It’s a fair old gig guide and no mistake, with acts old and new (but mainly old) all over the flipping place. Take Monday – Midge Ure plays the hits at Inverness Eden Court, while Ontarian electro duo Crystal Castles are at Glasgow’s Garage.

Curiously, there’s a breather to be had on Tuesday before Naked play at Sneaky Pete’s Edinburgh along with Lach on Wednesday.

Thursday sees Trashcan Sinatras play Oran Mor and, plugging rather fine new album ‘Bamboo Diner In The Rain’, The Wave Pictures are at the Electric Circus.

On Friday, pop-punk legends The Undertones visit Aberdeen Garage (they play Glasgow’s Garage the following night). Frock-coated pop-rockers Showaddywaddy are at Rothes Hall in Glenrothes, and Deacon Blue are at Perth Concert Hall.

Former Odeon Beat Club man Paul Tierney brings his new Bristol-based act Plume of Feathers to Edinburgh’s Wee Red Bar. The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that Friday is also marked by the Scotland-England game, so the band will be playing an early show sometime around the back of 5pm.

But presumably clashing with the game, The Lovely Eggs play Edinburgh’s Electric Circus, giving single ‘Drug Braggin’ a bit of a plug. Oh, you can catch them in Glasgow on Saturday night…

That said, you’re spoiled for choice at the weekend. Also in Glasgow, The Monochrome Set are at Stereo. Japanese noisewranglers Mono play the Classic Grand, and The Wave Pictures are at the CCA.

Elsewhere, Brittle Head Girl give their single, ‘Fall In Line’, a whirl at Conroy’s Basement in Dundee. American indie-folksters The Low Anthem are at the Electric circus, and Martin Stephenson – possibly with The Daintees – plays Stirling Tolboth. And (US) telly starsDead Man Fall are Behind The Wall in Falkirk.

On Sunday, The Raincoats are at Glasgow CCA, Best Girl Athlete (Katie Buchan to you) is at Aberdeen’s Society of Advocates Library. The Monochrome Set are at Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms – probably a better option that Van Morrison at the Playhouse, though SAY award-winner Anna Meredith playing the Hub looks quite a good bet.
Pete Wylie is at the O2 ABC, Electric Eel Shock are at Audio, Glen Matlock plays Broadcast and assuming they’ve not fallen out over the football result, Plume of Feathers are at the Glad Cafe.