As ever, a show that you need to go and see, pretty much right now. Canadian hardcore punks D.O.A. are at Audio – a new-to-us venue on Glasgow’s Midland St.

By some unforunate coincidence, UK punks Biohazard at also on in Glasgow tonight (Monday) at the Cathouse.

The Spree festival is on, and the big event – Admiral Fallow, The Twilight Sad, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra – takes place on Monday at Paisley Abbey.

On Tuesday, hit solo songstress Nina Nesbitt hits Aberdeen Lemon Tree and the following night (Wednesday) she’s at Glasgow’s O2 ABC… while out in the Glasgow suburbs on Tuesday, (but towards the north rather than the south), Roddy Woomble is at Milngavie Folk Club (the venue suggesting that ‘Mince Showercap’ won’t be on the setlist).

Karine Polwart embarks on a mission to bring sprightly alternative folk to the outposts of Scotland. She’s at Dumfries, at the Buccleuch Centre, on Thursday.

The List Magazine is kicking off some live gigs – amazing they’ve not done this before – with a gig on THursday 17th at Stereo, Glasgow. On the bill, Roman Nose, Plum and DJ sets from Dirty Noise, Lukebusy and Marnie (Ladytron).

Also on Thursday, Withered Hand is at Mono in Glasgow, the Pigeon Detectives at Aberdeen Lemon Tree, and in Edinburgh it’s a very (former) Fencey lineup in The Pictish Trail, Rozi Plain, Seamus Fogarty, Kid Canaveral, Randolph’s Leap, and eagleowl, as part of The Pleasance Sessions, at (where else?) the Pleasance Theatre.

At Glasgow’s home of rock, The Cathouse, new residents on Friday are Holy Mountain and Rungs at The Tunnels (Cathouse Fri)

Friday sees butter-monger John Lydon brings PiL to Glasgow’s with UK ska revivalists The Selecter as support.

Indie pop veterans The Flatmates are at Edinburgh’s Wee Red Bar on Friday along with new Fortuna Pop act The Spook School in tow. Thank You So Nice make up the numbers at that show, while the same two headliners appear at Glasgow’s Glad Cafe with The Bite in tow on Saturday.

In Dundee, on Friday, it’s the Pigeon Detectives at Fat Sams.

Wee bit of a gig clash on Friday in the Sneck – Shambles Miller and James Mackenzie double up at The Market Bar, while Ed Muirhead plays the Eagle Bar.

Back in Paisley on Saturday, Rachel Sermanni gets into the festival spirit as she plays in the Spiegeltent as part of the Spree Fest in Paisley (note this may not be an actual tent – hopefully not anyway given the change in the weather…)

In Aberdeen again the locals are spoiled with Howard Marx at the Tunnels on the Saturday (19th), and Fivers-free Woodenbox at Cafe Drummond.

Maybe gig of the week, if we classified things in such a divisive and competitive way? Certainly a great triple-header in John Knox Sex Club, Over The Wall and Book Group at Stereo in Glasgow on Saturday, but remember kids, music isn’t a competition.

Though another Pleasance Session – a Song, By Toad event – isn’t bad either – this one features Adam Stafford and Rob St. John.

This weekend it’s Dunfermine Live – a series of gigs taking in various venues in the Fife town. Sounds a bit like Tigerfest, except we never got Big Country headlining 😉
The local legends play at the Alhambra on Saturday 19th, but on the Friday (i.e. the 18th) Michael Cassidy, Middleton Hall, Animal Attic, and Caleb Major are at the East Port Bar.

And The Monochrome Set are at Edinburgh’s Voodoo Room on Saturday

Karine Polwart reaches as close to home as her tour takes her – at the Howden Park Centre in Livingston on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, reggae legends The Mighty Diamonds are at Glasgow’s O2 ABC 2 with support Talisman. For the uninitiated, the Diamonds were responsible for the ‘original’ version of ‘Pass The Dutchie’, a massive hit for Musical Youth. (Their version implored us to pass the ‘Kutchie’, not a cooking pot, but something more readily associated with the reggae acts of the day.

And in Glasgow, Oxjam Glasgow Takeover at various venues including The Buff Club
Nice ‘N’ Sleazy, Art School and Broadcast. The likes of Forest Fires, Galleries, Alavano and Selective Service will play in the evening while Broadcast will host a ‘family friendly’ event from 2 until 6pm.

Finally, on Sunday there’s a Lost Map Records Showcase at Non-zeros – this is of course the post-Fence imprint set up by The Pictish Trail and is launching the debut album by Monoganon.