Our regular ‘get yer skates on’ intro to the gig guide: Kurt Vile is at the heady environs of the ABC (1) in Glasgow, punting his Spotify Sessions 6-track EP. Meanwhile, Jesus Jones are at King Tut’s, punting their pension plan.
On Tuesday 17th, J. Willgoose, Esq. and Public Service Broadcasting bring their own banjo-propelled techno dubstep (with announcements) at the Queen’s Hall
Drag-rockin’ Chicagoan Ezra Furman plays the Art School, while The Wailers – with approximately as many original members as Chas’n’Dave (without Dave) are at the O2 ABC. To be fair, Aston “Family Man” Barrett’s still in the band.
On Wednesday; The Blockheads (with some original members but as expected, not the obvious one), play the O2 ABC.
Thursday 19th sees the band formerly known as Lionel – Lional – at Aberdeen’s Cafe Drummond, while in Glasgow, Sleaford Mods’ chums Slaves are at the O2 ABC – and New Order play the O2 Academy. Same night, it’s Book Group launching new single ‘Late Show’ at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus. They then head for Inverness on Friday 20th for a gig at Mad Hatters, and then to Nice ‘N’ Sleazy, Glasgow on Saturday night.
It’s nearly Mercury Prize night for anyone that cares about that kind of thing. and appropriately, kind of, Nitin Sawhney – former Mercury nominee – is at the Art School in Glasgow.
Welsh Pig Gate predictors Los Campesinos! are at Stereo on the same night, and folk legend Rab Noakes is at Cottiers. Oh, and Elvis Perkins at King Tut’s… yes, he’s son of Anthony, by the way.
A shedload of shows on Friday – Mercury Rev are at the Art School, Dimitri From Paris plays the Buff Club, and Girobabies are at McChuills. In Stirling at the Tollbooth, the Strange Behaviour festival with Admiral Fallow headlining.
And a handful of shows not in Glasgow – davesnewbike play Edinburgh’s Pleasance Cabaret Bar, The Blockheads are at Inverness Ironworks, while Jamie & Shoony play the home of Fife rock – Monty’s.
Saturday’s similarly gig-packed, so let’s be brief… Aberdeen has a choice of psych-folkies Trembling Bells at Tunnels, while in Glasgow (and just off a boat), Them Beatles at Oran Mor. Dance legends The Time Frequency play the O2 Academy, Albert Hammond (Junior, sorry) is at Tut’s, Midge Ure plays Falkirk Warehouse, Tuff Love are at the Hug and Pint, and in Kilmarnock’s Bakers, Mickey 9s. In Dundee, Norfolk rockers Deaf Havana are at Buskers. Black International are in Edinburgh, at Kirk O’Field (where I don’t know, might well be a kirk in a field). And in Inverness at Ironworks, Schnarff Schnarff.
Lastly, pretty much – Aberdeen has a choice of electro old or new with Prides at the Lemon Tree or The Prodigy playing the AECC.
And in Glasgow, former Strangler Hugh Cornwell‘s at Oran Mor.