As ever, our first recommendation is that you put down your computer and get your skates (and pogoing trousers) on – as you might just catch veteran punks Stiff Little Fingers at Edinburgh’s Picturehouse (that’s Monday 19th November)
Failing that, get your driving shoes on, unless you happen to already live in Kilmarnock, as Jake Burns and co are at the slightly unlikely surroundings of Killie’s Grand Hall on Tuesday.
Not too sure if you could keep yourself amused for the next three evenings, so we’d recommend heading home before trekking back to Ayrshire on Saturday 24th – Bakers Niteclub (their spelling) hosts a 5-band show with Fatherson making some sort of homecoming appearance. Also on the bill: Vukovi, Mechanical Smile, Dead Sea Souls and Whispery Club. Who knows, if it’s well attended then it might not be another couple of years before we’re listing the town in the gig guide again.
Back to the more beaten path – these things are relative though – also on Tuesday, Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells play at the Tolbooth in Stirling. Or, improbably perhaps, Martin Rossiter out of Rising Da… sorry, Gene… is at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus.
Quite a few shows in Aberdeen this week – local lads done good Battery Face are at Tunnels on Tuesday
First visit of the week to Glasgow sees touring noisemongers Vessels at Broadcast on Wednesday 21st – and then to Aberdeen’s Cafe Drummond, on the 22nd.
Also on the Thursday, The Proclaimers, pus guests Blueflint, play the first of two consecutive nights at the Edinburgh Playhouse. Or if you want real veterans (though perhaps not as ‘real’ as SLF), China Crisis are at King Tut’s on Thursday.
Our Miniature Dinosaurs-like virtual tour takes us to Dundee on Friday 23rd, where Verse Metrics are at Duke’s Corner. In Glasgow, Withered Hand is at Mono. And Karine Polwart is at Aberdeen Lemon Tree on the 24th.
Saturday has The Beat with the genre-busting support of A Band Called Quinn at the Picturehouse. Or in Glasgow, Gav Prentice (out of Over The Wall), is at Glasgow’s Flying Duck. Did you know that Over The Wall is named after an Albion Rovers fanzine? Me neither, until I saw him playing a benefit for Rovers in Coatbridge last weekend.
Miaoux Miaoux is at Shawlands’ newest (and quite probably only) musical venue on Saturday – the Glad Cafe (Whatever happened to the Doune Castle?).
And We Were Promised Jetpacks warm up for singer Adam Thompson’s solo appearance in December with a gig at Edinburgh’s Liquid Rooms.
I’m sure this is a difficult decision for many Glasgow-based gig-goers – on Sunday, Patrick Wolf is at Cottiers while Jens Leckman is at Mono. Though some may make the trip to Dunfermline to see Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat at PJ Molloys.
But the biggest event at the weekend is back where we started – Aberdeen, on Saturday and Sunday.
AGP Weekender @ Tunnels w/ 18 bands, many of whom seem to be animal-themed – Miniature Dinosaurs, The Mouse that Ate the Cat, Penguins Kill Polar Bears, Brown Bear & the Bandits, Cats in Capes, Angry vs the Bear… oh, and Fatherson. Mammals, maybe? Get yer tickets here…