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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week, 12th-18th October

Pip Blom @ Brudenell Social Club, Saturday 12th October

Dealing in lo-fi, buzzsaw pop-punk gems derived from the greatest parts of alternative rock history, Dutch quartet Pip Blom are a refreshing antidote to much of the anodyne nonsense that passes for new guitar acts in 2019. With their debut album Boat under their belts, they come to the Brudenell on Saturday night! (TICKETS)

Husky Loops @ Hyde Park Book Club, Saturday 12th October

Striking the right balance between detailed and unhinged, mixing up indie, hip-hop and punk in the process, London-based three-piece Husky Loops are a pretty astonishing live prospect. The Hyde Park Book Club plays host to them on Saturday night – check out their brilliantly confusing debut I Can’t Even Speak English and grab your place! (TICKETS)

Jordan Rakei @ Leeds University Union Stylus, Saturday 12th October

If Husky Loops and Pip Blom are bit too noisy of a prospect on Saturday night, there’s even more great live music set for the weekend as singer/producer/songwriter Jordan Rakei hits Stylus at Leeds University to lay out his tasteful blend of soul, jazz and hip-hop. (TICKETS)

The Murder Capital @ Brudenell Social Club, Monday 14th October

Having hit the UK Top 20 a couple of months back with their debut album When I Have Fears, Irish post-punk act The Murder Capital are the latest in a crop of brilliant newcomers to emerge from Dublin over the last year or so. While this much-anticipated show at the Brudenell has been sold out for a while, perhaps you’ll get lucky if you scour social media!

Local Natives @ Belgrave Music Hall, Tuesday 15th October

It’s easy to take a band as comfortingly consistent as Local Natives for granted. Now a decade and four albums in to their career, the quintet are currently touring their latest effort Violet Street, a record that rejuvenated their familiar, dream-like indie sound. They call in to the Belgrave Music Hall on Tuesday evening!

Chastity Belt @ Brudenell Social Club, Tuesday 15th October

Re-energised after a short hiatus, and one that included a fantastic solo album from lead singer Julia Shapiro, Chastity Belt return to Leeds mid-week, touring their emotionally incisive fourth (and self-titled) album. (TICKETS)

Pom Poko @ Hyde Park Book Club, Tuesday 15th October

Norwegian punk newcomers Pom Poko delivered a delightful mess of just about everything on their immensely enjoyable debut album Birthdayearlier this year. It’s a sound that easily translates into the live arena, and Hyde Park Book Club plays host to their amazing sound. Plenty to choose from on Tuesday night as well!

Working Men’s Club @ Brudenell Social Club, Wednesday 16th October

One of the most highly rated new guitar acts in Britain in 2019 – and for good reason, exemplified by brilliant recent single ‘Teeth’ – Working Men’s Club play the Brudenell Social Club for the final time this year on Wednesday evening. Anyone who saw their set at the Gold Sounds Festival in May, or their support slot for Mac DeMarco at Halifax’s The Piece Hall, will know what to expect! (TICKETS)

Tim Hecker @ Belgrave Music Hall, Friday 18th October

Known internationally for his experimental ambient recordings that have won him tremendous critical acclaim, Canadian artist Tim Hecker doesn’t perform live that often, but when he does, it’s spectacular. Having recently released twin albums in the shape of Konoyo and Anoyo in the space of the last 12 months, Hecker’s live show will be re-vamped for his new tour’s stop-off in Leeds on Friday night! (TICKETS)

Twin Peaks @ Brudenell Social Club, Friday 18th October

Chicago quintet Twin Peaks are adored on the other side of the Atlantic for their rambunctious, punky and funny live shows. Their first three albums mirrored that sense of stoned purpose and sidelong humour, but newly released fourth record Lookout Low presented a different and more mature side to the group, forged from more classical rock influences. Who knows how this will feed into their live performance, but the results are bound to be compelling! (TICKETS)

Frankie Cosmos @ Belgrave Music Hall, Saturday 19th October

Four albums by the age of 25 would be impressive enough, until you dig deeper into Greta Kline’s career and discover her huge archive of lo-fi Bandcamp releases under various monikers that go all the way back to 2009 and then realise you’re dealing with an unbelievably prolific artist. Dealing in small but perfectly formed song sketches and performing under the name of Frankie Cosmos, Kline genuinely deserves all those well-worn ‘voice of her generation’ clichés that are all too often bandied around without justification to describe common-or-garden songwriters. Last year’s Vesselwas one of the most affecting and moving records of the decade, eliciting that unrepeatable feeling of excitement and dread as you find your way in the world as a young adult. Currently touring her new album Close It Quietly, Kline comes to Leeds and the Belgrave Music Hall on Saturday night. (TICKETS)

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