Live in Edinburgh This Week – 14th March 2011

I may not be here to enjoy them, but it doesn’t mean there aren’t some excellent gigs in Edinburgh this week.¬† There’s even the slightly surreal appearance of Raekwon from the Wu Tang Clan at the Liquid Room on Tuesday 15th.

I say surreal, because I don’t know much of a hip hop community in Edinburgh, and it doesn’t really strike me as a very hip hop kind of city, so if we indie folk think it’s hard work living here, I can’t imagine how much harder it must be for the city’s hip hop community (the Wu Tang Clan are hip hop, aren’t they?).

Monday 14th March 2011: Gogol Bordello at the HMV Picturehouse.

Alright, maybe I’m not recommending this on high-brow musical grounds, but I guarantee you that if you go along to this you will have brilliant fun.¬† Mrs. Toad and I saw these guys at Bestival a few years ago and leapt about like loons.

Gogol Bordello – Not a Crime
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Thursday 17th March 2011: The Phantom Band at Cabaret Voltaire.

I may not be all that sold on the Phantom Band’s recorded material, but the one time I saw them live – at Homegame a couple of years ago – they were genuinely brilliant.¬† There’s something hypnotic about the way they use rhythm and layering, and in a live setting it’s really rather splendid.

The Phantom Band – The Howling
[audio:http://songbytoad.com/tunes/ThePhantomBand-TheHowling.mp3]

Saturday 19th March 2011: Braw Gigs presents Pyramidion, CK Dexter Haven & Homunculus at Sneaky Pete’s.

I’ll be honest with you, I know more or less nothing about any of these bands, but Braw Gigs are bloody excellent promoters who put on really good things, so I think it would be entirely fair to say that pretty much anything they do is likely to be interesting.