BRISTOL GIG GUIDE

A selection of some of the best live shows is Bristol and the surrounding area.

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    THE WAR ON DRUGSwww.thewarondrugs.net The War on Drugs is an American indie rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Band member Adam Granduciel (born Adam Granofsky in Dover, Massachusetts) moved from Oakland, California to Philadelphia in 2003, where he met Kurt Vile and began playing music with him. They began playing as The War on Drugs in 2005, and self-released a demo EP. While Vile and Granduciel formed the backbone of the band, they had a number of accompanists early in the group’s career, before finally settling on a lineup that added Charlie Hall as drummer/organist, kyle lloyd as drummer and Dave Hartley on bass. Granduciel had previously toured and recorded with The Capitol Years, and Vile has several solo albums. The group gave away its Barrel of Batteries EP for free early in 2008. Their debut LP for Secretly Canadian, Wagonwheel Blues, was released in 2008.Reviewers of the band’s music make note of its Americana overtones. The group’s sound has been described as influenced by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and My Bloody Valentine.The lineup underwent several changes, and by the end of 2008, Kurt Vile, Charlie Hall, and Kyle Lloyd had all exited the group. Granduciel and Hartley were joined by drummer Mike Zanghi as the group slimmed to three members.After Zanghi’s exit in 2010, Steven Urgo took over drum duties and Robbie Bennett joined on keysTHURSDAY 06 NOVEMBERO2 ACADEMYFrogmore Street, Bristol BS1 5NADoors 7:00pm14+ (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)Tickets available fromwww.alt-tickets.co.uk www.gigantic.com Bristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    THE WAR ON DRUGS
    www.thewarondrugs.net 

    The War on Drugs is an American indie rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Band member Adam Granduciel (born Adam Granofsky in Dover, Massachusetts) moved from Oakland, California to Philadelphia in 2003, where he met Kurt Vile and began playing music with him. They began playing as The War on Drugs in 2005, and self-released a demo EP. While Vile and Granduciel formed the backbone of the band, they had a number of accompanists early in the group’s career, before finally settling on a lineup that added Charlie Hall as drummer/organist, kyle lloyd as drummer and Dave Hartley on bass. Granduciel had previously toured and recorded with The Capitol Years, and Vile has several solo albums. The group gave away its Barrel of Batteries EP for free early in 2008. Their debut LP for Secretly Canadian, Wagonwheel Blues, was released in 2008.

    Reviewers of the band’s music make note of its Americana overtones. The group’s sound has been described as influenced by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and My Bloody Valentine.

    The lineup underwent several changes, and by the end of 2008, Kurt Vile, Charlie Hall, and Kyle Lloyd had all exited the group. Granduciel and Hartley were joined by drummer Mike Zanghi as the group slimmed to three members.
    After Zanghi’s exit in 2010, Steven Urgo took over drum duties and Robbie Bennett joined on keys

    THURSDAY 06 NOVEMBER

    O2 ACADEMY
    Frogmore Street, Bristol BS1 5NA
    Doors 7:00pm
    14+ (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)

    Tickets available from
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk 
    www.gigantic.com 
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 1 week ago
    THE MELODICwww.facebook.com/themelodic English afro-folk-pop ensemble The Melodic’s debut album Effra Parade is available now via Anti-. It is the follow up to the band’s acclaimed EP On My Way. English newspaper The Observer described The Melodic as “Incredibly beautiful, with harmonies and rich instrumentation that make you want to dance and cry at the same time,” while in the US the band has drawn comparisons to indie darlings Beirut and The Decemberists.The Melodic are a quietly radical band. This is the first young English group to lionize Chilean neo-folk rebel Victor Jara since Sandinista-era Clash. Their new album Effra Parade was self-recorded in a sound-proofed bedroom in South London over several years with a baroque line-up of 18 instruments. All the more impressive when you consider they are still in their early twenties.SATURDAY 10 MAYTHE LOUISIANAWapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UADoors 7.30pmAges 16+ Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    THE MELODIC
    www.facebook.com/themelodic 

    English afro-folk-pop ensemble The Melodic’s debut album Effra Parade is available now via Anti-. It is the follow up to the band’s acclaimed EP On My Way. English newspaper The Observer described The Melodic as “Incredibly beautiful, with harmonies and rich instrumentation that make you want to dance and cry at the same time,” while in the US the band has drawn comparisons to indie darlings Beirut and The Decemberists.

