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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, March 24th-30th

Spring is cancelled. Britain is uninhabitable. But to keep you in the warm and up to date with the best music on offer in the city, here’s the three best gigs happening in Leeds this week!

The Magic Gang @ Church, Saturday 24th March

Hot off their recently released self-titled debut album, Brighton four-piece The Magic Gang are one of the more surprising hot tips for success in 2018. Surprising insofar as they deal in the kind of big-hearted, lovelorn, jangling indie that’s a throwback to the early Nineties, when bands like Teenage Fanclub were themselves trying to reignite the popularity of classic power-pop like Big Star. Not particularly on-message in 2018, but nevertheless The Magic Gang seem to have found an audience, having very nearly sold out Leeds’ Church venue. Grab tickets while you can!

Dinosaur Jr. @ Belgrave Music Hall, Tuesday 27th March

J Mascis and Dinosaur Jr. have had an inestimable impact on the evolution of what know as alternative rock, with their fuzzed-up, amped-up and generally insanely loud rock. The trio, now reassembled in its ‘classic’ line-up of Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph and basking in the glory of 2016’s pretty darn great 11th album Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not, are in the middle of a new UK tour which calls into Leeds mid-week. The Belgrave Music Hall seems like a strangely small choice of venue for such an enormous sound, but it should provide an intimate and interesting glimpse into what their earliest shows must have been like.

READ MORE: Dinosaur Jr. // ‘You’re Living All Over Me’ at 30 years old

Friendly Fires @ Leeds Beckett University, Thursday 29th March

Now seven years on from their last album Pala in 2011, there’s still no word on whether Friendly Fires have found the keys to the studio yet. There’s some good news, however, in that they’re now back out on tour, letting us know that they’re at least still alive. The zeitgeist hasn’t really tilted away from their brand of indie-dance while they’ve been away, but it’ll be interesting to see with a putative third album whether anybody will still remember them. Anyway, be prepared for new material alongside the big hits!

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