■ Shatterhand, Sad Society and The Incendiary Bats Henry’s Cellar Bar, 8–16 Morrison Street, 333 0900. 10pm. £4. Hard hitting punk and emo sounds. Dundee ■ Book Yer Ane Fest Kage, 4 St Andrews Lane. noon. £tbc. All-day festival celebrating DIY punk and underground hardcore.
Dunoon ■ Abba-cadabra Burgh Hall, 195 Argyll Street, 01369 703302. 7pm. £10. Re-live the magic of ABBA with the UK’s number one ABBA-tribute show.
Glasgow ■ Glasgow Popfest Stereo, 20–28 Renfield Lane, 222 2254. 3–10.30pm. £6 advance; £8 on the door. See Fri 3. ■ The Courteeners and Miles Kane Barrowland, 244 Gallowgate, 552 4601. 7pm. £16.50. Over-14s show. Mouthy Manchester indie outfit touring their new(ish) album, ‘Falcon’. Supported by ex-Rascals frontman Miles Kane who also swaggers as one half of The Last Shadow Puppets. ■ Katie Melua Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 353 8000. 7pm. POSTPONED until 9 May 2011. ■ Summerlin and Kiss Corona O2 ABC2, 330 Sauchiehall Street, 332 2232. 7pm. £5. Pop punk five-piece who have toured with My Passion. ■ 80s Rewind – The Christmas Tour SECC, Finnieston Quay, 0844 395 4000. 7.15pm. £37.50. Various big-in- the-80s pop and soul acts embark on a festive tour. Line-up includes Kool & the Gang, Sister Sledge, ABC, Howard Jones, Go West, T’Pau and The Christians. ■ New Town Triptych, Liam Corrins, Steve Lee, Coogs and Mistletoe & Son...& Son Nice’n’Sleazy, 421 Sauchiehall Street, 333 0900. 7.30pm. £3. Folk rock/acoustic line-up. ■ Martyn Joseph City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 8pm. £15. Cult singer-songwriter, described as the ‘Welsh Springsteen’, making social and spiritual comment through his acoustic songs. ■ Shit Browne Captain’s Rest, 185 Great Western Road, 332 7304. 8pm. £5. Pleasantly named Parisian collective of DJs and producers rocking the sound of Madchester circa 1990. ■ Steve Forbert The Ferry, 25 Anderston Quay, 01698 360086. 8pm. £16.50. See Fri 3. FREE The MeatMen Maggie May’s, 60 Trongate, 548 1350. 8pm. Rockabilly, bluegrass and skiffle from Glasgow trio The MeatMen. FREE Acoustic Session Samuel Dow’s, 67–71 Nithsdale Road, 423 0107. 8.30pm. Folk to rock, hosted by Smillie and Bryce. ■ Jesse Malin & the St Mark’s Social and Million Years King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, 272a St Vincent Street, 220 6176. 8.30pm. £10. Ryan Adams- endorsed singer-songwriter catching up on his mentor in the lovelorn blue collar rock stakes. ■ Thee Faction The 13th Note Café/Bar, 50–60 King Street, 553 1638. 9pm. Gnarly garage rockers who claim to be “an unpleasant socialist R&B band” and record for Soviet Beret Records.
Edinburgh FREE Most Entertaining Christmas Concert St John’s Church Hall, Princes Street, 221 2273. 2.30pm. Students of Most Entertaining Tuition School perform a diverse range of music, all donations will go to Scottish Love in Action. ✽✽ Prostitute Disfigurement, Last Days of Humanity,
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Toxocara, Relinquished, Anal Penetration, Cerebral Bore, Cancerous Womb, Joe Pesci and Neonatal Death Bannerman’s, Niddry Street, 556 3254. 4.30pm. £11 in advance; £14 on the door. Utterly hardcore, totally devastating ‘Blastonbury’ festival of death metal and grindcore, featuring several Scottish exclusives and acts from the Netherlands, Austria, Scotland and the UK. FREE Red2Red and Big Fat Panda Whistlebinkies, 4–6 South Bridge, 557 5114. 6.30pm. Night of ska. ■ Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina Electric Circus, 36–39 Market Street, 226 4224. 7pm. £7. See Sat 4. ■ Kat Healy Cabaret Voltaire, 36–38 Blair Street, 220 6176. 7pm. £tbc. Acoustic artists, with more acts tbc. FREE The Lost Telegrams Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College of Art Lauriston Place, 229 1442. 7pm. Folky indie. ✽✽ Matthew Dear and Brothers Grimm Sneaky Pete’s, 73 Cowgate, 225 1757. 7pm. £10. Full live show from the Detroit techno producer (aka Audion) and band. See preview, page 63. ■ You Me At Six, The Blackout, Set Your Goals and Canterbury Corn Exchange, 11 New Market Road, 477 3500. 7pm. £16.50. See Sat 4. FREE Dr Ruby’s Presents . . . Nobles Bar, 44a Constitution Street Leith, 629 7215. 9pm. A selection of acoustic acts.
