I write this as the music world still reels from the death of Dolores O’Riordan; this week’s pick of Bristol’s gigs rather aptly seem to celebrate all the things that made her music  beautiful. From the brusque and muscular, through to the solemn and melancholic, one of music’s finest traits is that it captures all facets of what it is to be human.

Listening to splendid humans achieving great things in music is what we’re all about at BLM. Here are some of the best opportunities to appreciate damn good noise in Bristol this week.

Thursday 18th January

Verity White

Verity White + Mind Utopia + Street Light Interference – Mr Wolf’s

From the vulnerable, Kate Bush tones, that accompany the stark, piano-backed track, ‘From The Light’ to the soulfully hedonistic booze-rock roar of ‘I Don’t Care,’ you can guarantee that Verity White’s voice will deliver. Her recent album, Breaking Out, could easily be said to showcase an artist on the rise. More info…

The Deslondes + Ponchartrain + The Billy Shinbone Show – Hy-Brasil

Formerly known as The Tumbleweeds and involving former members of The Longtime Goners, The Deslondes are actually very much alike and kicking. Their 2017 album title was the equally-audience-off-putting, Hurry Home. Despite all of these linguistic red herrings, their Americana distils a spectrum of musical genres, from country to gospel, to produce something well worth hanging around for. More info…

Paul Jacobs + Agarimo – Old England

Bristol Psych Fest and Stolen Body Records present the mind-and-body-snatching, unfettered musical catharsis that is Ontario, Canada’s Paul Jacobs. His latest album, Pictures, Movies & Apartments predominantly reflects elements of psych and punk. With the Titanic heft of his backing band, he’ll give you an ocean of sound. All you need to do is stay afloat. More info…

Leeches + The Dolce Vita + wych elm – Crofters Rights

Eminent in BLM’s New Acts for 2018, Bournemouth trio, Leeches are on a mission “hit it harder” this year. If you saw them last year, you might be perplexed to how the intensity dial can go past ‘eleven’, but where better to start that ‘Go hard, or go home’ crusade than The Crofters Rights on Thursday night? To paraphrase Blackadder II, I’ve taken a look at your symptoms, and I duly prescribe a course of Leeches. More info…

Friday 19th January

Blair Dunlop + Kitty Macfarlane – Frenchay Village Hall

If folk gives you the beard/tank top/real ale induced heebie-jeebies, and makes you think of men called Brian playing the hurdy gurdy, then you haven’t listened to Blair Dunlop. Or a lot of staggering modern folk, for that matter. One artist, a guitar and a voice can never go out of fashion. If storytelling, songwriting and the subtle craft of musicianship are your thing, then so’s this. More info…

Saturday 20th January

Women in Punk and No-Wave Film and Music – The Brunswick Club

This all-day event will examine how Punk was a great agent for change in women’s lives, affecting how they were able to see the world, and how the world was able to see them. The daytime event has film and discussion, before the music kicks off in the evening, with Dali de Saint Paul performing with EP/64, followed by the sinister world of Bristolian duo, Bellies! More info…

Sunday 21st January

Lord Huron
Lord Huron

Lord Huron + Flyte – SWX

Lord Huron sounds like someone with a funny-shaped forehead, giving William Shatner a hard time in Star Trek. Taking their name from Lake Huron in Michigan, they embody all the grandeur that both lakes and lords ought to possess. They make a long-overdue return to Bristol after their last appearance in November 2015, when touring Strange Trails. Fingers crossed that they have new music up their sleeves this time round too. More info…

Jilk + Solarference + Ogives – Crofters Rights

Bristol’s own Jilk take post-rock, jazz and ambient electronica and slather your senses with layers of anti-tedium lotion. It’s fair to say ‘senses’ in the plural, because if you can’t see, feel and taste their soundscapes, then you’re probably asleep. That said, there are soothing moments too. As you can probably imagine, those are not on songs like ‘Mum, There’s Someone In The Garden.’ More info…

Kate Griffin and Ford Collier – Canteen

When Kate Griffin and Ford Collier pick up an acoustic guitar and a clawhammer banjo, they serve up the musical equivalent of an all-you-can-eat buffet. You’ll be treated to many delicacies, such as their cover of Portishead’s ‘Sour Times,’ via Kate’s seemingly effortless and soulful vocals. Sunday afternoon good times are there to be had at The Canteen. More info…

Monday 22nd January

The Go! Team

The Go! Team – Rough Trade

Formed to manifest the ethos of a ‘marching band gone rogue’, The Go! Team has been one of our most beloved exclamation-mark-wielding bands over the last fourteen years, since their Mercury-nominated debut, Thunder, Lightning, Strike. Having gone through many personnel changes, there is a new team together for 2018’s brand-new album, Semicircle. Hip-hop, meets indie rock, meets playground skipping chants, with the odd rumble of steel drum? Definitely a goer, this gig. More info…

Tuesday 23rd January

UUUU + Errant Monks + Microdeform – Exchange

Stand well back. A little further. Now upend a table and stand behind that. Possibly clad yourself in egg boxes and bubble warp. Righto – you’re ready to withstand the force of UUUU. Made from two members of legendary post-punks, Wire and former Coil and Spiritualized mystic, Thighpaulsandra along with Italian drummer Valentina Magaletti, they give you as much rock, as they do drone, with electro eclectics and a metric fecktonne of pretty much everything available. More info…

To Kill a King + Fours + Josh Savage – Thekla

If we live in a Spiritual Dark Age, as is suggested by the title of their new album, released last week, then one way to navigate ourselves out of that holistic shithole is through the uplift that bands like To Kill a King can deliver. With an upbeat rock sound that has funk, folk and frequent latent fury, they ought to feel like a psychological enema. More info…

Wednesday 24th January

DUDS

DUDS + The Jelas – Exchange

Slinky, wonky Manc-punks, Duds, had a stellar 2017, earning the accolade of being the first British signing to Castle Face Records (home of Ty Segall and Oh Sees) and benefitting heavily from the backing of BBC6 Music’s Marc Riley. They even have a drummer called Nirvana. Nowadays, every other person you meet seems to call you ‘Dude’; perhaps in years to come, it’ll be cool to call people ‘Dud’ instead. More info…

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