Last night's gig was


#1001

Was two nights ago, but I saw Natalie Prass at Mono in Glasgow. A really lovely gig, her and her band have a very warm presence onstage and she has a lot more energy than I expected. It’s nice to see someone lean so unashamedly into the retro sounds like she does (soul, r&b, pop), it could be really cheesy but I reckon she pulls it off.

Support was Jalen N’Gonda, ridiculously great voice and also a very charming presence. He came back to duet with Natalie on her new single and it was :ok_hand:


#1002

Glad to hear that it was an ace show! Did much new material beyond the singles get aired? Dead excited for The Future and The Past!


#1003

Yeah, it seemed to be about half new stuff. From that, I would say the standout tracks were Ships Go Down and Lost (the one she duetted with Jalen N’Gonda). Short Court Style was obviously a total banger live. I’m really excited about the album too!


#1004

any tips for stag and dagger this weekend? (Note, I’ll be locked out at Art School from Bo Ningen onwards)

O2 ABC 1
21:30 - 22:30 Glasvegas
20:15 - 21:00 The Slow Readers Club
19:15 - 19:45 Vida

O2 ABC2 presented by This Feeling
22:30 - 23:00 Rascalton
21:30 - 22:00 Shambolics
20:30 - 21:00 Bang Bang Romeo
19:30 - 20:00 Sheafs
18:30 - 19:00 Heavy Rapids
17:45 - 18:15 Dylan John Thomas

BROADCAST presented by Control Social Club
01:30 - 02:00 Autumns
00:30 - 01:00 Dale Barclay & Laura St Jude
23:30 - 00:00 Life
22:30 - 23:00 Milk Disco
21:30 - 22:00 Retro Video Club
20:30 - 21:00 Sway
19:30 - 20:00 Bloody Knees
18:30 - 19:00 Voodoos
17:30 - 18:00 Underwater Boys
16:30 - 17:00 Blackwaters
15:30 - 16:00 Pleasure Heads
14:45 - 15:15 Lady Bird
14:00 - 14:30 Bluebirds

THE ART SCHOOL presented by Electric Fields
21:45 - 23:00 Wire
20:30 - 21:15 Protomartyr
19:30 - 20:00 Bo Ningen
18:45 - 19:15 Warm Digits

G2
22:15 - 23:00 Pulled Apart By Horses
21:00 - 21:45 YAK
20:00 - 20:30 Dama Scout
19:00 - 19:30 The Dunts
18:15 - 18:45 Declan Welsh and The Decadent West

CCA
22:15 - 23:00 The Vegan Leather
21:15 - 21:45 Solareye
20:15 - 20:45 Otzeki
19:15 - 19:45 Pitou
18:15 - 18:45 Edwin Organ

NICE N SLEAZY
22:00 - 22:30 West Princes
21:00 - 21:30 Yassassin
20:00 - 20:30 Swedish Death Candy
19:00 - 19:30 Medicine Men
18:00 - 18:30 The Modern Strangers
17:00 - 17:30 Vacations
16:00 - 16:30 The Beach

THE PRIORY
00:00 - 00:30 Calva Louise
23:00 - 23:30 Cheap Teeth
22:00 - 22:30 Home$lice
21:00 - 21:30 Freakwave
20:00 - 20:30 Tounge Trap
19:00 - 19:30 Emily Burns
18:00 - 18:30 Dancin On Tables
17:00 - 17:30 Giant Party


#1005

Meh


#1006

agreed, it’s pretty uninspiring innit? Quite glad that they’ve put Bo Ningen, Protomartyr and Wire together so I can just treat it as it’s own show (also, at Art School, yas!) if I don’t bother with anything else


#1007

Hmmm, the fact those three are all playing in one venue does make it a bit more appealing. I remember one year they did £10 tickets if you only wanted to go into one venue, I am guessing they aren’t doing that again?

