It’s a week of nostalgia it seems – not quite all Solid Gold 60s tours, but for gig-goers of a certain age… who’d not usually go out on a a school night…
But out you must, as Monday 9th sees Californian inndie folk types The Mountain Goats at the Art School in Glasgow.
Also, shoegaze legends Slowdive are at O2 ABC
Following a no-show at the Doune the Rabbit Hole festival, Ulrika Spacek plays The Hug and Pint,and following his recent acoustic tour with The Burning Hell, Jeffrey Lewis is back with his band Los Bolts, at the CCA.
Meanwhile, in Edinburgh, Norwegian four-piece act SLØTFACE play Sneaky Pete’s.
The wave of nostalgia continues in Edinburgh on Tuesday – 80s chart stars The Christians are at Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow and their almost-contemporary Gary Numan plays the O2 ABC.
Wednesday and it’s grunge forefathers The Melvins, at SWG3 in Glasgow while comparative striplings Fatherson play the first of two nights at the Art School.
In Dundee… we hesitate to list this give their reputation, but there’s little else on in the town this week, plus you might want to go along and say ‘down with this sort of thing’. Cabbage are, inappropriately, at Church. They’re also in Dunfermline at P.J. Molloy’s the following night.
Thursday 12th and it’s Roddy Woomble at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen, the Idlewild frontman being on solo tour.
Also less rockin’ than normal are Therapy?, playing acoustic at Bannermans in Edinburgh. Probably much the same content-wise as Dougie Maclean, who will try to raise national spirits at the Strathpeffer Pavilion.
In Glasgow, The Dears are at King Tut’s, and White are along with BooHooHoo and Holy Mountain at The Garage, while Callum Beattie plays the O2 ABC.
Friday 13th, but lucky for music fans as Roddy Woomble is at the Pleasance Courtyard in Edinburgh. Brownbear (now well and truly sans Bandits) play(s?) The Tooth and Claw in Inverness, and Martin Metcalfe, without Filthy Tongues, instead takes his Fornicators to Kirkcaldy’s Windsor Hotel
In Aberdeen, Mt. Doubt – in fine form last week in their hometown of Edinburgh – visit Cafe Drummond in Aberdeen.
Glasgow is home to a host of similarly ‘weel kent’ (i.e. old) faces on Friday – Suzi Quatro, David Essex, The Osmonds and Hot Chocolate (sadly without Errol Brown) are all at the Hydro, while gig of the week is surely Half Man Half Biscuit, at the O2 ABC.
In Falkirk, proper pop royalty, as Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons are at the Warehouse.
And oddly, on the same night, Ashton Lane play Falkirk Trinity Church. They’re also at BridgeHouse Village Hall (near-ish Armadale) on Saturday.
Less genteel (you’d hope) is the appearance of Ex Pistol Glen Matlock at Smash (formerly the Citrus Club) in Edinburgh, UK
The rest of the acion is in Glasgow on Saturday – Roddy Woomble‘s tour continues at The City Halls, Justin Currie & The Pallbearers are at the O2 ABC, and more nostalgia as Reverend and The Makers play The Garage, making Mickey 9s gig at the Òran Mór like like one for spotters of brand new talent. Mind you, genuinely new are youthful popsters Static Union, who are at the Art School.
Saturday is also Glasgow Oxjam Takeover 2017 – plenty of bands playing, check out the website for more.
On Sunday the weird and wonderful Thomas Truax brings his host of strange musical instruments to the Blue Lamp in Aberdeen.
Justin Currie & The Pallbearers are at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall, and in Glasgow James Yorkston, Kris Drever, and Withered Hand‘s wee tour arrives at the Barras Art & Design Centre.
And (at) last – The Breeders play a long-awaited show at the O2 ABC Glasgow.