* Hitlist

Hitlist

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The best rock, pop, jazz & folk

Maria McKee (pictured) Her new album Late December has finally arrived, featuring skilfully drawn, unassuming alt.country nuggets. Oran Mor, Glasgow, Sat 28 Apr; Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Mon 30 Apr. (Rock & Pop)

The Pastels See preview. CCA, Glasgow, Sat 28 Apr; Bongo Club, Edinburgh, Sun 29 Apr. (Rock & Pop)

Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators Real soul singer who’s all fire and no brimstone, live and direct from NYC. See preview. Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Sat 28 Apr; Renfrew Ferry, Glasgow, Sun 29 Apr. (Rock & Pop)

Orkestra del Sol Combining music and theatre in a style called ‘fanfare’ this ten-strong unholy brass mass launch their new EP of Balkan-meets-boot party music. The Caves, Edinburgh, Tue 3 May. (Folk)

Barfly Fifth Birthday Week Five years means five days of the cream of local music with Bricolage, Drive By Argument, Help She Can’t Swim and The Hussys. See 5 Reasons. Barfly, Glasgow, Wed 2-Sun 6 May. (Rock & Pop)

Boudica’s Ball A spirited showcase for new female musical talent in suitably atmospheric surrounds. Sisa, Collette McKenrick and Lou Hickey are among those lending their voices. Oran Mor, Glasgow, Sun 6 May. (Rock & Pop)

Gimme Shelter The second of these annual all-day music festival which hopes to raise awareness and money for the charity Shelter. Alisdair Roberts, Roddy Hart and The Parsonage are among the 14 acts performing. Mono, Glasgow, Sun 6 May. (Rock & Pop)

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