THE WEEK AHEAD...
For no other reason than it's so damn summer-y out there (ahem), King Tut's kick off their Summer Nights schedule: 15 balmy evenings of music from some of the finest local talent around (see the full listings here). Elsewhere, we gear up for the summer blockbuster to end 'em all – The Dark Knight Rises – with a Batman double billing at the Cameo, browse the Fruitmarket's one-off summer DesignMarket, and attend Numbers' annual summer party (where they'll also turn the grand old age of nine). There; hopefully that overuse of the word 'summer' will kick the sunshine into gear.
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Thu 12-Thu 26 Jul, 8pm, £6 individually here
(or get a 'Golden Ticket' here
King Tut's Summer Nights gears up for its seasonal takeover – y'know: 15 summer nights, a whopping 59 bands, and one musically-enriched human being come the end. The schedule kicks off with Glasgow polyrhythmic indie-rockers Pronto Mama, before taking in the likes of Beerjacket, Midnight Lion, Holy Esque, The Unwinding Hours, and Randolph's Leap. One of this week's highlights looks to be Glasgow-based alternative hip-hop duo Hector Bizerk (whom we chat with here), who come ably supported by Edinburgh MC Madhat McGore, and the seven foot beatboxer behemoth that is Bigg Taj. Browse the full listings here.
Thu 19, 11.30pm, £12 (£10) here
Cameo don the bat capes for a Batman all-nighter, where they'll commence just before midnight with a late night double bill of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, after which the hardcore amongst you can stay on for an early doors screening of the new film – The Dark Night Rises – the following morning at 6am (booking here). Sign up for all three and they'll even throw in breakfast. We've got a pair of tickets for the full trio of screenings up for grabs here. In the mean time, we'll continue getting stupidly excited by the two-odd minutes of trailer: here.
Fri 13 Jul, 11pm, £10 here
The West Coast-via-London crew host their annual summer birthday party – this year celebrating nine years of being – for which they'll be taking over the cavernous lair of Glasgow's Chambre 69. In honour of the occasion, a triple billing of DJs will play back-to-back – with relative Numbers veteran Jack Revill (aka Jackmaster, pictured, and chatted with here) sharing deck duties with Hessle Audio mainman Ben UFO, and Rinse FM's Oneman. And the soundtrack? A reliably garage-orientated mix of pulsing glitches and old-school bass lines. Read our preview here.
Future Shorts makes its way to Glasgow with another handpicked showcase of short films, this time taking in Mihai Grecu's experimental documentary, We'll Become Oil, inspired by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Guy Madden's Notes on Biology, John Barrington's Tumult, and Grant Orchard's rather ace BAFTA winner and Oscar-nominated short, A Morning Stroll (pictured) – an animated story of an encounter between a New Yorker and a chicken. The screening will be preceded by a live set from Scottish electronic hip-hoppers, Asthmatic Astronaut.
Thu 12 Jul, 7pm, £25 here
Labeling themselves as 'legends' may seem a little self-congratulating, but Wu Legends tally that up with actual real-life-in-the-flesh humans of legendary status, obviously. Although touring with just a small selection of the full Wu-Tang Clan compliment, a chance to see yer men Method Man, Ghostface Killah, GZA, and Raekwon (pictured, and whom we chat with here) represent for the evening is one not to be missed. And they'll be cherrypicking from the Wu-Tang Clan back catalogue, so if you just close your eyes...
Fri 13-Sun 15 Jul, various times (see here
Fruitmarket hand over the gallery space to a broad selection of designers for the return of their summer DesignMarket, where myriad artists from a wide range of disciplines will showcase their wares over the whole of the gallery space (yes, as in two floors of goodies across the print, fashion, jewellery, furniture, and interior design spectrum). Of the 40-odd exhibitors, amongst them will be V&A Dundee revealing the project's latest developments, as well as plenty Edinburgh locals – including illustrator Mina Braun, and local furniture designers Ziggy Sawdust (pictured work).
Glaswegian jubilant pop meisters par excellence (aka Mitchell Museum) make their live return, marking their first headline hometown gig since they called time on their brief hiatus period (admittedly the shortest 'breakup' just about, well, ever). Currently muted to be working on the follow up to their 2010 debut LP, The Peters Port Memorial Service (which we chatted with them about here), we're hoping for a mix of new songs and old favourites alike. Stellar support comes from new Fence signee Jo Schornikow (of The Shivers).
Sat 14 Jul, 10.30pm, £10 here
For the second birthday party of our week (any excuse and an' all that), Edinburgh techno pioneers, Kapital, celebrate five years of riling up the club scene with their preferred brand of experimental electronica. Prolific producer and minimal techno mainstay Stephan Bodzin (pictured) is their guest, treating party-goers with a full live set-up combining his dark techno and trademark melodies via vintage Moog machines. Support comes from Bodzin's wife, Luna Semara, resident duo Barry O'Connell and Brad Charters, and original resident Michael Ford. Read our preview here.
Fri 13-Thu 26 Jul, Daily, Free
The Edinburgh branch of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery take to Whitespace to present a showcase of collaborative, all-new (and unseen before) work from a selection of 17 Edinburgh jewellery designers. Each piece will also be a one-off, for which the designer has drawn inspiration from their favourite places in and around the city. Amongst those exhibiting will be Fiona Hermse (pictured work), Rhona Hogg, Aoife White, and Jaimie MacDonald. Join them on Friday (6.30pm-9.30pm) for the opening, with guest speaker Emma Walker (CEO of Craft Scotland) and music from Wasabi Disco.
Fri 13 Jul, 11pm, £7 (£5) here
With this week marking the third month of 2012 so far to have a Friday the 13th in it (after January and April), we're just thankful that finally someone's thought to dig out Sean Cunningham's gem, Friday the 13th, for a big screen airing. Reliable plunderers of the 80s classics, Glasgow Film Theatre will screen the gory murderathon as this week's Late Night Classic, for which your ticket stub also gets you entry into Nice 'n' Sleazy's after-club. Get yourself in the mood with the trailer: here.
Batman Trilogy tickets: Cameo don their bat capes for a Batman all-nighter, with a late night double billing of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, followed by an early doors screening of The Dark Night Rises. Win tickets to see all three here. Closes 17 Jul.
Stockton Weekender: The Teeside weekender returns with a line-up chock with the likes of The Go! Team, The Pogues, We Are Scientists, and Willy Mason. And you can win a pair of tickets here. Closes 16 Jul.
Meet Sesame Street: We're indulging our inner child and offering fellow Sesame Street fans the chance to meet their favourite characters. Yes, as in Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Oscar the Grouch et al. For real. See here.
INsider Membership: One lucky reader can win themself an INsider membership – the Edinburgh International Festival’s exclusive members club – plus a luxury lunch at The Living Room, Prosecco included. Details here.
Shameless DVD: Win yourself a copy of the first series of the US-of-A's take on British TV series, Shameless, about a dysfunctional family living on Chicago's South Side.
Skinny On Tour: Guess where this cute little chap is reading his trusty copy of The Skinny and you could win yourself a booze-y prize courtesy of our chums at Vino Wines.
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.