So the Earth moved the other day? Check the intensity of sound waves that are going to be spreading across the city on Thursday and wonder whether we’re not likely to be prone to a few more tremors. Thursday may look full enough on here, but there were other perfectly good shows that didn’t even make the cut for this edition of Gigs of the Week. Sunday is by no means a day of rest, either. There’s no excuse for sitting at home and watching Cake Boss (at any time, ever).

Thursday 22nd February

Jim Ghedi

Jim Ghedi + dbh + Agathe Max – Café Kino

Having toured extensively with Julie Byrne and Nadia Reid in 2017, Jim Ghedi comes to Bristol this Thursday, taking centre stage with the sublime contents of his new album, A Hymn For Ancient Land – atmospheric orchestral folk that takes inspiration from the natural landscapes of the Peaks and Dales in which his heritage is steeped. Cinematic folk in a café called ‘Kino’? Sounds like it was meant to be. More here…

Roni Size + Rockwell – Marble Factory

As far as the Bristol musical heritage scale goes, the top end of that scale involves acts that are medium-sized, up to those of an extra-large dimension. Beyond that, size-wise, there’s Roni Size. You might have seen him headlining on Clifton Downs in September. Here’s a chance to see whether four sturdy walls of the Marble Factory can possibly contain the irresistible force of New FormsMore here…

Marlon Williams + Cut Worms – Louisiana

New Zealand’s Marlon Williams released Make Way For Love on the 16th. It’s a melancholic, yet mindful break-up record, mining his own experiences to seek how we can endure and overcome what seem like personal disasters in our private lives. Expect emotional intensity, poetical home truths and some solace, all delivered in his distinctively deep, rich tones. More here…

Rex Orange County
Rex Orange County

Rex Orange County – Thekla

A vast number of humans can just about master how to work a washing machine, in terms of achievements, by the time they’re nineteen. Akin to an R&B-soaked Mac DeMarco, Rex Orange County has managed to be the runner-up in the BBC’s Sound of 2018 listings, has released an acclaimed album, and has collaborated with Tyler, The Creator and Frank Ocean. Apparently, he can also work a washing machine. More here…

John E Vistic + Lonely Tourist + Toodles And The Hectic Pity – Crofters Rights

With his expanded Rock N Roll Soundsystem line-up, John E Vistic launches his new single, ‘King Ambulance’ at the Crofters Rights. In terms of soundsystems, think of ones that kick out big noise and can be turned up to eleven. Not only has Mr Vistic composed a new song for our delectation, but Hopcraft Ales have also brewed similarly mind-bending brew, called ‘King Ambulance’ to mark the single’s release, which you can consume as the song plays. Sensory overload? Yes please. More here…

Holiday Ghosts + GORK – Hy-Brasil

Any band whose philosophy can be summed up by the lyric, “It feels like something’s going wrong in my head/ I try to fix it with a bottle of red” gets my vote. Cornish lo-fi rockers, Holiday Ghosts have an understated lyrical honesty and a down-to-earth, melodic, garage feel that makes them easy to identify with and easy to love. Get down to Hy-Brasil. You can get up close and they can get personal. More here…

Friday 23rd February

Kelela
Kelela

Kelela + Klein + Tiana Major9 – SWX

Sensual R&B, mixed with powerfully ambient electro-beats ought to make for a heady mix at SWX on Friday night. Kelela’s 2017 release, Take Me Apart saw her work with heavyweights Arca and Jam City, all evidence of her ever-growing and well-earned reputation as a strong songwriter and desirable collaborator. Expect crisp, frank and unapologetic material, delivered with precision and punch. More here…

Big Lad + BURL + PUSS – Old England

Big Lad used to be called Shitwife. Despite their gender-realigning renaming exercise, their sound has remained consistent, making them purveyors of high-octane party bangers, on tracks like, erm, ‘High Octane Party Banger’. If you shed many a calorie dancing the night away to Death Pedals last week, or if you’re seeing this the night after seeing Roni Size, you can carry on the musical health kick throwing shapes to Big Lad’s metaltronica. More here…

H.Grimace + Falling Stacks + Pork Pie – Hy-Brasil

H.Grimace’s recent release, Self Architect was one of the under-the-radar gems of 2017. Dark, brooding post punk, picking holes in humanity and society, co-exists with slivers of light and beauty. Hannah Gledhill’s vocals are poetically, philosophically and beautifully Eyeoreish. Think Joy Division, featuring Johnny Marr, fronted by a Siouxsie Sioux/Patti Smith hybrid. All this for free. What’s not to like? More here…

