It’s a holiday Monday – well, for some, not for Gov’t Mule, the US slft rock veterans are at St Lukes in Glasgow, while A New International‘s cross-country meanderings continue, this time their acoustic rereading of ‘The Dark Carnival’ taking in the Byre Theatre in St. Andrews.
On Tuesday, the excellently-named Utah duo I Don’t Know How But They Found Me are are the only show in town, at St Luke’s.
A New International play Inverness’s Eden Court Theatre on Wednesday night, while Kyle Falconer out of The View is at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree, and Glasgow-based indie quintet False Friends have a hometown show at The Old Hairdresser’s on Wednesday.
On Thursday, Kyle Falconer is at the Dundee venue formerly known as Fat Sams – Tropicana & Vogue – on Thursday, while Celtic rockers Tide Lines have a headline show at Edinburgh’s Liquid Room.
The band then move just about as far north as you can, for a Friday night show in Wick, in the Assembly Rooms.
And Thursday sees the start of the sixth annual Hidden Door festival – four days of music and visual art, including, at Leith Theatre, Anglo-Spanish electro combo Crystal Fighters on the Saturday, plus the likes of Man of Moon, Low Island and The Reverse Engineer also lined up for the long weekend.
And confirming festival season is under way… on Eigg, as the Lost Map / Pictish Trail-curated
Howlin’ Fling is on all weekend with Siobhan Wilson on the bill, among, er, others. It’s sold out anyway…
Back on dry land, James Grant has a show in the revered setting of Baljaffray Parish Church in Bearsden.
In Aberdeen, a choice of shows – Honeyblood, now a live trio, play the Lemon Tree, and A New International are at he Music Hall.
Elephant Sessions play Perth Theatre, and ’90s electropop icon Howard Jones is at The Queen’s Hall, hopefully with the wee bloke with the chains in tow.
Also in Edinburgh on Friday, Kyle Falconer is at The Liquid Room, and Blue Rose Code are at Victoria Park House, wherever that is, and in Leith – at The Depot, of course – The Raptors launch new single ‘It’s You’/’Your Dreams’.
And in Glasgow on Friday night, First Aid Kit are at SWG3 Galvanizers Yard
Saturday night sees The Skids presumably not playing acoustic tunes, despite an album coming in June… they’re at Edinburgh’s Liquid Room… while, almost as ‘vintage’, A Certain Ratio are at The Voodoo Rooms. Kelly Jones out of The Stereophonics has a solo show in Edinburgh, at the Usher Hall.
In Fife, Dunfermline act Paris Street Rebels move up country, with a gig at the Greenside in Leslie, and in Glasgow, at the Old Fruitmarket, it’s Lau, while just off the Goodbye Mr McKenzie tour, Martin Metcalfe is in solo mode at Stereo.
Also on Saturday, Kyle Falconer‘s at Stirling Tolbooth, and raving it up at SWG3, it’s Orbital.
In Glasgow, Fast Camels have a show at The Hug and Pint, while at BAaD, Motown legends Martha Reeves And The Vandellas.
And to Sunday, where Neneh’s brother and Don’s son, Eagle-Eye Cherry, is in Glasgow at The Garage, Kentucky rockabilly troupe The Legendary Shack Shakers play Broadcast, Kelly Jones is at the Royal Concert Hall, and at The Old Hairdresser’s, it’s Ana Da Silva out of punk legends The Raincoats.
And finally, 6Music’s Flavour of the month Pip Blom play Edinburgh’s Mash House.