Once again, it’s all about Edinburgh as they get the lion’s share of all the good shows. Since every previous year it’s returned to a musical chasm by September, we may as well hold the city’s promoters aloft for now and give you the considerable list of must-see shows.

First though, a show worth seeing in Dundee (hurrah!) – on Wed 22 occasional Hold Steady keyboardist Franz Nicolay is at the impressively-named Bar Cerebrus in Dundee
Down the coast, another visitor from New York,Santigold plays at Edinburgh’s HMV Picturehouse, while Churches, along with We Are The Physics, are at the Electric Circus

A show in Glasgow on Thurs 23rd, and it’s a good one – Esperi at Nice’n’Sleazy’s
Along the M8, King Creosote is at the Queen’s Hall
North Atlantic Oscillation plug their new single at the Electric Circus – support comes from Homework

And another – Last Year’s Girl presents Franz Nicolay, with local support from Louise McVey and Cracks in the Concrete and Dead Man’s Waltz. It’s at The Admiral.

On Friday 24th, Remember Remember play the Electric Circus (they’re also in Glasgow at Stereo on Saturday)

A curious non-double-header the same night – Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble is at St. Bride’s Centre (that’s in Gorgie) while his bandmate Rod Jones plays Sneaky Pete’s.

However, this weekend is all about Doune The Rabbit Hole. A massive lineup over the three nights (Friday – Sunday) – there’s significant local interest with Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells as well as Malcolm Middleton in Human Don’t Be Angry mode (Sunday) – added after this preview.
I say local – point of interest, while previously the event was at Doune Castle, this year it’s at Carron, in a medieval fort… it’s near(ish) to Denny, which is near-ish to Falkirk, check the website for details on getting there. And, labelmates The Phantom Band headline the Friday night while there’s Jeffrey Lewis & the Junkyard and King Creosote on the Saturday – see for yourself – www.dounetherabbithole.co.uk

Under cover, on Sat 25th at the Electric Circus, it’s Kid Canaveral, a show which ‘replaces’ the Wee Red Bar gig cancelled at short notice on June 30th. Support’s from Bad Books.
Meanwhile, in the same venue, on the following night, Chemikal Underground’s latest signings, Conquering Animal Sound

Finally, Glasgow prepares to take back its gig-going crown on Sunday night, as Jeffrey Lewis & pals are at Mono, while another visitor, US-based Canadian songstress Devon Sproule, is at Stereo.