Fratellis US/Canada 2014 Dates
We were lucky enough to have caught The Fratellis at their sold-out tour in 2013. The Scottish band just announced new 2014 North American tour dates. Buy your tickets now (if it's available for advance tickets), because based on their previous sold out status at smaller clubs, these shows will likely sell out as well:
02/22: Orlando, FL @ The Social
02/26: Vancouver, BC @ VENUE
02/27: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
03/01: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Stay tuned for more news from The Fratellis coming soon!
Bonus section: The Ceremonies aren't from Scotland, but we saw them in Chicago with the Fratellis.
They seem to like Scottish bands, because they've just announced a Winter 2014 tour date with Scottish indie-rock band Glasvegas. We previously mentioned the Glasvegas tour dates here, but in case you missed it:
02/17 Philadelphia, PA North Star Bar
02/18 Boston, MA Great Scott (18+)
02/19 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
02/20 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade
02/22 Toronto, ON Mod Club
02/24 Chicago, IL Schubas
02/25 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry (18+)
02/28 Seattle, WA Columbia City Theater
03/01 Vancouver, BC The Venue
03/02 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
03/04 Los Angeles, CA The Echo (18+)
E Rey - Live in Philadelphia
We Were Promised Jetpacks will be returning with E Rey - Live in Philadelphia, an album that was recorded at Philadelphia's Union Transfer. The live album will be out February 25th via FatCat and follows up We Were Promised Jetpacks critically acclaimed sophomore album In The Pit Of The Stomach.
I previously saw We Were Promised Jetpacks at SXSW 2009 at the Scottish Showcase, and they were so very happy to have such a crowded audience (especially showing up early for the opening band), and mentioned on stage that no one gave a "sh***" about them in their hometown.
Looks like the band is back in the U.S. to tour around SXSW this year:
02.22 - San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo's 365 Club
02.24 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
02.25 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
02.28 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social
03.01 - Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
03.02 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
03.03 - Cleveland, OH @ the Grog Shop
03.05 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
03.06 - Wilmington, DE @ Arden Gild Hall
03.07 - Washington, DC @ The Black Cat
03.08 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
03.09 - Richmond, VA @ The Camel
03.11 - Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm And Brews
03.14 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.15 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.16 - Mexico City, Mexico @ PasagÃ¼ero
'Everything is New' is the international outreach project created by Scottish arts community Transgressive North in aid of Dalit "untouchable" children in southeast India, now has over 1,000 contributors, all working for free. Proceeds from the project go to the charity Scottish Love in Action which feeds, clothes, houses, educates and provides medical care for over 500 children by funding the Light of Love Home and School in southeast India.
Coming out next week, January 20th, are two releases:
 a compilation called BOATS, featuring exclusive tracks by Four Tet, Dan Deacon, Bear in Heaven, Califone, Deerhoof, El Guincho, Gang Gang Dance, Lucky Dragons, Julian Lynch, Max Tundra, No Age, The Ruby Suns, Rustie, Son Lux, Sun Airway, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Taken By Trees, Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu), YACHT, and many more.
In further support of the project, Transgressive North released Marram feat. Jarvis Cocker and Margaret Bennett's "Falling From The Sun." You can hear it on Soundcloud.
Taking place in a few days is Celtic Connections music festival. Over 200 musicians from around the world is playing in Glasgow between January 16th and February 2nd, 2014.
I looked over the map, it seems like there are over 10 different concert venues participating in this three-week event.
Some of the artists schedule to appear are:
Fatherson Tour Dates
Scotland's Fatherson recently sold out their Glasgow show with over 500 people singing every word, indicating that they have strong hometown support. The band new album I Am An Island will be coming out April 7th on A Modern Way.
In the meantime, they're set to open up for Lonely The Brave:
01/27/14 Manchester, Deaf Institute
01/28/14 Leicester, Academy 2
01/30/14 London, Cargo
01/31/14 Aldershot, West End Centre
02/01/14 Nottingham, Rock City Basement
02/04/14 Southampton, Joiners
02/05/14 Leeds, Cockpit
02/07/14 Norwich, Open
02/08/14 Cambridge, Junction 2
* Ross Leighton acoustic set
Vladimir: Come Over
Vladimir is "the noisiest band in Dundee [Scotland]", according to Daily Record.
The four-piece young band (everyone is 18 years old) is known for their "excessively loud chaotic live shows", opening up for such bands as Peace, The View, Pigeon Detectives, The Twilight Sad and Wet Nuns.
Their last release was "Come Over", which came out November 18th, 2013. You can hear the track on soundcloud.com. The track is free to download.
The band was recently on "Vic's 25 Scottish Artists to Watch 2014". The list is in alphabetical order, so take that as you will with Vladimir ending up last because of the 'v'.