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I Hot Hot Heat OMU. Glasgow. 4 Nov. Young and sprightly wonky-haired disco punk combo from Vancouver Island.


Jane’s Addiction Carling Academy. Glasgow. 5 Nov. Comeback of the year with Periy Farrell's legendary rock monsters fighting fit again with a new album Strays and renewed sense of purpose. Ready to blow the nu metal whiners out of the water.

I Electric Soft Parade Liquid Room, Edinburgh. 6 Nov. Eclectic and ingenious pop rock brilliance trom Brighton's most talented siblings.

I Grandaddy Carling Academy. Glasgow, 7 Nov. Idiosyncratic outSider pop from Califomia. The beardy lot are now absolutely cooking live.

I The Flaming Lips Carling Academy. Glasgow. 8 Nov: Usher Hall, Edinburgh. 9 Nov. SOLD OUT. Insane carnival of uplifting psychedelic pop madness. fronted by Captain Birds Eye. I Jay Farrar Queen's Hall. Edinburgh. 14 Nov: King Tut's. Glasgow, 15 Nov. Solo stint from ex-Uncle Tupelo trontman who started that alt.c0untry malarkey.

I The Coral Carling Academy. Glasgow. 17 Nov. Scouse teenage Iayabouts with surprisingly mature musical SOUlS and eclectic tastes.

I The Cooper Temple Clause OMU. Glasgow. 18 Nov. Young. British anti- establishment rock riot from musical magpie madmen with bad hair.

I Blondie Carling Academy. Glasgow, 19 Nov. Original NYC disco art-punks return to show the kids how it's done. >

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