The Student Playlist

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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, May 18th-24th

Big Thief @ Brudenell Social Club, Saturday May 18th

Big Thief is a Brooklyn-based band known for their intriguing and unique interpretation of folk music. Their latest album U.F.O.F., which they released earlier this month and to which we awarded Best New Music, turned out to be as good as their previous record Capacity from 2017, only proving how good the group has become. Fronted by a magnificent lyricist and singer in Adrianne Lenker, Big Thief is one of the most exciting bands to come to Leeds this month – although the tickets are already sold out be sure not to miss them the next time!

Chai @ Headrow House, Saturday May 18th

Frankly, this is the most fascinating band to play live in Leeds this weekend – Chai is a Japanese quartet breaking musical and social boundaries, especially in their home country. Yet, the pop-punk band has taken other places by the storm too, with their outspoken opposition against oppressive beauty standards and the understanding of the word “cute”. Exemplified by their terrific recent album Punk, Chai is making irresistible music with a mission and there’s nothing not to love about it, so grab your tickets to see them at Headrow House today! (TICKETS)

Jason Lytle @ Brudenell Social Club, Sunday 19th May

As the frontman of Grandaddy, Jason Lytle was responsible for some of the most distinctive American indie records of the late Nineties and early Noughties before the group’s demise nearly 15 years ago. He’s since pursued a career as a solo artist, despite Grandaddy releasing a reformation album a couple of years back. The Brudenell Social Club is the most appropriate venue in Leeds for an indie legend, and he promises a diverse and career-spanning setlist of reconstructed tracks. (TICKETS)

Tomberlin @ Brudenell Social Club, Wednesday 22nd May

Sarah Beth Tomberlin is an American singer and songwriter whose debut album At Weddings from 2018 was one of the most atmospheric and reflective records of the year. Honest and intimate, she is also an amazing storyteller with an ability to charm with simplicity in both words and music. Tomberlin plays live at Brudenell Social Club this Wednesday and it looks like a perfect gig for the mid-week blues. (TICKETS)

Ex Hex @ Brudenell Social Club, Friday 24th May

A full half-decade since we caught American underground punk legend Mary Timony’s Ex Hex project at the Brude, the band return to Leeds in support of their latest album It’s Real, released a couple of months ago. Expect scissor-jumps and garage rock riffs aplenty, with a chance to see a true icon in the flesh. (TICKETS)

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