As is often the case, you’ll need to get a shift on if you’re to catch the first gig of the week. The Breeders are at Edinburgh’s Liquid Room, hoping to make up for a “half-arsed” show in Glasgow recently by playing some tunes form their excellent new album, well.
Failng that, in Glasgow there’s LCD Soundsystem at The Galvanisers Yard.
Tuesday sees Broken Social Scene visit Glasgow for a show at The Garage, while US combo The Regrettes are just across the road, at Broadcast, and further away (but still in the city), The Dunts are at St Luke’s.
In Stirling, at the only indie rock venue that does tapas, Modern Studies punt their new album for Fire Records, at Mediterranéa.
Modern Studies then move onto Aberdeen for a gig at the Blue Lamp on Wednesday 30th.. No info on their menu, sadly, but probably butteries.
The oddly capitalised (and spelled, come to that) ST.MARTiiNS are in their hometown following a few shows down that way, they’re at Dundee’s Clarks on Lindsay Street on Wednesday.
On Thursday, The Beat Starring Dave Wakeling, to give them their official title, play the O2 ABC 2 Glasgow. (That’s The Beat sans Ranking Roger, as they’re unofficially known, though we’re advised that their new material was sounding pretty good in Perth last weekend).
Also on Thursday, Modern Studies are at the Glad Café in Shawlands, and Tracyanne & Danny launch their self-titled album at St Luke’s. Yes, Tracyanne out of Camera Obscura, for anyone unaware.
In Edinburgh, the promising Tongue Trap are at Leith DepotAnd in Inverness, hopefully Tony Christie knows the way to the Eden Court Theatre! See what we did there?
There are choices to be made on Friday – well, in Glasgow at least. Do you risk buying an Ed Sheeran ticket and risk being turned away because you got it from tout site Viagogo?
Alternatively, you could instead go see The Filthy Tongues launch new album ‘Back To Hell’ at St Luke’s. Get there early, Jon out of The Zips is opening up for them.
Another act of a certain vintage, The Pastels, are at Mackintosh Church at Queen’s Cross, while the considerably more youthful (no offence) Twistettes play McChuill’s. Rap pioneers The Sugarhill Gang are at the Classic Grand.
In Aberdeen, Wynntown Marshalls sample the local delicacies at the Blue Lamp, while in Edinburgh, James Sutherland out of Broken Records is solo at Leith Depot.
On Saturday, we genuinely hope Tony Christie‘s satnav is working, as he’s venturing to Orkney Arts Theatre in Kirkwall.
In Edinburgh, Mickey 9s play Stramash, but before that, it’s the first day of the weekend-long Meadows Festival. Should be a few live bands playing for free over the two days including Dante and Miracle Glass Company, plus The Murderburgers on the Forest Cafe stage.
In Glasgow, Courtney Barnett punts her rather decent follow-up to ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think’, at the Barrowland. And at Broadcast, the Scottish launch for Lisbon’s Nova Batida festival, with locals Proc Fiskal (Hyperdub Records), CASEMENT and Bolam also on the bill (from 11pm).
It all goes a bit quiet on Sunday, weirdly given how busy Friday looks. The thinking man’s Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner is at King Tut’s or if you prefer, his spiritual grandfather, Rab Noakes plays Milngavie Folk Club.