Vic picks Mogwai in Japan as the highlight of all the international Scottish gigs this week. Mogwai will be in Washington DC tonight before heading to the Summer Sonic festival in Tokyo and Osaka with The Vaselines and Teenage Fanclub.  Vic sits in for Marc Riley all this week on BBC 6 Music. Details below.


The mighty post-rock machine that is Mogwai trucks on around the world to a devoted fan base that is continually increasing in size. As a live act, they’ve honed their craft over 14 years of touring and releasing records and are now a tight, dynamic unit that delivers the emotional punch that their simple, oblique melodies and crunching, metallic power needs.

The quiet bits are tender with an overwhelming eeriness and sense of unrest, while the noisy bits are ear-shattering and bowel-emptyingly heavy! This is instrumental rock music that takes in psychedelia, indie, metal and even ambient dance music to create an odd but affecting whole.

Their new LP ‘The Hawk is Howling’ is another piece of beauty as well. Go see them in Japan and clean out the cobwebs from your mind!

Mogwai August 3, 2009 at the 9:30 Club, Washington, DC, USA  (tickets)

Mogwai August 7, 2009 at the Summer Sonic Festival, Tokyo, Japan  (tickets)

Mogwai August 8, 2009 at the Summer Sonic Festival, Osaka, Japan  (tickets)

Also on tour this week: Paolo Nutini, Nazareth, Rod Stewart,  Snow Patrol, Trash Can Sinatras, Simple Minds, Errors, Teenage Fanclub, The Vaselines, Robin Guthrie, AC/DC and Glasvegas. See all dates below.


Check out Vic on BBC Radio every week:

All Week on 6Music 7.00pm-9pm, BBC 6Music
Vic stands in for Marc Riley (Lard) on 6 Music with sessions from Findo Gask (Mon), The High Plane Drifters (Tue), Player Piano (Wed) and Meursault (Thu).

Monday Night 8.05pm-10pm, BBC Radio Scotland
Annie McGuire stands in for Vic this week and is joined by Alex Cornish in session.

Wednesday Night Midnight-2am, BBC Radio 1 in Scotland
This week: Best of the Sessions so Far…2009.

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Scottish Bands on Tour this week

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