Graeme Thomson

The weird, hypnotic world of Willie Nelson

25 May 2024 9:00 am

Many years ago, I wrote a book about Willie Nelson. At its conclusion, I reached for an elegiac, valedictory tone.…

Dense, melancholic, hypnotic: Brighde Chaimbeul, at Summerhall, reviewed

11 May 2024 9:00 am

The hip end of the folk spectrum is in rude health right now. Dublin’s mighty Lankum lead the way, but…

Taylor Swift’s new album is exhausting

27 April 2024 9:00 am

How to explain the supercharged star power of Taylor Swift? An undeniably gifted artist, Swift’s albums 1989, Folklore and Evermore,…

The mayhem ‘Born Slippy’ provoked felt both poignant and cathartic: Underworld, at Usher Hall, reviewed

13 April 2024 9:00 am

On the same night Underworld played the second of two shows at the Usher Hall, next door at the Traverse…

This recreation of Dylan’s Free Trade Hall concert is supremely good

11 November 2023 9:00 am

In May 1966, Bob Dylan toured the UK with The Band, minus drummer Levon Helm, and abrasively pulled the plug…

The case against re-recording albums

28 October 2023 9:00 am

In 2012, Jeff Lynne released Mr Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra. Except it wasn’t. It was…

New Order’s oldies still sound like the future

14 October 2023 9:00 am

The intimate acoustic show can denote many things for an established artist. One is that, in the infamous euphemism coined…

In praise of the Festival Song – the four-minute wonder that can sustain a career for decades

23 September 2023 9:00 am

As the sun sets on another too-long summer festival season, let us take a moment to reflect on the Festival…

Invention and irreverence: Lankum, at The Queen’s Hall, reviewed

2 September 2023 9:00 am

In a few days, Lankum will most likely win the 2023 Mercury Music Prize for their fourth album False Lankum…

Uneasy listening: Kathryn Joseph, at Summerhall, reviewed

19 August 2023 9:00 am

I have always been fascinated by artists who bounce between tonal extremes when performing, particularly the ones who serve their…

The problem with pop-literary collaborations

5 August 2023 9:00 am

‘We all secretly want to be rock stars,’ the 2022 Booker Prize-winning author Shehan Karunatilaka said recently. By ‘we’ he…

An album of not terribly happy ballads: Blur’s The Ballad of Darren reviewed

22 July 2023 9:00 am

Bands that have hung around, or gone away and come back again, occupy an increasingly sizeable percentage of pop’s bandwidth.…

Still one of the great vocalists: Peter Gabriel, at OVO Hydro Glasgow, reviewed

8 July 2023 9:00 am

Most artists begin an arena show with a bang: emerging from the floor, the gods, on a hoist, everything short…

Is Richard Thompson Britain’s Bob Dylan?

24 June 2023 9:00 am

There are artists you go to see expecting to be challenged, surprised, even let down. And there are artists you…

Let’s hear it for the lesser-spotted nepo daddy

10 June 2023 9:00 am

Rob Grant releases his debut album, Lost at Sea, this week. A 69-year-old millionaire and former ad man, furniture exec…

Dazzling – if you ignore the music: Beyoncé, at Murrayfield Stadium, reviewed

27 May 2023 9:00 am

Scheduling open-air concerts in mid-May in northern Europe is a triumph of hope over experience. I last spent time with…