Hitlist - the best gigs

  • The List
  • 1 November 2007

* Ian Rankin's choice

Idlewild and The Twilight Sad Yes, we could have picked a number of other homegrown treats of early November, but instead, we are going for the final night of this tour, a band at the top of their game, joined by arguably the best new band in the country right now in the shape of The Twilight Sad. Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Sat 3 Nov. (Rock & Pop)

George Clinton The original funk master behind Parliament and Funkadelic, appears here in the with Jack Ashford and the Funk Brother Band. Arches, Glasgow, Sun 4 Nov. (Rock & Pop)

Beruit Unassuming sonic rambler Zac Condon draws on Balkan gypsy music, Parisian chamber pop and his own American roots. See preview, page 60. Arches, Glasgow, Wed 7 Nov. (Rock & Pop)

The Verve Can the re-formed makers of big indie noise recapture their former magic? Carling Academy, Glasgow, Fri 2 & Sat 3 Nov. (Rock & Pop)

Andrew Bird As bashful, wordy, potent multi-instrumentalist singers go, you’ll find no better this fortnight than Bird and his joyous Armchair Apochrypha. Oran Mor, Glasgow, 5 Nov. (Rock & Pop)

Carrying Stream Festival Six days of events, talks and gigs from Michael Marra and Liz Lochhead, The Poozies and Irish singer Jimmy Crowley, celebrating the life of the Scots poet, storyteller and raconteur, Hamish Henderson. Various venues, Edinburgh, Wed 7–Mon 12 Nov. (Folk)

Roddy Hart and Leeroy Stagger A keen double bill of aspirant songwriters each plying a subtly different take on the Americana vibe. Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Sat 10 Nov; Oran Mor, Glasgow, Sun 11 Nov. (Rock & Pop)

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