Our usual speedy summary of what’s hot on the live scene:

Firstly, Monday, Aereogramme-loving former Busted mainman Charlie Simpson is at King Tuts in Glasgow. Hurry!

Canadian folkie Ian Sherwood plays on Wednesday 14th, at Sounds in the Suburbs at the Woodend. More significantly for us, guesting is Scott MacDonald.

Onto Wednesday and another Canadian – this time, seminal punk folk artist Eugene Ripper, who is at Edinburgh’s Henrys – and the following night (Thu 15th) at Glasgow’s Old Hairdressers

But back to Wednesday, as Jon Spencer Blues Explosion bring their thang to the Classic Grand in Glasgow.

And, um, back to Thursday again – Damon & Naomi (former Galaxie 500 types as the trendy types know) play Glasgow’s Mono. Same night, same town, Friends in America are at Nice n Sleazy – launching cumbersomely-titled single ‘The More I Have, The Less I Own (The More I Learn, The Less I Know)’
While in the east, Augustines are at the capital’s Liquid Room

On Friday 16th, the Mickey 9s are at Aberdeen Moorings Bar, while in Edinburgh, it’s Echo and the Bunnymen at the Queen’s Hall, hopefully doing a better job on Ocean Rain than the last time they were in Glasgow.
Speaking of Glasgow, St Vincent is at the O2 ABC – slightly (but not much) less salubrious surroundings than her last visit, with David Byrne at the RCH. And at Oran Mor, Skinner Group – featuring Graham ‘Skin’ Skinner, formerly of Hipsway.

On Saturday 17th Book Group launch their new (and brilliant, we might add) ‘Tantrums’ EP at Henderson Halls in Edinburgh (actually, that might be Leith. Completely different place).

Also on Saturday – so an unfortunate clash – Where You’re Meant To Be is with Aidan Moffat at the Barrowland – a celebration of Scottish song and verse (and whisky)

And so to Sunday, the 18th. So Many Animal Calls are at Dundee’s Redd Suite, as they plug their forthcoming EP ‘Burden’; Ian Anderson out of Jethro Tull bring his concept album ‘Homo Erraticus’ to Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre, and in Aviemore, Blue Rose Code are at the Old Bridge Inn.