A good way to ease you into your musical week could be a trip to Fife, where the Woodside Hotel is hosting ’80s popsters China Crisis – although, remain in Glasgow (if that’s where you are) and you can choose between shows by Dweezil Zappa (Frank’s boy, obviously) at the Royal Concert Hall, excellent grunge pop from Dinosaur Pile-Up at The Garage, or (ahem) Razorlight. who are at the Barras.
Andy Cabic’s San Fran folkies Vetiver are at Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s on Tuesday, while in Glasgow, it’s power-punk duo Slaves, who play the QUU.
And in a number of appearances this week, Matt Goss out of Bros cashes in on his band’s recent documentary ‘success’ with a gig at the Hilton. Well, we assume it’s a gig and not just him commandeering the baby grand in the foyer.
Speaking of slightly faded icons, Let’s Rock Winter 2019 comes to the Hydro in Glasgow on Wednesday. Actually quite the lineup, with ABC, Marc Almond, Altered Images, Tony Hadley, Nik Kershaw, Boney M, Sonia and Then Jerico.
Also in Glasgow, Vetiver play Mono.
And Matt Goss is again at a Hilton, tis time the Double Tree in Aberdeen. Not at all sure what this show will involve. Maybe Ken will show up?
Thursday sees Glasgow punks Rascalton schlep through to Embra for a gig at Sneaky Pete’s, while Hipsway are treading the boards again, this time at Dunfermline’s P.J. Molloy’s.
In Glasgow, Scouting for Girls are at the Old Fruitmarket – slim pickings indeed.
On Friday, The Sweet (or one quarter thereof, Andy Scott) play Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree, Rascalton are at The Hunter S Thompson in Dundee (a new venue on us but apparently they also own The George Orwell…)
Primal Scream are in Inverness, at Ironworks, and there’s dub and dancing from Dreadzone, at Edinburgh’s Summerhall. In Dunfermline, Goodbye Mr MacKenzie are at P.J. Molloy’s,
Hipsway are at Edinburgh’s Liquid Room, Edinburgh, and in Glasgow, at the CCA, US folkies Hiss Golden Messenger play the CCA.
Primal Scream hit Aberdeen’s Music Hall on Saturday night, and just along the road, Rascalton are at The Cellar, Aberdeen. A busy night in toon, as Wynntown Marshalls are at the Blue Lamp.
In Edinburgh, Mark Lanegan plays the Liquid Room, The Sweet are at The Queen’s Hall, and Foreignfox have a hometown gig at Dunfermline’s P.J. Molloy’s.
There’s quite the triple-header at Edinburgh’s Summerhall, with Siobhan Wilson, Rachel Sermanni and Honeyblood all on the bill, while in Glasgow, Alabama 3 play the Barrowland, China Crisis are at Òran Mór, The Futureheads are QMU-bound, and Roddy Woomble plays the Blue Arrow.
Also in the Weej, Nice N Sleazy has a multi-punk bill with eight acts including The Hostiles, Buzzbomb, This Familiar Smile and Paper Rifles, and by way of contrast, Nicola Benedetti plus the Royal Scottish National Orchestra are at the Concert Hall.
And De Rosa celebrate 10 years since the release of their classic album ‘Prevention’ at the CCA.
Also on Saturday, Goodbye Mr MacKenzie plus local types A New International are at new Cumbernauld venue Submarine.
On Sunday, Primal Scream are at Perth Concert Hall, while in Dundee, Goodbye Mr MacKenzie play Beat Generator – with ‘alter egos’ The Filthy Tongues in support.
Big Country are at Innerleithen Memorial Hall, and it must be Christmas as The Darkness have a show at the O2 Academy
In Glasgow, Roddy Woomble has the second of his shows at The Blue Arrow, and Texas play SWG3 Galvanizers Yard.
Another multi-band show at the CCA, with Zoe Bestel, Annie Booth, Lemon Drink, Dumb Instrument, Life Model and Sister John in a Last Night From Glasgow Xmas bash, and similarly, at Stereo, Mickey 9s, Dopesickfly, Bratakus, Kodak Ghosts and Johnny Cypher round off the week’s gigs.