A packed gig guide this week, though unusually, not all concentrated on the central belt.

And starting right now – on Monday 14th, Martin Stephenson and the Daintees are in Inverness at Ironworks – celebrating 30 years of break through an classic album ‘Boat To Bolivia’.
If that’s too far for you central belt types, there’s always Eurovision winners Lordi at La Belle Angele, while in Glasgow, Joan as Police Woman plays the Art School.

Again, Inverness has all the best tunes – this time, taken from ‘Here’ as Teenage Fanclub visit Ironworks

Wednesday 15th sees Brittle Head Girl play Inverness Market Bar (they’re also at Sneaky Pete’s on Saturday)

Also on Wednesday The Bonzo Dog Doo-dah Band are at Edinburgh Queen’s Hall – not exactly sure which members, but not all the original ones you can be fairly sure.
But all present and intact is Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, in solo mode at Edinburgh’s Summerhall

Thursday 17th sees Martin Stephenson take the Daintees to Dundee, to Clarks on Lindsay Street.
Kristin Hersh brings her new album/book combo ‘Soma Gone Slapstick’ to Summerhall on Thursday – and is also in Glasgow on Saturday at the Mackintosh Church at Queen’s Cross, wherever that is.

And more US indie heroes on tour, as Dinosaur Jr are at Glasgow’s O2 ABC.

Friday 18th Spook School are in Glasgow, at Stereo
In Inverness, a new venue to us, Tooth and Claw, hosts a band very familiar to us – Mt Doubt. It’s a Netsounds FREE show with Foreignfox and Redolent also on the bill.
And in Glasgow, 65daysofstatic play the Art School.

Saturday 19th, and Kwang Creasite plays Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree we’re sure you can figure that out for yourselves, though why he’s re-adopted the old contractual obligation moniker is a mystery for now.

In Edinburgh, ska (obviously) legends The Skatellites play the Liquid Room.

And Ian Prowse – former Pele / current Amsterdam frontman – is punting new album ‘Companeros’, is acoustic at Cumbernauld’s The Weavers.

In Glasgow at The Classic Grand – a benefit in aid of the Panopticon, the world’s oldest music hall. Over 15 acts on the bill including the likes of Esperanza, Bombskare and The Fast Camels.

On Sunday, another night of legends in Glasgow. The Vaselines’ Frances McKee is solo (well, without Eugene) at the Glad Cafe, and The Damned play the O2 ABC.