Good news for those off the usual gig trail – if you missed A New International in musical stageplay ‘The Dark Carnival’, they’re taking the soundtrack album for a bit of a tour… starting on Eigg, at the Community Hall, on Monday 13th.
Sadly not quite as intrepid is J Mascis, bring his formerly-in–Dinosaur Jr stylings to the fairly central location of St Luke’s, in Glasgow.
On Tuesday, Swervedriver celebrate their recent Rock Action records album ‘Future Ruins’ at King Tut’s, in the company of labelmates Rev Magnetic, whose album is also out, any time now.
Part of the New Wave of Hotly-tipped Dublin Bands, The Murder Capital are also in Glasgow, at Nice N Sleazy.
On Wednesday, Vukovi play The Mash House in Edinburgh, while Italian combo Piqued Jacks – MTV’s The Freshmen winners, apparently – have a show at Brig Below.
But those shows pale into insignificance with the news that comically-quiffed reality TV twins Jedward are at The Garage in Glasgow.
A New International go to the other end of the
earth country, as they’re at the Theatre Royal in Dumfries on Thursday. In Dundee, Vukovi play Conroy’s Basement, and hotly-tipped (there we go again) Joesef is in Aberdeen, at The Tunnels.
Stiff competition, as the recently-reformed Goodbye Mr MacKenzie, with aded Big John, celebrate 50 years in showbiz (or something) at The Lemon Tree.
And at Glasgow’s Ivory Black’s on Thursday 16th, it’s Evolution – a live music event showcasing some of Glasgow’s new and upcoming indie talent, including Chloe Hawkins, Dissenter, Dear Asteroid, Voltage, and The Drive, who have just launched excellent new single ‘9:15’ – all in aid of Glasgow’s Children’s Hospital Charity.
Also in Glasgow, major label signing Be Charlotte will show us why she’s hotly-tipped, at The Garage, and rather further away, UK folk legends The Poozies are on Mull – at Tobermory’s An Tobar.
Friday sees Karine Polwart play Gardyne Theatre in Dundee, while Goodbye Mr MacKenzie are at Beat Generator.
Be Charlotte is at Perth Theatre, but there’s a choice of shows as We Came From Wolves have a show at the Green Room.
Vukovi‘s tour takes them to The Tunnels in Aberdeen, while moving in the opposite direction (kind of), Joesef plays Edinburgh’s Mash House.
And King of Caledonian Swing, Champion Doug Veitch, is at Edinburgh’s Liquid Rooms.
In Glasgow on Friday, former Go-Between, Robert Forster, is at King Tut’s, while another seminal act of an even more vintage, er, vintage, is Fairport Convention, who are at Òran Mór.
Mention must be made of the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, simply because they are called Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. They’re at Stereo, in Glasgow, while the less-amusingly-named Closet Organ (sorry, it’s true) have a show at Broadcast.
And A New International really go off piste, for a gig at Paisley Arts Centre… though perhaps not so much as Dougie Maclean, heading into the rock wilderness, for a set at Baljaffray Parish Church, in Bearsden.
Former Love and Money frontman James Grant is in Irvine, at Harbour Arts, while Robert Forster’s Glasgow leg of his tour takes him to St Luke’s,
On Saturday, Fairport Convention play The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen, Karine Polwart plays possibly the first gig to occur in Kelso since 1983, at Tait Hall.
Goodbye Mr MacKenzie are at P.J. Molloy’s in Dunfermline, Fairport Convention play Òran Mór, for the second night in a row (either that or our data has gone a bit off). And – shock! – the reborn Dumb Instrument are at the Glad Café.
In Inverness, The Poozies play Eden Court Theatre, and in Glasgow, Fatherson rather impressively, play the O2 Academy, while it’s round 2 for James Grant at Harbour Arts Centre in Irvine (or so my gig guide tells me).
On Sunday, A New International schlep up country again, to The Barn in Banchory, and in Greenock, Karine Polwart plays the Beacon Arts Centre.
Glasgow has a choice of shows, with Oh Sees at the QM, while NYC indie crew Big Thief are at SWG3.
Or, there’s some more non-jazz at the Blue Arrow, with Withered Hand.
And finally, at Sneaky Pete’s on Sunday 18th Italian/UK electro-psych duo Sonars – plugging current album ‘Theatre of Darkness’ with local acts CaveYear and Forever Alien also on the bill.