Record Store Day is one of many highlights this week. We seem to have a list of gigs that is celebratory on such a number of levels, with several impending launches. Keep looking out for those special Record Store Day releases on all of the shelves this weekend. Keep supporting your local record shop.

Alongside that, keep a close eye on the rich variety of acts, some free, that will be here over the weekend as part of the Bristol New Music 2018 initiative. Whatever you’re doing, have a sonically-satisfying seven days.

Alfa Mist
Alfa Mist

Thursday 19th April
Alfa Mist + Barney Artist – Thekla
Producer, pianist and composer, Alfa Mist gave us the pleasant surprise hit Antiphon in 2017, his first full-length release. It showed us categorically that the London jazz scene of talented young musicians and composers is thriving. There’s a busy beauty to ‘Keep On’ and the feel of an ambient, soporific drum and bass to ‘Breathe.’ You’ll hear his hip-hop roots on the track ‘7th October.’ More here…

Friday 20th April

The Malago Ballroom + The Ornsteins + Lou Wurth – Mothers Ruin
The Malago Ballroom, as a name, sounds grand and spacious, a quality you could ascribe to their soaring indie rock tunes. They’ll be launching their second single, ‘Too Tired To Sleep,’ from the all-new basement of The Mothers Ruin, with pleasantly diverse support from The Ornsteins (bedroom pop) and Lou Wurth (acoustic, ambient folk). More here…

Record Store Weekend – Friendly Records
Friendly Records are teaming up with their neighbours, The Old Bookshop and The Old Butchers to take the joys of Record Store Day to a lengthier celebration of Record Store Weekend. Between Friday night and Sunday night, you’ll hear the likes of Boy Azooga (midday on Sunday), Alex Lipinski and Snails, as well as some fine DJ action from Geoff Barrow and Big Jeff. Sounds like one big party. More here…

Ought + Drahla – Exchange
Stylistically, Ought‘s 2018 album Room Inside The World is their most varied offering yet. It gives some of their expected post-punk prickliness, with an unapologetic lyrical frankness that makes this Montreal four-piece an arresting proposition. There are moments of crushing disaffection and isolation, and yet moments of startling insight and beauty. More here…

Saturday 21st April
Record Store Day – Rough Trade
Give us an O. Give us an M. Give us an F. Give us a G. What have you got? Record Store Day at Rough Trade. From midday onwards, you can see DrahlaLaish, Poisonous BirdsMastersystemRoni Size (DJ)Elder Island, wych elm, Turbowolf and Heavy Lungs. An indulgent menu, I’m sure you’ll agree. More here…

Breakfast Records Compilation #3 Launch All-Dayer – Louisiana
Packing in ten bands over ten hours sounds like a dare, or like one of those eating challenges, where if you finish the food and survive, you don’t have to pay. In fact, Breakfast Records‘ gathering qualifies as a fine-dining ten-course tasting menu. Ten bands from the compilation will be simultaneously launching the 40-track epic and celebrating the label’s second birthday. More here…

Sunday 22nd April

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – IMAX
As part of Bristol New Music 2018, a partnership that’s bringing a lot of contemporary, international music to the city this weekend, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith is giving us two performances on Sunday of her captivating electronica. The IMAX has seen some huge images in its time, but now it’s time for the space to be filled with elaborate, widescreen sounds. More here…

Vinegar + Kate Stapley + Edward Penfold + Daniela Dyson – Old England
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Vinegar are putting out their first full-length album on vinyl. If that’s not splendid enough news, they’re launching it with a bill including the finest of folk from Kate Stapley and Edward Penfold, with the poetry of Daniela Dyson. Set your timer running for Sunday right now. It’s the vinyl countdown. More here…

Monday 23rd April
Park Motive – Love Inn
With a house-infused new single, ‘In Movies’ just out, Bristol’s Park Motive play a headline set at The Love Inn, hosted by Spinny Nights. Featuring mellow synths with infectious rhythms, you can imagine Park Motive’s sound as the soundtrack to an early-80s movie. It will make you want to dance and meditate in equal measures, but that’s a pleasant enough quandary to be in. More here…

Tuesday 24th April

Lucy Dacus

Lucy Dacus + Jamie Cruickshank – Louisiana
Lucy Dacus
has produced one of the stand-out albums of the year so far in the devastatingly-beautiful release, Historian. Not only are her words deeply perceptive about human relationships, but she also depicts our individual flaws with painful honesty. There’s tenderness and vulnerability, yet wry humour and bold poetry. More here…

Boy Azooga + Tropic + Zebrafi – Crofters Rights
Inspired by artists as diverse as Ty Segall, The Avalanches and The Beach Boys, Cardiff’s Davey Newington offers music that’s a psych-flecked cauldron of wickedness. With his full band, at a sold-out Crofters Rights, they’ll be whipping up more of a frenzy around their eagerly-anticipated new Boy Azooga album, 1,2, Kung Fu, that’s coming out in June. More here…

The Low Anthem + Haley Heynderickx – Thekla
The Salt Doll Went to Measure the Depth of the Sea
, released in February, retains the atmospheric alt-folk sound that we have come to associate with The Low Anthem. If you remember the stark, dusky, almost-apocalyptic beauty of 2008’s Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, you’ll still hear substantial strains of that a decade on, with subtle electronic touches interwoven. More here…

Wednesday 25th April


Keir + Swimming Girls – Louisiana
Playing to a sold-out home crowd, with an ever-growing repertoire of mighty rock & soul right hooks that guarantee the knockout every time, Keir, plays the Louisiana on Wednesday. His pugilistic sound and his animated stage presence give you songs that pin you to the wall, and a performer from whom you can’t avert your eyes. More here…

Joan as Police Woman + Fyfe Dangerfield – St George’s
Singer-songwriter, musician and producer, Joan (as Police Woman) Wasser comes to St George’s on her Damned Devotion tour. The album of that name examines whether we’re capable of keeping a sensible balance when we try to be devoted to someone. Do we manage to love them, or do we end up smothering them and driving them away through our obsession? Her fans are suitably devoted that this show’s been sold out for ages. More here…


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