Friday, 26 March 2010

Radar recommends: 27 March - 2 April

We Were Promised Jetpacks
[We Were Promised Jetpacks: descending on Edinburgh on Sunday]

Plan your gig-going with our pick of the week's finest live music nights...

Ten Tracks presents... The Verden Whistle Test
Saturday @ Verden Studios, Portobello, Edinburgh / 6pm / £10
You're probably too young to know what The Old Grey Whistle Test was... So, this is a special, intimate studio gig that's all being filmed, featuring the likes of UtR faves Over The Wall, Dead Boy Robotics, Esperi, Fur Hood and John B McKenna. There are only 100 tickets on offer and everyone gets a free DVD. More info here.

La La Vasques, Golden Grrrls, Girls Names
Sunday @ The 13th Note, Glasgow / 9pm / £tbc
What do you get when you mix cool girls with fuzzed out shoegazy style? Perhaps something like these bands. And that's something pretty good.

Haddow Fest
Sunday @ various venues, Edinburgh / 1pm - 12am / £20 (£15 in advance)
Glasgow may have Hinterland and Stag and Dagger, but now Edinburgh has its own multi-venue gig sprawl. Haddow Fest has rounded up a batch of indie-rock bands to entertain the masses, including the likes of Idlewild, My Latest Novel and We Were Promised Jetpacks. Check the website for more information and stage times.

RM Hubbert
Sunday @ Slow Club, The Flying Duck, Glasgow / 8pm / Free
Ex-El Hombre Trajeado man RM shows off his fingerpicking skills with an instrumental guitar set, hopefully with a few pieces from his stunning First&Last album. What a pleasant way to spend a Sunday evening.

The Besnard Lakes, Wolf People, Olympic Swimmers
Sunday @ Captain's Rest / 8pm / £8
Proving that matrimony and work can mix, Montreal's The Besnard Lakes have won over many fans with their sweeping indie rock. Get there early for UtR-featured Olympic Swimmers.

Benni Hemm Hemm, Rachel Sermanni, Graham McGeoch
Tuesday @ Bloc, Glasgow / 9pm / Free
Benedikt Hermann Hermannsson, going by the altogether easier to pronounce name of Benni Hemm Hemm, has brought the gift of excellent folksy pop from Iceland to his adoptive home of Glasgow. Get a free taste tonight as he plus band launch the Retaliate EP.
Also playing The Roxy Art House, Edinburgh on Monday

Dam Mantle, Fox Gut Daata
Friday @ Glasgow Social Centre, Osborne Street / 8pm / £5
Dam Mantle launches a new EP with suitable support from Fox Gut Daata. If you like your beats and blips on the interesting side you should head along. Plus DJ sets from Cry Parrot and Halleluwah Hits.

The Twilight Sad, The Unwinding Hours
Friday @ ABC, Glasgow / 7pm / £10
Just in case you thought The Twilight Sad's live show was lacking a few decibels (you fool!), the Kilsyth band will play this gig with an extra PA, achieving so-called "quadraphonic" sound. Hold on to your hats, and make sure you check out the sublime Unwinding Hours.
Also playing The Warehouse, Aberdeen on Thursday

Conquering Animal Sound, Debutant, Wounded Knee
Friday @ Roxy Art House, Edinburgh / 7pm / £5
Hardly a week goes by where we don't mention a gig by one of these hard-working tunesmiths. Maybe tunesmith is the wrong word, because all three acts like to break conventions however and whenever they can.


Words: Elaine Liddle, Nick Mitchell

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Friday, 19 March 2010

Radar recommends: 20 - 26 March

Wounded Knee
[Wounded Knee: "Bearded fella, sings accapella", in Glasgow on Thursday]

Plan your gig-going with our pick of the week's finest live music nights...

The Moth & the Mirror / Esperi
Saturday @ The Doghouse, Dundee / 8pm / £5
With members shared with Frightened Rabbit and Admiral Fallow, The Moth & the Mirror may keep themselves busy with other projects, but for now they're focusing on launching new single 'Fire'. Support from the UtR-featured Esperi.

Limbo: Withered Hand / Pictish Trail / John Egdell / Enfant Bastard
Saturday @ The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh / 7.30pm / £8
Fresh (is that the right word?) from their Homegame exploits, Dan Willson of Withered Hand fame and the insanely prolific Johnny Lynch of Pictish Trail (look out for our upcoming Silver Columns interview) play Edinburgh's flagship gig night. They're joined for the occasion by Newcastle strummer John Egdell and local talent Enfant Bastard.

RBRBR / Dead Boy Robotics / Any Color Black
Saturday @ The GRV, Edinburgh / 7pm / £TBC
Edinburgh electro-heads RBRBR launch 'The Bobby Masicks EP' at their spiritual home in The GRV, and they've notched up fine support in the shape of Billy's favourite local act Dead Boy Robotics and Glasgow synth-pop duo Any Color Black.

Her Name Is Calla, worriedaboutsatan, eagleowl
Saturday @ The Flying Duck, Glasgow / £5 / 7.30pm
From a Stolen Sea presents atmospheric northern progressive types, with support from worriedaoutsatan and Edinburgh’s own eagleowl.

Franz Nicolay
Sunday @ Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh / 7pm / £7.50
Former Hold Steady keyboardist and wearer of stylish hats Franz Nicolay brings his punk cabaret show to Edinburgh for his only Scottish date. We don’t know exactly which of his musical guises he'll be channeling, but it sounds like a good time to us.

Stanley Odd
Monday @ The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh / 7.30pm / Free
Classic hip hop with an Airdie twist. Find out what that might sound like at six-piece Stanley Odd's latest live outing.

Youthmovies / Adam Gnade
Tuesday @ Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh / 7pm / £6
A last chance to catch the Oxford art-rock crew Youthmovies, as they play their farewell tour before throwing in the towel for good. It could get emotional. Support comes from experimental Americana peddler Adam Gnade

The Mill: Song of Return, Midnight Lion
Thursday @ Oran Mor, Glasgow / 7pm / Free but ticketed
In a stellar piece of timing this week’s UtR recommended act, formed from the ashes of Union of Knives, headline The Mill’s free showcase event with synth-pop supergroup Midnight Lion.

Call To Mind, Diamond Sea, Yahweh
Thursday @ Stereo, Glasgow / 8pm / £5
Atmospheric, expansive rock from Inverness band Call To Mind, launching their new EP. As if that wasn't enough to tempt you, more music is provided by Diamond Sea and the wonderful Yahweh.

