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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, April 28th-May 4th

It’s a busy time of year for all students, filled with exams, dissertations and projects. If you fancy switching off for a night and you’re looking for some great gigs, we’ve got you covered. Here’s four awesome gigs you can attend this week in Leeds!

Katie Von Schleicher @ Hyde Park Book Club, Saturday 28th April

Pasadena-based singer-songwriter Katie Von Schleicher is yet another hugely impressive female solo talent to emerge from the indie scene in the States. With her first full-length album Shitty Hits dropping at the end of last year, off the back of a handful singles and mini-albums, Von Schleicher brings her talents to Britain for the first time, and the environs of the Hyde Park Book Club seems an appropriate setting. (TICKETS)

Mexrrissey @ Church, Saturday 28th April

If you love The Smiths but kind of Morrissey would just shut the hell up, then Mexrrissey – exactly what it says on the tin, Moz tracks rendered with Latin beats and sounds – could be just the ticket, particularly if the doom and gloom of revision is getting you down atm. Highly acclaimed and much more than just a novelty tribute act, Mexrrissey is immense fun, and their second British tour (‘La Reina Is Dead’) hits Leeds Church for the weekend. (TICKETS)

Manic Street Preachers @ First Direct Arena, Wednesday 2nd May

One of Britain’s finest and most fascinating musical institutions, the Manic Street Preachers have been hitting the road this spring. The tour is in support of their 13th album Resistance Is Futile, a record with as much political intelligence and humanist spirit as any in their huge history and which hit no.2 in the UK last week. Reports from the tour suggest the set-list will be peppered with rarely-heard tracks from throughout their catalogue, so it should be a real treat for hard-bitten fans too. (TICKETS)

Yo La Tengo @ Church, Thursday 3rd May

From British legends on Wednesday night to American legends the following night, as New Jersey indie icons Yo La Tengo hit Leeds in support of their 15th album There’s A Riot Going On. The three-piece may have never achieved commercial success, even by the most generous definition of the term, but YLT have always been critics’ favourites, and their creative peak in the Nineties defined the sound of the American indie decade as effectively as more famous groups like Pavement. Take the chance to see proper indie royalty while you can! (LISTEN)

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