If you’re not heading for End of the Road Festival in Dorset, then you have plenty of evidence to see this week of the deeply satisfying beginning of the autumn touring season rather than some gloomy indication of the dog days of festival season fizzling out. There’s no reason to sing, ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’. The roll-call of acts coming through is looking stellar.

Thursday 30th August

Camp Cope

Camp Cope + Caves + Muncie Girls – Exchange
With this March’s album How To Socialise & Make Friends, Melbourne trio, Camp Cope point out that the outcome implied in the title does not come by being docile, subservient and generally a pale shadow of yourself. Letting people know who they are and what they stand for is inherent in what their punk songs convey. The first song on the album contemplates what it’s like to be pigeonholed as a support band. Camp Cope are 100% headliners. More here…

Her’s – Rough Trade
Her’s met and formed in Liverpool at the Institute for the Performing Arts. One or two charismatic bands have come out of that Northern powerhouse over the decades and the effervescence and exuberance that Her’s carry their new album, Invitation To Her’s maintains that tradition. Their dream-pop is as wonky as that dream when you dressed as an adult baby and asked Mila Kunis to autograph your nappy. More here…

Tiny Ruins + Grasscourt + Jamie Cruickshank – Louisiana
Bristol-born and Auckland-raised, Holly Fullbrook is the soothing songwriting machine behind Tiny Ruins. Her most recent track, ‘How Much’ gained over 100,000 streams in its first two weeks and is the first track to be released from her forthcoming third album. She’s bringing her Southern Hemisphere-nurtured folk-pop back to the South West. As has been said once or twice this summer, ‘It’s coming home.’ More here…

Friday 31st August

A Wesley Chung

A Wesley Chung + Josie Blakelock + Zander Sharp – Old England
Seeing as Dorset is closer than either California, where he’s from, or Glasgow, where he lives, the eagle-eyed Fresh Juice spotted that A. Wesley Chung would be in the vicinity on the way to his Saturday set at End Of The Road Festival. His blend of Americana is more cosmopolitan than you’re used to, but just as mellifluous. Check out his track, ‘Restless’ and see if it doesn’t make you want to get on the road and drive to the Old England. More here…

Idles – Rough Trade
If you haven’t yet caught on to Idles, you’ve got a few days to get up to speed and play 2017’s Brutalism on repeat. Get it on the office speakers, so that Bernie from accounts can catch up too and merrily sing along to ‘Mother’ while he cheerily processes the invoices. The last day of the month heralds Joy As An Act Of Resistance, aka Idles album #2. Get a load of this, world. Irresistible joy awaits. More here…

Dream Nails

Dream Nails + Baast + Oh Peas! – Exchange
What might sound like somewhere you could get a good manicure and a decent set of acrylics is more akin to Shellac than shellac. That said, they’d probably batter me for saying that. Shit pun aside, they don’t need comparing to any blokes in terms of what they do. Just listen to ‘Vagina Police’ or advice on all the things you can achieve on your own on ‘DIY’ for a refreshing sense of how Dream Nails are more like six-inch galvanised steel spikes than a pamper palace. More here…

Iran Iran + Mutant Thoughts – Hy Brasil
Audiophiles take over Hy Brasil to bring you instrumental math-rock squared from Iran Iran. Whether they choose to re-enact a ‘Psychic Orca Mind War’ or recreate a ‘One Track Crack Panic Attack’, you’re guaranteed some remarkably caffeinated guitar action, tarmac-solid bass and firing-range drums. Furthermore, they always give you the chance to play everyone’s favourite party game, ‘Guess The Time Signature’, sometimes from bar to bar. More here…

Saturday 1st September

Nadine Shah

The Downs Festival – Clifton Downs
If you saw out the festival season with The Downs last year, you’ll have enjoyed splendid sun, sounds and streaking (the bloke who showed Guy Garvey much more than his elbow). This year offers some excellent local talent, in the form of The HeavyLaid BlakSoeurHarvey Causon and Swimming Girls, as well as the sharp post-punk of Nadine Shah. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds headline. More here…

Uppy Downy North v Southy – Mothers Ruin
Where does the North begin if you’re from Bristol? North of Birmingham? North of Gloucester? North of Yate? Blowout presents a showdown of the finest specimens of underground alternative bands from both halves of our potentially-great nation in the form of Bear Makes Ninja, Vogons, Codices, Downard, Donnie Willow, I, The Lion, Nova Hands, Blank Atlas and Excuses. Which half wins? You decide. More here…

Chang + Winnie and the Rockettes – Old Market Assembly
You can see Frankie Chang running down a snow-lined road at the start of her video to ‘Nico’. Then she sits in an armchair – restlessly. Then she finds a succession of naked band mates in her shower, the tools of their trade mercifully covering their anatomical ‘instruments’. Throw in some frantic funk from Winnie and the Rockettes and a Punka DJ set, and Saturday night is looking somewhat lively down at the Old Market Assembly. More here…

Sunday 2nd September

Menstrual Cramps (photo by Mar Reyes)

Girl Gang Art Show Launch – Crofters Rights
A three-month long art exhibition begins on Sunday as a collaboration between Girl Gang and The Crofters Rights, running until 25/11. From 4-7.30pm on Sunday, there are artistic endeavours to be enjoyed, then at 8pm, the launch goes firmly up, up and away into the rarefied atmosphere of the launch gig, with the riot grrl roar of The Menstrual Cramps, the garage-pop of The Wine Mums and Loepa & Mike Drones’ experimental soundscapes. More here…

Oh Sees + Flat Worms – O2 Academy
Previously known as OCS, The Ohsees, Thee Oh Sees and The Oh Sees, Oh Sees may have ditched the definite article, but after over twenty years, they are still the definitive live article. With the titles of 2017’s Orc, leading into 2018’s Smote Reverser you can spot their leanings into prog, which suit the dramatics of John Dwyer’s voice. Those who want to be caught up in their sonic whirlpool, or pinned to the wall by two concurrent drumlines can still look forward to a garage-rock blitz. More here…

Tuesday 4th September

Exchange Community Share Offer

Community Share Offer Launch Event – Exchange
You can be part of Exchange’s future, becoming a shareholder in their community buy-out (see more details here). Get on over there on Tuesday night to see and hear more about their forward-thinking plans and for a free gig, featuring Hexit, John Paul, Dogeyed (solo set), Woahnows’ Tim Rowing-Parker and a DJ set from Fat Paul. Two compelling reasons to get off your backside and out of your front door. More here…

Wednesday 5th September

Erin Rae – Louisiana
Being born and raised in Tennessee and based in Nashville probably gives you a headstart in producing the kind of crystalline, countrified indie-folk that Erin Rae does – certainly more advantageous than being raised in Keynsham. With the crisp clarity of Haley Heynderickx and the charged atmospherics of Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval, Rae will be bringing unaffected and beautiful tracks from her latest release, Putting on Airs to The Louisiana. More here…

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