Wounded Knee, 7VWWVW
Thursday @ Whitehill School Auditorium, Glasgow / 7pm / £3
We're big fans of Drew Wright and his sometimes savage, sometimes amusing spoken word incantations. Pairing him with electro-pop act 7VWWVW is unusual, but sometimes that kind of thinking results in the best gigs.

Black International / United Fruit / The Fatalists
Friday @ Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh / 7pm / Free
Last year we wrote that Edinburgh band Black International were "a welcome antithetical thrill compared to the city's gentle folk exterior". The post-punk rabble are backed by the highly regarded United Fruit and The Fatalists, and, best of all, it's free!

North Atlantic Oscillation / Barn Owl / Panda Su
Friday @ Sneaky Pete's / 7pm / £5
Touring their debut album Grappling Hooks, this may be one of the last chances to see NAO live at such close quarters, with their music being championed by the likes of Marc Riley. UtR-approved support comes from Barn Owl and Panda Su.

Wise Blood Industries
Friday @ Roxy Art House, Edinburgh / 7pm / £5
The offbeat Glasgow record label takes over the Roxy for a night of live music with a literary feel, featuring novelist Alan Bissett reading from his latest work, Y'All is Fantasy Island's Adam Stafford, recent UtR stars Burnt Island and The Kays Lavelle.

Pinup Nights: Boycotts, Washington Irving, Male Pattern Band
Friday @ Flying Duck, Glasgow / 9pm - 3am / £5
This month's Pinup features two UtR veterans in Boycotts and Washington Irving, plus the little known Male Pattern Band and the usual late night DJs.


Words: Lisa-Marie Ferla, Craig Dickson, Nick Mitchell

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Friday, 12 March 2010

Radar recommends: 13 - 19 March

Citizens
[Citizens: rocking Sleazy's on Tuesday]

Plan your gig-going with our pick of the week's finest live music nights...

The best...

Four Tet
Saturday @ Bongo Club, Edinburgh / 7pm / £12
If you weren't lucky enough to get your hands on a Homegame ticket for this weekend, at least there's an opportunity to catch the supremely talented Kieran Hebden when he passes through the capital on Saturday en route to Anstruther.

Frank Turner and Chuck Ragan
Tuesday @ HMV Picture House, Edinburgh / 7pm / £12
Two graduates of the school of rock performing their solo material. Ex-Million Dead man and current radio favourite Frank Turner will be airing numbers from his most recent album, Poetry of the Deed, and Chuck Ragan, formerly of punk rock favourites Hot Water Music will be showing off his grizzled voice over some Americana.

Citizens, Jackie Onassis, Guns of Parlophone, Xavier and the Bastard
Tuesday @ Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, Glasgow / 8pm / £tbc
If desperately in need of some light (heavy?) relief from a week filled with indie-pop, try Citizens and Jackie Onassis on for size. Melodic, tuneful hardcore, proving that idea-filled rock music may indeed still exist.

Miaoux Miaoux, Firebrand Boy, Errors DJs
Tuesday @ 13th Note, Glasgow / 9pm / £4
Recently featured on this very site, Julian Corrie is launching his Blooms EP this week. It’s a late starter, but with so many sweet electro beats to be had, it’s worth the scary trek down through the Trongate.

Mono (plus support)
Wednesday @ Oran Mor, Glasgow / 7pm / £12
The epic, emotive post-rock sounds of Mono are back on tour, following last year’s Hymn to the Immortal Wind. The Japanese quartet are epic, emotive and definitely too loud to miss.

Pensioner, Bronto Skylift, Degrassi, Curators
Wednesday @ Sneaky Pete’s / 7pm / £6
Dundee’s Pensioner feature ex-members of Alamos, making a slightly heavier but still intelligent kind of noise. With Glasgow’s Bronto Skylift and the capital’s own Degrassi and Curators in support, this is a great value evening for the more discerning rocker.

Findo Gask, Paper Planes, French Wives
Thursday @ Captains Rest, Glasgow / 8pm / £6.15
It’s time to wave farewell to UtR’s favourite synth-poppers, Findo Gask. And what would nip your sadness in the bud better than knowing your door money is going to charity? Not much, other than the surfy punk of Paper Planes and the crooning melodies of French Wives.

The Mill: The Gothenburg Address and The Elements
Thursday @ Cabaret Voltaire / 7pm / Free but ticketed
One of the first bands we featured, The Gothenburg Address exhibit the wintry sonic landscapes of their recent debut album, with support from locals The Elements.

Withered Hand, The Starlets, Skeleton Bob
Thursday @ Mono, Glasgow / 8pm / £5
Silence Can Break Your Heart bring us the fragile folk of Withered Hand, in between the long-mopped front man’s numerous jaunts across Europe.

Egyptian Hip Hop and Bwani Junction
Friday @ Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh / 7pm / £6
Mancunian indie quartet Egyptian Hip Hop may still only be in their teens but they’re already garnering a bit of a buzz. Make up your own mind at their first Edinburgh show.


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Words: Lauren Mayberry, Craig Dickson

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Friday, 5 March 2010

Radar recommends: 6 - 12 March

Django Django
[Django Django: a slew of Scottish dates]

Plan your gig-going with our pick of the week's finest live music nights...

The best...

Lions.Chase.Tigers, Penguins Kill Polar Bears
Saturday @ Nice'n'Sleazy, Glasgow / 7.30pm / £4
Animal-themed names abound as UtR-featured L.C.T. continue a Scotland-wide tour to promote their new 'To Their Blood' EP.

Richmond Fontaine, Amanda Levandovski
Saturday @ Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh / 7pm / £TBC
For those unfamiliar with RF frontman Willy Vlautin’s indulgent Americana storyscapes, get along to Cabaret Voltaire on Saturday for a real display of Oregonian songmanship.

Burnt Island, Aidan Moffat, Benni Hemm Hemm, The Second Hand Marching Band
Sunday @ Mono, Glasgow / 7.30pm / £7
Rodge Glass & co launch new mini-album Music and Maths, along with the former Arab Strap man Moffat. If that wasn't enough, the Secondhand Marching Band unveil their new collaboration with Benni Hemm Hemm.

Blood Red Shoes, Underground Railroad
Monday @ Electric Circus, Edinburgh / 8pm / £8
BRS’ second album Fire Like This has been the recent subject of gushing praise on good radio stations (cue topical 6 Music rant). They make a huge racket for a duet, and will be ably assisted by London’s aptly named noise-merchants, Underground Railroad.

These Monsters, Bronto Skylift, Jackie Treehorn
Thursday @ Bloc, Glasgow / 9pm / Free
Leeds lads These Monsters boast tiptop Scottish support as they drop in on Glasgow as part of a UK tour. And you can't argue with the price.

