In honour of Madonna’s 60th birthday, and the fact that she could justifiably get a bus pass (look out for her on the number 73, she’s got a bit of a thing for Cribbs Causeway), here are the grooves we reckon you need to get into this week. Enjoy our Gigs of the Week!

Wye Oak

Thursday 16th August

Wye Oak + Madeline Kenney – Louisiana

The Colston Hall on tour presents Wye Oak at The Louisiana on Thursday night. Time has brought change since their breakthrough album, Civilian gave us glorious, tempestuous, reverb-laden indie in 2011. 2018’s The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs is more steadily and melodiously perturbed, but equally resplendent. More here…

ArcTanGent – Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin (until Saturday 18th)

If there’s one thing you want to add to your summer, or perhaps take away from this summer, it’s surely a math-rock fest at ArcTanGent. You’ll be torn over how you’ll divide your time between the multiple joys of Scalping, Modern Rituals, Giraffes? Giraffes!, Part Chimp, Rolo Tomassi and And So I Watch You From Afar. No Ed Sheeran. More here…

Green Man Festival – Brecon Beacons (until Sunday 19th)
As any parent with a liability toddler knows, the green man signifies that you can safely stop hanging onto them, finally cross the road and get on with your day. Many a delighted festival goer will have crossed the Severn estuary or the Welsh border to descend on The Brecon Beacons for one of the UK’s most diverse and popular festivals, featuring Anna Calvi, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, John Grant, Eleanor Friedberger and King Tuff. More here…

Friday 17th August

Slaves

Slaves – Rough Trade

Acts of Fear and Love has a similar ring to Joy As An Act of Resistance, which does not remotely make Slaves a pair of copyists, but instead another weighty exponent of charged, emotive, honest, vulnerable masculine narratives. Slaves come to Rough Trade on the album’s release day to spread the love and reduce the fear. More here…

The Ornsteins + Twin + Kate Stapley + Pictures of Belgrade – Crofters Rights

Breakfast Records are killing it at the moment and The Ornsteins are further evidence of that glorious fact. Their recent track, ‘For Hendo’ is a harmonious swell of 60s/90s guitar pop and a touching tribute to the power of platonic love that true friends can bring. Catch them at the Crofters Rights if you possibly can. More here…

Gigs of the Week
Frauds

Frauds + Bad Tracking + Sans – Mothers Ruin

An invitation down into a basement with some frauds sounds a bit like that night in Lagos you’d really, really tried to forget. But The Mothers Ruin basement beckons, with Frauds providing the enticement. Croydon’s premier post-hardcore duo will drag your consciousness, kicking and screaming into their realm of organised chaos with the abrasive ‘Smooth’ and the highly-palatable ‘Sandwiches’. More here…

Martyrials + Kiss Me, Killer + Head Noise – Louisiana

It’s arguable that the best things in life are free (free beer being the absolute zenith) and that organised fun is no fun at all. However, to hear Martyrials fire out ‘Are You Having Fun?’ with punk-rock panache, you’ll need to plan ahead and buy a ticket. It’ll be well worth it, especially when you factor in Kiss Me, Killer and Head Noise. More here…

Saturday 18th August

King Creosote

King Creosote + Robert Vincent – Thekla

Kenny Anderson, aka King Creosote, seems to live and breathe music. As a founder of The Fence Collective, he has also been an inspiration and a focal point to many musicians around him. Nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2011 with Jon Hopkins, he is a composer and a collaborator, making emotionally astute indie-folk. More here…

Föllakzoid + Melt Dunes + Arno – Lanes

Chilean psych-rockers, Föllakzoid are very much a holistic experience. If you listen to ‘Electric’ from the start of their album III you’ll feel like you’re in something between a carnival and a rave, with the very best of shoegaze and krautrock permeating through the hypnotic beats. Their sound is likely to possess mind and body, both at the time and afterwards. Be warned. More here…

Monday 20th August

Phoebe Bridgers at Rough Trade, earlier this year (Photo: Rowan Allen)

Phoebe Bridgers + Harrison Whitford – Thekla

This month’s BLM cover artist, Phoebe Bridgers bucks the trend for sitting in cramped, airless backstage trailers and living off lager and burgers before playing to a field of pissed, burnt, puffy-faced punters who are singing along, out of time with the wrong words, by playing an actual high-profile summer gig in an indoor venue with solid walls. And she’s utterly brilliant. Bristol clearly has excellent karma. More here…

Tuesday 21st August

Our Girl

Our Girl – Rough Trade

Following closely on from the release of their album, Stranger Today, on Friday 17th, Our Girl play an in-store at Rough Trade. Are they the biggest thing since The Big Moon? Although sonically different from her recent breakthrough band, Soph Nathan still brings their energy and fun, albeit with slightly less swagger and slightly more shoegaze. More here…

Alex Napping – Hy-Brasil

From the roster of the rather excellent Father/Daughter Records, indie pop quartet, Alex Napping come to Hy-Brasil primed with the brief wisdom of their 2018 mini-album of minute-long vignettes on Dish Soap and the more standard-length musings on life that lynchpin, Alex Cohen wrote on 2017’s Mis En Place, such as the tense opener, ‘Tender’. More here…

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