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October 2022

01Oct

Ritual Union

Various Venues, Bristol

Initially scheduled to take place one week after the first lockdown was enforced, then delayed once more due to the untimely fire at SWX, we’re excited beyond belief to finally announce a fresh lineup for our 2022 edition of Ritual Union Bristol.

 

A celebration of Bristol from head to toe; the triumphant Katy J Pearson heads up the bill on the back of her critically acclaimed second record, Lynks and Grove bring their big bad bad bad energy, resident good boy Willie J Healey brings the breeze, plus Spinny Nights curate our Dareshack stage with an exquisite, eclectic cast of localised champions / future genre definees, proving with certainty that Bristol continues to be a cultural thirst trap.

02Oct

The Skinner Brothers

Bootleg Social, Blackpool

The Skinner Brothers don’t fuck about. Formed in 2018, the Skinners are a riotous, rebellion-tinged British band that quickly gained notoriety when Carl Barat invited them to support The Libertines’ UK tour. The band has since toured with The Streets and Kasabian. An indie band with an arena sound, The Skinner Brothers tell stories of football, drugs, booze, sex and love, while their unforgettable, blistering live shows continue to shake things up on London’s scene.

04Oct

The Skinner Brothers

The Joiners, Southampton

The Skinner Brothers don’t fuck about. Formed in 2018, the Skinners are a riotous, rebellion-tinged British band that quickly gained notoriety when Carl Barat invited them to support The Libertines’ UK tour. The band has since toured with The Streets and Kasabian. An indie band with an arena sound, The Skinner Brothers tell stories of football, drugs, booze, sex and love, while their unforgettable, blistering live shows continue to shake things up on London’s scene.

06Oct

Soak

Strange Brew, Bristol

With their new album, If I Never Know You Like This Again, SOAK has finally shaken the hangover of their starry debut Before We Forgot How To Dream, and the pressures that came with it, hiding in the wings of their ambitious follow up album, Grim Town. Having come up through BBC introducing at the tender age of 15 before signing to Rough Trade Records as well as winning the RTE Choice Music Prize, The Northern Irish Music Prize and the youngest ever Mercury Prize nominee, SOAK has again and again been described as ‘the voice of a generation.’ Showing from a young age an intensely artistic awareness of the poetry of memory, Bridie would incessantly photograph and video everything, documenting and organising the material so it was always there for them to revisit. ”I always want to remember exactly how I felt at a certain moment.” Bridie’s lyrics move through the songs almost as effortlessly as they sing them, and the songs when read, read like poetry. With this album Bridie is, as the title suggests, freezing time in the pursuit of truth: capturing their life into existence. In the world of ‘If I Never Know You Like This Again’, a life is lived only because it's remembered.

06Oct

TURIN BRAKES

The Octagon, Sheffield

Often compared to Coldplay and Travis, Turin Brakes are a English duo inspired by folk and progressive rock hailing from Balham, London. Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian were friends in elementary school and decided to try out for the cathedral choir because it would give them the chance to perform in front of the Queen of England, which they eventually did. The two aspiring musicians, influenced by a unique range of artists including SebadohTruman's Water, Prince, and the Black Crowes, formed a band and recorded their freewheeling jam sessions. One of those sessions became their first release, The Door EP, which was released on Anvil in 1999. The State of Things EP followed the next year on the Source label. Turin Brakes expanded into a full band and moved up to appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals. A third U.K.-only EP, Fight or Flight, was released later in 2000, as the band was opening for the likes of Kathryn WilliamsDoves, and Lowgold. The debut Turin Brakes full-length, The Optimist LP, was released in 2001 through Astralwerks. Arriving in 2003, the successful Ether Song brought the group more fans, and was followed by the more polished Jackinabox two years later. Teaming with producer Ethan Johns, Turin Brakes began work on their fourth studio album in early 2007, and while the group had to take a break in recording after Paridjanian and his wife celebrated the birth of their daughter, Dark on Fire was still released in the fall of that year. In 2010, Turin Brakes returned to their melodic folk-inflected roots with the album Outbursts, their first release for the noted U.K. indie label Cooking Vinyl. Two years later, Knights released the solo album If Not Now When. In 2013, Turin Brakes reunited for their sixth studio album, We Were Here, followed by extensive touring in Europe and the U.K. and an appearance at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. In late 2015, Turin Brakes announced they had emerged from Rockfield Studios in Wales with a new studio album; titled Lost Property, it was released in February 2016. The group supported the LP with an 18-month tour that covered the U.K., Europe, and Australia. Once they returned home, Turin Brakes soon returned to the studio, and their ninth album, Invisible Storm, was released in January 2018.

