It’s maybe not quite panto season yet – or maybe it is? But it’s certainly that time of year when bands of a certain vintage hit the boards. Even Monday night has one, it’s Cypress Hill at Glasgow Barrowland.
On Tuesday, the considerably more on-trend sounds of The Burning Hell – Canada’s finest songsmiths – are in Glasgow, at Nice N Sleazy.
And Sweden’s finest (if you don’t count Abba, the Wannadies, Blythe, etc), The Cardigans are at Glasgow Academy.
More old stagers but these ones still making fine new music – James are at Glasgow’s Hydro, while of an even more vintage, er, vintage, Peter Murphy (yes, him out of Bauhaus / the Maxell ads) along with original bassist David J, plus Desert Mountain Tribe, play The Galvanizers Yard.
And a bit more recent, the sounds of The Strange Blue Dreams can be heard at Òran Mór.
Finally, Edinburgh gets some music this week – sadly all on the same night, Thursday, as Martin Stephenson & the Daintees play the Voodoo Rooms, inconveniently clashing with The Burning Hell, back at The Hibs Club.
And Angus Munro is at The Jazz Bar – though whether he’s in actual jazz, songwriter, or Great Hipster Songbook mode is unclear at time of going to press.
Still busy in Glasgow, as Heaven 17 play the O2 Academy, and the first sign of Christmas isn’t snow, or a TV ad for manky new Irn Bru, but the appearance of Slade at the O2 ABC… admittedly Noddy-less, but they may do that tune.
And Paws, along with Daddy Issues, are at Stereo.
Something afoot in Aberdeen, at the Tunnels on Friday, as The Little Kicks, The Ninth Wave, Catholic Action, Peaness, Indigo Velvet, Nieves, Apache Darling and Zoe Graham take to the stage for what appears to be some sort of extravaganza.
Down the coast a little Tide Lines are at Tropicana & Vogue (the venue formerly known as Fat Sam’s?) in Dundee.
At Edinburgh Liquid Room, more from the revival circuit with The Alarm, while Theatre of Hate are doing a similar thing i.e. funding their pensions, at P.J. Molloy’s in Dunfermline.
In Edinburgh, Mt. Doubt member turned-(rather fine) solo-artist, Annie Booth, who is at Sneaky Pete’s.
The Dykeenies (remember them?) are at Glasgow’s QMU, C Duncan plays Mono, and Yakima (who seem to go under the name of YakimaOfficial on the internet nowadays, perhaps to avoid confusion with any of those Yakima tribute acts) are at The Hug and Pint.
On the same night and also in Glasgow, the promisingly-named unknown artist are at Number 18 (which is to be fair, an unknown venue too, at least to us). And Baby Chaos (remember them, come to that) are at Stereo while the excellent Pleasure Heads play the Priory Bar.
Saturday night is The Men They Couldn’t Hang night, with the veteran folk-rockers playing King Tut’s, while Tide Lines are at SWG3 and nig0in-Australian (because, er, they’re Australian) DMA’S are at the Barrowland (so presumably reasonably big here too).
Meanwhile, new wave legends The Godfathers are back and at Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms while in Dunfermline, what might well be a residency for Foreignfox, who play another hometown show at P.J. Molloy’s, and in Inverness, Lewis Capaldi is at Ironworks.
The biggest gig of the week, in many ways, is the Sleep in the Park event taking place in Anerdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, which will see the likes of Fatherson, Amy Macdonald, Siobhan Wilson, KT Tunstall, Lulu, Irvine Welsh, and Frightened Rabbit do their bit to entertain thousands of punters sleeping out for the night to raise awareness and cash for homelessness in Scotland.
Finally, to Sunday, when The Sweet – well, a quarter of them, and we’re not even sure if it’s the Tucker or Scott bit… anyway, they’re at The Garage in Glasgow, while a slightly more recent vintage act, The Godfathers, will bring a fanatic hard core following to Audio, Glasgow, and Martin Stephenson takes his Daintees to Inverness’s Eden Court Theatre.