It’s an exciting week for live music as November draws to a close. How many of these shows will you be going to? I’d be dreadfully impressed (and a teensy bit jealous) if anyone can make them all, especially since there’s a good couple of clashes afoot and some have sold out. But it just wouldn’t be Gigs of the Week if we didn’t throw down such a gauntlet.

Friday 22nd November



If punk is your whole deal, you really can’t afford to miss PUP’s hotly anticipated return to Bristol. Their second date in our fair city since the release of Morbid Stuff testifies to the exponential growth of the band, capable of selling out larger and larger venues. Truly, the only way from here is PUP. More here…

Saturday 23rd November

Saltings & Sean Addicott (Tapesleep) – St George’s

The new Listening Room Series of events at St George’s has shaped up to be a real treat. The gorgeous concert hall venue is an ideal location to spend a Saturday afternoon (this is an early show at 1:30pm), indulging in unique and not soon to be repeated ambient works, cello music, sound collaging and experimental drone. More here…


Overo & Punch On! – Exchange Basement

…And if that’s not enough Addicott for your Saturday, then head on down to the Exchange Basement in the evening, as duo Punch On! mark the release of their Harm Passes Forward EP on a fitting bill with Texas-based Overo headlining. Plenty of visceral screamo for your buck here. More here…

Giant Swan

Giant Swan – Loco Klub

Those familiar with Robin Stewart and Harry Wright’s work will note the duo have a tendency to dip off the radar for some time, before re-emerging triumphantly with some of the wonderful noise to grace your ear holes. Their self-titled LP launch at Loco Klub this Saturday is going to be a wild one for the Howling Owl alumni. Prepare to dance till the early hours. More here…

Sunday 24th November


Ceremony – Exchange

California’s Ceremony have certainly toned it down since their early releases, but that doesn’t mean they’ve lost any of their spark. Au contraire naysayers and genre purists, fury doesn’t need to be rushed through on a single side; it can be elaborated on, as In The Spirit World Now proves. Don’t believe it? Come hear for yourself – you won’t get a better opportunity. More here…

Monday 25th November


Pumarosa – Thekla

If you thought things couldn’t get better than The Witch, then boy-howdy, have I got news for you… this year’s Devastation is an absolute gem. Just try to keep your feet from moving when those seductive, intoxicating rhythms take hold. More here…

Art School Girlfriend – Rough Trade

It pains me that Art School Girlfriend are back in Bristol on the same night as Pumarosa, but them’s the breaks! (I may need to flip a coin to decide, honestly.) Currently with only two EPs and a double A-side single to their name, Polly Mackey’s new project nonetheless shows an exemplary ability for lush, atmospheric songcraft, and their live shows are equally mesmeric. More here…

Tuesday 26th November


Omni – Rough Trade

Wrapping up our selections for the week, ex-Deerhunter guitarist Frankie Broyles’ Omni also take to the humble record shop live room on Nelson Street. This year’s Networker – the band’s debut for Sub Pop – wears diverse influences on its sleeve; retro sounds for the here and now. You know you’re making it when the influential Seattle label is selling a “Loser Edition” of your record. More here…


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