TO GO SEE ROXY MUSIC 1. Ferry, Manzanera, Mackay and Thompson For the first time in a decade, it’s the full classic line-up together live onstage in Scotland. Well, apart from the keyboard player – some bloke called Brian Eno – but whoever remembers keyboard players anyway?
2. If it wasn’t for Roxy Music. . . . then arguably there’d be no Talking Heads, Orange Juice, Blur, Pulp or Franz Ferdinand et al. Formed by fine-art graduate Bryan Ferry in 1971, Roxy were the original art school band, and have inspired a long lineage of nascent pop stars to swap paintbrushes for guitars since. 3. Olympia Persistent rumours of a new Roxy album were quashed in 2010 when Ferry instead released material mooted for the follow-up to the band’s ‘final’ LP, 1982’s Avalon, on a solo longplayer entitled Olympia. But they may play a few tracks off it that represent new Roxy tunes in all but name, featuring as they do contributions from guitarist Manzanera, saxophonist Mackay and even Eno (their erstwhile cape-wearing sonic wizard politely declined to join the tour, but he’ll be there in spirit).
4. For your pleasure With no new record proper to punt, these shows – part of Roxy Music’s 40th anniversary For Your Pleasure tour – promise to be all killer, no filler. That means ‘Love Is the Drug’, ‘Virginia Plain’, ‘Do the Strand’ and much more from one of the most stylish repertoires in pop.
5. For the thrill of it all The ever-dapper Ferry remains something of a heartthrob even though he’s old enough to claim his bus pass. We’ll wager that guys and gals alike will give a shriek when the frontman struts onstage in his dinner suit. (Malcolm Jack) ■ Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Thu 27 & Fri 28 Jan. See review in next issue.
64 THE LIST 20 Jan–3 Feb 2011
FREE Singer-Songwriter Night Captains Bar, 4 South College Street. 8pm. Hosted by either Richie or Roy Henderson. Tuesday 25
Glasgow FREE Acoustic Sessions and Open Mic Òran Mór, 731735 Great Western Road, 357 6200. 7.30pm. Free acoustic night hosted by Ross Clark. ■ Super Adventure Club, Paws, Hagana and Rollor The 13th Note Café/Bar, 5060 King Street, 553 1638. 8pm. £5. Made-up music from this self-styled ‘hyper melodic uber-spazz triumvirate’. ✽✽ Withered Hand, Wood Pigeon and de Selby Stereo, 2028 Renfield Lane, 222 2254. 8pm. £6 (£5). Acerbic wit and caustic self- loathing from anti-folk artist Withered Hand, joined by kindred spirit Wood Pigeon from Calgary and Alastair Beith of Second Hand Marching Band in solo guise. ■ The View King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, 272a St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 8.30pm. £15. Return of the Dundonian indie scamps, fresh from frontman Kyle Falconer’s guest vocal stint with Mark Ronson and prior to the release of their third album. FREE Field Mouse Mono, 12 Kings Court, King Street, 553 2400. 9pm. Ambient, experimental sounds from the Clyde Valley. Edinburgh ■ Skins Tour The Caves, Niddry Street South, 557 8989. 7pm–2am. £1. The cheeky teen drama rolls into Edinburgh (home town of new cast member Freya Mavor) live music line- up still tbc but DJ sets from Jigsaw, Kid Adrift and the Flux DJs are promised. For tickets and updates visit skinstour.fatsoma.com. ■ Beyond the Barricade Playhouse, 1822 Greenside Place, 0844 847 1660. 7.30pm. £16.50–£20.50. A selection of the best-loved songs from new and classic West End shows like The Phantom of the Opera, Chess, The Lion King and Les Miserables.
