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Today’s Pick In Edinburgh – 20/8/13

Where we pick one or maybe several things to check out in Edinburgh during the month of August [disclaimer: in the event of tardiness or over-eagerness, don’t be fooled by the headline, it’s today cos we’re picking it today, rather than you should go today, but maybe you should go today…]

Well crikey indeed. We’ve fallen a bit behind in all this. Having too much fun at the festival and all that. We tend to lose our capital correspondent Chris for the duration of August but thankfully he’s sent us word of a few last minute things that you just have to see at the festival before it packs up for another year.

droppedImageToday’s choice comes in the form of a bit of theatre. High Plains (A Western Myth) is an engaging one man show based around the story of Jake, a drifter, who tells his story set against the backdrop of the Colorado plains. The storytelling from playwright Brian Watkins is reminiscent, well to us anyway, of Willy Vlautin, using stark locales, telling of troubling times. Ben Newman delivers Watkins’ monologue in a tense and unnerving fashion, building up to a point that you won’t see coming. Having received some excellent reviews, this is one show you’ll want to catch and it’s certainly been one of our big highlights from the fringe so far.

High Plains runs at the Underbelly, daily at 1:40pm until Sunday (25th August). You can get your tickets over on the fringe site.

Today’s Pick In Edinburgh – 6/8/13

Where we pick one or maybe several things to check out in Edinburgh during the month of August [disclaimer: in the event of tardiness or over-eagerness, don’t be fooled by the headline, it’s today cos we’re picking it today, rather than you should go today]

936377_10151490486708935_1840280583_nA short and sweet (and FREE) pick today. Siobhan Wilson, whose EP ‘Glorified Demons’ has quite literally been melting us over the past wee while, is playing a free set at the BBC Potterrow site tonight at 8pm. The BBC Pink tent is unticketed so all you need to do is just turn up but we promise you, it’s very unlikely you’ll be disappointed. If you miss out on her tonight though, she is playing at the Pale Imitation Festival this Saturday (more about the glorious 10th later this week) with Sparrow and the Workshop and The Rosy Crucifixion.

Today’s Pick In Edinburgh – 3/8/13

Where we pick one or maybe several things to check out in Edinburgh during the month of August [disclaimer: in the event of tardiness or over-eagerness, don’t be fooled by the headline, it’s today cos we’re picking it today, rather than you should go today]

baconface-it-s-all-bacon_30269I suppose when a lot of people think of the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe, they think of comedy. Now, this writer doesn’t claim to be really in the know about who is hot this year and who isn’t but I quite like the sound of ‘Baconface’ who is performing his show ‘It’s All Bacon’ for the duration of August at The Stand.

A ‘programme-associate’ on the forthcoming series of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle (BBC2), is a cult 80’s icon and the inventor of Canadian stand-up. If razor sharp wit from a man in a mexican wrestling mask wrapped in bacon sounds like your thing, then grab a ticket quick as more than half of his dates for this month are sold-out already. Tickets are only a fiver and the show is at 1:20pm each day.

Today’s Pick In Edinburgh – 1/8/13

Where we pick one or maybe several things to check out in Edinburgh during the month of August [disclaimer: in the event of tardiness, don’t be fooled by the headline, it’s today cos we’re picking it today, rather than you should go today]

Two things to start off. Firstly, we’re probably thought of as a Glasgow blog. Predominantly yes, except one of our number now lives in Edinburgh, another has a sibling there and the other, well, they just like being social. Also, what’s with just being tied to one locale? Hell, we’re multi-national here at Elba.

Secondly, we’re just a music blog. Now, that’s a harder one to argue about but we don’t always have our ears buried in our ‘Beats by Dre‘ headphones, nor do we spend numerous hours per day fawning over our record collection (define numerous). No, we are also locked in a constant battle with each other about who will complete their world book challenge on goodreads first, we’ve been known to visit art installations, take photographs, cook and we all have a passion for sports, mostly American ones, oh and one of us likes baseball…

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So, in order to slightly dispel the above ‘myths’, we’re plumping for a play as todays pick. Well, maybe more a musical than play, in fact, it’s a lo-fi one at that and it stars a bit of a hero around these parts, Eddie Argos of ‘classic rock titans‘ Art Brut. Yeah, so not much of a departure from what we usually write about, well, we’ve got a month to work on a bit of variety.

‘The Islanders’, as we said, is a lo-fi musical centred on the retelling and reflection of a holiday which Argos, and the shows writer and co-star Amy Mason took in the late 90’s where storytelling and song attempt to make sense of young love, growing up and the Isle of Wight.

To accompany the show you can also get a rather cool Islanders graphic novel and soundtrack, featuring the shows third member, Jim Moray, over on their bandcamp page.

The Islanders is performed daily between the 1st and 25th of August (excl 12th) at 4pm (if you hurry, you can catch today!) in the Underbelly on the Cowgate. Tickets are £10 but there are a couple of 2for1 shows on the 5th and 6th. Tickets can be purchased through the fringe site.

Also, whilst we’re here, the fantastic Pale Imitation Festival that we spoke about last week kicks off tonight at Henry’s. Tonight’s bill features William Henry Miller (psssst, that’s Meursault), Jonnie Common and The Bad Books (another moniker). £5 in at 7pm.