Alive & Amplified Feb Review + March Preview, SAMA’s & Releases

Welcome along to the Alive & Amplified blog, again apologies about the lack of blogs in the last couple of weeks, it has been very busy round here mainly because of

Alive & Amplified presents… Aaron Wright & The Aprils + Rolled Up 20’s + The Black Tongues took place last Friday night in Maggies Chamber, I would like to thank everyone involved but especially, the bands, sound engineer, Gary Tait for doing the door, Ian Schofield for the photos (to follow) and especially everyone who came down to the gig and supported local music in Edinburgh.

The night itself got off to a  start with the first performance of newly formed band The Black Tongues. No one in the audience would have been able to tell that this was the guys first gig as they strutted their stuff on the stage. Definitely one to look out for in Edinburgh and around in the coming months.

Second on the night were the ever improving Rolled Up 20’s. Armed with a new drummer they took to stage and blew the crowd away with their infectious guitar riff and Deano’s stunningly distinctive voice. With a new EP on the way the only way is up for the Rolled Up 20’s

On headling duties were Aaron Wright & The Aprils, fresh from a two-week jaunt to Camden where they played various venues. This is the first time I have seen Aaron performing with a full band behind him and the results are fantastic. With his cheery acoustic lead indie songs Aaron has only bright things ahead, including a support tour with The Charlatans and breaking news, which may not be broken yet so I better not say too much, another support tour with a certain lady who is fond of her Skinny Jeans.

Once again thanks to everyone who made the first A&A night at Maggies Chamber a success. But this is not time to be looking to the past… to the future…

Alive & Amplified presents Emelle + The Sundancer + The Chans. Maggie’s Chamber 11th March. I have been a big fan of Emelle since the brought themselves to our attention at Leith FM. The have an amazing recorded sound but they are even more amazing live. They must be seen, so why not pop down to this one. Supporting on the night will be Glasgow based The Sundancer. As a solo act he recently played at the “Dylan Night” at The Voodoo Rooms and played an acoustic set at Nobles. The Album “5 Miles To Sunrise” is out now at all good independent record stores and is available at The full band will be along on the night so this is not to be missed.

Completing the line up will be one of the hardest working men in the Edinburgh music scene, Rossco Galloway brings his Chans to Maggie’s Chamber for what is sure to be a cracking set full of guitar, saxophone and melodies that could have you tone-deaf auntie singing along. Check out for tracks and more info.

Ticket for this night are £4 if bought in advance from and will be £5 on the door.

Friday night see the 2nd annual Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs) take place. Some of our past guest on the sunday sessions are nominated for awards, including Stanley Odd for Best Live Band and The Winter Tradition up for best newcomer. I am not going to list every nominee on here and bore you. Instead head over to for all award nominations and vote for your favourite. Check back here on saturday for a run down of the winners.

Very exciting news on the local releases this week. Stanley Odd release the eagerly awaited follow-up to “Oddio” with “Pure Antihero Material” The band embarked on a Scottish tour last week and, despite some van troubles, tore up Scotland like only Stanley Odd can do. Get the new EP from NOW!!!!

Playlist 20/2/11

Pose Victorious – Cold Hands, Warm Heart (free DL @

Tune Yards – Business

Mumford & Sons – Timshel (Live From The Brits)

Bosco Del Ray – Evil Lives

Midlake – Head Home

The Duke Spirit – Everybody Is Under Your Spell

Session – Obehi

Love Is Just A Pain (Live)


In My Head (Live)


Vaccines – Wreckin Bar (Ra Ra Ra)

Mogwai – San Pedro

No Doubt – Underneath It All

The Winter Tradition – Sending Waves

Bwani Junction – Two Bridges

Stanley Odd – Winter Of Discintent

Fireproof Match – Decay

Lip Sync For Lullaby – Nightingale Falls

White Lies – Strangers

Tame Impala – Lucidity

Tango In The Attic – Blunderground

Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros – Janglin

Tune into Leith FM this weekend for The Sunday Sessions where we will be joined by Matt Norris & The Moon aswell as Night Noise Team. 98.8 and

While writing this blog I was listening to

Frankie & The Heartstrings – Hunger

Yuck – Yuck

PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

About aliveandamplified

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