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Arctic Monkeys – Glasgow Hydro

Arctic MonkeysGordon Reid checks out the popular Yorkshire beat combo.

I’m old. I am probably too old to like these scamps from Sheffield, there is very little doubt about it. But their first two albums spoke to a very important part of my youth; songs about winding up the police and noising up bouncers at nightclubs, about poseurs and girls and hangovers and drugs. Maybe not who I am, but certainly who I was.

Had I been in a band back then then this is the sort of stuff that I would have been writing. Shut it.

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Laura Veirs – ABC2 Glasgow

Laura VeirsLaura Veirs is always an interesting proposition live. She’s known to use different instrumentalists (or none – just one woman and an acoustic guitar), mix up set lists and when last in town she played an afternoon gig for kids playing songs from her Tumblebee album aimed at the, ahem, genuinely young fans (as opposed to the young at heart fans who predominate tonight).

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Access Royale live at Glasgow Faktory this Weekend

Access RoyaleDoing anything fun this weekend? It’s okay, you don’t need to make something up just to look cool. We’ve come to help. So for anyone looking for some rock and roll, Washington DC’s Access Royale hit Scotland for the first time as they follow last year’s acclaimed debut album, City of Paradigm, with their new single download of Planet Earth, out now via ARU Records. And they’ve kindly agreed to let us give you the track here on the site, simply by clicking this link. So it seems only fair that you go see them.

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It Crawled From the South – Live In Glasgow

We love REM here at ELM, particularly the 80s stuff which is, let’s face it, the best they made. So it stands to reason we’d like It Crawled From the South, a tribute to the IRS years. they played the last ELM night and rocked like a Georgia-based motherf…well, you get the gist. You can see them in Glasgow on the 23rd August at McCuhills in High Street. Get along for a great night.

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The New Mendicants – Mono, Glasgow

Norman Blake (left) and Joe Pernice

Norman Blake (left) and Joe Pernice

Two of the finest songwriters of the last 20 years collaborating on a new project was something our sonic Preacher Howlin’ Whippet had to check out. And as a man who’s seen his fair share of angels while running from the Devil, he was uniquely placed to tell us whether it was a match made in Heaven or should go straight from Hell.

Finding themselves as neighbours in Canada, Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake and Joe Pernice of Pernice Brothers/Scud Mountain Boys fame have embarked on an acoustic tour of these shores, with stories, anecdotes and songs from weighty back catalogues.

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Ken Stringfellow – Glad Cafe, Glasgow

Ken StringfellowSometimes in life you are rewarded for the hundreds of gigs you’ve attended where the artist/band stand stock still and churn out note perfect versions of their songs. You could be anyone, they could be anyone too.

But it doesn’t have to be that way folks. No, you can ‘own the room’ as Ken Stringfellow does this fine summer’s evening. A smallish but clearly devoted crowd hang round the piano, keyboard, amp and guitar – yes, Ken has not bothered with the stage and has set up within the floor space where the audience should be. It’s a sign of what is to come. He ambles on and almost straight away he has us in the palm of his hand. He is funny, self-deprecating and charming. Heck, he even pops out to get a chair for a woman who had sat on the floor.

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Bob Mould – Oran Mor, Glasgow

 

“I didn’t want to play the songs/That gave people so much hope” sings Bob Mould on ‘The Descent’, the stand-out track from his latest album Star Machine. It sums up one of the contradictions of his fascinating career – a man never quite comfortable with his own achievements. He spent years running from his legacy as a member of seminal 80s hardcore legends Húsker Dú, only to find massive success with his next band, the mighty Sugar. But the Mould of 2013 is a different animal. relaxed and – whisper it – seemingly having fun up there, he’s delving into his unrivalled back catalogue and threatening to blow the fucking roof off this place.

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