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The Scotsman, Under The Radar, September 2013

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Published Tuesday 3rd September 2013

LAW, The Scotsman Track of the Month, September 2013

ONE of the best gigs we have attended in months was an intense performance by solo artist Lauren Hold, aka LAW, at Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s.

Boasting a distinctive vocal style set to beats composed with Young Fathers and producer Tim London (who scored a hit with Hippychick for the band Soho in 1990), her music is a fresh and exciting addition to Scotland’s music scene. The song Hustle gives a good taste of what is to come.

More info visit www.lawholt.com

One of the biggest talking points in the Scottish music scene is the news that the legendary Fence Collective is to split. Founder Kenny Anderson (aka King Creosote) plans to relaunch in January, while his former partner Johnny “Pictish Trail” Lynch plans to release many of the acts formerly on the label via his new venture, Lost Map Records http://lostmap.com A free sampler featuring tracks by eagleowl, Kid Canaveral, Monoganon, Rozi Plain, Seamus Fogarty, Randolph’s Leap and The Pictish Trail is available to anyone who signs up to the mailing list.

Hip-hop supremos Hector Bizerk are to mark the release of their new album with two launch parties, in Stereo, Glasgow on 21 September and at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh the following night. Billed as “Hectember Weekender”, the band are offering a limited number of seats on their Hector Bus from Glasgow for Edinburgh. The band had the plugs pulled on their last gig in the capital (at the BBC’s Fringe tent), when security appeared to take exception to enthusiastic fans going in for some “taps aff” action. www.hectorbizerk.com

Hector Bizerk will also be appearing at Jocktoberfest, hosted by the Black Isle Brewery near Inverness this coming weekend. This year’s bill is shaping up to be the best yet – it includes Casual Sex, Be Like Pablo, Woodenbox, Dylan Tierney and the fantastic Cairn String Quartet. www.jocktoberfest.com

On the other side of the firth, Moray Culture Day takes place in the Findhorn Bay area on 21 September. The free event will feature more than 80 artists with music, theatre, exhibitions, seminars and film all represented. The organisers of the goNORTH Festival have programmed a series of industry panel sessions, a screening programme and live music showcases in the evening. Artists performing include Fatherson, Be Like Pablo, The Oxides and Dave Martin & Graeme Rogers (DJ set) at Mosset Tavern from 9pm. Other pubs in the area will host Highland singer songwriters Jemma Tweedie, Dylan Tierney, Blair McLeod and Irenie Rose. www.findhornbayarts.com/night.html

Also taking place in the Highlands over the same weekend, is Ullapool’s Loopallu Festival www.loopallu.co.uk This year’s line-up features emerging Scottish acts Fake Major, Blood Relatives and former track of the month provider Prides, as well as headliners Newton Faulkner and The Enemy. Also appearing is Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire whose eponymous album was released on the Middle Of Nowhere Recordings (www.monr.co.uk) co-owned by Loopallu promoter, Robert Hicks.

Over in Stornoway, goNORTH organisers present a free Music In Broadcast seminar at the Jäger Rooms on Wednesday. Speakers include Duncan McCrone from MCPS, representatives from MG Alba and goNORTH Director Amanda Millen. www.gonorthfestival.co.uk/news

Quirky Edinburgh indie-pop outfit The Spook School are to release their debut album with Fortuna Pop! The group have also scheduled a UK tour with dates in Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London in September and October. www.thespookschool.com

•  Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run regular music business event Born to Be Wide, which takes place at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus from 7:30pm on 3 October with a seminar entitled Promoting Gigs. Speakers include Regular Music’s John Stout, who is also a booking agent, and Synergy Concerts’ Grainne Braithwaite. Additional participants TBA. www.borntobewide.co.uk for more details

The Scotsman, Under the Radar, May 2013

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Published Thursday 2nd May 2013

Prides, The Scotsman Track of the Month, May 2013

FORMERLY called Midnight Lion, and recently renamed Prides www.pridesband.com our track of the month providers look poised for great things. Fellow Glaswegian electro-popsters Chvrches recently took to Facebook to promote the video of the band’s Out Of The Blue single and BBC Radio 1’s Ally McCrae liked them so much he decided to manage them – arguably the ultimate endorsement.
You can see Prides live at the Brew At The Bog festival this weekend, at Stag & Dagger in Glasgow on 18 May and at the closing party for the goNorth Festival on 6 June. In the meantime, check out their video here .

