The Goon Sax | Mon 5 Jun | Hare & Hounds | £8
The delightful three-piece slacker rock band from Australia, The Goon Sax saunter into the Hare & Hounds with their fragrant brand of sweetly profound indie pop. See our full preview here.

WHY? | Tue 6 Jun | Hare & Hounds | £15
One spin of WHY?’s new single ‘This Ole King’ calls to mind Animal Collective, Four Tet, Mewithoutyou, and Local Natives in the short space of 4.5 stunning minutes: an unexpected revival, a refresher course on everything that has been exciting and enveloping about Yoni Wolf’s prog-rap journey to date. See our full preview here.

Pixx | Tue Jun 6 | Hare & Hounds | £7.70
BRIT-School alumni Hannah Rodgers releases her debut album ‘The Age of Anxiety’ on 4AD this year: by the sounds of it, it’s a sharp turn from the cool atmospherics of 2015’s ‘Fall In’ EP into some bold-faced 80s pop – less Cocteau Twins, more La Roux. Like everything Pixx has put her name to, it’s finely-crafted and never short of dangerously catchy.

Froth | Wed 7 Jun | Hare & Hounds | £7
LA four-piece Froth bring a metronomic backbeat to their shoegaze revivalism, a strange hybrid of My Bloody Valentine’s guitar sprawl and New Order’s grid-like synths. The combination works, though; the moody drones and none-more-black gothic overtones coalesce into a world of their own, one we’re all too happy to inhabit.

Low Island | Wed 7 Jun | Sunflower Lounge | £6
It may be a cheap and obvious comparison for an Oxford band, but Low Island call to mind an alternative-universe Foals who, to paraphrase James Murphy, have “sold their guitars and bought synths”. Tight melodic hooks, atmospheric crooning, punchy drums; switching between dreamy earnestness and playful funk. All that to say, it’s damn good.

Wedding Present | Thu 8 Jun | O2 Academy 2 | £21.30
Northern indie legends the Wedding Present play their best-loved debut album ‘George Best’ in full on this 30-year-anniversary tour. The band’s unique and noisy furrow of blitzkreig strumming started here: if you ever wondered how this thoroughly 80s classic would sound now, here’s your chance. See our full preview here.

Spoort | Fri 9 Jun | Actress & Bishop | £6
The band Google is sure you’ve mispelled, local math-rock oddballs Spoort come off somewhere in between Minus the Bear’s silky finger-tapping and electronics, and Meet Me in St Louis’ disjointed sense of melody. With support from other upcoming Brum talents Scarlet Rascal, Grim Disco and Handwaxx.

Mon 5 Jun - Sun 11 Jun
Chris Donald - Gigs Editor
Published on:
Fri 2 Jun 2017