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

11th June 2018

Sometimes, despite them being on a Monday night, Monday night gigs are just meant to be. So once I’m finished typing here, it’s off to Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms, where Giant Sand are reliving their 1985 album ‘Valley of Rain’.

And in Aberdeen, Future Islands are at the Beach Ballroom. No, come back! They have unexpectedly engaged Bristol’s finest (and sweariest), Idles, for the duration of their Scottish tour. So get there early if you’re going.

On Tuesday, The Beat – the Dave Wakeling flavour – play P.J. Molloy’s in Dunfermline, while similarly (i.e. without the Wu-Tang Clan) Ghostface Killah is in Glasgow, at The Art School.

Public Image Ltd. are in Glasgow on Wednesday, at the O2 ABC, playing tunes and flogging dairy products, Well, we assume there’ll be tunes (last time we saw Mr Lydon he was trying to sell usa £200 book, so who can say for sure?)

And Idles, with that Future Islands lot in tow, are at Inverness Ironworks on WEdnesday

The unlikely pairing then takes in the even unlikelier setting of Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on Thursday, while in perfectly nice but comparatively less salubrious surroundings, The Wave Pictures are at Sneaky Pete’s.

Friday night sees Theatre of Hate play The Assembly in Aberdeen and 🙁 (remember them?) – Colonopenbracket to give them their Sunday name – are at The Tunnels.

On Friday in Inverness, The Little Kicks are at Mad Hatters while the Future Islands / Idles roadshow pulls up in Greenock – a town which mandatorily has the words ‘of all places’ appended to any gig guide entry. That’s at the Town Hall (see above).

Sadly not taking a similar approach to far-flung places, David Byrne isn’t playing Dumbarton (if he did I’m sure he’d at least hold them to a draw) – but instead is in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.
As that show is long sold out (bitter, us?) you can insted catch The Wave Pictures at the CCA.
Or Fast Camels at the Clutha Vaults (er, or McChuill’s),
Or Catholic Action at the Mackintosh Church.

ON Saturday 16th, Acid Cannibals – at least 50% Cosmic Dead, in case you weren’t paying attention last time we mentioned it – play Leith Depot, which is almost in Edinburgh.

In Kirkcaldy, at the Adam Smith Theatre, the talented and tolerant Siobhan Wilson takes a break from her stint with Moffat and Hubbert for a solo show.

And also on Saturday, a one day fgestivalm Haddfest , which is, yes, in Haddington, and yes (YES!) features Dropkick, as well as The Wynntown Marshals.

Finally, the outdoor music season continues as The Little Kicks will be in Hazlehead Park in Aberdeen… it’s possible they’re just having a kickabout, but more likely there’s some sort of festival afoot. Have a swatch while you’re walking the dog.

And similarly – well, not that similarly – The Skids are at a hopefully weather-free Kelvingrove Bandstand in Glasgow.

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28th May 2018

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21st May 2018

It seems that Edinburgh has the best of the gig calendar this week, and not just thanks to the Hidden Door festival which kicks off at the weekend.

First of all – well, on Tuesday – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are at The Caves, while Gretchen Peters plays The Queen’s Hall. Another singer-songwriter of a more recent vintage, Nina Nesbitt, is at The Liquid Room,
On Tuesday, Glasgow at least has Sparks, at the O2 Academy. With Finiflex as support, no less.

Top marks to Tim Booth and James for services to music off the beaten tracks. They’re at Corran Halls in Oban on Wednesday night.
Echo & The Bunnymen were once famed for their tours of the highland and islands, but they take a rather more conventional route to Scotland, playing the Usher Hall in Edinburgh.
At Perth Concert Hall, Siobhan Miller joins Elephant Sessions and Fara.
And in Edinbiurgh, a much quoted-in-dispatches band, The Dunts, have a show at Sneaky Pete’s.

Same venue, the following night, Wojtek The Bear prepare to unleash their new album ‘A Talent For Being Unreasonable’ with a show at Sneaky Pete’s.
Also on Thursday, but in the Weej, Robyn Hitchcock is at Òran Mór,
And former Stanley Odd mainman Solareye has a show at the Tolbooth in Stirling.

On Friday 25th, it’s fun all the way as Little Love and the Friendly Vibes play Henry’s Cellar Bar in Edinburgh.
Elephant Sessions are at Ironworks in Inverness, while across in Aberdeen, The Dykeenies are back, at The Tunnels.

