Goes and it goes and it goes, goes and it goes and it goes – the music in Bristol, that is. Hope there’s something for you in this week’s Gigs of the Week.

Thursday 18th April

Ben Hayes
Ben Hayes

Ben Hayes – Crofters Rights

Electronica meets jazz meets ambient dance in the work of musician and producer, Ben Hayes. There are moments, like on ‘Ready Yet’ (feat. Nubya Garcia) where you could imagine him DJing the lounge bar on a futuristic space cruise liner, somewhere out near Alpha Centauri. More here…

Stagfest – Mothers Ruin (continues 19th, 20th & 21st)

Thursday night marks the beginning of four evenings of no-bullshit, antlers-out rock at The Mothers Ruin. As well as the respective headliners, The Backhand JagsAlkahestThe King Dukes and Downard, you can catch the likes of Chang, Football FC, Deccan Traps, Esuna and Liip. More here…

Friday 19th April

Frankie Teardrop Dead

Frankie Teardrop Dead + Mutes – The Lanes

Alive and well, and conjuring dreamy, shoegazey, Goth-flecked psych from their bunker in North London, Frankie Teardrop Dead look and sound like the belong indoors and in the dark. Happily, that’s where they’ll be on Friday night. You ought to join them. More here…

Memory of Elephants + Last Hyena + Sugar Horse – Rough Trade

Bristolian math-rock trio, Memory of Elephants, launch their debut album, Beachballin’ at Rough Trade. It’s release day, so expect there to be even more excitement than ever over their hi-octane tunes. Careful how you go during ‘I Just Karate Shit My Pants’. More here…

Sean Addicott: Tapesleep + Microdeform + Those Who Came Before Us And Those Who Are Yet To Follow + EMEI + Sam Grudgings + Pascal Vine – Centrespace

Those who reach Friday seeking to go apeshit at the end of the week ought to give this one a wide berth, but those who approach Good Friday looking for mindful rebirth, rather than sonic, boozy crucifixion, ought to explore the minimalist, ambient drone of Tapesleep. More here…

Saturday 20th April

Pet Shimmers

Pet Shimmers + wych elm – Louisiana

Phrases with ‘pet’ in them usually indicate a strong personal reaction. ‘Shimmers’ are attractive, ephemeral qualities of the light. Pet Shimmers have (in their short existence thus far) gleaned much praise, brought in a big-hitting collaborator in Goat Girl and have rustled up tunes of strange beauty. More here…

L I P S + Anna Colette & The Average Men + Good Teeth – White Rabbit

I think we’d all be tempted to make music like this were we from Cornwall. Falmouth’s LIPS even have vintage footage of beaches, seafronts, camper vans, ice lollies and a frisky cow on their video to ‘Apartment’. Feelgood guitars wash warmly over you – when music feels like a holiday. More here…

Mr Ben and the Bens

Mr Ben and the Bens + Family Selection Box + Static Queen + Watch Paint Dry – Old England

Often ‘DIY’ or ‘bedroom’ descriptors can make you wonder just how intense and serious the material is going to be. The main ways you feel that ‘serious’ applies to Mr Ben and the Bens is that they strike as seriously fanatical about music and take having fun very, very seriously. More here…

Sunday 21st April

Konketsu

Konketsu + Chrissie Huntley + Filaments – Louisiana

Etymology fans will be curious to know that Konketsu means ‘mixed blood’. As well as being formed from various local bands, they meld the genres of R&B, funk and soul, with a bedrock of rock. You’ve seen them in front of the green screen on the ‘Lucky Charms’ video; now see them in front of your eyes. More here…

Breakfast Records 3rd Birthday Party – Rough Trade

Probably not your average third birthday party – think there was a double-booking at the local softplay centre – Breakfast Records are celebrating their ongoing, blessed existence at Rough Trade, with Katie Pham & The MoonbathersLangkamerBlackaby and Katy J PearsonMore here…

Tuesday 23rd April

Weyes Blood

Weyes Blood + Lonesome Leash – Exchange

Natalie Mering (aka Weyes Blood) released Titanic Rising on 5th April. As well as the press shots, that depict her immersed in her underwater bedroom, you can hear the sense of being in a womb-like waterworld on tracks like ‘Movies’. No wonder this one has sold out. More here…

Vintage Crop + THE FUMES – The Lanes

Aussie garage-punks from Geelong Beach, Vintage Crop are coming, making Tuesday night potentially more invigorating than it usually manages to be. If you want to get as far away from the office as you can, listen to tracks from their recent Company Man EP at The Lanes. More here…

Wednesday 24th April

Stella Donnelly

Stella Donnelly + Sofia Bolt – Thekla

On recent track, ‘Tricks’, Stella Donnelly sings, “You said I’d look much better if I dropped the attitude,” with typical disdain to dyed-in-the-wool stereotypes on identity. She’s even more of a ‘shit-stirrer’ (her own words) as she does it via the catchiest of melodies, proving the effectiveness of calm irritation. More here…

Barrie – Rough Trade

The forces of international chillwave are strong, strong enough to bring together the band Barrie from across many nations to produce the kind of peace-loving, baggage-shedding, stranger-hugging vibes you get on tracks like ‘Darjeeling’. You won’t know whether to dance or meditate. More here…

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