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Gig Guide, Glasgow : 15/04/2015

Gigs This Week

Glasgow’s own, Texas are celebrating 25 years in the music industry this year and are playing a very special slot at King Tut’s on Thursday (16th April 2015) to coincide with this incredible achievement. Sharleen Spitiri and Co will also be at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall later this month. 

Liverpudlian trio, The Wombats will be live at The Barrowland this weekend (Friday 17th April 2015). The band, who formed in 2003, released their fourth studio LP, “Glitterbug” this week; it features the singles, “Your Body Is A Weapon”, “Greek Tragedy” and “Give Me A Try”.

The 02 ABC are preparing for a 90s throwback this weekend when boyband, Five play this Saturday (18th April 2015). The band enjoyed a string of hit single in the late 90s/early 00s including, “Keep On Movin'”, “Slam Dunk (Da Funk)” and a cover of Queen’s legendary anthem, “We Will Rock You” before splitting in 2001. The band reformed as part of 2012’s Big Reunion TV show (minus J Brown), however, Abz Love quit last year. Original members Scott Robinson, Ritchie Neville and Sean Conlon will be live in Glasgow.

The Grandaddy of American blues, Seasick Steve will be at The Barrowland this weekend (Saturday 18th April 2015). The 74 year old musician is out in support of his latest album, “Sonic Soul Surfer”, his seventh LP in just over 10 years; it includes the singles, “Summertime Boy” and “Bring It On”.

Despite coming third in the tenth season of The X Factor in 2013, Luke Friend has a record deal and strong fanbase (which is more than winner, Sam Bailey can say). Remembered for his dreaded hair and husky style, Friend will be at King Tut’s on Tuesday 21st April 2015 in support of his forthcoming album due for release later this year.

Just Announced

American indie rockers, Death Cab For Cutie have unveiled tour plans for late 2015, including a date at Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Monday 2nd November 2015. The band released their eighth studio album, “Kintsugi” in March of this year.

Manchester-based band, Everything Everything announced a new album and tour plans this week; third LP, “Get To Heaven” will be released in June 2015 and the band will be out on the road in late 2015, including a date at 02 ABC on Thursday 12th November 2015.

Tickets are on sale on Friday 17th April 2015 @ 9am.

 

 

Gig Guide, Glasgow : 01/04/2015

Gigs This Week

Above & Beyond can be found at The O2 Academy this Thursday (2nd April 2015). The trio, who are known for their electronic/trance style, formed over a decade ago. This January saw the release of fifth album “We Are All We Need”, which was the first new material from the act since 2011.

English pop-rockers, Lawson are set to take the stage at The Garage this week (Thursday 2nd April 2015). The band formed in 2009 and built up an online fan base for themselves, before releasing their debut album, “Chapman Square” in October 2012. The band are reportedly releasing their third LP later this year.

Birmingham’s Swim Deep bring their brand of indie-pop to Glasgow this week; the quintet are at King Tut’s this Friday (3rd April 2015). The band released their debut album, “Where The Heaven Are We” in August 2013.

Pierce The Veil and Sleeping With Sirens are bringing their co-headline tour to Glasgow this weekend; they play The 02 Academy on Saturday 4th April 2015. The 11 date tour features only one Scottish show. Pierce The Veil formed in 2006; their fourth studio album is due for release later in 2015 while Sleeping With Sirens released, “Madness”, their fourth LP, in March.

Just Announced

London-based, indie rockers, The Maccabees have announced that they will be appearing at Glasgow’s O2 ABC on May 12th 2015. The band unveiled new single, “Marks To Prove It” this week, the lead single from their forthcoming fourth LP.

Brit Awards Critics Choice Winner 2015 has unveiled plans to tour later this year, including a date at Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Thursday 24th September 2015. The singer/songwriter is currently at number one in the UK Album Charts with debut offering, “Chaos And The Calm”.

Tickets on sale Thursday 2nd April @ 9am.

Cinema Club : 20/03/2015

The Divergent Series : Insurgent

The Fault In Our Stars Shailene Woodley leads an all-star cast in this action-packed sci-fi sequel about the fight for civilisation. Torn apart by war, Chicago is now divided into five factions, each defined by a dominant personality trait, but Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Woodley) has multiple aptitudes, making her a rare “divergent” and putting her on the run from evil Erudite leader, Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and her Dauntless lover, Four (played by Theo James). Jeanine holds the potential power, but only a divergent like Beatrice has the key. Naomi Watts, Ashley Judd and Octavia Spencer also star in this edge of your sear adaptation of Veronica Ruth’s best-selling book series.

