THE WEEK AHEAD...
After a fair bit of patient waiting on our part, Miaoux Miaoux finally welcomes his debut album into the world with a special launch gig in Glasgow (followed by Edinburgh the following week). As if that wasn't enough excitement for our already over-excitable selves, elsewhere there's 5th birthday parties (Balkan-style, as is the only way Balkanarama knows), idyllic settings and beer combine for RockNess, and Annuale's annual DIY art festival takes place across Edinburgh, taking over galleries, tunnels, and back gardens as they go.
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Thu 7 Jun, 7pm, £6 on the door
Having made us wait patiently for this day (and teasing us with tales of his perfect pop song-writing capabilities here), Julian Corrie finally launches his debut album under his Miaoux Miaoux moniker. For the occasion, he'll be joined by his full band – which includes vocalist Anna Miles, and Great Ezcape's visionary wordsmith, Edinburgh rapper Profisee. The bill is further bolstered by stellar support from Conquering Animal Sound, Mitchell Museum, and a DJ set from yer man Auntie Flo. It'll also be a chance to pick up the album before its official release date on 11 June. He'll then do it all over again in Edinburgh next week. Amen.
Sat 9-Sat 16 Jun, 10am-7pm, Free
Following Edinburgh College of Art's Degree Show unveiling last week, Glasgow School of Art follow suit this week with their annual offering of the fruits of the graduating students' labour, taking place across Garnethill Campus (Architecture and Fine Art), and Skypark Campus (Design), with the Masters of Fine Art showcasing their wares at The Glue Factory. And, e'er the ones for a party, the private opening will be followed by an after-bash at The Arches, where everyone's welcome and the Balkanarama lot will be manning the decks (see below for details on their 5th birthday special the following night).
Sat 9 Jun, 9.30pm, £11 (£10) on the door
Bringing the all-singing, all-dancing Balkan beats our way once again, Balkanarama celebrate their 5th birthday in suitably shambolic style, with over 50 performers joining the celebrations. First things first, get yersel' down early for the pre-club belly dancing class (8pm), which'll limber you up nicely for the riotous nine-piece that is classic gypsy outfit Smash Kafana, the haunting polyphonic chorals of Kuchke, an off-the-cuff jam with Edinburgh's own Orkestra Del Sol, plus additional aerial circus wizardry, live visuals from VJ Mauricio, free handmade baklava, and shots o' organic plum brandy.
Loch Ness, Inverness
Fri 8-Sun 10 Jun, £159 (weekend) here
As the summer-y doses of outdoor music festival action come thick and fast, this week we're heading to Inverness's picture-perfect setting for what will be the seventh RockNess. Known for deftly separating the bill into two camps: broad-appeal dance and chart-friendly indie-rock, this year's bill pits the likes of Justice, Hudson Mohawke, and Deadmau5 against Biffy Clyro, Friendly Fires, and Admiral Fallow (full line-up here). They also score extra points for having their own chartered party train: the RockNess Express.
Wed 13-Sat 30 Jun, Various times, From £10 here
Glasgow's Tramway are the venue of choice for National Theatre of Scotland's bold one-man re-imagining of William Shakespeare's classic Scottish tragedy, Macbeth, where it'll run for just 17 performances prior to it donning wings and touring to New York. At the helm is Aberfeldy-born actor Alan Cumming (pictured), who will rather epically take on each and every role in the performance. More than anything, we're keen to see just how that's gonna bloody work...
somewhereto_ is launching art showcase – a fantastic opportunity for 16-25-year-old artists and curators across the UK to be part of a UK-wide touring art exhibition. The exhibition will feature the best young artists, selected by a panel of young curators. It's supported by The Skinny, and hits Manchester, Liverpool, and Edinburgh later this year. Register your interest now to receive more information on how to apply.
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It's a rare treat indeed when Andrew Bird comes to town, and this week presents just such a delight as the Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist and lyricist brings his kit-bag Glasgow-way, touring on the back of his newest LP, Break It Yourself (reviewed here). Marking his eighth album to date, it's a seductively complex, lyrically-rich set of tunes. And it has of course also got us delving back into our Bird collection, and revisiting the joys housed within – which always seems to find us gravitating back to this gem: Fake Palindromes.
Thu 7 & Fri 8 Jun, 8pm, £5 here
Cross-disciplinary artist collective Colour Deaf (made up of Kayus Bankole, Sisi Lu, and Steven Morrison) stage a two-night takeover of Cryptic Nights. For it, they'll be bringing their audio-visual pyramid installation with 'em; an interactive beast of a thing which allows the audience to conduct their environment through live visual feeds and trigger pads. Each of the two performances will be unique, with the Thursday (7th) one featuring fashion from Ciorstaidh Monk, and the Friday (8th) performance featuring a Dandy Riots DJ set.
Various venues, Edinburgh
Fri 8-Sun 24 Jun, Free
Embassy gallery return with their varied festival of independent and grassroots artistic offerings, with DIY arts events and activities happening all over the city during the 17-day run (read our preview here). Various venues will be taking part, from the more regular gallery spaces to, well, tunnels and back gardens. Highlights include part two of Unimaginable Wealth, a film based on a series of 411 email scams, and Avalanche Records' collective installation of 24 record cover artworks – all in 12-inch format, naturally – from Scottish artists including Jim Lambie, and Optimo's Jonnie Wilkes.
Glasgow noisemakers of the tropical thrash variety, PAWS, take to the road with a trio of others – Dolfinz, Sex Hands, and Waiters – for the launch of their split 12-inch, which they recorded during the sleepy, winter months of January and February at local music blogger Song, By Toad's studios. Each band recorded four songs each, all done with minimal overdubs, the fruits of which they'll preview as part of a live tour taking in all their hometowns – kicking off in London (13th), then Manchester (14th), Edinburgh (15th), and Aberdeen (16th). Preview one of PAWS' tracks here.
Sat 9 Jun- Sun 22 Jul, 11am-5pm (Tue-Sun), Free
We end with the intrigue that an exhibition that takes its inspiration from a chair can bring. Alas, it's not just any old chair – Simon Martin's new short film work is a subtle moving image piece that lays its focus on the classic design of the Louis XV armchair, and its contemporary afterlife as a modern-day style accessory, most notably in the form of Philippe Starck’s updated version, the 'Louis Ghost Chair' of the exhibition's title. It's accompanied by an exhibition of photography examining the cultural significance of art and artifacts, and our relationship to them. Fascinating stuff.
Kelburn Garden Party tickets: We've got no less than three pairs of tickets to the fairytale of a festival that is Kelburn Garden Party, soundtracked by such Skinny faves as The Phantom Band, Miaoux Miaoux, Panda Su, and Washington Irving.
Glenturret Whisky: One lucky booze-hound can win themselves a whole case of Glenturret 10-year old single malk whisky here, helping mark The Famous Grouse Experience's 10th birthday year.
Skinny On Tour: Guess where our Music editor went a-honeymooning with his trusty copy of The Skinny and you could win yourself a booze-y prize courtesy of our chums at Vino Wines.
£20 off at Xile Clothing: Xile Clothing are offering £20 off when you spend over £80. Simply enter 'SCORED' at the checkout. Details here.
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 email@example.com. Closes 31 June.