■ Dusk to Dawn The Buff Club, 142 Bath Lane, 248 1777. £tbc. Together Beats Cancer presents two night of live music and fundraising for the Maggie’s Centres. Tonight’s Dawn gig includes set by harpist Heather Downie, Aaron Wright & the Aprils, Alan McKim and Findlay Napier. ■ John Smith Brel, 39–43 Ashton Lane, 342 4966. £6. Unashamed romanticism and warm lyricism on the acoustic guitar. Edinburgh ■ William Douglas The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 6.30pm. Donation. Unplugged session with William Douglas and friends. ■ Boo Hewerdine and Ben Glover The Bongo Club, Moray House, 37 Holyrood Road, 558 7604. 7pm. £10. Admired pop/blues songsmith – founder of cult band The Bible and frequent collaborator with Eddi Reader. ■ Fred Astaire’s Boots, Genetic Stereo and The Steals Cabaret Voltaire, 36–38 Blair Street, 220 6176. 7pm. £7. Scottish indie bill. ■ The Damned, Tudor Pole and Texas Terri Bomb The HMV Picture House, 31 Lothian Road, 0844 847 1740. 7pm. £15.50. See Fri 28. ■ Ghillie Gigs Ghillie Dhu, 2 Rutland Place, 222 9930. 10.30pm. £5 (£25 inc dinner from 7.30pm). Live Scottish music including covers from The House Band (29 May) plus soul, funk and rock from Dead Man Shoes (5 Jun). ■ The Incendiary Bats, Chinese Jocks and Fireside Aliens Henry’s Cellar Bar, 8–16a Morrison Street, 228 9393. 11pm. £2.50. Punk rock and new wave at this Damned aftershow party.
Dundee ■ In the Mood for Dancing: The Big Girls’ Night Out Whitehall Theatre, 12 Bellfield Street, 08717 029486. 7.30pm. £14.50. Shaking, shimmying and stomping aplenty are the order of this evening, which stars Anne Nolan, comedian Mia Carla, and ‘Ladies’ Sweetheart’ Billy Walker. ■ Kings_ov_Leon Caird Hall, City Square, 01382 434940. 7.30pm. £10. Tribute to the sleazy Southern brothers, playing all the hits from ‘Red Morning Light’ through to ‘Sex on Fire’. ■ Broughty Ferry Ron Bonar Beer Festival The Fishermans Tavern, 10–16 Fort Street, Broughty Ferry, 01382 775941. £5 per day. See Fri 28.
Dunfermline ■ The Draymin Alhambra Theatre, 35 Canmore Street, 01383 740 384. 7.30pm. £12–£13. The Draymin plus special guests Val Verde, Crayons and DJ Fusion Project.
Galashiels ■ Annabelle Chvostek String Jam Club, Salmon Inn, Bank Street, 01750 20538. 7.15pm. £9. Solo tour from Chvostek, who was formerly one third of Canadian singing trio The Wailin’ Jennys. Here she performs songs from her critically acclaimed solo debut, Resilience, which cover topics from colonial history to the ups and downs of modern relationships. Kirriemuir ■ Dave Arcari Bank Street Gallery, 26–28 Bank Street, 01575 570 070. 7pm. £10. Alt.blues guitarist Arcari performs from latest album Got Me Electric.
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Largs ■ Micky Kemp Band Victoria Hotel, 80 Gallowgate Street, 01475 689493. 9pm. £tbc. See Fri 28.
Leven ■ Ray Wylie Hubbard Inn at Lathones, Largoward, 01334 840494. 9pm. £14. Revived elder statesman of the Texan music scene. Prestonpans ■ theghostboy Prestoungrange Gothenburg, 227–229 High Street, 07748 013 042. 8–10pm. Donations. Libertines- inspired indie rock from theghostboy. Part of 3 Harbours Art Festival.