    The Melodic are a quietly radical band. This is the first young English group to lionize Chilean neo-folk rebel Victor Jara since Sandinista-era Clash. Their new album Effra Parade was self-recorded in a sound-proofed bedroom in South London over several years with a baroque line-up of 18 instruments. All the more impressive when you consider they are still in their early twenties.

    SATURDAY 10 MAY

    THE LOUISIANA
    Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UA
    Doors 7.30pm
    Ages 16+ 

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 2 weeks ago
    BEATY HEARTwww.beatyheart.com Beaty Heart are a music and video arts group from London. They juxtapose their musical and cultural influences from popular music across the globe into their work, weaving an array of samples, instrumentation, and percussion to create a sound that is otherworldly and distinctive, yet familiar at the same time.Both their live and recorded music is accompanied by original artwork and video created by the band members. Beaty Heart strive to create pop music that cannot be sonically associated to any particular time or place, constructing their music by using the aspects of many forms of popular music that they feel are ‘timeless’, rather than trying to reproduce any specific aesthetic from their influences.SUNDAY 18 MAYTHE LOUISIANAWapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UADoors 7.30pmAges 16+ Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    BEATY HEART
    www.beatyheart.com 

    Beaty Heart are a music and video arts group from London. They juxtapose their musical and cultural influences from popular music across the globe into their work, weaving an array of samples, instrumentation, and percussion to create a sound that is otherworldly and distinctive, yet familiar at the same time.

    Both their live and recorded music is accompanied by original artwork and video created by the band members. Beaty Heart strive to create pop music that cannot be sonically associated to any particular time or place, constructing their music by using the aspects of many forms of popular music that they feel are ‘timeless’, rather than trying to reproduce any specific aesthetic from their influences.

    SUNDAY 18 MAY

    THE LOUISIANA
    Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UA
    Doors 7.30pm
    Ages 16+ 

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 2 weeks ago
    PETE MOLINARIwww.petemolinari.co.uk Pete Molinari’s fourth album Theosophy sits at that point where, as Muddy Waters put it, the blues had a baby and they called it rock ‘n’ roll. Here soul, country, blues and rockabilly collide in perfect symbiosis. The songs tell tales of life, love, literature and compact the singer/songwriter’s many decades of musical influences and his globe-spanning, wandering lifestyle down into a collection that is as uplifting as it lush, as classic-sounding as it is contemporary-minded.Simply put it is the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll distilled down and delivered in neat shots.This spirit is there in the Southern fried spiritual of ‘What I Am I Am’ and the stomping, shimmying sounds of ‘Evangeline’, which conjures images of the Beatles reeling down the Reeperbahn at 3am, their heads full of purple hearts. It’s there in the fragile Roky Erickson-esque country of ‘Dear Marie’ and ‘Look To The Wind’, or the early Stones strut and warm sun-baked Cornershop-style melodies of ‘I Got It All Indeed’. SATURDAY 31 MAYTHE LOUISIANAWapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UADoors 7.00pmAges 16+ Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    PETE MOLINARI
    www.petemolinari.co.uk 
    Pete Molinari’s fourth album Theosophy sits at that point where, as Muddy Waters put it, the blues had a baby and they called it rock ‘n’ roll. Here soul, country, blues and rockabilly collide in perfect symbiosis. The songs tell tales of life, love, literature and compact the singer/songwriter’s many decades of musical influences and his globe-spanning, wandering lifestyle down into a collection that is as uplifting as it lush, as classic-sounding as it is contemporary-minded.

    Simply put it is the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll distilled down and delivered in neat shots.

    This spirit is there in the Southern fried spiritual of ‘What I Am I Am’ and the stomping, shimmying sounds of ‘Evangeline’, which conjures images of the Beatles reeling down the Reeperbahn at 3am, their heads full of purple hearts. It’s there in the fragile Roky Erickson-esque country of ‘Dear Marie’ and ‘Look To The Wind’, or the early Stones strut and warm sun-baked Cornershop-style melodies of ‘I Got It All Indeed’. 

