THE WEEK AHEAD
We start the week by topping up our cool credentials: at a DIY label party, in a warehouse, listening to a handpicked selection of underground acts – hurrah for Cry Parrot's 6th Birthday bash. And it's a pretty good week elsewhere, with Death Grips making a return visit to Glasgow, the Noir! collective hosting a spring fair edition, Screen Bandita piecing together an imagined road movie from foraged Super 8, and Juteopolis Festival giving us reason to visit Dundee. Oh, and Iron Man 3's out, so – let's face it – we'll all be worshiping at the alter of Robert Downey Jr. for at least two hours of the weekend. Read our review here.
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Tireless DIY nurturers of leftfield talent (and damn good party-throwers), Cry Parrot this week turn the grand old age of six, and, yeah, they're doing it in style with a bespoke party night in the multi-layered warehouse space of their beloved Glue Factory. For it, a selection of their favourite acts will be taking over the bar, performance space, and mini rave cave – amongst them Sacred Paws, Hector Bizerk (pictured), Ela Orleans, and Ultimate Thrush. Disc spinners David Barbarossa, Mark 'Mother' Maxwell, and Fergus Clark take it into the wee drunken hours.
Tue 30 Apr, 7pm, £12.50 here
The last time Death Grips blew through town they pretty much destroyed what was then the Captain's Rest (read our live review here). Now, following a series of mysterious videos uploaded via their YouTube channel, and a jaunt to SXSW, the Californian lot return to Glasgow for a repeat full-frontal musical assault, fusing punk and hip-hop in their usual skull-crushing fashion. They then head off to party it up at Barcelona's Primavera festival, and at the return of Washington's Sasquatch!, come May. Best charge up the bank cards.
Sun 28 Apr, noon-6pm, £4 (£3) on the door
Returning for their first fair outing since Christmas, the Noir! collective again celebrate the best in independent talent with an all-day Spring Fair laying focus on fashion, design, and art through bespoke stalls, exhibitions, live performances, and workshops. Essentially, it's a chance to browse and buy a whole lotta lovely stuff – with sellers including Vi Nouveau, Godiva Boutique, Analogue Books, and Lily Sparkle – whilst indulging in food (there'll be an on-site farmer's market, and ice cream van), and booze (the Summerhall bar will be open throughout). Could it sound any lovelier?
Fri 26 Apr, 7pm, £10 here
In what will be the first in a series of live gig outings for Haddowfest (y'know, Edinburgh's annual multi-venue marathon of a music festival), Radio 1's Ally McCrae takes to The Liquid Room to host a showcase outing headed up by the howlin' tones of Neil Pennycook and his Meursault cohorts (pictured), who've been charged with handpicking the guest supports – that come in the form of a solo set from Withered Hand, and Lomond Campbell and River of Slime (of FOUND notoriety). See below to win a pair of tickets.
Tue 30 Apr- Thu 2 May, 6.45pm, £8 (£6) here
Continuing to bathe in the eclectic wonder of Behaviour Festival's 2013 programme (which continues until 11 May), this week we'd recommend checking out Nic Green's new site-specific performance piece, Shadowlands (pictured), which explores our relationship with waste and what we throw away (i.e. too bloody much), presented all cloak and dagger-like in dusklight at a secret location (departing from The Arches). Next up on our Behaviour hitlist: #TORYCORE – aka George Osbourne's 2012 budget speech presented in death metal band style.
Sat 27 Apr, 10.30pm, £5 before midnight
Saturday night in the 'burgh is taken care of by Heavy Gossip and Ultragroove, who take up residence in their new home of Lothian Street's all-new The Breakfast Club venue for the relaunch of their joint night – with their first outing manned by London-based young pups Benson Herbert and Leo Picking (aka Voyeur, pictured)), firmly of the deep house variant and ready to make the most of TBC's brand new sound system. And you might want to diary next month's date with Glasgow-residing Afrobeat talent Esa Williams: details here.
Fri 26 & Sat 27 Apr, 8pm, £8 (£6) Edinburgh here
& £8 Glasgow here
Those squirrel-like collectors of abandoned Super 8, Screen Bandita, are at it again – joining forces with Daniel Padden and his merry band of sonic wanderers, The One Ensemble (pictured), for an extra-special cinematic outing at which they'll piece together a selection of recovered analogue clips to dream up an imagined road trip, told through people and places unknown. Padden and co. provide the custom-composed live score on cello, bass, clarinet, percussion, and vocals. Goes without saying it'll be magic.
Mon 29 Apr, 7pm, £12 here
Pretty much our favourite Scottish miserablist (meant in the kindest possible way), Malcolm Middleton plays a special acoustic set down't Electric Circus, taking in songs from his forthcoming new album alongside tracks from his impressive back catalogue – including his 2002 debut, 5.14 Fluoxytine Seagull Alcohol, which Chemikal Underground are releasing on deluxe heavyweight vinyl in celebration of its 10-ish-year anniversary (for sale on the night). And, y'know, it's a chance to revisit gem of a tune No Modest Bear, which pretty much soundtracked our summer 2005, listen: here.
Fri 26 & Sat 27 Apr, 7.30pm/4.30pm, £15 weekend here
Dundee gets a well-deserved look in this weekend for inaugural two-day mini festival, Juteopolis
. Housed in the upstairs space of Beat Generator Live!, it'll play host to a selection of stellar Scottish talent over the course of the weekend – with Rolo Tomassi headlining on Friday alongside the likes of Vukovi, Authors, and Sunset Squat, before We Were Promised Jetpacks (pictured) head up Saturday night, joined by Copper Lungs, The Mirror Trap, Crayons, and more.
We end on a colourful am-dram note as the Beltane Fire Society stage their annual celebration of the coming of summer, marking the occasion in time-honoured tradition (fire, facepaint, dancing, nudity, drumming – check) for which hundreds of performers will lead a live procession up Calton Hill to say their official goodbyes to winter. It'll then culminate in the usual messy post-party, this year again taking to The Caves. What more reason could one want for going up a hill. In the dark. On a probably cold spring night?
Stop Making Sense: We've got a pair of tickets up for grabs for Croatia's inimitable electronic festival in the sun, with a stellar line-up that includes Âme & Dixon, Lindstrøm, Will Saul, Midland (pictured), Mano Le Tough, and more. Closes 3 May.
Haddowfest Presents... tickets: We've got a pair of tickets to give away for the first of Haddowfest's new gig outings, featuring sets from Meursault, Withered Hand, and FOUND's Lomond Campbell and River of Slime. Send your name to email@example.com to be in with a chance of winning. Closes today!
Knockengorroch tickets: This May Knockengorroch bring the hippy-styled, Celtic fun to Galloway once more – with the likes of Asian Dub Foundation, Rebel MC, and Disraeli and the Small Gods in tow. And we've got a pair of tickets to give away! Closes 19 May.
Urban Fruit hamper: One lucky reader can win themselves a healthy hamper filled with Urban Fruits' gently baked, 100% fruity goodies. Yeah, so we've stopped giving away wine and moved into fruit. Enjoy! Closes 26 Apr.
Skinny On Tour: Guess which city this Skinny reader is perusing their trusty copy of the February issue and you could win yourself a copy of Matt Haig's latest book, The Humans, care of our chums at Canongate Books. Closes 26 Apr.