Irvine ■ Dave Arcari Harbour Arts Centre, 114–116 Harbour Street, 01294 274059. 7pm. £tbc. Alt.blues guitarist Arcari performs from latest album ‘Devil’s Left Hand’.
Kinross ■ Steve Forbert The Green Hotel, 2 Muirs, 01577 863467. 9pm. £20. Forbert’s appeal lies in his talent for conveying keen observations through tough, terse poetry, a ready tunefulness and a warm rasping voice. Stirling FREE The Acoustic Bar Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, 01786 274000. 7pm. Free night of acoustic music by local acts, drinks promos and more. ■ More Voulez Vous Albert Halls, Dumbarton Road, 01786 473544. 7.30pm. £15. See Thu 2.
Glasgow ■ Glasgow Popfest SWG3, Studio Warehouse, 100 Eastvale Place, 357 7246. 2pm–2am. £10 advance; £12 on the door. See Fri 3. FREE Dbass Collective Brel, 39–43 Ashton Lane, 342 4966. 3pm. Hip hop and jazz fusion. ■ Airbourne and Enforcer Barrowland, 244 Gallowgate, 552 4601. 7pm. Old school foot-on-the-monitor rocking from Oz. ■ The Concretes, Randolph’s Leap and Chad Valley The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, 565 1000. 7pm. £8. Swedish indie pop band. ■ Hawkwind and The Jokers O2 ABC, 330 Sauchiehall Street, 332 2232. 7pm. £20. Psychedelic hippie warhorses Hawkwind, still best known for the epic ‘Silver Machine’ and for having naked women fire-eating on stage with them, celebrate their 40th anniversary and the fact that they have been out on tour for every one of those years. ■ Letz Zep O2 ABC2, 330 Sauchiehall Street, 332 2232. 7pm. £12. See Fri 3. ■ The Sword g2, 490 Sauchiehall Street, 353 3111. 7pm. £7. Over-14s show. Sabbath-influenced metallers from Austin. ■ United Noise: An Industrial Christmas at The Vale The Vale, 5 Dundas Street, 332 4928. 7pm. £4. Line- up of industrial bands, headed by Dundee’s Surgyn. Plus Glasgow outfit Condition Zero and The .invalid. ■ VsVs, The Draymin and Crash Club Stereo, 20–28 Renfield Lane, 222 2254. 7pm. £5. Ex-members of Kobai in new incarnation. ■ Ghosts of Progress, Annie Stevenson, The Celestians, The Fold, Masters of the Sea and Two Rivers Pivo Pivo, 15 Waterloo Street, 564 8100. 7.30pm. £6. Experimental blues band from Montrose headline. ■ The Levee Strollers, Pro Life and Mandrake Shepherd Nice’n’Sleazy, 421 Sauchiehall Street, 333 0900. 7.30pm. £2. Folky bluegrass with banjo, mandolin and upright bass. Good stuff. ■ Paul Weller SECC, Finnieston Quay, 0844 395 4000. 7.30pm. £35. The Modfather performs material from throughout his 30 year career, including his latest Mercury Music Prize- nominated album Wake Up the Nation. ■ Carol Laula City Halls: Recital Rooms, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 8pm. £12. Respected local singer/songwriter presents material from her back catalogue alongside recent work. ■ You Say Party!, Young Prisms and Skibunny The Captain’s Rest, 185 Great Western Road, 332 7304. 8pm. £8. Exclamatory Vancouver synth punks drawing inspiration from the spiky stylings of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who have now dropped the You Say Die! part of their moniker. FREE Diana Schad Urban Bar & Brasserie, 23–25 St Vincent Place, 248 5636. 8.30pm. See Fri 3.
FREE Isis Samuel Dow’s, 67–71 Nithsdale Road, 423 0107. 8.30pm. Soft rock. ■ Mark Olson and Andy Tucker & the Scattered Family King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, 272a St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 8.30pm. £10. Lead singer and songwriter from the classic Jaybirds line- up. ■ Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina and Skeleton Bob The 13th Note Café/Bar, 50–60 King Street, 553 1638. 9pm. £tbc. Latest collaboration from the ex-Codeine and Come man, who has worked with the likes of The Lemonheads and Thurston Moore.. ■ Club Noir’s Christmas Party O2 Academy, 121 Eglinton Street, 0844 477 2000. 9pm–3am. £15.50. Two world- class burlesque shows at this reliable staple of the Glasgow scene, while DJ Loveless plays vintage and modern music. Dress up is actively encouraged, but no jeans or trainers. Featuring a live set from The Seventeenth Century. ■ Divine Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, 353 4500. 11pm–3am. £6–£7. Glasgow’s longest-running club residency brings you a monthly dose of northern soul, heavyweight funk, Tamla Motown, sixties freakbeat, dynamite ska, easy listening and psychedelic soundtracks. This will be the 20th birthday date, so expect a huge party with The Privates Hammond Orchestra playing live, goodie bags featuring Divine mix CDs and much more. See Clubs preview, page 37. FREE Throne O’ Diablo Bloc+, 117 Bath Street, 574 6066. 11pm. A little light doomcore.
✽✽ Huntleys & Palmers Audio Club Stereo, 4 Dec, 11pm–3am. £10. Despite their recent relocation to London, resident Andrew Thomson's diverse electronic music night has kept one irregular foot in Glasgow. This time out it's the third birthday party, and special guest Matthew Dear will be bringing his live set to the party. Support comes from David Barbarossa.
Edinburgh ■ William Douglas The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 6.30pm. Donation. Unplugged session with William Douglas and friends. ■ Herbaliser and Shad The HMV Picture House, 31 Lothian Road, 0844 847 1740. 7pm. £15. Jazzy cinematic hip hop funk. ■ The Justified Sinners Xmas Party Henry’s Cellar Bar, 8–16 Morrison Street, 228 9393. 7pm. £4. Classic rock with special guest Ray Kenny. ■ People, Places, Pamps and The Stalls Cabaret Voltaire, 36–38 Blair Street, 220 6176. 7pm. £tbc. Local band showcase. ✽✽ Randan Discotheque and PET Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College of Art Lauriston Place, 229 1442. 7pm. £2. Solo project from Scottish artist Craig Coulthard with a folky mixture of mumbling and bumbling launching new single ‘Heather the Weather’. FREE Stewart MacLennan Henderson’s Vegetarian Restaurant, 94 Hanover Street, 225 2131. 7pm. Singer- songwriter. ■ Tango in the Attic Sneaky Pete’s, 73 Cowgate, 225 1757. 7pm. £5. Glenrothes indie swingers. ■ You Me At Six, The Blackout, Set Your Goals and Canterbury Corn Exchange, 11 New Market Road, 477 3500. 7pm. £16.50. Over-14s show. English pop-punk band with style and attitude. ■ Steve Forbert The Queen’s Hall, 87–89 Clerk Street, 668 2019. 8pm. £15. See Fri 3. FREE The Threats, Facehandle and Roughmute The Banshee Labyrinth, 29–35 Niddry Street, 558 8209. 8pm. Punk and hardcore form Scotland. FREE Lynsey Hutchinson Captains Bar, 4 South College Street. 9pm. Guitar and vocals.
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