Monday evening – you know the drill. Off the couch and down town with you.
Declan Welsh & the Decadent West are in Aberdeen, at The Tunnels, while an impressive double-header in the shape of Iron & Wine and Calexico, performing from their excellent collaborative album ‘Tears To Burn’ – at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall.
And GLasgow also has Monday music action – John Darnielle’s Mountain Goats are at St Luke’s.
Tuesday night sees Sun-hating, X-Factor competitor (odd combo we know) Lucy Spraggan visit the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen, while occasional telly star Adam Ant plays Edinburgh’s Usher Hall.
Cosier surroundings for Alex Rex – drummer and polymath Alex Neilson’s current project – in the shape of Sneaky Pete’s, while in Dundee, Declan Welsh & the Decadent West have a show at Beat Generator.
On Wednesday, The Pearlfishers continue their trip around Scotland, The Lemon Tree hosting the Aberdeen leg, and in Edinburgh, Withered Hand plays the first of a string of shows where he revisits his back catalogue – he’s doing that at the Voodoo Rooms
Also in Reekie, Peter Cat and Solareye are at the Gilded Balloon, while Glasgow’s QMU has Blue Rose Code,
On Thursday 21st, David Thomas Broughton plus Thor & Friend play a double headline show with support from Faith Eliott at Edinburgh’s Summerhall
Apart from that, Edinburgh’s top show on paper is Dr. Feelgood, at Stramash, though who knows how many original members there are in the 70s blues act.
Deinitely the original article, just down the road, is Mike Peters out of The Alarm, at The Caves.
The Pearlfishers are at Clark’s on Lindsay Street in Dundee, and in Inverness, Idlewild are at Ironworks.
Withered Hand‘s at the Voodoo Rooms again, and at the Liquid Rooms, New Model Army. A busy night in Edinburgh, as Fat White Family are also in town, at Potterrow, while Glasgow pop duo HYYTS have a show at Cabaret Voltaire, and highly-regarded (and award-wining) singer-soghwriter
Mike McKenzie is at Sneaky Pete’s. Oh, and revered folkie Kathryn Williams plays The Queen’s Hall.
In Glasgow, two-hit wonders Electric Six are at the QMU, Fontaines DC platy SWG3, and Blood Red Shoes, along with Naaz, are at King Tut’s.
Adam Ant‘s at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and up in Stirling, Turin Brakes are back, and playing at the Tolbooth. Same night, Peter Cat and Solareye are an interesting pairing, at The Hub.
Idlewild appear to be on a small jaunt around Scotland themselves – ther’re at Tropicana & Vogue (TVFKA Fat Sam’s) in Dundee onFriday, while up the coast, Adam Ant’s in Abderdeen at the Music Hall,
Also in town, The Alarm (or possibly Mike Peters, or both) play The Lemon Tree, Horse is in Eeinburg, celebrating the 30th anniversary of her ‘Same Sky’ album, at The Queen’s Hall, and Frank Turner plays the Alhambra in Dunfermline.
Turin Brakes are, it appears, playing the second of a two-night stint at Stirling Tolbooth, and Dr. Feelgood are in Glasgow, at King Tut’s.
Fat White Family have The Yummy Fur as their special guests for their Glasgow QMU show on Friday, and at Stereo, EMB* legends Nitzer Ebb (*Electronic Body Music, in case you were wondering)
Also in town, at SWG3, electronic duo Gorgon City play SWG3, and Peter Cat and Solareye are at The Old Hairdresser’s.
In Dundee, HYYTS are in Dundee at Buskers, while mention must be made of the show in Aberdeen at Krakatoa – Segadeth, which must surely mean a chiptune version of ‘Symphony of Destruction’?
And also in Aberdeen on Friday 22nd, Adam Holmes & the Embers + Buoy Gull from part of a bill from the ever-reliable Interesting Promotions. This time they’re at The Blue Lamp.
on Saturday 23rd, Natasha Khan – Bat For Lashes to you – is at Edinburgh Queen’s Hall, Bronston are at Sneaky Pete’s, and for two days at the Corn Exchange, Shamanic Live – an arts event which among others features Martin Metcalfe and Fay Fife.
In Perth, The Alarm are at Perth Theatre, in Dundee, Turin Brakes are at Fat Sams (or whatever it’s called) and
in Glasgow, the Chemical Brothers are at the Hydro, or if that’s a bit too ‘pop for you dance fans, Blanck Mass is at The Art School, and Tav Falco’s Panther Burns play Broadcast.
Ooh, and it’s Destination… Paisley for King Kurt, the Bungalow Bar to be precise.
Hampden seller-outer Gerry Cinnamon is in the intimate surroundings of Aberdeen P&J Live arena on Saturday while HYYTS are at The Tunnels
In Glasgow. former Icicle Works man Ian McNabb is at Òran Mór, and at Harbour Arts in Irvine, The Pearlfishers.
And of course, all day Saturday, 50 or so acts in a variety of venues as the Great Western festival takes place. Songhoy Blues, Gerry Love’s Lightships, Malcolm Middleton, Pleasure Heads, Chk Chk Chk, Free Love and Sacred Paws among the acts on the large bill.
And two shows whiich aren’t part of that – Kathryn Williams is at the Glad Café, while former Kraftwerk man Wolfgang Flür plays the CCA.
Finally, Sunday. Turin Brakes are at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree, former Beta Band man Steve Mason is in Dundee, at Tropicana & Vogue / Fat Sam’s, and in Glasgow, another EBM combo, Germans Die Krupps, at a new-to-us venue, Slay.
Also in Glasgow, Eliza and the Bear play King Tut’s and Professor Green (he’s not a real professor so no awkward questions please) is at SWG3.