Dateline: Monday, October 28th, Marina (without her Diamonds, last spotted at the Fence Homegame 2009) is at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall.
Also in town, Syd Griffin’s back with The Long Ryders, who are punting their first album in 30 years, at La Belle Angele.
The extravagantly (and grammatically incorrect) The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing are at The Tooth & Claw in Inverness, while in Glasgow jangly northern English trio Little Comets are in Glasgow to play King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.
So, straight to Wednesday, and Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons celebrate their leader’s late inclusion into the Motorhead Hall of Fame nomination, at
The Classic Grand.
At the Cathouse, Cattle Decapitation (no ida what they sound like, probably a bit like Sam Smith) while in Aberdeen, British-based Kiwi songwriterPeter Bruntnell plays the Blue Lamp.
On Thursday, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark are back (again), playing Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, while The Bluetones continue the burgeoning Britpop revival at the Old Fruitmarket. And Moon Duo, with excellent new album Stars Are The Light’ just out, are at BAaD.
On Friday things pick up – A-ha are at Glasgow’s Armadillo, for, we assume, a nice sit-down for electropoppers of a certain age.
And a stand up and pogo affair at Audio, with punk veterans Discharge.
In Dundee, Gaelic folk rockers Tide Lines are at Tropicana & Vogue (aka Fat Sam’s), and highly-rated singer-songwriter Emme Woods is in Inverness at The Tooth & Claw.
Amanda Palmer is at Dunfermline’s lovely Carnegie Hall, and some proper revivalism at Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms with Department S and The Chords. Also, oddly, the same venue, meaning one of these shows is in the tiny Speakeasy… anyway, The Cathode Ray launch new album ‘Heightened Senses’, with Stoor in support.
Also in Embra, sudden flavour of the month She Drew The Gun are at Summerhall.
Proper pop songwriting in Glasgow – 70s star Gilbert O’Sullivan plays the Pavilion though if you fancy a dance, hit SWG3 where you’ll find Slam.
Peter Bruntnell is in The Boarding House in Paisley (no idea where his gig is though, ho ho), and also in the suburbs, Primes launch their new single in a hometown show at Falkirk’s Behind the Wall.
On Saturday, some fine choices to be made. Shhe performs her new, debut album, at New Portsound in, er, Newport (Upon Tay) with guests Kinbrae and Zoe Venditozzi also on the bill.
Discharge are a few miles north, at Buskers in Dundee, and Dougie Maclean is a stone’s throw from his house, playing Perth Concert Hall.
In Aberdeen, at the The Lemon Tree, it’s She Drew The Gun, which might beat Wet Wet Wet at P&J Live.
Edinburgh has Snide Rhythms playing Sneaky Pete’s, and and still going, undead goth legends Sex Gang Children at Cabaret Voltaire. Must be Hallowe’en.
Dunfermline gets Glasvegas at P.J. Molloy’s, or Snow Patrol playing the Alhambra. Your choice.
In Glasgow, Amanda Palmer is at The City Halls, and reborn UK reggae pioneers Black Roots play BAaD. At the Barrowland, it’s Tide Lines while King Tut’s hosts The Vegan Leather‘s album launch.
Alternatively there’s Fast Camels at Stereo, or for the intrepid traveler, Mac Arts in Galashiels welcomes Broken Chanter with special guests Ultras.
Finally, on Sunday 3rd November, The Tallest Man On Earth (aka Kristian Matsson, who is actually around 5’6″, fact fans) plays Edinburgh’s Usher Hall.
In Aberdeen, Emme Woods is at The Tunnels, Pond (beware: new Aussie Pond, not the excellent 90s Portland Pond) are at St Luke’s in Glasgow
And also in Glasgow, an all-dayer at Òran Mór, as Last Night From Glasgow presents: ‘Remember Remember the 3rd of November‘ a charity bash in aid of Help Musicians with some of their roster, and others, on the bill.