This Week’s Gigs: 14th – 19th February

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Last night the Aye Tunes team (all one of us) made a rare venture through to Leith for the Come On Gang! album launch/final gig. Pretty sure I had more fun than is medically safe. If I happened to talk to any of you from roughly 10pm onwards I apologise for everything I said. More on the album to come this week, but for now I’ll just suguest that you go buy it. You can get Strike a Match from iTunes just now.

Now, on with this week’s gigs.
Monday:
Don’t take your partner out for dinner, everywhere will be mobbed. Better options for spending your night include:
Tuesday:
Tuesday is apparently a good night for the poor, or the cheapskates.
Glasgow Slow Club: Withered Hand, Alan McKim. Bloc, free.
Cheer. Mono, free.
Wednesday:
Aidan Moffat‘s Valentine Revue. Oran Mor.
Aidan Moffat will be doing three sets – one solo, one with Bill Wells, and one with The Best-Ofs.
Darkstar. Nice N Sleazy (Tickets)
I’m always a wee bit disappointed when I see this name because for a minute I think they are mid 90s group Dark Star. I loved Twenty Twenty Sound. Sleazies might still be shut on wednesday, if it is I’ll let you know where the gig moves to.
Detour. Bloc, free.
Stanley Odd, Kitty The Lion. The Captain’s Rest. (Tickets)
The Last Battle, Letters, Oso Street Outreach. Henry’s Cellar Bar.
Letters launch their debut single. As always, we really like The Last Battle.
Thursday:
Launch gig for Feel Safe Small, the new French Wives EP. More on the EP coming up during the week, but until then you can pre-order and hear a song from it here.
Must confess I know next to nothing about The Black Atlantic, but the levels of love we have round here for Blue Sky Archives and Where We Lay Our Heads borders on the worrying and stalkerish.
Friday:
We like Black International a lot too.
Barmellodie: The Scottish Enlightenment, Randolph’s Leap, 30 Pounds of Bone. Bloc, free before Midnight.
Armellodie hijack Bloc again, with another rather splendid selection of bands.

Saturday:
If we had some kind of “gig of the week” award then this one might just come out the winner. Belated Glasgow launch gig for the Gerry Loves Records split 12″ featuring all the folk playing this gig. You can buy the 12″ here. I did and I don’t even own a record player. It comes with downloads though, I didn’t just go mad and buy something I can’t listen to.
The second Ides of Toad gig, which also has an ace line-up.

ALSO!
The Margins Book and Music Festival is running over a few days at the end of the week. I’ll quite shamelessly copy/paste the info given by the lovely people at Cargo Publishing.

Over four days, seven shows and over 30 performers, Margins brings you the biggest names in Scottish literature, like Liz Lochhead, Tom Leonard, Ewan Morrison, Doug Johnstone, Alan Bissett and Rodge Glass, to brand new talent and collaborations with the most popular regular literary nights in Scotland, including Words Per Minute, Golden Hour and Seeds of Thought.

To cap it all off, the final night has music from the critically acclaimed Withered Hand, joined by Burnt Island and Where We Lay Our Heads.

Here’s all the events, with each costing a mere £1. Yes, one pound. Bargain. Afternoon shows start at 4pm, evening shows at 7pm, all taking place in Stereo. Both the venue and the sound, I presume.

THURSDAY 17TH FEBRUARY

Evening:

MONOSYLLABIC-MARGINS OF ERROR POP-UP THEATRE

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FRIDAY 18TH FEBRUARY

Afternoon:

SEEDS OF THOUGHT SPECIAL


Evening:

LIZ LOCHHEAD ALAN BISSETT

ANNELIESE MACKINTOSH

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SATURDAY 19TH FEBRUARY

Afternoon:

GOLDEN HOUR SPECIAL

(RYAN VAN WINKLE NICK HOLDSTOCK ERICA DUFFY

SMALL FEET LITTLE TOES BILLY LIAR TOBY MOTTERSHEAD)

Evening:

RODGE GLASS DOUG JOHNSTONE KIRSTIN INNES

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SUNDAY 20TH FEBRUARY

Afternoon:

WORDS PER MINUTE SPECIAL

Evening:

TOM LEONARD WITHERED HAND

EWAN MORRISON BURNT ISLAND

ALLAN WILSON ANDREW RAYMOND DRENNAN

WHERE WE LAY OUR HEADS