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Punk News review
14.10.14

We Were Promised Jetpacks have always been hard hitters. They've always found a way to be unique and it's not only in their sound, but it's how they go about doing their own thing...

Under The Radar review
28.09.14

We can be honest here. Unless you're somewhat unbelievably hip, we can agree the main reason we know about The Vaselines is Kurt Cobain. More

Clash review
yesterday

A band whose albums are always worth waiting for…

NME review
06.10.14

The cult Glaswegian duo find their spark dimming on their third effort

Clash review
19.08.14

A further step towards the middle ground for the Scottish rockers...

NME review
24.07.14

Scottish folk musician follows Jon Hopkins collaboration with more traditional songs

Spotinews recomendation
25.07.14

Hello there. From a recent Spotify update comes the new soundtrack album by folk singer-songwriter King Creosote. Enjoy! King Creosote – From Scotland With LoveFiled under: 2014...

Clash review
24.07.14

His finest solo release to date...

NME review
02.07.14

Glaswegians' third album strikes a richer and denser blow

The Quietus review
14.07.14

For some reason often described as 'proggy', likened to Mogwai (they're on Mogwai's label Rock Action) and/or seen as a slightly whimsical solo project, Remember Remember torch...

NME review
09.06.14

Campfire krautrock puzzles from the eclectic Scots

Under The Radar review
04.09.14

The first 10 seconds of Strange Friend is all you need to realize that listening through it is going to be—if nothing else—fun. More

Clash review
16.06.14

A third set that merits a deserved breakthrough...

NME review
19.05.14

Glasgow trio Bis get better with age

Insound review
03.06.14

The influential and ever underrated Scottish trio return with a release that brings us up to date with recordings from the year spent re-branded as data Panik, alongside other...

Clash review
04.04.14

Open to a bit of risk-taking without losing a sense of self...

Insound review
25.03.14

In his new liner notes for this re-issue, David Fricke calls High Land, Hard Rain "ten songs of anxious yearning, romantic urgency, big hurt and hard-won learning, distilled into...

Punk News review
14.03.14

"I'm an ugly piece of shit with a fucked up face and broken teeth and no place to go most of the time and the older I get the less I care about the fact my whole life's been a...

The Line of Best Fit review
10.03.14

Dan Willson embraces pop hooks and folk jangles, to devastating effect.

The Quietus review
24.03.14

Older and wiser? You're having a laugh. Getting older makes you feel vulnerable; fearful for your knees and your loved ones; unsure of everything when you used to know it all. You...

NME review
17.03.14

Fence Collective member follows up 2009's 'Good News' with bright pop-rock

NME review
24.02.14

Bubblegum pop singer-songwriter disappoints on debut

Insound review
03.12.13

The story of Biffy Clyro is as romantic as it is archetypal. Three childhood friends from Ayrshire formed a band, delivered three albums of abrasive youthful exuberance and...

Insound review
03.12.13

Produced by Garth Richardson (Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and mixed by Andy Wallace (Coldplay, Nirvana, Faith No More), the fifth release from the Scottish...

Under The Radar review
21.11.13

Edinburgh four-piece The Spook School take their name from a group of Scottish artists whose work was ridiculed for being too dark and gothic. More

NME review
23.09.13

Kitchen-sink desolation, in a good way

TapeFear recommendation
22.09.13

L. Pierre's tribute to the comforting hiss and crackle of your well loved records.

NME review
16.09.13

Rock souls that just want to break out

NME review
22.07.13

Nina’s personality only really comes through on the slightly less polished ‘Brit Summer’.

The Line of Best Fit review
18.07.13

Glasgow trio provide more of the same for their third album, with a collection of analogue meets electronic beauty which sounds disappointingly dated.

The Line of Best Fit review
05.08.13

Glasgow trio provide more of the same for their third album, with a collection of analogue meets electronic beauty which sounds disappointingly dated.

