to Fingal’s Cave was one of gentle, measured flow. A genial warmth permeated the BCO’s sound, gently punctuated by the sea bird calls of brass and wind.

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Steps in concert at the Hydro PIC: Duncan Bryceland/REX/Shutterstock

Music review: Steps, Hydro, Glasgow

“Songs are more serious than life,” quoth writer/producer Pete Waterman in a nod to Bill Shankly. You may underestimate Steps, the Waterman-steered wind-up hit machine of the late 1990s, but two decades on their songs – cheesy dilutions of the Abba/Bee Gees disco pop gold standard – have sold out a 20th anniversary arena tour with grown-up kids keyed up at the prospect of executing the elaborate handjive routines which accompany every other song.

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Jeremy Kittel flanked by Josh Pinkham, left, and Quinn Bachand

Music review: Scots Fiddle Festival

As part of a festival celebrating the glories of Scots fiddle music, Saturday’s recitals at Summerhall couldn’t have kicked off in more apposite and bar-raising form than the performance by the renowned Campbeltown fiddler Archie McAllister. Accompanied expertly by guitarist Ron Pirrie, McAllister was an imposing presence, hunched over his fiddle with serious intent as strathspeys, reels, jigs and pipe marches emerged with dart and fire, but also with affection and respect, as he scrupulously credited not only their composers but often their dedicatees, invoking generations. There was a wonderful moment when Pirrie dramatically broke off, allowing the solo fiddler to release G S MacLennan’s classic Little Cascade like a greyhound out of a trap.

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Above: Carey Lander. Right: the artwork by Chop Pop inspired by Camera Obscuras video for Lets Get Out Of This Country

Japanese fan of Glasgow band Camera Obscura creates artwork for cancer charity

It promises to be a coming together of one of Scotland’s most revered bands and one of its most distant fans, all for a good cause.

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Skye electronica Niteworks have been commissioned to come up with a nine-minute sequence to be matched to pyrotechnics at Hogmanay in Edinburgh.

Skye band to create score for choreographed Edinburgh Hogmanay fireworks

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay fireworks will be choreographed to a specially commissioned score for the first time – created by an electronica band from the Isle of Skye.

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AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young who has died aged 64, the band has announced.

AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young dies aged 64

AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young has died aged 64, the band has announced.

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