THE WEEK AHEAD...
How could a week that kicks off with a screening of RoboCop not be a winner, we ask you? So, yes, as referenced by the metallic supercop adorning the top of this here e-newsletter, this week sees RoboCop get an airing as part of the Science Festival's rather ace Future Human programme of films. The rest of the week then finds Graham Coxon, Bass Face, The Lemonheads, and Omar S et al all try to measure up to said supercop. Poor buggers don't stand a chance.
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Fri 13 Apr, 8.30pm, £7.50 (£5.50) here
In a week where the ultimate half-human, half-robot supercop is brought out for an airing there was only ever really going to be one choice for pick of the week, right? As part of their series of film screenings questioning what it means to be human (read our full programme preview here), Edinburgh International Science Festival dust off RoboCop for a special showing, which will feature a post-screen talk with writer Justina Robson discussing the arising themes of resurrection and the unnatural. With a RoboCop reboot due in 2013, a reaquaintance with the original seems very much in order. Watch the trailer: here.
Mon 16 Apr, 7pm, £16.50 here
The Blur man takes to the road armed with his latest LP, A+E, for the airing of which he's been busy curating a rather unique bill. For it, he invited fans to nominate a local band to support him in each city he's visiting (view the contenders here), from which he's picked his favourites. For his Edinburgh date chirpy indie-pop 'burgh dwellers Cancel The Astronauts won the support slot. Coxon also plays Glasgow the following evening, with Betatone Distraction on support duties there.
Secret location, Edinburgh
Sat 15 & Sun 16 Apr, 2pm, £20 here
(Sat) & here
The overly-indulgent tea party action again comes care of Queen of Tarts, who host a weekender of parties in their secret parlour location. The menu looks as dribble-worthy as ever, kicking off with rhubarb fizz (picked fresh from the hostess' Granny's garden, no less) and feta, pea and mint parcels, followed by a multi-course selection of sweet and savoury treats that include spring broth, beetroot and creme fraiche quiche, lemon sorbet, polenta cake with grapefruit drizzle, and pistachio and honey nougat. View the full menu here (booking details at the bottom of that page).
Fri 13 Apr, 9pm, £18 here
Bass heads unite for the first outing of Bass Face, which goes in heavy at Edinburgh's Potterrow with a rota of ten big name DJs – amongst 'em Glasgow native Taz Buckfaster, Derby electronic production group Drumsound & Bassline Smith, and the freakily-masked noggin of FuntCase (aka James Hazell), all pumped-out through the mighty Electrikal Sound System. In addition, there's live drawing from Too Much Fun Club, on-site visuals by Etski, and a strobe show. There's even a bus heading through from big, bad Stirling: see here.
Fri 13 & Sat 14 Apr, 8pm, £3 (£5 weekend) on the door
Glasgow's Green Door Studios host a weekend's worth of fine musical fare down The Old Hairdressers, with 1990s heading up Friday night's proceedings, alongside Post, Casual Sex, and Asian Babes, before Jacob Yates and The Pearly Gate Lockpickers (pictured), The Rosy Crucifixion, Black Jash, and Future Glue bring the ruckus on Saturday. There will also be a selection of film screenings from Gregor Johnstone. And it's just a fiver for the lot. We leave you with a 1990s classic from yesteryear: See You At The Lights.
Wed 18 Apr, 7pm, £15 here
Presenting itself as one of the surefire musical highlights of this week – nae, make that any week – Evan Dando et al (yes, The Lemonheads are coming to town!) play their classic 1992 album, It's A Shame About Ray, live and in its entirety. A carefully-crafted, and unusually coherent, collection of gems, it went down a treat when they gave it a live airing in Glasgow at the tailend of last year (read our review of the show here), so we'd suggest you Edinburgh lot make haste.
Wed 18-Sun 22 Apr, various times, £11 (£8) here
Performer, writer, theatre-maker, and all-round talented bugger Kieran Hurley returns to The Arches to showcase his new beat-led monologue piece, set in the rave era circa the Criminal Justice Act of 1994 – which banned public gatherings around amplified music. Featuring Glasgow native and Arches resident DJ Johnny Whoop on live tune-spinning, it's essentially a coming-of-age story exploring rebellion and the irresistible power of gathered youth. With techno. Loadsa techno.
Having missed our March dose of Vic Galloway's showcase night while the music-loving man was away at SXSW Festival, the man himself returns for his monthly slot at Electric Circus – for which he's gone slightly off tangent and pulled together an all-hip-hop selection of Scottish acts for your aural delectation. Heading up the bill is Great Ezcape's visionary wordsmith Profisee (pictured), who'll be launching his new album live on the night, alongside Madhat McGore, and Silvertongue.
Sat 14 Apr, 11pm, £12 here
Famed for his distinctively raw and much sought after house and techno productions released on his own FXHE label, Detroit's Alex 'Omar S' Smith makes his long-awaited live return to Sub Club's basement, in good time to help 'em continue their month-long 25th birthday celebrations (more information on the full schedule here). The last time he played there was back in 2009, again acting as Subculture's special guest, so suffice to say that hosts Harri & Domenic are frothing at the mouth for his return.
Sat 14 Apr, 7.30pm, £3 (donation)
As Sierra Metro gear up to bid au revoir to their current space in Granton at the end of May – after over three years of exhibition-hosting down there – they team up with their pals at Embassy Gallery to host one last night of mayhem at which y'all can say your final goodbyes, with the night also helping raise funds for future projects from both galleries. For the night they'll have a raggle-taggle schedule of bands (to be revealed on the night) and DJs, alongside the obligatory drunken karaoke. City folk can jump on bus numbers 16, 47 and X47 to get there.
Skinny On Tour: Guess where The Skinny's publisher spotted this pair (pictured above) showing some love for the March issue of The Skinny and you will win yourself a booze-y prize courtesy of our chums at Vino Wines.
Chemikal Underground swag: In honour of Record Store Day 2012 (Sat 21 Apr), Chemikal Underground are offering up a swag bag of goodies for one lucky winner. Full details of how to nab it are at the bottom of this page.
Knockengorroch Festival tickets: Win a pair of tickets to the rollicking musical beast that is the Knockengorroch World Ceilidh Festival, set in the beautiful mountain river valley plain in't Dumfriesshire.
Stag & Dagger tickets: Get yersel' a bumper package including a pair of tickets to Stag & Dagger's musical all-dayer – with some 50 bands on the bill, including Django Django and The Phantom Band – plus free scran courtesy of Captain's Rest.
Irvine Welsh's Skagboys launch: We've got a pair of tickets for the official launch of Irvine Welsh's new book, Skagboys, up for grabs – where the man himself will read some preview snippets before welcoming DJ Craig Smith to the decks.
Werner Herzog DVD and poster: One lucky reader can win a copy of Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams on DVD, plus an exclusive signed poster to boot.
Saint Judes 2-for-1 Meals: Get 2-for-1 main courses during April on Saint Jude's new Pan Asian menu, created in collaboration with their pals at Bar Soba. One word: yum.
Free Delivery at Real Foods: Ethical shopper's delight Real Foods are offering free delivery on all orders over £15 on their online shopping site here.
*PLUS* Any budding songwriters amongst you can download and print off an application form for the Billy Kelly Songwriting Award. You can get your form here, then all you need do is enclose your demo and post it to: Billy Kelly Songwriting Award, Oran Mor, Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX. Alternatively you can apply electronically by emailing three tracks to firstname.lastname@example.org.