Bored on a Saturday night and looking for a cheap bit of fun? Well look no further! Here are our top gig picks for February, both at home and abroad.
Thomas Truax @ Brudenell Social Club, 4/2/18
Thomas Truax, the incredible “wonky-pop maestro,” is coming to Brudenell Social Club in Leeds to perform one of his famously ‘incendiary’ shows only a few days after the release of his ninth solo album, All That Heaven Allows.
With great focus on speaking out against the injustices the state of our world has offered us over the past year, Truax puts his idealism and hopes for a better situation into a shot “from the rooftops,” he says. With the bulk of a blazing gospel-choir call to arms, Truax not only calls for cooperation and collective effort, but practices it himself in his album. With featured artists such as German songstress S J Cora Himmelsbach, Paul Wallfisch of Swans, James Smith of Post War Glamour Girls, and Gemma Ray, the album is a relative smorgasbord of talent for your ears. All That Heaven Allows is out for release on 2nd February.
The live show is bound to be a beautiful rendition of these surreal Americana adventures, rife with the bad things (‘bad leaders’, shootings and hurricanes), the good things (dreams, romance and transcendence) and everything in between (including an ‘unfortunate spider’). Buy tickets for the Leeds show HERE.
Flint Eastwood @ Starland Ballroom, NJ, 17/2/18
Between a jam-packed summer of festivals, hitting the road for a first headline tour and dropping Broke Royalty, it’s safe to say that Flint Eastwood, alias of Jax Anderson, is a true go-getter, and a musician that you shouldn’t sleep on. What’s even more impressive than the non-stop grind, however, is the artistic vision that this Detroit native carves into everything she creates.
In addition to co-founding Assemble Sound, a collaboration studio space for Detroit musicians, Anderson was also the visual mastermind behind her newest music video ‘Monster’. The self-directed video encompasses the dark theme that resonates within Jax’s lyrics, even though the song itself is a rather upbeat jam. “I wrote the song ‘Monster’ about the dark nights that took place after the passing of my mom and the moment I discovered that things would eventually be okay again,” she said in a recent Billboard interview.
The Girls That Gig team will be catching Flint Eastwood next month at Starland Ballroom. Be sure to check back for exclusive photos and a review from the show.
Écouter @ T Bird Bar, London, 17/2/18
After a successful launch in November 2017, Écouter is back with its first 2018 event, aiming to promote and create a network of undiscovered female musicians, artists and DJs, providing an unbiased platform for females to showcase their talents.
Taking place at the intimate T-bird bar on Blackstock Road in London, the new music event aims to collaborate with female networks, local venues and record labels, breaking down the gender barriers. This Saturday session is even more special as it features an all female DJ line up, with 6 hours of house, melodic, dance, beats, and
garage, providing you with a perfect Saturday night sound track.
Sound like your cup of tea? Click on the event below to find out more.
Best of the rest:
Moon Duo @ The White Hotel, Salford, 1/2/18
Nightmares on Wax @ Gorilla, Manchester, 3/2/18
Beth Orton @ Arts Club, Liverpool, 6/2/18
HMLTD @ Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds, 16/2/18
The Sounds of Black Uhuru @ District Liverpool, 17/2/18
Kelela @ Manchester Academy, 18/2/18
ICYMI Turns 2 @ Hus The Kolbox, Liverpool, 23/2/18
Catholic Action @ Oporto, Leeds, 28/2/18
Image: Thomas Truax