28 August 2011

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This week we welcomed back one of our favourite local bands, we're only afraid of NYC, if you missed this weeks Friday Freebies then make sure you download their new single 'Walls'. The band are playing at King Tuts tonight as part of this years RocknRoll Damnation 2011 along with Lightguides and Pareto.

The ferocious beings that are The John Knox Sex Club return with their second album, Raise Ravens, tomorrow (Monday 29th August). Following up last years excellent, 'Blud Rins Cauld', was never going to be an easy task, but I reckon their latest offering is a marked step forward for one of Scotland's most exciting bands. To celebrate the albums release The John Knox Sex Club are having a launch night in Stereo, tonight (28/8/11) followed by two dates in northern England: Thursday 1st September, Puzzle Inn, Sowerby Bridge, then on Friday 2nd September at Mad Ferret in Preston. The album is available on CD and to download directly from the band through their Bandcamp page. Check back in tomorrow when I'll have a special wee feature about the album.

Bloody hell, it's a busy old night in Glasgow tonight if The John Knox Sex Club or we're only afraid of NYC aren't your cup of tea, then perhaps Duckstock 2"Unplucked" at the Flying Duck might be for you. Our very own Randolph's Leap are on about half ten, alongside The Apples of Energy, Cheer, Conner mcCann, Dave Roy, The Dirt, Dr Mango and the Chickpeas, Grope Town (the quiet set), The Plimptons, The Paraffins and Leap Small Scale Collisions. It's only £3 to get in and it all kicks off at 2pm through until the wee hours of the morning.

I guess every band one day dreams of heading out to Austin to play at SXSW, but fuck me does it take a lot of hard work and is it really all worth it. Well you can find out more about what it takes to play at South By, as the Creative Scotland are hosting a SXSW & MIDEM Training Event at the ABC in Glasgow on Tuesday 30th August. The event will see a number of panellists offering up their tuppence about their experiences of SXSW, to be honest with you the best thing about these kind of events is that it gives you the opportunity to 'network' with folk that you wouldn't normally get access too. In addition to this they've roped in Kid Canaveral to talk about their experiences from last years festival. Seeing as they did all of it off their own back, they should be able to provide any of you unsigned artists with a much greater incite into the barriers that they faced and the benefits they got from going to SXSW. The event kicks off at 7:15, you can find further information on the evening on Creative Scotland's website.

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