Scottish Music Highlights: 10-16 Oct
This week sees visits from Melvins, Downtown Boys and HMLTD, the return of Oxjam Takeover and the SAMAs, and birthday parties for The Glad Cafe and La Cheetah
Gigs in Edinburgh
Fuzzystar @ Leith Depot, 12 Oct
Check out Andy Thomson's off-kilter indie pop, filled with rich lyrical storytelling and lo-fi melodies, in the cosy confines of Leith Depot.
Roddy Woomble @ Pleasance, 13 Oct
The Idlewild frontman presents tracks from his new record The Deluder, a more introspective and darker evolution of the sound he's honed over the course of four solo albums. We caught up with Woomble earlier this year to get the lowdown on the album (read our interview here), and you can also catch him at Glasgow City Halls on 14 Oct. Support for both shows comes from the always-fantastic SAY Award-winning Kathryn Joseph.
Downtown Boys @ Sneaky Pete's, 13 Oct
Providence, RI five-piece Downtown Boys take on injustice and inequality through their full-throttle punk anthems. The band's Joey DeFrancesco and Victoria Ruiz talk us through pushing punk boundaries, funnelling political frustrations, and fighting the powers that be in this month's magazine, but for the full effect you need to check them out live. They also play Stereo in Glasgow on 14 Oct.
Oxjam Takeover @ Various, 14 Oct
The annual charity extravaganza returns, with a diverse array of acts lined up for four stages across Sneaky Pete's, Opium, The Mash House and an outdoor stage in the Grassmarket. There's a similar bash going on through in Glasgow as well – details here.
Gigs in Glasgow
Sløtface @ Broadcast, 10 Oct
Missed this riot grrrl-influenced Norwegian punk in Edinburgh last night? Fret not, for they play Glasgow tonight. We spoke to the band last month about changing their name, the role of feminism in their sound, and their debut album Try Not to Freak Out. Read the full interview here. Support tonight comes from Lucia, and Fauves.
Fenne Lily @ CCA, 10 Oct
Teenage singer-songwriter Fenne Lily is joined by Paul Thomas Saunders, Sivu (aka James Page) and the beautifully mellow Siv Jakobsen for what's sure to be a lovely evening at the CCA.
Superfood @ King Tut's, 10 Oct
A core component of the Birmingham indie-pop scene, Superfood are back as a two-piece with a new label and a sharper, more refined sound. Expect infectious pop anthems and upbeat singalong choruses served up with hints of reggae, ska and funk. Support comes from Glasgow art-rock trio Ace City Racers.
Melvins @ SWG3, 11 Oct
Buzz Osborne's sludge titans return to Glasgow for a show in SWG3's TV studio space. Support from reformed 70s alt-rockers Redd Kross.
Too Many T's @ The Hug & Pint, 12 Oct
After a few years on the scene, London hip-hop duo Too Many T’s – aka Leon Rhymes and Ross Standaloft – dropped their debut album, South City, back in September. It’s easy to hear their influences coming through on the record – the golden-era hip-hop of Beastie Boys and Ugly Duckling being the most obvious. An ultimately fun record, it’s no surprise they’ve just been announced for forward-thinking French festival Trans Musicales at the end of the year. It’s only a matter of time before everyone knows Too Many T’s. Don't miss them tonight.
Scottish Alternative Music Awards @ The Garage, 12 Oct
The SAMAs return, with this year's gongs handed out at the Garage on Thursday night. As well as the awards themselves, catch live sets from indie-poppers BooHooHoo, sludgy hard rock trio Holy Mountain, and art-rock party-starters White.
HMLTD @ Broadcast, 13 Oct
Expect a massive 80s glam rock experience from HMLTD, one of the most exciting and unique bands on the UK scene right now. Definitely a band to watch in the flesh. Support tonight comes from the magnificent Pixx, who we spoke to earlier in the year. Read that here.
Dream Wife @ King Tut's, 13 Oct
We first came across Dream Wife at Iceland Airwaves last November. The Brighton-formed punk three-piece, fronted by Icelandic singer Rakel Mjöll, instantly caught our attention with the catchy hook and handclaps of Hey Heartbreaker, and we found ourselves singing it for weeks. Seriously, it’s a banger. Anyways, they just released their second EP, Fire, at the end of September and they're playing Tut’s tonight.
Fake Laugh @ The Hug & Pint, 16 Oct
Every track on Fake Laugh's warm and hazy self-titled album feels as if it has been built brick-by-brick, so it'll be intriguing to see how the Kamran Khan-led project translates to the live arena. Find out tonight at The Hug & Pint.
Gig of the week
[Bossy Love by Amy Muir]
Glad is 5 @ Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 13 Oct
It’s The Glad Cafe’s fifth birthday and guess what? You’re invited! Well, it was actually their birthday in August but they’ve been holding out so they could “put together an appropriately dynamite party bill with our pals at GoldFlakePaint”. Tonight’s masterfully curated line-up features live sets from party starters Bossy Love, a solo set from Babe's Gerard Black, and dream pop from Happy Spendy, who GFP describe as “one of [their] favourite new bands in Glasgow”.
Scottish Clubbing Highlights
Show presents Joris Voorn @ Sub Club, Glasgow, 12 Oct
One of Europe's leading DJs, Voorn hits Sub Club tonight with Edinburgh house favourite Theo Kottis in support.
Artwork presents Art's House @ The Caves, Edinburgh, 12 Oct
Artwork invites you round to his house – okay, it's The Caves but decked out to look a bit like his house – for what promises to be a "lovely, lovely time". Imagine a house party, but with a serious talent manning the decks, and you're most of the way there.
Sulta Selects @ The Art School, Glasgow, 13 Oct
This mega line-up brings together local favourite Denis Sulta, the much hyped Aussie talent Mall Grab, rising Bristolian Shanti Celeste and London’s NTS Radio host Moxie for what will be a huge night of house tunes at The Art School.
La Cheetah: 8th Birthday Pt. 1 with Joy Orbison @ La Cheetah, Glasgow, 13 Oct
Happy birthday to La Cheetah! The Merchant City basement kicks off its festivities with a visit from Joy Orbison and Jon K; part two of the birthday bash follows next month with a headline set from 80s LA dance scene icon Egyptian Lover.
Nightvision presents Late Nite Tuff Guy x Prince Tribute @ The Bongo Club, Edinburgh, 13 Oct
Edit king Late Nite Tuff Guy – aka Cam Bianchetti – is an Australian dance music pioneer who is certainly no stranger to a good party. Tonight, he brings his Prince tribute show to the capital celebrating the life's work of the late, great Purple One.
Hybrid with Pulse @ The Abandoned Victorian Swimming Pool, Edinburgh, 14 Oct
Ever wanted to rave in an abandoned swimming pool? Well, here’s your chance. Located off Great Junction Street, the disused Victorian swimming pool will be transformed into a club, thanks to techno guru Darrell Harding of Pulse, and the Hybrid residents. VJ Planet Arm will also be on hand to deliver a unique visual show.
TEESH: 4th Birthday with Ruf Dug @ Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh, 14 Oct
The fourth birthday of Ryan Marinello and Tom Russell's 'All You Can Eat Mind Buffet' sees Ruf Dug of Manchester's infamous Wet Play parties take over the decks. Expect house, disco, boogie and more from TEESH – and read our chat with the resident duo to get more of an idea of what's in store.
Ivan Smagghe & Manfredas @ The Berkeley Suite, Glasgow, 14 Oct
Veteran French producer Smagghe is joined on the Berkeley Suite decks by avant-garde Lithuanian Manfredas for a night of weird and wonderful club tunes.