this week’s thing

16th January 2023
Belle and Sebastian

Behind the times as ever, our radio recommendations this week are all, pretty much, repeats. Well, ‘Listen again’ at least…

Last midweek Craig Charles had Stuart and Sarah out of Belle & Sebastian his 6music show, going head-to-head in a musical fight club. Whatever that entails. Find out here.

And BBC Introducing in Scotland last week had Bemz in session. He was winner in 2022 of Scottish Act of the Year, and the 2023 competition is now open as revealed on last Friday’s show.

And yes, it’s all repeats on the telly as well, but this is a good ICYMI from Hogmanay – The Barrowland Roar, a documentary presented by musician Iain Spanish MacKay, which features Del Amitri, The Fratellis, Elephant Sessions, Gun, Stiff Little Fingers, and Dylan John Thomas on stage, as well as Simple Minds, Amy MacDonald, Christy Moore, The Vatersay Boys, Travis and Mogwai talking about their experiences at the legendary venue. You’ve got until the first week of February to watch it…

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10th January 2023

It’s a pretty sparse gig calendar this early in the New Year, but come the weekend there should be enough to blow away the festive cobwebs… (more…)

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9th January 2023

Radio in Scotland rather stumbles its way into the new year with a host of interesting ‘listen again’ repeats (more…)

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9th December 2022
the martial arts

The Martial Arts festive EP, ‘Christmas With The Martial Arts’, finally gets a vinyl release (more…)

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19th November 2022

‘Supergroup’ is a term that is tossed around pretty frequently, but meet the mysteriously-named Hank Tree (more…)

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14th November 2022
Dave Arcari

Well, anyone wanting a quiet week in the house best stop reading now. Monday 14th November has live shows in Glasgow from Sigur Rós, at the Armadillo, Black Midi at the Old Fruitmarket; Jamie T plays the O2 Academy, and Part Chimp are at The Hug and Pint.
Oh, and The Professionals, still with ex-Pistol Paul Cook on drums, are at King Tut’s.

Sigur Rós head cross country to Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, for a show on Tuesday 15th, while Randolph’s Leap have a rather smaller scale event planned for Sneaky Pete’s.

Things go strangely quiet until Thursday, when Dave Arcari – a fixture in this gig guide a couple of years back due to his regular inline sets – step into the real world for a gig at The Tooth and Claw in Inverness – part of a tour plugging his new album ‘Devil May Care’.
Also on Thursday, Wet Leg are at SWG3 in Glasgow, and Fontaines D.C. play the first of a two-nighter at the O2 Academy.
And Brownbear continue their meanderings around Scotland with a set at Irvine’s Harbour Arts Centre.

Randolph’s Leap similarly continue their travels, arriving at Aberdeen’s
The Tunnels, and doing likewise in Furryboots City, Dave Arcari is at The Blue Lamp,

Welsh darkwave (think that’s right) duo Tangerinecat play The Venue in Dumfries, and in Dundee, Plasmas have a show at The Hunter S Thompson.
In Edinburgh, The Little Kicks continue their series of album launch events with a gig at The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh.

On Saturday 19th Forgetting The Future play The Tooth and Claw in Inverness, while in Glasgow, Declan Welsh & the Decadent West play a rather significant show, headlining the Barrowland.

Richard Dawson returns to Scotland since his double-header (with Circle and Hen Ogledd) at Doune the Rabbit Hole with a show at the CCA, and on the city’s southside, The Countess of Fife (former Rezillo Fay Fife plus So You Think You’re A Cowboy guitarist Allan McDowall) are at the Glad Café.

On Saturday 19th, Gordon Giltrap will, we hope, reprise the Holiday 80 theme tune ‘Heartsong’ (look it up, it’s good), at Baljaffray Parish Church in Bearsden. Dave Arcari is at Stereo.
In Edinburgh, Kapil Seshasayee plays Summerhall, and Martin Metcalfe & the Dirty Macs are at TVFKA the Corn Exchange (aka the O2 Academy.
In Stirling, Martin Stephenson and the Dainteees, are at the Tolbooth and Brownbear play Pittenweem New Town Hall

Finally, in Aberdeen on Sunday 20th, Turin Brakes are at The Lemon Tree, Ezra Furman plays GLasgow’s QMU, and members of The Strange Blue Dreams nip into a phone box outside Saint Luke’s and emerge as party band The Shiverin’ Sheiks.

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