And since several of the finest poppettes in music are about to play shows in Scotland, it seems only fair we bring them together in one post for some girl-on-girl action…
There are beautiful women and there are beautifulwomen. RIHANNA is definitely the latter. What a fine specimen. And clearly, with her love of singing about umbrellas, the 20-year-old will be right at home in Aberdeen next week. Just like Barbados, eh, love?
But if you prefer your ladies to have some balls (metaphorically speaking, of course) then Norwegian firecracker IDA MARIA is who you’re looking for. Her feisty performance at the Classic Grand (see left) last night was quite fantastic and in set-closer Oh My God, she and her band have an ass-kicking anthem to die for. It almost made up for Vampire Weekend’s shameful last-minute decision to cancel their scheduled slot and go to the NME Awards ceremony instead – a decision the band’s drummer is no doubt regretting after he wasrun over by a car in London last night.
Taking things down a notch, we come to the lilting tones of Londoner LAURA MARLING. Crikey, she’s only just turned 18 and has already written and released a debut album. Even more impressively, she somehow made the Mystery Jets look good with her inspirational contribution to their oh-so-cute single Young Love.
The KATE NASH juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down. She has picked up both a Brit award and NME award in the past week but you get the feeling it will be her second album that determines how history will eventually look back on this very modern pop star.
If you’re searching for something with roots closer to home then there’s a whole night dedicated to the female of the species on March 8 at The Hold (Admiral Bar) in Glasgow, where you’ll find Edinburgh punk upstarts THE GUSSETS and Glaswegian guitar pop outfit VENDORS celebrating International Woman’s Day. There won’t be a pair of skinny jeans, ugly shoes or stupid haircut in sight..
4 Rihanna – SOS (Rescue Me)
b March 3, AECC, Aberdeen (sold out)
4 Mystery Jets featuring Laura Marling – Young Love
b March 4, Oran Mor, Glasgow (sold out)