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Gig Guide, Glasgow : 12/09/14

Glasgow Gigs This Week

Our very own Glaswegian boys Twin Atlantic will be playing at Glasgow’s Queen Margaret Union on Monday (15th September). The band will also play Barrowlands on Friday 24th October and an extra date for Saturdy 25th was added due to phenomenal demand. Prides and Vukovi will be providing support.

Indie rockers Owls will be at Audio on Tuesday 16th September. The band reformed after a ten year break from 2002-2012 and second album “Two” was released in March this year.

Beartooth will be coming from Ohio to perform at Cathouse on Thursday 18th September following the release of debut studio album “Disgusting” in June this year.

Announced This Week

Sam Smith will be coming to Glasgow for two nights on 16th/17th March next year performing at the O2 Academy in support of his hugely successful debut album “In The Lonely Hour”.

Chicago rapper Common is bringing his “Nobody’s Smiling” Tour to Glasgow’s O2 ABC on November 12th after his tenth studio album “Nobody’s Smiling” was recorded earlier this year.

The O2 ABC will also see Irish musician Hozier perform on November 16th after completing an American tour in October. The debut album is available to pre order now and will be on sale in the UK from October 6th.

Paul Simon and Sting announced an arena tour together to follow the success of their “On Stage Together” Tour in North America. The pair will be at the SSE Hydro next year on April 10th.

Glaswegian band Texas are celebrating 25 years as a band with a UK tour next spring. The Royal Concert Hall will see “An Evening With Texas” on Wednesday 22nd April.

Straight No Chaser will be coming to Scotland next year on 1st February with their “Happy Hour Tour” and this can be seen at Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh.



And The Nominees Are . . . Q Awards 2014

The nominations for 2014’s Q Awards were revealed earlier today. The prestigious ceremony will take place on 22nd October, hosted by Absolute Radio DJ, Christian O’Connell.

Following the release of latest studio album, “48 : 13″ and their coveted Glastonbury headline slot this summer, Kasabian lead the way with four nominations; “Best Act In The World Today”, “Best Album”, “Best Track” for lead single, “Eez-Eh” and “Best Live Act” while Arctic Monkeys cement a successful 2014 with “Best Live Act”, “Best Act In The World Today” and “Best Video” for single, “Arabella”.

Paisley-born Paolo Nutini has picked up two nominations for “Best Track” for latest single, “Iron Sky” and “Best Solo Artist” while Kate Bush’s recent return to the stage after a 35 year absence has gained her a nod in “Best Live Act” category and “Best Act In The World Today”.

Q Best New Act

Ella Eyre
Sam Smith
The Fat White Family
Royal Blood
FKA Twigs
The 1975
George Ezra
London Grammar

Q Best Track

Paolo Nutini  “Iron Sky”
Sam Smith  “Stay With Me”
Lorde  “Royals”
Kaiser Chiefs  “Coming Home”
Kasabian  “Eez-eh”

Q Best Video

Arctic Monkeys  “Arabella”
Elbow  “New York Morning”
Coldplay  “Magic”
Jamie xx  “Sleep Sound”
Paloma Faith  “Only Love Can Hurt Like This”

Q Best Album

Elbow  “The Take Off And Landing Of Everything”
Manic Street Preachers  “Futurology”
Kasabian  “48:13″
Damon Albarn  “Everyday Robots”
The Black Keys  “Turn Blue”

Q Best Live Act

Arcade Fire
Arctic Monkeys
Kate Bush
Jack White

Q Best Solo Artist

Paolo Nutini
St Vincent
Damon Albarn
Jake Bugg
Ed Sheeran

Q Best Act In The World Today

Arctic Monkeys
Pharrell Williams
Arcade Fire
Kate Bush

Gig Guide, Glasgow : 05/09/14

Glasgow Gigs This Week

The Saturdays will take to the stage on Sunday at The Clyde Auditorium when the five girls bring their Greatest Hits Live show to Glasgow

American musician Benjamin Booker will be playing at King Tut’s on Monday September 8th and support will be coming from London-based band, Hidden Charms.  

The Magic Numbers are scheduled to play their folk-tinged pop-rock to a live crowd at The Garage this week (Wednesday 10th September) with support from Ren Harvieu.

Broadcast in Glasgow will see English five-piece Coasts perform on Thursday (11th Spetember) where they will be showcasing their folk rock tunes.

Announced This Week

British rockers You Me At Six and American pop-punk stars All Time Low have announced a co-headline UK arena tour for February next year and will be performing at the SSE Hydro on the 12th. Tickets are already selling out fast!

A Day To Remember are returning to the UK this winter and although there is no Glasgow date the American rockers will still be bringing the show to Scotland on November 18th at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange.  Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday 5th September).

Duo Lily & Madeleine unveiled plans to tour the UK this November. It will be their biggest headline tour to date and they will be playing at Broadcast in Glasgow on Monday 24th November 2014.

New Music : Out This Week (1/9/14)

The Pierces “Creation”

LA-born sisters, Allison and Catherine return with their long awaited fifth studio album today, the follow up to 2011’s “You & I”.  “Creation” was proceeded by singles, “Kings” and “Believe In Me”, and the sibling duo will be out on tour later this month in support of their recent studio effort.

Lonely The Brave “The Day’s War”

By their own admission, Lonely The Brave are “four men trying to be something to someone” and are making a promising start to fulfilling that ambition by releasing their debut album, “The Day’s War” today. The band are scheduled to co-headline “The Big Cheese Tour” in October, alongside Marmozets, taking in gigs in Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool, Cardiff, London and Newcastle.