Home

From the creators of “How To Train Your Dragon” comes the animated adventure of The Boov, an alien race looking for a new place to call home. Under the confident command of their leader, Captain Smek (voiced by Steve Martin), The Boov settle on Earth which is where lonely, unpopular Boov, Oh (Jim Parsons) befriends feisty girl, Tip (Rihanna) and her adorable pet cat. This family-friendly film is the hilarious adaptation of Adam Rex’s acclaimed children’s book, “The True Meaning Of Smekday”.

Special Screenings

Club Noir Presents : “Some Like It Hot”/”To Catch A Thief”

The Grosvenor Cinema, Sunday 22nd March 2015 @ 3.30pm

For just £20, Club Noir are giving movie lovers an afternoon of burlesque, buffet, fancy dress and classic film. Leading ladies, Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly are set to set the silver screen alight this weekend; Monroe dazzles as jazz singer, Sugar Kane in “Some Like It Hot” with cross-dressing, comedy-gold duo, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, while Princess Grace stars in Afred Hitchcock’s romantic thriller, “To Catch A Thief” as the love interest of retired cat burgler, Cary Grant.

The Birdcage

The Grosvenor Cinema, Sunday 22nd March 2015 @ 4pm

As part of The International Comedy Festival, The Grosvenor continue their fitting tribute to the late, great Robin Williams this weekend with this comedy cracker! Williams is openly gay, drag club owner, Armand Goldman who lives with partner, and star attraction of his club, Albert (Nathan Lane). The flamboyant pair agree to “play it straight” so that Armand’s son, Val (Dan Futterman) can introduce them to his fiancee, Barbara’s (Calista Flockhart) right-wing, moralistic parents (played by Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest). Hank Azaria also stars in this comedy classic!

 

Cinema Club : 27/02/2015

New Releases 

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Richard Gere joins A-listers Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith in the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit. It follows the adventures of eldery Britons in an Indian Retirement Home owned by the ambitious Sonny (Dev Patel) who is busy juggling business and his impending wedding to Sunaina (Tena Desae), but has enlisted the help of Muriel (Maggie Smith), Douglas (Bill Nighy) and Evelyn (Judi Dench). Meanwhile, newcomer Guy (Richard Gere) is vying for the last available room.

The Boy Next Door

This erotic, psychological thrillers stars Jennifer Lopez as school-teacher, Claire who is neglected by her cheating husband (John Corbett) and enjoys a risky liasion with her young, handsome neighbour, Noah (Ryan Guzman). Eager to dismiss the dalliance as a one-off, Claire quickly realises she in above her head when Noah’s admiration quickly turns into infatuated obsession . . .

Focus

Will Smith is conman, Nicky, a master of misdirection who is thrown off his game when sexy novice, Jess (Margot Robbie) attempts to play him at his own game. Intrigued, Nicky teaches Jess his typical tricks of the trade, but hastily cuts his ties when romance enters their relationship. However, 3 years on and Nicky is planning an elaborate, high stakes con at the heart of the Buenos Aires motor racing world. If only he had the help of a femme fatale . . .

It Follows

From director, David Robert Mitchell comes this terrifying tale of carefree-teen, Jay (Maika Monroe) who gets much more than she bargained for when she is seduced by Hugh (Jake Weary); he tells Jay that he has passed a curse onto her and she’ll be plagued by a sinister shape-shifter which can take the zombie-like form of friends or strangers. The only way to rid herself of the hex is by sleeping with someone else . . .

 

Cinema Club : 19/12/2014

New Releases

Dumb And Dumber To

For fans of side-splitting stupidity, the wait is OVER! Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels return in the long-awaited sequel to 1994’s “Dumb And Dumber” this weekend. Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne are back in yet another hair-brained scheme; in need of a new kidney and having recently discovered that he fathered a daughter with former flame, Fraida Felcher (played by Kathleen Turner), the dim-witted pair go in search of her. However, it doesn’t look set to be plain sailing; while Harry is keen to meet the daughter he never knew he had, Lloyd is in love with her!