Django Django
Thursday @ Captain's Rest, Glasgow / 8pm / £tbc
The eccentric East London-based quartet we featured last month return to Scotland to showcase their much-admired, off-kilter sounds.

The School, Django Django, Allo Darlin’
Friday @ Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh / 7pm / £4
Cardiff sixties revivalists The School are swiftly making a name for themselves with girl-group harmonies and beach-guitar melodies their arfau o ddewis (“weapons of choice”). Alongside the aforementioned Django Django, this Fresh Air-hosted gig is a snip at £4 entry.

Punch and The Apostles, Wounded Knee, Pineapple Chunks
Friday @ Roxy Art House, Edinburgh / 8pm / £5
Waltz anyone? Glasgow’s seven-piece P&TA throw “uncool” traditional genres together and somehow succeed in making them very listenable. Chaotic and totally compelling, they’ll be showcasing material from their new eponymous album. Read UtR’ s interview with supporting Pineapple Chunks here.


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Words: Elaine Liddle, Dan Moss

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Saturday, 27 February 2010

Radar recommends: 27 Feb - 5 March

Copy Haho
[Copy Haho: gigging across Scotland this week]

Plan your gig-going with our pick of the week's finest live music nights...

The best...

James Yorkston & the Athletes, The Phantom Band, Alasdair Roberts Trio, Remember Remember
Saturday @ Platform, Glasgow / 7.30pm / £5 (£3)
Forget those woolly jumper clad men with acoustic guitars. No, folk music's cool these days. Just look at this line-up, where Fence troubadour Yorkston shares a billing with Rock Action upstart Remember Remember.

Futuristic Retro Champions, Skitten, Ace City Racers
Saturday @ The 13th Note, Glasgow / 9pm / £tbc
The 'Champs, who also play Edinburgh this week (see below) launch their new EP at this gig. The CDs are apparently designed to look like coloured vinyl, so it's like retro does retro really. Curious? Read an interview with the band here.

White Noise: Dead Boy Robotics, Futuristic Retro Champions
Wednesday @ Electric Circus, Edinburgh / 8pm / £tbc
Chalk and cheese this one, but none the worse for it. Pulsating shards of electronics and drums from duo DBR, while FRC use synths for more poppy pursuits.

The Mill: Stanley Odd, S.Kay
Thursday @ Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh / 7pm / Free but ticketed
Just this week we lauded Stanley Odd's "thrilling blend of hip hop, indie and funk", and, as if on cue, they appear for a show at The Mill. Are we arbiters of taste or what? (Don't answer that.)

Copy Haho, eagleowl, Debutant
Friday @ Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh / 7pm / £5
Copy Haho also play The Tunnels, Aberdeen on Thursday
Surely the Holy Grail of gig quests this. Why? Not one, not two, but three UtR-featured bands on one bill. So if you don't enjoy at least one then you'd be well within your rights to advise the PCC to shut us down.

John Knox Sex Club
Thursday @ Nice'n'Sleazy, Glasgow / 9pm / £tbc
Thursday's a sexy day, get your best undies on and head to this party. Have a wee read about your saucy hosts here.

Tango in the Attic
Friday @ Harley's Bar, Bathgate / 8pm / £tbc
Tango and Cash + Cash in the Attic = Tango in the Attic. In reality, this Glenrothes band make fun, upbeat indie-pop.

Local Natives, Peggy Sue
Friday @ King Tut's, Glasgow / 8.30pm / £9
Folking rock again (yes, that is a sweary pun - the best sort). Think Fleet Foxes with ADHD, bright and poppy. With Peggy Sue minus the Pirates it seems.

The Unwinding Hours + Holy Mountain, Olympic Swimmers
Friday @ Stereo, Glasgow / 7pm / £7
Amazing Aereogramme offshoot who recently signed to the much admired Chemikal Underground label and featured here a few months ago. A couple of stellar supports including the brilliant Olympic Swimmers, also featured on UtR last year.


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Words: Aimi Gold, Nick Mitchell

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Friday, 19 February 2010

Radar recommends: 20 - 26 Feb

Other People
[Other People: supporting Japandroids on Friday]

Plan your gig-going with our pick of the week's finest live music nights...

The best...

Xiu Xiu, Meursault, North Atlantic Oscillation
Sunday @ Nice n Sleazy, Glasgow / 7.30pm / £9
Experimental Californian art-rocker, touring in support of new album Dear God, I Hate Myself. Get there early for support from two of the best new bands in Scotland.
Also at Electric Circus, Edinburgh on Monday, where The Foundling Wheel take NAO's place as support.

Keser
Sunday @ Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh / 7pm / £5
The capital's favourite home-grown instrumental ambient electro-indie two-piece play the first date of their UK tour in support of album Robo_Ghost.

God Is An Astronaut
Monday @ The Bongo Club, Edinburgh / 7.30pm / £8.50
More instrumental ambient post-rock this week, this time from Irish three-piece God Is An Astronaut. This will be their first time playing the city, so head along and make them feel welcome.
Also at Oran Mor, Glasgow on Tuesday

Nothington
Monday @ Bannermans, Edinburgh / 8pm / £tbc
Gruff San Franciscan melodic punks Nothington hit Bannermans on Monday, in support of latest album Roads, Bridges & Ruins. Extra rock action comes from Aberdeen’s Hijacks, Athens’ Despite Everything and local boys Moonshine Docks.
Also at The 13th Note, Glasgow on Sunday.

The Soft Pack
Wednesday @ Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh / 7pm / £7.50
Fast-paced garage rock'n'roll from the San Diego four piece, who have been making waves on the other side of the Atlantic with their catchy bursts of pop rock. Also featuring William Douglas and the Wheel and The Set Up.
Also at King Tut's, Glasgow on Tuesday

Golden Ghost
Thursday @ Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh / 7pm / £5
Soulful cat-friendly folk from New York state, with support from George Thomas and the Owls and a likely last Edinburgh gig from Tissø Lake.
Also playing at a venue TBC in Glasgow on Friday

Glasgow PodcART Live ft. Conquering Animal Sound, Make Sparks
Friday @ Creation Studios, Glasgow / 3pm / FREE
Marking its first birthday, the boys and girls of Glasgow’s finest indie music weekly throw open their doors for their first ever live recorded podcast. Featuring sets from east coast sensations Conquering Animal Sound and Scottish Alternative Music Awards nominees Make Sparks, plus the usual eclectic sets and witty banter from the team, this rare afternoon out will make a great start to the weekend.

Japandroids, Other People
Friday @ King Tut’s / 8:30pm / £5
Vancouver noise duo Japandroids left a trail of devastation in their wake on a recent trip to Scotland. Find out what all the fuss is about when they return, with the UtR-featured Other People in tow.


