Sound Advice - 10 Best gigs: Scotland (March–May) 


Franz Ferdinand

Thu 5 Mar, 7pm, Barrowlands, Glasgow (H5), 0141 552 4601, £20
The cream of Scottish indie play their home town; it doesn’t get much better than this.

The Xcerts

Sun 8 Mar, 8pm, Kings Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow (E3), 0141 221 5279, £5
Catch them on the way up (and before they start charging a fortune for gigs); clunky rock-pop from these cool kids. 

The Rumble Strips

Sun 15 Mar, 8pm, The Doghouse, Dundee (A4), 01382 206 812, £7
Soulful, wonky Dutch pop that makes you want to wriggle and hand-clap along. 


Sat 21 Mar, 7pm, The Picture House, Edinburgh (D5), 0131 221 2280, £13.50
Tunng offer up twisted folk ballads, with haunting melodies and crisp sampled beats.


Tue 7 Apr, 7pm, Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh (F4), 0131 220 6176, £7
Hyperactive pop from Dananananaykroyd (try saying that and not sounding like you’ve had too much to drink).

Bat For Lashes

Wed 8 Apr, 7.30pm, QMU, Glasgow (A1), 0141 339 9784, £12.50
Lead singer Natasha Khan weaves her velvety vocals around tapping pianos and twinkling percussion.

PJ Harvey

Sun 26 Apr, 7.30pm, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh (G6), 0131 668 2019, £20
Rock epics, tender ballads and twisted blues – she’s got them all in her songbook.

Basement Jaxx

Sat 2 May, 7pm, Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, 0131 443 404, £19.50
The Jaxx gear up for festival season with this mini tour; get ready to dance your socks off.


Mon 4 May, 7pm, Albert Halls, Stirling (C5), 01786 473 544, £32.50
The old timer performs his classics; the gig’s a bit expensive, but then you pay more for antiques don’t you?

James Yorkston

Fri 15 May, The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen (C3), 01224 621 122, £12
His latest album is full of epic tunes that tumble and roll like ocean waves and he’s mesmerising live. 


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