07Oct

TURIN BRAKES

The Fire Station, Sunderland

Often compared to Coldplay and Travis, Turin Brakes are a English duo inspired by folk and progressive rock hailing from Balham, London. Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian were friends in elementary school and decided to try out for the cathedral choir because it would give them the chance to perform in front of the Queen of England, which they eventually did. The two aspiring musicians, influenced by a unique range of artists including SebadohTruman's Water, Prince, and the Black Crowes, formed a band and recorded their freewheeling jam sessions. One of those sessions became their first release, The Door EP, which was released on Anvil in 1999. The State of Things EP followed the next year on the Source label. Turin Brakes expanded into a full band and moved up to appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals. A third U.K.-only EP, Fight or Flight, was released later in 2000, as the band was opening for the likes of Kathryn WilliamsDoves, and Lowgold. The debut Turin Brakes full-length, The Optimist LP, was released in 2001 through Astralwerks. Arriving in 2003, the successful Ether Song brought the group more fans, and was followed by the more polished Jackinabox two years later. Teaming with producer Ethan Johns, Turin Brakes began work on their fourth studio album in early 2007, and while the group had to take a break in recording after Paridjanian and his wife celebrated the birth of their daughter, Dark on Fire was still released in the fall of that year. In 2010, Turin Brakes returned to their melodic folk-inflected roots with the album Outbursts, their first release for the noted U.K. indie label Cooking Vinyl. Two years later, Knights released the solo album If Not Now When. In 2013, Turin Brakes reunited for their sixth studio album, We Were Here, followed by extensive touring in Europe and the U.K. and an appearance at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. In late 2015, Turin Brakes announced they had emerged from Rockfield Studios in Wales with a new studio album; titled Lost Property, it was released in February 2016. The group supported the LP with an 18-month tour that covered the U.K., Europe, and Australia. Once they returned home, Turin Brakes soon returned to the studio, and their ninth album, Invisible Storm, was released in January 2018.

07Oct

Soak

Earth Theatre, London

With their new album, If I Never Know You Like This Again, SOAK has finally shaken the hangover of their starry debut Before We Forgot How To Dream, and the pressures that came with it, hiding in the wings of their ambitious follow up album, Grim Town. Having come up through BBC introducing at the tender age of 15 before signing to Rough Trade Records as well as winning the RTE Choice Music Prize, The Northern Irish Music Prize and the youngest ever Mercury Prize nominee, SOAK has again and again been described as ‘the voice of a generation.’ Showing from a young age an intensely artistic awareness of the poetry of memory, Bridie would incessantly photograph and video everything, documenting and organising the material so it was always there for them to revisit. ”I always want to remember exactly how I felt at a certain moment.” Bridie’s lyrics move through the songs almost as effortlessly as they sing them, and the songs when read, read like poetry. With this album Bridie is, as the title suggests, freezing time in the pursuit of truth: capturing their life into existence. In the world of ‘If I Never Know You Like This Again’, a life is lived only because it's remembered.

07Oct

THE SHEEPDOGS

Thekla, Bristol

Built on the solid, classic rock foundation of three-part harmonies and dual guitar leads, Canada's the Sheepdogs blend Southern boogie rock, groove-based psychedelia, and bluesy barroom swagger into a modern rock & roll revival. Based out of the Saskatchewan city of Saskatoon, the band features the talents of Ewan Currie (vocals, guitar), Jimmy Bowskill (guitar), Ryan Gullen (bass), and Sam Corbett (drums), plus Ewan's brother Shamus on brass and keyboards. The group released three full-length independent albums (Trying to Grow [2006], Big Stand [2008], and Learn & Burn [2010]) before appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone in August 2011 after winning the magazine’s “Choose the Cover” competition. The hard-touring band released a new EP, Five Easy Pieces, later that year, followed by their eponymous fourth studio album in 2012. In July 2015, the band issued the single "Downtown" in anticipation of the release of their fifth long player, Future Nostalgia, later that October. Changing Colours, the band's sixth studio effort, followed in 2018, and featured the single "I've Got a Hole Where My Heart Should Be".

08Oct

The Mezingers

Roundhouse, London

Since forming as teenagers in 2006, The Menzingers have shown their strength as rough-and-tumble storytellers, turning out songs equally rooted in frenetic energy and lifelike detail. On their new album Hello Exile, the Philadelphia-based punk band take their lyrical narrative to a whole new level and share their reflections on moments from the past and present: high-school hellraising, troubled relationships, aging and alcohol and political ennui. And while their songs often reveal certain painful truths, Hello Exile ultimately maintains the irrepressible spirit that’s always defined the band.

