As is traditional at this time on a Monday, we implore you: put down your cuppa, put on your dancing trousers, and head to… well, if in Glasgow, see Squeeze celebrating 40 years in the business that Jools Holland (*not appearing) would call show, at the Royal Concert Hall,
Or if in Inverness, Thomas Truax and his collection of weird and wonderful instruments will appear at the Market Bar.
Meanwhile, The Cult are at the Music Hall in Aberdeen.
They’re also in Glasgow the following night, Tuesday, at the O2 Academy while electro veterans Lamb have a show at St Luke’s in Glasgow.
Dance of a different flavour and age the following night, as hiphop collective WHY? visit Stereo.
Meanwhile, Happy Mondays have dragged themselves away from Goggglebox and are at Ironworks in Inverness, while Thomas Truax drags himself away from Wowtown, for a show at Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms.
Also in the capital, council punks The Dunts go all posh… well, maybe not, as the lads are at The Caves.
The following night i.e. Thursday 24th, they’re not exactly slumming it, being as they’re at Church in Dundee, while also in town, Ed Muirhead plays tracks from his new album ‘Stars From A Sidecar’ at Clark’s on Lindsay Street.
Up the coast a bit, Happy Mondays play the Music Hall, Aberdeen, and of a similar-ish vintage, The Wedding Present atre back, this time – we presume – punting either their new picture disc single, or their re-recording of singles collection ‘Tommy’, or maybe (but probably not) the Ukrainians sessions, at The Tunnels
In Glasgow on Thursday, Thomas Truax is at The Hug and Pint, and Honeyblood play the QMU.
Friday night sees bell lungs and Gwenifer Raymond share a bill with Stuart Braithwaite out of Mogwai, the latter doing a rare solo set, at Kirkcaldy’s Adam Smith Theatre – part of James Yorkston‘s Tae Sup Wi’ a Fifer series.
Along the way a little, Happy Mondays play Dunfermline’s Alhambra Theatre and The Dunts are at The Tunnels in Aberdeen on Friday.
In Edinburgh, a bit of a an unlikely combination at the Queen’s Hall – progger and former Procul Harum guitarist Robin Trower has, it seems, formed a band with Maxi Priest – the reggae(ish) act best known for his hit with a cover of Cat Stevens’ ‘Wild World’ (he’s a cousin of Jacob Miller, but the musical similarities begin and end there). Third member of this unlikely trio is one Livingstone Brown – either a player of bass and keys, or a Glasgow firm of solicitors.
In Edinburgh on Friday, Vistas are at La Belle Angele
In Glasgow, The Wedding Present are at The Classic Grand, and Sunn O))) will make some noise at the QMU,
and the Jasmine Minks poke their heads above ground once again for a show at the 13th Note.
Also in Glasgow on Friday, the Scottish Alternative Music Awards aka the SAMAs, which is this yea, its 10th, at Saint Luke’s Glasgow. The event will feature live performances from The Cosmic Dead, Chlobocop and Franky’s Evil Party, and is hosted by Jim Gellatly and Leyla Josephine.
And in Greenock, not a phrase we use often enough, former Love and Money mainman James Grant, plus Lola in Slacks, play the Old Tobacco Warehouse
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are still the best-named band in the gig guide. Some day we’ll hear them, perhaps on Saturday 26th at The Mash House in Edinburgh.
Also in Reekie, Rachel Sermanni and James Yorkston play Summerhall, while in Glasgow, at the O2 Academy, Happy Mondays
Glasgow-wise, Comfort are at The Poetry Club, and out of town quite a bit to be honest, Dead Man Fall launch the brand new Submarine club in Cumbernauld.
Finally for Saturday, the Jasmine Minks have a show in their hometown, Aberdeen, at Krakatoa.
And finally for the week – Wayne Hussey out of The Mission plays Audio in Glasgow, and Americana pioneers The Long Ryders are also in Glasgow, at Òran Mór.