Among the other acts showcasing at goNORTH, which is billed as Scotland’s largest creative industries event, are numerous Under the Radar track of the month providers including Fat Goth, Casual Sex, Roman Nose, Garden of Elks and Homework, as well as newcomers like Saint Max and the Fanatics, Pronto Mama, Jemma Tweedie and Dylan Tierney. All the gigs are free and provide the public with a fantastic opportunity to experience some amazing new talent. Visit www.gonorthfestival.co.uk

The Scottish Album of the Year Award celebrates Scottish artists from all genres and will host an award ceremony at The Barrowland’s in Glasgow on 20 June, with the winner scooping a £20,000 prize and the remaining nine artists picking up £1,000 each. The longlist was revealed last week and throughout May all 20 albums can be streamed for free. A public vote will propel the highest-scoring artist onto the shortlist, with the rest being decided by a panel of judges. Included on the longlist are Under the Radar favourites Meursault, PAWS, Admiral Fallow and Stanley Odd, alongside megastars Calvin Harris and Emeli Sandé. To listen and vote visit www.sayaward.com

Stag & Dagger takes place on 18 May across seven Glasgow venues and includes performances from We Were Promised Jetpacks, Rachel Sermanni, Fatherson, Prides and Randolph’s Leap. One wristband accesses all venues and costs a most reasonable £21. For full line up and ticket details visit www.staganddagger.co.uk

Another city festival using the multi-venue format is Kilmarnock’s Dirty Weekender (31 May – 2 June). Among the acts on the bill are Fridge Magnets, The OK Social Club, Banana Sessions and Vigo Thieves. This year the event has added a third venue, catering specifically for an over-14s audience. Visit www.facebook.com/KillieWeekender for details

Edinburgh act The Dark Jokes www.thedarkjokes.com have put in some impressive performances at Scottish festivals over the past couple of years. This month they play several dates in preparation for a tour of Brazil, where they are booked to play a series of shows at a huge multi-arts event celebrating UK culture. Taking place in San Paolo, the inaccurately named Cultura Inglesa has previously hosted Franz Ferdinand and this year also features Scottish music industry legend Alan McGee.

Other talent from the capital picking up interest outside Scotland includes Bwani Junction and Delta Mainline. The former have released the track Civil War in advance of a European tour, see www.facebook.com/BwaniJunction for details. Meanwhile, psychedelic rockers Delta Mainline are proving a favourite on Lauren Laverne’s 6 Music show with the track Misinformation picking up several plays. The band’s debut album Oh Enlightened, which took two years to record, is released on 20 May and has picked up well-deserved interest throughout the UK music press. Definitely worth checking out, this is a collection of songs which should be listened to at maximum volume, www.deltamainline.com

Other releases on our radar are Fife-based Panda Su, whose new single Maps is out on her own Peter Panda Records www.pandasu.co.uk and Stornoway’s The Boy Who Trapped The Sun. The latter has released his latest video, California ahead of his UK tour.
Visit www.facebook.com/theboywhotrappedthesun/events for full details of live dates, which include a home town appearance at the Hebridean Celtic Festival on 20 July in Stornoway.

•  Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run Born To Be Wide and the annual Wide Days convention. The next event takes place at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus on 30 May and features a discussion on how to prepare for goNorth. Find out how to get free tickets at www.borntobewide.co.uk