Of course, it’s the Fair, or Trades, or whatever, meaning that everyone who’s anyone is either away, or recovering from Doune the Rabbit Hole.
So a fairly quiet gigging week, but have k.d. lang performing 25 years of ‘Ingénue’ at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow to kick things off.
On Tuesday, the only show in town (Glasgow) is old Jockrock favourites the Twisted Melons along with locals The Dirty Lies and Joy & Struggle, at Nice’n’Sleazy.
Wednesday night brings the surprising news that Gomez are still big enough to fill (hopefully for their sakes) the O2 Academy in Glasgow, while Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg rolls into The Garage, and Josh Ritter plays Òran Mór.
The American songsmith is still in Scotland on Thursday, playing Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall, and while we’re scrabbling around for shows, we may as well have a scrape at the bottom of the barrel, since Ocean Colour Scheme bring what we will loosely term ‘the rock’ to Motherwell’s Concert Hall
On Friday, in Dunfermline, local lads not-made-good Underneath The Lights are playing their last ever show before they call it a day, so find out what you missed at P.J. Molloy’s. Maybe their future projects will eventually be up for a SAY Award, but for the announcement of this year’s 20-strong Longlist, visit Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall on Friday where there’ll also be live sets from C Duncan, Kobi Onyame, and a collaboration between Modern Studies and Rod Jones out of Idlewild.
Alternatively, there’s classic songwriting and some rather dodgy vocals with Burt Bacharach, at Kelvingrove Bandstand in Glasgow
A rather more recent vintage is The Naked Feedback at King Tuts while experimental prog quintet Territories launch their new self-titled album at Nice N Sleazy.
In Glasgow on Saturday, former Yes and Buggles member and occasional Belle and Sebastian producerTrevor Horn is at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, with Lol Creme out of 10cc plus a 20-piece orchestra, playing his hits.
Also in town, Parliamo are at King Tuts and Lost Map’s latest(ish) signing Callum Easter is at The Hug and Pint, Glasgow, UK
In Aberdeen, Morcheeba / Gorillaz / Bombay Bicycle Club-affiliated trio OK Button play The Tunnels, and Dundee’s Gig of the Week (literally, it seems) is Tom Jones at Slessor Gardens.
In Edinburgh, ex-Rilo Kiley (remember them?) singer Jenny Lewis plays The Queen’s Hall – the country’s busiest venue it seems, and Ocean Colour Scheme are at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall. Elsewhere in the capital Faith Eliott, plus Ian Humberstone are at Thomson’s Tower, and Liimo play Sneaky Pete’s. And funk-punk legends Boots for Dancing are at Henry’s Cellar Bar.
In Bathgate, and following a rocking set at Doune, The Raptors punt new double-A side single ‘It’s You’/’Your Dreams’ at the Midnight Breakfast Club.
Finally, to Sunday, and it’s all about Glasgow I’m afraid. OK Button play King Tut’s, while brother-sister electronic duo Comfort are at The Old Hairdresser’s.