    SATURDAY 31 MAY

    THE LOUISIANA
    Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UA
    Doors 7.00pm
    Ages 16+ 

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 1 month ago
    CHILDHOODwww.facebook.com/childhoodband Ben Romans-Hopcraft (guitar and vocals) and Leo Dobsen (guitar) from London, UK both make the wavy pop duo called Childhood. They met while studying at the University of Nottingham and together with Daniel Salomons (bass) and Jonny Williams (drums) they formed the whole band in early 2011.Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut single Blue Velvet in October 2012, Childhood released their double a-side single Solemn Skies digitally and on 10” vinyl on 10 June 2013 on House Anxiety / Marathon Artists. The two tracks were produced by Rory Attwell, formally of Test Icicles. The release includes a remix of “Solemn Skies” by ex-Spaceman 3 man Sonic Boom, who says of the band: ”Childhood’s psych-piercing volcanic fury is the sort of thing you come across once in a summer of balmy blue moons.” MONDAY 28 APRILEXCHANGE BRISTOLOld Market, Bristol BS2 0EJDoors 7:30pmAges 14+ (under 18s to be accompanied by an adult)Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    CHILDHOOD
    www.facebook.com/childhoodband 

    Ben Romans-Hopcraft (guitar and vocals) and Leo Dobsen (guitar) from London, UK both make the wavy pop duo called Childhood. They met while studying at the University of Nottingham and together with Daniel Salomons (bass) and Jonny Williams (drums) they formed the whole band in early 2011.

    Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut single Blue Velvet in October 2012, Childhood released their double a-side single Solemn Skies digitally and on 10” vinyl on 10 June 2013 on House Anxiety / Marathon Artists. The two tracks were produced by Rory Attwell, formally of Test Icicles. The release includes a remix of “Solemn Skies” by ex-Spaceman 3 man Sonic Boom, who says of the band: ”Childhood’s psych-piercing volcanic fury is the sort of thing you come across once in a summer of balmy blue moons.” 

    MONDAY 28 APRIL

    EXCHANGE BRISTOL
    Old Market, Bristol BS2 0EJ
    Doors 7:30pm
    Ages 14+ (under 18s to be accompanied by an adult)

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 1 month ago
    SONS AND LOVERSwww.facebook.com/sonsandlovers Sons & Lovers, who possibly take their name from the D.H Lawrence book of the same name make the sort of instantly accessible melodic songs that would sit very nicely on the radio. We’d fit them into the same bracket as the likes of Bastille or Ellie Goulding; artists that understand that in contrast to the perceived wisdom of much of the UK indie blogosphere that often the best pop doesn’t have to be ashamed of itself, isn’t worried about being cool and is made from the substance of something called a tune. Ironically among Sons & Lovers number is one ex-sonic terrorist called Tim Hillier-Brook who used to be in Brighton UK metal core band Architects – a group for whom the word tune was quite possibly an insult.Support from:RACING GLACIERShttps://www.facebook.com/RacingGlaciersWEDNESDAY 07 MAYSTART THE BUS7-9 Baldwin St, Bristol, BS1 1RUDoors 7.30pmAges 18+Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    SONS AND LOVERS
    www.facebook.com/sonsandlovers 

    Sons & Lovers, who possibly take their name from the D.H Lawrence book of the same name make the sort of instantly accessible melodic songs that would sit very nicely on the radio. We’d fit them into the same bracket as the likes of Bastille or Ellie Goulding; artists that understand that in contrast to the perceived wisdom of much of the UK indie blogosphere that often the best pop doesn’t have to be ashamed of itself, isn’t worried about being cool and is made from the substance of something called a tune. Ironically among Sons & Lovers number is one ex-sonic terrorist called Tim Hillier-Brook who used to be in Brighton UK metal core band Architects – a group for whom the word tune was quite possibly an insult.

