Top Ten Events 2-9 Feb: The Twilight Sad, Wee Dub Festival + Chemical Brothers
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Grand Ole Opry, Glasgow
Thu 9 Feb, 7.30pm, £12 here
Having graced the cover of our January issue, The Sad boys take their rather fine new album – No One Can Ever Know – to the road, kicking off with a live in-store session at Edinburgh's Avalanche (for which we'd recommend getting down early), before hitting the bigger venues proper with Glasgow's Grand Ole Opry, followed by a handful of UK dates before they skip off to the the US-of-A for a 15-date tour. Dunfermline folks are also in for a bit of a treat, as they're playing a warm-up gig there on 4 Feb (Jam Jar, 8pm). What's more, you can download their latest single at the end of our album review here. Meanwhile, we're getting in the mood with an acoustic version of Walking For Two Hours we recorded with 'em back in 2009: here.
Various venues, Edinburgh
Fri 3-Sun 5 Feb, Tickets and info here
Three-day, multi-venue celebration of all things dub, reggae, and roots – Wee Dub Festival – plays host to a mighty load of musical talent over the weekend, included in which will be a live set from legendary dub scientist Mad Professor (pictured; whom we had a lot of fun pitting against Steve Mason for a little musical tete-a-tete here). Elsewhere, there's also a rather interesting-looking selection of workshops spanning the festival run (including a Dub Clinic with the Professor himself). See here for the full weekend schedule.
Thu 2 Feb, 7pm and 9pm, £5
The creative folks behind Cryptic Nights play it as delightfully obscure as ever, this month commissioning Raydale Dower (aka 'Whitelock', co-founder of Uncle John and Whitelock) to stage a new spatial sound composition. Last seen dropping a piano from Tramway's ceiling and documenting the resulting catastrophe in an ambisonic sound and film installation, Dower will again be exploring the idea of sound as a sculptural medium. For it, he'll perform an entirely new work on an orchestra of loudspeakers, with synchronised lighting acting as a backdrop-cum-visual form of music in its own right. Clever bugger. Watch the teaser trailer: here.
Sat 4 Feb, 9pm, £10 advance here (£15 door/£7 before 10pm)
The second big clubber's event on our not-to-be-missed list this week is Soundhaus' Final Tango (as in their last ever party before the venue's imminent demolition). For the occasion there will be a number of past faces dropping by to honour the underground music haven, amongst 'em Speedy (of Inner City Acid), Pete Mullen (of Basement), and Dan and Daz (of Monox). Current nights such as Pussypower, Squelch, and CTRL.ALT.DEL will also be pitching up for the party. Go join the rammy and help raise funds for their (hopefully speedy) relocation.
Electric Circus, Edinburgh
Thu 2 Feb, 9pm, Free
We end on a charitable note with Oxfam's rather delightful once-in-a-not-very-often musical playlist night, Buy What You Hear, where the essence of the thing is that you listen to some handpicked music playlists selected from the Oxfam stock, and then get the chance to buy 'em. There will be a number of guest DJs on hand – including Edge Festival promoter Dave Corbet, and Knockengorrach organiser Katch Holmes – all armed with the music they've picked from Edinburgh's Oxfam store in Stockbridge. All profits got directly to the charity.
Kaiser Chiefs tickets: The gangly Leeds indie-pop scamps return following a three year hiatus, back on the road with new album The Future Is Medieval. And we've got tickets! Closes 6 Feb.
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