The lion’s share of music at last weekend’s Heaven and Hell All-Dayer was always likely to tilt towards devilry rather than be angelic. That said, at no point was anyone expecting a sub-section of the crowd to be as diabolical as it was towards headliners, Witch Fever. We salute Witch Fever for their strength in addressing the misogyny and intimidation they faced, both at the time and subsequently.

We’re also heartened by the solidarity that people from the Bristol community and from further afield were quick to offer them. Nobody ought to leave their humanity at the door when they enter a venue. Punk can still be provocative. Gigs can still be giddy. But spaces must be safe.

Here are our latest Gigs of the Week. Enjoy. Keep looking after each other.

Thursday 5th April

Nabihah Iqbal

Nabihah Iqbal + Haseeb Iqbal – Rough Trade
A couple of university degrees and learning to practise human rights law in South Africa are, of course, standard requirements set out in the opening chapter of How To Become A Recording Artist. Nabihah Iqbal has those ticked. Her 2017 debut album, Weighing of the Heart was a monumental solo piece, in which she recorded all parts of all songs herself. Richly evocative of Lush, The Cure and the more melancholic, gauzy side of St Etienne, the depth and breadth of emotion on these songs will hit hard in the intimate Live Room at Rough Trade. More here…

Julia Biel – Lantern
I swear Julia Biel could sing US presidential Tweets and still make them sound enchanting. A self-taught singer-songwriter, her voice has a captivating bluesy folkiness, wielding the fire you associate with Aretha Franklin, yet possessing an airy, spectral delicacy. Her self-titled 2018 album contains an array of beautifully-arranged, self-penned tracks, like lead singles ‘Always’ and ‘Wasting Breath’ and includes an upbeat, off-beat cover of ‘Feeling Good.’ More here…

Shame

Shame + Gurr – Thekla
So much has been said about Shame in 2018 already that you’d be forgiven for holding the UK’s musical hype generator up to sceptical scrutiny. Yet their debut album, Songs of Praise, stands up to the most rigid of examinations. If accounts of their January performance in Rough Trade’s Live Room are anything to go by, these are songs that translate into performance. Take the ambience and ethos of Skins, Shameless and The League of Gentlemen and put it in post-punk form. This is what it would sound like. More here…

Astral Tusk: Waldo’s Gift + Snazzback + Hippo – Gallimaufry
Astral Tusk makes its maiden voyage at The Gallimaufry on Thursday night, with Galli residents, Waldo’s Gift forming part of a triumvirate of experimental jazz acts. Fellow Astral pioneers on this night are Snazzback and Hippo. You’ll have heard Snazzback busking on Bristol’s streets; now you can stop and stare for a full set – seated, with a glass of something indulgent and with no fear of being shat on by an over-fed gull. Hippo’s beefy sound has all the irresistibility of their namesake creature in full charge. More here…

Girli – Louisiana
You may have seen Milly Toomey, aka Girli, support Declan McKenna when he was last in town. If you did, it’s likely that you’re well up for the chance to see a full set of hers. Whilst manifesting many hues of pink in her appearance  – hot pink, bubblegum pink, baby pink – her lyrics are somewhat spicy, her sound isn’t bubblegum pop and if she’s not an embodiment of the phrase, “No-one puts baby in the corner,” I don’t know who is. More here…

Friday 6th April

Avalanche Party + Insomnichord + Ulysses Wells + The Unannounced – Mothers Ruin
Avalanches are noisy. Parties are raucous. Avalanche Party are noisy and raucous. There’s much more to them than an overwhelming sonic battery, but you’re getting one of those too. The Leeds five-piece offer psych-spiked garage rock, with the insistent intensity that their name indicates. Recent single, ‘Porcelain’ holds modern living up to a critical lens, questioning whether any of us know what we want nowadays. If you want to go to the Mothers Ruin on Friday night, then you’ve definitely got your priorities straight. More here…

