Gigs in Glasgow and Edinburgh: 6-12 Nov
London rapper Kojey Radical comes to Edinburgh; Summerhall host a Save Leith Walk fundraiser and Sigrid, Baxter Dury and Slayer all touch down in Glasgow
Gigs in Edinburgh this week
Acid Mothers Temple @ The Mash House, 7 Nov
Led by Kawabata Makoto, Japanese psychedelic rock band Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. play Edinburgh's Mash House tonight with support from Glasgow's Dead Otter, who describe their sound as 'Mongolian space jazz'. Only one way to find out what that might actually sound like. Acid Mothers Temple also play Nice 'n' Sleazy, Glasgow, 8 Nov.
A Leonard Cohen Afterworld @ Leith Depot, 7 Nov
Head along to Leith Depot tonight for a celebration of the life and music of Leonard Cohen, featuring performances from Storm the Palace, L-Space, Ian Humberstone, Martin Donnelly, eagleowl and more. Entry is by donation and all proceeds will be donated to Scottish charity, Hearts and Minds.
John Edge and the Kings of Nowhere @ Sneaky Pete's, 9 Nov
Congratulations, you've made it to Friday! Why not celebrate with a night of dynamic music at Sneaky's? Edinburgh-based folk/post-rock four-piece John Edge and the Kings of Nowhere headline tonight with support from two immensely talented acts: Hamish Hawk and the New Outfit and Heir of the Cursed.
Peggy Seeger @ Pleasance Theatre, 10 Nov
Be sure to get yourself down to the Pleasance Theatre tonight for an evening of conversation and songs with the iconic folk singer-songwriter, feminist and activist, Peggy Seeger.
Half Formed Things @ La Belle Angele, 10 Nov
Edinburgh's Half Formed Things are launching their brand new single, Spirit and the Dust, tonight at La Belle Angele. The single is the second to be taken from their upcoming debut album, To Live in the Flicker. Support comes from SKJØR frontwoman Louise McCraw.
Kojey Radical @ The Caves, 11 Nov
After their inaugural event at the end of September, which saw new promoters Edinburgh Music Lovers bring Colin Stetson to Edinburgh's Summerhall, EML have done it again. This time they're bringing rising hip-hop talent Kojey Radical to the capital where he plays The Caves for his Scottish debut as part of his extensive Can I Speak tour.
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Bang the Drum @ Summerhall, Edinburgh, 10 Nov
Head along to Summerhall tonight for Bang the Drum, a fundraiser to help Save Leith Walk – a community action group fighting against the proposed demolition and development of Edinburgh's much-loved Leith Walk. Performing tonight are Neil Pennycook's Meursault project along with Edinburgh dance outfit, Future Get Down, who were recently nominated in the Best Live Act category of the 2018 Scottish Alternative Music Awards. Completing the line-up are Rituals and new electro duo on the block, Maranta.
Gigs in Glasgow this week
Sigrid @ O2 Academy, 7 Nov
Following on from being crowned the queen of 2018 at the top of the year with her BBC Sound Of win, Norwegian pop star Sigrid has gone from strength to strength and her latest single, Sucker Punch, has even been remixed to magical effect by the mighty Four Tet. Catch Sigrid tonight at the O2 Academy – you won't regret it.
Baxter Dury @ SWG3, 7 Dec
Following on from an explosive set at Electric Fields at the end of August, Baxter Dury is back on Scottish soil tonight with support from Hot Chip frontman Alexis Taylor. A juicy doubler if you will.
GoGo Penguin @ Saint Luke's, 8 Nov
Manchester's GoGo Penguin, who were shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize for their sophomore album v2.0, returned this year with their fourth studio album, A Humdrum Star. Catch them tonight at Saint Luke's.
Flasher @ The Glad Cafe, 9 Nov
The three-piece from Washington, D.C. released their debut album, Constant Image, via Domino back in June and hit the road this month. Flasher's first ever UK tour includes a London date with much-loved Parquet Courts, as well as this headline show at The Glad Cafe in Glasgow. Support tonight comes in the form of Hairband and Gimp World.
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Anchorsong @ The Glad Cafe, 10 Nov
Anchorsong is the moniker of Tokyo-born, London-based artist Masaaki Yoshida, whose latest album, Cohesion, came out just at the tail-end of October. Championed by the likes of BBC 6 Music's Gilles Peterson, tonight he plays The Glad Cafe with a string quartet and live visuals.
EM|ME @ Broadcast, 11 Nov
Glasgow-based Dutch singer-songwriter Emily Meekel, who performs under the moniker EM|ME, released her debut EP I K at the end of last month. With a beautiful ambient opening number in What Makes Us through to the upbeat and decidedly funky indie-pop closer Artificial, it’s an enjoyable debut. To celebrate, Meekel is headlining Broadcast tonight with her full band in tow, plus support slots from Bobby Kakouris and Russell Stewart.
FRIGS @ The Hug & Pint, 12 Nov
Torontonian four-piece FRIGS were recently longlisted for Canada's Polaris Music Prize for their debut album Basic Behaviour, and they touch down in Glasgow tonight with support from Rapid Tan and Ferramoans.
Slayer @ SSE Hydro, 12 Nov
Thrash metal fans assemble, for the mighty Slayer are in town tonight and ready to rip the proverbial roof off the SSE Hydro. Not only that, but Lamb of God, Anthrax and Obituary are also all on the bill. Phwoar.