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Lau have been nominated as best group in the upcoming Radio 2 folk awards 2014 , and have already taken the title so many times they should arguably retire the trophy. Combining towering technical skill with fluidity and an enviable emotional warmth, the trio of accordionist Martin Green, guitarist Kris Drever and violinist Aidan O'Rourke are perhaps the best live band in the country. As long-standing veterans of Celtic Connections, the sprawling roots music festival that helps keep Glasgow's blood from freezing each January, this date was practically a homecoming gig.

The focal point was the world premiere of The Bell That Never Rang, one of 20 new works commissioned for the UK's first New Music Biennial. Inspired by an image from Glasgow's coat of arms and composed by Lau in collaboration with string experimentalists the Elysian Quartet, the semi-improvised piece evolved from Drever's unhurried guitar figure into an 18-minute beast characterised by swathes of thrillingly queasy glissando. - [The Guardian]

Perhaps the most celebrated modern folk band in the UK, Lau have been making music for nearly a decade and, as mentioned in the Guardian piece above, have won "Best Group" at BBC Radio 2's Folk Awards on four occasions. If you're unfamiliar, you can listen to a sampler of their work below.

Lau are over from Edinburgh for a few U.S. dates, including two in NYC. On Sunday (4/6) they'll play The Studio at Webster Hall, which is a kickoff concert for Tartan Week which celebrates all things Scottish in NY. The whole bill features Scottish artists, including band The La Fontaines, pop singer Nina Nesbitt, and hip hop duo Hector Bizerk. This show is free, but you do need to get tickets online. For a full run down of Tartan Week activities (musical and otherwise) head here.

Lau also play a headlining show at Mercury Lounge on April 11 with Gramercy Arms. Tickets for that show are on sale. All Lau tour dates are listed, along with streams a couple live videos, below.

Meanwhile, for a taste of the Irish, tickets are still on sale for the Irish Arts Center-presented show with The Gloaming at LPR. YES, we know the difference between Ireland and Scotland (unlike Phil Hartman in the video with Mike Meyers below).

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Florence and the Machine at Deluna Fest 2012 (more by Dana [distrotion] Yavin)

Florence Welch, who joined the Rolling Stones at their recent London show and just received two Grammy nominations, stopped singing to break up a fight at one of her own shows the other night at AECC in Scotland. You can watch the whole thing go down, beginning at the 1:20 mark in the video below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Belle and Sebastian

Like veteran indie bands from Glasgow? Want to see them live for free? Read on.

If the $50 price tag of this Thursday's (9/30) Belle and Sebastian show with Teenage Fanclub at the Williamsburg Waterfront has been scaring you off, we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show. Details below.

We're also giving away THREE pairs of tickets to tomorrow night's (9/28)  Teenage Fanclub/The Clean show at Bowery Ballroom. Details below.

Wait there's more. We're also giving away TWO pairs of tickets to see The Vaselines on October 6 at Webster Hall.  Details below.

The waterfront show on Thursday is the kickoff to Belle and Sebastian's tour. Fellow Glaswegians Teenage Fanclub are opening. Tickets are still available. Let's hope the current rainy forceast changes by then. The band also performs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (9/29) night. After the Waterfront show, the band head's to Las Vegas for this weekend's Matador 21 extravaganza, make a short detour into Mexico, and will then backtrack east across North America.

Belle and Sebastian

The band's eighth album, Write About Love, will be out October 12 and is Belle & Sebastian's first in nearly five years. A decade and a half into their career, you pretty much know what to expect from Stuart Murdoch, Stevie Jackson and the rest of the band, but since 2001's Dear Catastrophe Waitress the group's quality control has been pretty high. (2006's The Life Pursuit was especially good I thought.) Write About Love is another lovely record in the band's cannon. The vinyl comes with a bonus 7" containing two songs not on the album.

There are a couple of surprising guest vocalists.  Carey Mulligan, Oscar-nominated star of An Education, sings on the album's title track (which you can download for free via a widget at the bottom of this post), and Norah Jones features on "Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John."

The band have taken some interesting routes promoting the new album. Earlier this year they encouraged fans to take pictures with the album's title incorporated into the shot, creating a Flickr pool for the project. Murdoch included his favorites in an entertaining half-hour "television" program (not sure if it aired anywhere but online) that is a mix of live performance, audience Q&A, and a discussion of the current state of the music industry. In a cute, charming way, of course. You can watch it below.

It is also worth noting that Belle and Sebastian have some really impressive openers along the way, including The Vaselines (Mexico dates), Versus in Washington D.C., Dean & Britta doing the Galaxie 500 thing in Boston, and Trashcan Sinatras in Seattle. All dates are at the bottom of this post.

