We like to start these with a immediate recommendation – but what with the snow, this will only really work if you’re in Aberdeen… but legendary blues guitarist Robert Cray is at the Music Hall (I nearly sent you to the AECC, where you’d have been disappointed to find Olly Murs…
Oh, and Eels at Glasgow’s O2 Academy. One of those shows that if you’re a fan you’ve probably been twitching in anticipation all week and don’t need me to tell you to get your arse along pronto.

Camera Obscura make a return to Edinburgh, at the Liquid Rooms on Tuesday the 19th. Hurrah! New album please, since you’re clearly back.

The Rave Child blog has its third live gig, at Broadcast in Glasgow on Wednesday 20th – with Glasgow three-piece Tuff Love, Irish, Glasgow based trio Young Aviatorsand headliners, Dundee’s Copper Lungspromoting debut album Louder (on Sarasetto Records).
It’s at Glasgow’s Broadcast on Wednesday March 20th, and it’s free entry.

Highly-rated Americana queen Rebecca Pronsky is on a UK tour and plays at Sounds in the Suburbs, at Woodend Bowling Club in Glasgow, on Wednesday March 20th. And making the show of even more interest is the fact that Andrew Howie aka Calamateur is also on the bill.

In Glasgow, bright young duo Mistake Pageant play at Bloc in Glasgow on Thursday 21st, while on the same night, similarly hotly-tipped The Yawns are at Mono

In Edinburgh, not too sure what King Creosote and Found are playing at The Caves, but they are, And it’s free. I should imagine that you will be forced to consume cut-price drinks as part of the deal.

The List are, after many years of inactivity, getting into the gig promo scene – with a series of showcases. Breakout Scotland is in conjunction with a UK-wide series devised by Music Week, and the first one, on Thursday March 21, has Alarm Bells, Bwani Junction and Honeyblood at Glasgow’s Stereo.

On Friday 22nd – Yo La Tengo plug rather ace new album Fade with a show at Glasgow’s O2 ABC.

Edinburgh on Friday is a real old mixed bag, with Palma Violets at the Electric Circus, The Hazey Janes at the Queen’s Hall, Amanda Palmer at the Picture House, and Midge Ure at the Jam House.

Interestingly, there seem to be NO shows anywhere on Saturday night. Ok, nothing worth writing about. Instead, skip to Sunday 24th, Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble is in solo / folky mode, with a show at is at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus.