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MUSIC MUSINGS

The music scene in Scotland's Central Belt. We check out some gigs, and the occasional piece of recorded music. The emphasis here is heavily on rock, indie and electronic styles.

Shonen Knife + Kolars @ Summerhall, Edinburgh 1st May 2018

The headliners were an infectious sugar rush in Edinburgh's best multipurpose arts and music venue. They are a colour-coded burst of cheery pop-punk enthusiasm in a world of self-consciously miserable musicians. Glamabilly band Kolars, with their sparkly tap-dancing drummer Lauren Brown, provided exceptional support.

Shonen Knife moshing at Summerhall, Edinburgh

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Mammút + Broen @ The Hug and Pint, Glasgow 29/11/2017

The Icelandic headliners combined Björk with rock charisma, while the Norwegian support were beguilingly eclectic in terms of both music and stage attire.

Mammút

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Wolf Alice + Sunflower Bean + Superfood @ Barrowlands, Glasgow 12/11/2017

The beautifully unconventional indie rock headliners soared high above their eclectically noisy backdrop in Glasgow's iconic venue, prompting a rapturous call for an encore.

Wolf Alice band shot

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Goat Girl + Jerkcurb @ Broadcast, Glasgow 3rd November 2017

This female-fronted indie-rock band have a distinctive edge to their material but live they lacked some of the onstage personality of their peers.

Goat Girl indie rock

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Diet Cig + The Spook School @ Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh 17/10/2017

Two bouncy, Joanna Gruesome-influenced indie pop bands play at Edinburgh's most intimate venue, proving that smaller gigs aren't necessarily less beautiful.

Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman of Diet Cig


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The Flaming Lips @ Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom 15th August 2017

Wayne Coyne's psychedelic troupe makes a grandiose return to Glasgow with a show that can be described by so many adjectives.

Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips

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Edinburgh International Festival 2017: PJ Harvey @Playhouse 08/08

On The Hope Six Demolition Project tour, PJ Harvey and her 9-piece backing band let the art do the talking.

PJ Harvey with saxophone on the Hope Six Demolition Project tour

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Dead Kennedys @ The Liquid Room, Edinburgh 19th June 2017

3/4 of the original Dead Kennedys, with about 4/5 of the original greatness.

Dead Kennedys at Edinburgh's Liquid Rooms

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Thurston Moore Group + Curdle @ St. Luke’s, Glasgow 12th June 2017

Diamonds-in-the-grunge exhilaration from erstwhile Sonic Youth member Thurston Moore.

Thurston Moore Group

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​Hidden Door Festival: Hidden Orchestra + Gazelle Twin + Callum Easter + Monkoora @ Leith Theatre 3rd June 2017

An eclectic and inspired choice of acts offset occasional audio issues at The Hidden Door's penultimate night.

Gazelle Twin: spine-chilling show

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More music

THEATRE

Locker Room Talk play @ Traverse, Edinburgh

COMEDY

Italian comedian Francesco De Carlo