Edinburgh ■ Song, by Toad Christmas Party St Stephen’s Centre, St Stephen Street Stockbridge, 556 2661. 2–11pm. £10. Festive knees-up from the excellent Edinburgh indie record label/blog featuring nearly ever band on the label in a big ol’ one day Christmas jamboree with Meursault, The Leg, The Japanese War Effort, Yusuf Azak, Rob St John, Ian Humberstone, Jesus H Foxx, Lach, Animal Magic Tricks and more. ■ Ged Hanley Trio and Main Street Blues Whistlebinkies, 4-6 South Bridge, 557 5114. 5pm. Free before midnight; £4 after. Blues and covers, more acts tbc. FREE William Douglas The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 6pm. See Sat 19. ■ HomeGrown Henry’s Cellar Bar, 8- 16 Morrison Street, 228 9393. 7pm. £tbc. New Scottish hip hop night. ■ Live & Unsigned Cabaret Voltaire, 36–38 Blair Street, 0843 289 3333. 7pm. £5. Unsigned Edinburgh acts. ■ Oswald Sneaky Pete’s, 73 Cowgate, 225 1757. 7pm. £5. Alt.rock and electronica.
Glasgow ■ Napalm Death Ivory Blacks, 56 Oswald Street, 248 4114. 6pm. £15. Ear- splitting sonic assault from the thrash metal heroes and inventors of grindcore. FREE Raymond Elma, The Red Show and Kochka Slouch, 203–5 Bath Street, 221 5518. 6pm. Acoustic singer/songwriter, bluesy rock duo and soulful indie from Kochka at this week’s Blues Kitchen. ■ Glasgow Popfest Heavenly, 185 Hope Street, 353 0884. 6.30pm. £13–£18 or £42 for a three-day pass. See Thu 8. Rounding things off on Sunday are Baffin Island, Lenzie Moss, The Electric Pop Group, Maple Leaves and BMX Bandits, whose documentary Serious Drugs will be screened at the GFT the same afternoon. ■ Kasabian and Miles Kane SECC, Finnieston Quay, 0844 395 4000. 6.30pm. £30. Lairy indie combo return with their new album Velociraptor! featuring more of their tried-and-tested piledriving anthems. Support from kindred swaggering spirit Miles Kane. ■ Uriah Heep and Virgil & the Accelerators O2 ABC, 330 Sauchiehall Street, 332 2232. 7pm. £19.50. Over-14s show. Spandex and hairspray riffola from unashamed old school metal veterans. ■ Dead Boy Robotics Pivo Pivo, 15 Waterloo Street, 564 8100. 7.30pm. £tbc. See Sat 3. ■ Todd Gordon: The Tony Bennett Songbook City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 7.30pm. £14. Classic crooning as Gordon performs the jazz/swing vocals of Bennett. FREE John Rush Boudoir Wine Bar, Merchant Square, Candleriggs, 552 4774. 8–10pm. See Sun 27. ■ Nerrus Kor, Betraeus and Party Cannon The 13th Note Café/Bar, 50–60 King Street, 553 1638. 8pm. Progressive death metal from Manchester’s Betraeus. ■ Carnivores, Marvel Heights and So Many Animal Calls King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, 272a St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 8.30pm. £6. Biffy/McLusky riffola from the headliners. FREE Bloc+ Jam Bloc+, 117 Bath Street, 574 6066. 9pm. See Sun 20. FREE Open Mic Lebowskis, 1008 Argyle Street, 564 7988. 9.30pm. See Sun 20. Edinburgh ■ Adam Ant & the Good, the Mad & the Lovely Posse The HMV Picture House, 31 Lothian Road, 0844 847 1740. 7pm. £22.50. See Sun 27. ■ The Fire & I, Lovers and Underclass Sneaky Pete’s, 73 Cowgate, 225 1757. 7pm. £5. Energetic power pop duo headlines. ■ Bootleg Beatles Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £25 + £2.50
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booking fee. The popular Beatles tribute band returns. FREE Open Mic Espionage, 4 India Buildings Victoria Street, 477 7007. 9.30pm. See Sun 20.
