Irving Captain’s Rest, 185 Great Western Road, 332 7304. 8pm. £7. Oklahoma indie rock five-piece whose music has appeared on various television shows. FREE The Sensational Shiverin’ Sheiks Blackfriars, 36 Bell Street, 552 5924. 9pm. Retro psych-rock. Edinburgh Astro Sneaky Pete’s, 73 Cowgate, 225 1757. 7pm. £tbc. Japanese noise act. Jessie J Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 7pm. £23.50. New urban pop contender who has been biding her time writing hits for others before launching her solo career and has now scooped both the BBC’s Sound of 2011, four MOBOs and Brits Critics Choice Awards. FREE Where’s George?, The Rigbys, The Underbeats, Still and The Dark Jokes Whistlebinkies, 4-6 South Bridge, 557 5114. 8pm. Indie rock.

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Glasgow FREE The MeatMen Maggie May’s, 60 Trongate, 548 1350. 6pm. See Thu 20. Capdown, Mouthwash and The Hostiles Stereo, 20-28 Renfield Lane, 222 2254. 7pm. Perpetually touring ska- punk combo, whose name is a conflation of Capitalist Downfall. The Cat Empire O2 ABC, 330 Sauchiehall Street, 332 2232. 7pm. £19.50. Latino-ska-funk hoedown from this Melbourne six-piece. Look, no guitars! The Maccabees and 2:54 The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, 565 1000. 7pm. £15. Brighton via South London urchin rockers who revel in the names Orlando, Hugo, Felix, Rupert and not forgetting drummer Robert Dylan Thomas, moving in a more progressive musical direction these days. Toyah, Andi Fraggs and Demimonde Classic Grand, 18 Jamaica Street, 847 0820. 7pm. £18. The second Toyah appearance in Glasgow this month, this one featuring her back catalogue of 80s hits. Come Together Pivo Pivo, 15 Waterloo Street, 564 8100. 7.30pm. £5. Beatles tribute night for Oxjam, featuring contributions form Acrylic Iqon, Roman Road, The Dirty Beggars and Mark Hogg. DZ Deathrays, Salo and Lady North Nice’n’Sleazy, 421 Sauchiehall Street, 333 0900. 7.30pm. £6. Thrash pop duo from Brisbane. 15 Times Dead The 13th Note Café/Bar, 50–60 King St, 553 1638. 8pm. £4. Dark metal from the Glasgow four- piece. Plus Ten Tonne Dozer from Shetland, Newcastle’s A Thousand Lies and Semper Fi from Aberdeen. Focus The Ferry, 25 Anderston Quay, 01698 360085. 8pm. £17.50 in advance; £19 on door; £31.45 with early dinner at 6. Dutch prog rock band, who scarred many a youngster in the 70s with their wailing appearances on The Old Grey Whistle Test. HTRK Captain’s Rest, 185 Great Western Road, 332 7304. 8pm. £6.50. Noise rock from London-based Australian trio (NB: it’s pronounced Hate Rock.) Ten Tonne Dozer The 13th Note Café/Bar, 50–60 King Street, 553 1638. 8pm. £4. Heavy rock from Shetland band Ten Tonne Dozer, also 15 Times Dead, SemperFi and A Thousand Lies. Royal Republic, The Toi and Tracer King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, 272a St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 8.30pm. £6. Swedish quartet influenced by Britpop, punk and funk, who have supported Biffy Clyro. Laid Bloc+, 117 Bath Street, 574 6066. 9pm–3am. £3. A new club night featuring live bands, DJs, visuals, free cookies and made-to-order milky beverages including white, mint and pink russians. Playing at this opening party will be Meursault, Crayons, and Sebastian Dangerfield. Edinburgh Foreign Beggars and Lazer Sword The Liquid Room, 9c Victoria Street, 225



1 His music is mesmerisingly beautiful Toumani Diabaté is a master of the kora, a traditional Malian harp-like instrument. His ability to weave a gorgeous tapestry of cascading melodies from the 21-string kora is magical. One thumb plays the tune and another the bassline, while the forefingers provide harmony and improvisation. 2 He’s a bearer of tradition Diabaté belongs to the 71st generation of kora players in his family, and claims to be descended from the first man ever to play the instrument. He is from the Griot tradition of storytelling bards, and through his teaching, passes the culture of the ancient West African Mandé empire on to a new generation. 3 He’s an innovator Diabaté has explored the currents between Africa and Spain with flamenco group Ketama, and extended the dialogue between African and American music with blues guitarist Taj Mahal and jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd. Collaborations with Björk and Damon Albarn, meanwhile, have taken his music in more leftfield directions. 4 He has his own orchestra The Symmetric Orchestra features traditional West African instruments alongside modern horns, strings, electric guitars and keyboards. At the centre of it all is, of course, Diabaté’s kora, rippling over Cuban rhythms and Afrobeat grooves. 5 He’s won two Grammy awards Diabaté’s most celebrated partnership is with the late Malian guitar genius Ali Farka Touré. Their two masterful releases, unrehearsed and recorded quickly, both won Grammys for ‘Best Traditional World Music Album’. (Stewart Smith) Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Mon 7 Nov.

2564. 7pm. £12. Eclectic and energetic electronica with MCs Orifice Vulgatron and Metropolis, producer Dag Nabbit and DJ Nonames. Halfway to New York The Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register Street, 556 7060. 7pm. £5. Gritty, raw indie rock. Napier Live Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place, 229 1442. 7pm. £5. Four bands with an affiliation to Napier university play live.

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