Busy old week as the Xmas party season kicks in…

Tuesday 9th sees Paws in intimate mode (gerroff) with a show at Glasgow’ Bloc.

The Phantom Band play Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree on Wednesday 10th via Aberdeen Performing Arts and our showbiz mates Interesting Music Promotions. Making a great show even more interesting is the recently-announced support – Supermoon, the new project of Neil Pennycook, formerly Meursault.

The Phantom Band also play Dundee’s Non-Zero’s on Thursday 11th. and Glasgow’s Arches on Friday.

On Thursday 11th in the capital, Bombay Bicycle Club play the frankly unexpected setting of the Usher Hall (!) , while Murderburgers are at the entirely expected Banshee Labrynth.

Friday sees a formidable lineup at Edinburgh’s Opium (that’s the venue formerly known as The Attic, for older readers). Book Group, Wozniak and Gigantic Leaves, 3 of Scotland’s top acts on one bill. No, you don’t deserve them, now you ask.

Ok, I’d gathered thatEagleowl‘s Friday show in Edinburgh’s Pilrig St Paul’s Church was a panto (which might be considered odd enough, unless you know eagleowl in which case, perfectly normal behaviour). Anyway, turns out it’s Dune, The Musical. Yup. Not odd at all.

Bac on planet earth… ok, Fife… heading o’er the bridge on Friday, Polar Bears in Purgatory are at Dunfermline Monty’s.

In Inverness on Saturday, The Moon Kids are at the Eagle Bar… The View play a hometown show at the Caird Hall (er, Dundee, in case you hadn’t worked out the accents) on Saturday… and former Icicle Works mainman Ian McNabb is at the Tulloch Institute Club in Perth
And in Glasgow, We Were Promised Jetpacks and Fatherson are at Glasgow’s QMU.

Must be Xmas, as Kid Canaveral‘s annual bash at Portobello Town Hall, now in its fifth year, and Paws are among the guests. That’s also the 13th.

On Saturday and Sunday, Malcolm Middleton has a couple of King Tut’s launch shows for his collaborative album with artist David Shrigley (folow he link for more).

Finally, nice to see, well, frankly any gig action outwith the central belt is welcome, and singer-songwriter Emily Smith is at Dumfries Globe Inn on Sunday 14th. Oh, and the Pictish Trail is pretty much back where we started, at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree…