Fist things first – i.e. get your skates on, as Pauline Alexander plays Glenfarg House (Folk Club), on Monday evening, and to be honest it might take you a while to get there (unless you live in Perthshire). In case you’re wondering who she is, she makes a guest appearance on the forthcoming Grand Gestures album.

Festival time being over, things have calmed down, at least in the capital. Although on the 3rd it’s Lach‘s weekly Antihoot, which will continue in perpetuity, and this Tuesday the guests are A New International, the newly reincarnated (and as the band say), “grown up version” of The Starlets.

Tuesday 3rd also sees Eels , this one in Glasgow at the O2 Academy, as part of the No Mean City festival of Americana.

(And I’m not sure if this is coincidence or whatever, but Americana enthusiast Ricky Ross brings his Scots pop legends Deacon Blue to King Tut’s on Friday).

And non-Americans, not playing Americana – Derry/London post-hardcore crew Jetplane Landing appear at Stereo on Tuesday.

Back to Wednesday 4th, when Little Kicks play a hometown show in Aberdeen.

And onto Friday – at Inverness’ Mad Hatters, hotly-tipped indie dance act Blood Relatives hit the Sneck.

And in Edinburgh on Friday, punk, um, legends, Sham 69 play the Liquid Room – that’s your lot for the capital, you can tel the festival’s done!

So, up north we head – guitar/drums duo Pinact bring the noise to Malone’s Late Bar in Aberdeen

Glasgow’s southside becomes a bit of an indie music hub this weekend – on Friday 6th, Randolph’s Leap are at the Glad Cafe in Shawlands, and for the following two nights everyone’s favourite recording studio* Chem19 has a couple of showcases 10 acts in total will play on Sat 7th and Sun 8th following their recent time spent in the Lanarkshire recording mecca as part of Creative Scotland’s YMI Demo Fund. On Saturday 7th it’s Orthodox, Arrowflight, Little Illusions, lists (acoustic) and Jemma Tweedie, while on Sunday onstage will be Calum O’Connor, Heather Young, Marie Collins, Megan Blyth and Magic Eye. Doors 7pm and a bargain £2 in.
*Other recording establishments are available

Finally, and also in Glasgow this weekend, it’s the Music Language festival – various acts including The Yawns and Bill Wells, and a very interesting prospect of eagleowl on Sunday at the Grand Ole Opry.