Kevin Buckle

Kevin Buckle: Record Store Day is about shops as well as vinyl

I that time of the year again when folk are reminded to support record shops by buying limited vinyl.

The Syria Benefit Gig on 14 April will feature three of Avalanche's favourites

Kevin Buckle: Three great bands are playing Syria Benefit Gig

Next Saturday sees three Avalanche favourites heading up a night of great music to raise funds for humanitarian aid and rescue work in Syria, with all the proceeds being split between the Syria Project and the British Red Cross.

Kevin Buckle's favourite album from a reformed post-punk era band is TV21's Forever 22

Kevin Buckle: Reformed bands can still make powerful music

When men in their late-40s and 50s feel the need to reform their bands and start playing again it is always a worry.

Are indie guitar bands at a disadvantage?

Kevin Buckle: Powers-that-be don’t seem to like guitar bands

The recent report that Scottish arts and culture is dominated by those from wealthier backgrounds would have come as no surprise to anybody.

Artisan Coffee on Leith Walk

Kevin Buckle: Leith ‘is basically Stockbridge-on-Sea’

Like many on Twitter, I’m a big fan of New Town Flâneur (@NewTownFlaneur).

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Shops have to appeal to visitors, because locals are all busy ordering online. Picture: Jon Savage

Kevin Buckle: Leith must be cool and most tartan tat banished

If there are two things that Edinburgh council now seems to agree on, it is that Leith needs to be made the coolest place on the planet and that tartan tat needs to be curbed if not culled completely.

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Kevin Buckle: Old Town needs new thinking

News this week that the ballot for the Old Town Business Improvement District (BID) was to be postponed from June to possibly as late as spring next year didn’t come as a great surprise to me.

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Belle and Sebastian feature heavily in Avalanche's 100 all-time best-selling Scottish albums (Picture: Robert Perry)

Kevin Buckle: Check out Avalanche’s all-time top 100 Scottish albums

I’m currently listing Avalanche’s top 100 best-selling Scottish albums of all time and it has proved tremendously popular.

Leith Theatre was packed for a Hidden Doors show last year

Kevin Buckle: Oi, Leith! Stopping hogging all the headlines

Barely a day goes by that Leith isn’t in the news whether it be good news over Leith Theatre or bad news with the proposed closure of Leith Depot or the cancellation of the pop-up arts festival LeithLate.

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With the closure of the Tron market, Edinburgh should look for a new place to have an indoor market (Picture: Neil Hanna)

Kevin Buckle: This is what Edinburgh really needs

Edinburgh would certainly benefit from having a well-managed indoor market and with the closure of the Tron now would be a good time for the council to see what buildings they have that might be suitable.

The Caffeine Drip is the latest cafe to close down

Kevin Buckle: Will Edinburgh council help suffering high street shops?

With Edinburgh council under pressure to consider supporting independent businesses on the high street, it has to be remembered that in the end the public will do whatever they want to.

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Sir Richard Branson is to open a Virgin Hotel in India Buildings on Edinburgh's Victoria Street. Picture: Getty

Kevin Buckle: Edinburgh council has abandoned the Grassmarket

On a positive note for the Grassmarket, the Virgin Hotel when it opens on Victoria Street will be a boost to the area and maybe an incentive for all concerned to see how the area can be made more of an attraction to visitors if events are going to be few and far between.

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Bandikadabra perform at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival in the Grassmarket. Picture: Toby Williams

Kevin Buckle: Grassmarket could be a fantastic venue

On Thursday, Edinburgh council’s transport and environment committee considered a new ‘Public Spaces Protocol’ report. Years in the making, it attempted to address the issues that occur so often over the use of public spaces in Edinburgh.

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Paper Rifles' album The State of it All

Kevin Buckle: Pop punk band Paper Rifles launch new album

Avalanche’s favourite pop punk band Paper Rifles released their debut album, The State Of It All, on Friday.

Kasabian will be one of the headline acts playing in Princes Street Gardens during the Festival (Picture: Lisa Ferguson)

Kevin Buckle: Our biggest acts are grown by small venues

With the announcement of the artists to play the Ross Bandstand during the Edinburgh Summer Sessions, including Kasabian (left) and Paloma Faith, there has been disappointment in some quarters that those appearing are so mainstream. Of course, for a venue of that size these are the sort of artists needed to make such an event viable.

Martin Metcalfe, of Martin Metcalfe and the Fornicators

Kevin Buckle: Martin Metcalfe and the Fornicators play Voodoo Rooms

Martin Metcalfe’s bands are always entertaining whichever incarnation might be on stage and next Saturday sees an appearance by Martin Metcalfe and the Fornicators at Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms.

Olaf Furniss holds valuable music seminars

Kevin Buckle: There is no Creative Scotland conspiracy over music funding

Given how badly Creative Scotland handle their funding and, probably more importantly, how badly they explain how they handle their funding, it is no wonder artists want more input if not control.

The Tron Kirk is to become a heritage centre (Picture: Neil Hanna)

Kevin Buckle: Tartan tat poses threat to high-minded plans for Tron

News this week that Edinburgh World Heritage had won – by the narrowest of margins, six-to-five – the right to a three-year lease on the Tron Kirk highlighted to me again the dangers of what happens when people operate outside of their comfort zone.

Paloma Faith is set to play Princes Street Gardens (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Kevin Buckle: We should have more (Paloma) Faith in Portobello

This week’s announcement of six to eight gigs in Princes Street Gardens during the Festival – starting with Paloma Faith – was met with exactly the reaction that was to be expected. The Cockburn Association objected immediately while others saw it as something to greatly look forward to.

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