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If your in NYC this October be sure to check out the CMJ’s Film & Music Marathon, the festival has witnessed very early shows from the likes of Arcade Fire and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, think SXSW, but in venues across lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.
This year there is an official British Music Showcase and Glasgow band Uncle Bob have been added to the bill.
As people started lining up Sauchiehall Street to watch Travis at the ABC, those in the know headed down to Sleazys to witness a Canadian treat. Not to be confused with New Zealand’s Ladyhawke Vancouver’s Ladyhawk minus the e and with a little more hair, you know a band’s been embraced by a Glasgow crowd when you hear in the background “these cunts are really good!”.
The show is loud, really loud loud and the music is more terrifying than the thought of a night in Campus!! Drawing on tracks from their recently released album Shots, Ladyhawk’s set is a little on the short side but intense nonetheless…they probably had to go change into their werewolves costumes and stalk the streets before sunrise. I’d love to see this band play an old creeking haunted castle, shame they weren’t at Connect this year, Bloc Party would’ve wet themselves!
Support came from fellow West Coast Canadians The Dudes. Recently added to the NME Radio PLAYLIST, ALBUM OF THE WEEK on Dermot O’Leary/Radio 2, the boys have also been getting loads of plays from Colin Murray, Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq, The Dudes really live up to the name, “I’ll play in whatever key I fucking want” Dan Vacon calmly announces, they have tracks here. A headline tour of their own look likely!!
Pictures: Tomas Hermoso
Amazing Baby from Brooklyn have been announced as support at the upcoming MGMT show at the Barrowlands.
Their self-produced Invisible Fucking Cross EP is available to download for FREE, yes FREE here!!
If you missed out on Bloc Party tickets for the Barfly, fear not. Following the release of their latest album ‘Intimacy’, Bloc Party have announced details of a UK tour in January 2009 including two dates in Glasgow:
25 - Academy,
26 - Academy.
Tickets go on sale on Friday September 26 at 9am. This will be the band’s first UK tour since December 2007.
RA RA RIOT//29 October - Barrowlands, Glasgow
With their stupendous debut album ‘The Rhumb Line’ released this week, Ra Ra Riot are pleased to announce that they will be joining their good friends Vampire Weekend as special guests on their October UK tour, just ahead of their own headline shows which are currently being finalised…
The Bronx: Mighty L.A. based 5 piece, The Bronx, have announced details of a rare Glasgow date in October where they will preview tracks from their forthcoming third album, The Bronx.
29 - ABC 2, Glasgow tickets on sale here!!
Their latest effort was recorded with Dave Schiffman (Mars Volta, System of A Down, Rage Against the Machine) in the group’s studio Big Game Lodge in L.A. The record is simple, sloppy, out of tune and out of time. But that’s exactly what it should be and it packs a punch with a running time of 33min and 45 seconds, making it the band’s longest LP up to this point in time.
This summer saw the band headline the Vans Warped Tour in the US and they are set to embark on a further US headline tour and a number of dates with Bad Religion before they arrive in the UK.
Additionally, the band make their ‘big screen debut’ playing Black Flag in a forthcoming film documenting infamous LA band, The Germs, entitled: The Germs: What We Do Is Secret.
James Murphy, Findo Gask, Kid Canaveral, Chris ‘Beans’ Geddes (Belle & Sebastian), David Barbarossa:Sunday, September 21st, 2008
With Death Disco at the Arches, there was a brief dilemma, a decision, where to spent Saturday night. Usual Saturday, or James Murphy of LCD/DFA fame spinning tunes with some exciting new Scottish bands…easy choice really.
Findo Gask followed. Last time I caught them Findo were supporting Franz Ferdinand at the Fubar in Stirling, a rather bewildered audience stared back at them. Last night, the crowd were very receptive, with striking animations, a look reminiscent of Pulp and maybe more than just a little hint of Hot Chip, an excellent choice to round off the band part of the night. Their next show is down at Stereo on the 4th of October.
James Murphy needs no introduction, New Yorkers are used to his DJ sets at some of the hippest parties in town, Hiro Ballroom, PS1…last time he was in Glasgow there was a cheeky set at the Sub Club post LCD show. Nonetheless this is a rare treat, clearly relished, by James and the Glasgow crowd. Spinning along side David Barbarossa, James even popped some balloons! Tonight James is off to Edinburgh to play alongside Frightened Rabbit and Isosceles.
Pictures: Tomas Hermoso
Bon Iver, the French for “good winter”, has come a long way since he hunted for food to survive in his father’s remote log cabin this time last year.
The brainchild of Justin Vernon, they play simple acoustic folk, which takes you back to the the Wisconsin cabin that “For Emma, Forever Ago” was recorded in. Justin’s voice is striking, it’s a difficult task to sing in falsetto without sounding either theatrical, or ridiculous. But instead, it strikes a chord with the already familiar audience (the band are shocked at the request for “Blood Bank“, a new song).
The single “Skinny Love” found the 900 capacity sold out crowd singing along with a passion. The music is soothing, simple, emotive, and at times, spellbinding. During “Wolves (Act I and II)” he asks the crowd to lend a hand, by singing the line “what might have been lost” over and over in a gradual crescendo, until it suddenly stops……and all you can hear is the echo through the Queen’s Hall. A very special moment
(big massive thanks to Bernie)
Pics: Julia Gay
Fri Sep 26 Nice N Sleazy Glasgow 7.30pm, £7.50
Here’s some words on their recently released album Shots;
“Recalling Dinsosaur Jr’s drive as adroitly as some of Neil Young’s darker notions, Ladyhawk can play as fast and loose as they can bowed and bloody. And when they stretch out on the 10 minutes-plus Ghost Blues, it’s to their credit that not a moment is wasted.” - MOJO, 4/5
“Thanks to their impeccable influences (the narcotic Stones roar of Goats Head Soup, Neil Young’s On The Beach), this entry into the arena of the unwell comes with a strung-out grooviness.” - NME
“If you’re planning a trip anywhere special in the near future, put this on as you travel. It’s a work of unpretentious brilliance, surely destined to soundtrack many, many fond memories. ” - The Skinny, 4/5
After kicking off their Scottish tour in Dundee last night, the boys from Selkirk via Glasgow play the following shows:
Including their biggest hometown show to date, support comes from the equally awesome We Were Promised Jetpacks*.
Their new AA single ‘I Feel Better’/ ‘The Twist’ is released 22nd (digital); 29th September (physical), and taken from the acclaimed ‘Midnight Organ Fight’ album. It’s a pretty safe bet they’ll play an even larger venue next tour!
Twisted Wheel are shooting a new music video in Glasgow this Sunday.
If your between 18 and 25 and are free between 2.30pm and 11pm on Sunday 14th September call Beth asap on 07816764681. Important details…you’ll be paid £40 for your troubles and if that wasn’t enough there will also be free food and drink, the setting is a nightclub so expect that to include some alcohol.
note: you must be able to dance and be comfortable in front of camera!