It’s not easy, but we do have some suggestions to tempt you out of the sunshine and into the dingy basement venues where this week’s shows are located.

Firstly, our good friends at Intersting Music in Aberdeen have n attractive triple-header – Simon Scott, Gareth Dickson and The Kitchen Cynics Orchestra are at The Tunnels (Room 1) on Wednesday, 30 May.

in Glasgow, Colin Macintyre’s split personality veers towards his Mull Historical Society persona again – at King Tut’s, on Wednesday.

In Edinburgh, at the Electric Circus – Chemikal Underground signings Holy Mountain promote their debut album for the label (that’s Wednesday, for the avoidance of doubt)

And the following night (Thurs 31st) at Edinburgh’s Caves, James Yorkston is in town – performing his seminal debut Moving Up Country on the occasion of its 10th birthday.

Quite a glut of good music in the capital this week (is there something we should know?) On Friday, Zoey Van Goey are at the Electric Circus.

In Glasgow, The Grand Gestures launch their album at King Tut’s – you may have heard about this already, if not see this.

On Friday the 1st of June a three day festival for the holiday weekend. Unfortunately it’s based around a couple of indoor venues – Bakers and Dirty Martinis – but Kilmarnock’s Dirty Weekender will probably bring the rainy season back anyway.
Acts of interest include Tom Hingley (The Inspirial Carpets), Rod Jones (Idlewild) Root System, Carnivores, A Fight You Can’t Win, Matt Norris & The Moon, and Sunday night’s main headliner We Were Promised Jetpacks.

(worth saying at this point that Jetpacks are playing a few more unusual towns and venues – Thursday sees them at Stirling’s Tolbooth; on Friday it’s Coatbridge at Soundwave Studios, a venue I know absolutely nothing about).

Speaking of further flung locations, (I hesitate at using the word ‘exotic’), Roddy Woomble’s at the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy on Saturday.

And that’s more than enough to prevent you getting sunburn. TAPS OAN!