(sorry I have not answered your question at all)


#1008

I’m not sure if they are/do, but they really should, they’d get quite a bit of extra bunce in that way


#1009

Yeah the first couple stag& daggers were good as I recall, very much diminishing returns since.
Don’t think I’ve been in about 3 years


#1010

I’ve been almost every year but to be fair I think I’ve only paid for it like once


#1011

Angel Olsen at the Union Chapel in Islington. Just her solo, voice, guitar, reverb, glass of white wine on her amp, pretty funny between songs banter, in that beautiful venue. Nothing from My Woman, which suited me, all old songs or unreleased ones. Nice few from Burn Your Fire, ending the night with Windows. Pretty special night all round. I normally take a few photos at gigs but when seeing her I never do, feels like it’d break the spell, if you know what I mean, she’s very captivating.


#1012

Would recommend Warm Digits. Heavy krautrock influence, collaborated with Field Music on their last album which went under the radar a bit. Great stuff IMO. Same stage as Bo Ningen et al too


#1013

I was also at the angel olsen show last night. Hadn’t seen her live since the Burn Your Fire tour. She’s definitely upped the between song patter since then, veered between quite irritating and vaguely amusing for me. But great show for sure, the crowd were almost eerily quiet (which she seemed a bit non-plussed by).

And at the weekend I was at the are you listening festival (mentioned upthread). The end run of bands lovely eggs-idles-surfing magazines more than justified the ticket cost. Idles were particularly nuts, can’t imagine they will be playing sub89 sized venues much longer. Was nice cruising around venues earlier in the day. Despite nothing much doing anything for me prior to the last three bands it was nice to see reading gig venues full (for a change).


#1014

oh lol I reviewed their album I knew their name seemed familiar. Yeah it was a nice record. Well, it’s same venue I’m going to be at anyway so why not?


#1015

God yeah this was so good. One of the best gigs I’ve seen in a while and I wouldn’t call myself a HUGE fan. Found her banter hilarious and her songs all-round captivating and moving. Really special. Never been to Union Chapel before, the venue – and reverence of the audience – added a kind of gravitas to the whole thing.


#1016

It was my third time seeing her. Last times were Koko and the Roudhouse, Koko being the better one, utterly spellbinding with a great band. Last night one was heightened by the venue and surroundings. I almost found the crowd silences too awkward at times, especially when she was chatting and there’d be just pure silence. I think she loves that though, seems to like creating an awkward atmosphere with a touch of the intimidating about her, then she’ll break it with a gag or something. Being sat on hard pews in a church probably made it more reverential, the deep down thing of being quiet in a church and all that malarkey. Loved the hum and reverb on her amp. Could easily fit into a Bang Bang Bar scene in Twin Peaks. I thought the support were great too, she’s got a great voice and I loved his guitar playing.


#1017

Yes I thought exactly this when she was on!

I didn’t really find the silences awkward (there was a fair amount of cheering especially towards the end?). Yeah, the support were good, gonna give them a listen later.


#1018

I did lean to whisper “it’s just like Twin Peaks” in my partners ear. She’s never seen Twin Peaks, so whispered back “oh…”. Romance eh.
Yeah, not all the silences were awkward. The applause after songs was great, cheering and what not, was just when she was chatting, not sure everyone got it, some couple in front of us kept checking their phones during the gig for some reason, the freaks. She is pretty funny and sharp. At the Koko gig she had a great one about the place being haunted, someone shouted out “it’s behind you!”, quick as you like she came back with “better than being against you”. I loved that.
The church may have given me the fear at one point, for about 30seconds, all seemed really too much, then I settled back into the zone. I saw Spiritualized there years back on their Acoustic Mainlines tour, right before Christmas, it was emotional.


#1019

Grouper in a lovely old church
really breathtaking, can’t think of many artists who would fit the venue better. nearly fell asleep at one point (in a good way)
thought John Bence in support was pretty entertaining too


#1020

Get there a little earlier and watch Warm Digits too.