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Words: Lisa-Marie Ferla, Craig Dickson

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Friday, 12 February 2010

Radar recommends: 13 - 19 Feb

Unicorn Kid
[Unicorn Kid: giddy techno at Tut's on Tuesday. Photo: Jane Barlow]

Plan your gig-going with our pick of the week's finest live music nights...

The best...

Trampoline: Kid Canaveral, Babygod, Cancel the Astronauts
Saturday @ Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh / 7pm / £5 (£3)
Trampoline is fast becoming one of the capital's most reliable live music nights. See this month's delectable indie-pop menu, for example, featuring local favourites Kid Canaveral and one of our favourite bands around, Cancel the Astronauts.

Divorce, Bitches
Sunday @ Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh / £tbc / 7pm
Possibly not the wisest destination for a romantic date on the 14th, but anyone who wants to celebrate their singledom in truly anarchic fashion should check out Glasgow nae-wavers Divorce, here with London duo Bitches. Bitchin.
Also playing The 13th Note, Glasgow on Saturday.

Unicorn Kid
Tuesday @ King Tuts, Glasgow / 8.30pm / £7
Signed just this week to Ministry of Sound, it’s unlikely this Edinburgh wunderkind will be playing venues of this size much longer.

Bronto Skylift, Ex Wives, Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers
Wednesday @ Nice’n’Sleazys, Glasgow /10pm / £4
Two-piece noise act Bronto Skylift headline this fundraiser for Glasgow art school students that includes DJ sets from Optimo’s Twitch and Men and Machines. Call in sick to work/uni/life now.

Yeasayer
Wednesday @ Oran Mor, Glasgow / 7pm / £10
Touring their new, poppier album Odd Blood, these Baltimore-via-Brooklyn boys hit Glasgow mid-week.

Panda Su, Julia and the Doogans, Sophie's Pigeons
Wednesday @ Brel, Glasgow / 7pm / £4
A night of female-fronted talent in the form of UtR-touted Panda and Julia, plus the intriguingly titled Sophie's Pigeons.
Panda Su and Sophie's Pigeons also play Duke's Corner, Dundee on Tuesday.


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Words: Aimi Gold, Nick Mitchell

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Friday, 5 February 2010

Radar recommends: 6 - 12 Feb

The Low Miffs
[The Low Miffs: appearing in Stereo-sound on Thursday]

Plan your gig-going with our pick of the week's finest live music nights...

The best...

Live at the Beach
Saturday @ The Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen / 7.30pm / £7.50
Some of Aberdeen's brightest bands play a rare live music night at the famous Beach Ballroom: The Little Kicks, Indian Red Lopez, Cast of the Capital and The Underkills.

Louise McVey and Cracks in the Concrete, Hitlist Youth, Skinny Villains
Saturday @ 13th Note / 9pm / £tbc
The gorgeous, gothic voice of Louise McVey has already turned our heads here at UtR, and Saturday night at the Note is definitely one to watch.

Sisqo
Tuesday @ Fat Sam's, Dundee / 10.30pm / £7-£10
Sorry, but the prospect of the man behind 'The Thong Song' coming to play Dundee just seemed too good to pass over.

Beach House, Lawrence Arabia, Washington Irving
Wednesday @ King Tut’s / £9 / 8.30pm
Baltimore duo Beach House are the new indie darlings, although their watercolour dream pop stylings won't appeal to everyone. Get there early for Washington Irving too.

The Low Miffs, Hidden Masters, Foxgang
Thursday @ Stereo / 7pm / £1
In troubled economic times, you’ll struggle to find a better-value line-up than Ten Tracks’ monthly night at Stereo. Three top-notch bands plus a ten-track download compilation (this month from Hijack), for the princely sum of £1 – bargain!

The Leith Tape Club
Thursday @ The ISO Lounge, Leith / 8.15pm / £tbc
Space is always limited at this low-key monthly night, but this instalment - with eagleowl, Hailey Beavis and The Stormy Seas - is the last until May, so it could well be packed to the rafters.

Limbo: Found, Three Blind Wolves, Over The Wall
Friday @ Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh / 8.30pm - 1.30am / £tbc
A three-pronged prognosis of the state of new music in Scotland, with local favourites Found and the Glasgow pairing of Three Blind Wolves and the infectious Over the Wall.

The Late Call, The Last Battle, Emily Scott
Friday @ Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh / 7pm / £5
The Late Call is Stockholm troubador Johannes Mayer, supported on this date by Edinburgh regulars The Last Battle and Emily Scott, who we profiled last year.


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Words: Lisa-Marie Ferla, Nick Mitchell

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Friday, 29 January 2010

Radar recommends: 30 Jan - 5 Feb

Call To Mind
[Call To Mind play Edinburgh and Glasgow this week. Picture: Neale Smith]

Plan your gig-going with our pick of the week's finest live music nights...

The best...

Call To Mind, Iain McLaughlin and the Outsiders
Saturday @ Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh / 7pm / £tbc
"Imagine the kind of cast-adrift melodies favoured by Grizzly Bear stretched out onto a vast panoramic canvass," we spraffed about Call To Mind last year. If this sounds like your tasse de thé, head down to Sneaky Pete's on Saturday.
Also playing Captain's Rest, Glasgow on Sunday

Hidden Door
Saturday / Sunday @ Roxy Art House, Edinburgh / 1pm - 12am / £9-£10
Leave your preconceptions at the door for this one. The first big event from the new team behind the Roxy, this multi-arts weekender will see the likes of Broken Records, Panda Su and Joseph Malik cosying up to a range of artists, poets and other such folk.

Celtic Connections: Chemikal Underground 15th Anniversary
Sunday @ ABC, Glasgow / 7pm / £15
We’ve written this one up before, but if there’s one show not to miss this weekend it’s this birthday bash for the legendary Glasgow label. With the hotly-tipped Zoey Van Goey and Phantom Band joining ex-Delgados Emma Pollock and Lord Cut-Glass, Aidan Moffat and the debut outing for The Unwinding Hours, it’s going to be one heck of a party.

Sick Kids Sunday 2
Sunday @ The GRV, Edinburgh / 1pm - 11pm / £8-£10
A great local cause and another fine array of native music-makers. Meursault? Check. James Yorkston playing the songs of Daniel Johnston? Check. Zoey Van Goey, Men Diamler, Martin John Henry, The Stormy Seas, eagleowl, Sparrow & The Workshop? Checkity check check.

David Bazan, Postdata
Tuesday @ Captain’s Rest, Glasgow / 8pm / £8
Pedro the Lion’s David Bazan releases his first album under his own name in the UK this month. Described as a “breakup album with God”, Curse Your Branches isn’t anything like as bleak as it sounds and this rare Scottish show should be a treat. Support from promising Canadian singer-songwriter Postdata.

