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Gig Guide, Glasgow : 18/12/2014

Glasgow Gigs This Week

The Twilight Sad take to the stage at 02 ABC this weekend (Friday 19th December) with support from Errors and Vladimir. The post-punk, Scottish band are set to perform a mixed bag of material, including latest LP, “Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave”, released in October of this year.

Gutter favourites, Vigo Thieves will also be at 02 ABC in Glasgow this weekend; they are scheduled to play on Saturday night (20th December). The band will round off an incredible year at the venue for their last gig of 2014; they are set to perform at The Barrowlands in February.

King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut are hosting a very special tribute to music and life of the late, great Joe Strummer. The gig, scheduled for Monday 22nd December, will be the 10th Anniversary show and all proceeds will go to Strummerville, Strummer’s charity devoted to helping young people through music.

Just Announced

Pop/soul legend, Lionel Richie has unveiled plans to tour next year. The “All The Hits, All Night Long Tour” will roll into Glasgow on Friday 6th March 2015 when the former Commodores frontman will play some of his biggest hits at The SSE Hydro, including, “Hello”, “Dancing On The Ceiling” and “Three Times A Lady”.

Singer/Songwriter, Lucy Rose will be out on her first headline tour in 2015, including a date at The Glasgow Art School on 15th March. Following the release of her debut, “Like I Used To” in 2013, Rose has supported Neil Diamond at Hyde Park and played Glastonbury.

Winners of NBC’s third season of “The Sing Off”, instrument-free, vocal sensations, Pentatonix are bringing their unique take on music to Glasgow next May. The American quintet will be at 02 Academy on Wednesday 6th May 2015.

New Music : Out This Week (15/12/14)

Nicki Minaj “The Pinkprint”

Hot on the heels of announcing “The Pinkprint World Tour”, scheduled to hit UK shores in Spring 2015, rap diva, Nicki Minaj releases the album of the same name today. “The Pinkprint” is the third studio effort from her Minajesty and includes the singles, “Only”, “Anaconda” and “Pills ‘N’ Potions” while Beyonce, Drake, Ariana Grande and Chris Brown guest-star on the LP. 2014 has seen Ms Minaj host the MTV EMAs in Glasgow last month and star opposite Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann in revenge rom-com, “The Other Woman”.

5 Seconds Of Summer “LIVESOS”

Aussie boyband, 5 Seconds Of Summer release their first live LP this week. The pop/punk quartet released their self-titled, debut in June of this year, which features the singles, “She Looks So Perfect”, “Don’t Stop”, “Amnesia” and “Good Girls”. “LIVESOS” includes their take on The Replacements, “What I Like About You” as well as reworkings of hits by Green Day and Katy Perry.

D’Angelo “Black Messiah”

D’Angelo brings a 14 year hiatus to an end this week with the release of his third studio effort. “Black Messiah” follows 2000’s “Voodoo” and features the single, “Really Love”.

Nathan Carter “Christmas Stuff”

Country singer, Nathan Carter presents his own take on the festive season with, “Christmas Stuff”; an album of well-known and loved Christmas songs, including, “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”, “Let It Snow”, “Silent Night” and “Blue Christmas”.

Gig Guide, Glasgow : 11/12/2014

Glasgow Gigs This Week

Old-school Madchester band, Inspiral Carpets are due to take to the stage at 02 ABC this Friday (12th December  2014). The band are in the middle of a UK Tour and are out in support of their latest, self-titled LP, their first studio effort release in 20 years!

Fans of The Runaways, Suzi Quatro and The Donnas are in for a treat this weekend when The Amorettes play King Tuts this Friday (12th December). The spunky, Scottish trio independently released their debut album, “Haulin’ Ass” earlier this year and have caused a stir on the live music scene, thank to their high octane, zesty performances.

Taking Back Sunday will be live at 02 ABC  on Saturday 13th December, with support from Marmozets. The American rock band are out on tour in support of, “Happiness Is”, their 6th studio album which was released in March of this year.

Our very own home-grown talent, We Were Promised Jetpacks are scheduled to rock The QMU this Saturday (13th December). The band released their third studio album, “Unravelling” in October.

The Enemy are set to play two dates at Glasgow’s 02 ABC this coming week; Monday 15th and Wednesday 17th December 2014, with support from The Twang. The band have enjoyed a new lease of life following the release of third studio album, “Streets In The Sky” in May 2012.

Ska/pop legends, Madness will be at The Hydro next week (Thursday 18th December). The band are expected to perform a mixed bag of hits old and new, including “House Of Fun”, “It Must Be Love”, “Baggy Trousers” and material from latest album, “Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da”, released in October 2012.

Announced This Week

Fresh from hosting The MTV EMAs in Glasgow last month, rap diva, Nicki Minaj announced a 17 Date Tour for next year. “The Pinkprint Tour” will include a date at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Sunday 12th April 2015.

Irish singer/songwriter, Hozier is riding a success wave following the release of his self-titled debut, released in September. Hozier will be on tour next year, including a date at Glasgow’s Barrowlands on Wednesday 27th May 2015.

Fresh from releasing new single, “Love Like This”, Irish band, Kodaline have announced plans to tour next year. The band will be at Glasgow’s Barrowlands on Sunday 15th Febraury 2015.


New Music : Out This Week (8/12/14)

The Smashing Pumpkins “Monuments To An Elegy”

American alternative band, The Smashing Pumpkins release their 9th studio album this week. “Monuments To An Elegy” is part of the band’s ongoing project, “Teargarden By Kaleidyscope” and features the singles, “Being Beige”, “One And All (We Are)” and “Drum + Fife”, rocker Tommy Lee plays drums on the album.

Ghostface Killah “36 Seasons”

Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah releases, “36 Seasons” this week; it’s the eleventh studio album by the rapper, released via Tommy Boy Records and follows 2013’s “Twelve Reasons To Die”.

