The Arches presents
Tue 21 Feb 2012 | 9pm | £8 + bf
N.B. This event has been moved to the Art School Union, 468 Sauchiehall Street. All original tickets are still valid, and tickets will be available on the door.
Cockney indie musician Baxter Dury brings his live show to the Art School Union.
Indie singer-songwriter Baxter Dury got his first taste of public exposure aged five years old, when he appeared on the cover of New Boots and Panties!! – the debut album from his dad, Ian Dury, who went on to found seminal new wave band Ian Dury and the Blockheads.
Always musical, following the death of his father in 2000, Baxter released his debut album two years later, followed by Floor Show in 2005 and now Happy Soup, released this summer alongside a sweetly understated indie pop single, Claire.
His spoken word narratives – mumbled observations on topics from drugs folklore and party characters to women, loneliness and love – show off a dry lyrical talent which, whilst sharing enough crossover to his father’s style to justify the comparison, is still staunchly individual, superbly rendered on older classics such as Cocaine Man as well as new singles such as Isabel.
Showing off their Graham Coxon-esque Cockney bounce and punk-funk sway, his live shows capture the charisma of the man and his tracks - something which fans who saw him earlier this year at the Captain’s Rest will surely testify to.
Legendary international acts, cult festivals and the most exciting new bands collide at one of the city’s most eclectic live venues.
It’s perhaps natural that, as one of the nation’s most unusual live music venues, our programme spans rock, pop, indie, electronica, soul, jazz, country, metal, folk, and the many sub-genres inbetween. The unique atmosphere and space of the building means it’s often used for anything from intimate acoustic gigs to stage-diving, sweaty rammies and slick, spectacular international concerts.
Supporting the best examples of the known and the not-so-known, the Arches stage is host to everything from the latest stars of leftfield pop, such as Grimes and Chvrches, to alternative indie rock acts such as Peace and Yeasayer, prog and rock heroes such as The Fall, Swans and Dinosaur Jnr, and cutting edge electronic talent, from Rustie to James Blake.
We also regularly plays host to international legends – from Martha Reeves to Ben E. King to Jane Birkin – and provide the perfect multi-room setting for various festivals, from Celtic Connections to the Glasgow Jazz Festival. In 2012, the hallowed arches played hosted to the UK-wide Africa Express tour, featuring Damon Albarn, Baaba Maal and a trainload of world music stars, and in 2013, the building was transformed into a sonic Cineplex for our own co-curated cult event the Glasgow Music and Film Festival, featuring live film scores and AV sets from Jeff Mills, Dieter Moebius and Raime.
“A classical gig in the vaults of Scotland’s dance mecca might sound an odd prospect, but the Arches proved the perfect setting”
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