It’s another bumper musical bazaar in Bristol this week. If you’ve shelled out top dollar on a festival ticket or two, three litres of body glitter a four-foot square flag with Rick Astley’s face on it and five mildly-inappropriate fancy dress costumes, then there are plenty of unbelievable free shows amongst the week’s rich pickings. If you’re feeling a little more flush with your cash, then you’ve got even more freedom of choice. And if you are in the latter category, can I borrow a tenner until pay day?

Thursday 21st June

Lumer

Lumer + The Fumes + Sextape – Hy-Brasil
Paul Heaton, Mick Ronson, Reece Shearsmith, Philip Larkin – all artists in their own right, associated with the fine northern powerhouse of Hull. Now add to that list Lumer, whose punch-drunk post-punk will layer on all the ire of Shame with all the portent of Bauhaus. Catch their Humber-guided rumblings at Hy-Brasil. More here…

Friday 22nd June

Nicholson Heal

Vinegar + Nicholson Heal – The Lanes
It’s a case of six of one and half a dozen of the other at The Lanes on Friday, as you couldn’t and shouldn’t choose between these two local luminaries. Vinegar’s drowsy jangle belies their acidic name. Tracks from this year’s Moths album will seduce, along with new tracks from Nicholson Heal’s forthcoming album on Breakfast Records, Big JupeMore here…

Echo and the Bunnymen + Jesus and Mary Chain + Peter Hook and the Light – Harbourside
How much black and how much denim can anyone get away with on a hot summer’s evening down by the Harbourside? At least sunglasses ought to be necessary, as well as de rigeur. It’s a rather accomplished triple bill that the Skyline Series has assembled, topped by Liverpool’s new-wave night crawlers, Echo and the BunnymenMore here…

My Octopus Mind + Okay Leader + Prudent Primate – Crofters Rights
Most of us would love to have an octopus mind, eight independent strands working in tandem to make us dextrous of thought. As it is, there are days when uni-tasking proves a tall order. That said, transfixed uni-tasking is all that is possible when listening to Bristol’s post-Buckley, symphonic-prog ensemble, My Octopus MindMore here…

Kukangendai

Kukangendai + Theskyisthinaspaperhere- Old England
You may have heard Japanese band, Goat, the other night. If you did, your natural exuberance will be spilling out all over the place for this show by their close friends, Kukangendai. They’ll often play two songs at once. Different ones. Deliberately. That’s basically buy one get one free. The trio will give you jagged rhythms that not only demand that you listen, but that you genuinely think too. More here…

The Recks – LeftBank
On the Channel Island of Sark, you can only travel in tractors or horse-drawn carriages. You could fit quite a decent proportion of its inhabitants into The LeftBank for a single gig. Sounds sleepy. Rippling with jazz-spiked indie-folk, The Recks are like a Mariachi Decemberists and their big noise is nowhere near as small-island Sarky as their remote origins. More here…

Saturday 23rd June

Goan Dogs

Goan Dogs + Guests – Rough Trade
Another priceless freebie, Bristol’s own Goan Dogs play Rough Trade on Saturday night. If you’ve heard their Roll The Dice EP that was released in March, you’ll know that they have innovated with their sound recently. Off the back of a sold-out Thekla show, they have plenty of momentum to take into the more intimate surroundings of Rough Trade. Check out their BLM in Session set too. More here…

Waxslaxtonbury – Stag and Hounds
Criminally overlooked for live broadcast by the BBC, Waxslax and Imagine That fill the void that Worthy Farm’s 2018 hiatus has left with Waxslaxtonbury at The Stag and Hounds. There’ll be no Sheeran headliner here, you’ll get a wellyful of quality tunes from Margot, Gork, Brunch, Vienna Youth, Flour Babies, Ead Wood, Danny Darko, The Lobster Problem and Morning Tourist. It’s also £238 cheaper than Glasto, costing you precisely no pounds. More here…

Monday 25th June

Desert Mountain Tribe

Desert Mountain Tribe – Rough Trade
It’s likely that the US Hocus POTUS felt so challenged by Desert Mountain Tribe’s 2017 track, ‘Interstellar’ from Either Side of the Moon that he felt the need to establish that weird ‘Space Force’ thing that he announced the other day. If Professor Brian Cox ever felt compelled to rock, this would surely be his soundtrack. Prepare to enter the stratosphere. More here…

DEAFKIDS + POHL + Zohastre – Stag and Hounds
You can’t utter the word ‘Brazilian’ in polite company nowadays without someone smirking. That said, you’d be able to bellow it as much as you like at a show by São Paulo-based punks, DEAFKIDS, because you’ll never make yourself heard over their overwhelming barrage. DEAFKIDS are definitely not available for children’s parties. More here…

The Wave Pictures

The Wave Pictures – Fleece
Wry provincial English observation, coupled with restless romanticism has given rise to some sublime music over the years. Think back to Gene, Animals That Swim, Suede or The Smiths. Willie J Healey does it splendidly nowadays. If you have ever been curious as to what Leicestershire does for your lyrical mind, then The Wave Pictures’ good-humoured melancholy is a must. More here…

Tuesday 26th June

Mesadorm – Rough Trade
Another homecoming, Blythe Pepino brings the collaborative project Mesadorm, founded in Bristol three years ago, to Rough Trade. And it’s yet another free show. Playing songs from (and signing) copies of the 2018 album, Heterogaster, you’ll hear a spectrum of delights from the Sylvan Esso-like ‘Tell Me’ to the sparse and moving piano-folk of ‘Easy.’ More here…

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