September’s picks come courtesy of Bill Cummings, founder and editor of God Is In The TV Zine.
Returning to Bristol, hot on the heels of the New York artist’s fantastic new album, Be The Cowboy, proves that Mitski’s 2016 sleeper hit Puberty 2 was no fluke. Her singular voice grapples with existential themes amidst an ever-shifting musical palette. If the powerful lead track, ‘Geyser’ is an explosion of raw emotion, then the suave, Saint Etienne-style disco-pop of ‘Nobody’ is wondrous. Tweeting her plans for her upcoming tour, she said: “I think of the live show as an integral part of Be The Cowboy, and for its tour, I’m working on movement with dancer friend Monica Mirabile, to try and create a space where people can forget the world outside for a while. I hope you can come be in it with me.”
Mitski is a spellbinding performer with an arsenal of evocative material and some intriguing choreography to help you forget your troubles for the evening. This show will be one not to miss.
O2 Academy, 2nd
“The best band in the world!” according to 6 Music’s Marc Riley, this prolific San Francisco collective just put out their heaviest collection yet, the second under their shortened moniker. Their fast-paced, muscular percussion propelled by two drummers, frenetic riffs and insurgent vocals are the stuff of legend. Take ‘The Dream’ – a visceral tangle of percussive explosions and psych riffs leaping down rabbit holes, it hints at prog rock. With a varied catalogue to select from, Oh Sees are sure to ignite a raucous party at the Academy.
Rough Trade, 10th
Known for her 2011 viral hit, ‘The Cigarette Duet’, New Zealand odd-pop artist, Chelsea Nikkel returns to the UK in support of her fourth album, The Loneliest Girl. Princess Chelsea is a fiercely independent artist who takes a sideways look at the world, with a sound that exists somewhere between Lana Del Rey and Amanda Palmer. Recent single, ‘I Love My Boyfriend’, possesses subtle analogue synths and bittersweet vocals that unfurl into a garage-pop song, underscored by delicious irony and heartbreak, residing somewhere between 60s girl groups and Black Box Recorder. Nikkel is an offbeat delight.
God Is In The TV is an online music and culture fanzine founded in Cardiff by Bill Cummings in 2003.