Union J “You Got It All”

X Factor rejects, Union J are having the last laugh after being voted off the TV talent show in 2012. “You Got It All” is the second studio album from the boy band, following their self-titled debut released in 2013. “You Got It All” features the title track single and “Tonight (We Live Forever)”.

Carrie Underwood “Greatest Hits : Decade #1″

American singer/songwriter, Carrie Underwood releases her first Greatest Hits compilation this week. Since winning the fourth season of “American Idol” in 2005, Underwood has gone on to become a monster success in mainstream music with 6 Grammy Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards and a Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Song” under her belt. “Greatest Hits : Decade #1″ includes “Jesus, Take The Wheel”, “Undo It”, “Before He Cheats” and latest single, “Something In The Water”.

J Cole “2014 Forest Hills Drive”

J Cole releases his third studio effort this week. “2014 Forest Hills Drive” is the address of the American rapper’s childhood home which he shared with his mother, stepfather and brother; J Cole re-bought the house in 2014. The album features the singles, “Apparently” and “G.O.M.D”.


Live From London : The Wytches, Scala (03/12/2014)

Despite their fresh-faced appearance, Brighton trio, The Wytches draw on the lineage of feedback-drenched rock running from the Pixies to Nirvana via 00s Brit bands, Nine Black Alps and The Subways, with a sprinkling of The Horrors debut LP’s cartoon goth-ness. As The Libertines’ recent comeback shows prove, audience appetites haven’t faded for down and dirty rock n’ roll, and tonight at Scala, the crowd head-bang from the first song onwards, with crowd-surfers already emerging by second song, “Burn Out The Bruise”. By the first change of pace offered by “Wide At Midnight”, spots left untainted by spilt beer after the support acts had been lost, and any December chill had been well and truly shaken off.

Singer-guitarist, Kristian Bell flits between murmuring and screeching his scratchy vocals, which evoke Vines’ frontman, Craig Nicholls. This is best exemplified on opening track,“Digsaw” from debut LP, “Annabel Dream Reader”; the record has been referred to as a break-up album, but it is far from typical; many of the lyrics on the LP read like a young lost soul wrestling with their post-relationship self in a shroud of psychedelics-fuelled allegory, such as the cryptic lines from “Beehive Queen”, “If I beat in a plastic bottle could I be a boy? She said “no”.

As enchanting as The Wytches can be with their psych-surf riffs and menacing thrash-outs, when they slow things down for “Weights And Ties”, it is hard to discern the emotional fragility that the band seems to want to convey. It can be a difficult balancing act to both wear the mystical aura of goth-rockers and to also make grown-men well up. Perhaps, they may be best advised to look at The Horrors’ approach to break-up songs, with Faris’ eery rendition of “He Cried” by The Shangri-La’s in “Who Can Say”, a palimpsest in how to speak of pain in a detached and aloof way.

Gig Guide, Glasgow : 04/12/14

Glasgow Gigs This Week

Fans of Biffy Clyro are in for a triple treat when the band play Glasgow’s Barrowlands this weekend. Friday sees the Kilmarnock-born band play albums, “Blackened Sky” and “Puzzle”, Saturday brings full length sets of “The Vertigo Of Bliss” and “Only Revolutions” while Sunday concludes three consecutive nights with “Infinity Land” and latest album, “Opposites”

Fresh from their stint at Glasgow’s Tartan Clef Awards last Saturday (29th November), Prides will be live at The Arches on Saturday 6th December. The band are out in support of their latest EP, “The Seeds You Sow”, which was released in February and showcases their synth-pop sound.

Mexian duo, Rodrigo Y Gabriela bring their flamenco-laced soundtrack to Glasgow this week; the pair play at 02 Academy on Saturday (6th December). Their set is expected to be heavily shaped by latest LP, “9 Dead Alive”, which was released in April of this year, and features the single, “The Soundmaker”.

Legendary indie-rock band, Manic Street Preachers will be playing an intimate gig in Glasgow this week; they are swapping thousand+ capacity arenas for the small gig haven of The Barrowlands on Monday 8th December. The band are out in support of, “Futurology”, their 12th studio album which includes the title track single and “Walk Me To The Bridge”.

Tuesday (9th December) brings Imelda May to Glasgow for a highly-anticipated gig at 02 ABC. Known and loved  for her rockabilly sound, May has gone from strength to strength since releasing her debut album, “No Turning Back” in 2003. 2014 brought the release of May’s fourth studio album, “Tribal” and has brought the singer back out on the road, to the delight of her fans.

Announced This Week

Canadian rockers, Nickelback have announced plans to tour next year. The European leg of The “No Fixed Address” Tour 2015 is scheduled to kick off in Sheffield next November and is set to include a date at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Saturday 14th November 2015. The tour comes in support of their 8th studio album of the same name, which was released last month.

The Used have unveiled dates for a forthcoming tour next February, their first UK headline tour in 3 years! Fresh from supporting Taking Back Sunday in The States this year, the band released their 6th studio album, “Imaginary Enemy” in April of this year. The Used will be at Glasgow’s Garage on 10th February 2015.

Hard-rockers, Halestorm are hitting the UK in March 2015. The Pennsylvanian-born band have announced plans to play a string of shows across the UK, taking in venues in Leeds, Nottingham, London, Cardiff and a gig at Glasgow’s Barrowlands on 6th March 2015

Irish legends, U2 announced plans to tour arenas in UK, Europe and America for the first time in over a decade next year. Fresh from releasing THAT album, the band will be bringing “The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015″ to 19 cities (so far) across the world, including 4 nights at Madison Square Garden in New York, 4 nights at London’s 02 Arena and 2 nights at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November 2015.


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