08Oct

TURIN BRAKES

The Forum Theatre, Barrow-In-Furness

Often compared to Coldplay and Travis, Turin Brakes are a English duo inspired by folk and progressive rock hailing from Balham, London. Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian were friends in elementary school and decided to try out for the cathedral choir because it would give them the chance to perform in front of the Queen of England, which they eventually did. The two aspiring musicians, influenced by a unique range of artists including SebadohTruman's Water, Prince, and the Black Crowes, formed a band and recorded their freewheeling jam sessions. One of those sessions became their first release, The Door EP, which was released on Anvil in 1999. The State of Things EP followed the next year on the Source label. Turin Brakes expanded into a full band and moved up to appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals. A third U.K.-only EP, Fight or Flight, was released later in 2000, as the band was opening for the likes of Kathryn WilliamsDoves, and Lowgold. The debut Turin Brakes full-length, The Optimist LP, was released in 2001 through Astralwerks. Arriving in 2003, the successful Ether Song brought the group more fans, and was followed by the more polished Jackinabox two years later. Teaming with producer Ethan Johns, Turin Brakes began work on their fourth studio album in early 2007, and while the group had to take a break in recording after Paridjanian and his wife celebrated the birth of their daughter, Dark on Fire was still released in the fall of that year. In 2010, Turin Brakes returned to their melodic folk-inflected roots with the album Outbursts, their first release for the noted U.K. indie label Cooking Vinyl. Two years later, Knights released the solo album If Not Now When. In 2013, Turin Brakes reunited for their sixth studio album, We Were Here, followed by extensive touring in Europe and the U.K. and an appearance at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. In late 2015, Turin Brakes announced they had emerged from Rockfield Studios in Wales with a new studio album; titled Lost Property, it was released in February 2016. The group supported the LP with an 18-month tour that covered the U.K., Europe, and Australia. Once they returned home, Turin Brakes soon returned to the studio, and their ninth album, Invisible Storm, was released in January 2018.

09Oct

THE SHEEPDOGS

Electric Ballroom, London

Built on the solid, classic rock foundation of three-part harmonies and dual guitar leads, Canada's the Sheepdogs blend Southern boogie rock, groove-based psychedelia, and bluesy barroom swagger into a modern rock & roll revival. Based out of the Saskatchewan city of Saskatoon, the band features the talents of Ewan Currie (vocals, guitar), Jimmy Bowskill (guitar), Ryan Gullen (bass), and Sam Corbett (drums), plus Ewan's brother Shamus on brass and keyboards. The group released three full-length independent albums (Trying to Grow [2006], Big Stand [2008], and Learn & Burn [2010]) before appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone in August 2011 after winning the magazine’s “Choose the Cover” competition. The hard-touring band released a new EP, Five Easy Pieces, later that year, followed by their eponymous fourth studio album in 2012. In July 2015, the band issued the single "Downtown" in anticipation of the release of their fifth long player, Future Nostalgia, later that October. Changing Colours, the band's sixth studio effort, followed in 2018, and featured the single "I've Got a Hole Where My Heart Should Be".

09Oct

TURIN BRAKES

The Live Rooms, Chester

Often compared to Coldplay and Travis, Turin Brakes are a English duo inspired by folk and progressive rock hailing from Balham, London. Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian were friends in elementary school and decided to try out for the cathedral choir because it would give them the chance to perform in front of the Queen of England, which they eventually did. The two aspiring musicians, influenced by a unique range of artists including SebadohTruman's Water, Prince, and the Black Crowes, formed a band and recorded their freewheeling jam sessions. One of those sessions became their first release, The Door EP, which was released on Anvil in 1999. The State of Things EP followed the next year on the Source label. Turin Brakes expanded into a full band and moved up to appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals. A third U.K.-only EP, Fight or Flight, was released later in 2000, as the band was opening for the likes of Kathryn WilliamsDoves, and Lowgold. The debut Turin Brakes full-length, The Optimist LP, was released in 2001 through Astralwerks. Arriving in 2003, the successful Ether Song brought the group more fans, and was followed by the more polished Jackinabox two years later. Teaming with producer Ethan Johns, Turin Brakes began work on their fourth studio album in early 2007, and while the group had to take a break in recording after Paridjanian and his wife celebrated the birth of their daughter, Dark on Fire was still released in the fall of that year. In 2010, Turin Brakes returned to their melodic folk-inflected roots with the album Outbursts, their first release for the noted U.K. indie label Cooking Vinyl. Two years later, Knights released the solo album If Not Now When. In 2013, Turin Brakes reunited for their sixth studio album, We Were Here, followed by extensive touring in Europe and the U.K. and an appearance at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. In late 2015, Turin Brakes announced they had emerged from Rockfield Studios in Wales with a new studio album; titled Lost Property, it was released in February 2016. The group supported the LP with an 18-month tour that covered the U.K., Europe, and Australia. Once they returned home, Turin Brakes soon returned to the studio, and their ninth album, Invisible Storm, was released in January 2018.

