Most notable aspect of the gig calendar for this weekend is that Inverness seems to have nothing of interest on – perhaps it’s having a lie down following the 40-odd acts that played there last weekend.

So it’s all about places closer to the central belt… that said, first point of interest is on Friday 19th at Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy, where Pumajaw play what might be some sort of homecoming show for them. And in the Gardyne Theatre in Dundee, former PiL bassist Jah Wobble.
We are in fact spoiled for choice on Friday as Paul Vickers & The Leg are at Edinburgh’s Woodland Creatures while in Glasgow at Oran Mor, one-time St Etienne frontwoman Sarah Cracknell.

Our optimistic pals at IMP in Aberdeen stage ‘Into the Summer Solstice‘ on Saturday 20th, at The Tunnels. Running until very late late (well, it is practically the Arctic Circle), The Cosmic Dead, Happy Meals, His Name is Codeine, Battery Face, Seas, Starry plus Strawberry Wine DJs

In Edinburgh, Inspiral Carpets’ mainman Tom Hingley (and band) are at La Belle Angelle; but in Glasgow on Saturday it’s all about Prolapse who play the Barrlowand. Guests are Loop, Pye Corner Audio and Mogwai, the latter of whom take over the venue themselves on the following Sunday night, along with The Vaselines, Forest Swords and Sacred Paws. Oh, the band are donating cash to the Trussell Trust and Dennistoun’s Everlasting Food Bank, as well as encouraging anyone attending the show to donate food (canned meat / veg, tea, coffee, pasta, soap, loo rolls etc) to the bank which will be stationed at the Barras front door.

In other excellent Saturday gig news, Jah Wobble is at King Tut’s and Randolph’s Leap are at the ABC2.

On Sunday, Kathryn Williams punts her new album ‘Hypoxia’ at the Edinburgh Voodoo Room while in Glasgow, Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat unite again, to play Oran Mor ( probably part of the West End Festival).