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The Beta Band’s John Maclean Looks Back At The Three EPs On Its 20th Anniversary

In the late '90s, musical genres that once felt as separate as continents began to shift into each other like tectonic plates, the great unifier…
Miles Bowe | September 28, 2018 - 3:35 pm

10 Best Songs

The 10 Best Beta Band Songs

When Rolling Stone released their best albums of the '90s list, Nirvana's Nevermind stood predictably at the top. I'm not saying that it doesn't deserve…
Miles Bowe | February 6, 2014 - 3:18 pm

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Steve Mason – “Stars Around My Heart”

Hey, we're finally at the point of the year where next year's records are starting to get announced! So mark your calendars with this: Steve…
Tom Breihan | September 17, 2018 - 9:04 am

Steve Mason – “Alive” Video

The former Beta Band frontman Steve Mason released a new album called Meet The Humans last month, and his new video for the strummy, swirling…
Tom Breihan | March 21, 2016 - 9:18 am

Steve Mason – “Planet Sizes” Video

Steve Mason, the genius Scotsman who used to front the Beta Band, will release his latest solo album Meet The Humans next month on Domino.
Chris DeVille | January 6, 2016 - 9:53 am

The Maccabees – “Something Like Happiness (Steve Mason Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

If you've ever had a conversation with a young-ish Anglophile music-lover, you've probably heard of London indie rock band the Maccabees. And if you've talked…
Grace Birnstengel | August 19, 2015 - 9:53 am

Django Django – “Slow West”

John MacLean was once a member of the Beta Band, the great and influential and weirdly underrated Scottish group. He directed some of their videos,…
Tom Breihan | May 29, 2015 - 9:24 am

Steve Mason – “Fire!” Video

Former Beta Band vocalist Steve Mason has released the video for the second single off his latest solo album, Monkey Minds In The Devil's Time,…
James Rettig | September 17, 2013 - 11:56 am

The Beta Band Prep Box Set

Just before the ten year anniversary of their break-up, Scotland's the Beta Band will release a 6-disc retrospective box set, The Regal Years (1997-2004) that…
Claire Lobenfeld | July 26, 2013 - 2:10 pm

New Steve Mason – “All Come Down”

While his old comrades act like aliens, ex-Beta Band vocalist Steve Mason's kept himself busy with the ongoing King Biscuit Time and then his Black…
Brandon Stosuy | November 30, 2009 - 10:35 am

New Aliens Video – “Sunlamp Show” (Stereogum Premiere)

Psychedelically minded Scottish acid-rockers Aliens are supposedly influenced by Sergio Leone and Serge Gainsbourg, Brian Eno and Brian Wilson, Larry David and Ol' Dirty Bastard.
Brandon Stosuy | September 17, 2009 - 4:20 pm

New Black Affair – “Tak! Attack!”

Ex-Beta Band man Steve Mason's kept busy after Beta broke-up, notably with King Biscuit Time. But there's another form of Mason-ry worth deconstructing, namely his…
Stereogum | October 9, 2007 - 4:12 pm