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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 26th January-1st February

Israel Nash @ Brudenell Social Club, Sunday 27th January

Blessed with a classically country-rock voice, not unlike that of Gram Parsons or John Fogerty, Texan singer-songwriter Israel Nash is currently on tour in the UK in support of his latest album Lifted, praised for its spiritual yet earthy tones. The Brudenell Social Club should be the ideal setting! (TICKETS)

Death Cab For Cutie @ O2 Academy Leeds, Tuesday 29th January

Two decades into their career and having released their ninth studio album Thank You For Todaylate last summer, Benjamin Gibbard’s Death Cab For Cutie have done more than most to shape the sound of indie as we know it in 2019. Their current tour comes to Leeds and the O2 Academy this week, and for less than £30 you can see living legends in the flesh. (TICKETS)

READ MORE: “I Will Possess Your Heart” – An Introduction to Death Cab For Cutie

John Grant @ O2 Academy Leeds, Wednesday 30th January

One of the most eye-catching gigs this month in Leeds has got to be the prospect of John Grant, ex-frontman of The Czars who has been making a name for himself for the last decade or so as a solo artist. Both profound and profane in equal measure, Grant’s showmanship is second to none, and he’s coming off the back of one of his best (and certainly his strangest) albums with Love Is Magicreleased three months ago. Tickets are still available, don’t miss it! (TICKETS)

Steve Mason @ Belgrave Music Hall, Friday 1st February

As former lead singer of cult indie heroes The Beta Band, Steve Mason has long been synonymous with left-field yet accessible music. His latest album About The Light, released just last week, is his most populist-leaning effort yet and certainly his happiest, documenting his long path towards fulfilment and contentment. The comparatively cramped environs of venues like Leeds’ Belgrave, which he plays next Friday, won’t contain him for much longer! (TICKETS)

Mr Scruff @ Headrow House, Friday 1st February

If Steve Mason doesn’t take your fancy on Friday night, just a short walk away is Headrow House whose regular series of club nights Natural Selection is playing host to cult favourite Mr Scruff, aka producer Andy Carthy. His playful sample-delia and the whimsical drawings festooning his record artwork, music videos and live backdrops have delighted audiences for over 20 years now, and with his marathon DJ sets known to last for nearly six hours, £14 is well worth the money! (TICKETS)

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