As ever, a hastily-compiled gig recommendation list, as the first one up is on now, or any minute – on Monday 18th, Richard Hawley is at Edinburgh’s HMV Picturehouse

Now, I was about to recommend you went and saw Adam Stafford at Mono in Glasgow on Tuesday, but seems that he’s stuck in Berlin with tonsilitis. They’re doing a playback of the Miniature Porcelain Horse Emporium album to make up for it.

Fast forwarding then, to Wednesday 20th – Black International are in their home city of Edinburgh, at Jeckyl and Hyde (no idea where that is, you’ll have to work it out for yourselves. Ask the band!

Onto Thursday 21st – at Edinburgh’s Caves, it’s The Pictish Trail

And on, and along the road a little – on Friday 22nd – Broken Records at Edinburgh’s National Museum (again, not sure which one that is, they have quite a few there. Ask a policeman. Or a curator.

And another capital show on Friday – White Heath‘s farewell (to Embra) show at Henry’s – it’s detailed elsewhere.

Friday is even busier in Glasgow –
Dundee duo The Creeping Ivies play The Buff Club…
and Honeyblood are at the Art School
local legends Love and Money are at the Barras…

Going south, The Yawns play the Glad Cafe in Glasgow’s fashionable Shawlands district.

And hang a left at Giffnock for Eddie & the T-bolts are at Paisley’s Bungalow Bar

Saturday, curiously, is more about what we daringly refer to as “the regions” –

In Furryboots City (that’s Aberdeen to you), Cuddly Shark head for home (kind of) – for a show at Aberdeen’s Tunnels

Still on Saturday, in that strange no-man’s-and they call the Lothians – in Livingston’s Tower Bar, original 70s punks Sham 69… I’m betting that there’s no Jimmy Pursey in the lineup, but it’s equally likely that the crowd won’t really care. Really just mentioning this one as, let’s face it, when was the last time we listed a gig in Livvi?

And north, to Inverness, for Saturday, a Netsounds takeover show – with Edinburgh band The Winter Tradition and Aberdonian crew Marionettes, and Djs till 3 am.

But there are, fear not, big city shows – in the rather more familiar surroundings of the Electric Circus, The Twilight Sad are in stripped-down acoustic-ish mode

And Glasgow has one of those confusing triple-header blog evenings – Scottish Fiction Presents: Aye Tunes vs. Peenko takes place at The Roxy 171 on Saturday 23rd February, and despite the slightly misleading artist names, it’s a singer-songwriter extravaganza (their words, but who are we to argue?)
Anyway, it’s the lo-est fi act on the bill, Lovers Turn To Monsters, the humourous Shambles Miller, and the needs-no-introduction Beerjacket.

Right, Hawley’s on in 5 minutes – grab your coat!