10Oct

The Lemonheads

Chalk, Brighton

The Lemonheads' evolution from post-Hüsker Dü hardcore punk rockers to teenage heartthrobs is one of the strangest sagas in alternative music. Initially, the group was a punk-pop trio formed by three teenage Boston suburbanites, but over the years, the band became a vehicle for Evan Dando. Blessed with good looks and a warm, sweet voice, Dando became a teen idol in the early '90s, when Nirvana's success made alternative bands commercially viable. While his simple, catchy songs were instantly accessible, they tended to hide the more subversive nature of his lyrics, as well as his gift for offbeat covers and his devotion to country-rock father Gram Parsons. After developing his signature blend of pop, punk, and country-rock on several independent records in the late '80s, Dando moved the Lemonheads to Atlantic Records in 1990. Two years later, It's a Shame About Ray made the group into media sensations, as Dando's face appeared on music and teen magazines across America and Britain. At the height of the '90s alternative rock explosion, the Lemonheads topped Billboard's Modern Rock charts with "Into Your Arms," but the group couldn't sustain their momentum, partially due to Dando's personal excesses. After releasing Car Button Cloth in 1996, Dando and the Lemonheads retreated from the spotlight for a decade, re-emerging in 2006 with an eponymous album. Recordings remained sporadic from the Lemonheads in the 2010s and beyond, but Dando kept performing solo shows, reconvening his band on occasion.

13Oct

TURIN BRAKES

Epic Studios, Norwich

Often compared to Coldplay and Travis, Turin Brakes are a English duo inspired by folk and progressive rock hailing from Balham, London. Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian were friends in elementary school and decided to try out for the cathedral choir because it would give them the chance to perform in front of the Queen of England, which they eventually did. The two aspiring musicians, influenced by a unique range of artists including SebadohTruman's Water, Prince, and the Black Crowes, formed a band and recorded their freewheeling jam sessions. One of those sessions became their first release, The Door EP, which was released on Anvil in 1999. The State of Things EP followed the next year on the Source label. Turin Brakes expanded into a full band and moved up to appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals. A third U.K.-only EP, Fight or Flight, was released later in 2000, as the band was opening for the likes of Kathryn WilliamsDoves, and Lowgold. The debut Turin Brakes full-length, The Optimist LP, was released in 2001 through Astralwerks. Arriving in 2003, the successful Ether Song brought the group more fans, and was followed by the more polished Jackinabox two years later. Teaming with producer Ethan Johns, Turin Brakes began work on their fourth studio album in early 2007, and while the group had to take a break in recording after Paridjanian and his wife celebrated the birth of their daughter, Dark on Fire was still released in the fall of that year. In 2010, Turin Brakes returned to their melodic folk-inflected roots with the album Outbursts, their first release for the noted U.K. indie label Cooking Vinyl. Two years later, Knights released the solo album If Not Now When. In 2013, Turin Brakes reunited for their sixth studio album, We Were Here, followed by extensive touring in Europe and the U.K. and an appearance at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. In late 2015, Turin Brakes announced they had emerged from Rockfield Studios in Wales with a new studio album; titled Lost Property, it was released in February 2016. The group supported the LP with an 18-month tour that covered the U.K., Europe, and Australia. Once they returned home, Turin Brakes soon returned to the studio, and their ninth album, Invisible Storm, was released in January 2018.

