We’ll be celebrating International Women’s Day this week (and hopefully retaining all the useful thoughts it makes us have for the following 365 days) as well as Mothers’ Day (take her to see Gnoomes, perhaps?). We wave a fond farewell to the NME as it announces that it will cease to exist as a printed magazine, in this ever-changing world. Most importantly, we’re rather liking this March malarkey and its unbelievable array of gigs. Enjoy.

Thursday 8th March

Pale Waves
Pale Waves

Pale Waves + Our Girl + Bloxx – DIY Class Of 2018 Tour – Thekla
What can we say about Pale Waves that hasn’t been said before? They look like Coraline and sound like an indie Cyndi Lauper? They are as irresistible as the tides? Put them on the Thekla stage, throw in the up-and-coming Our Girl and Bloxx and that ought to do you nicely. If this is the ‘Class of 2018’, then Pale Waves are the Head Prefects. More here…

Concrete Jungyals – Hy-Brasil
Celebrating International Women’s Day, Concrete Jungyals presents a varied programme of events at Hy-Brasil, including comedy, DJs and artists. Before you wonder if Gigs of the Week has gone abstract on you, you can revel in the power of three vocalists: Charli Brix, Anna Lisa and Chikaya. More here…

Friday 9th March

Insecure Men
Insecure Men

Insecure Men + Raf Rundell – Thekla
Saul Adamczewski (Fat White Family) and Ben Romans-Hopcraft (Childhood) have been kindred spirits, each other’s wingmen since school days. Saul’s experience of mining the depths of human rancidness via the Fat Whites, and a spell in rehab, led him to desire an outlet for more life-affirming, emotionally prosperous pop. 2018’s self-titled album is the highly auspicious outcome. More here…

Rejjie Snow + Slowthai + Ebenezer – Motion
To some, the idea of Ireland and hip-hop don’t sit comfortably together. They’ve not heard Rejjie Snow (let alone The Rustangano Family, New Cicero and Maverick Sabre). Not only has he been embraced by 300 Entertainment, home of Young Thug and Fetty Wap, but he’s also honed his skills in support of Kendrick Lemar. Hear his latest album, Dear Annie live at Motion on Friday. More here…

The Jacques + Climb Attic + The Love Handles – Mr Wolf’s
They began life as Libertines-y young upstarts (supporting Pete Doherty’s shambolic dandies early in their career). Over a short course of time, Bristol’s The Jacques have moved in a more abrasive, more serrated and spiky direction in their sound and in their attitude. Friday’s gig at Mr Wolf’s ought to have great energy. More here…

Calva Louise + The Belishas + Socket – Mothers Ruin
When Calva Louise released their debut single, ‘Getting Closer’ in November, people began to bracket them in favourably with The Big Moon, in terms of brashness and attack. Give that comparison an extra crust of grunge and you’re getting closer. More here…

Saturday 10th March

Lazy Day
Lazy Day

Lazy Day + No Violet – Louisiana
Tilly Scantlebury spoke to BLM recently about her excitement and high hopes for 2018, and on the strength of Lazy Day’s recent single, ‘Weird Cool’, there’s no reason why those hopes should not be fulfilled. Lazy Day can be open and frank, but they can be coolly weird. Imagine Tilly appearing to be in love with a tangerine with a Sharpie-scribbled smile, for example. More here…

Corella + Family Jools + Two Day Coma – Crofters Rights
Crisp, pristine and perky, Manchester’s Corella have only been plying their indie-pop trade for two years now. Like many a two-year-old, they seem to have boundless energy and the ability to ramp up the volume when they turn on the emotions (often for a resplendent chorus). More here…

No Hot Ashes + SAUCE + Mitch Sanders – Mr Wolf’s
Stockport has a rich musical heritage, don’t you know? It’s not just Rick Witter from Shed Seven and Blossoms that make it the thriving hub that Manchester would love to be, it’s No Hot Ashes too. Their guitar-driven indie-dance, typified by tracks like ‘Skint Kids Disco’ make them somewhat of a Millennial Happy Mondays. More here…

Sunday 11th March

Gnoomes + The Altered Hours + Acid Plan$ – Hy-Brasil
This Russian trio take you on a mystery tour around the murkier realms of simmering psych and industrial electronica. With subdued vocals, as on ‘Cascais’, and racing-heartbeat rhythms, Gnoomes can sound like they’re coming from somewhere inside your body. More here…

Tuesday 13th March

Susanne Sundfor
Susanne Sundfor

Susanne Sundfør + Shey Baba – Lantern
When the BBC paid tribute to Scott Walker with a BBC Prom of his songs last year, Susanne Sundfør stole the show. Not that she was a new artist, but she was new to many ears. What a difference a year makes. Her 2017 album, Music For People In Trouble was a soothing balm for many a fraught mind. More here…

Milk Teeth + Fangclub + Nervus– Exchange
Making the short jaunt from Stroud to The Exchange, Milk Teeth bring the peace and tranquillity of the Cotswolds… yeah, right. Rowdy and explosive, they span the range from L7 to Green Day. They’re on a mission to make Tuesday great again. Lead singer, Becky Blomfield will serve you up plenty of ‘Brain Food’. More here…

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