The usual mix of ancient and modern this week is led off by Dominic Waxing Lyrical who, for those with long memories, are back in the UK and play a show at Henry’s Cellar in Edinburgh on Tuesday 25th. The all-star backing band for the show features Riley Briggs (Aberfeldy), his brother Murray Briggs (Oi Polloi, Aberfeldy) George McFall (Clean George IV) and Neil Bateman (Badgewearer). The show precedes the release of Dominic Harris’ first album in 18 years – ‘Woodland Casual’ will appear on 2nd Feb 2015. There are further shows on 27th November in London at the Victoria in Dalston, and then on 6th December at Glasgow School of Art.
It’s heavier rock of two differing kinds in Glasgow – Mastodon at the O2 Academy, and Battery Face play Bloc.
On Thursday, Felix Champion are Downstairs in Aberdeen to launch debut album, ‘This Lateral Life’, while in Edinburgh, retro sounds from Electric 6 at Liquid Room and modern folk with Lau at the Queen’s Hall.
More vintage sounds at Edinburgh’s Citrus Club on Friday with the New Piccadillys, while Joan as Policewoman is at the Queen’s Hall.
This weekend it’s also the Darvel Music Festival – it seems quite traditional this year but is always worth a look…
On Saturday in Embra, former Czar John Grant is at the Usher Hall with the entire Royal Northern Sinfonia in tow, while reformed Strangler Hugh Cornwell plays the Liquid Room. And indie supergroup (ok, former Snow Patrol, FO Machete and Grim Northern Social members) MemoryMan are at Opium.
On Thursday, Echo and the Bunnymen are at the O2 ABC, and James King and the Lonewolves have a gig at Oran Mor, plugging their ‘lost’ album ‘Lost Songs of the Confederacy’.
And also on Thursday, Chris TT is at the O2 ABC, with the aforementioned Memoryman as support.
On Friday Dreadzone play Oran Mor, veteran electro gods Silver Apples plug in their valve amps and oscillators at Stereo, while indie veterans The Vaselines are at the Art School. And there’s the Clutha Trust benefit/launch with Bombskare, Sandi Thom and (as they say) many more.
Dubmeister Lee Scratch Perry plays SVG3 on Saturday, while there are rather different Jamaican-influenced sounds, also on Saturday at King Tut’s with the Amphetameanies.
Finally, all weekend (Fri – Sun), Dundee’s Book Yer Ane Fest returns, this year a benefit in aid of Safe-Tay and Tayside Mountain Rescue. 45 acts in 6 venues PAWS, The Murderburgers, Kaddish, Fat Goth, The Kimberly Steaks, UNIFORMS, Avast! as well as visiting acts Lipstick Homicide (USA), Low Derive (ITA), Leagues Apart (ENG), Bear Trade (ENG), Joe McMahon (USA), Freddy Fudd Pucker (NZ). Also acts as a launch for Perthshire folk-punk two-piece Broken Stories ‘It’ll Be Alright’ 10″ EP (Bandcamp) – they play Kage on Saturday.
There are also shows in Glasgow (Thursday 27th) and Edinburgh (Monday 1st). More here.