In this week’s new music round-up: RAPAL music showcase returns to TV screens; Tenement Trail festival launched; The Plimptons call it a day; T in the Park latest; new music from Flutes, Three Blind Wolves, Pronto Mama, Milwalkie, White Heath and Brown Bear & the Bandits; plus this week’s gig picks.
Return of BBC’s new music show
Aside from T in the Park, there aren’t many chances for the up and coming musicians in Scotland to reach a TV audience. But that’s about to change with the return of RAPAL TV on BBC Alba. The show aims to showcase “the newest bands and artists from Scotland” and the first episode will feature music from John Wean, Paul McGranaghan, Discopolis and The Holy Ghosts.
Hosted by Vic Galloway and Emma MacInnes, the 12-part series will begin on BBC Alba on Thursday (21 Feb) at 10pm and is repeated on Friday at 11.30pm. Future performers on the show will include Holy Mountain, Miaoux Miaoux, Beerjacket and Three Blind Wolves.
Tenement TV plans festival
Music video bloggers Tenement TV are branching out into events, with the news of the first “inner city festival”. The team behind the Glasgow project – which invites musicians to record sessions in their Byres Road frontroom – have revealed that the Tenement Trail will take place on Saturday, March 9.
The aforementioned Discopolis will perform on the day alongside 29 other acts, including Bwani Junction, Tango in the Attic, Fat Goth, Sunshine Social and TeenCanteen. The gigs will take place across the Art School, Nice N Sleazy, Broadcast and G2, with a £10 wristband covering the lot.
More info on tenementtv.com.
The Plimptons call it a day
Glasgow band The Plimptons have announced they are calling time on their 13-year career. Instead of drifting away sadly into the stuff of memories, the indie-popsters are revelling in their own demise, with a new free EP titled The Plimptons are Dead and a 19-track retrospective called The Life and Death of Colonel Plimp, available on April 1. Check out their Bandcamp for more. The last chance to see them live will be at their All Day Farewell Party at Stereo in Glasgow on March 30.
Full T in the Park line-up revealed
In the unlikely event that you missed yesterday’s news, the full T in the Park line-up for the festival’s 20th anniversary was announced. Among the batch of new names was Frightened Rabbit, CHVRCHES and Nina Nesbitt. Tickets go on sale on Friday at 9am.
New Dundee venue
A new music venue, 20 Rocks, is to open in Dundee in March, taking over the space left empty by the Doghouse, which closed in December. The firm behind the new venture already operates venues in Falkirk and Stirling. Look out for more about the new venue on Radar soon.
• Flutes have announced details of a new single. The band, who formed in Fife, will release Kilburn on April 8, and the b-side, a cover of Haddaway’s 1993 hit What Is Love is available as a free download. Following this will be a new EP, video and live shows at The Good Ship, Kilburn, London (12 April), the Glad Café, Glasgow (19 April) and Penicuik Library (20 April).
• Three Blind Wolves have announced their latest single. In Here Somewhere is available now via Instinctive Raccoon (download via Bandcamp / vinyl) and the Glasgow band are supporting Frightened Rabbit on their UK tour this week (more info / ticket details).
• Glasgow six-piece Pronto Mama have just released their new single ‘Rubber’, which is available as a free download via www.prontomama.com. The band have just added a brass section and they make great use of their expanded line-up on this bright, upbeat slice of indie-funk.
• Berlin-based Scots Milwalkie are busy preparing for the release of their second album No Routes on February 28. But in the meantime they have posted the video for the atmospheric song Back to the Snow. Watch it below…
• White Heath, who featured on Radar way back in 2009, are about to leave Edinburgh to pursue their dreams (as the cliché goes) in London. But as a farewell to their Scottish fans they will be playing a show at their favourite venue, Henry’s Cellar Bar, on Friday (22 Feb) – a show which will double as the launch for their new single The Only Fear Is Of Getting Caught, which you can listen to below. Support on the night will come from hunnybadger, a pan-European “pop hip hop collective”. Intriguing.
• Brown Bear & the Bandits are releasing their first single proper, Olive Tree, on Monday (25 Feb). The Largs trio have a video to accompany the song, and they will play shows at the Tolbooth in Stirling on Saturday (23 Feb) with Miniature Dinosaurs and at MV Festival in Aviemore the following Friday (1 Mar).
Tuesday @ Mono, Glasgow, 8pm, FREE
Wednesday @ Oran Mor, Glasgow, 7pm, £14
The Pictish Trail + Eagleowl
Thursday @ The Caves, Edinburgh, 8pm, £11.50
The Winter Tradition
Thursday @ The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, 7pm, £4
Golden Grrrls (album launch)
Friday @ Stereo, Glasgow, 7pm, £5
The Yawns + Napoleons Dogs + Mondegreen
Friday @ The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 8pm, £5
White Heath (see above)
Friday @ Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh, 7pm
Cuddly Shark (album launch) + Cats in Capes, Cleavers, Foxhunting
Friday @ The Tunnels, Aberdeen, 7.30pm, £5
RBS Museum Lates: Night of the Vikings (Broken Records + Chris Stoutt)
Friday @ National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, 7pm – 10.30pm, £10
The Twilight Sad (acoustic)
Saturday @ Electric Circus, Edinburgh, 7pm, £11.25
Sunday @ Nice n Sleazy, Glasgow, 8pm, £8
Scottish Fiction presents: Aye Tunes vs Peenko (Beerjacket, Shambles Miller, Lovers Turn To Monsters)
Saturday @ The Roxy, Glasgow, 8pm, £6