14Oct

TURIN BRAKES

Palace Theatre, Southend

Often compared to Coldplay and Travis, Turin Brakes are a English duo inspired by folk and progressive rock hailing from Balham, London. Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian were friends in elementary school and decided to try out for the cathedral choir because it would give them the chance to perform in front of the Queen of England, which they eventually did. The two aspiring musicians, influenced by a unique range of artists including SebadohTruman's Water, Prince, and the Black Crowes, formed a band and recorded their freewheeling jam sessions. One of those sessions became their first release, The Door EP, which was released on Anvil in 1999. The State of Things EP followed the next year on the Source label. Turin Brakes expanded into a full band and moved up to appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals. A third U.K.-only EP, Fight or Flight, was released later in 2000, as the band was opening for the likes of Kathryn WilliamsDoves, and Lowgold. The debut Turin Brakes full-length, The Optimist LP, was released in 2001 through Astralwerks. Arriving in 2003, the successful Ether Song brought the group more fans, and was followed by the more polished Jackinabox two years later. Teaming with producer Ethan Johns, Turin Brakes began work on their fourth studio album in early 2007, and while the group had to take a break in recording after Paridjanian and his wife celebrated the birth of their daughter, Dark on Fire was still released in the fall of that year. In 2010, Turin Brakes returned to their melodic folk-inflected roots with the album Outbursts, their first release for the noted U.K. indie label Cooking Vinyl. Two years later, Knights released the solo album If Not Now When. In 2013, Turin Brakes reunited for their sixth studio album, We Were Here, followed by extensive touring in Europe and the U.K. and an appearance at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. In late 2015, Turin Brakes announced they had emerged from Rockfield Studios in Wales with a new studio album; titled Lost Property, it was released in February 2016. The group supported the LP with an 18-month tour that covered the U.K., Europe, and Australia. Once they returned home, Turin Brakes soon returned to the studio, and their ninth album, Invisible Storm, was released in January 2018.

15Oct

TURIN BRAKES

Booking Hall, Dover

Often compared to Coldplay and Travis, Turin Brakes are a English duo inspired by folk and progressive rock hailing from Balham, London. Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian were friends in elementary school and decided to try out for the cathedral choir because it would give them the chance to perform in front of the Queen of England, which they eventually did. The two aspiring musicians, influenced by a unique range of artists including SebadohTruman's Water, Prince, and the Black Crowes, formed a band and recorded their freewheeling jam sessions. One of those sessions became their first release, The Door EP, which was released on Anvil in 1999. The State of Things EP followed the next year on the Source label. Turin Brakes expanded into a full band and moved up to appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals. A third U.K.-only EP, Fight or Flight, was released later in 2000, as the band was opening for the likes of Kathryn WilliamsDoves, and Lowgold. The debut Turin Brakes full-length, The Optimist LP, was released in 2001 through Astralwerks. Arriving in 2003, the successful Ether Song brought the group more fans, and was followed by the more polished Jackinabox two years later. Teaming with producer Ethan Johns, Turin Brakes began work on their fourth studio album in early 2007, and while the group had to take a break in recording after Paridjanian and his wife celebrated the birth of their daughter, Dark on Fire was still released in the fall of that year. In 2010, Turin Brakes returned to their melodic folk-inflected roots with the album Outbursts, their first release for the noted U.K. indie label Cooking Vinyl. Two years later, Knights released the solo album If Not Now When. In 2013, Turin Brakes reunited for their sixth studio album, We Were Here, followed by extensive touring in Europe and the U.K. and an appearance at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. In late 2015, Turin Brakes announced they had emerged from Rockfield Studios in Wales with a new studio album; titled Lost Property, it was released in February 2016. The group supported the LP with an 18-month tour that covered the U.K., Europe, and Australia. Once they returned home, Turin Brakes soon returned to the studio, and their ninth album, Invisible Storm, was released in January 2018.

17Oct

GZA LIQUID SWORDS

O2 Academy 2, Manchester

GZA, aka the Genius, was the most cerebral MC in the Wu-Tang Clan, as well as perhaps the most acclaimed. His cool, precise flow and intricate, literate rhymes weren't as theatrical as Method Man or Ol' Dirty Bastard, the two biggest commercial stars to spring from the collective. But among hip-hop aficionados, GZA was revered for his flawless technique and lyrical dexterity, and was considered by many to be the best pure rapper in the entire Clan

18Oct

GZA LIQUID SWORDS

SWX, Bristol

GZA, aka the Genius, was the most cerebral MC in the Wu-Tang Clan, as well as perhaps the most acclaimed. His cool, precise flow and intricate, literate rhymes weren't as theatrical as Method Man or Ol' Dirty Bastard, the two biggest commercial stars to spring from the collective. But among hip-hop aficionados, GZA was revered for his flawless technique and lyrical dexterity, and was considered by many to be the best pure rapper in the entire Clan

19Oct

Hayseed Dixie

Komedia, Bath

The undisputed creators of the musical genre, "Rockgrass," Hayseed Dixie began on September 22, 2000 when Barley Scotch (aka John Wheeler) stumbled across a wrecked car on an isolated mountain road near Deer Lick Holler, East Tennessee. Examining the wreckage, he found a stack of old-school vinyl records by a group he had never before heard of called AC/DC. Taking these records back to town and playing them on the only record player he had, a 78rpm Victrola, it was forthright revealed to Barley and the boys that the Lost Highway of Hank Williams and the Highway To Hell of AC/DC were indeed the very same road.

