You’d imagine it’s be Gig Central this week, but not this Monday – just The Japanese House (Buckinghamshire popster Amber Bain) at Glasgow’s SWG3, Glasgow, or jangly local indie types Marshall Chipped at Nice N Sleazy to pick from.
Tuesday’s somewhat busier in the Weej – Primal Scream are at the Barras, Floridan rockers Alter Bridge play the Hydro, Buzzcocks (somewhat inexplicably) reconvene at Oran Mor, while at the Classic Grand, a potentially unpopular set from Boris (it’s ok, it’s the Japanese experimental combo, not… that one…)
And it’s officially Christmas, even if it will be Dave Hill granting the order, with Slade playing SWG3.
On Wednesday, Echo & The Bunnymen are in Edinburgh, at The Queen’s Hall, and local lads Liimo play The Mash House.
In Glasgow, it’s night 2 for Primal Scream at the Barras, and across the road, Hipsway play St Luke’s. Also in town, Wick’s finest (ahem) Neon Waltz have a show at Òran Mór,
Thursday sees Liimo hit the north, playing The Tooth & Claw in Inverness,
and in Aberdeen, a bit starved of new music this week but there’s a three local band bill at The Tunnels with New Routines, The Shoals and Velvet.
In Edinburgh, local indie four-piece Go To Girl are at Sneaky Pete’s, while in Glasgow, Hipsway have their second night at St Luke’s.
Out of town, a festive event (with Christmas covers promised) as Broken Chanter, RM Hubbert & Friends plus Carla J Easton grace the stage of Platform in Easterhouse.
Speaking of festive, it’s not sure what experimental festival Counterflows would class as “Christmassy” but the Festive Soiree with Aine O’Dwyer, Bill Wells and Usurper at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall may answer that question.
In Dundee on Friday 20th, The Rezillos play Beat Generator, and there’s mammoth indie folk tunes from Elephant Sessions in Inverness, at Ironworks.
Glasgow says hello to Goodbye Mr MacKenzie with a celebration of the band’s 30-year-old debut album ‘Good Deeds and Dirty Rags’ at the Barrowland, and of a similar-ish vintage, The Skids, plus Big Country, are at SWG3 Galvanizers, and Hipsway play St Lukes. Oh, and Gerry Cinnamon plays an intimate wee show at the Hydro ahead of next year’s sold-out Hampden Park show.
Properly intimate is the double-header with The Girobabies and The Twistettes at Ivory Blacks, and no less sweaty will be The Yummy Fur, with a show at Stereo
On Saturday, Neon Waltz are back on home turf, playing Wick’s Assembly Rooms, and Keir Gibson , doubtless plugging new single ‘Hollow’, is just down the road (ok, a bit further) at the Railway Club in Fort William.
Glasgow’s Garage sees The Slow Readers Club play a festive show (admittedly we have no guarantee of any Xmas covers), The Silencers make what seems to be an annual are-emergence for a gig at SWG3, and speaking of welcome returns, Mitchell Museum go all jazzy on us at The Blue Arrow.
Further choice in Glasgow on Saturday from Declan Welsh & the Decadent West plus The Ninth Wave at King Tut’s, while virtuoso guitarist Richard Youngs is at The Old Hairdresser’s,
Finally to Sunday, and it looks like things are starting to close down for the holidays… – local act Pages are at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree, and in Glasgow, Irish rock veterans Aslan play Òran Mór.