If music truly is ‘the food of love’, then looking at what’s on offer this coming week, gig-wise, there’s every chance you’ll end up feeling romantic and frisky in equal measures (depending on how you tend to express your love) by the end of it. Then if you do feel loved-up, you could have the joy of doing Valentine’s-style things, but not on the 14th, so at about a quarter of the price.

You might just fall more deeply in love with some of the acts below. No stalking, though.

Thursday 15th February

Loney Dear

Loney Dear + Ajimal + Chaouche – Louisiana
It’s a bit of a mouthful to say “Swedish multi-instrumentalist, Emil Svanängen,” so he goes by the brief and enigmatic moniker of Loney Dear. Over his fifteen-year career, he’s become ever-more experimental and ethereal. 2017’s self-titled album, with songs like ‘Isn’t It You’ ought to make for atmospheric midweek Louisiana listening. More here…

Tungz – Canteen
Beginning as a bedroom-pop outfit, then gravitating to playing gigs in living rooms, before finally stepping outside the house and playing in proper venues, Bristol disco-synth quartet, Tungz are clearly at home in any given situation. They’re launching their debut single, ‘WIndow Love’. So if anyone asks you this week, “Tungz or no Tungz?” you can definitely urge them to go for it. More here…

F.O.D. + For I Am + Lesser Known Character – Chelsea Inn
If you don’t know what an aggressive Belgian sounds like, then a night down at the Chelsea Inn with F.O.D. is mightily necessary. You’ll get much irate punk-ish complaining, sounding like Green Day’s darkest night. Recent tracks, ‘Last’, ‘Crew You’ and ‘Act of Consecration’ take a dark but compelling turn of mind. More here…

Friday 16th February

Feast Fest – Mothers Ruin
Anything with “Feast” in the title is likely to be rich and plentiful. Anything with “Fest” in the title is likely to be all-consuming. So Feast Fest is basically indulgence squared. Get yourself to the Mothers Ruin for two consecutive days of high-energy rock, featuring the likes of Death Pedals and Brockley Forest. More here…

Death and the Penguin + Last Hyena + Wax Futures + Iran Iran – Café Kino
So, they’re named after Ukranian, Andrey Kurkov’s 1996 novel and they wear wooden bow ties on stage? Are these J. Wilgoose’s stranger cousins, by any chance? “Might they possibly play math-rock?” I hear you ask. Check the video to ‘No Blood, No Sport’. It’s like a nightmarish, cheese dream Dragons’ Den. More here…

Alvvays – Trinity
Having played at Thekla in early September and featured in that month’s edition of BLM, Alvvays return to Bristol to play Trinity on Friday night. There can’t be many better ways to ditch the working week that hearing Molly Rankin’s exquisite tones and strains of their 2017 release, AntisocialitesMore here…

Saturday 17th February

Gun Outfit

Gun Outfit + Snails – Louisiana
With tracks like ‘Landscape Painter’, Gun Outfit craft rich and lush soundscapes of cosmic country. Borderline horizontal, their sound could easily lull a crowd into a state of blissful narcolepsy. It’s detox for the mind and soul, so if it’s Saturday solace that you seek, Gun Outfit ought to be worth a shot. More here…

Sam Green and the Midnight Heist Unplugged – Café Kino

If you’ve seen Devonian surf/roots outfit, Sam Green and the Midnight Heist recently, perhaps in one of their many 2017 festival appearances, then you’ll be intrigued at the prospect not only of new music for 2018, but a pared down version of the band playing unplugged in your city. More here…

NightBus Presents: Sœur + HVMM + Junior Weeb – Mr Wolf’s
In the midst of their month of hometown gigs, Sœur board the Nightbus at Mr Wolf’s for a fully electrified set of grunged-up, rebellious rock. The dual vocals of Anya Pulver and Tina Maynard present a sisterhood that is formidable and a force you probably wouldn’t argue with either. More here…

Sunday 18th February

Claire Northey
Claire Northey

Claire Northey + Samuel Powell – LeftBank
Returning to the Bristol live scene after a year of maternity leave, Claire Northey plays the Leftbank on Sunday. Having not been able to tour her previous album, Mavromati, it will be like bringing new material to her audience. You can look forward to mesmeric violin loops and trip-hop undertones. More here…

Husky Loops + No Violet + Stone Cold Fiction – Crofters Rights
London’s Husky Loops play a blend of rock that smacks of 21st Century urban life – frenetic, shadowy and with the sense that there’s always something going on under the surface. It’s reminiscent of film noir, just needing a film to soundtrack. ‘Fighting Myself’ reminds us of the self-destructiveness we’re all capable of. More here…

Monday 19th February

The Orielles – Rough Trade
If 2017’s prodigious arrival was Declan McKenna, then The Orielles look like fulfilling that role in 2018. They play the Live Room at Rough Trade to promote their stellar debut album, Silver Dollar Moment. If their exuberant sense of joy doesn’t get you, then little more that two bars of their infectious jangle on ‘Let Your Dog Tooth Grow’ surely will. More here…

Tuesday 20th February

Public Access TV + whenyoung – Crofters Rights
Public Access TV usually means ‘local programmes for local people’. New York post-punk/new wave outfit, Public Access TV are rather more international and polished than that. They have an impressive record of support slots for acts like Pixies and Dinosaur Jr. They’re well worth catching on their own, though, for a stirring, millennial-tinged, late-80s frisson. More here…

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