FREE Edinburgh’s Alternative Open Mic Night Black Rose, 49 Rose Street, 220 0414. 9pm. Come along to the Black Rose and show off your skills – anything goes, apparently. Wednesday 26
Glasgow FREE Open Mic St Louis Cafe Bar, 734 Dumbarton Road, Thornwood, 339 1742. 4.30pm. Open mic session. FREE Breaching Copyright Box, 431 Sauchiehall Street, 332 5431. 8pm. Falkirk band described as resembling McFly with Iron Maidenish riffs. ■ Madskull, The Giro Babies and The Unstoppable Flying Raincoats Stereo, 2028 Renfield Lane, 222 2254. 8pm. £4. Glasgow alt six-piece headline this Glasgow City Scoundrels night. ■ Spectrals Captain’s Rest, 185 Great Western Road, 332 7304. 8pm. £6. As their name slightly suggests, Spectrals weave dreamy soundscapes with their music. ■ The View King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, 272a St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 8.30pm. £15. See Tue 25. ■ Rocketnumbernine The Art School, 168 Renfrew Street, 353 4690. 10.30pm. £3 in advance and before 11.30pm; £5 after (students £3 all night). Improvised electronica and percussion from brothers Ben and Tom Page, plus a DJ set from Mogwai at new weekly club night Knock Knock which aims to showcase live acts and innovative visuals. Stirling ✽✽ Mogwai Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, 01786 27 4000. 8pm. £17.50. Glaswegian post-rock instrumental heroes return with a new album, entitled Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. See feature, page 18.
Goldheart Assembly O2 Glasgow ✽✽ Band of Horses, Mojave 5 and Academy, 121 Eglinton Street, 0844 477 2000. 7pm. £16.50. Rootsy Seattle indie rockers who have drawn comparisons to My Morning Jacket.
■ Aerials Up, First Charge of the Light Brigade and Acoustic Butterfly The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, 353 8000. 7.30pm. £12.50. The seven-piece perky indie popsters heralded as ‘seriously infectious’ by Vic Galloway share the stage with conglomerate Glasgow outfit First Charge of the Light Brigade and 2010 Danny Kyle Open Stage award-winners Acoustic Butterfly. Part of Celtic Connections. To win tickets, see page 63. ■ The Dirty Cuts and Nevada Base Nice’n’Sleazy, 421 Sauchiehall Street, 333 0900. 7.30pm. £4. Glasgow quartet Dirty Cuts describe their sound as ‘radio friendly filth’. ✽✽ Roxy Music SECC, Finnieston Quay, 0844 395 4000. 7.30pm. £40/£65. The art pop/glam rock titans do the strand (and other evergreen hits) once again. Rumours of a new album with Brian Eno back in the saddle were exaggerated, however. See 5 Reasons, left. FREE Catcher and The Media Whores MacSorley’s Music Bar, 42 Jamaica Street, 248 8581. 8pm. Commercial pop/rock from Catcher. FREE Johns Weans, Maddox and Brancho Heist Box, 431 Sauchiehall Street, 332 5431. 8pm. Local band line- up. ■ Twin Shadow Captain’s Rest, 185 Great Western Road, 332 7304. 8pm. £7.50. Aka Dominican-born, bouffant- haired George Lewis Jr, whose sound encompasses power ballads, disco tunes, Bowie strut and classic pop. See preview, page 58. FREE Independence Samuel Dow’s, 6771 Nithsdale Road, 423 0107. 8.30pm. Rock Radio night, with Tom Russell. FREE Jam Session Samuel Dow’s, 6771 Nithsdale Road, 423 0107. 8.30pm. See Thu 20. ■ Sick Puppies, The Feud and Mercury Underground King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, 272a St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 8.30pm. £8. Alt.rockers from Sydney headline. FREE Acoustic Open Mic 1901 Bar and Bistro, 1534 Pollockshaws Road. 9pm. See Thu 20. ■ Axis Of, A Fight You Can’t Win and Jackie Onassis The 13th Note
Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel, with support from Two Wings
Jeffrey Lewis is a New York anti-folkster who also writes comic books. He’ll be accompanied by Peter Stampfel, the legendary 1960s psych-folk singer-songwriter, folk historian and sometime Yo La Tengo collaborator. They’ll have a chat and play their own (and each other’s) songs , joined by Two Wings, featuring Hanna Tuulikki of Nalle and a few friends. It promises to be a very memorable one. ■ Mono, Glasgow, Fri Jan 28.