Scottish Music Highlights: 17-23 Oct
This week sees celebrations of Lauryn Hill and Scottish music site Jockrock, plus shows from Diet Cig, Jayda G, The Horrors, Nightwave and more.
Gigs in Edinburgh
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill @ Summerhall, 19 & 20 Oct
World Headquarters – the glimmering jewel in Newcastle's clubbing crown – have become rather accustomed to trips north of the border lately, and we're not complaining. This month they're teaming up with Nat Turner to bring an exclusive group of session musicians together for two nights performing Lauryn Hill's debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in its entirety. The insta-classic was released almost 20 years ago and this is a fitting tribute – don't be a dafty, book your tickets ASAP.
Annie Booth @ Sneaky Pete's, 19 Oct
Edinburgh-based Annie Booth has been performing in and around Edinburgh for a good few years now, most recently as backing vocalist and guitarist for Mt. Doubt. This week sees her release debut solo album An Unforgiving Light via Scottish Fiction and she's playing two Central Belt shows in celebration; Sneaky's tonight and Glasgow's Hug & Pint tomorrow.
Lush Purr @ Leith Depot, 20 Oct
Glasgow-based Lush Purr released their Cuckoo Waltz record via Song, by Toad back in May and are embarking on a UK and France tour starting tonight at Edinburgh's Leith Depot. Can't make tonight? They also play Glasgow's Nice N Sleazy tomorrow.
EH6 Festival @ Various, Leith, 21-22 Oct
EH6 is a music, food and drink festival where one ticket gets you access to over 100 bands in over ten venues in Leith. A strong indie bent from days gone by will make for a nostalgic weekend, with sets from Space, Ben Ottewell of Gomez, Mark Morris of The Bluetones, John Power from Cast, and Barry Hyde of The Futureheads. There’s also a real focus on local bands with Miracle Glass Company, Black Cat Bone, Blue Rose Code, Pronto Mama, Crash Club and Carly Connor all featuring.
Gigs in Glasgow
Diet Cig & The Spook School @ Broadcast, 18 Oct
If October's darkening days leave you fancying some cathartic shouty punk-pop, get involved with New York duo Diet Cig, who're bringing their sherbetty, explosive album Swear I'm Good At This to Sneaky Pete's tonight. Support comes in the way of self-confessed queer DIY pop punks The Spook School, and we're more than stoked. They're also playing the night before at Sneaky Pete's in Edinburgh, but that's sold out so get your tickets to this one before it's too late!
Kele Okereke @ Saint Luke's, 18 Oct
The Bloc Party frontman sets off on his first ever solo acoustic tour this week having just released his third solo album – Fatherland – at the start of the month. Catch him tonight at Glasgow's Saint Luke's.
Public Service Broadcasting @ Barrowlands, 18 Oct
Public Service Broadcasting released their third studio album, Every Valley, in July of this year. As with their previous records, it's a concept album, but this time instead of featuring samples from the BFI and British Archives (Inform-Educate-Entertain), or tackling the Space Race (The Race for Space), the record focuses on the Welsh mining industry. Read our interview with J. Willgoose, Esq about Every Valley here.
The Horrors @ QMU, 19 Oct
Fresh from releasing their fifth studio album, aptly titled V, The Horrors are on the road and kick off their tour tonight at Glasgow's Queen Margaret Union. To get you in the mood, read our interview with the band's guitarist, Joshua Hayward, when we caught up with him just last month.
Phoebe Bridgers @ Broadcast, 19 Oct
LA songwriter Phoebe Bridgers released her debut album – Stranger in the Alps – last month and it's bloody lovely. Catch her tonight at Broadcast if you can.
Hurray for the Riff Raff @ Saint Luke's, 21 Oct
New Orleans, Louisiana-based Hurray for the Riff Raff released their sixth full-length studio album – The Navigator – back in March of this year, and when we did our mid-year poll with our writers on their favourite albums of 2017 so far, this made the top 10. Don't miss tonight's show at Saint Luke's.
Acid Mothers Temple @ Broadcast, 23 Oct
In 2011 we described Japanese psychedelic rock unit Acid Mothers Temple as "near-legendary". Six years later (and over two decades since their conception) they're still going strong, and we're still big fans. Today they crash-land in Broadcast following shows at Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh, 21 Oct; and Conroy's Basement, Dundee, 22 Oct, all thanks to R&R Concerts. Don't miss your final opportunity this week to have your senses temporarily assassinated.
Gig of the week
[Mitchell Museum by Markus Thorsen]
Jockrock 20th Anniversary @ Stereo, Glasgow, 20 Oct
Tonight, the longest-running Scottish indie music website celebrates two decades online with live sets from its favourite acts from over the years. Expect a full band show from ballboy, as well as live sets from Mitchell Museum, Stoor, and David MacGregor (Kid Canaveral); all of which will be followed by a DJ set from Jim Gellatly spinning his favourite mp3s.
Scottish Clubbing Highlights
Reckless Kettle // LAPS (Live) @ The Reading Rooms, Dundee, 19 Oct
This don’t-miss affair in Dundee pairs Reckless Kettle’s Fergus Tibbs & Mikey Rodger with a live show from LAPS. LAPS is the project of Glaswegian duo Alicia Matthews and Cassie Ezeji of Golden Teacher, whose latest record has been picked up by Ben UFO, no less.
Bigfoot’s Tea Party with Jayda G @ Sub Club, Glasgow, 20 Oct
Jayda G’s Dekmantel Boiler Room show is a must-see, and she was recently included in Resident Advisor’s top five performances from Sustain-Release Festival. The Canadian DJ and producer brings her selecting skills to Sub Club this month for a special three-hour set.
FLY presents Trance Wax @ Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, 20 Oct
Edinburgh's weekly house, disco and techno party – FLY – welcome Trance Wax into the main room tonight. Support comes from Overground's James Wright in the main room with sets from James Hurran in Room 2, and La La in the Cafe. Read our recent Guest Selector with La La here.
Crème Fresh: A Footwork Special with DJ Lucky Brand @ Mash House, Edinburgh, 21 Oct
For one night only, Crème Fresh will be raising the tempo to 160bpm to celebrate the genre, home to Chicago, Illinois, footwork. Their head guest selector tonight is DJ Lucky Brand, and Crème Fresh newbies Lungs and Max Gergel will be on hand to offer some choice support.
Nightrave with LONE & Nightwave @ La Cheetah, Glasgow, 21 Oct
Tonight will see Nightrave welcome their final guest DJ of the year to Glasgow's La Cheetah club, in the form of LONE (Magicwire / R&S Records). At the end of September LONE released his DJ Kicks mix so expect to hear plenty of choice cuts from that tonight. Support comes from Nightrave's own Nightwave.
Super Hans @ SWG3, Glasgow, 21 Oct
The utterly ridiculous Peep Show character Super Hans returns to Glasgow tonight for his Big Beat Manifesto Part Deux at SWG3. It's bound to be bags of fun and totally daft, so you could do worse things than head here tonight.