Stirling ■ This is not Le Weekend Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, 01786 274000. 8pm. £10. As the experimental music festival moves from May to October, there’s a little treat from the Le Weekend team to keep you going. Featuring The Sexual Objects, Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells and Veronica Falls.
Sunday 30 Glasgow FREE Live Music in the Bandstand Mugdock Country Park, Craigallian Road, Milngavie, 956 6100. 2–4pm. A variety of musical ensembles perform every Sunday this summer in the peaceful surroundings of the Victorian Walled Garden. Please phone for details of individual bands. ■ Dear Superstar The Cathouse, 15 Union Street, 248 6606. 7pm. £7. Over- 14s show. Gutter rock’n’roll from Mancunian metal five-piece. ■ Emma Curran, Park Circus and Eryka Oran Mor, 731–735 Great Western Road, 357 6200. 7pm. £5. Singer/songwriter whose singing career started when she was plucked from the crowd at a Snow Patrol gig to duet with Gary Lightbody. The Oli Brown Band, Joanna Shaw Taylor and Virgil & the Accelerators The Ferry, 25 Anderston Quay, 01698 360085. 7pm. £14. See Fri 28.
■ Peter & the Test Tube Babies Ivory Blacks, 56 Oswald Street, 248 4114. 7pm. £9. Outfit who proudly proclaim themselves ‘punk rock since 1978’. ■ The Ray Bandos Maggie May’s, 60 Trongate, Merchant City, 548 1350. 7pm. £5. Glasgow-based power poppers. ■ Indian Red Lopez and This Silent Forest Nice'n'Sleazy, 421 Sauchiehall Street, 333 0900. 7.30pm. £tbc. See Fri 28. FREE Free Bear, Dante and Franci Jones Pivo Pivo, 15 Waterloo Street, 564 8100. 8pm. Folk/acoustic. ■ Ives, Bla, Bunra, Wire Mother and Bad Man Captain’s Rest, 185 Great Western Road, 332 7304. 8pm. £2. Dark electro headliner at this two night STFU festival. ■ Richard James, Billy Bates Trio and Midnight Thursday King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, 272a St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 8.30pm. £6. Psych folk pop from Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci member Richard James. ■ Ben Rua 13th Note Café, 50–60 King Street, 553 1638. 9pm. £tbc. Upbeat indie. FREE The Japanese Mafia, The Lonely Souls and Nameless N Shameless MacSorleys Music Bar, 42 Jamaica Street, 248 8581. 9pm. A fusion of classic rock and modern indie. ■ Ming Ming & the Ching Chings Nice'n'Sleazy, 421 Sauchiehall Street, 333 0900. 11pm. £5. Psycho pop punk art band MM&CC launch their new EP 'Not in Anyone's Gang!'. ■ Chrome Hoof The Sub Club, 22 Jamaica Street, 248 4600. 11pm. £tbc. Space jazz prog doom-mongering 12- piece bring their party tunes to Optimo’s new Sunday night soiree Hung Up. See preview, page 72. Edinburgh ■ The Go Away Birds Roxy Art House, 2 Roxburgh Place, 629 0039. 7pm. £5. Soft jazzy, folky melodies from Catherine Ireton (vocalist in Stuart Murdoch’s new project God Help the Girl) and guitarist Michael John McCarthy (Zoey van Goey) aka The Go Away Birds.
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Phosphorescent Ahead of his slots at Bestival and End Of The Road down south, Matthew ‘Phosphorescent’
Houck plays a quick four-date tour of the UK, spreading the kind of rocky/folksy love that endears him to fans of Bon Iver, Deer Tick and the like. For 2009 covers album To Willie – a tribute to his hero, Willie Nelson – Houck recruited a band to make his sound fuller and more expansive, after the almost-too-intimate Pride. The band stayed with him for new, beautifully confessional album Here’s To Taking It Easy – go bask in their alt.folk charm. ■ Captain’s Rest, Glasgow, Fri 4 Jun.