The best rock, pop, jazz and folk
NME Indie Rock The View, The Automatic (pictured), Mumm-Ra and The Horrors are this year’s would-be contenders for global rock stardom. Or a toddle back to indie obscurity. The choice is yours. Carling Academy, Glasgow, Thu 1 & Fri 2 Feb. (Rock & Pop) Read interview with The Horrors
Bringdarukus presents The Celtic Connection This ain’t no folky shindig this issue but actually a pair of showcases for the finest names in Scottish and Irish hip hop. There’s a different line-up for each city with Respek BA and Surface EMP topping the bills in Edinburgh and Glasgow respectively. See www.bringdarukus.com for more details. The Bongo Club, Edinburgh, Thu 1 Feb; The Hold, Glasgow, Thu 8 Feb.
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Swedish Jazz Festival Twelve towns around Scotland play host to 37 shows from sublime players like Esbjörn Svensson, Fredrik Ljungkvist and Viktoria Tolstoy covering all corners of the genre. Various venues, Glasgow and Edinburgh, Thu 8 Feb-Mon 19 Mar. (Jazz) Read preview
Aereogramme We raved about their new album last issue, and now there’s an opportunity to witness their epic cinematic rockingness up close and personal. Classic Grand, Glasgow, Mon 12 Feb. (Rock & Pop) Read preview
Badly Drawn Boy and Malcolm Middleton A seriously good double bill here, two big songwriters coming from pretty different angles but both knocking out some truly memorable songs. Middleton’s new album is out next month and is tremendous. Look out for a review next issue. Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Tue 13 Feb. (Rock & Pop)
The Hold Steady Ballsy bar-room rock'n'roll. Cathouse, Glasgow, Wed 14 Feb.
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