    Support from:

    RACING GLACIERS
    https://www.facebook.com/RacingGlaciers

    WEDNESDAY 07 MAY

    START THE BUS
    7-9 Baldwin St, Bristol, BS1 1RU
    Doors 7.30pm
    Ages 18+

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 1 month ago
    PAINTED PALMShttp://www.paintedpalms.net/Whether living four states away or four blocks away, Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme have always used the Internet — at first out of necessity, later out of preference — to collaborate on their songwriting.Although the cousins grew up together in Lafayette, Louisiana, Donohue eventually moved to San Francisco, while Prudhomme stayed near New Orleans.The newfound distance between them forced the pair to start sending song ideas back and forth via e-mail, a virtual exchange that quickly spawned Painted Palms’ first release, Canopy, which was discovered by of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes.Tours with of Montreal, Braids and STRFKR soon followed before Prudhomme moved out west to San Francisco, where Donohue still lived.Yet, despite being in the same place for the first time in years, the duo continued writing songs apart from one another — completing individual ideas in isolation and piecing them together through the computer.And so, the songs that would eventually form their debut full-length Forever, came together as if the musicians were still separated by 2000 miles: Donohue sending a short, looping beat and Prudhomme replying with a vocal melody before continuing to bounce the track back and forth between them until it was complete, this time focusing on creating songs with classic pop structures.SATURDAY 19 APRILTHE LOUISIANAWapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UADoors 7.30pmAges 16+ Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    PAINTED PALMS
    http://www.paintedpalms.net/

    Whether living four states away or four blocks away, Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme have always used the Internet — at first out of necessity, later out of preference — to collaborate on their songwriting.

    Although the cousins grew up together in Lafayette, Louisiana, Donohue eventually moved to San Francisco, while Prudhomme stayed near New Orleans.
    The newfound distance between them forced the pair to start sending song ideas back and forth via e-mail, a virtual exchange that quickly spawned Painted Palms’ first release, Canopy, which was discovered by of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes.

    Tours with of Montreal, Braids and STRFKR soon followed before Prudhomme moved out west to San Francisco, where Donohue still lived.

    Yet, despite being in the same place for the first time in years, the duo continued writing songs apart from one another — completing individual ideas in isolation and piecing them together through the computer.
    And so, the songs that would eventually form their debut full-length Forever, came together as if the musicians were still separated by 2000 miles: Donohue sending a short, looping beat and Prudhomme replying with a vocal melody before continuing to bounce the track back and forth between them until it was complete, this time focusing on creating songs with classic pop structures.

    SATURDAY 19 APRIL

    THE LOUISIANA
    Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UA
    Doors 7.30pm
    Ages 16+ 

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 1 month ago
    BAD RABBITSwww.badrabbits.tumblr.com Boston’s Bad Rabbits is a unique mix of power and Soul with the definite propensity to explode on stage. They are the surprising combination of New Jack Swing and late 80s/early 90s dance with a hard, hybrid edge—the combined swagger of Prince with the intensity of Bad Brains.The innovative genre is called New Crack Swing, a lively twist on an era they were genuinely influenced by, and perhaps only Dua Boakye has the vocals and presence to pull it off. He has that raw Soul that goes back to Sly and the Family Stone, a rare and unstoppable talent; uncanny, as well, when matched with his ability to sing as hard as any rocker today.The best representation of their sound can be heard on the track, “Stick Up Kids,” which exhibits the vocals reminiscent of the Bobby Brown “My Prerogative” movement, a synth that conjures Morris Day and the Time, and a distinctive hard edge that any fan of high-energy, in-your-face music can enjoy.As hip hop icon, Slick Rick’s current backup band, the group has developed a taste for extensive touring, and because of their years together in The Eclectic Collective, it’s no surprise they already have a large fan base. Any loyal fan of either group followed Bad Rabbits and appreciated their growth, from their first promos to their unveiling at a Brooklyn venue, as demonstrated by the large crowd that already knew all the words from only Myspace and no official release.There is an early, undeniable excitement about the band, part fueled by Travis Mccoy (Gym Class Heroes) giving a shout out to Bad Rabbits before thousands at Warped Tour, part because of their Karmaloop.com clothing sponsor, whose founder, Greg Selkoe, recently told Complex Magazine that Bad Rabbits will be the next big thing out of Boston.SATURDAY 10 MAYEXCHANGE BRISTOLOld Market, Bristol BS2 0EJDoors 6:30pmAges 14+Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    BAD RABBITS
    www.badrabbits.tumblr.com 

    Boston’s Bad Rabbits is a unique mix of power and Soul with the definite propensity to explode on stage. They are the surprising combination of New Jack Swing and late 80s/early 90s dance with a hard, hybrid edge—the combined swagger of Prince with the intensity of Bad Brains.

