Gigs of the Week, quite frankly, could have been some kind of epic list this week. You know those tedious shows where tedious judges talk about ‘such high standards’ and it being ‘so difficult to pick’? Well, we’re not going to lay that shizzle on you. We’re capable of condensing our thoughts into a long shortlist, but let’s say there were a hell of a lot of shows in contention. October, gig-wise, is looking more tightly-packed than a pair of tiny trunks.

Thursday 27th September

Teleman
Teleman (Photo by Mike Massaro)

Teleman + C.A.R. – Thekla

This month’s cover stars have honed their live craft intently over the last few years, reflecting the focus and attention evident in their meticulous indie-pop. Teleman are a band who’ve always shown appreciation for the ‘palpable energy’ they receive from Bristolian crowds and will be playing their second show of the month at Thekla. More here…

Major Parkinson + Steve Strong + Army of Moths – Exchange

With influences from across the rock and classical genres (from The Beatles to Cardiacs) and a warped vision of the musical world, Norwegians, Major Parkinson play tunes that may have a snippet of an East European folk song, a nursery rhyme, a stage musical, or even a rock anthem. They’re over here. Why not be there? More here…

Half Waif – Crofters Rights

There’s a spectral grace and beauty that permeates LavenderHalf Waif’s third album, released in April this year. The solo project of Nandi Rose Plunkett, Half Waif’s sound encompasses a distinctly pensive air, both lyrically and compositionally, as she shares personal, intimate musings and evokes a potent, emotive vulnerability. More here…

Friday 28th September

Oro Swimming Hour

Oro Swimming Hour + Dogeyed – Benjamin Perry Boathouse

Oliver Wilde and Nicholas Stevenson are musical forces in their own right, but when they came together to make Oro Swimming Hour, it was rather a case of awesomeness squared. Their album, Penrose Winoa was recorded in five short days in Wilde’s shared house, picking up the sounds of his housemates. Will they bring Sparklehorse the cat with them to replicate his contribution on Friday? More here…

La Luz + Peggy Sue – Exchange

Hardly-Art-signed surf-rockers, La Luz make their Bristol debut this week and it’s sure to be a treat. Floating Features, their most recent offering released in May this year, is a beautifully warped, hazy trip of nonchalant guitars, oscillating melodies, and honeyed harmonies. Their sonic repertoire evokes an overarching woozy, sunset-tinged nostalgia. More here…

Sunday 30th September

Deafheaven
Deafheaven

Deafheaven + Inter Arma – Fleece

Without doubt one of the most exciting metal acts of recent years, with a sound that’s constantly evolving and diversifying, Deafheaven are thankfully rocking up to the Fleece again this Sunday. Certainly if the recent album, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love is anything to go by, this is a show you can’t afford to pass up. More here…

Skinny Pelembe + Sounds of Harlowe + Snazzback – Exchange

Born in South Africa and raised in South Yorkshire, Skinny Pelembe moves in mysterious ways, through an array of sounds, from samples to singing and MC-ing. His blend of soul is made up of hip-hop, psych-rock and jazz influences. Tracks like ‘Not Your Friend, Not Your Enemy’ are as stimulating as they are soporific. More here…

Monday 1st October

Magic Gang
The Magic Gang

The Magic Gang + The Orielles + Sports Team – O2 Academy

We love three-band bills. We love gigs that feel like mini-festivals. We love The Magic Gang, The Orielles and Sports Team on their own separate merits, but one after the other on the same night? Not sure if there’s a better way to kick off the October gigfest than this combination. More here…

Tuesday 2nd October

Virginia Wing – Rough Trade

Wings are small but subtle and powerful. Virginia Wing may be a synth-pop duo that consists of two individuals, Alice Merida Richards and Sam Pillay, but they punch far above their combined weight. Just look at the kudos they gained from supporting Hookworms recently and listen to their splendid 2018 release, Ecstatic Arrow and you’ll be down to Rough Trade in a shot. More here…

Wednesday 3rd October

Amber Arcades

Amber Arcades + Basement Revolver – Exchange

A lot is made of Annelotte de Graaf’s existence before she took to music and turned herself into Amber Arcades. Let’s mainly focus on the extreme gratitude for the fact that she’d always wanted to record an album as a life goal, so she went ahead and did it. The rest is rather alluring sonic history. More here…

Kero Kero Bonito – Rough Trade

If Kero Kero Bonito‘s name relates to the Portuguese (“I want. I want. Beautiful.”) then you won’t have to listen to the infectious, Casio-keyboard-crafted J-Pop indie party that they create for long without forming the same sentiments. If only the world sounded more consistently this sweet. For now, we’ll have to join with them in ‘Make Believe’. More here…

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