Like a sonic compass guiding us through the audio storm, Getintothis’ Craig MacDonald steers us through what to see this week.
Nowadays, it seems like a week can’t go past without someone wanting you to vote on something. Whether it’s Dodgy Dave taking a moment away from molesting the farm animals to try and convince you to be part of his own Eurovision or the next Cowell generated hour of nonsense, they all want you to make a choice.
Even the good folk on the judging panel of this years GIT Award have a choice to make soon. Everyone’s at it!
We know picking who to see can be a bit daunting at times, especially with the quality of acts that continues to come our week after week. So thats why we are here to help.
But don’t worry, we won’t be spending millions on sending you letters through the door or getting some muppets to press a red button. Here, we bring you the best acts to see over the next seven days, with a handy playlist to help you make your own choice about who to see and with not a pigs head in sight.
Gavin James: Arts Club, April 19
Hailing from Dublin, Gavin James is the latest talented singer songwriter to make the visit to our city from the Emerald Isle as he pays a visit to the Arts Club this Tuesday.
Fast becoming a huge name in his homeland following the release of his debut album Bitter Pill, the smooth falsettoed singer has seen a meteoric rise from playing his local pubs, to winning the Choice Award back in his homeland and shows no signs of slowing down yet.
Bellowhead: Philharmonic Hall, April 19
In what will be the band’s final tour, expect them to go out on a high. They may even invite you to carry on into the wee hours in the pub over the road. Support for this last hoorah will come from fellow folk favourites Mawkin who will be making sure the night gets off to a flier.
ALXNDR: O2 Academy, April 19
Now a three piece, Newcastle’s ALXNDR celebrate the release of their debut EP RWND by hitting the road and make a stop off at the O2 Academy along the way.
The alt-pop group take influences from 90s pop acts like The Cardigans and Natalie Imbruglia and are looking to build upon the momentum they have gained. Joining the trio on the night will be the shimmering sounds of Vynce as well as raucous quartet Cabezudos in a solid supporting bill.
Future of the Left: Arts Club, April 20
Welsh alt rock comes to Seel Street this week when Future of the Left burst into the Arts Club in support of their fifth album, The Peace and Truce of Future of the Left.
With Andy Falkous and co continuing to deliver the goods on their latest release, there are bound to be plenty of heads in for this one. Bristol alt rockers The St Pierre Snake Invasion and fellow Welsh rockers Right Hand Left Hand will be helping to charge up the decibels on the night.
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Andy Shauf: The Shipping Forecast, April 20
Continuing to captivate plenty of people’s both here and in his native Canada, Andy Shauf will be jetting into the intimate surroundings of The Shipping Forecast this Wednesday as he brings cuts from his forthcoming album The Party.
With similarities being made to the likes of Elliot Smith, his melodic chamber pop is causing all the right noise with plenty of folk being lured into his delicate sounds. A trio of local talent will be on offer for this one, with The Protagonists, A Lovely War and Take No Offence all making this one worth getting in early for.
Three Trapped Tigers: The Buyers Club, April 20
On what is quickly becoming a true whopper of a Wednesday night, experimental math rock pioneers Three Trapped Tigers make a much anticipated appearance at The Buyers Club this week following a five year break.
Their exhilarating new album Silent Earthling is winning plenty of praise and with the exceptional talents of Taws and Law Of The Land also on offer, this has all the ingredients to be one hell of a night.
Read our full preview here.
Nick Ellis: Leaf, April 21
The sublime talents of Nick Ellis are fast becoming music to many peoples ears. Tonight’s show on Bold Street is in celebration of his latest EP, Grace and Danger, will be the perfect opportunity to see the much lauded songwriter as he looks to continue the buzz building around him.
Joining The Blue Soul frontman at Leaf will be the heartfelt sounds of fellow singer songwriter Tom Blackwell, as well as spoken word from Roy, on what will be a provoking night of sonic enchantment.
Read our full preview here.
The View: O2 Academy, April 21
Is it really nearly ten years since four lads from Dundee decided to proclaim that they had the same jeans on for the best part of a week?
Indeed, it really is and some five albums later The View are still at it and making a stop over at the O2 Academy this Thursday as part of their UK tour.
Beach Baby: Studio 2, April 21
The jangly, dreamy sound of Beach Baby comes to town this week as the quartet make a flying visit at Studio 2 this Thursday. A good dose of idiosyncratic slacker pop will be served up on a bountiful plate when the London lads head to the Parr St venue
Support on the night comes in the form of the shimmering Venus Demilo and the dreamy wit of Willie J Healey. We suggest you get down early for this is you know what’s good for you.
United Vibrations: 24 Kitchen Street, April 23
Arriving from Inner Space, United Vibrations make the journey from South London to 24 Kitchen Street this Saturday when the cosmic jazz masters head to the Baltic venue to launch their latest work The Myth of the Golden Ratio.
Having smashed the likes of Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and plenty more along the way since their formation in 2008, their global grooves have gained them acclaim throughout the globe. With support coming from the considerable talents of Paddy Steer, Spaceheads and DJ sets from Radio Exotica, there will be plenty of good vibes at this bash.
Moose Blood: Art Club, April 23
Emo punk dynamos Moose Blood make a welcome return to the Arts Club following a rapturous appearance at the venue last year. With the follow up to their debut I’ll Keep You in Mind, From Time to Time in the works, there could be a chance to hear some new offerings on the night.
With support coming from The Winter Passing and Greywind, this is bound to be one of the loudest places to be this weekend.
Upcoming events to keep an eye on
The Merchant Opening Party: Slater Street, April 29 – May 1
Set in the sacred former home of Mello Mello, the newest player in town opens its doors over the bank holiday weekend when The Merchant holds its opening bash down Slater Street.
With a secret garden, free pizza and DJ sets from the likes of Jungle, Abandon Silence, No Fakin and many more treats set to be announced, this has all the ingredients to make this bash one not to be missed.