THE WEEK AHEAD...
Any week that includes the live return of The Unwinding Hours is gonna be a good one. The Aerogramme-formed duo take to King Tut's as part of the venue's Summer Nights schedule, where they'll be previewing tracks from their forthcoming new album, Afterlives, in a week that also finds Bigfoot's Tea Party hosting their first summer party of the season (vodka jelly at the ready, as per), Surge Festival's physical theatre shenanigans (the streets of Glasgow are no longer safe), Sneaky Pete's 4th birthday party (times two), and plenty more besides...
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Mon 23 Jul, 8.30pm, £6 here
King Tut's Summer Nights schedule continues apace for the next week (until 26 July; full listings here) with this week's undoubted highlight being the live return of the Aerogramme-formed duo of singer Craig B and guitarist Iain Cook, aka The Unwinding Hours, who take to the venue to showcase tracks from their forthcoming new album, Afterlives. Playing with sound as they go, they move from gentler, stripped-back soundscapes to oh-sweet-Jesus loud – first single Break being the latter of the two. Listen out for the sound of a kitchen sink being battered with a piece of metal: here.
Those literal saviours of abandoned 16mm film, the Screen Banditas
, surface again – this time taking over the grandiose surrounds of the Church of the Sacred Heart (think painted frescoes and gilde cherubs) for a one-off screening of abandoned film footage. This time they've unearthed a selection of archival anthropological films, which'll screen with specially-composed live soundtracks from William Bennett (pictured), Howie Reeve, and Daniel Padden, plus a site-specific installation by artist Ariadne Xenou.
Sat 21 Jul, 2pm, £10 here
The ever-ready party crew that is Bigfoot's rock up once again at their secret hideout on 100 Stobcross Road (yes, we realise that makes it not-so-secret) for the first of their now notorious summer parties. For the occasion, M_nus mainstay Kevin McHugh (aka Ambivalent, pictured) takes control of the decks, with support from Highlife's Auntie Flo, alongside the usual party necessities of tandoori BBQ, French cakes, and lethal homemade vodka jelly. After-party at Saint Judes, with tickets available at the day event only (and buses to ferry folk there). Read our preview here.
Mon 23-Sun 29 Jul, Various times, £9 (£7)
As Surge Festival 2012 begins its Glasgow take over (read our full preview here), myriad inspired forms of physical theatre take to venue and street alike, amongst 'em Australia’s tactical media art group, pvi collective, with their unique outdoor, site-based intervention, Deviator. Blending altered versions of children's games with subtle live performance, they'll lead participants through an interactive session via a pre-downloaded app containing hidden instructions. Booking via The Arches box office, where performances will depart from.
Sat 21 Jul-Sat 11 Aug, Wed-Sat (noon-6pm), Free
Glasgow-based artist Bobby Niven brings his Island project to the warehouse space of SWG3, for which he utilises prop, moving image, artifact, and sculpture to explore the history and architecture of the uninhabited rocky islet of Inchgarvie, located under the Forth Rail Bridge. Divided into three sections, the exhibition consists of one room filled with quiet monumental sculptures, another screeching with inert birdlike depictions, and a third room showing the accompanying film, Island, shot on location at Inchgarvie.
Sun 22 Jul, 1pm-7pm, Free
The Granny Would Be Proud collective make their first foray westside, leaving their usual Glasgow home of Hillhead Bookclub for their very first Edinburgh outing at Cabaret Voltaire. They'll play host to an array of stalls selling a selection of vintage clothing and accessories, art, hand-crafted goodies, retro homewares, plus a homebaked treat or two, and cocktails in the bar. Keep an eye out for the hand-scrawled signs (pictured) on the Royal Mile, manned by a retro tour guide who will lead wanderers to the event.
Sun 22 Jul, 11pm, £5 here
The Edinburgh institution that is Sneaky Pete's turns four this month, celebrating as only they know how – aye, with a party. Well, two actually. Things kick off with a Coalition takeover, at which LA-based house specialist Jesse Rose (pictured) takes control of the decks (yeah, as in him with the residency at Berlin's Panorama Bar). Part two of the celebrations comes a few nights later, with future bass Philadelphian Starkey guesting at Witness. Read our chat with owner Nick Stewart here.
Sun 22 Jul, 7pm, £10 here
NYC dream-pop duo School of Seven Bells (aka Benjamin Curtis and Alejandra de la Deheza, pictured) take their newest album, Ghostory (reviewed here), on the road proper; an otherworldy set of tunes glazed with complex harmonies and effects-sodden chords sure to radiate in a live setting in suitably dreamy ways. Support comes from new synth-driven outfit Churches (who have Aerogramme's Iain Cook and The Twilight Sad's Martin Docherty amongst their number), currently driving us wild with this track: Lies.
Thu 19 Jul, 7.30pm, £6 here
Manda Rin (pictured) and her Bis cohorts play a special hometown gig for the first time in Godknowshowlong to launch Cover Versions and Other Hits, a new exhibition of artworks by Rin herself. The exhibition, which runs for a week at Mono, takes in a collection of albums that have either changed her life or defined a period of her life (FYI, The Slits and Belle and Sebastian are in there), which she's then reworked in her own style. Support on the night comes from Glasgow's We Are The Physics.
Sat 21 Jul, 7pm, Free
A newly-refurbished hub of creativity in Glasgow, Grey Wolf Studios host their official launch party-cum-fundraiser, where they'll open their doors to one-and-all to celebrate the diverse range of creativity currently occupying the space. There'll be live music from locallers Tut Vu Vu, a DJ set from yer man Miaoux Miaoux, and a silent auction for which Glasgwegian fashion label (and Grey Wolf Studio residents) Ten30 have created an exclusive piece, and Glasgow-based artist Henry Coombes has made this rather amazing teapot.
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.
Edinburgh International Book Festival tickets: Win tickets to our Skinny-sponsored EIBF events with leading comic book writer Grant Morrison (17 Aug) and two of the most innovative young poets around, Sean Borodale and William Letford (24 Aug). More details 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.
PLUS: Our chums at Peroni host an immersive evening of contemporary opera – Opera di Peroni – in Glasgow (complete with a pre-show complimentary Peroni and platters of aperitivo, no less), as part of a special series of UK shows. Full details and booking here.