Monday 6 Glasgow ■ Black Rebel Motorcycle Club O2 Academy, 121 Eglinton Street, 0844 477 2000. 7pm. £18.50. Over-14s show. Moody San Franciscan indie rock trio, in hock to the Jesus & Mary Chain and their ilk. ■ Emarosa The Garage, 490 Sauchiehall Street, 332 1120. 7pm. £8. Over-14s show. Post-hardcore sextet from Lexington, Kentucky. ■ Enuff Z’Nuff The Cathouse, 15 Union Street, 248 6606. 7pm. £11. Glam metal and power pop stalwarts from the Chicago area.
■ Frightened Rabbit and Sky Larkin Barrowland, 244 Gallowgate, 552 4601. 7pm. £13. See Fri 3. ■ Gun and Anavris O2 ABC2, 330 Sauchiehall Street, 332 2232. 7pm. £10. Reformed Scottish rockers, who gave it some old school muscle in the early 90s. ■ Villagers and Alessi’s Ark Òran Mór, 731–735 Great Western Road, 357 6200. 7pm. £10. The stage moniker of Dublin’s Conor O’Brien, a rootsy narrative songwriter whose debut album Becoming a Jackal was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. ■ Billy Bragg, Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, 565 1000. 7.30pm. £20. The ‘Bard of Barking’ continues to merge the personal and the political with his polit-folk anthems. FREE Acoustic Jam Nice’n’Sleazy, 421 Sauchiehall Street, 333 0900. 8pm. Weekly showcase for local songwriters performing original material. ■ Michael Simons Tchai-Ovna House of Tea, 42 Otago Lane, 357 4524. 8pm. £2. Glasgow-based guitarist playing folk, blues and beyond. FREE Open Mic The Brass Monkey, 1004 Argyll Street, 243 2170. 8pm. A new open mic night presided over by Martin Mochan and with free beer for all performers. FREE Spangled Cabaret The Rio Café, 27 Hyndland Street, 334 9909. 8pm. Featuring performances from How to Swim, Scunner, The Creative Martyrs and The Glasgow Glam Bangers. ■ The Boy Who Trapped the Sun King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, 272a St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 8.30pm. £7.50. Lewis singer-songwriter playing indie/alt.country sounds. With support from This Silent Forest and Little Fire. FREE Blochestra Bloc+, 117 Bath Street, 574 6066. 9pm. Bring along any instrument you might have (from tubas to triangles) for a workshop/jam session with Craig Grant (Union of Knives) teaching two songs each week, before planned gigs for this ad hoc multi- member orchestra. ■ Kirsty’s Metal Hands, Rose Glass and Hot Jupiter The 13th Note
Café/Bar, 50–60 King Street, 553 1638. 9pm. Glasgow-based alt.rock. ■ The Paradox MacSorley’s Music Bar, 42 Jamaica Street, 248 8581. 9pm. Death metal and grindcore. ■ Raid La Cheetah, 73 Queen Street, 221 4851. 9pm–3am. £2–£3 (£1 with a trade payslip). A new trade/student night featuring live indie bands plus DJs playing ‘anything and everything to get you dancing your ass off’. Live guests each week, all tbc at the moment. Edinburgh ■ Thriller Live Playhouse, 18–22 Greenside Place, 0844 847 1660. 7.30pm. £10–£32.50. A celebration of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 with choreography by award-winning director Gary Lloyd and LaVelle Smith Jnr. Expect to hear all the greatest hits from the recently deceased King of Pop, and see some stunning multi-media razzmatazz. FREE Home-made Jam The Parlour, 142 Duke Street, 555 3848. 8pm. Acoustic jam session of blues, bluegrass, folk and rock (all musicians get a free pint or glass of wine). FREE Open Mic Captains Bar, 4 South College Street. 8pm. Singer- songwriters, covers and originals with Roy and Richie Henderson. FREE Open Mic Whistlebinkies, 4–6 South Bridge, 557 5114. 9.30pm. Just turn up and perform.
Tuesday 7 Glasgow ■ Angus & Julia Stone and Moddi Òran Mór, 731–735 Great Western Road, 357 6200. 7pm. £10.70. Fey, folksy sibling duo from Australia. ■ Gun and Anavris O2 ABC2, 330 Sauchiehall Street, 332 2232. 7pm. £10. See Mon 6. ■ Moment of My Explosion, Wrong Note and Tiny Little Soldiers Stereo, 20–28 Renfield Lane, 222 2254. 7pm. Glaswegian alt.rock five-piece. FREE The Dead Man’s Waltz Brel, 39–43 Ashton Lane, 342 4966. 7.30pm. Featuring members of Injuns.
Conor O’Brien and friends have come a long way since their first Dublin performance in 2008. At that point, they had just seven songs, penned by O’Brien, and had rehearsed twice. Between then and now, they’ve released debut EP Hollow Kind and Mercury-nominated album Becoming a Jackal, picked up a Q Award nomination for Breakthrough Artist, and featured on a few tours alongside Neil Young (who O’Brien cites as a big influence) and Tracy Chapman. Solid, melodic tunes with soulful and tender lyrics (plus more than a passing resemblance to Conor Oberst) give their live shows an eerie beauty. ■ Oran Mor, Glasgow, Mon 6 Dec.