Mark Eitzel and Franz Nicolay
The yin and yang of acoustic troubadourism: former American Music Club man Eitzel (pictured) whose tortured and black comic musings are the antithesis of the ever chipper The Hold Steady keyboardist and resident dandy Nicolay. A peculiar marriage made in heaven.
Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Sat 7 Nov.
Newest album The Resistance might not have taken Muse into new territory but they still pride themselves on being the live rock show proposition.
SECC, Glasgow, Mon 9 Nov.
After accidentally catching this incendiary duo’s discordant post-grunge maelstrom at T in the Park we’ve been impatiently awaiting their new EP. And now it’s here. Go be delighted.
Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Fri 13 Nov.
Shred Yr Face
Another fizzing three band bill for this quality tour of underground venues with US folk prodigies Espers teaming up with The Cave Singers and Woods.
Stereo, Glasgow, Fri 13 Nov; Electric Circus, Edinburgh, Sat 14 Nov.
The Flaming Lips
O2 Academy, Glasgow, Sun 15 Nov.
The whey faced robot pop chanteuse has delighted and outraged in equal measure this year, which is always the measure of a truly great pop star. Go and see her live and judge which side you’re on.
ABC, Glasgow, Mon 16 Nov.
Staff Benda Bilili
A truly amazing story behind some breathtaking music: essentially a band of homeless paraplegic musicians from Kinshasa in Congo, whose ragged funk blues is a truly unique proposition.
Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Tue 17 Nov.
Mariachi El Bronx
It’s a simple enough idea: take a monster NYC punk band and have them forma Mexican mariachi band replete with tooting brass and vivid acoustic balladry. Believe me, it works.
Oran Mor, Glasgow, Wed 18 Nov.