On Tuesday, at Glasgow’s St Luke’s, seminal US indie rockers Built to Spill do one of those 20th anniversary album things playing seminal long player ‘Keep It Like a Secret’ in full.
Some rather different nostalgia in Perth on Wednesday (Mayday!) as soft reggae peddlers UB40 are at Horsecross Theatre.
At Dundee Tropicana & Vogue (Fat Sam’s), it’s former X Factor contestant-come good, Lucy Spraggan.
Aberdeen are treated to Achiltibuie /Glasgow combo Hunter & The Bear, at The Tunnels, while in Leith, at The Depot (of course), antifolk legend Hamell On Trial.
On Thursday, Lucy Spraggan plays Ironworks in Inverness, and The Girobabies are at Beat Generator, in Dundee.
In Edinburgh, UB40 are at the Usher Hall, James Yorkston has a show at Summerhall, and oddly, his sometime-collaborator Kris Drever plays La Belle Angele.
In Glasgow The Specials celebrate a number 1 album, at the Barrowland, and weirdly again, just across the road, Bananarama – containing Terry Hall’s Fun Boy Three collaborators Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward – are at St Luke’s. Could a collaboration be on the cards at either venue? (No – Ed).
Also in Glasgow, Hamell On Trial, plus Ruth Theodore, are listed as playing Colab at the Savoy Centre. Given it’s a shopping centre that’s usually closed by 6pm, well, I’d check if I were you.
At Bloc, Ex Wives plus Death Bed are at Bar Bloc.
On Friday, The Deadly Winters are at another new-to-us venue, The Empress in Edinburgh, while in the more familiar surroundings of The Mash House, it’s The Vegan Leather.
In Dundee, Bristol dance(ish) duo My Nu Leng are at Aura, while local lads done good Lional are at Inverness Ironworks, launching new single ‘Daylight Hours’.
James Yorkston is in Glasgow, at Òran Mór, doubtless plugging fine current album ‘The Route To the Harmonium’, while another erstwhile labelmate, Rozi Plain, has a show at The Blue Arrow.
On Saturday, Mickey 9s are at Mad Hatters in Inverness as part of a 10th anniversary tour, and in Dundee, The Ninth Wave are at Carnoustie Library, while The Xcerts play Beat Generator, punting new EP ‘Wildheart Dreaming’.
Which is weird, as The Wildhearts play The Liquid Room in Edinburgh, and the guys won’t be there to see then.
In Aberdeen, the possibly promisingly-named I Hate Models are at The Tunnels, and in Glasgow, the goth revival is ON ! Sex Gang Children are at Audio, while Idlewild are at the Barrowland, and at King Tut’s, Wheatus. Wonder if they’ll do ‘Teenage Dirtbag’?
Finally to Sunday – Lucy Spraggan is at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree, and up the road, Idlewild play the Music Hall.
In Edinburgh, Gretchen Peters is at The Queen’s Hall. Faith Eliott launches her excellent new album ‘Impossible Bodies’ at The Hug and Pint in Glasgow.
And also on Sunday in Glasgow, Stag & Dagger Festivalkcks off with a shedload of live shows across the city, including Honeyblood, Pip Blom, Dream Wife and Das Plastixx.