With it being (Scottish) summer, this heralds a wave of outdoor shows, though at least on Monday you can remain safe un the bunker-like surroundings of Edinburgh’s Caves, where The LaFontaines will doubtless be plugging new album ‘Junior’, out on Friday.

On Tuesday Glenn Tilbrook has the first of a string of shows at Aberdour’s Woodside Hotel, which is your option up against another former hitmaker, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, in the more salubrious surroundings of Edinburgh’s Usher Hall.

Wednesday in Edinburgh offers us the chance to see Bell Lungs, doubtless playing excellent recent single ‘Wolves Behind Us’, at Summerhall, while if you’re in Aberdeen, wrap up well as while Rod Stewart is at the AECC (and hopefully doing a string of Faces tunes), it’s seemingly in the car park.

Thursday sees Baby Strange continue their travels with a Dundee show at Conroy’s Basement, while Glenn Tilbrook has another night in Aberdour.

Legendary hitmaker (and producer of ‘New Rose’) Nick Lowe is at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, while the not-dissimilar songwriter Boo Hewerdine is in the less imposing surroundings of the Admiral Bar, and L-space may or may not be performing music from their elaborate soundtracky double album ‘Music for Megastructures’ (or they might just be doing the hits, who can say). Anyway, that’s at The Hug and Pint.

On Thursday, there’s a choice of ROCK in Glasgow – Eagles of Death Metal are at Glasgow’s Garage, and there’s Rob Zombie, at the Academy. The LaFontaines play St Luke’s.

On Friday, there’s a doctor in the house – Dr Robert, and it’s a Bungalow, but The Blow Monkeys are in Paisley.

The LaFontaines move to King Tuts and The Raptors launch a single, ‘It’s You’/’Your Dreams’ at Stereo.

Something stirring in Montrose it seems, as celtic rockers Tide Lines are at the Town Hall, and up the road a bit, The Skids play Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree. Same town, same night, Vistas are at The Cellar.

In Edinburgh on Friday 15th, it’s Gig of the Week time surely, with Half Man Half Biscuit at a sold-out Liquid Room, with JD Meatyard in support. Baby Strange are also in town, at The Mash House.

At Edinburgh’s Voodoo Room, Band A. revisit The Associates debut ‘The Affectionate Punch’, and JD Meatyard make use of their time north of the border, playing a Save Leith Walk benefit at the Depot. Acrylic launch a new single – a reworking of ‘Birthday Flowers’ – at the Mash House, and Sacred Paws launch their own new release – sophomore album ‘Run Round The Sun’ – at Summerhall.

In Glasgow on Saturday, Misty In Roots are back following a fine set at Queen’s Park a couple of years ago, They’re at BAaD, while in Bellshill, at the Cultural Centre (quiet there), Glenn Tilbrook.

In Inverness, Blantyre quartet The Naked Feedback are far from home, but play Mad Hatters to support new single ‘Smoke Without Fire’, while The LaFontaines, with Vistas in tow, are at Fat Sams in Dundee.

And Pictish Trail, fresh from his Howlin’ Fling on Eigg, returns to Fife for a gig at Cupar Corn Exchange.

Baby Strange are at The Cellar in Aberdeen, Vistas visit Dunfermline for a set at P.J. Molloy’s, and in Midlothian, Let’s Rock Scotland 2019 – with Andy Bell, Skids / Big Country and Captain Sensiblerubbing shoulders with the likes of Black Lace and Level 42.

Finally to Sunday – The LaFontaines are in Aberdeen, at The Lemon Tree, and Vistas play Edinburgh, at Sneaky Pete’s.