The Seventeenth Century, Julia and the Doogans, Haight-Ashbury, Alan McKim
Thursday @ The Admiral Bar, Glasgow / 8pm / £6
Dreamy and delicious folk-rock featuring Under the Radar faves The Seventeenth Century and Julia and the Doogans.

Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers
Thursday @ The Tunnels, Aberdeen / 7.30pm / £tbc
When UtR spoke to this Glasgow band in November, they said: "We try to play a raucous live show to make our music different from how it is recorded." Aberdonians are advised to turn out and judge for themselves.
Also playing The Doghouse, Dundee on Wednesday

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Words: Lisa-Marie Ferla, Nick Mitchell

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Friday, 22 January 2010

Radar recommends: 23 - 29 January

North Atlantic Oscillation
[North Atlantic Oscillation: limbering up for Limbo on Friday]

Plan your gig-going with our pick of the week's choicest live music nights...

The best...

John Knox Sex Club, Baby Boyz
Saturday @ The Ferry, Glasgow / 8pm / £6
Not your typical wide-eyed indie-pop band, The JKSC inflict moody, clanging blues riffs and deranged vocals on anyone who'll listen. Will you?

Burns Night Celebration: Broken Records, Woodenbox With A Firstful of Fivers, Whisky Kiss
Sunday @ King Tuts, Glasgow / 8.30pm / £12
More Scottish than a ginger man in a kilt shouting 'freedom', drinking whisky and killing a haggis with his bare hands. What a lovely patriotic way to celebrate the Bard.

Marble Valley
Tuesday @ Nice'n'Sleazys, Glasgow / 7.30pm / £TBC
In advance of their much-anticipated return, Pavement drummer Steve West shows his vocal worth.

The Foundling Wheel, Smack Van, Ian Ryan
Wednesday @ Electric Circus, Edinburgh / 8pm / £3
The Foundling Wheel is a solo project with a difference: a one-man, bass guitar-wielding, beat-programming, noise-fuelled rammy. And then some.

The Mill: The Seventeenth Century, There Will be Fireworks
Thursday @ Oran Mor / 7.30pm / Free but ticketed
Gilt-edged, mellifluous folk-rock from the highly rated Seventeenth Century. There Will Be Fireworks? Apparently a few folk rate them too.

The Low Anthem
Thursday @ The Old Fruitmarket / 9pm / £16
Lovely Celtic Connections ditty. Beautiful pop in a beautiful building. It’s gonna be special guys.

Limbo: North Atlantic Oscillation, Simon Doherty and Louise McVey & The Cracks In the Concrete
Friday @ The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh / £5 / 8pm
Limbo had a healthy effect on the Edinburgh scene over the past two years, so locals will be happy about its imminent return. The night may have gone from weekly Thursdays to monthly Fridays, but their band booking policy looks as infallible as ever.

Adam Green
Friday @ Stereo / 7pm / £10
Get your skinny jeans and white plimsoles on and boost your indie credentials with a trip to see the manly half of The Mouldy Peaches solo. Sweet.

The Lava Experiments
Friday @ The 13th Note, Glasgow / £5 / 8.30pm
To quote ourselves, The Lava Experiments make "gorgeously cinematic electronica, reminiscent in places of Kraftwerk or a heavier Explosions in the Sky". They launch a new EP of remixes at this gig, for which they enlisted the help of Dans Le Sac, Pumajaw and Betamax Warriors.

The rest...



Words: Aimi Gold, Nick Mitchell

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Friday, 15 January 2010

Radar recommends: 16 - 22 January

Over the Wall
[Over the Wall: testing out the Trampoline on Saturday]


Please bear with us while we try out a yet another format to our weekly gig round-up...

Radar Recommends started out as a small selection of the best gigs in Scotland. Then its scope got wider with less critique. Now we're aiming for the middle ground.

Every Friday we'll write short previews about the most eye-catching gigs of the week ahead, then give you the bigger picture with the calendar below.

If we're inundated with complaints we will, of course, change it back.


A Scottish Songbook
Saturday @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall / 7.30pm / £16 - £20
Among the array of Celtic Connections options this week, this one could be pretty interesting. The festival directors have chosen classics and hidden gems from the vast archives of Scottish songwriting, for performers including Emma Pollock, King Creosote and Kris Drever.

Trampoline: How To Swim, Over the Wall, Thomas Western
Saturday @ Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh / 7pm / £5
Yet another tip-top line-up from Trampoline. How to Swim and Thomas Western both featured here in 2009, and we hope to put right the Over the Wall omission very soon. Because they're superb.

St Deluxe, Stuart Braithwaite, Will Carruthers (DJ set), Joe Foster (DJ set)
Sunday @ Mono, Glasgow / 7pm / Free
Noisy, fuzzy St Deluxe and a solo set by the Mogwai man makes for an excellent free night out at the launch of a touring exhibition of work by artist Natty Brooker (best known for his collaborations with Spacemen 3 and Spiritualzed).

Comanechi, Divorce, Holy Mountain
Monday @ Captain's Rest, Glasgow / 8pm / £5
Ear-ringing should come as standard as Londoners Comanechi are suitably teamed with shouty Glaswegians Divorce – definitely one to see – and heavy improvisation from duo Holy Mountain.
Also playing Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh on Tuesday.

Vivian Girls, St Deluxe
Wednesday 20th @ Captains Rest, Glasgow / 7.30pm / £8
Everyone’s favourite chick-filled Brooklyn three-piece return to Glasgow as part of their UK tour. Delightfully messy, sunny pop-rock, even better live. Support from similarly Nirvanafuzz-laden locals, St Deluxe. Surf’s up.

Versus: Eagleowl, Found, Oates Field
Thursday @ Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh / 8.30pm / £5
Through its spirit of open collaboration, Versus has quickly positioned itself as one of the capital's most exciting live music nights. This combination of eagleowl and Found is the sonic equivalent of mixing Scotch broth with skittles, so we can only assume the mysterious Oates Field are bringing some heavy-duty condiments.

Baroness, Titus Gein
Thursday @ Nice'n'Sleazy, Glasgow / 7.30pm / £10
Sci-fi prog fun is back on the menu as Titus Gein return to support the rather more serious, grand and impressive Baroness who are touring their Blue Record of last year.

The Real McKenzies, The Plimptons
Friday @ Stereo, Glasgow / 8pm / £7
Not sure about the prospect of seven kilted Canadian punk rockers, but The Plimptons, who recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary, are always good for a fun set.