Saturday 7th April

MØ + Skott + Meadowlark – O2 Academy
Imagine you had a hit like ‘Final Song’ – less than two years old, but streamed nearly 377 million times on Spotify, or viewed more than 97 million times on YouTube. Imagine then that you’d voiced Major Lazer’s ‘Lean On’ with nearly 1.1 billion streams. It must be a joy, possibly even a relief for MØ to be dealing with numbers more like 1600 at a packed O2 Academy. You have to wonder just how many times over her inflammatory synth-pop could sell out a venue like this. More here…

Azalea City + Forgetting Curve + Only Cologne – Old England
Previously Azalea City Penis Club, this Bristol trio is now easier to Google without a load of search results you really weren’t after. Composed of former Gravenhurst and Yann Tiersen collaborators, you can particularly hear the more looming qualities of Gravenhurst in Azalea City, ramped up in pace and volume. If you listen to their 2013 EP, Wodwo, you’ll get heavy riff-rock that flits between math-, metal- and post- in its applicable prefixes. What remains constant is how much it makes you quake. More here…

Larkins + Moon Club + We Are Parkas – Crofters Rights
Larkins honed their funk-fuelled indie rock & roll in Glossop, gateway to the Peak District. Hot on the heels of Stockport neighbours, Blossoms and No Hot Ashes, they’ve been embraced as part of a thriving Manchester scene, selling out venues like Gorilla. Their latest release, ‘Something Beautiful’ has the zest and verve of Years and Years’ electro-pop. Knackers to the recent weather. This is what British Summer Time ought to feel like. More here…

Sunday 8th April

Goat Girl
Goat Girl

Goat Girl – Rough Trade
The late Bill Hicks had an alter-ego called ‘Goat Boy,’ whose role it was to push people’s tolerance by saying the unsayable. Emanating from the same Windmill-Pub-in-Brixton whirl as Shame and Madonnatron, Goat Girl have a similar mission to lance many of modern life’s more unsightly boils. They probably tread a more subtle and wise line than Hicks did too. They arrive at Rough Trade armed with their debut, self-titled full-length release. More here…

Florist + Porridge Radio – Grain Barge
New York four-piece, Florist, are stable mates of Diet Cig on Double Double Whammy. Whilst not being absolute birds of a feather, they share a sharp and soul-searching introspection. Florist’s 2017 album, If Blue Could Be Happiness was a quietly triumphant tranche of dream folk. Lead singer, Emily Sprague, was hit by a car and seriously injured in 2014, so lyrics like, “Open your eyes and see what you have,” on ‘The Fear of Losing This’ speak from the heart. More here…

Monday 9th April

Pillow Queens + The Wine Mums – Hy-Brasil
With a shiny new release on Bristol’s own Specialist Subject Records, Irish quartet, Pillow Queens come to Hy-Brasil on Monday night. They first met playing a game of basketball, but we can all be grateful that they quickly coalesced into playing exhilarating indie rock. Cathy, Pam, Rach and Sarah all pitch in on vocals, frequently layered over each other, frequently doubling the force of their instrumentation. Recent single, ‘Favourite’ is infectious, yet underlyingly sinister. More here…

Tuesday 10th April

Girl Ray
Girl Ray

GIRL RAY + Fake Laugh – Thekla
Filling ever-bigger venues, BLM’s April cover stars, GIRL RAY, come to Bristol off the back of a run of successful US tour support slots for Porches. Considering how little time they’ve been together as a band, amplified by how little time they’ve even been playing instruments and writing songs, their ascent is positively astronomical. On recordings, there’s a mellow wistfulness, but you can expect them to rock up their well-honed tracks from Earl Grey in a live setting. More here…

Toddler – Canteen
Seeing ‘Toddler’ and ‘Canteen’ together might give you flashbacks of trying to eat meatballs mindfully at IKEA while some tiny terrorist freaks out at the table next to you. Bristol art-pop trio, Toddler, led by vocalist and bassist Stevie-Jo Dooley, do have a song entitled ‘Diva,’ that accounts for the very phenomenon of the irrational kiddie tantrum. ‘I’m a Spoonful,’ however, is a sleepy cuddle in musical form. As with any toddler, this band will give you the full gamut of emotions within a short range of time. More here…

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