Our Week In Rock commences this Wednesday with Mavis Staples at the O2 ABC. Ok, more soul than rock (‘I’ll Take You There’ is the tune you’re thinking of).
In Edinburgh, The Band Formerly Known As The Starlets – A New International – are at Summerhall.
On Thursday, The National enter the grand(iose) environs of Edinburgh’s Usher Hall – I assume they’ve taken the seats out again. And decidedly Rawk,
Reading Rooms Fat Goth Thu 10th

By Friday, and quite possibly Thursday, you’d be forgiven for believing that most of Scotland had decamped to Balado, for the last time, as T in the Park kicks off. However, Ladykiller Caterpillar are at Box in Glasgow, while on Saturday, Snide Rhythms play Sneaky Pete’s. Oh, and rewind slightly, as The BIG Project Youth Choir welcomes Rachel Sermanni to Broomhouse on Friday 11th,at 2 pm. As ever, you may need to be related to one of the kids to actually get to see this one, more at www.thebigproject.org.uk.

Anyone not into football will be well served on Saturday with a choice of shows – purveyors of epic prog punk The Scaramanga Six are at the 13th Note, while in an unutterably shite piece of scheduling, at Platform in Easterhouse, El Hombre Trajeado reform for a one-off show. You can tape the World Cup Final, but sadly gig clashes are beyond conventional science (for now). You could always just join Col. Mustard, The Twistettes, Alansmithee and Bombskare at the Loch Lomond Boat Party I guess…

A double double header, firstly on Saturday 12th as slo-fi shhhcore miserablists eagleowl team up with Canadian cohorts Woodpigeon at Glasgow’s Old Hairdressers, before heading east for the summer with a show at the revered Leith Dockers.

I’m sure that the T crowd will, in much the same way that Wickerman climaxes by the burning of a Edward Woodward effigy, ceremonially set fire to the pipeline that runs under Kinross, but a more sedate rounding off of the weekend can be found at Glasgow’s Broadcast with a show by Trembling Bells.