Regular readers will be unsurprised to hear there’s really just the one show this week, but for the sake of decency, we’ll mention some of the less relevant shows happening before Friday…

But ok, on Monday 16th, things could get messy as US rockers Supersuckers play The Assembly in Aberdeen. And Thomas Truax brings his selection of strange instruments to the Market Bar in Inverness (he’s also at Glasgow’s Hug and Pint on Wednesday).

On Tuesday Diet Cig play Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh while, contrasting somewhat, folk legend Richard Thompson is at the Usher Hall.
And in Paisley – as some sort of cuning plan to give the impression that the city is highbrow enough to win the City of Culture award –
Frightened Rabbit gig with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Paisley Abbey.

On Wednesday, Public Service Broadcasting play the Barras.

Thomas Truax is in the The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh on Thursday, and at Sneaky Pete’s, launching fine new album ‘An Unforgiving Light’, Annie Booth. (She’s also in Glasgow on Friday night but to be honest I’d opt for the Thursday gig)
There’s 80s-steeped sounds from The Ninth Wave who are at Cafe Drummond, Aberdeen.and at Inverness Mad Hatters, Tijuana Bibles.
And in Paisley, Siobhan Wilson plays as part of The Spree Festival.

On Friday, yer Bibles are in Dunfermline at P.J. Molloy’s while The Ninth Wave head for Inverness for a show at the Tooth and Claw.
And in Dundee, Alabama 3 play Beat Generator, while if you’re in Glasgow you could go see The Strange Blue Dreams at Cottiers.

However, last but not least, Friday 20th, at Stereo, ballboy / Mitchell Museum / Stoor / Kid Canaveral, for Jockrock’s 20th anniversary. Oh, did we already mention it?

On Saturday night, respect to Newton Faulkner, who is touring the wilds of the highlands. He’s at Ullapool Village Hall and follows that with a show at Kirkwall Sound Archive on Sunday.

Back to Saturday, The Jazz Butcher is in Aberdeen, at Krakatoa, and The Ninth Wave go to Church (it’s a venue! in Dundee!)

And former Bluetones frontman Mark Morriss visits the Greenside Hotel in Leslie, while an act of even greater vintage, Theatre of Hate, are at Paisley’s Bungalow Bar (no mention of culture in this gig listing for some reason)
In Glasgow, Irish indie legends The Frank and Walters play King Tut’s, and Ex Wives are at the Old Hairdressers.

Back in civilisation, Acid Mothers Temple bring their own brand of chaos to the genteel centre of Edinburgh, for an intimate show at Sneaky Pete’s.
They’re also at Dundee Conroy’s Basement the following night i.e. Sunday.

Also on the Sabbath, Alabama 3 play The Venue in Dumfries, there’s punk royalty in the shape of Penetration who are at Broadcast.