NME review
16.07.13

Welcome back to ‘brilliant’.?

The Quietus review
05.06.13

It's been a tough time of late for the humble sparrow. Once near-ubiquitous, they've seen a sixty to seventy per cent drop in their numbers since 1994, due to a changing...

Under The Radar review
31.05.13

Typically, Tracyanne Campbell writes Camera Obscura's lyrics from an omniscient narrator's perspective, but even when she gets more personal, there's still a bit of a guarded tone...

Spin review
13.06.13

More lovely, literate, lachrymose Scottish pop, more crowd-pleasing than ever

The Line of Best Fit review
07.06.13

After a four-year absence, Camera Obscura deliver a record, loaded with verve and panache, that makes it seem like they were never away

Insound review
04.06.13

Camera Obscura recorded their 5th album Desire Lines last December when they decamped to Portland to work with Grammy nominated producer Tucker Martine (R.E.M., Spoon, My Morning...

Spotinews recomendation
04.06.13

Hey. Ok, so this is a test. Normally I would wait until tomorrow to write about this brand new album since that’s when it will be added for Spain and the US. However, today I...

Clash review
24.05.13

A triumphant return...

Spotinews recomendation
03.06.13

Good evening. The last blog post of the week brings you the new album by The Pastels. It was added to Spotify some days ago. Genre: pop. Enjoy! The Pastels – Slow Summits Filed...

Under The Radar review
31.05.13

For the last 30 years, the Scots have been primary players in a particularly wistful piece of the musical landscape, whether you care to call it indie pop, shambling, anorak, or...

The Quietus review
29.05.13

Consider the Pastels' early days, the sporadic and awkward initial singles for Whaam!, Rough Trade, and Creation, that air of not-giving-a-fugh - they were immature, ambitious to...

The Line of Best Fit review
28.05.13

The Pastels possess a hushed and humble kind of gorgeousness, they'll forever be just on the outside of the hipster zeitgeist and that's just fine.

NME review
11.04.13

Nina's got beef...with everyone.

Clash review
26.03.13

Encased in naked joie de vivre

Under The Radar review
24.05.13

When an artist releases an album after undergoing an affecting personal tragedy, it becomes all too easy for the reviewer to over-contextualize the record itself and condescend to...

NME review
28.03.13

Time and circumstance have not blunted the abilities of a pop national treasure

The Quietus review
28.03.13

Understated is the third album to be released since Edwyn Collins suffered a double brain haemorrhage in 2005. That, of course, is an overwhelming achievement in itself. For the...

Pitchfork review
01.03.13

Pitchfork's Brian Howe provided a useful overview of Hans-Joachim Roedelius in his review of Qluster's Lauschen, noting how prolific the krautrock elder statesman has been in his...

Clash review
04.02.13

How lasting, how devastating

Punk News review
14.05.13

Pedestrian Verse was released the first week in February. I am writing this the second week in May. With a solid three-month resting period, this review is not one of initial...

AudioCred review
13.02.13

It’s easy to tear into an indie rock band for even remotely “U2-ing it up”, and “Acts of Man,” the first track off of Frightened Rabbit’s Pedestrian Verse, certainly does that...

Under The Radar review
08.02.13

Frightened Rabbit's major label full-length debut is a triumphant album. It expertly expands on their previous work with a big, muscular series of anthems that investigate faith...

Pitchfork review
07.02.13

Growing up in Selkirk, Scotland, Scott Hutchison was a shy boy. Left in a room with other kids, he would go quiet, and for this, the story goes, his mother called him "her...

Spin review
06.02.13

Anthemic, only occasionally overbearing Scottish miserablists carry on a proud tradition.

The Quietus review
05.02.13

Cometh the hour, cometh the bun-bun; whispers have been building for years that Frightened Rabbit's time must be nigh. Soon, the juncture when things finally align for their...

NME review
04.02.13

Take note, Mr Paltrow: this is how you do life-affirming