Monday can be a hard night for gig-going – first day back at work means you may just need to lie in a darkened room and prepare yourself for the week ahead. So, to a busy Tuesday.

Ahead of her summer headliner at Doune The Rabbit Hole, Cate Le Bon is at Stereo in Glasgow. In Edinburgh on the same night, composer Max Richter has a full-on show at the Usher Hall. In Perth, folkie siblings The Unthanks play the Concert Hall. And more a word of warning than a recommendation – if in Aberdeen, don’t go to The Garage expecting either Tom Selleck or a giant choc-ice, because it’s 80s Brummie metallers Magnum that are in town.

To Wednesday, and Malcolm Middleton begins a round-Scotland ramble promoting forthcoming album ‘Summer Of ’13’ with a show at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen.
On the same night in Glasgow, Aussie but Aereogramme-connected rockers The Temper Trap are at The Art School.

Thursday sees Malcolm Middleton, along with The Pictish Trail, at Beat Generator in Dundee, and Kasper Hauser are at Glasgow’s 13th Note while in the same city, The Dandy Warhols play the Art School. Kid Canaveral hit the north, with a show at Inverness’s Mad Hatters.

On Friday, and this is slightly less of a warning than Magnum, and more the fact that not a lot happens in Montrose, so anyway… Jools Holland is at East Links. Probably plinky-plonking across a succession of singers. Maybe he’ll do ‘Cool For Cats’ or the solo out of ‘Uncertain Smile.
And more indie action (and we use the term somewhat loosely) for Perth on Friday when KT Tunstall visits the Concert Hall
Gone are the days when Greenock was a regular venue on the national toilet circuit, but this Friday, Neon Waltz play The Loft.
In fact, more happens (as far as these gig guides are concerned) on Mull – and this week is no exception with Kid Canaveral bringing the rock to An Tobar. They’re also at The Hug and Pint, Glasgow, the following night.

Friday also sees the start of possibly as many as ten days of music and art events at the Hidden Door festival in Edinburgh. Centred around the King Stables Road arches, the likes of The Wave Pictures and Rival Consoles are playing on Saturday night, with a host of other shows planned for the coming days – more details at
Also in Edinburgh on Saturday, The Mirror Trap play The Mash House. And same night, Malcolm Middleton is at the Electric Circus.

Elsewhere on Saturday, acclaimed alt.folkies Lau appear at the Gardyne Theatre in Dundee.
And Fatherson are at The Sailing Club, Kirkwall, while rock comes to Kilmarnock when Neon Waltz play Bakers Nite Club.

Finally, on Sunday, Fatherson get closer to civilisation and running water with a gig at Aberdeen’s Cafe Drummond, while former Go-Between Robert Forster is in Glasgow at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.