HITLIST THE BEST ROCK, POP, JAZZ & FOLK
✽ Elbow Room Modern composition exploring the psychogeography of Glasgow.
See list.co.uk for an interview with composer Tom Butler. Summerhall, Edinburgh, Wed 21 May; The Arches, Glasgow, Thu 22 May.
Glasgow, Thu 22 May.
✽ Prince See preview, left. The Hydro, ✽ Bad Aura, with Battery Face and Kabobo Glasgow’s Bad Aura are joined
PRINCE The artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince ﬁ nally returns to Glasgow
N ever one to rest on his laurels, Prince continues to be startlingly relevant and wonderfully tricksy well into his fifties. The multi-monikered, partial-to-purple, hip- swaying funk-pop legend is on his umpteenth album and since 2013 has had a new band. He is now the strutting frontman to all- female backing band 3RDEYEGIRL, who – with his usual disregard for anything as straightforward as giving some notice – he booked in for an impromptu second UK stretch of his Hit and Run tour last month, including his first Glasgow headline slot in 19 years.
It’s quite an effort for anyone but the most ardent fan to keep up with Prince’s ever- expanding back catalogue but the cherry picks represent a golden haul by any pop standards. Albums such as Controversy, Dirty Mind, Sign ‘O’ the Times, 1999 and Purple Rain contain gem after gem of a sound that has always blurred the boundaries of funk,
R&B and pop-rock but remained solidly seductive in tone. The source of his sexual superpowers may be a mystery to many but they never seem to diminish. Few musicians manage to carry that off, no matter how hard they try, in their sixth decade. More recently, after years of record label wrangles, some truly forgettable albums and an on-again, off-again relationship with the internet, he’s settled down into a period of relative calm, focusing his energies on playing live, often to small audiences at iconic venues. His latest style incarnation sees him channelling his inner Jimi Hendrix with big hair and big glasses, mixing classic Prince with newer tracks and setting loose his virtuoso guitar solos on a new generation who must wonder why they don’t make musical heroes like this any more. (Rachel Devine)
The Hydro, Glasgow, Thu 22 May.
by the ‘eccentro prog, metal drum and synths’ of Battery Face and noise duo, Kabobo. The Roxy 171, Glasgow, Fri 23 May.
✽ Radio 1 Big Weekend A starry line-
up including Pharrell, Katy Perry, Chvrches and Calvin Harris. George Square & Glasgow Green, Glasgow, Fri 23–Sun 25 May.
✽ Night School Records night A 14-hour marathon of goodness, featuring
local weird-pop heroes, Ubre Blanca (pictured, top) and Clip Art, plus Group Rhoda, Yong Yong and Meddicine. The Art School, Glasgow, Sun 25 May.
✽ Real Estate Shimmery, woozy, easy on the ears jangly pop from Matt Mondanile (Ducktails) and co. Classic Grand, Glasgow, Mon 26 May.
✽ Bridget Hayden Bendy, bluesy, hypnotic solo electric guitar, from the
former violinist in Vibrocathedral Orchestra. Summerhall, Edinburgh, Fri 30 May.
✽ The Phantom Band See interview, page 80 and album review, page 82. The Art
School, Glasgow, Tue 3 Jun.
✽ Future Islands See Five Reasons to Go See . . . page 92. SWG3, Glasgow, Wed
15 May–12 Jun 2014 THE LIST 79