Music highlights from the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Lach's Antihoot, James Blake and Oneohtrix Point Never among highlights

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This article is from 2011.

Music highlights from the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

LuckyMe: 3 Days

The LuckyMe collective of artists and designers is one of Glasgow’s most successful cultural exports of recent years, and the group’s August party will once more give festival-goers a chance to find out what they’re all about. This year, they’re having not one party but three in a row. First, they’ll be presenting their new signing, Montreal producer, DJ and singer ANGO, alongside club-based art from fellow Canadian Tyson Parks and a live set from American Men. On Saturday, the full LuckyMe resident crew will be out in force for a set headlined by Warp signing and friend of the label Hudson Mohawke and Planet Mu’s Machinedrum. On Sunday, Mike Slott presents an electronic live score to Andrei Zvyagintsev’s 2003 film The Return.
Quarter Mile, Laurieston Place, 11 Aug, 7pm, free; Cabaret Voltaire, Blair Street, 0131 220 6176, 12 Aug, 11pm, £5; The Summerhall, Summerhall, 0131 650 6130, 13 Aug, £10 (£9).

Shonen Knife

The all-girl Osaka trio bring to Edinburgh a show which is rich in serrated punk-pop anthems, timeless exuberance and day-glo humour that’s not nearly as naïve as you’re meant to think it is. Sneaky Pete’s, Cowgate, 0844 499 9990, 15 Aug, 8pm, £10. Part of The Edge Festival.

Warpaint

One of the most hotly-tipped of all the Edge Festival’s roster of new artists, all-girl LA quartet Warpaint have been courting serious stardom ever since last year’s brooding, shoegaze-heavy debut album The Fool on Rough Trade.
Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 0131 668 2019, 23 Aug, 8pm, £19.50. Part of The Edge Festival.

Evelyn Evelyn

Mrs Neil Gaiman and sometime Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer joins forces with Jason Webley for ‘the world’s only conjoined-twin singer-songwriter duo’.
Assembly George Square, 0131 623 3030, 17–21 Aug, 9.10pm, £13 (£12).

Oneohtrix Point Never

Brooklyn experimental musician and vintage synth enthusiast Daniel Lopatin will no doubt bring a crowd to one of Edinburgh’s smallest venues, playing tracks from last year’s breakthrough, Returnal.
Sneaky Pete’s, Cowgate, 0844 499 9990, 7 Aug, 7pm, £9. Part of The Edge Festival.

Jackie Leven

An enduring under-the-radar Scots artist, Leven – originally from Kirkcaldy, Fife – has been performing since the late 60s, first with his band Doll By Doll and latterly as a solo artist. His signature folk, blues and punk style, a big favourite of author Ian Rankin, is primed for rediscovery here.
Cabaret Voltaire, Blair Street, 0131 220 6176, 11 Aug, 7pm, £7.50. Part of The Edge Festival.

James Blake

The poster boy for intelligent, British electronic music, 23-year-old Londoner Blake’s eponymous debut album and striking live shows fuse Antony & The Johnsons-style piano balladeering with crunching dubstep bass.
Liquid Room, Victoria Street, 0131 225 2564, 30 Aug, 7pm, £10. Part of The Edge Festival.

Soweto Entsha

Tipped as ‘the African Magnets’, these four smart-suited Soweto lads combine a cappella harmonies with a crowd-pleasing take on the sounds of their home continent. A fresh spin on a classic Fringe style, in other words.
Udderbelly’s Pasture, Bristo Square, 0844 545 8252, 6–29 Aug, 4.30pm, £14.50 (£13). Previews, 3–5 Aug, £7.

Withered Hand

Edinburgh indie songwriter Dan Willson became something of a cause celebre earlier this year when a petition had to be raised to win him a visa to SXSW. Supported here by friends from the Scottish scene, his excellent music deserves international acclaim.
Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 0131 668 2019, 25 Aug, 8pm, £10.

Lach’s Antihoot

Anti-folk instigator and ‘the man who discovered Beck’ Lach brings his New York open-mic club back to the ‘Burgh, this time on the back of a new album named Ramshackle Heart on the local Song, By Toad Records.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Teviot Row House, 0131 622 6552, 4–29 Aug (not 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27), midnight, £12 (£10).

The Burns Unit

Formed at a Robert Burns-themed writing retreat five years ago, this Scots supergroup (featuring King Creosote, Karine Polwart, Emma Pollock and more) released their debut album Side Show onto the alternative folk scene last year.
Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 0131 668 2019, 24 Aug, 8pm, £17 (£15).

Big Deal

For those who think fellow fuzz-toned newcomers and Edge performers Best Coast are just a bit too all over the place, try up-and-coming London boy-girl duo Alice Costelloe and KC Underwood instead.
Cabaret Voltaire, Blair Street, 0131 220 6176, 13 Aug, 7pm, £7. Part of The Edge Festival.

Po’Girl

One of a series of roots and alternative country sets at St Bride’s throughout August, this date sees Canada’s former Be Good Tanyas affiliates Po’Girl return to Edinburgh.
Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride’s, Orwell Terrace, 24 Aug, 8.30pm, £12.

This article is from 2011.

Jackie Leven, Davey Horne and Steve Ward

Respected blues/rock vocalist who can also spin a good anecdote at his gigs. Part of the Edge Festival.

Warpaint

Harmonic femme rock four-piece from LA.

James Blake

Over-14 show. Mournful, minimalist dubstep piano man who was runner-up in the BBC Sound of 2011 poll.

Withered Hand

Edinburgh scene stalwart and master of plaintive, witty outsider folk.

Po'Girl

First visit to Edinburgh by top Canadian band! Indescribably beautiful music that moves from folk and country through soul to jazz and world beat. Soaring harmonies from Allison Russell and Awna Teixeira complete the picture. Best Live Band (2010): BBC Late Review. ‘There are many other bands playing similar stuff out…

Evelyn Evelyn

  • 4 stars

Punk cabaret queen Amanda Palmer and Seattle-based prankster Jason Webley present the world's only conjoined-twin singer-songwriter duo! The twins will demonstrate their song writing skills while relating the tragic story of their lives.

The Burns Unit

‘From raucous guitar rock to Jacques Brel-esque torch songs to bittersweet country, they drew on a dizzyingly wide spectrum of influences … those in the audience may have come along to see their particular heroes or heroines, but they ended up united in loud acclamation of the whole’ (Sunday Herald). The Burns Unit…

Soweto Entsha

  • 4 stars

A true miracle of the township. Four boys with voices of gold. 'Entsha' in Zulu means ‘new’ and this remarkable acapella group are a joyous discovery, fresh new sounds with a unique style from the beating heart of Soweto. Great music, inspirational harmonies, fabulous dance, uniquely African voices. An irresistible…

Big Deal

An American boy and a British girl bringing together electric fuzz and acoustics, ambitious songs weaved around lyrics of adult compromise and teen angst. Part of the Edge Festival.

Oneohtrix Point Never and Sad City

Lush electronica from Brooklyn's Daniel Lopatin.

Antihoot Open Stage

Anti-folk hero Lach hosts this open mic free-for-all featuring music, comedy, poetry, stories, magic and more.

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