Take Monday off, you deserve it. Then gird your loins for a busy gig week, starting on Tuesday at Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms with former Giant Sand man Howe Gelb – in solo mode having played the same venue a few months back with his full band in tow.

They are now being referred to Pigs x 7, but to anyone who saw them at Doune The Rabbit Hole last year, the beachwear-sporting Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs will be rocking King Tut’s in Glasgow, also on Tuesday 16th.

And the same porcine-themed combo are at Edinburgh’s Mash House the following night.

On Thursday, the hotly-tipped (c NME) Daughters are at Glasgow’s CCA, while in Edinburgh, Stanley Brinks (aka André Herman Düne) has a solo show at Henry’s Cellar Bar.

Friday sees Brownbear in a new-to-us venue The Duchess of Kirkcaldy, which is in Oban… only kidding, it’s in the Lang Toun. Somewhere.
And for those of us even more remote from the central belt, The Burning Hell, plus Adam out of Randolph’s Leap, are at the Gable End Theatre, Orkney, part of a rather mammoth sightseeing tour from the Canadian combo / Scots combo-less singer.

One for the nostalgic, former ‘new waver’ Joe Jackson plays Glasgow City Halls, trawling his back catalogue and playing some new stuff in a complicated setup where he picks an album to represent each of his four decades.

Dumbarton enters the musical calendar for perhaps the first time since David Byrne’s mum sang him a lullaby to get him off to sleep in the taxi to Prestwick Airport (this is almost certainly factually correct). Kapil Seshasayee and RM HubbertBarstow Bats and Frozen Shores on an all-evening bill.

Friday also seems to be a night for people of a certain age, and perhaps a certain musical disposition. Thus, TV presenter and sometime pop star Toyah, is at Church in Dundee, (aptly given that she has appeared on Songs of Praise) while a Marti-less Wet Wet Wet play Perth Concert Hall, and stepping even further back in time, the UK Subs, still alive, still sporting marvellous hair, and playing Dundee’s Beat Generator.
And one for the youngsters, C Duncan is at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen, UK

On Saturday, Paris Street Rebels play P.J. Molloy’s in Dunfermline, while in Glasgow, Mott the Hoople are… still on the go, at the Barrowland, Glasgow. Michael Timmons has a show at King Tut’s and Malcolm Middleton is at Bakers in Kilmarnock,
And also on Saturday The Burning Hell‘s highland jaunt continues to the islands, to The Sound Archive in Kirkwall.

It must be the holiday weekend – how else could N-Trance (remember them?) be playing on a school night? They’re at Vinyl Nightclub in Ayr, while Art Garfunkel will doubtless be hitting the sack somewhat earlier, after his show at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. By way of contrast, The Zips are at McChuill’s, while rather further afield, Dopesickfly play the Old Bridge Inn in Aviemore. And The Burning Hell and Randolph’s Leap are in Dundee, at Clarks on Lindsay Street.