gigs of the week – what to see live, and when

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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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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7th November 2022

First up this week, Scots-based Romanian singer-songwriter Lizabett Russo launches her new album, ‘While I Sit And Watch This Tree Volume 2’, which is out on Last Night From Glasgow, at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre.

Also in Reekie, Métis (indigenous Canadian) singer-songwriter Ella Coyes aka Sister Ray plays Sneaky Pete’s.

On Tuesday 8th, Russian anarcho-punks Pussy Riot have a show in Edinburgh, at
Summerhall, while Sister Ray is at Broadcast in Glasgow

Wednesday 9th sees Squeeze visit Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, as they launch a new EP, ‘Food For Thought’, profits of which go towards the Trussell Trust (also, bring foodbank donations if you’re going to the show).
In Glasgow, Animal Collective are at Saint Luke’s, while Amateur Cult launches new album ‘The Mirrored Pattern’ at Bloc+ .
And Lizabett Russo completes her small tour, with a show at Gartmore Village Hall, in Stirlingshire.

Franz Ferdinand play Glasgow’s Hydro on Thursday 10th, doubtless drawing from recent release ‘Hits To The Head’, while Jim Bob – formerly one half of Carter USM – has a show at Drygate.
In Edinburgh, it’s the return of Meursault, at Edinburgh’s Summerhall, Spizzenergi and Newtown Neurotics have a punk/new wave revival night at the Voodoo Rooms, and The Nightingales, with Terry Edwards and something of a mini-orchestra in tow, give their own new long-player – ‘The Last Laugh’ – a well-deserved Scottish launch, at The Caves.
And in Dunfermlne, Teenage Fanclub play P.J. Molloy’s.

On Friday, Thurso’s finest, Forgetting The Future, make the long journey south— to Aberdeen, for a show at Cellar 35.
In Glasgow, Spizzenergi (surely Spizzenergi 22?) are joined again by the Newtown Neurotics, at The Hug and Pint. And Dean Owens plays The Tannahill Centre in Paisley, while Brownbear play Falkirk Trinity Church.

Saturday is pretty much all about The Great Western – more than 50 acts in various venues across the West End, including Pussy Riot, BC Camplight, Bug Club, and a slew of local heroes. Check out the preview at is this music?.
That aside, The Icicle Works, plus The Luka State, are at The Garage, and outwith Glasgow, Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 visit Aberdeen for a set at Ogv Podium, Dean Owens plays Crail Community Hall, Brownbear is at The Venue in Dumfries, and ska legends The Selecter have a show at Edinburgh’s La Belle Angèle.

Finally, to Sunday 13th, where only the denizens of Dundee are in a rock’n’roll mood -which sees The Wife Guys of Reddit visit Rad Apples.

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31st October 2022
An New International

Plenty of live music this week with an already difficult choice for music fans of a certain age/disposition (more…)

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10th October 2022
unkle bob

Monday 10th October, Pink Martini play Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, while SOAK are at The Caves

Tuesday 11th sees Dinosaur Jr. play Glasgow’s Queen Margaret Union and just along the road, Acid Mothers Temple are at The Hug and Pint.

On Wednesday 12th, Sports Team celebrate #1 in the vinyl album charts with ‘Gulp!’ with a show at The Garage in Glasgow.

On Thursday 13th, Tide Lines are at Inverurie Town Hall, and in Glasgow, Unkle Bob launch new single ‘Before We Turned the World’ at The Hug and Pint.
Former Wah! Heat frontman Pete Wylie is at King Tut’s, and on the southside of the city, The Burning Hell play the first of two nights at The Glad Cafe, with Raveloe and Adam Ross out of Randolph’s Leap as guests.

Friday 14th sees Adam Holmes (with his Embers? can’t be sure) play Aberdeen’s Blue Lamp, while up that was (i.e. we’re not precisely sure where), Fat-Suit are at Strathdon’s Glenbuchat Hall.
On Friday in Edinburgh, LA-based folk legend Al Stewart plays (fun fact) an almost-hometown gig, at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall.
Contrasting, but just as excellent, Peaness are at Sneaky Pete’s, and Mungo’s Hi Fi, plus Tom Spirals and Vixen Sound, are at the Regal Theatre in Bathgate.
In Glasgow on Friday, Hollie Cook (yes, Paul’s lass) is at King Tut’s, and The Glad Cafe sees The Burning Hell play their second night at The Glad Cafe – this time, as well as having Man of the Minch as a guest, sees Mathias Kom supporting himself, as a duo with Toby Goodshank.

On Saturday 15th, Tide Lines play Aviemore’s Badenoch Centre, and Jamie Button plugs new album ‘Lost in Local Life’ with an instore at HMV Dundee (check local press for details, but we’re guessing that’s an afternoon gig).
In Edinburgh, and without Neneh Cherry as far as we can tell, Youssou N’Dour is at the EICC, while the city’s other big posh venue – the Usher Hall – is the unlikely setting for The Snuts local launch of sophomore album ‘Burn the Empire’
Another album launch takes place in Aberdeen on Saturday – The Little Kicks fourth long-player ‘People Need Love’ gets an airing at Aberdeen Arts Centre & Theatre.
Ad in Glasgow, Kathryn Joseph celebrates her inclusion on the SAY Award shortlist with a show at Saint Luke’s.

Finally, to Sunday 16th – Rebecca Vasmant (who was a longlistee for said SAY Award) is at The Caves in Edinburgh, and Dutch masters (of poppy electronic beats and freaky creative accompanying videos) De Staat are at King Tut’s in Glasgow.

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4th October 2022
Cold Years

Your gigs of the week read as follows: On Tuesday 4th October, London punk trio False Heads play Glasgow’s Hug and Pint, (more…)

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19th September 2022
Pictish Trail

I’m quite sure everyone could do with some fun, but as that kind of thing is currently frowned upon, keep this to yourself (more…)

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12th September 2022
Spare Snare

Following a flurry of cancellations over the weekend, the programme of live music gets back to normal (more…)

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