Gigs of the Week comes to you this week on the night IDLES were up for Best British Breakthrough Act at the BRIT Awards, didn’t win, but were fine examples of common sense and grace throughout the whole BRITs brouhaha. There’s an award/reward for that, and it’s known as ‘massive respect’. Is there also an award for best band not joining in with online slanging matches?

Friday 22nd February

Petal

Petal + Dogeyed + Anna Collette – Crofters Rights

The appearance of Petal, the stage name of Kiley Lotz, very much suggests that spring is on the way. Her most recent album, Magic Gone, sounds like a songwriter who has made the last steps in transition from innocence to experience. Rather than being bitter and jaded, her songs have a hardy realism that is refreshing, especially when she gets sweary on ‘Comfort’. More here… 

Sugar Horse + Frauds + Twisted Ankle + Oh, The Guilt + Don Juan + Twin Siblings + Borrowed Atlas + The Road – Exchange

Your degree is worthless and your parents aren’t proud of you… is the name of the new Sugar Horse track that premiered on Bristol in Stereo at the start of this month. How apt that doom-laden post-rock should focus on doom-laden, debt-laden, post-graduation doldrums. As bleak as it may sound, it’s rather uplifting stuff. Have a listen – and I don’t just mean to ‘The YouTube’. More here…

Vinyl Staircase

Vinyl Staircase + The Shuks + Lazarus Kane – Old England

There’s bound to be an episode of Grand Designs where some music nut nostalgically has a staircase made out of old LPs and singles. You can spend ages now formulating a themed playlist of what those records should be. While you’re doing that, check out the band that provoked the ponderings. Vinyl Staircase‘s indie has one foot on the monitor, frequently evoking the golden era of alternative rock. More here…

Breathe Panel + Post Yoga + L I P S – Rough Trade

Brighton, like many places, is almost as cool as Bristol. From that fine city come four-piece Breathe Panel, featuring Josh Tyler from much-vaunted breakthrough act of 2018, Our Girl. We like Breathe Panel in the same way we like Brighton. Their indie-pop has everything from the feel of a bracing seafront breeze to that of an ice-cream-cone-wielding, toes-in-the-water-dipping beachy scorcher. More here…

Saturday 23rd February

Langkamer (Photo by Mar Reyes)

Langkamer + Ead Wood + Soot Sprite – White Rabbit

Romantic yet jaded, clear-headed yet hungover, Langkamer’s countrified rock melodies help their audience to navigate life’s challenging landscape wisely. If you heard ‘The Earthquake’ back in July, you’ll have encountered the lyric, “The less he does (he says), the less that can go wrong.” Don’t take that approach to attending Langkamer’s live performances. More here…

27 Festival – Exchange & Stag and Hounds

Too many artists to list. So much to think about that your brain might turn to jam. That satisfying sense that when you know a band’s finishing their set, there’s probably another one just about to start up? Saturday could be pleasantly misspent in Old Market listening to the likes of Jamie CruickshankMoriatyThe OrnsteinsMiss KillJoe Johnson, Why We Love and plenty of others. More here… 

Modern Rituals + Holding Patterns + Pork Pie – Mothers Ruin

Modern Rituals return to The Mothers Ruin after their resplendent show there in July, not long after the release of The Light That Leaks In. Think of those overcast days when dazzling shards of sunlight dart through the gaps in the clouds, creating that dramatic ‘cathedral’ lighting. Modern Rituals’ sound is equally piercing and similarly dramatic. More here…

Sunday 24th February

Orielles
The Orielles (Photo: Neelam Khan Vela)

The Orielles + LYLO + Katy J Pearson – Fleece

Having spent 2018 with the music world sounding a bit like an elderly relative (“Oooh, aren’t they young?” and by the end of the year, “Oooh, haven’t they grown?”), let’s hope that 2019 brings far more focus on The Orielles‘ infectious exuberance, their funk-infused grooves and their expansive, fuzzy psych-pop that marks them out as fearless experimenters. More here… 

Boy Harsher + Kontravoid – The Lanes

When listening to the Euro-electro 80s-style grooves of Boy Harsher, you wouldn’t think that you were thirty-plus years on, with an American duo in your ears. Their first appearance in Bristol will make for a raucous Sunday service. If their show at The Lanes is half as eventful as the recent video for ‘LA’, you’re in for one hell of a ride. More here…

Kathryn Joseph

Kathryn Joseph + Shhe – Colston Hall Foyer

You only have to listen to a minute or two of ‘from when I wake the want is’ to know just how Kathryn Joseph can turn snapshots of intense human experience into musical narratives. Sensual and sinewy, her compositions also have a staunch constitution. Utterly bewitching, she’s the sound a remote Scottish heathland would make if it could play instruments and sing. More here…

William The Conqueror – Rough Trade

Doing well for someone just past his 990th birthday, William The Conqueror is touring the UK… not really. This Cornish trio are playing a string of UK in-stores in support of their new album, Bleeding On The Soundtrack that came out on 15th February. On this record, they seek to battle, possibly even conquer, life’s potential demons. More here…

Monday 25th February

Du Blonde

Du Blonde + Deafbirds – Crofters Rights

Lung Bread For Daddy will be no more than three days old when Du Blonde brings its fresh material to Crofters Rights. The new album was written at a low point in Beth Jeans Houghton’s life and carries some much more raw arrangements than on Du Blonde’s previous release, like on ‘Holiday Resort’, which ought to make for some distinctly visceral moments on Monday night. More here…

Tuesday 26th February

Gus Dapperton + Brad Stank + Rainy Miller – Thekla

New Yorker, Gus Dapperton suggests on ‘My Favorite Fish’ that we ought to “Live life like it’s practice.” He has that wonderful lightness of spirit in his pop songs, the sense that you can be precise (check his immaculate diction) without being vein-burtsingly intense. There’s so much childlike joy to be shared at Thekla, you wouldn’t want to miss out on your share. More here…

Wednesday 27th February

Yola

Yola – Rough Trade

YOLO, so the chance to enjoy the soul-food country-soul of Yola close-up at Rough Trade is one to seize and cherish. She’s playing songs from her new album, Walk Through Fire which is out on 22nd February, like the survivor’s anthem, ‘Ride Out In The Country’ and the wistful ‘Faraway Look’. If you heard her on the BBC on New Year’s Eve, then you’ll know what I mean. More here…

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