Noah and the Whale
They showed up about 18 months back, a quartet of well-intentioned, chirpy acoustopop chancers. With the arrival of their second long player The First Days of Spring they showed just what they could do with an album of glacial symphonic pop dreams. Yum.
Oran Mor, Glasgow, Thu 15 Oct. (Rock & Pop)
Mudhoney and The Vaselines
The first of our 90s revivals is a stellar double bill of (pre) grunge acolytes to remind us why Seattle and Glasgow have rightly been centres of the musical universe at their respective peaks.
HMV Picture House, Edinburgh, Fri 9 Oct. (Rock & Pop)
An almighty thunderclap of Sabbath guitar, a bail of soulful howls and bellows and clatter of garage rock drummery make this London three-piece the most exciting live prospect since the megalithic age.
Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Tue 13 Oct; Captain’s Rest, Glasgow, Thu 15 Oct.
This US trio emerged in the mid-90s like some kind of Damon and Naomi with the horn and have reformed to show just how bewitching their songs really were.
Stereo, Glasgow, Thu 15 Oct. (Rock & Pop)
The Big Pink
King Tut’s, Glasgow, Thu 15 Oct.
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Living up to their name in all the right ways, this Chicagoan nontet straddles the line between hip hop and jazz with considerable style. .
Oran Mor, Glasgow, Wed 19 Oct. (Jazz)
Music Like a Vitamin
Another really special line-up for the Edinburgh leg of the Scottish Mental Health Festival concerts boasts Rod ‘Idlewild’ Jones, Frightened Rabbit, Attic Lights, Norman Blake and Euros Childs.
HMV Picture House, Edinburgh, Wed 21 Oct. (Rock & Pop)
The Dead Weather
One White Stripe + 1 Kill x 1 Raconteur / 1 Queen of the Stone Age = Visceral rock’n’roll guaranteed to book you a place in the eternal fires of damnation.
HMV Picture House, Edinburgh, Thu 22 Oct. (Rock & Pop)