Maroon 5 “V”

Maroon 5 release their fifth studio album this week, appropriately titled, “V”. It follows 2013’s “Overexposed” and was proceeded by singles, “Maps” and “Animals”, released last Monday. The band have enjoyed a new lease of life since their 2011 smash hit, “Moves Like Jagger” which featured Christina Aguilera. “V” is Maroon 5’s first album release via Interscope Records and features a duet with No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani.

Pulled Apart By Horses “Blood”

“Blood” is the third studio album from Pulled Apart By Horses, following on from their 2010 self-titled debut and 2012’s “Tough Love”, released today. It has already spawned singles, “Hot Squash” and “Lizard Baby”.

The Vines “Wicked Nature”

“Wicked Nature” is the sixth studio album in 12 years from Australian rock band, The Vines. Fans are in for twice the treat as “Wicked Nature” is a double album and the first produced by frontman, Craig Nicholls. “Metal Zone” is the first and only single from the album to date, released in July 2014

Blonde Redhead “Barragan”

American alt-rock band, Blonde Redhead released their ninth studio album this week, “Barragan”. The band formed in 1993 in New York City and gained notable recognition in the early 00’s thanks to their blend of dream pop and shoegaze. Their new 10-track album was exclusively streamed for free on The Guardian website last week. The band have yet to officially release a single from “Barragan”.

Also Out This Week . . .


Live Review : The Killers, Bellahouston Park, Glasgow (19/08/2014)

The Killers made their Bellahouston Park debut last night as part of Glasgow’s Summer Sessions 2014.

Donning a pink sparkly jacket, frontman, Brandon Flowers and Co kicked things off with synth-pop soaked, “Somebody Told Me”. The Las Vegas band hit the ground running and took fans on a trip down memory lane with past hits, “Bling (Confession Of A King)”, “Spaceman”, “For Reasons Unknown”, “Human”, “Read My Mind” and Flowers introduced early single, “Smile Like You Mean It” by asking the crowd, “Can you believe our baby is 10 years old?” referring to debut album, “Hot Fuss” which was released in June 2004, “It’s your baby, too”.

This stint at Glasgow’s Summer Sessions was part of a victory lap across the world; their “Battle Born” toured started in late 2012 and stretched into 2013 including a debut stadium show at Wembley last June. The band played V Festival last weekend and a warm up gig in Liverpool last week to an intimate crowd at The 02 Academy.

Flowers congratulated Glasgow on their Commonwealth success last month before ripping into a rousing version of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising” which has become a permanent fixture on The Killers setlist and the first of two covers for the evening; the second saw the band take on Simple Mind’s signature song, “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” with the crowd in full voice.

Fresh from celebrating 10 years as a band, The Killers proved that they are still a force to be reckoned with; they sounded as sharp as Flowers was dressed and the live versions of “Runaways” and “All These Things That I’ve Done” blew the album versions out of the water. Flowers himself looked happy and confident as he strutted the stage a la Mick Jagger and chatted and joked with fans in-between songs; a walking contradiction of the epitome of rock star onstage and a mild-mannered married Mormon of three offstage, he has always been interesting to watch and his graduation from unsure, awkward frontman to full-frontal frontrunner has been a riveting ride.

If anything let The Killers down in Glasgow last night, it was their “fans”; a group of girls near the front mooned over Facebook rather than frontman, a tipsy guy a few rows back admitted the only song he knew was “Mr Brightside” (the daggers he attracted confirmed he was swimming in  a pool of hardcore Victims and drowning was imminent) and two middle-aged women slurred seduction at nearby security thinking that the rules of the 1960s still apply and spending the gig posing for selfies with security and telling them jokes will get you backstage . . . the last I saw them they were arguing over which direction was the right one on Nithsdale Road. Flowers had to turn peacemaker when a fight broke out near the stage during the band’s encore, “Why is always the big guy picking on the smaller guy?” The flamboyant frontman was clearly disgruntled when he demanded, “Get him out of here!” and the super-slow security pushed him from hacked off to pissed off when they struggled to dissolve the situation.

“Shot At The Night” and “When You Were Young” saw The Killers bow out on a high and signature song, “Mr Brightside” was the euphoric conclusion everyone was waiting for; the torrid tale of paranoia and jealousy has become an anthem since its release in 2003 and it sounded as fresh a decade on and made it clear why the band have gone from playing in transvestite bars in Las Vegas to headlining Wembley Stadium in just 10 short years.

The Killers were on top form as they played Bellahouston Park their greatest hits, it’s just a shame they didn’t get to play them to their greatest fans.



Gutter Talk : Meet Beautiful Mechanica

“It all started at The Hotel Chelsea in New York. Little did I know, in checking out, I was checking in forever . . .”

Who are Beautiful Mechanica?

Graham Sampson (vocals/guitar/keys/programming), Grace Hinks (piano/vocals) and Van Naarden (guitars).

How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard it?

Dark but very romantic. If you like the music of bands like Japan, Suede, Placebo, Cocteau Twins, then we might just be your new favourite band.

Who/what do you draw influence from in both sound and style?

The band’s launch theme is a love letter to the Hotel Chelsea in New York, Andy Warhol, his coterie of “superstars” and New York in the mid to late 1960s and early 70s. The hotel is the focal point and our songs are like a different room at the hotel shaped by the style and life of the people who pass through it; the beat poets, composers, actors and actress’, solacious night creatures . . . The hotel is both horror house and temple of arts. Our songs are split between light and dark, very much as the hotel itself was; anything can happen in hotels, everything happened at The Chelsea!

Describe a Beautiful Mechanica live set in three words?

To. Be. Revealed. We’re in rehearsals for shows to come.

What is in the pipeline for the band over the next 6 months?

Taking the band live and hopefully making each live show an event.

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