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First Aid Kit – sumptuous summer sounds from Sweden

Lurking behind the ungainly name of First Aid Kit are beautiful Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg who have just brought out the perfect summer soundtrack. Stay Gold, the band’s third album, is packed with great tunes and gorgeous harmonies. Neither so dreary as Haim, nor so noodly and wistful as many current female singers, First Aid Kit are recommended summer listening with or without sunshine.

If only as a ghost: Jonas Alaska

Suggest you devote three minutes of your Friday afternoon to this beautiful lament for a lost brother by Norwegian indie star Jonas Alaska…

Just a shot away: Merry Clayton’s world beating vocal behind the Stones

The recent Oscar winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom tells of the amazing vocalists who often went ‘unsung’. Some of the music business’s greatest backing singers were failed stars, others were simply greasingers without the mania or the will required to be frontmen. One of the very best  was Merry Clayton whose vocal on the Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter is the stuff of legend. When the Stones were in LA to

John Cairney on The Proclaimers in New Zealand

This article first appeared over 10 years ago on a website called Tartan Umbrella. Veteran Scots actor John Cairney, who was living in New Zealand at the time, is won over by the passion and thoughtfulness of a live performance by The Proclaimers in Auckland and recognises a new brand of Scottishness being taken around the world. He refers to the Reid twins as young – scary to think they

Tuning in to Tenement TV

BalconyTV films bands from balconies around the world. The Black Cab Sessions films from black cabs. Fittingly for Scotland, Tenement TV is recorded in a tenement flat. In 2011, aged 23, Chae Houston,  started filming bands from his flat in the west end of Glasgow with the help of his flatmates – cameraman Jamie Logie and Paul McJimpsey. At the start, Paul, who has a promotions company, used his contacts