This week it seems to be more a case of what gigs you can’t see…

Take Arab Strap, for example. Actually, take The Twilight Sad as well. Now, put them back down again. They’re both at Glasgow’s Nice and Sleazy this week, but no point in telling you any more, as they’re both long since sold out.

In a considerably bigger venue, The Alabama 3, previewing their album Shoplifting 4 Jesus which isn’t out until February next year. They’re at the Academy in Glasgow on Friday 18th.

In Edinburgh on Sunday 20th, a curious clash. The Damned are at the HMV Picturehouse and while they’re usually a fun if retro night out, this time they’re playing TWO classic albums – Damned Damned Damned (the first UK punk album), and, The Black Album, the, er, first UK goth album. Well, kind of. Side 3 contains the dark prog-punk epic ‘Curtain Call’ so fingers crossed they do that.

But up at the Voodoo Rooms, Seafieldroad launch their new album. With a string quartet. The side-project of Andrew Eaton of synthpop act Swimmer One release the self-titled follow-up to There Are No Maps For This Part of The City on Monday, and it’s one of those ‘must hear’ albums for 2011, so choices must be made – either that or investing in a decent pair of running shoes.
And a time machine.