A curiously non-chronological set of shows this week, with one form each of the nation’s 4 biggest cities.
At Dexters in Dundee on Thursday 30th June , four bands including Edinburgh School for the Deaf launching debut album New Youth Bible on Bubblegum Records. The band feature a couple of ex-members of Saint Jude’s Infirmary. (You can hear their single here)
Also on the bill are local act Man Without Machines, aka Adam Lockhart of Spare Snare with a live band. And, Hookers for Jesus (featuring two ex Candy Store Prophets), and The Shithawks, who number a former member of Gong Fei in their ranks.
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In Edinburgh, on Friday July 1st at Sneaky Pete’s, a cracking lineup with Verse Metrics, RM Hubbert and I Build Collapsible Mountains.

And RM (or ‘Hubby’ to his pals and fans) appears in Aberdeen, as part of an equally good lineup – The Second Hand Marching Band, RM Hubbert, and The Last Battle play Cafe Drummond on Saturday 2nd July.

And in Glasgow, the show by Orchestre Poly-rythmo De Cotonou gets a publicity boost as Franz Ferdinand’s Paul Thomson joins the lineup with a DJ set.It’s on Tuesday 28 June 2011, at the Old Fruitmarket.

And last but definitely not least, Half Man Half Biscuit make one of their irregular forays up to Scotland for a show at Edinburgh’s Liquid Room on Thursday 30th. Here’s 5 reasons why you should have seen them play in 2008 – these still apply.