Sun turns to rain and summer turns into a weirdly sticky Autumn. Boomtown attendees are still drying out their sleeping bags and wondering where their tents flew off to. The hangover of the balloon fiesta looms over us like the giant Darth Vader that interrupted my morning toast and coffee last Thursday morning. Fortunately, Gigs of the Week cuts through all the noise.

Thursday 15th August

Family Jools + Luvia + Sapphire Blues + LoveButter – Mothers Ruin

Rootsy Americana blended with sticky, bubblegum pop: that’s what Family Jools preach from the rooftops over the city this week. The Bristol locals boast vocals compared to the likes of John Lennon, piano-led hooks that are laid back but irresistible and a back catalogue sought after by Northern Soul fanatics across the globe. It’s going to be a juicy night at the Ruin. More here…

Friday 16th August

The Rails – Rough Trade

Live and signing special editions of their new album Cancel the Sun, The Rails touch down at Rough Trade for a night of intimate, free folk music. The duo Kami Thompson (daughter of Richard and Linda Thompson) and James Walbourne (guitarist with The Pogues and The Pretenders) have already garnered five star reviews for their debut record, and their second is destined to follow suit. More here…

Saturday 17th August

FANGS + Sentry + From Idols to Ashes + Shallow Graves – Crofters Rights

The finest in heavy headline Crofters Rights in aid of the UK mental health charity Mind. Joining thrashing heavyweights FANGS is South Wales’ finest Sentry, who serve up crushing riffs in abundance. Bare your teeth for a night of banging heads and stomping feet, all in aid of a charity that looks after our precious and brilliant minds. More here…

Monday 19th August
Peach Club + Lilith Al + Drunken Butterfly + Nervous Rex – Exchange

Heavily influenced by the Riot Grrrl scene in the depths of the 90s, Peach Club are the feminist punk band you want to be friends with. Every guitar stab, every kick drum and every bass riff makes a statement, rebels against the system and shouts down corruption and bad politics. The Exchange will be alive with funky, punky energy to carry you into the penultimate week of August. More here…

ShuraShura – Rough Trade

She’s the name on everyone’s lips; drawing us into the wonderful world of synth-pop with wispy vocals, pastel blue aesthetics and frank lyricism about same-sex love, heartbreak and healing. After the breakout success of her debut album in 2016, she’s back with forevher, released via Secretly Canadian. I’m very excited about this. More here…

Tuesday 20th August

TAU + Rotten Bliss + Ellen Southern + EDS – The Lanes

The core of TAU’s being is one big firewall of psychedelic drone arrangements. Their latest offering TAU and The Drones of Praise follows their self-titled (sort of) record released three years ago. The new record leaps to life, offering all us lonely music followers a powerful and weaponised manifesto; one that filters out all the white noise and challenges the mind and heart. The Lanes continues its rebirth as a music hub, so don’t miss out. More here…

Pup – Rough Trade

Stefan, Zack, Steve and Nestor are Pup; the punk rock band straight out of Toronto who really don’t care if you like their noise or not. Pulling on personal trials and tribulations, Pup take the bad and the ugly and turn it into a cacophony of enthralling, intoxicating sound. They join a stellar line up at Rough Trade this week, performing tracks from their new album Morbid Stuff. More here…

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