    The innovative genre is called New Crack Swing, a lively twist on an era they were genuinely influenced by, and perhaps only Dua Boakye has the vocals and presence to pull it off. He has that raw Soul that goes back to Sly and the Family Stone, a rare and unstoppable talent; uncanny, as well, when matched with his ability to sing as hard as any rocker today.

    The best representation of their sound can be heard on the track, “Stick Up Kids,” which exhibits the vocals reminiscent of the Bobby Brown “My Prerogative” movement, a synth that conjures Morris Day and the Time, and a distinctive hard edge that any fan of high-energy, in-your-face music can enjoy.

    As hip hop icon, Slick Rick’s current backup band, the group has developed a taste for extensive touring, and because of their years together in The Eclectic Collective, it’s no surprise they already have a large fan base. Any loyal fan of either group followed Bad Rabbits and appreciated their growth, from their first promos to their unveiling at a Brooklyn venue, as demonstrated by the large crowd that already knew all the words from only Myspace and no official release.

    There is an early, undeniable excitement about the band, part fueled by Travis Mccoy (Gym Class Heroes) giving a shout out to Bad Rabbits before thousands at Warped Tour, part because of their Karmaloop.com clothing sponsor, whose founder, Greg Selkoe, recently told Complex Magazine that Bad Rabbits will be the next big thing out of Boston.

    SATURDAY 10 MAY

    EXCHANGE BRISTOL
    Old Market, Bristol BS2 0EJ
    Doors 6:30pm
    Ages 14+

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 2 months ago
    PAUl THOMAS SAUNDERSwww.facebook.com/paulthomassaunders Paul Thomas Saunders is very much the product of a Grace/Bends upbringing. Others have discerned more of a Bon Iver/Fleet Foxes sound in his work, but it doesn’t really have that rustic quality. It’s more electronic, even if it’s not remotely synthpop or electronica. Like yesterday’s new act, Gross Magic, Saunders has been in bands before but he’s opted for the solo life. And like Gross Magic, he’s 20 and sings in a high voice, usually pure and unalloyed but at other times huskier, as though he were Richard Ashcroft’s effeminate younger brother only with all of Ashcroft’s laddish bravado removed. Did we say he sings high? He sings higher than the castrato son of a choirboy, like the frontcreature with another post-Bends band, the Delays.He’s not very “Leeds” – when we think of that city, we picture goth. He does have a little in common, musically – in terms of the way, with his eerily ethereal arrangements, he operates around that stylised, 50s-revisited, Twin Peaks-ish doo-wop/high-school pop noir nexus – with another Yorkshire musician, namely Sheffield’s Richard Hawley. Maybe he can put his city on the map as lovingly as Hawley did with Coles Corner.In 2010 Saunders self-released his debut EP, Four Songs in Twilight, the result, he says, of “impromptu recording sessions in the middle of the night” using just a computer and a microphone. His new EP, Lilac and Wisteria, features five more such nocturnal interludes during which you are warned not to be seduced by the pleasant, somnolent atmosphere. On Wreckheads and the Female Form he sings about “body bags” and “cross hairs”, while on lead track Appointment In Samarra he warns: “The blood is on your hands, the body’s on the ground.” Like Wednesday’s child, he is full of woe. On Good Times, Rags and Requiems, over echoey, delay-drenched and reverb-washed ambience, he sings of death and longing. Silhouettes of an English Rose is another slow, stately hymn for her, whoever she is. Finally, there’s Here Lies Soleil, So Long – and what a title that is. So Morrissey wasn’t the last literate British songsmith, and Noel Gallagher didn’t siphon off all the poesy. We wouldn’t agitate for po-faced feyness per se, but when it’s done right, and the context is as beautifully balanced as this, we’d take requiems and silhouettes over cigarettes and alcohol any day.TUESDAY 15 APRILTHE LOUISIANAWapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UADoors 7.30pmAges 16 Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    PAUl THOMAS SAUNDERS
    www.facebook.com/paulthomassaunders 

    Paul Thomas Saunders is very much the product of a Grace/Bends upbringing. Others have discerned more of a Bon Iver/Fleet Foxes sound in his work, but it doesn’t really have that rustic quality. It’s more electronic, even if it’s not remotely synthpop or electronica. Like yesterday’s new act, Gross Magic, Saunders has been in bands before but he’s opted for the solo life. And like Gross Magic, he’s 20 and sings in a high voice, usually pure and unalloyed but at other times huskier, as though he were Richard Ashcroft’s effeminate younger brother only with all of Ashcroft’s laddish bravado removed. Did we say he sings high? He sings higher than the castrato son of a choirboy, like the frontcreature with another post-Bends band, the Delays.

