Farewell November, hello December! And with a new month comes a new set of gigs to help you shake off the winter blues. Dump your coats, scarves and baggage off in the cloakroom and let’s get moving.

Thursday 28th November

Doomsquad

Doomsquad – Rough Trade

Fusing trippy acid house loops, jazzy rhythms, new wave funk, and socially conscious lyrics to unique effect, the part music, part performance art project Doomsquad aren’t nearly as offensive on the ear as the name alone would suggest. Though certainly enough to prick up your ears, a breakout of compulsive dance fever is to be expected for those attending – Let Yourself Be Seen at this one. More here…

Saturday 30th November

Fontaines D.C.

Fontaines D.C. – SWX

After an extensive worldwide tour, the boys from Dublin are back in Bristol for another sold-out show – the penultimate run-around for their critically lauded debut LP Dogrel, which has, by this point, peaked deservedly atop many end-of-year lists and in the fierce hearts of their listening audience. More here…

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) – Trinity

Colourfully set apart from doom and gloom circulating in the world at large, the !!! (Chk Chk Chk) show at Trinity Centre this Saturday is a tremendously exciting, tantalisingly tempting date for the gig calendar and suitable event at which to blow off some steam. Their music is fun as hell, great live, and it’s really as simple as that. More here…

She Makes War – Louisiana

Tenaciously driven in her approach to touring, She Makes War – the moniker of Bristol-based Laura Kidd – has shared stages with a whole range of exemplary talent over the years. From the likes of The Brian Jonestown Massacre to Julien Baker to The Menstrual Cramps, her music has always been a comfortable fit, in turn reaching a diverse audience. It’s sad to say that this will be her last headline show under the name, but you can imagine what a send-off is in store. Two sets, no support, war is over but not forgotten. More here…

Sunday 1st December

My Life Story

My Life Story – Exchange

Here’s a bit of string-laden, nineties nostalgia coming to you at the Exchange this Sunday. With a devout cult following, which inspired renewed critical interest and the release of their first album in nearly twenty years, My Life Story are marking a new live chapter in their progressive history. More here…

Tuesday 3rd December

Knocked Loose

Knocked Loose – SWX

This is a bit of an outlier for In Stereo admittedly, but for a genre that’s not exactly easy to approach, Knocked Loose have outdone themselves. In fact, their Bristol date on the Different Shade of Blue tour was in such high demand, it sold out in record time, subsequently shifted to a bigger venue, saw an extra three bands added to the monolithic bill – in a sign of camaraderie between audiences, promoters and musicians to avoid clashes – then proceeded to sell out again. Honestly, not many bands coming through our city can stake similar claims. More here…

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