The Independent Recommends: Edinburgh 98 - Pop
The Garage, Glasgow (0141-339 8383) 8pm
London's Borderline venue kicks off its new season of occasional Americana gigs on the best possible foot with the UK debut of young rustic punks, Slobberbone (right). This Texan band really are something else; they blew the rest of the alt.country brigade away at this year's prestigious SXSW Festival in Austin and the howl of singer Brent Best and their general noisy swagger are the perfect excuse to continue partying after Reading. Other highlights to come include cult songwriter Chris Whitley (21 Sept), lo-fi scaro-blues man Johnny Dowd (12 Oct), desert mood merchants Hazeldine (17 Oct) and the excellent country blues of Alvin Youngblood Hart (24 Oct).
Borderline, London W1 (0171-734 2095) 8pm
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