    He’s not very “Leeds” – when we think of that city, we picture goth. He does have a little in common, musically – in terms of the way, with his eerily ethereal arrangements, he operates around that stylised, 50s-revisited, Twin Peaks-ish doo-wop/high-school pop noir nexus – with another Yorkshire musician, namely Sheffield’s Richard Hawley. Maybe he can put his city on the map as lovingly as Hawley did with Coles Corner.

    In 2010 Saunders self-released his debut EP, Four Songs in Twilight, the result, he says, of “impromptu recording sessions in the middle of the night” using just a computer and a microphone. His new EP, Lilac and Wisteria, features five more such nocturnal interludes during which you are warned not to be seduced by the pleasant, somnolent atmosphere. On Wreckheads and the Female Form he sings about “body bags” and “cross hairs”, while on lead track Appointment In Samarra he warns: “The blood is on your hands, the body’s on the ground.” Like Wednesday’s child, he is full of woe. On Good Times, Rags and Requiems, over echoey, delay-drenched and reverb-washed ambience, he sings of death and longing. Silhouettes of an English Rose is another slow, stately hymn for her, whoever she is. Finally, there’s Here Lies Soleil, So Long – and what a title that is. So Morrissey wasn’t the last literate British songsmith, and Noel Gallagher didn’t siphon off all the poesy. We wouldn’t agitate for po-faced feyness per se, but when it’s done right, and the context is as beautifully balanced as this, we’d take requiems and silhouettes over cigarettes and alcohol any day.

    TUESDAY 15 APRIL

    THE LOUISIANA
    Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UA
    Doors 7.30pm
    Ages 16 

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 2 months ago
    ST. VINCENTwww.ilovestvincent.com St. Vincent is the recording project of Annie Clark (born 1982, in Tulsa, Oklahoma), a one-woman band who mixes pop balladry, showtune-ish exuberance, squalling electric guitar, and subtle hints of jazz in her particular, complex compositions. Based in Brooklyn, but raised in Dallas, Clark had, before finding fame as St. Vincent, done time in robe-wearing sunshine-pop cult The Polyphonic Spree, and in the live band for banjo-pucking boy-genius Sufjan Stevens.She took her stage name from St. Vincent’s hospital in downtown New York, the place where, amongst other things, poet Dylan Thomas spent his final hours. The joke being that Clark’s music is “the place where poetry comes to die.”THURSDAY 15 MAYO2 ACADEMYFrogmore Street, Bristol BS1 5NADoors 6.30pmAges 14+ (under 16s accompanied)Tickets available fromwww.alt-tickets.co.uk www.gigantic.com Bristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    ST. VINCENT
    www.ilovestvincent.com 

    St. Vincent is the recording project of Annie Clark (born 1982, in Tulsa, Oklahoma), a one-woman band who mixes pop balladry, showtune-ish exuberance, squalling electric guitar, and subtle hints of jazz in her particular, complex compositions. Based in Brooklyn, but raised in Dallas, Clark had, before finding fame as St. Vincent, done time in robe-wearing sunshine-pop cult The Polyphonic Spree, and in the live band for banjo-pucking boy-genius Sufjan Stevens.

    She took her stage name from St. Vincent’s hospital in downtown New York, the place where, amongst other things, poet Dylan Thomas spent his final hours. The joke being that Clark’s music is “the place where poetry comes to die.”

    THURSDAY 15 MAY

    O2 ACADEMY
    Frogmore Street, Bristol BS1 5NA
    Doors 6.30pm
    Ages 14+ (under 16s accompanied)

    Tickets available from
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk 
    www.gigantic.com 
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 2 months ago
    BEN OTTEWELL
www.benottewell.com

Guitarist and vocalist of Gomez, playing some of his own original solo material on the acoustic guitar, as well as the Gomez classics we all love. 