Night At The Museum : Secret Of The Tomb

Ben Stiller returns as museum guard, Larry Daley in the third instalment of this fantastic family fantasy series. Having discovered the secret of New York’s American Museum Of Natural History in the original movie, Larry must know travel to London to find out how to fix the Egyptian stone tablet that provides the power that allows the exhibits to spring to life at night. Accompanying him to the UK is old favourites, Roman centurion, Octavious (played by Steve Coogan), Old West cowboy, Jebediah (Owen Wilson), Attila The Hun (Patrick Gallagher) and Teddy Roosevelt (played by the late, great Robin Williams). This hysterical, madcap comedy is a must for fans of the first two movies, and sees the introduction of “Bridesmaids” Rebel Wilson as a security who can’t quite believe what is going on!

Special Screenings

Elf @ Cineworld (Renfrew Street), Tuesday 23rd December 2014

Another chance to see Will Ferrell as Buddy; a human raised as an elf in The North Pole, who comes to New York in search if his real father and his true purpose in life. Zooey Deschanel co-stars.

Movie News

The BIG movie news of this week has undoubtedly been the controversy surrounding forthcoming film, “The Interview”, which stars James Franco as a celebrity journalist and his producer (played by Seth Rogen) who secure an interview with North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un, but are instructed to assassinate him by The CIA. Sony Pictures announced earlier this week that the movie would not be released amid terror threats, a decision which was criticised by actor,  George Clooney and US President, Barack Obama. However, Sony Pictures claimed earlier today “we have not given in” and are looking for “a different platform” to release the movie after cinemas across the globe pulled out of showing the controversial comedy.

 

MTV EMAs : 10 Greatest Performances

Are you ready Glasgow?

The MTV EMAs 2014 kick off tonight at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro for the very first time with rap-diva, Nicki Minaj at the helm. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the awards ceremony and will feature live performances from Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Charli XCX, Royal Blood, Alicia Keys and U2.

Celebrate with us as we look back at some of the most memorable live EMA performances to date; keep it here for giant disco balls, a homage to Rocky, motorcycles and giant cherry chapsticks!

Madonna “Hung Up”

Queen Of Pop, Madonna brought disco fever to Lisbon in 2005 when she performed the ABBA-infused, lead single of her album, “Confessions On A Dancefloor” live for the first time, complete with thigh high boots and purple disco pants!

Amy Winehouse “Back To Black”

The late, great Amy Winehouse reminded us why we fell in love with her sultry, sassy style when she performed her signature song, “Back To Black” in 2007 when The EMAs hit Munich, Germany.

U2 “Mofo”

U2 paid tribute to Rocky with their MTV EMA performance in 1997 in Rotterdam. Introduced by actor, Dennis Hopper, Bono donned a boxing gown to open the show with single, “Mofo” from their album, “Pop”.

Christina Aguilera “Dirrty”

Stripper-esque songstress, Christina Aguilera got down ‘n’ dirrty when she performed at the 2002 EMAs in Barcelona. Clad in black leather, Aguilera roared onto the stage on a motorcycle. The singer went on to host the awards the following year in Edinburgh.

Beyonce “Sweet Dreams”

Queen Bey put in one of the most memorable EMA performance in 2009 in Berlin. Her live performance of hit single, “Sweet Dreams” from her “I Am . . . Sasha Fierce” album was sizzling, but not as sizzling as her red-hot outfit!

Eminem “Like Toy Soldiers”/”Just Lose It”

Rap bad-boy, Eminem stole the 2004 show in Rome with a mash-up of his hits, “Like Toy Soldiers” and “Just Lose It”

Spice Girls “Spice Up Your Life”

In 1997, the pop-world belonged to five girls. “Spice Up Your Life” brought the house down in Rotterdam when Scary, Baby, Sporty, Ginger and Posh took to the stage and proved the Girl Power ruled the world (in the 90s, at least).

Rihanna “Only Girl In The World”

Pop princess, Rihanna may not be the only girl in the world, but at the 2010 EMAs in Madrid, she WAS the only girl we were all watching when she performed her smash-hit, taken from the album, “Loud”. With her fiery red hair, tiara and floral skirt, she was a treat for the eyes and the ears.

The Killers “Human”

The Killers put on a big-budget production of signature song, “Human” in 2008 in Liverpool. The Las Vegas band brought a little razzle dazzle to the EMA stage when they performed in individual boxes and ad-libbed a little Echo & The Bunnymen.

Katy Perry “I Kissed A Girl”

California girl and then-new chick on the block, Katy Perry had just recently shot to international fame thanks to her pop anthem, “I Kissed A Girl” when she hosted The MTV EMAs in 2008. Never one to do things half-heartedly, Perry appeared on-stage wearing American football get-up “riding”a giant cherry chapstick, surrounded by zesty, teen cheerleaders . . .

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