It’s the height of summer and the World Cup has started, but if the festival of football isn’t your thing, Leeds still has a pretty full schedule of music at the various venues around the city. Here’s our pick of the best three…
The Twilight Sad @ Brudenell Social Club, Saturday 16th June
The expressiveness of Scottish indie-rockers The Twilight Sad has always made for intense live shows, but this weekend at the Brudenell Social Club is set to be freighted with even more poignancy, in the aftermath of the recent death of Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison. Emerging at around the same time in the mid-Noughties, supporting them on British tours and even releasing split singles with them, The Twilight Sad’s history has been closely intertwined with the career of their friends. While the group are not supporting new material with this current tour – there’s been nothing from them since 2014’s excellent fourth LP Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave – the emotional significance of the gig, combined with their notoriously loud live performances (seriously, ask for earplugs when you get there!) means that Saturday night is likely to be a cathartic and memorable one. (TICKETS)
Low @ Brudenell Social Club, Tuesday 19th June
Hailing from Minnesota and with their 12th studio album Double Negative announced just a few days ago, husband-and-wife outfit Low is one of the most august American indie institutions out there. The warm and intimate grandeur of their slowcore rock on record translates into a different kind of chemistry in the live arena, and the Brudenell Social Club is the most perfect setting imaginable for them. (TICKETS)
READ MORE: Low // ‘Ones And Sixes’ – album review
Girls Names @ Oporto, Wednesday 20th June
The surf-rock inflections and jittery post-punk antics of Belfast’s Girls Names has been one of the most consistent delights on offer in recent times, if somewhat under the radar and less appreciated than many bigger and more inferior names. With their fifth studio album Stains On Silence newly released this week, Call Lane’s tiny Oporto bar represents a great chance to get up close and personal with one of British indie’s perennial underdogs. (TICKETS)
Tags: Ed Biggs, Gigs of the Week, Girls Names, Leeds, live preview, Low, the twilight sad
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