June’s guest picks with Tiffany Daniels, Editor at DrunkenWerewolf.
Broken Social Scene
O2 Academy, 1st
Their 2017 comeback album Hug of Thunder reminded us all of their superiority on the indie rock scene, with long time members Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning reforming an established lineup that also features Leslie Feist, Emily Haines (Metric) and Evan Cranley (Stars). Now Broken Social Scene catapult onto UK shores, filling Bristol’s O2 Academy with a barrage of sound, following an extensive tour of the States last year.
The collective – which can reach army-sized proportions, but for this tour settles for a moderate eleven members – have just under two decades of experience under their belt. That doesn’t make it any easier to predict what will happen on stage, however, with everything from flying toilets to extensive ‘Body Electric’ punctuating their history. Thanks to a healthy slice of synth wizardry and out-of-the-box thinking, one thing is for sure: you’ll need earplugs.
The Fleece, 14th
Waxahatchee, aka Alabaman bedroom artist supreme Katie Crutchfield, released her fourth studio album Out in the Storm via Merge last year, making it into DrunkenWerewolf’s Albums of 2017 with good reason. She’s gone on to impress touring partners Charly Bliss into a social media stupor and critics were bowled over by her homebrewed ability to combine rock ’n’ roll anthems with a lo-fi croon. What’s her secret? Only Katie knows, but guaranteed those who attend this month’s gig at Fleece will get a glimpse of her powers.
World-wandering multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Laura Veirs continues to impress, this year, taking time spent with Neko Case, a traditional folk influence and the fragility of life to produce recently-released album, The Lookout. A concept album that includes references to owls, being lost at sea and discovering her guitar under a rock, it’s a versatile piece of work that continues a musical tradition Veirs has laid out over the past two decades. See her work come alive this month at Thekla.
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