BRYONY JARMAN-PINTO (Tru Thoughts Party)
SAT 2 NOV // PATTERNS
Following the release of her debut album Cage and Aviary, Jarman-Pinto has brought sophisticated songwriting to life with harmonious vocals, layered with jazz, soul and elements of folk. Along the way, she’s charmed broadcast major tastemakers, including Huw Stephens, Jamz Supernova, Jamie Cullum, Lauren Laverne and Huey Morgan, with her melodic sound. Now she’s on tour around the UK, so the rest of the country can fall in love with her bold reinterpretation of modern R&B.
TUES 5 NOV // GREEN DOOR STORE
Bristol’s Heavy Lungs released their awesome Measure EP last month, sending everyone’s pulses racing with its huge punch of post-punk energy. Mixing massive sing-alongs with walls of feedback and fuzzy guitar, they’ve also established themselves as one of the fiercest live acts doing the rounds this year. They’ve played Glastonbury, Truck Festival, 2000 Trees, Live At Leeds, Liverpool Sound City and Camden Rocks already this year, and now they’re bringing the noise to
venues up and down the UK.
THURS 7 NOV // THE OLD MARKET
Kate Daisy Grant’s latest project is an innovative exploration of world lullabies with multi-instrumentalist musical partner Nick Pynn. When humans hear a very specific frequency band of the female voice – typically the range inhabited by lullabies – we can access a state of safety and tranquillity within our nervous systems. The performance is an astonishing and unique hour-long surround sound arrangement, where the listener feels cocooned by lullaby and dream-like layers of piano and strings.
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THURS 7 NOV // PATTERNS
These infamous intergalactic ravers are preparing to embark on their latest adventure, The Cosmic Dross Experiment. Cosmic Dross is a sacred sonic art form. Unfortunately for Earthlings, there are currently no human words which adequately describe how it sounds – although, it features thundering drums, bowelshredding bass, whacked-out synths, and singing that lays bare the joy of life. Landing on Earth four years ago, they won Best Live Act at the 2018 Independent Festival Awards.
WEDS 13 NOV // PATTERNS
With a voice and lyrical sensibility transcending generations, Jamila Woods moves seamlessly from one sonic aesthetic to another. A resoundingly singular soul artist. she has a varied collection of songs which feel like the sun on your face and the wind pushing flowers against your back. Paying homage to all who came before her, while managing to nod towards what is yet to come, this American poet and activist’s album Legacy! Legacy! was released to massive acclaim earlier this year.
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SAT 16 NOV // THE ROSE HILL
The fluid musical collective led by songwriter Erin Elizabeth Birgy, Mega Bog, have spent the last eight years channelling, capturing and releasing her unique sci-fi pop experiments with a handful of bicoastal collaborators. With fifth album Dolphine, she has taken inspiration from a myth suggesting that when humankind evolved from sea creatures, some individuals chose to remain in the ocean as dolphins. With bellowing, breathless vocals, mystical lyrics and dissonant chord structures, Mega Bog create a sound world of hazy, hypnotic fantasy.
NINE BELOW ZERO
SAT 16 NOV // CONCORDE 2
One of the best blues bands to ever spring from the UK, Nine Below Zero have been going for an incredible 4000 years. Inspired by 60s R&B greats, they evolved a harder-edged sound which took them from selling out London’s Marquee to selling out the Hammersmith Odeon in just over a year. More recently they’ve been experimenting with live formats, from a stripped-down acoustic duo to an expansive eight-piece big band. They remain one of this country’s most compelling live acts.
TUES 19 NOV // GREEN DOOR STORE
Enthusiastically supported by Annie Mac, Anime, Jorja Smith, Julie Adenuga, DJ Target and Peter Rosenberg, JGrrey is intelligent and fiercely talented. Her musical output was years in the making, but now she stands as the new face of UK soul, with an unmistakable quality to her vocals. This year, her debut EP Grrey Daze showcased her lyrical dexterity. From musings about toxic relationships to candid discussions about mental health, it’s a bold introduction to a compelling young artist.
CALEXICO AND IRON & WINE
SUN 24 NOV // DE LA WARR PAVILION
This acclaimed collaboration, fusing folk-rock with Tex-Mex infused Americana, originally introduced both acts to wider audiences in 2005. As was always promised, they have reunited for an extraordinary new album. Years to Burn brings an even more detailed sound, combining two very different musical styles. From jump-up pop masterpieces to oldschool country rock work outs, this melding of minds manages to bring out the best of both worlds and even discover a few more exciting new ones.
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MON 25 NOV // KOMEDIA
Pixx has been sharing self-directed lyric videos with fans on social media recently, highlighting a selection of tracks from her new album. Mixing spikey perfect pop with punky retro noises, Pixx dismantles gender and politics on Small Mercies, then casts them into lush sprawling soundscapes. It’s a startingly vibrant and musically accomplished listen from an artist who’s got plenty more to offer. Confronting sexism, toxic masculinity, religion, hierarchies and stereotyping, this is potent, powerful and progressive.
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TUES 26 NOV // KOMEDIA
Born in Philadelphia and now rooted in Manchester, Brian Christinzio is one of rock’s most forward-thinking artists, yet he’s recently lived a life of bad fortune, mental illness, immigration issues and redemption. His latest album Deportation Blues is an exhilarating, dynamic document of calamity and stress, relayed through richly melodic arrangements, gnarled synth pop and 50s surf-rock. It reflects its creator’s fractured mindset – an immensely powerful diary of an impossible set of life circumstances traced by off-kilter brilliance.
TUES 26 NOV // ROPETACKLE
Laurence Jones is back and tearing up Europe with a new, eponymous album. Writing and releasing since 2012, this troubadour has been paving the way for a new generation of blues rock performers and singer songwriters. Cited as the future of the genre, he’s won several major awards and accolades and sold over 50,000 albums. He has supported the likes of Status Quo, Gary Clark Jr, Glenn Hughes, James Bay, Van Morrison, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Joe Bonamassa, Jools Holland and many more.
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