A sedate start to the week’s gig-going – well, it would be if Closet Organ plus Ex Wives weren’t at the 13th Note on Monday 16th. But they very much are.

You may in the earlier part of this week note a lack of Tim’s Twitter Listening Parties; that’s because Tim Burgess (for ’tis he) is out and about with his pop combo The Charlatans, and they play Aberdeen’s Music Hall on Tuesday 17th.

Also on Tuesday 17th, Carla J Easton and Simon Liddell out of Frightened Rabbit aka Poster Paints, play Nice n’ Sleazy.

On Wednesday 18th in Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree welcomes the formally-named Peter Doherty – yes, it is him, we checked.
Same night, Poster Paints are in Edinburgh, at Sneaky Pete’s, while in Glasgow, The Charlatans have a show at the O2 Academy

As you can tell just looking at the sun streaming in through your windows, it’s summer festival season and pretty much the first of these, Knockengorroch, begins on Thursday 19th, running through to the Sunday evening, and boasts a large and eclectic lineup not completely based around world music. Joseph Malik, Newen Afrobeat, Tinderbox Collective, Lost Map act Jemima Thewes and the Fuse, A Afro Celt Sound System, Moishe’s Bagel, Neil Landstrumm, The Poozies, Mungos Hi Fi, Gefahrgeist, Callum Easter, Morphamish, Egebamyasi, and Dopesickfly are among the 70 or so acts lined up.

Aberdeen again, is somewhat spoiled for music early this week, as Joesef is at The Lemon Tree, doubtless plugging his new ‘Late To The Party’ EP.
Yon Mr Burgess is in Edinburgh at The Corn Exchange the O2 Academy, in Edinburgh on Thursday while there’s an intriguing quareuple-header at La Belle Angèle in Kapil Seshasayee, Lizzie Reid, Alex Amor, and The Jellyman’s Daughter.

In Glasgow, less nuanced sounds, as Helmet hit the Cathouse, presumably with some force.

Friday night is music night in Aberdeen and what better way to celebrate than to the sounds of Showaddywaddy, at The Lemon Tree. Unless you’re in Edinburgh where another unusual lineup of Katherine Aly, Cyrano, Savage Mansion, and Calum Bowie is, this time, at The Liquid Room.

In Glasgow, it’s him off the radio, Tom Robinson, with the Tom Robinson Band, at King Tut’s.
Best band name award goes, once again, to Ross From Friends, who will be at SWG3, Bombskare are at Oran Mor, while The Wave Pictures punt their epic new album ‘When The Purple Emperor Spreads His Wings’ at The Hug and Pint, and at the Glad Café, and hopefully taking advantage of the in-house catering, Peaness, while down the coast, Roddy Woomble plays the Harbour Arts Centre in Irvine.

However, if the idea of tent life for four days doesn’t appeal just yet, there’s always The Great Eastern – a one day, all-undercover event with four of the six venues actually within Edinburgh’s Summerhall. Bands performing either there or the Queen’s Hall, or its nearby recently discovered sibling The King’s Hall, include Kathryn Joseph, Free Love, Porridge Radio, Soccer96, The Joy Hotel, Anna B Savage, Modern Studies, The Wave Pictures, Withered Hand, Hater, and another 20 or so acts. If you missed the inaugural event last year then you’ll have to take our word for it, but you’ll be in for a treat – TGE is hopefully set to be a mainstay of the Scottish musical calendar.

On Saturday 21st, Mad Hatters in Inverness hosts local lads Lucid Liars while at Pitlochry Town Hall, it’s The Silencers. Weirdly, another 80s icon, James Grant (of Love & Money fame) is also in town, at McKay’s Hotel.

In Dunfermline, Posable Action Figures play P.J. Molloy’s, and in Glasgow, Rev Magnetic are at Stereo. And just beyond the city limits, folk legend Rab Noakes is at the Baljaffray Parish Church in Bearsden, There are a couple of items of interest in Edinburgh – Yorkston Thorne Khan visit Summerhall, except they’re Yorkston Thorne Ghatak – Ranjana Ghatak is standing in for Suhail Yusuf Khan, who has been waylaid by visa problems, but which should make for a unique show, with the band aiming to rework their material rather than simply performing a straight swap.
Rather more straightforward should be The Unthanks who are just round the corner, at Queens Hall Edinburgh.

Finally, on Sunday 22nd at the University Of Dundee’s Chaplaincy Centre, Roddy Woomble.