Hitlist - The best rock, pop, jazz & folk

Dean Owens

• Dean Owens and the Whisky Hearts This masterful Edinburgh songwriter kicks of ten days of shows in Darvel with a full-blooded, full-band show of his beguiling Americana. Darvel Music Festival, Darvel Town Hall, near Kilmarnock, Wed 26 Sep. (Folk)

• Foals The squiffy hair and ill-fitting shirts belie a band whose muso tendencies lift them up and way beyond your common or garden punk funk troupe. Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Mon 24 Sep (Rock & Pop)

• Feist As former roommate of Peaches, Canadian Leslie Feist has learned a thing or two about provocative popcraft, although she gets down to a more folksy, whimsical pop vibe than her buddy. Oran Mor, Glasgow, Wed 26 Sep. (Rock & Pop)

• Old Crow Medicine Show Troubadours in the truest sense, this quartet traversed north America showing off their tremendous bluegrass skills before breaking big. Go hear some real virtuoso in action. ABC, Glasgow, Thu 27 Sep. (Rock & Pop)

• Jack Peñate Garage, Glasgow, Fri 28 Sep. (Rock & Pop)

• King Creosote and Emma Pollock Two of Scotland’s most compelling young songwriters converge here with new albums in tow. Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Sat 29 Sep. (Rock & Pop & Folk)

• Blood Red Shoes, Youthmovies, Jonquil, Adam Gnade and Chutes We bid a fond farewell to the most excellent club night I Fly Spitfires, whose organisers will be concentrating on their record label and gig promoting, but not before treating us to one last massive shindig. Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Thu 4 Oct. (Rock & Pop)

Feist and M Ward

Much admired and utterly distinctive Canadian singer/songwriter Leslie Feist, who was once a member of Broken Social Scene. With support from singer/songwriter who is one half of She & Him.

Old Crow Medicine Show

Appalachian string band who have branched out to incorporate pre-war blues and jug band rags in their set.

I Fly Spitfires

  • 3 stars

The gig/club crossover hosts a live triple bill from Dartz!, Cry Over Billionaires and Super Adventure Club.


Much admired stripped-down angular and funky indie sounds from the earnest Foals.

Jack Peñate

Over-14s show. South London singer-songwriter who reanimates the ghosts of Drake and Buckley (not literally though) to much talked-about effect.

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