Attempting to envelope your whole weekend with jangly indie-pop loveliness, The Glad Cafe play host to another round of the Pop!South Weekender, following last year's successful inaugural outing. The additional good news is that this time around the gathering returns in expanded form, spreading its wings butterfly-like across Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – encompassing sets from the likes of How To Swim, Kid Canaveral, Insect Heroes (pictured), Spoonboy, Martha, and special acoustic Sunday sets from Withered Hand, The Just Joans, and a bunch more (see the full line-up here). And it's our official gig pick o' the month (see here), so that's you good and told.
Regarding Valentine's Day with a stony-hearted death gaze, Stereo hand over the reins to an eclectic batch of merrymakers – under the banner Valentine's Day Love Massacre, obv – taking in sets from Ruby (aka Lesley Rankine) and her synth-layered electronica, alongside techno-pop duo Security, plus a DJ set from cult chanteuse Ela Orleans (pictured), and a live performance from artist and performer Michelle Hannah. Go wallow.
Herding y'all down a path of do-goodery, a selection of local bands join forces to help raise funds for Greater Maryhill Foodbank – with live acts including female-fronted fuzz-pop trio Tuff Love, surf-punk Weegies Halfrican, twinkling Edinburgh guitar pop ensemble Book Group, and post-punk duo Black International (full line-up here), plus some promised 'very special guests' still to be revealed. The teases.
If you haven't already paid a visit to Australian touring exhibition Game Masters at the National Museum – featuring 100+ playable games spanning 30+ videogame designers (read our feature here) – then Museum Lates presents opportune to pay it a late night visit, with the added bell'n'whistles of live music from Happy Meals and Wild Curve, retro-gaming jewellery making workshops, themed facepainting, and a cocktail concoction they're calling the 'Sonic Boom'. Slurp.
If you missed their sold-out set at King Tut's last week, then this week presents a chance to catch the The Twilight Sad boys in an intimate in-store setting, as they cram their musical wares into Edinburgh's VoxBox (14 February) and Glasgow's Monorail Records (15 February) over the weekend, playing a special acoustic set as part of their week-long whistle stop tour of UK record shops. The new single will be available in limited-edition 7-inch format, too!
Various venues, Edinburgh. 15-21 February, details here
Taking its cue from PBH's Free Fringe, the Fringe Abridged Festival has its inaugural outing (running 15-21 February) – with highlights including a one-off comedian dating show (F***ing Comedians), a screening of one of the most hilariously crap films ever made (Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, pictured), and an entirely improvised Sherlock Holmes play based on a single audience suggestion (Spontaneous Sherlock). See the full festival listings here.
Glasgow-based contemporary artist Ellie Harrison holes up in the Gallery of Modern Art for a one-off sleepover event – Dark Days – created as the outcome of her year as associate artist at the gallery. For it, she's inviting punters to become part of her 'pop-up community' for an overnight stay in the gallery's grand hall, continuing her intersecting of art, society, and science by exploring the politics of communal living and setting up camp.
This year's Glasgow Film Festival kicks off with an opening gala screening of Noah Baumbach's While We're Young, starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a stagnating middle-aged couple. It's predictably sold out, but – hey, party! – you can still attend the official after-bash at The Art School, taking in a set from Tut Vu Vu (pictured), plus a bounty of DJs, and Indian street food from Babu Kitchen (full details here). For more festival highlights, browse our Film editor's 'Top 15' picks here.
The Poetry Club's occasional art, music, and performance fun night Paraphernalia pops up for a February special on Valentine's eve, with guests including spoken word from one-half of the Neu! Reekie! tagteam Michael Pedersen, plus words and music from BMX Bandits' tunesmith Duglas T. Stewart (pictured, who promises/threatens to "sing a romantic song"), films by Rhia Laing, and DJs playing into the wee hours. Full line-up details here.
We end with another decidedly un-soppy Valentine's alternative, as the Pretty Ugly troops host their first outing of 2015 – Oor Bloody Valentine – for which Falkirk troubadour (and yes, ex-Arab Strap-er) Aidan Moffat (pictured) will be spinning a selection of heartbreakers, joined by Noj. Get your ears around their special Oor Bloody Valentine playlist here (teaser: contains traces of Dannii Minogue).
As part of our '7 Days of Idlewild' sessions, previewing a live video track a day until 16 February, Idlewild present a radical reworking of A Film For the Future, the lead single from their 1998 debut Hope Is Important.
Touring Network tickets: Win tickets (and dinner for two!) to any show in a Touring Network venue. Closes 1 Mar. The Forbidden Planet tickets: Win tickets to the opening night of The Forbidden Planet at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre (10 Mar). Closes 1 Mar Win Threshold passes: Win a pair of passes for the whole weekend at Threshold Festival, taking place across Liverpool between 27-29 Mar. Closes Sun 1 Mar.
Spot the Difference: Spot the difference between these two 'lorises' to win a copy of Get in Trouble by Kelly Link Schulz(courtesy of Canongate Books). Closes 1 Mar.
£10 Scottish Opera tickets: Under 26s can get £10 tickets to a selection of Scottish Opera productions, includingOrfeo ed Euridice, Jenůfa and Il trovatore. Details here.