A leaden pall hangs over Glasgow this Monday, as the gig scene springs into life. Yes, goth legends The Mission bring the tunes, and the darkness, to the O2 ABC in Glasgow.
It seems oddly quiet for the next few days, until Thursday 6th. Former Bible frontman Boo Hewerdine is at Edinburgh’s Voodoo Room (he’s also at Red Road Cafe in Biggar on Friday)
And Lloyd Cole – presumably not doing his squonky electronic side project, but you can never be sure – is also in Edinburgh, at the Queen’s Hall. At least part of this two-set show is from the “Songbook 1983–1996”.
And in a bit of a gig pileup in the capital, Honeyblood warm up for forthcoming album ‘Babes Never Die’ at the Electric Circus.
And ever-present local indie types Jakil are at the Mash House.
Choice in Glasgow on Thursday is rather simpler – veteran purveyors of wibbly ambient goodness Stars of the Lid play Oran Mor. Easy.
Things seem somewhat busier across the country on Friday night – in Edinburgh, there’s rather fine Americana from Dropkick at Sneaky Pete’s.
And spoiling you for choice again, chamber popsters A New International play the Voodoo Rooms.
Plenty going on in Glasgow too – radio presenter Roddy Hart goes back to his roots with a live show at the CCA, while Wild Beasts give current Domino album ‘Boy King’ another wee promotional boost with a show at the QMU.
Same night sees C Duncan play Stereo with what must be a launch party for ‘The Midnight Sun’, his secoond album, out on Fat Cat on the 7th.
On Saturday 8th, Girobabies are the week’s top show in Dundee, at Buskers.
Also, Tenement Trail – with Spook School, TeenCanteen, A New International, Sweaty Palms, Breakfast Muff, Tijuana Bibles, Mulburn, Be Charlotte, and a load more.
In Edinburgh, again, there’s one choice. The reformed Meursault, at Summerhall.
On Sunday, we descend into the night once more – the reformed Sex Gang Children are at Oran Mor, while for nostalgia freaks of a different hue, Less Than Jake play the O2 Academy.
Elsewhere in town, Nina Nesbitt is at King Tut’s, Maybe We’re Dead Already are at Nice’n’Sleazy, and out of town, Ralph McTell will probably be doing ‘Streets of London’ when he plays the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr.
Also on Saturday, at Maryhill Community Centre in Glasgow – I Can’t Dance To This Music with hosts Randolph’s Leap, plus Spare Snare, Katherine Joseph, James Yorkston, Book Group, Ette, and Life Model
And in Edinburgh, Nottingham quartet and 6music favourites Field Studies the Hug & Pint – they’re also at Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s on Sunday 9th.
After all that, Sunday is a little quiet, but eccentric musical inventor Thomas Truax brings his Hornicator to Aberdeen Lemon Tree.
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