 

Thus Hayseed Dixie was formed and set out to record some of these new songs in their own mountain music style, the way the Good Lord intended. The first Hayseed Dixie album, “A Hillbilly Tribute To AC/DC,” contains stark-raving hillbilly re-workings of 10 classic AC/DC songs. Released worldwide on April 17, 2001, much to the surprise of everyone involved, this debut album proceeded to sell more than 150,000 copies in its first year of release in the US alone. So the boys hit the road in the Summer of 2001 to play some live shows, chase some women, and drink some beer & whiskey. And they haven’t stopped since. 

 

Hayseed Dixie have released a further 17 studio albums of hillbilly re-workings of rock and pop songs along with many satirical original songs - playing acoustic bluegrass instruments with a very electric rock & roll attitude and delivery. Accept no imitations.

19Oct

GZA LIQUID SWORDS

Brixton Electric, London

GZA, aka the Genius, was the most cerebral MC in the Wu-Tang Clan, as well as perhaps the most acclaimed. His cool, precise flow and intricate, literate rhymes weren't as theatrical as Method Man or Ol' Dirty Bastard, the two biggest commercial stars to spring from the collective. But among hip-hop aficionados, GZA was revered for his flawless technique and lyrical dexterity, and was considered by many to be the best pure rapper in the entire Clan

19Oct

Angel Olsen

Forum, Bath

Fresh grief, like fresh love, has a way of sharpening our vision and bringing on painful clarifications. No matter how temporary these states may be the vulnerability and transformation they demand can overpower the strongest among us. Then there are the rare, fertile moments when both occur, when mourning and limerence heighten, complicate and explain each other; the songs that comprise Angel Olsen’s Big Time were forged in such whiplash. Big Time is an album about the expansive power of new love, but this brightness is tempered by a profound sense of loss. During Olsen’s process of coming to terms with her queerness and confronting the traumas that had been keeping her from fully accepting herself, she felt it was time to come out to her parents, a hurdle she’d avoided for some time. “Finally at the ripe age of 34, I was free to be me,” she said. Three days later her father died and shortly after her mother passed away. The shards of this grief are scattered throughout the album. Three weeks after her mother’s funeral she was in the studio recording this wise and tender new album. Loss has long been a subject of Olsen’s elegiac songs, but few can write elegies with quite the reckless energy as she. If that bursting-at-the-seams energy has come to seem intractable to her work, this album proves Olsen is now writing from a more rooted place of clarity. These are songs not just about transformational mourning, but of finding freedom and joy in the privations as they come.

19Oct

EDBL

Hope & Ruin, Brighton

Singer-songwriter, producer and guitarist, edbl, is on track to become one of the UK’s most prolific collaborators. Only two years into his musical project, edbl, real name Ed Black, has released music with more than 25 artists. That’s quite a feat, and he’s only just getting started.

 

With spins from BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Jamz Supernova and BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley, as well as a guest mix for BBC Introducing London, Chester-born, London-based edbl has been quietly building a name for himself as a musical maverick and one to watch. Completely independent until now and releasing via his own label, edbl recordings, Ed’s mellow beats have amassed over 20 million streams and enjoyed global editorial support. 

 

With his roots as a session musician, Ed strives to keep his sound as live as possible. Aside from the drums, everything you hear on a track - from the keys and the guitar to the trumpet - will be live instruments. The result is a free-flowing pool of textured sounds, each collaboration teeming with natural synergy.