Glasgow ■ Aloe Blacc O2 ABC, 330 Sauchiehall Street, 332 2232. 7pm. £15. American soul vocalist with an old school rhythm’n’blues style who probably doesn’t need a dollar anymore. ■ Blaze Bayley and 15 Times Dead Ivory Blacks, 56 Oswald Street, 248 4114. 7pm. £7. The former Iron Maiden and Wolfsbane vocalist doles out some hoary heavy metal. FREE Acoustic Jam Nice’n’Sleazy, 421 Sauchiehall Street, 333 0900. 8pm. See Mon 21. FREE Acoustic Session Live Slouch, 203–5 Bath Street, 221 5518. 8.30pm. See Mon 21. ■ Title Fight, Balance & Composure and Transit King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, 272a St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 8.30pm. £8.50. Melodic hardcore quartet from Kingston, Pennsylvania. FREE Blochestra Homecoming Bloc+, 117 Bath Street, 574 6066. 9pm. Special Christmas gig from the extempore ensemble performing two sets of covers and originals with some Christmas songs thrown into the mix. FREE Brel Sessions Brel, 39–43 Ashton Lane, 342 4966. 9pm–midnight. See Mon 21. Edinburgh ■ An Evening with Lindsey Buckingham Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £42.50. The majestically-cheekboned singer, songwriter and guitarist of Fleetwood Mac tours in support of his new solo album. FREE Open Mic Whistlebinkies, 4-6 South Bridge, 557 5114. 9.30pm. See Mon 21.
Glasgow ■ Go West O2 ABC, 330 Sauchiehall Street, 332 2232. 7pm. £20. Eighties duo who scored a hit with ‘We Close Our Eyes’ and have looked back ever since. ■ The Saturdays SECC, Finnieston Quay, 0844 395 4000. 7pm. £25. Pop hits from the cut-price Girls Aloud. ■ Steve Harley Òran Mór, 731-735 Great Western Road, 357 6200. 7pm. £22.50. The original Cockney rebel playing his hits including that song . . . can’t think what it’s called. ■ Bootleg Beatles Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 353 8000. 7.30pm. £25. See Sun 11. ■ 100 Monkeys and Cara Salimando King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, 272a St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 8pm. £10. Over-14s show. Funk rock and bluesy sounds from this group of LA- based multi-instrumentalists. FREE Open Mic Box, 431 Sauchiehall Street, 332 5431. 9pm. See Tue 22.
Wednesday 14 Glasgow ■ Architects, Deaf Havana, While She Sleeps and Tek One O2 ABC, 330 Sauchiehall Street, 332 2232. 7pm. £14. Over-14s show. The headliners are a hardcore metal quintet from Brighton. ■ Bootleg Beatles Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 353 8000. 7.30pm. £25. See Sun 11. ■ Miracle Fortress Captain’s Rest, 185 Great Western Road, 332 7304. 8pm. £6.50. Montreal indie rock group helmed by Graham Van Pelt. FREE The MeatMen Maggie May’s, 60 Trongate, 548 1350. 9pm. See Sat 19. FREE Open Mic The Halt Bar, 160 Woodlands Road, 352 9996. 9pm. See Wed 23.
Edinburgh ✽✽ Malcolm Middleton/Human Don’t Be Angry Electric Circus, 36–39 Market Street, 226 4224. 7pm. £14.50. Former Arab Strap man in solo guise, and in HDBA instrumental guise. ■ Hard Skin Henry’s Cellar Bar, 8-16 Morrison Street, 228 9393. 7.30pm. £7. Rare Scottish show from the London oi punks.
