It’s not a week for converstional festivals, so we can (mainly) get indoors, and enjoy the roaring log fire.
Although Edinburgh does have its own under cover events of course, with if not a musical slant, at least a load of live shows to cater for inquisitive tourists.
For example, Chilly Gonzales is with Jarvis Cocker for three nights, at the King’s Theatre – that’s from Tuesday 22nd – Thusrday 24th.
Also on Tuesday in Reekie, F*ck Buttons’ Benjamin John Power, in his Blanck Mass guise, is at Summerhall, while Ulster punk legends Stiff Little Fingers play The Liquid Room.
At the O2 ABC Glasgow, it’s Bright Eyes / Desaparecidos / The Faint / etc’s Conor Oberst.
And in Dundee, workmanlike indie-rock from The Stereophonics who play the Caird Hall, Dundee, UK
Wednesday sees Lana Del Rey in the somewhat expansive surroundings of The Hydro, Glasgow.
It also looks a quiet week for shows in Inverness, but happily on Thursday, at The Tooth and Claw, we have the promisingly-named Mega Bog.
On Thursday 24th, The Pictish Trail is at Summerhall in Edinburgh, UK
Aberdeen’s Friday night looks like a quiet one, but happily, at Cafe Drummond, there’s local-ish five-piece Uniform
In East Kilbride, at The Village Inn, one-time Theatre of Hate / Spear of Broccoli / leader of The Pack, Kirk Brandon
And Kirk Brandon is also at Dreadnought Rock in Bathgate on Friday.
In Glasgow on the same night, Pinact play The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow
and Aberdonian combo The Little Kicks are at Twa Tams in Perth
Current Jockrock faves (see the new feature on them), the half-Scottish Last Days of Elvis play Leith Depot, Edinburgh on August 25th and then Macsorley’s in Glasgow the following night, along with fellow Berlin-based acts Party Fears and Mondo Fumatore.
Saturday also has Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon as the Welsh songstress brings her roving collection of eclectic covers and party bangers to Summerhall in Edinburgh.
Also in Edinburgh, anti-folk pioneer Lach is at Bedlam Theatre.
In Glasgow on Saturday, We Came From Wolves play Nice N Sleazy.
And also, King Creosote is at The Rum Shack.
And on Sunday in Edinburgh, A New International play the Spiegeltent (which as its name suggests, can move around, so best check the location before travelling)
Finally, on Sunday… we venture outside once again. Misty in Roots, Aswad, and Black Roots are part of Govanhill Against Racism at Queen’s Park