20Oct

Franz Ferdinand

Alexandra Palace, London

21Oct

TURIN BRAKES

Revelation, Ashford

Often compared to Coldplay and Travis, Turin Brakes are a English duo inspired by folk and progressive rock hailing from Balham, London. Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian were friends in elementary school and decided to try out for the cathedral choir because it would give them the chance to perform in front of the Queen of England, which they eventually did. The two aspiring musicians, influenced by a unique range of artists including SebadohTruman's Water, Prince, and the Black Crowes, formed a band and recorded their freewheeling jam sessions. One of those sessions became their first release, The Door EP, which was released on Anvil in 1999. The State of Things EP followed the next year on the Source label. Turin Brakes expanded into a full band and moved up to appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals. A third U.K.-only EP, Fight or Flight, was released later in 2000, as the band was opening for the likes of Kathryn WilliamsDoves, and Lowgold. The debut Turin Brakes full-length, The Optimist LP, was released in 2001 through Astralwerks. Arriving in 2003, the successful Ether Song brought the group more fans, and was followed by the more polished Jackinabox two years later. Teaming with producer Ethan Johns, Turin Brakes began work on their fourth studio album in early 2007, and while the group had to take a break in recording after Paridjanian and his wife celebrated the birth of their daughter, Dark on Fire was still released in the fall of that year. In 2010, Turin Brakes returned to their melodic folk-inflected roots with the album Outbursts, their first release for the noted U.K. indie label Cooking Vinyl. Two years later, Knights released the solo album If Not Now When. In 2013, Turin Brakes reunited for their sixth studio album, We Were Here, followed by extensive touring in Europe and the U.K. and an appearance at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. In late 2015, Turin Brakes announced they had emerged from Rockfield Studios in Wales with a new studio album; titled Lost Property, it was released in February 2016. The group supported the LP with an 18-month tour that covered the U.K., Europe, and Australia. Once they returned home, Turin Brakes soon returned to the studio, and their ninth album, Invisible Storm, was released in January 2018.

21Oct

Sum 41 + Simple Plan

Alexandra Palace, London

Canadian rock outfit Sum 41 hit the worldwide radar in 1996 after their hometown of Ajax, Ontario, proved unable to fully contain the foursome's mixture of arena-sized riffing, hip-hop poses, and toilet-bowl humor. Their breakthrough major-label debut, 2001's All Killer No Filler, featured the chart-topping MTV hit "Fat Lip" and follow-up "In Too Deep." From there, the band's mischievous pop-punk style was steadily hardened with darker, world-weary lyrics and a heavier, metal-inspired attack. 2002's Does This Look Infected? veered in that hardcore direction and still managed to maintain their popularity with singles "The Hell Song" and "Still Waiting." By the time double-platinum third effort Chuck landed in 2004, Sum 41's metallic tendencies were at the fore on songs such as "We're All to Blame." Despite achieving a chart peak with 2007's Underclass Hero, the band soon found themselves in decline in the mainstream during the 2010s, due in part to lineup changes and creeping health problems. While Screaming Bloody Murder produced the Grammy-nominated single "Blood in My Eyes," the album was the band's lowest-charting effort since their debut. Soon after, frontman Deryck Whibley announced serious health issues that would sideline the band until 2016, when they issued the successful comeback record 13 Voices.

21Oct

GZA LIQUID SWORDS

O2 Academy 2, Birmingham

GZA, aka the Genius, was the most cerebral MC in the Wu-Tang Clan, as well as perhaps the most acclaimed. His cool, precise flow and intricate, literate rhymes weren't as theatrical as Method Man or Ol' Dirty Bastard, the two biggest commercial stars to spring from the collective. But among hip-hop aficionados, GZA was revered for his flawless technique and lyrical dexterity, and was considered by many to be the best pure rapper in the entire Clan

22Oct

EDBL

YES (basement), Manchester

Singer-songwriter, producer and guitarist, edbl, is on track to become one of the UK’s most prolific collaborators. Only two years into his musical project, edbl, real name Ed Black, has released music with more than 25 artists. That’s quite a feat, and he’s only just getting started.

 

With spins from BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Jamz Supernova and BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley, as well as a guest mix for BBC Introducing London, Chester-born, London-based edbl has been quietly building a name for himself as a musical maverick and one to watch. Completely independent until now and releasing via his own label, edbl recordings, Ed’s mellow beats have amassed over 20 million streams and enjoyed global editorial support. 

 

With his roots as a session musician, Ed strives to keep his sound as live as possible. Aside from the drums, everything you hear on a track - from the keys and the guitar to the trumpet - will be live instruments. The result is a free-flowing pool of textured sounds, each collaboration teeming with natural synergy.

22Oct

Rondodasosa

Islington Assembly Hall, London

Rondo Da Sosa, born 2002, is a Milan native rapper from the San Siro neighborhood. In 2020 he signed with the San Siro based label Real Music 4E and despite his young age and relatively short career, Rondo's signature voice along with his singing style and deep lyrics have put his name on the map. Rondo Da Sosa is currently recognized as one of the new rap artists to watch.

