The Arches presents
Mon 13 Feb 2012 | 7pm | £16 + bf
Bigg Taj 7.30pm-8pm
Hector Bizerk 8.20pm-8.50pm
The GZA 9.15pm-10.45pm
The Genius, Maximillion, Justice, Allah Justice, the Head… With an impressive array of alter-egos, rapper and lyricist Gary Grice is still probably best known as the GZA, one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan and up there amongst the best MCs of all time.
Between the New York block parties of his youth, battling alongside his cousins RZA and Ol’ Dirty Bastard, his solo albums as The Genius and his tracks with the Clan, over the past thirty years GZA’s reputation as the poet laureate of hip hop has grown and been cemented, his sound coming to define and represent the old school hip hop scene spearheaded by the nine members, each with their own idiosyncratic and often eccentric presence.
Solo track Clan in da Front, from the debut Wu-Tang album, was a teasing precursor to GZA’s first solo album Liquid Swords back in 1995 – arguably one of the best albums to emerge from the nine members, celebrated for its dark atmosphere and lyrical borrowings from the worlds of martial arts, chess, crime and philosophy. Over four more albums – including Grandmasters in 2005 with Cypress Hill producer DJ Muggs – the quality has never been allowed to drop, with singles such as Crash Your Crew, General Principles and Paper Plate (the controversial pop at 50 Cent in 2008) easily matching the fluid rhymes and complex lyrics of anything off Liquid Swords.
Returning this year with Liquid Swords II: The Return of the Shadowboxer, fans of his RZA-produced debut will be delighted to hear that his cousin is back on production duties. Catch him at one of his first shows in three years to celebrate the old and get an exclusive peek at the new. Support comes from Hector Bizerk and Bigg Taj.
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14+ (Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+)
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.
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