Words: Elaine Liddle, Lauren Mayberry, Nick Mitchell

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Friday, 8 January 2010

Radar recommends: 9 - 15 January

Radar Recommends is back from its Christmas vacation and is - conversely - slimmer than ever.

The first weeks of the year are always quiet on the social front so this is another condensed version of the gig guide.

Glaswegians will at least be treated to the folky charms of Celtic Connections for a fortnight from next Thurday, and the Danny Kyle Open Stage is of particular interest to those in search of a discovery or two.

But apart from that it's slim pickings, save for the likes of Super Adventure Club (pictured)...

Saturday 9th

Jackie Treehorn, Liars Dice @ Moorings Bar, Aberdeen, 8pm, £3
Jonathan Carr, Heart Beats, Gallus Fever @ King Tut's, Glasgow, 8.30pm, £5

Monday 11th

Michael Simons @ Tchai Ovna, Glasgow, 8pm, £2
Jackie Treehorn @ Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh, 8pm, £tbc

Tuesday 12th

Jackie Treehorn, Vasquez @ The 13th Note, Glasgow, 8pm, £4

Wednesday 13th

An Evening With Henry Rollins @ O2 Academy, Glasgow, 7pm, £17.50

Thursday 14th

Ten Tracks Presents: Super Adventure Club @ Stereo, Glasgow, 8pm, £1
A Band Called Quinn @ King Tut's, Glasgow, 8.30pm, £5
The Mill: I See Shapes, Belgrade @ Oran Mor, Glasgow, 7pm, Free but ticketed

Friday 15th

The Ordinary Allstars @ The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, midnight - 3am
Come On Gang, Little Doses, Lean Tales, Around Zero @ Capitol, Glasgow, 8pm, £tbc
Danny Kyle's Open Stage (Celtic Connections) @ Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, 5pm, Free


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Friday, 18 December 2009

Radar recommends: 19 - 25 Dec

Paper Planes
[Paper Planes: descending on Sneaky Pete's on Saturday]

It's the last Friday of 'proper work' for us at scotsman.com towers today before the holidays kick in, so this week's live music round-up has taken on a distinctly lo-fi, stripped-down feel.

Having said that, the blog will be kept rolling right through the festive period with more Christmas messages, artist-of-the-year nominations and tips for 2010, so keep reading. It beats watching re-runs of Only Fools and Horses.


Saturday 19th

• The Lorelei, Miss the Occupier, Roadway
@ Moorings Bar, Aberdeen
• The Xcerts, Flood of Red and Healthy Minds Collapse
@ The Doghouse, Dundee
• Delta Mainline, The Gothenburg Address, Saint Jude's Infirmary, Daniel land and The Modern Painters
@ The Caves, Edinburgh
• Elvis Shakespeare Christmas Show
@ Elvis Shakespeare, Edinburgh (all-day event)
• Malcolm Ross & The Low Miffs
@ Electric Circus, Edinburgh
• Paper Planes, Mitchell Museum and Cryoverbillionaires
@ Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh
• Crufts 4 with Findo Gask
@ Nice'n'Sleazy, Glasgow
• French Wives
@ Oran Mor, Glasgow

Sunday 20th

• The Twist, The Mirror Trap, Tango in the Attic and The Secrets
@ Dexter's Lounge Bar, Dundee
• ballboy
@ Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh
• Findo Gask
@ Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh
• Flood of Red, The Xcerts, Healthy Minds Collapse and There Will Be Fireworks
@ King Tut's, Glasgow
• The Slow Club
@ The Flying Duck, Glasgow

Monday 21st

• The Xcerts, Flood of Red
@ The Ironworks, Inverness
• Fur Hood, Stevie Jackson, San Fran & the Siscos and Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers
@ The 13th Note, Glasgow
Pearl & the Puppets, Kitty the Lion, Brother Louis Collective
@ King Tut's, Glasgow

Tuesday 22nd

• The Xcerts, Flood of Red
@ Tunnels, Aberdeen
• Frightened Rabbit, Three Blind Wolves, The Moth & the Mirror
@ O2 ABC, Glasgow
• Joe Strummer Tribute Night
@ King Tut's, Glasgow
• Paper Planes, The Second Hand Marching Band, Peter Parker, RM Hubbert and Schnapps
@ Nice'n'Sleazy, Glasgow (over two nights)

Wednesday 23rd

• The Cinematics, Kick to Kill and Jonathan Carr
@ King Tut's, Glasgow
• Paper Planes, The Second Hand Marching Band, Peter Parker, RM Hubbert and Schnapps
@ Nice'n'Sleazy, Glasgow (over two nights)

Thursday 24th

• Casino Brag, Transfer Audio and Variety Suite
@ Box, Glasgow

Friday 25th

Nada, unsurprisingly. Enjoy your turkey!


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Friday, 11 December 2009

Radar recommends: 12 - 18 Dec

The Twilight Sad
[The Twilight Sad: bringing the festive decibels to Edinburgh and Glasgow]

Status Quo are rocking all over Scotland this week (well, Aberdeen and Glasgow to be precise), so surely there's nothing more to be said for live music over the next seven days? What can possibly survive in the wake of the ponytailed rock gods, you ask?

Well, if Francis Rossi & co don't satisfy your cultural appetite (and what's wrong with you?), then you can at least take your pick from this lot...


Aberdeen
Luke Leighfield
Wednesday @ The Tunnels / 8pm / £5
Piano-based pop from the globe-trotting 22-year-old, in support of his recently release pay-what-you-like download album Have You Got Heart?
Also playing Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh on Thursday


Dundee
Findo Gask, Popolo
Saturday @ Dukes Corner / 8pm / £5
Glasgow's deranged electronic pop purveyors ply their trade at the Dukes on Saturday, with support from highly rated Popolo. Bring your dancing shoes.

Dividing the Line, Proceed, Paradian
Sunday @ Dexters / 8pm / £6
A night of screamo-emo action at Dexter's as part of the 'Fezant is Present Tour'. There will be shredding riffs (and shredded fringes).


Edinburgh
Trampoline All Day Event: Mitchell Museum, Lyons, Jonnie Common, Debutant, The Scottish Enlightenment, Jill Leighton, Esperi, Lady North, Conquering Animal Sound
Saturday @ Wee Red Bar / 2pm / £5 (£3)
Over the past few months we have recommended no fewer than six of the acts on this all-dayer from Trampoline, so all that's left to say is get down there if you want to hear some of the best new music in Scotland. Simple really.

