You may simply be struggling to think past the prospect of The Spice Girls at Ashton Gate next spring, so if you need some distraction, here are many great ways to while away the long winter evenings: it’s Gigs of the Week.

Thursday 8th November

Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile & The Violators – Anson Rooms

Kurt Vile released his seventh solo album, Bottle It In, last month. If you could bottle and sell Kurt Vile’s talent, you’d have a thriving market. This former War on Drugs guitarist gives you many a soothing riff to ease your mind. On ‘One Trick Ponies’, he sings “Some are weird as Hell, but we love ’em.” He’s not wrong. More here…

Frigs + H.Grimace + High Climbers – Rough Trade

They previously had the adjective ‘Dirty’ before their name, but Frigs have either cleaned up their act or just decided that frigging can be good clean fun. These Toronto indie-rockers have support including H.Grimace, whose Self Architect was a quietly-brooding success of 2017. More here…

Tony Njoku + GINS – Hy-Brasil

This free gig at Hy-Brasil is well worth attending on much more than economic grounds. Electronic producer and songwriter, Tony Njoku, manipulates sounds and lends them an ethereal falsetto vocal, so that it has an intriguing Sampha-meets-James-Blake quality. More here…

Estrons + Lucia + Loralie – Louisiana

Meaning or ‘outsiders’ or ‘aliens’ in Welsh, Estrons have very much landed recently with their album You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough. Consistently punchy, Tali Källström may well make you feel meek and mild in comparison. Catch them at The Louisiana while they’re still playing smaller venues. More here…

Friday 9th November

Treeboy & Arc + Chest Pains + Pork Pie – Café Kino

The co-headline tour of Leeds post-punks, Treeboy & Arc and Leeds garage-punks, Chest Pains heads to Café Kino courtesy of Spinny Nights for a Friday evening of scuzz, sweat and beers. If that doesn’t satisfy your appetite, then you can help yourself to a slice of Pork Pie too. More here…

Saturday 10th November

Gorgeous Bully

Gorgeous Bully + SLONK + Neurotic Fiction + The Golden Dregs – White Rabbit

To celebrate the launch of their new album, ClosureGorgeous Bully, play The White Rabbit, where they launched their first single back in August. Recent release, ‘Happening’ fades out to the statement, “Nothing’s going to change my mind.” Your determination to attend this happening ought to be similar. More here…

Alice Phoebe Lou – Rough Trade

With the Live Room at Rough Trade already sold out, Alice Phoebe Lou and her band will be making their Bristol debut on Saturday night in style. Having made her way up from playing her first sets on the S- and U-Bahn platforms of Berlin, this South African’s haunting style puts her firmly on track for the big time. More here…

Sunday 11th November

Rews

Rews + The Travis Waltons – Louisiana

‘Can You Feel It?’ asked Rews in a recent song title. Somewhat like Estrons on the previous Thursday, they play the kind of pulsating rock that you’ll undoubtedly feel, probably vibrating through the floor. There’s a chance you’d feel one of their seismic sets down by the M Shed. More here…

Fightmilk + Beth White + J.C. Quick – Hydra Bookshop

There’s no shortage of ‘FML’ indie-stropalong songs out there, but there’s a chronic shortage of ‘FML’ songs with such sardonic good humour as you witness from Fightmilk. Check out their album, Not With That Attitude, released on 31st October and their show at Hydra Bookshop on Sunday night. More here…

Monday 12th November

Kelly Lee Owens – Thekla

There’s a lot of electronic music that is pleasantly ambient with a beat that’s naturally insistent, but producer Kelly Lee Owens brought out a self-titled album last year that was positively meditative. Quite how technology can sound so zen is baffling, but she takes it to a higher plane. More here…

Happy Accidents + Hurry + Warren Malia – Exchange

Happy Accidents sound like a no-win-no-fee lawyer’s dream band. The London punk-pop three-piece may well involve you a collision that isn’t your fault, but it’ll be a collision with their emotive force that will potentially make you forget Everything But The Here And Now. More here…

Wednesday 14th November

Madeline Kenney + Hum Fuzz – Rough Trade

Colston Hall presents Oakland dweller, Madeline Kenney at Rough Trade on Wednesday night. After a run of American shows that culminated in a Chicago show as recently as Friday 9th, see if there’s any residual jet lag to add further to the haze of her dreamy indie-pop. More here…

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