The BBC Biggest Weekend takes place in Perth – we seem to have got the short edge of the wedge, with Nigel Kennedy and Noel Gallagher (not even together) the top attractions.
But a different multi-venue festival is Edinburgh’s Hidden Door.
This weekend it includes Nadine Shah and Honeyblood (ok, Stina Tweeddale solo) at Leith Theatre.
In unrelated live news, Modern Studies have an intimate show at Song, By Toad’s live space, The Happiness Hotel.

In Glasgow Belle and Sebastian are at what seems to be the most happening venue in town, The Galvanizers Yard, while Wojtek The Bear are in the rather more conventional surroundings of King Tut’s.
At The Hug and Pint, musical mayhem with Cutty’s Gym, while Blanck Mass is at Mackintosh Church – another new-ish addition to the venue map (this one’s at Queen’s Cross).

Dundee knows a bit about developing new venues, though usually it involves taking a place of worship and converting it (so to speak. Thus, Church is another new place for live music in the city, and it has The Dykeenies on Saturday night.

Mofest – Montrose Music Festival – is on this weekend with The Hoosiers and Alabama 3 the main headliners

In Perth, Erin Bennett is at The Green Room and in Inverness, The Filthy Tongues punt new album ‘Back To Hell’ at The Tooth And Claw.
Aberdeen welcomes Wojtek The Bear on the north-east leg of their album launch tour, for a show at The Tunnels.

In Edinburgh, former stanley Odd mainman Solareye is back, at The Mash House, Edinburgh, while at The Liquid Room, another former frontman gone solo – Tim Burgess out of the Charlatans.

In Glasgow Asian Dub Foundation play St Luke’s, and the BMX Bandits have a show at the Mackintosh Church,

On Sunday, former Ronelle Daniel Meade is in Aberdeen for a gig at the Blue Lamp.
The Dykeenies play The Mash House in Edinburgh, while The Wedding Present are in the same city, at The Liquid Room.

In Glasgow, LCD Soundsystem are at The Galvanizers Yard, while Superchunk play Stereo, and Squeeze will be hoping the fine weather continues, as they’re at Kelvingrove Bandstand.

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7th May 2018

It’s a Mad World and no mistake. Who would have expected that 80s synthpoppers Tears For Fears would be playing Glasgow’s Armadillo (more…)

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30th April 2018

Small, but perfectly formed, that’s the gig list this week, and so apt that it should kick off with pocket-sized Osaka punk trio Shonen Knife who are at Summerhall in Edinburgh (and at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen on Wednesday).

But also on Tuesday, but in Glasgow, revitalised antipodean new wavers Fisher Z, at the O2 ABC 2.

In Inverness on Thursday, Declan Welsh & the Decadent West, who play Ironworks.

In Edinburgh, launching his fine new album ‘Fire Behind The Curtain’ at Summerhall, Falkirk’s finest, Adam Stafford.

Friday night sees Mexican Morrissey tribute act Mexrrissey play SWG3 in Glasgow – even though they sound like the kind of band Moz would now try to build a wall to keep away from him. They’re also at Edinburgh’s La Belle Angele the following night.

Also in Glasgow on Friday, at the State Bar, former Long Ryder Sid Griffin brings his Coal Porters to town.

At the Hug and Pint, it’s the Glasgow leg of Adam Stafford‘s album launch ‘tour’.

In Dundee on Thursday, Brownbear plug new album ‘What is Home?’ with a show at Clarks on Lindsay Street.

On Friday, Dreamweapon are in Dundee at Conroy’s Basement

On Saturday, the unusual prospect of The Coal Porters playing Letham Village Hall in Cupar.
And on Saturday, and even more implausibly, the former singer out of 80s / 90s chart stars The Christians, Henry Priestman is at Berits & Brown in Coatbridge.

On Saturday in Kilmarnock Brownbear is at Bakers.

Finally, just one show in town on Sunday. That town is Glasgow, and it’s the all-day extravaganza that is Stag & Dagger. Wire and top the bill, with Slow Readers Club, Pulled Apart By Horses and Pronto Mama also playing.

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23rd April 2018

First up, Monday night, semi-legendary New York rockers Nada Surf are at Stereo in Glasgow. (more…)

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9th April 2018

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