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PREVIEW: The best gigs in Leeds, February 8th-14th

Peaness @ The Library Lending Room, Saturday 8th February

Having been around for well over half a decade and with a clutch of brilliant EPs and singles under their belts plus a BBC 6 Music session, it’s somewhat of a surprise to see a band as established as Peaness playing tiny venues like the Lending Room, no disrespect to that venue intended. But there they are playing, on Saturday evening, with newly released single ‘Kaizen’ continuing their rich vein of melodic indie-punk form. (TICKETS)

(Sandy) Alex G @ Brudenell Social Club, Monday 10th February

A classic Brudenell Social Club double header to kick off the working week. Philadelphia-based songwriter Alexander Giannascoli, one of the fastest rising stars in indie as well as one of the most prolific, brings the tour behind his latest wonderful (Sandy) Alex G album House Of Sugar to Leeds.

Algiers @ Brudenell Social Club, Monday 10th February

The magnificent Algiers, a transatlantic group whose line-up boasts former Bloc Party drummer Matt Tong, are also playing the Brudenell on Monday evening. Their exceptional third studio album There Is No Year was released just last month. Their dystopian take on soul and indie-rock, with the emphasis on angles and textures, is quite something to behold in a live context. (TICKETS)

Leeds Student Radio presents…. Transmission @ Brudenell Social Club, Tuesday 11th February

LSR is hosting its annual curated charity event at the Brudenell Social Club on Tuesday night, this year with a cowboy theme! With sets from indie outfit Arnold Ziff, Leeds-based electronica pop connoisseurs Jellyskin, jazz act Jasmine and synth-based dream-pop band Peakes, all proceeds are going to the MAP charity, whose director Tom Smith is doing between-set DJing. Remember, life’s a rodeo – all you have to do is stay in the saddle. (TICKETS)

Kano @ Leeds O2 Academy, Wednesday 12th February

As the man who flew the flag for grime during its commercial wilderness years in the mid-to-late Noughties, Kano now stands as a revered godfather figure for the genre in 2020. His sixth record Hoodies All Summer was dropped last August, the follow-up to the second Mercury-nominated  album of his career Made In The Manor, and he comes to the O2 Academy in Leeds mid-week.(TICKETS)

The Murder Capital @ Leeds Irish Centre, Thursday 13th February

An often under-utilised and overlooked venue in the city (well, on the way to Seacroft), the Leeds Irish Centre plays host to Dublin’s post-punk newcomers The Murder Capital, who scored a UK Top Ten album first time out with their emotionally charged debut When I Have Fears near the end of last year. (TICKETS)

Gengahr @ Brudenell Social Club, Friday 14th February

Having released their third studio album Sanctuary just last week, loveable indie/dream-pop act Gengahr come to the Brudenell to kick off the weekend. (TICKETS)

Shut Up And Play The Hits – LCD Soundsystem Themed A/V Club Night @ Chunk, Friday 14th February

Here’s a great alternative to Valentine’s Day if you can’t be arsed with the usual performative love-fest – arts space and rehearsal studio Chunk, out on Meanwood Road, is hosting an LCD Soundsystem-themed club night, orientated around James Murphy and his merry men, in order to raise funds. Boasting screens and a disco ball, they’ll be reenacting the MSG gig in 2011 all over again! (TICKETS)

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