Saturday 24th February

Ålesund + Hannah Nicholson + Brook Tate + Gina Leonard – Church of St John the Baptist

If you heard Ålesund’s version of Radiohead’s ‘Talkshow Host’ that we posted recently, the chances are that you didn’t just listen to it once. The four-piece have previously performed together as Alba, named after their formidable and beguiling vocalist, Alba Torriset, but new material has prompted a new identity. Their name and sound evokes the spectacular coastal beauty of the Norwegian town, rich in natural and architectural beauty. More here…

Sunday 25th February

Nils Frahm

Nils Frahm – Colston Hall

German composer and pianist, Nils Frahm last released Solo in 2015. Since then, he’s been building his next meisterwerk in the Funkhaus in East Berlin, in the form of All Melody, which came out in late January. It’s a triumph of how an album can be painstakingly conceived, recorded and mixed, and yet sound like the most organic set of enrapturing sounds you could imagine. It’s as classical as popular music gets and as symphonic as electronic music can be. More here…

Kate Stapley + Dogeyed + Mia and Tuesday + Dave Huntriss Music – Milk Thistle

It’s not often you can combine an EP launch, an historic building and a prohibition-style speakeasy on one occasion in 21st Century Britain, but you can on Sunday. You get the irresistible charm of Kate Stapley thrown in too, as demonstrated in interview in our February issue. If you’re used to her work in Springbreak, you can expect subtle differences in Centella, her new work. If you can’t make it in the evening, check out her set at Friendly Records at 2pm. More here…

Party Hardly + Tropic + Rainmaker – Old England

Leisure Records returns to the scene of their first ever promotion, The Old England, to present Leeds four-piece, Party Hardly, who once described the band as ‘Blur meets surf-y rock with a bit of Beach Boys shoved up its arse.’ Considering the inadvertent, potentially uncomfortable positioning of the aforementioned ‘bit of Beach Boys’, they have some good vibrations – a relaxed indie jangle, as you can hear in their 2017 release, ‘Have We Got Time’. More here…

Tuesday 27th February

Laura Misch

Laura Misch + FRAN LOBO – Louisiana

Beating her brother Tom to Bristol by little more than a week, Laura Misch brings her progressive jazz/electronica fusion to The Louisiana. 2017’s mini-LP/long EP, Playground ought to be persuasion enough to give Laura’s soulful sax-infused sounds a go, as well as her lush vocals. Composed and generated from her own bedroom, the intimacy of The Louisiana ought to be the perfect space to recreate the album’s genesis and a lively sonic playground. More here…

The Front Bottoms + The Smith Street Band + Brick & Mortar – O2 Academy

It’s twofer Tuesday at the O2 Academy, as this billing gives you a pair acts you’d easily part with your hard-earned cash to encounter, both of whom would justify a large crowd at venues like the Academy. Having released Going Grey in 2017, The Front Bottoms carried on their self-examining, self-aware, borderline over-sharing bonhomie-bolstered indie rock, allowing synths to drip through on this occasion too. Add all this to the material of their previous five albums, and it’s going to be emotional. More here…

Catholic Action + wych elm + The Belishas –  Crofters Rights

Chris McCrory was the drummer in a Glasgow band, before quitting it to take centre stage as the front man in Catholic Action. He also has luscious hair. Bobby Gillespie? Comparisons have been well worn out by now, but suffice to say that they are both, in their own rights, Scotsmen with an eye for detail. Catholic Action can range from smooth and silky, like on ‘Black and White’ to spiky and serrated, as on ‘Propaganda’. More here…

Wednesday 28th February

Jade Bird

Jade Bird – Louisiana

Another BBC Sound of 2018 contender for our list – Jade Bird made this year’s longlist. “So what?” you may be asking. The answer to that would be to see how many frankly jaw-dropping acts weren’t in the illustrious top five this year. She’s a set of intriguing contradictions – British Americana, urban country. Her mellifluous, crystalline tones on ‘Lottery’ have the slightest of growls, giving her a sound like Sheryl Crow channelling Adele. More here…

Woahnows + Happy Accidents + The Winter Passing + Milk Crimes– Exchange

‘Woahnow’ is English for ‘Stop a horse’. If you need to get a grip in life and ‘Person Up’, then there’s plenty of enlivening empowerment of Woahnows’ power pop that might just help you get there. Similarly, if you’re in a ‘Mess’, then you can compare and contrast with their account of a life in disarray. If you want a smidgeon of Smashing Pumpkins, with a whack of Wedding Present, then swap domesticity on Wednesday night for The Exchange. More here…

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