Hey Enemy, Gatechien, The Fatalists
Monday @ Sneaky Petes / 7pm / £4
Post-punk beats from London's Hey Enemy on tour with twisted French duo Gatechien. Support from local noiseniks The Fatalists
Also at The Tunnels, Aberdeen on Sunday

The Pineapple Chunks, The Leg
Tuesday @ Wee Red Bar / 7pm / free
You'd be hard pressed to find a more gloriously ramshackle, insane gig than this eccentric pairing of Edinburgh bands.

**UtR's gig of the week**
The Twilight Sad
Tuesday @ Voodoo Rooms / 7.30pm / SOLD OUT
Fresh from taking on the USA yet again, the strangely uplifting home-grown miserablists play a pre-Christmas show. If you have a ticket, enjoy, if you don't, too bad.
Also playing Nice'n'Sleazy, Glasgow on Wednesday

Little Comets
Wednesday @ Cab Vol / 7pm / £7
Recent Columbia signings Little Comets bring their major label alt-pop up the road from Newcastle, with support from local indie-rockers The Debuts.

Pulled Apart By Horses, Taking Chase
Wednesday @ Sneaky Pete's / 7pm / £6
Energetic and highly-rated hardcore from Leeds' Pulled Apart By Horses with support from Edinburgh's own melodic rockers Taking Chase. Lots of ruckus in one very small room.

Hardcore Christmas Party: The Colour Pink Is Gay, Corpses, Shields Up, Hey Vampires, Fights & Fires
Friday @ Bannermans / 8pm / £6
Good value hardcore punk rock christmas bonanza featuring some of Scotland's freshest talent, plus Worcester's Fights and Fires.
Also at Nice N Sleazy in Glasgow on Thursday 17th


Glasgow
The Phantom Band, Lord Cutglass, Sparrow and the Workshop
Saturday @ The Arches / 7pm / £10
Chemikal Underground double whammy as the Phantom Band celebrate having one of the albums of 2009 in Checkmate Savage.

Remember Remember, Happy Particles, Cheer
Saturday @ CCA / 8pm / £4
The lovely Remember Remember wants to say Merry Christmas - and how better than to share beautiful looping tinkly tunes in a party with the equally pretty Happy Particles.

eagleowl, Woodenbox, Withered Hand
Monday @ 13th Note / 9pm / £tbc
E(e)agleowl have a very nice new single called 'Sleep the Winter' which they are launching in Glasgow on Monday. Dan of Withered Hand and Ali of Woodenbox are both keeping it solo in their support slots.

Paper Planes, Peter Parker, Symbolics
Thursday @ Pollokshields Burgh Hall / 8pm / £3
Lucky Number Nine and Say Dirty records team up for a Christmas piss-up in the southside - with UtR-loved Paper Planes and added DJ action from Chris 'Beans' Geddes and Andrew 'Divine' Symington.

Panda Su, Kid Canaveral, The Darien Venture, Tokyo Knife Attack
Thursday @ 13th Note / 9pm / £tbc
Those Glasgow PodcART chaps have good taste, eh? And not just because it's similar to ours. Proceeds from this festive frenzy go to the Yorkhill hospital Christmas fund - which should give you a warm seasonal glow.

Big Ned, Nacional, Black Jash, If You Lived Here You'd Be Home By Now
Friday @ Captain's Rest / 8pm / £1
"Doom'n'roll" Stooges-esque topless cowboy fun from Big Ned, for the Green Door studios birthday bash.

Words: Craig Dickson, Elaine Liddle

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Friday, 4 December 2009

Radar recommends: 5 - 11 Dec

eagleowl
[eagleowl: swopping down on The Bowery on Friday]

We edge ever closer to Christmas party season this week. But if you want to purge all thoughts of 70s glam rockers with mirrored hats and 80s woolly jumpered, mullet-headed warblers for the time being, you may want to head down to one of the following recommended gigs...

Aberdeen
Steve Earle
Tuesday @ Music Hall / 7.30pm / £22.50
The bearded US singer-songwriter and spiritual counsellor from The Wire tours his latest album, Townes.
Also playing Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow on Sunday and The Ironworks, Inverness on Thursday

Edinburgh
Sebastian Dangerfield, Washington Irving, We Were Promised Jetpacks (solo)
Saturday @ The Bowery / 7.30pm / £5
Edinburgh indie quartet with support from recent blog stars Washington Irving and Adam from the Jetpacks.

The Last Battle
Saturday @ Carters Bar / 9.30pm / Free
The Edinburgh band launch their Christmas single, Once Upon a Boxing Day.

Schwervon!, Withered Hand, The Pineapple Chunks, Les Enfant Bastard
Saturday @ Henry's Cellar Bar / 7pm / £5
The cream of New York anti-folk is joined by the cream of Edinburgh anti-folk for this intimate night of, er, anti-folk.

Tubelord, Trapped in Kansas
Monday @ Sneaky Pete's / 7pm / £6
Tubelord trade in high voltage fight-pop, while Trapped in Kansas are quite simply one of our favourite new bands of the year.

Deerhoof
Tuesday @ The Bongo Club / 7pm / £12.50
Change of venue, which means now you'll be able to get even closer to the deranged noise emanating from the San Fran band's amps.

Benni Hemm Hemm, Alasdair Roberts, Wounded Knee
Wednesday @ St Mark's Unitarian Church / 7.30pm / Donation
Icelandic troubadour Mr Hemm Hemm leads the musical prayers at this unusual church gig, with excellent support/collaborations.

Broken Records
Wednesday @ Cabaret Voltaire / 7pm / £7
Everyone's favourite Edinburgh-based klezmer-tinged seven-piece play their own homecoming (with a small 'h') show.

The Mars Volta
Wednesday @ HMV Picture House / 7pm / £17.50
You can excuse the odd ten-minute guitar freakout if Cedric Bixler-Zavala still manages to do a handstand while bending his versatile vocals around their bizarre subject matter.

The Banana Sessions, Small Feet Little Toes, Freemore
Thursday @ The Bowery / 7pm / £5
We first encountered The Banana Sessions playing covers on the Glasgow-Edinburgh train one night. Now they're playing proper shows and they shouldn't be missed.

**UtR's gig of the week**
eagleowl, Withered Hand, Jill O'Sullivan
Friday @ The Bowery / 7.30pm / £5
The much admired Edinburgh collective eagleowl launch their kinda-Christmas-kinda-not single Sleep the Winter. Read our interview with Bart Owl a bit further down the page.

Glasgow
Vic Godard and the Subway Sect, The Sexual Objects
Saturday @ Stereo / 8pm / £10
Punk pioneer Vic (he was supporting The Clash in '77) celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Creeping Bent label at this Sounds in the Suburbs night.

Brother Louis Collective
Sunday @ Bloc / 8pm / Free
UtR-tipped six-piece with heart-felt, sweet folky numbers are at Bloc tonight.

