In a week when Kylie plays Glasgow’s Hydro on Tuesday, I’m not sure if there’s much point in listing any further gigs…
But, Tuesday also sees another superstar in town – former Sonic Youth mainman Thurston Moore is at the Art School, touring new and acoustic-ish album ‘The Best Day’ so quite how much free-flowing noise he pushes out will be of interest.
In Edinburgh on Tuesday, Eagles For Hands play the Electric Circus. I know nothing about them, and frankly, I’m not going to ruin it for myself by actually listening to a band with such a good name.
Also in Edinburgh, on Wednesday, Eugene Ripper, who is a Canadian “trailblazing punk folk/indie rocker”, we’re told. He’s at Henry’s Cellar, plugging new album ‘Hangman’ (he’s also at the 13th Note on Friday).
Still in Edinburgh, David J Roch is at the Electric Circus in Edinburgh on Thurs 13th. He also has an album out – ‘A Cynic, A Realist, An Undertaker’ which is produced by Bad Seed Jim Sclavunos and featuring Rachel Sermanni.
Same night, same city, Chris Difford is at the Queen’s Hall on Thursday and Friday (for those only partly familiar with the work of Squeeze, think ‘Cool For Cats’ rather than ‘Up The Junction’). In fact, it’s a busy city as The Duke, Detroit (recently introduced to you here on Jockrock) play the Electric Circus, while instrumental rockers We Came From The North are at Opium.
Glasgow is oddly quiet by comparison, with only Smackvan at Nice’n’Sleazy of note, particularly because also on the bill is the band’s guitarist Owen McAulay, who has a new solo album, ‘The Line’, out now. (McAulay is also at Edinburgh Henry’s on the 19th, more of which next week).
On Friday, Dundee springs into life, well a bit – Ruts DC are at Buskers, doubtless playing Ruts tunes as well – they’ll do that again at Glasgow’s Audio on Saturday. Meanwhile, Ed Muirhead plays Brewdog.
Also on Friday, Jonnie Common plugs new album ‘Trapped In Amber’ at Edinburgh’s Pilrig St Paul’s Church. Oh, here he is…
There’s a Creeping Bent double-header of sorts with Sexual Objects and Vic Godard at Stereo on Sat 14th, and again at Stereo in Glasgow on the 15th.
Some other old punks on Friday – Sham 69 play the O2 ABC – apparently with Jimmy Pursey now, he was posted missing a few years at the Wickerman… oh, and …Trail Of Dead are at the Art School.
Finally to Saturday. Stanley Odd continue to ride the crest of their wave of rap with a set at the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen.
I always give any show in an outlying areas a mention (that’s the kind of caring site Jockrock is) and it seems that Barstow Bats are the only band playing anywhere south of Motherwell. They’re at Green’s Bar in Dumfries on Saturday, and as it happens they’re not bad at all. Thank goodness.
Up in musical civilisation, James are at the Hydro on Saturday night, and in a “how the feck did that happen?” moment, Bob Mould is at Oran Mor! Playing ‘Workbook’ on its 25th anniversary. Not sure why he didn’t get in touch since I was at the original show – if memory serves – at the Sub Club (or was it Subway?), which only seems like yesterday. It wasn’t…