Joe Goddard | Wed 3 May | Hare & Hounds | £11.50
As founder and co-frontman of Hot Chip, DJ-producer Joe Goddard has weathered countless shifts in popular trends. Underneath the deadpan kitsch, and the oddball disco songs about marriage, is an unshakeable belief in dance music and an emotional earnestness that holds it all together. See our full preview here.
Andrew Combs | Thu 4 May | Glee Club | £14.75
With new album ‘Canyons of My Mind’, Nashville singer-songwriter Andrew Combs makes another confident stride into the hinterlands of rock and folk: picking the finest influences, from Leonard Cohen to Hiss Golden Messenger, and combining them into a taut, controlled country racket, full of orchestral flourishes, gnashing guitars, and haunting lullabies. See our full preview here.
Cattle & Cane | Fri 5 May | The Flapper | £8.80
Heirs to another age of songwriting, family band Cattle & Cane have a 1970s approach to crafting pop bangers; high-pitched hooks, jaunty pianos, and sunshine harmonies that twist and turn in unexpected ways. Playing the Flapper the day that sophomore album ‘Mirrors’ is released to the world, summer is bound to feel that bit more tangible with an evening spent in Cattle & Cane’s exuberant company. See our full preview here.
The Comet is Coming | Sat 6 May | The Tin, Coventry | £14
Well worth the jaunt outside the Birmingham boundaries, future-jazz trio The Comet is Coming cross the erratic spirit of Sun Ra with the audacious live electronics of Holy Fuck, making them one of the most unique acts to emerge from the swampy underground of this pagan land in decades. See our full preview here.
Los Campesinos! | Sun 7 May | Hare & Hounds | £14
Celebrating their first album release in a few years, ‘Sick Scenes’, lovable indie scamps Los Campesinos! make a very welcome return to Brum’s Hare & Hounds. Having long outlived the kitschy-indie scene that saw them rise to cult status, the Campesinos! family still have plenty of tricks up their collective sleeves. See our full preview here.
Hoops | Sun 7 May | Hare & Hounds | £7
If the Welsh rabble-rousers don’t thrill you, then try the next room as Indiana’s dream-pop mirage-makers Hoops share songs from their much-anticipated debut album ‘Routines’. Bittersweet and summery at the same time, Hoops’ music is VHS tape in audio form, full of charming imperfections, lo-fi hiss and blurry guitars. Seetickets.com
Published on: Thu 6 Apr 2017