Music - List picks

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  • 17 July 2008
  • Jay-Z
    Sadly not collaborating with the Butthole Surfers across town on the same evening, Jigga man shows us how it’s done after his triumphant Glasto shindig. SECC, Glasgow, Sun 20 Jul. (Rock & Pop)
  • Butthole Surfers and Desalvo
    Texas’ most wonderfully deranged and perverted psych-rock sons (and daughter) play – what our acid-fried memories judge to be – their first ever Scottish show with their feral Glaswegian kin in tremulous support. ABC, Glasgow, Sun 20 Jul. (Rock & Pop)
  • Wickerman Festival
    East Kirkcarswell, near Dundrennan, Dumfries and Galloway, Fri 25 & Sat 26 Jul. (Rock & Pop)
  • The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
    Offering everything from old school big band swing to futuristic hard bop and all else in between, the 30th EJ&BF hosts stars such as Buddy Greco, Colin Steele, Little Feat and dozens more. Go seek out something new and different. Various venues, Edinburgh, Fri 25 Jul-Sun 3 Aug. (Jazz)
  • Momus
    Operating on the fringes of music with his own literate, intimate electronic pop for almost three decades, Nice ‘ Momus’ Currie is a true one off. See preview, page 64. Stereo, Glasgow, Sun 27 Jul. (Rock & Pop)
  • Tom Waits
    These are big Tam’s first shows in Scotland since he played the Playhouse back in 1987 and, 21 years later, he’s greyer, more grizzled, somehow even more growly-sounding, but no less compelling a musical proposition. See feature, page 18. Playhouse, Edinburgh, Sun 27 & Mon 28 Jul. (Rock & Pop)


Mr Beyonce Knowles brings his superior hip-hop tour – The Magna Carter tour – to the UK.

Tom Waits

Twice in a life-time chance to see the growly-voiced genius.

The Butthole Surfers and DeSalvo

Over-14s show. Legendary, terrifying US underground band who were pretty extreme even in the days when 'alternative' really meant alternative. Supported by their Scottish spiritual brethren.


Enigmatic, left-field pop from the man rarely known as Justin Currie's cousin.

The Wickerman Festival

The Wickerman festival is quite probably the world’s only family-friendly music event inspired by a cult horror film about human sacrifice. Located in the prime Wicker Man territory of Dundrennan in Dumfries & Galloway, the festival’s unique selling point is its annual climactic burning of a bespoke wicker man (sans a…

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