This edition of Gigs of the Week runs up the day before Valentine’s Day, St. Valentine being the patron saint of fleecing everyone out of cash for fear that they haven’t been as materially extravagant as their other half’s best mate. Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians; her feast day is on November 22nd – much more deserving of celebration. And then there’s St. Vincent, whom we should all celebrate every day.

Thursday 7th February

Micah P Hinson

Micah P. Hinson + Elea Calvet – Fleece

“Why should I care if I don’t belong?” sings Micah P. Hinson on his most recent album, When I Shoot At You With Arrows, I Will Shoot To Destroy You. He recorded the album with twenty-four musicians (The Musicians of the Apocalypse) over twenty-four hours in the forests of Texas. Outspoken and enigmatic, he’s unmissably provocative. More here…

Friday 8th February

Kero Kero Bonito

Kero Kero Bonito + Peaness – Thekla

Kero Kero Bonito seems to stem from Portuguese (“I want. I want. Beautiful”). We all aspire to having beauty in our lives, but some people go out and make it happen. This band creates it and you can get it down your earholes at Thekla on Friday night – the perfect antidote to the working week. Casio-keyboard-catharsis beckons. More here…

Public Practice + Slagheap + Gork – Rough Trade

Within Brooklyn circles, Public Practice is a veritable supergroup, consisting of members of the recently-demolished punk band, WALL and a more poppy outfit named Beverly. They’re post-punk, but the essentially spiky restlessness of their sound gives them plenty of pure punk leanings. It’s their debut UK tour, so your chance to say, “I was there first…” More here…

Saturday 9th February

whenyoung

whenyoung + The Ninth Wave – Rough Trade

Dublin-founded and London-based, whenyoung gave us their most recent track, ‘Never Let Go’ in January. On the video, lead singer, Aoife Power holds a camera up above her own head to film and also climbs a ladder, wisely and securely keeping hold of both. What were you like when young? Choc-full of emotions and a bundle of energy? So’s this lot. More here…

Al Lover + Slift – The Island

Last week, we premiered the latest video from Stolen Body’s LA signing, Al Lover – ‘Static Snake Charmer’. Taking hazy psych elements and punctuating them with the kinds of cold, dark synth lines you’d expect to hear in a 6am sweatbox somewhere in Eastern Europe, the result is a track that says, ‘this is psychedelia, but not as you know it’. More here…

Sunday 10th February

The Murlocs

The Murlocs + Gork – Thekla

You’ll have heard Ambrose Kenny-Smith making all kinds of cray-cray commotions with the prolific and collectively batshit King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. You’ll now hear him fronting The Murlocs, whose recent song, ‘Comfort Zone’ was the perfect thematic opposite to 2017’s ‘Oblivion’. Expect this performance to land somewhere in between those two concepts. More here…   

Surfbort + Slagheap – Old England 

Viva scuzz. Surfbort weigh in with Brooklyn’s second contribution to Gigs of the Week. They’re the sort of band whose punk juggernaut sound rattles every cage it can find. Passivity is not permissible on Surfbort’s cresting waves. Your parents would shout, “Turn that racket down” to Surfbort. When that happens, you know you’re onto a winner. More here…

Monday 11th February

Juanita Stein

Juanita Stein – Hy-Brasil

At the start of ‘Get Back To The City’, on her August 2018 album Until The Lights Fade, Juanita Stein tells us, “Sometimes the cool girls end up with the assholes.” Safe in the knowledge that the former Howling Bells front-woman, and her emotive storytelling, qualify as ‘cool’, then it’s down to you who she ends up with at Hy-Brasil on Monday. Take your best self along. More here…

Michael Clark + Two Day Coma + Pictures of Belgrade + Stanlaey + Velvet Circus – Crofters Rights

Blessed be the noisemongers, but there’s also a place in Bristol’s rich tunescape for the meditative and atmospheric. That’s where Michael Clark comes in, mixing folk with ambient electronic elements. Heavy lightness abounds. A ton of bricks weighs the same as a ton of feathers, but I know which one I’d prefer to be hit by. More here…

Tuesday 12th February

 

Elder Island

Elder Island – Rough Trade

Playing tracks from their new album, The Omnitone Collection, December’s cover stars, Elder Island visit Rough Trade on Tuesday night. If you’re used to their electronic pop, you’ll be aware that they’re the people in your headphones you only realise you’re dancing to at the bus stop when other people have already realised. And are staring at you. More here…

The Limiñanas + Captain Süün – Exchange

Suitably well-respected and well-connected to have people like Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre collaborate with them, French psych duo, The Limiñanas impressed last year with Shadow People. Come for a cultural exchange at Exchange, where you’ll hear Lio and Marie Limiñana sing about Sunday, on ‘Dimanche’, on a Tuesday. More here…

Valeras – Louisiana

A hit on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading & Leeds in 2018, Valeras now head out on their first UK headline tour. They promise melodic pop-rock that has as much grit as it has jangle from their armory of guitarists. This five-piece met in Reading and decided to be the biggest thing to come out of the town since that Mr Tumble bloke from CBeebies. More here…

Wednesday 13th February

Queen Zee

Queen Zee + itoldyouiwouldeatyou – Rough Trade

Life’s a party and if you spend too much of it talking earnestly in the kitchen about the wonders of Ernest Hemingway, or whinging drunkenly about your ex, you’ll miss out on rocking out with Queen Zee in the living room. They dropped their new track ‘Loner’ just the other day. It’s gleeful punk, inundated with joie de vivre and awash with sass. More here…

Poppy Ackroyd + Ocean Floor – Colston Hall Foyer

Hidden Orchestra member, Poppy Ackroyd composes, plays piano and violin. Making noise from those two instruments in all manner of unconventional ways, she then manipulates and multi-tracks her sounds via a computer and a live microphone. There’s something mesmerising about watching her do it too. ‘Neo-classical Wednesday’ might just catch on as a thing. More here…

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