Glasgow ■ Dappy and Dot Rotten O2 ABC, 330 Sauchiehall Street, 332 2232. 7pm. £15. Clownish lead rapper in N-Dubz strikes out solo now that his bandmate Tulisa is occupied with The X Factor. ✽✽ Malcolm Middleton/Human Don’t Be Angry Òran Mór, 731- 735 Great Western Road, 357 6200. 7pm. £14.50. See Wed 14. ■ White Lies, The Duke Spirit and The Chevin O2 Academy, 121 Eglinton Street, 0844 477 2000. 7pm. £20. Would-be dark and moody indie which makes the right noises without the content. ■ Farseer, Babylon Fading and Touch of Severity Pivo Pivo, 15 Waterloo Street, 564 8100. 7.30pm. £6. Metal triple bill at the weekly Mayhem Underground night. ■ Martin Stephenson & The Daintees Stereo, 20-28 Renfield Lane, 222 2254. 8pm. £15. Now resident in Scotland, the respected Geordie songwriter makes another trip to Glasgow in the company of his band The Daintees. FREE Jam Session Samuel Dow’s, 67–71 Nithsdale Road, 423 0107. 8.30pm. See Thu 17. ■ Three Blind Wolves King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, 272a St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 8.30pm. £7. ‘Badass hillbilly rock’n’roll’ from Ross Clark’s new band. FREE Acoustic Open Mic 1901 Bar and Bistro, 1534 Pollockshaws Road. 9pm. See Thu 17. FREE Open Mic Night The Bay, 142 West Regent Street. 9pm. See Thu 17. FREE Live at Lebowskis Lebowskis, 1008 Argyle Street, 564 7988. 9.30pm. See Thu 17. Edinburgh FREE Henry Ibbs Captains Bar, 4 South College Street. 9pm. See Thu 17. FREE Henry Ibbs The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 6pm. See Thu 17. ■ Future Heroes The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 11pm. £2–£3. See Thu 17.
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Thursday 17 Edinburgh ■ David Arcari The Caves, Niddry Street South, 557 8989. 7.15pm. £7. A fusion of alt. blues, trash country, punk and rockabilly. ■ Click Clack Club The Third Door, 45–47 Lothian Street, 225 6313. 8.30pm. £3. Funky experimental music club. Joined by WonderWinds (three saxes and percussion) and more. ■ Future Heroes The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 11pm. £2–£3. Groovy funk four-piece with ace guitarist Aki Remally.
Friday 18 Glasgow FREE Cosmopolitan Big Band Café Source, 1 St Andrew’s Square, 548 6020.
Profile COM TRUISE
Who: No, not the one married to Hatie Kolmes. Com Truise is the alias of Seth Haley, the New Jersey based producer behind this summer’s sublime Galactic Melt; his debut album, and one of this year’s finest, most addictive electronic synth-pop productions. It almost, but not quite, hit the highs of the EP he’d put out earlier this year on Ghostly International, ‘Cyanide Sisters’. He’s been touring the States with Active Child and Neon Indian and is about to wrap up a European tour, with the last date (accompanied by a drummer) in Edinburgh.
What: Haley describes the music he makes as ‘mid-fi, synthwave, slow motion funk’. Or, to put it another way, it sounds a bit like the more melodic, poppier Ford & Lopatin end of Daniel ‘Oneohtrix Point Never’ Lopatin’s output, or Boards of Canada if they did big, multicoloured, slowed-down power beats made for a dancefloor. Haley’s a busy man – he’s made music in the past under the guises of Airliner, Sarin Sunday and SYSTM, and when he’s not making music, he’s a graphic designer for pharmaceutical ad campaigns. He designs all the artwork and visuals for Com Truise too, because, as he has said in the past, ‘who knows better than me what my sound looks like?’ (Claire Sawers) ■ Com Truise plays Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Sat 3 Dec. See comtruise.com and wtyl.org for more info.
9pm. Jazz standards, funk and soul from this 18-piece big band featuring vocals from Rachel Lightbody.
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