It’s a Mad World and no mistake. Who would have expected that 80s synthpoppers Tears For Fears would be playing Glasgow’s Armadillo on Monday?
Also, Kentucky rockabilly crew Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers, with Serious Sam Barrett, are at Broadcast.
Tuesday sees Can legend Damo Suzuki and his Network arrive at Edinburgh’s The Mash House,
They’re also at Mono the following night – the Network is a loose group of pickup musicians local to each city on the tour, as we understand it, so you could be getting a call…
Also in Glasgow on Tuesday, Jimmy Webb of ‘Wichita Lineman’ and ‘Macarthur Park’ songwriting fame, is at the Mitchell Theatre
On Wednesday, it’s as if the Britpop revival never went away, with one of the better acts to emerge at that time, The Bluetones, playing the O2 ABC.
On Thursday, the perpetually gigging (or so it seems) Neon Waltz schlep down form their Wick home, for a show at Dundee’s Beat Generator.
Also in the city of jam and jute, James Grant out of Love and Money is at Clarks on Lindsay Street, while Midas Fall are at Bannerman’s, Edinburgh. Also in Reekie, The Spook School are in Edinburgh, at Summerhall.
And just over the bridge(s), View frontman Kyle Falconer has a solo show at P.J. Molloy’s in Dunfermline.
In Perth, Vistas play The Green Room.
Retro sounds of one sort in Dundee on Friday with The Ninth Wave – the 80s-tinged act are at Church, while in Glasgow, genuine retro rock, with still-there guitar legend Wilko Johnson – at the O2 ABC
Also in Glasgow, Neon Waltz play King Tut’s and Midas Fall are at the 13th Note, the two bands seemingly tracking each other’s movements.
On Friday, former Finding Albert frontman’s new project ONRplays a hometown show at The Venue in Dumfries.
Saturday sees Neon Waltz head homewards (and seemingly having shaken off Midas Fall) as they play Ironworks in Inverness.
In Glasgow, reggae legends Misty In Roots are at Drygate, and The Mickey 9s play The Art School.
On Sunday in Edinburgh,
Brownbear plus his new album ‘What is Home?’ at Sneaky Pete’s, and in Dundee, Wreckless Eric does likewise for new long-player ‘Construction Time & Demolition’, at Clarks on Lindsay Street.
Finally, Misty In Roots hit Edinburgh for a show at La Belle Angele.