Imagine, it’s a dank February evening in Perth (well, no need to imagine). What better way to bring the sunshine into spring than with a show from Out Lines – yes, The Twilight Sad’s James Graham, SAY Award-winning Kathryn Joseph, and producer Marcus Mackay are in town, at the Concert Hall.
Or, if you’re in Glasgow, indie icons The Lovely Eggs play Stereo while Yorkshire quintet Marmozets are at Edinburgh Liquid Room
We do aim to find you a gig per night, but sometimes it’s not exactly an endorsement However, in Edinburgh the only show in town is The Sherlocks – presumably The Amazons aren’t touring just now – they’re at the Liquid Rooms anyway. Taking top billing (here) ahead of Simple Minds, who are at Glasgow Barrowland.
Music lovers always flock to Glasgow’s 13th Note anyway, but Wednesday’s Valentine’s Day, and for fans of Dundonian indiepop trio Make Sparks, it’ll be like some sort of reuniting of long-lost lovers as they return after a couple of years inactivity (they were unpacking a “really big shop”, apparently). Also on the bill, Foggy City Orphan and Start Static.
The following night, Bathgate’s finest, hotly-tipped The Snuts play The Caves in Edinburgh while in that other city just down the way, another West Lothian act, Flux Velociraptor have a show at Leith Depot along with local crew Fatalists.
On Friday, the AECC will be cleaning the burger grill in preparation for Morrissey’s Aberdeen show, while The Snuts seem to be on a Scottish tour of shorts, having a gig at Cafe Drummond,
In Glasgow, Kieran ‘Four Tet’ Henden’s at the Barrowland while former Galaxie 500 duo Damon & Naomi play Edinburgh, at Henry’s Cellar Bar
And in Dumfries, Edinburgh-based Texan singer-songwriter Erin Bennett is at The Venue while Perth gets its second show in the space of fives days – The Little Kicks are at Twa Tams. And at the Windsor Hotel in Kirkcaldy, The Shambolics.
Saturday night and The Snuts inch closer towards civilisation – well, Church (it’s a venue, we hope) in Dundee.
Erin Bennett’s at Hog’s Head Music in Edinburgh – might well be a record shop show, so check local press to see if it’s an afternoon gig – while Neon Waltz are at Bogbain Farm (in Inverness, or as close as dammit).
Meursault are on home soil, at Summerhall in Edinburgh while the less sedate sounds of the Murderburgers will resonate throughout the cavernous Banshee Labyrinth.
In Glasgow, a considerable choice of live shows on Saturday – Swedish singer-songwriter Loney, Dear (Emil Svanängen to his maw) is at The Hug and Pint, and on a larger scale, Franz Ferdinand punt new album ‘Always Ascending’ with a hometown show at the O2 Academy. Willy Mason is also south of the river, at the Glad Café, Morrissey is at the Hydro, and British Sea Power play The Garage, and, Glasgow, UK
On Sunday, quite the lineup at Edinburgh Playhouse – Nik Kershaw headlines, while the considerably less credible (if that’s possible) Cutting Crew and Go West also on the bill.
And former Found man Lomond Campbell has a show at Paradise Palms,
Finally for the week, in Glasgow, Canadian trioAlvvays are at the O2 ABC.