Six weeks ago she was just a London-based young singer who had made one of the truly memorable albums of the year … now she’s got a Mercury Music Prize so she must be good, right? Believe the hype. Think a female Mike Skinner with real soul.
The Arches, Glasgow, Thu 1 Oct.
Music Like a Vitamin
The Scottish Mental Health Festival kicks off in considerable style with this selection of homegrown delicacies. Emma Pollock, Karine Polwart, James Yorkston, Adrian Crowley and Alisdair Roberts make up a really quite special line-up of songwriting talent. There’s an Edinburgh show of similar standing at the other end of the festival on 21 Oct, and a whole array of other good things in between.
The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, Thu 1 Oct.
NME Radar Tour
Golden Silvers, Marina and the Diamonds, Local Natives and Yes Giantess are the four spanking new acts determined to end up on magazine covers everywhere. Isn’t this what the NME tour in January used to be like?
Oran Mor, Glasgow, Thu 1 Oct.
There’s little denying Doolittle as one of the finest albums of the 90s, so it seems wholly fitting that they return to give it an outing it deserves: in its entirety with B-sides, the lot. Also nice that it’s in a venue they never finished a gig in as the stage collapsed three songs in when the played here last in 1991.
SECC, Glasgow, Sun 4 Oct.