Upcoming gigs in Scotland: Autumn 2009

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Upcoming gigs in Scotland: Autumn 2009

Passion Pit

International acts

Scotland, as we all know, is a hub of great music, great venues and great live audiences. Which is why so many of the world’s great acts forget about the poor weather and poor diet and play here. Add to that list alt-country sorts, and favourites of Jenny Lewis, Whispertown2000 who make that journey from LA for their first headline slots here (Captain’s Rest, Glasgow, 16 Sep; Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, 17 Sep). The Veronicas too make a long journey, this time from Australia, to show Scotland just how hip their girl pop power is (ABC, Glasgow, 23 Sep).

Alternative Canadian thrash types Theory of a Deadman have been moved from King Tut’s to the Garage for their first Scotland trip, and promise to keep it intense (Glasgow, 29 Sep). And The Big Pink, offering something a bit more appealing to hipster sorts, remain in one of Scotland’s greatest small venues (King Tut’s, Glasgow, 14 Oct).

Passion Pit get their first taste of Scottish headlining action later in the month too (Garage, Glasgow, 23 Oct) before Tennessee indie kids The Young Republic play Nice ‘n’ Sleazy’s (Glasgow, 28 Oct). Then it’s time for critical darlings Grizzly Bear to top the ABC (Glasgow, 2 Nov) two years after playing Nice ‘n’ Sleazy’s themselves.

Scottish bands

The Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks and Frightened Rabbit may be off on epic US adventures, but they’ve left an exciting autumn schedule of young, live Scottish music behind. First up are those acoustic affectionates Zoey Van Goey (Oran Mor, Glasgow, 18 Sep), who bring their charms to one of their biggest crowds yet. Just as compelling are Stanley Odd, the Edinburgh based hip-hop collective who will be showing off some intelligent lyrics and refined beats (GRV, Edinburgh, 19 Sep).

Back to guitars, and Phantom Band kick up a storm at Oran Mor (Glasgow, 23 Sep). It’s where Aberdeen sorts, The Xcerts play too on 29 Sep, after shows at Fat Sam’s, Dundee (27 Sep) and the Tunnel, Aberdeen (28 Sep).

Hairy noisemakers Bronto Skylift take on the Central Belt (Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, 30 Sep; Tolbooth, Stirling, 1 Oct; TBA, Glasgow, 2 Oct) before There Will Be Fireworks deliver something more ethereal (Classic Grand, Glasgow, 4 Oct; Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, 6 Oct). Then it’s time for multinational sweethearts Sparrow and the Workshop (Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, 7 Oct), before Dananananaykroyd (Oran Mor, Glasgow, 1 Nov) make sure October goes off with a pop.

Strike the Colours

Delicate indie folk from former Reindeer Section/Arab Strap violinist Jenny Reeve.

This City, The Xcerts

The Xcerts are a melodic altrock trio from Brighton via Scotland.

Zoey Van Goey and Human Don't Be Angry

Warming pop with experimental flourishes on lo-fi instruments from ZVG who are poised to release their second album. Also on the bill is ex-Arab Strap man Malcolm Middleton in his latest musical guise.

Bronto Skylift, St Deluxe and Paws

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Co-headliner featuring Sabbath-heavy riffs from BS and indie rocking from St Deluxe.

The Phantom Band and Lord Cutglass

Elusive Glaswegian Krautfolk collective who have received much acclaim for their debut album 'Checkmate Savage' supported by their labelmate, ex-Delgados frontman Alun Woodward in his latest tip-top guise.

The Xcerts

Scottish trio in the Idlewild/Biffy mould.

Whispertown 2000 and Joe McAdam

Rilo Kiley-affiliated indie outfit from LA.

The Veronicas

Brisbane electro pop duo, comprising twin sisters Jessica and Lisa Origliasso.

Zoey Van Goey and Strike the Colours

Glasgow's indie darlings Zoey Van Goey play an Aberdeen date with support from Reindeer Section violinist Jenny Reeve with her own wispy band Strike the Colours.

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