Sunn 0)))
Sunday @ Stereo / 7.30pm / £15
Every bearded-chin-stroking muso-boy in Glasgow will be having their very cores vibrated by the US doom merchants with their grimm robes and reaaalllyyy loooonnng, REALLY LOUD notes.

The Gothenburg Address, Loss Leader, The Bucky Rage, Aidan Moffat (DJ set)
Monday @ Mono / 8pm / £5
Band who include sometime Arab Strap and Zephyrs members and make beautiful shoegazy-style instrumental tunes launch their debut album with help from one-man gloom extravaganza Loss Leader.

Ensemble Thing
Wednesday @ 13th Note Cafe / 9pm / £4
Lots of talented folk from a bunch of other Glasgow bands/orchestras get together and make lovely, “post minimalist” music.

Malcolm Middleton's Long Dark Night
Thursday @ Oran Mor / 7pm / £14.50
Get your festive celebrations off to a cheery start with Mr Middleton's intimate show of wintry acoustic songs “about love, hate, death and other stuff”, plus a solo support slot from his former Arab Strap bandmate.

Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers
Thursday @ King Tuts / 7.30pm / FREE
Woodenbox do a sneaky wee acoustic gig in the bar at King Tuts – and won't even make a dent in your Christmas present fund... unless you want to partake in the accompanying supper.

Nuts and Seeds: Box Elders, Goldern Grrrls, Mazes, Water Wolves
Thursday @ CCA / 8.30pm / £4
A transatlantic mix of bands as Nebraska brothers Clayton and Jeremiah McIntyre head up this Nuts and Seeds night along with experimental noisy Glasgow trio Golden Grrrls.

Any Color Black, Less Than Sober
Friday @ Stereo / 7pm / £6
I'll forgive that whole 'American spelling thing of coloUr' thing because this fun electro-rock duo make me want to dance.

Edwyn Collins, 1990s, The Low Miffs
Friday @ ABC / 7pm / £18
The Orange Juice man has made a significant return from illness in the past two years so fans shouldn't miss this rare show – along with two bands indebted to the Postcard records legacy.

Words: Elaine Liddle, Nick Mitchell

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Friday, 27 November 2009

Radar recommends: 28 Nov - 4 Dec

There Will Be Fireworks
[There Will Be Fireworks at The Caves on Tuesday. Not the deathtrap it sounds.]

Let's face it. We're rapidly heading into festive season, so you might want to give your wallet (and your liver) a rest this week in preparation for the month of parties, work nights out and gigs ahead.

But we're not letting you off the hook that easily. Gig temptations coming your way...

Aberdeen
Frightened Rabbit
Tuesday @ The Warehouse / 7.30pm / £12
The popular Fat Cat signed band tour new material ahead of the release of their third album in the new year.
Also playing The Ironworks, Inverness on Sunday and Fat Sam's, Dundee on Wednesday.

Dundee
Saint Jude's Infirmary, Kid Canaveral, Panda Su, Hookers for Jesus
Sunday @ West Port Bar / 7.30pm / £5
Scottish music blog Manic Pop Thrills puts on another fine billing of up and coming talent.

Edinburgh
The Little Kicks, The Void, He Slept on 57, Salute Mary
Sunday @ The GRV / 7pm / £5
The hard-gigging Kicks return to Auld Reekie to showcase their polished indie-pop to the Sunday night crowd.

Johnny Foreigner
Sunday @ Cabaret Voltaire / 7pm / £7.50
Brummie's most mental noise-pop three-piece, much loved by the kids over on DiS.

Ringo Deathstarr, The Manikees, The Debuts
Thursday @ Sneaky Pete's / 7pm / £6
Not Ringo Starr, not the Deathstar, rather a disturbing combination of the two in musical form. The Austin Texas nu-gaze quartet's first UK tour hits the Wee Red Bar on Thursday.
Ringo Deathstarr also play the Captain's Rest, Glasgow on Friday.

**UtR's gig of the week**
There Will Be Fireworks, Broken Records (solo acoustic), Saint Jude's Infirmary, Meursault (solo acoustic)
Thursday @ The Caves / 8pm / £5 (£3 in advance from Avalanche)
Back in July There Will Be Fireworks burst on to the scene with an impressive, impassioned debut LP that had us scrabbling for adjectives. And we're not the only ones. Avalanche record shop has selected the Glasgow band for their next Album Club, and this launch party looks like a great night of music. More info here

Ten Tracks: Found, Meursault, Panda Su
Friday @ Roxy Art House / 7.30pm / £7-£10
The Scottish music download service is offering free entry to this gig if you buy a £10 annual subscription. That's mightily tempting when they've pulled together three of the east coast's most promising acts, including our recent blog guest Panda Su. More info here.

Glasgow
Woodlands Creatures
Sunday @ The Halt Bar / 7pm / Free
Either stay in and try and name as many woodland animals as possible, or go to this event. I suggest the latter.

We Were Promised Jetpacks, Dupec, Jesus H Foxx
Sunday @ King Tut's / 8.30pm / £7
Feeling patriotic? The part of Homecoming Live that isn't wallowing in 80s nostalgia.

Regina Spektor
Tuesday @ o2 Academy / 8pm / £22
Get your 'crispy, crispy Benjamin Franklins' out and buy yourself a ticket to see this quirky songstress.

Neon Indian, Zhyrlings, Tangles
Tuesday @ Captains Rest / 8.30pm / £6
With recently remixers Grizzly Bear, this promises to be an audio/visual delight you shouldn't miss.

Casino Brag, Foxgang, Satellite Underground
Wednesday @ Nice'n'Sleazy / TBC / £TBC
Have a punt on these post-punk players and support.

Lords, Holy Mountain, Citizens
Wednesday @ Captains Rest / 8pm / £6
Yes all round, have a look at Citizens' UtR profile here....

The Pain Of Being Pure At Heart
Thursday @ Stereo / 7.30pm / £12
Melancholy pop from this New York band, who've kind of made Glasgow their second home.

Lightning Dust, Early Day Miners
Thursday @ Captains Rest / 8pm / £9
Black Mountain side project comes to rest at the Captains.

Titus Gein, Black Sun
Friday @ 13th Note / 9pm / £TBC
Any band citing Trans Am and Lightning Bolt as influences deserve a gander.

Ringo Deathstarr, Silvermash
Friday @ Captain's Rest /8pm / £TBC
The aforementioned Deathstarr, this time with support from Fife shoegazers Silvermash, playing their first Glasgow gig.

Words: Aimi Gold, Nick Mitchell, Craig Dickson

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