Plenty to look forward to at Halloween – carving rude messages in pumpkins and leaving them on your doorstep; disabling the doorbell; turning off the lights, closing the curtains and watching telly really quietly. If all that isn’t enough to look forward to, here are our terrifyingly top-notch Gigs of the Week.

Thursday 25th October

Eleanor Friedberger

Eleanor Friedberger + Anna B Savage – Exchange

Naming her 2018 album ReboundEleanor Friedberger could have sounded like she was out of control, unwelcome forces causing her to recoil, as we all feel like we have been globally these past couple of crazy years. On the album, though, you realise that she has gathered herself and is bouncing back, ‘rebounding’ in the sense of finding the energy to bound again. More here…

Speedy Ortiz + Doe + Porridge Radio – Louisiana

“I’m in league with the devil; you’d better buck me off,” sings Sadie Dupuis on the opening track of Speedy Ortiz‘s 2018 album, Twerp Verse. Just in case you don’t think much of that as the name of a record, then the album closes with “you hate the title, but you’re diggin’ the song.” They’re more Sturdy Ortiz, as it’s indie-rock that beguiles with its steady wit, rather than shock-and-awe. More here…

Bambara + Cruelty + Repo Man – Rough Trade

The Live Room at Rough Trade has survived through three IDLES sets in its short existence with the same number of walls as it started with, but this triple-bill, topped by the apocalyptic Bambara, ought to be another stern work-out for the building’s structural integrity. They’re from Athens, Georgia – like REM. But that’s where the comparisons end. People they may be, but shiny and happy Bambara are not. More here…

Friday 26th October

Bad Sounds

Bad Sounds + Indoor Pets + Dyland Cartlidge – SWX 

The phrase ‘Get Better’ appearing on the same album cover as ‘Bad Sounds‘ starts to sound like one of those school reports where someone suggests you could push yourself more and pull yourself less. The album’s title, however, gives a real encouragement that life can look up, as you get from the summer-prolonging feel of songs like ‘Couldn’t Give It Away.’ More here…

Lessens + The Ornsteins + Borrowed Atlas – Old England

Sometimes less is more. Frequently to lessen your expectations helps you not to be disappointed. Bristol quartet, Lessens, describe their sound as brooding anti-indie and post-pop. Any moments of hope are unjustified. Any moments of joy are accidental. Don’t expect much of them though – just go and see them. Give yourself a lesson in open-mindedness. More here…

Saturday 27th October

Harvey Causon

Harvey Causon + Jevon Ives – Louisiana

Considering that Harvey Causon only played his first Bristol show in May 2017, supporting Hazel English at The Louisiana, he’s had a rather productive eighteen months, becoming a decidedly bright light on the scene, attracting national attention from the likes of Radio 1. Let him play ‘Frisson’ to you on Saturday night and see how you react. More here…

Totality Fuckery Witchcraft All-Dayer – Old England

Surely you’re sold on this concept by the phrase ‘all-dayer’, never mind the other enchanting expressions. Once you factor in the line-up, including BadbadBig LadEP/64, bellies!Snack Family and Yas Clarke, you ought to be up for some mind totality and some ear fuckery, on top of the full bill of thirteen bands, DJs and audio-visuals. More here…

Sunday 28th October

Leeches

Leeches + Swallow Cave – Louisiana

Hookworms may have had to postpone recently, but you can get your parasitically-named fix via the Bournemouth-meets-Bristol glorious symbiosis of Leeches and Leisure Records. Add to that picture, the Bristolian splendour of The Louisiana, and you have a night of pleasant agitation on your hands. They sang about ‘Inside Voices’ in 2017. Surely your inside voice is directing you in the direction of this gig. More here…

Lost Cat + Benjin – Bag of Nails

Lost Cat is probably not the most easily searchable act on the Internet, for the number of missing pet appeals you find (or the Catatonia song). Therefore, you’re probably not as au fait as you ought to be with Jo Case and her slowcore that sounds like the soundtrack to a submariner’s sleep-swimming. Celebrate the launch of her Some Loops EP on Sunday night. More here…

Monday 29th October

Shred Kelly

Shred Kelly – Crofters Rights

Ned Kelly was a notorious Australian bushranger and outlaw. Notorious Canadian clawhammer banjo bandits, Shred Kelly, are wanted in many states, but for all the right reasons. There could easily be enough foot-stomping at The Crofters Rights to be detected on the other side of the globe. Is ‘thrash bluegrass’ a thing? If so, Shred Kelly are prime purveyors. More here…

Tuesday 30th October

Goat Girl + Sneaks – Thekla

The late American comedian, Bill Hicks, had his alter-ego, Goat Boy. Capricious and impetuous, Goat Boy could say the unsayable – not that Hicks was afraid of stepping over boundaries and dancing merrily on multiple toes at once. Fast-forward to 2018 and London post-punk four-piece, Goat Girl have taken up the baton of cage-rattling. Their self-titled debut LP must rank among the best of the year. More here…

Wednesday 31st October

Snail Mail

Snail Mail – Thekla

When you drop an envelope in the post, you tend to hope it gets through within twenty-four hours. The majority of what the cheery postie drops on your doormat nowadays is impersonally business-like or blatantly after your cash. Lindsey Jordan, aka Snail Mail, gives you material that is the polar opposite – immediate, emotive and deeply personal. More here…

Boy Pablo + Jimi Somewhere + Tungz – Fiddlers

He may sound like a Spanish pre-schoolers’ cartoon character by name, but Nicolás Pablo Rivera Muñoz, aka Boy Pablo is swiftly distinguishing himself as a maker of fine Schmaltzcore in the vein of Rex Orange County and Matt Maltese. He’s released EPs entitled Roy Pablo and Soy Pablo over the last two years, so await, Coy Pablo, Toy Pablo and Oi, Pablo! sooner rather than later. More here…

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