■ Rock’n’Roll Heaven Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 13–29 Nicolson Street, 529 6000. 7.30pm. £13–£27.50 (£10–£24.50). See Thu 22. ■ Bedlam Theatre Fundraiser Party The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 8pm. £4. Live music, DJs and prize draws for a good cause. ■ Edinburgh Unlimited Medina, 45–47 Lothian Street, 225 6313. 8pm. £2. Bands and music showcase. Tonight’s line-up includes Stu Goodall Band, Nyk Stoddart, Fitzroy Soul and Darcy DeSilva. ■ Voice of the Black Knife, The Freewheelin’ and Reubam Bannerman’s, 55 Niddry Street, 556 3254. 8pm. £4. Grunge rock. FREE Heuvo & The Giant Blind Poet, 32c West Nicolson Street, 667 4268. 9pm. Alt.rock. FREE Toby Mottershead Nobles Bar, 44a Constitution Street, Leith, 629 7215. 9pm. The Black Diamond Express man presents ‘the Jack of Diamonds Scrimshaw shanties’. FREE Open Mic Lebowskis, 18 Morrison Street, 466 1779. 9.30pm. Open mic night with Richard and Danny.
Thursday 29 Glasgow ■ Fink and Charlene Soraia Òran Mór, 731-735 Great Western Road, 357 6200. Times tbc. £tbc. Folk rocker Fink tours latest album, Perfect Darkness with a little help from the production company who put together Jonsi’s recent stage show. ■ Y&T O2 ABC, 330 Sauchiehall Street, 332 2232. 6.30pm. £15. See Tue 27. ■ Echofela and A Band Called Quinn Stereo, 20-28 Renfield Lane, 222 2254. 7pm. £2. Live music at this launch of Night is Day, billed as Scotland’s first superhero film. Cast members Elaine C Smith, Colin McCredie and, wait for it, Tiger Tim will be in attendance for a Q&A. ■ The Barents Sea, The Recovery and Hounds Nice’n’Sleazy, 421 Sauchiehall Street, 333 0900. 7.30pm. Perth-based folk rock quintet. ■ The Bible O2 ABC, 330 Sauchiehall Street, 332 2232. 7.30pm. £15. Fallen Angels have secured the only Scottish show from this much respected new wave pop act formed by singer Boo Hewerdine to mark the 25th anniversary of the release of the debut album Walking The Ghost Back Home. ■ Male Bonding The Admiral, 72a Waterloo Street, 221 7705. 7.30pm. £7.50. Tinnitus inducing London noise pop trio. ■ Death Grips Captain’s Rest, 185 Great Western Road, 332 7304. 8pm. £6.50. Independent hip-hop from producer Flatlander and MC Ride. FREE Jonny Jack, Callum Baird and Suspire Black Sparrow, 241 North Street, 221 5530. 8pm. Laidback live music. ■ The Murderburgers, Deecracks, First Step to Failure and The Cellophanes The 13th Note Café/Bar, 50–60 King Street, 553 1638. 8pm. £tbc. Punk sounds. ■ Plastic Animals Pivo Pivo, 15 Waterloo Street, 564 8100. 8pm. £tbc. Grungey alt.rock. FREE Skippy Dyes, The Hard Lines and Wolves at Heart Box, 431 Sauchiehall Street, 332 5431. 8pm. Alt.rock. ■ Tokyo Rosenthal Woodend Tennis & Bowling Club, 10 Chamberlain Road, 959 1428. 8pm. £10. See Tue 27. FREE Jam Session Samuel Dow’s, 67–71 Nithsdale Road, 423 0107. 8.30pm. See Thu 22. ■ The Twang King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, 272a St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 8.30pm. £12.50. Brummie prole rockers who reference every northern indie band who ever mattered. FREE Acoustic Open Mic 1901 Bar and Bistro, 1534 Pollockshaws Road. 9pm. See Thu 22.
CONNAN MOCKASIN Originally from Hawkes Bay in New Zealand, Connan Mockasin has lived in London for the last five years, during which time he’s covered Michael Jackson, worked with Charlotte Gainsbourg, played with Crowded House (find him on YouTube alongside them and Johnny Marr covering Bowie’s ‘Moonage Daydream’) and been championed by Erol Alkan. His most recent album Forever Dolphin Love, a tide of oddball psychedelic symphonies, was released on Alkan’s Phantasy label. How did he get here?
‘I had a band in Wellington called Connan and the Mockasins, which was a whole other project. I first came to London with them, but we didn’t know anyone and had no money, so we ended up sleeping in parks. That band eventually finished and I went back home, where my mum actually insisted I make a record (Please Turn Me Into the Snat). It felt good, doing it on my own with no pressure from anyone else. Then Erol Alkan heard it and got in touch. I toured with Late of the Pier – I think they must have played it to him.’
Forever Dolphin Love sounds like nothing else. Can you tell us about it? ‘I don’t really know a heck of a lot of music, I don’t have a record collection. When I was first getting into guitar I was a big fan of Jimi Hendrix and before that my big primary school influence was Michael Jackson, I haven’t had any influences since. All I wanted to do with this record was write and record as I went, rather than writing heaps of songs and choosing what to record after. And I didn’t want it to be longer than thirty-six minutes, so I finished when I got there.’ Why thirty-six minutes? ‘Thirty-six minutes is a good length for an album’. (David Pollock) ■ King Tut’s, Glasgow, Sun 25 Sep. See phantasysound.co.uk.
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