Mike Heron & Trembling Bells | Wed 9 Aug | Hare & Hounds | £16.50
Mike Heron, of 1960s icons the Incredible String Band, presents a mixture of rare and popular material from his back-catalogue, backed by the Glasgow folk-rock four-piece Trembling Bells – themselves disciples of the ISB’s whimsical psychedelic folk. Having sold out previous shows at the cosy Kitchen Garden Café, the gang have moved to the Hare & Hounds for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. skiddle.com
Holy Fuck | Thu 10 Aug | Hare & Hounds | £11
Toronto noisesmiths Holy Fuck live in the hallowed crossover space between the electronic and the organic – buzzing saw synths colliding in real time with a filthy drum kit that would make Soulwax fiercely aroused. Masters of audio manipulation, the stage is where Holy Fuck live, bleed and die: hands fused to racks of machinery as calamitous sine waves wreck the body and soul. See our full preview here.
Husky Loops | Fri 11 Aug | Actress & Bishop | £6
Dancey punks Husky Loops are like a raw, electronics-free incarnation of the Faint, with a healthy dose of old Queens of the Stone Age and the chugging basslines of Death From Above 1979 thrown in for good measure. But there’s something else going on in these abrasive post-punk jams: a taste for the unexpected, a tendency to swerve left just when you think you’ve got the song pinned down. Ones to watch. seetickets.com
Goodnight Lenin | Fri 11 Aug | Hare & Hounds | £11
Bringing West Coast Americana to the West Country, local heroes Goodnight Lenin are releasing a string of singles in anticipation of their sophomore album later this year – and so far, they sound fantastic, a mixture of Springsteen, the National and the Walkmen at their most reverbed-out and earnest. Getting an advance taste of that album can only be a good thing as this band slow-burns their way from strength to strength. With support from Boat to Row and Katherine Priddy. Hare & Hounds
Trope | Fri 11 Aug | Dark Horse | FREE
Trope are a progressive jazz quintet that made their live debut at our own Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul festival a few years back. This year’s new ‘5IVE’ EP is expansive, lush soul; fans of Hiatus Kaiyote will certainly find something to like in the twisting melodic chaos and the razor-sharp chops, jumping fleet-footed from theatrical flourishes to dirty riffs. See our Free Stuff This Weekend preview here.
Flaming Lips | Sat 12 Aug | O2 Academy | £35
Don’t miss this night of sensory overload, headlined by Wayne Coyne’s tirelessly strange cabal of mystics. Here the restless, pinballing twists and turns of the Flaming Lips’ discography get subsumed in the crazy, glittery extravagance of their live shows. With support from Hoopla Blue and others. See our full preview here.
Published on: Sat 5 Aug 2017