Such is the paucity of quality shows in the first part of this week that we can only mention – not recommend – Ocean Colour Scheme, who are at Aberdeen Music Hall on Monday, Ironworks in Inverness on Tuesday, and Perth Concert Hall the following night. This has been a public service announcement.

Rather more appealing, we assume, is the series of Kelvingrove Bandstand shows this week – including Teenage Fanclub on Tuesday 30th and Suede on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, nu-punk veterans (our description) Baby Strange are at SWG3 Poetry Club in Glasgow, while North Atlas play Bar Bloc.

In Dundee on Thursdays, at Clark’s on Lindsay Street, a presumably Daintees-less Martin Stephenson.

And also on Thursday, fresh (we assume they showered) from their set at Doune the Rabbit Hole, Free Love celebrate their SAY Award nomination with a show at Summerhall.

(There’s no real point in us mentioning Belladrum’s Tartan Heart – you’ll just get jealous that others are seeing Elbow, Johnny Marr, Glasvegas, Richard Thompson and The Selecter, as it’s sold out, as usual).

On Friday, another Bandstand show at Kelvingrove – Father John Misty.
In Edinburgh, the first of three An Audience With… Kyle Falconer out of The View at The Old Dr Bell’s Baths.

At Sneaky Pete’s, it’s Echo Machine; while in Glasgow, legendary US punks Flipper are at the CCA – two from the original lineup (Ted Falconi
and Steve DePace), plus Minuteman Mike Watt and The Jesus Lizard’s David Yow helping out.

Faith Eliott is at the Glad Café, and in something of a timeslip, we assume, Cuban Heels – basically the bits of Johnny and the Self Abusers who didn’t form Simple Minds – are (perhaps implausibly) in the cavernous confines of the O2 Academy. Also on Saturday, Kelvingrove Bandstand boasts The Human League, and Cold Years play King Tuts.

On Saturday, Dean Friedman plays Glasgow’s Òran Mór, and in Aberdeen The Vaselines are at The Tunnels.

On Sunday, mclusky* – note the ‘*’, there’s approximately two-thirds original members – are at St Luke’s, with bonus support in the from of Slime City and Cutty’s Gym.
Bit of a gig clash in that Dead Kennedys are at The Garage, Anna Sweeney‘s at King Tuts and Peter Cat is at Glasgow Autonomous Space.