As much as you’ve been cut in half by the freezy breeze blowing through your various layers of clothing recently, there’s definitely one aspect of this fine city that’s hotting up at a great rate. With more and more touring acts rolling into town, this week’s Gigs of the Week is a real mix of local joys and big-name shows.

Pull on your gigging trousers, dig out your finest band t-shirts and spend the latter days of winter hibernating in our finest music venues. Gathering in large crowds and jumping up and down will warm you up. It must count as exercise, surely (Moshfit?). And it’s great for the mind. As Independent Venue Week draws to an end, let’s keep its spirit alive, firm in the belief that every week is Independent Venue Week.

Thursday 1st February

Young Echo

Young Echo – Trinity

Launching their new self-titled album, ahead of its wider release on the 16th, this Bristol collective of eleven artists brings a trinity of dub, drone and bass, a sound described by the group as ‘skeletal dancehall’. So shift your bones to Trinity on Thursday and let their beats reverberate round your ribcage. More here…

The Howl & The Hum + Moonclub – Crofters Rights

The York-based dark pop of The Howl & The Hum is rich in pathos and melancholy. There’s as much acoustic sparse strum as there is electronic analogue crackle and moody heaviness. Who wouldn’t want to catch a tune called ‘Godmanchester Chinese Bridge’ or ‘I Wish I Was A Shark’, eh? Count me in. More here…

IVW: We Broke Free Tour – Hy-Brasil

We Broke Free have often showcased bands before they have genuinely cut loose and hit the big time. Bristol’s very own alt fuzz, grunge unit, No Violet headline their hometown leg of the tour, along with San. Marlo, LYRA & Sad Love. It ought to be liberating. More here…

Friday 2nd February

Sea Girls + George Glew – Exchange

King-sized choruses and face-punchingly raw emotions are Sea Girls’ big thing. Their debut single from last year, ‘Call Me Out’, invited a frank appraisal from a lover. Expect indie rock that is lively, livid and lairy in equal measures. More here…

The Weather Station + Red River Dialect – Crofters Rights

Our first of two Torontonians on this week’s list (not quite a takeover, but perhaps the reconnaissance mission?), Tamara Lindeman fronts The Weather Station. This alt-folk group was a relatively under-the-radar success in 2017, with their self-titled fourth album. More here…

Saturday 3rd February

Beak>

Beak> – Rough Trade

When your main band is Portishead, you can start a side project and know it’ll get some attention. Eight years on and Beak> continue to cement their reputation in local and national terms through their abstract electronics. They wing into Rough Trade to get us hot under the collar with their new 7”, ‘Sex Music.’ Ooer, missus. More here…

Moonwalks + Captain Süün – Old England

Brand new to Stolen Body Records, Detroit’s dark space psych outfit, Moonwalks take one giant leap by launching their brand-new album at The Old England on Saturday night. Unlike their space race band name may imply, there’ll be plenty of atmosphere. More here…

Mogwai + Out Lines – Colston Hall

After twenty-plus years in the business, Stuart Braithwaite and his ominously merry men keep producing the goods. Mention the genre of post-rock, and see if any band defines the genre more, or is mentioned quicker. Last year’s album, Every Country’s Sun, was almost their long-awaited happy record. They are still unavailable for children’s parties, though. More here…

Hot Snakes + Modern Rituals – Thekla

San Diego post-hardcore growl rockers, Hot Snakes come to Bristol at the very end of their current tour. They should be red hot by then. What is stone cold is the certainty that their 2018 release, their first full album in fourteen years, is hotly anticipated. More here…

Chiverin’s IVW Showcase: Fenne Lily + Oro Swimming Hour + Only Girl + Dirty Nice (DJ Set) + Two Day Coma – Louisiana

A triumphant Bristolian celebration awaits at The Louisiana, as Fenne Lily gives us the full band experience, no doubt with tasty morsels from her forthcoming album, On Hold. With Oro Swimming Hour, Only Girl and Two Day Coma in support, it’s going to be more of a whopper than a US Presidential untruth. More here…

Sunday 4th February

Kaia Kater

Kaia Kater + Sinnober – Lantern

Kaia Kater has been described as ‘where bluegrass meets Nina Simone’. This singer-songwriter will bring her family’s Appalachian roots and her African-Ontarian heritage, to mix traditional sounds with issues that are as current as you can get. More here…

Ghost Station + MUTI + Ollie Owen + Joshua Ward – Café Kino

Neil Carter and James Edward Armstrong produce ambient, drone and experimental sounds that enchant and unsettle in equal measues. They have collaborated successfully from a distance to the extent that this gig at Café Kino will be the second time only that their virtual identity has transmuted into a ‘flesh-and-bones’ gig. More here…

Tuesday 6th February

Meat Wave – Louisiana

The 2017 album of Chicago punks, Meat Wave, The Incessant, chronicled lead singer, Chris Sutter’s chronic inability to cope with the end of a long relationship, losing the plot and then working out if he could find it again. Get to the Louisiana on Tuesday night and see if he needs a hug. More here…

Wednesday 7th February

Shopping + Colleen Green + wych elm – Exchange

I hate shopping – standing around sifting through shoddy, over-priced tat, listening to some ‘not by the original artist’ version of a song that was insufferable in the first instance. I love record shopping, though. I once stumbled across an LP by British post-punk trio, Shopping in my browsing. I now like Shopping. More here…

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