26Oct

PLANTS AND ANIMALS

The Lexington, London

Plants and Animals have been playing together for 20 years, so they basically started as kids. They were a big part of the mid-’00s Montreal music renaissance, when they first became known for their ferocious live show, and they still are. They have been nominated for prestigious awards, opened for big acts and headlined shows around the world. They are Nicolas Basque, Warren C. Spicer and Matthew Woodley. Their fifth album is called The Jungle. It’s their shortest and most certainly their boldest. Eight acts in a world full of noise. It comes out in October 2020.

 

 

27Oct

ART BRUT

Heaven, London

Named after French painter Jean Dubuffet's definition of outsider art -- art by prisoners, loners, the mentally ill, and other marginalized people, and made without thought to imitation or presentation -- Art Brut make brilliantly simple, cleverly stupid art-punk. Upon their arrival in the early 2000s, Art Brut were tagged by NME as part of the "Art Wave" scene that also included Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party, but they stood out from their contemporaries thanks to frontman Eddie Argos' enthusiastic spoken-sung vocals and witty insights on pop music, pop culture, and relationships. On rawer albums like 2005's debut Bang Bang Rock & Roll, as well as more polished ones such as 2011's Brilliant! Tragic! and 2018's Wham! Bang! Pow! Let's Rock Out!, Argos' one-of-a-kind viewpoint was the heart and soul of Art Brut's music.

28Oct

The Wannadies

O2 Institute 2, Birmingham

he Wannadies are one of Sweden's sweetest secrets, a band that was lucky enough to look beyond the pop sensations of ABBAAce of Base, and Roxette to establish a career inside modern rock. Hailing from Skelleftea, the Wannadies formed in the late '80s and brought Sweden's alternative rock scene to the forefront nearly a decade later. Pär Wiksten (vocals/guitar), Stefan Schönfeldt (guitar), Fredrik Schönfeldt (bass), Gunnar Karlsson (drums), and Christina Bergmark (organ) issued two independent albums in the early '90s, but it wasn't until 1995 that the Wannadies truly got what they were looking for. Their sound was more glossy and the U.K. quickly took notice. A deal with Indolent led to the release of a third album, entitled Be a Girl. Singles "You & Me Song" and "Might Be Stars" crashed the U.K.'s Top 20 and became NME favorites. Festival gigs across England also plugged the Wannadies campy rock appeal, allowing the fourth album, Bagsy Me, to also skyrocket in 1996. Drummer Gunnar Karlsson left the band shortly thereafter and Erik Dahlgren stepped in just in time for a joint tour with the Lighting Seeds. The Wannadies seemed unstoppable. Producer Nellee Hooper handpicked "You & Me Song" for the multi-successful Romeo & Juliet soundtrack in 1997, and the band gained college radio play in North America. Success was short-lived, however. The Wannadies constantly battled record labels and contractual responsibilities during the latter '90s. They took a two-year break from the industry and worked with Ric Ocasek for 1999's Yeah. The U.S. finally saw the release of Yeah a year later. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi

30Oct

The Wannadies

SWX, Bristol

he Wannadies are one of Sweden's sweetest secrets, a band that was lucky enough to look beyond the pop sensations of ABBAAce of Base, and Roxette to establish a career inside modern rock. Hailing from Skelleftea, the Wannadies formed in the late '80s and brought Sweden's alternative rock scene to the forefront nearly a decade later. Pär Wiksten (vocals/guitar), Stefan Schönfeldt (guitar), Fredrik Schönfeldt (bass), Gunnar Karlsson (drums), and Christina Bergmark (organ) issued two independent albums in the early '90s, but it wasn't until 1995 that the Wannadies truly got what they were looking for. Their sound was more glossy and the U.K. quickly took notice. A deal with Indolent led to the release of a third album, entitled Be a Girl. Singles "You & Me Song" and "Might Be Stars" crashed the U.K.'s Top 20 and became NME favorites. Festival gigs across England also plugged the Wannadies campy rock appeal, allowing the fourth album, Bagsy Me, to also skyrocket in 1996. Drummer Gunnar Karlsson left the band shortly thereafter and Erik Dahlgren stepped in just in time for a joint tour with the Lighting Seeds. The Wannadies seemed unstoppable. Producer Nellee Hooper handpicked "You & Me Song" for the multi-successful Romeo & Juliet soundtrack in 1997, and the band gained college radio play in North America. Success was short-lived, however. The Wannadies constantly battled record labels and contractual responsibilities during the latter '90s. They took a two-year break from the industry and worked with Ric Ocasek for 1999's Yeah. The U.S. finally saw the release of Yeah a year later. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi

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