Teenage Fanclub

Teenage Fanclub, who open the Waterfront show, have two headlining shows of their own -- tonight (9/27) and tomorrow (9/28) -- at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still available for both (click the links). Tomorrow's show is the more desirable of the two, with New Zealand indie rock legends The Clean as co-headliners. Merge labelmates The Radar Brother open both shows other dates on the tour.

If you somehow got this far into this post without reading it, we're giving away tickets to the show tomorrow with the Clean. See details below.

Teenage Fanclub's new album on Merge, Shadows, is the band's seventh. Like what I said about Belle and Sebastian above, you know what you're getting with a new TFC album at this point (midtempo, harmony-laden guitar pop indebted to Big Star and The Byrds) but the band has remained amazingly consistent during their 20-year history. It doesn't hurt that they have three very good songwriters in the band. (Though we can all agree Gerry Love is the best, right? No? Your mileage may vary.)  You can stream the whole thing over at Merge's website. And they have always been good live, funny too.

Teenage Fanclub's North American tour with The Radar Brothers takes them across the continent, ending in Vancouver on October 16. All dates are at the bottom of this post.

One of the TFC dates is opening for The Vaselines in DC on Saturday (10/2). That's where the Vaselines are launching their own North American tour. Will there be any musicians over the age of 37 actually in Glasgow next week? The Vaselines tour hits NYC next week when they play Webster Hall on Wednesday, October 6 with openers Jeffrey Lewis and Crystal Stilts. If you haven't heard The Vaselines' new album Sex with an Ex, it picks right up where the band left off 20 years ago: smart, funny, filthy, and catchy as hell. And still genuinely great live.

All tour dates for Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub and The Vaselines are below, along with videos, contest details, widgets and whatnot.

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If only they had jetpacks...
We Were Promised Jetpacks

A trio of Scottish bands, We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit, are touring parts of North America this September -- they'll stick to the West Coast and the South, starting out at Monolith Festival in Colorado on September 12th and 13th.

For the tour's second leg, Frightened Rabbit drops off, and Jetpacks and The Twilight Sad will be joined by Brakesbrakesbrakes (featuring Eamon Hamilton of British Sea Power). The dates and cities for that section are still TBA, but there will be a stop at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday, October 6th. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 10th at noon.

Besides being from Scotland, all of the above-mentioned bands (even Brakes, but they are from England) are on Fat Cat Records. Jetpacks' debut, These Four Walls, is out now (July 7th) on the label. That album's "Quiet Little Voices" is posted above. The video for the same song is below.

The Twilight Sad's Forget the Night Ahead (their follow up to Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters) will be out September 22nd on Fat Cat. "Reflection of the Television" from the new record is posted above. The full track list is below. The Twilight Sad just visited NYC on their spring tour with Mogwai, which included three nights at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Frightened Rabbit won't be at that October 6th Bowery show, but they will be in NYC a bit earlier for their appearance at Siren Festival on July 18th. The night before the band plays a show at Maxwell's, which will be the first of two final Oxford Collapse gigs. Those shows are all part of the Frightened Rabbit's July tour.

All tour dates, and the above-mentioned stuff, below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

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We Were Promised Jetpacks

"The first thing you forget about We Were Jetpacks is how young they are. When your speakers crackle with surges of gratifying guitar squalls or when this breathless dazzle of uninhibited anthem-building is taken to a stage, the Jetpacks define themselves by the magic they create with their hands, not by their 1987 birth dates." [The Pop Cop]
Scotland's We Were Promised Jetpacks are visiting our country for SXSW this week. Unfortunately, their only NYC show is the sold-out Wrens/Titus Andronicus KEXP gig at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (3/12). If you have a ticket and want to see them, get there early, they are the first of three. if you're going to Austin, you can catch them on Friday, March 20th at La Zona Rosa, and the other places listed below.

We Were Promised Jetpacks will release its debut LP in June 2009 on Fat Cat Records, the same label of fellow Scots and friends Frightened Rabbit (who played NYC in January). The two bands will perform together at Scala in London in April.

Though Frightened Rabbit might not have any stateside shows coming up, other Scotish bands set to appear at both the Austin fest and NYC include Camera Obscura (Bell House & Mercury Lounge), Primal Scream (MHOW & Webster Hall), and Glasvegas (MHOW & Webster Hall).

The Wrens will also be at SXSW and have a Brooklyn show coming up that is still on sale.

All WWPJP tour dates, plus videos for the band playing acoustic for Bandstand Busking at Brighton Pier, below...

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