After a week when both Carly Rae Jepsen and Storm Ciara took whirlwind tours of the UK, it’s a relief to have both feet on the ground. But truly, drama under those conditions is public transport.

Anyway, moving ahead, to Valentine’s Day and beyond…

Thursday 13th

Moor Mother (credit: Juri Hiensch)

Moor Mother – Exchange

Starting things off this week with a double-dose of experimental music at the Exchange, Pennsylvania’s Moor Mother occupies the main room. Last year’s Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes is a monstrous tour de force that sees Camae Ayewa stepping far out from what boundaries have been set of hip-hop, merging it with elements of black metal, industrial music, and freeform jazz, to create a much more fearsomely, realised creature than any of these genres can contain definitively, entirely reflective of its subject matter. It’s going to be very intense hearing these pieces performed live, but undoubtedly not one to miss either. More here…

MXLX – Exchange Basement

Meanwhile, downstairs, Bristol’s own Matthew Loveridge (Beak>, Fairhorns) brings additional noise to the basement room. With the Tara Clerkin Trio and RRS on for support, make sure to dot between the two rooms to make the most of things, assuming set times are staggered in this way! More here…

Friday 14th

(Sandy) Alex G – Thekla

Boom. Date night sorted. Or something to enjoy solo, because music is literally not exclusive to couples. Basically, don’t let yourself or your love fall victim to capitalism, go to a gig instead. You’re amazing, and so is (Sandy) Alex G, who I’m sure would love to see you there. What’s an audience without ‘u’ after all? More here…

Saturday 15th

All Out/All Dayer – Exchange/Exchange Basement

Unfortunately, Winnie and the Rockettes are no longer able to perform at this one, but the All Out/All Dayer is still boasting a stellar line-up of local punk, DIY, and drag. With so much to look forward to here, it’s definitely not worth feeling down in the dumps about Valentine’s – this one’s a much better date to keep! More here…

Monday 17th 

MOLLY – The Lanes

There’s a majesty and grace to the kind of shoegaze MOLLY produce, which is evident from the get-go on their 2019 album All That Ever Could Have Been. It takes its sweet time, but that’s also entirely the point. Some of its delicate embellishments are so featherlight, it’s no one they chose the image of a cloud to decorate their album art. This one’s a free show (or entry for an optional donation). More here…

Tuesday 18th

Otoboke Beaver

Otoboke Beaver – Fleece

Japan’s best girl-punk band of recent years are back in Bristol! After a successful tour that took them across the globe last year in support of Itekoma Hits, the band have since recorded and released a string of additional singles. ‘yobantoite mojo’ (translation: don’t call me mojo) was commissioned as the theme to a Japanese comedy-drama TV show, whereas the blistering ‘I am not maternal’ and the anti-Valentine’s ‘Dirty old fart is waiting for my reaction’ have been released ahead of the February tour. It’s content enough to get you sufficiently hyped, if you’re not still blasting ‘ikezu’ on the morning commute. More here…

Wednesday 19th

The Murder Capital – SWX

If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that these lads from Dublin put on an incredible show. When We Have Fears was one of our favourite albums of 2019, and we’re certainly delighted to see The Murder Capital back in Bristol for (presumably) their last outing on this album cycle. So if there’s anything you’re desperate to hear from that one – personally, I’m a ‘Slowdance I’ and II gal – it’s worth picking up a ticket now to secure your entry to the show. More here…

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