TUESDAY 22 APRIL

THE LOUISIANA
Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UA
Doors 7.00pm
Ages 16+ (accompanied)

Advance tickets available from:
www.alt-tickets.co.uk
www.gigantic.com
Bristol Ticket Shop
0844 871 8819

    BEN OTTEWELL

    www.benottewell.com

    Guitarist and vocalist of Gomez, playing some of his own original solo material on the acoustic guitar, as well as the Gomez classics we all love. 

    TUESDAY 22 APRIL

    THE LOUISIANA

    Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UA

    Doors 7.00pm

    Ages 16+ (accompanied)

    Advance tickets available from:

    www.alt-tickets.co.uk

    www.gigantic.com

    Bristol Ticket Shop

    0844 871 8819

    — 2 months ago with 1 note
    #ben ottewell  #bristol  #the Louisiana  #gig  #dhp family 
    WINTER MOUNTAINwww.wintermountain.co.ukHailing from the shores of Cornwall and Donegal, Winter Mountain blend melodic folk songs, heartfelt lyrics and two voices in a sound reminiscent of a time before digital recording when the emphasis fell on the importance of live performance, the power of harmony and the essence of the song. The duo share song-writing duties, their individual styles, like their voices juxtaposing yet beautifully complimenting the other.SATURDAY 5 APRILTHE LOUISIANAWapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UADoors 7.00pmAges 16+ (accompanied)Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    WINTER MOUNTAIN
    www.wintermountain.co.uk

    Hailing from the shores of Cornwall and Donegal, Winter Mountain blend melodic folk songs, heartfelt lyrics and two voices in a sound reminiscent of a time before digital recording when the emphasis fell on the importance of live performance, the power of harmony and the essence of the song. The duo share song-writing duties, their individual styles, like their voices juxtaposing yet beautifully complimenting the other.

    SATURDAY 5 APRIL

    THE LOUISIANA
    Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UA
    Doors 7.00pm
    Ages 16+ (accompanied)

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 2 months ago with 1 note
    #winter mountain  #the louisiana  #bristol  #live music  #gig 
    SON LUXwww.sonlux.tumblr.comEqual parts producer and composer, Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott) bridges an unusual gap between old-world music discipline and next-level experimentation. In recent past Son Lux has gained notoriety both for his s/s/s project (with Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti), and for being named NPR’s “Best New Artist Of The Year”. THURSDAY 5 JUNEEXCHANGE BRISTOLOld Market, Bristol BS2 0EJDoors 7:30pmAges 14+ (Under 18’s accompanied by an adult)Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    SON LUX
    www.sonlux.tumblr.com

    Equal parts producer and composer, Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott) bridges an unusual gap between old-world music discipline and next-level experimentation. In recent past Son Lux has gained notoriety both for his s/s/s project (with Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti), and for being named NPR’s “Best New Artist Of The Year”. 

    THURSDAY 5 JUNE

    EXCHANGE BRISTOL
    Old Market, Bristol BS2 0EJ
    Doors 7:30pm
    Ages 14+ (Under 18’s accompanied by an adult)

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 2 months ago with 2 notes
    #son lux  #exchange  #bristol  #live  #music  #dhp family 
    AUGUSTINESwww.weareaugustines.comA Seattle based trio fronted by Billy McCarthy, Eric Sanderson and Rob Allen, the band formerly known as We Are Augustines have won the right to use their original name, ‘Augustines’. Following the success of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Rise Ye Sunken Ships’, the band spent the summer of 2013 recording new material for their sophomore self-titled album. THURSDAY 17 APRILOn Sale WEDNESDAY 29 JANUARYTRINITY CENTRETrinity Road, Old Market, Bristol BS2 0NWDoors 7.30pmAges 14+Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    AUGUSTINES
    www.weareaugustines.com

    A Seattle based trio fronted by Billy McCarthy, Eric Sanderson and Rob Allen, the band formerly known as We Are Augustines have won the right to use their original name, ‘Augustines’. Following the success of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Rise Ye Sunken Ships’, the band spent the summer of 2013 recording new material for their sophomore self-titled album. 

    THURSDAY 17 APRIL

    On Sale WEDNESDAY 29 JANUARY

    TRINITY CENTRE
    Trinity Road, Old Market, Bristol BS2 0NW
    Doors 7.30pm
    Ages 14+

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 2 months ago with 1 note
    #augustines  #trinity centre  #bristol  #live music  #gig  #dhp family