The Royal Hangmen / The Same (Thursday 4 September @ The Cellar, Oxford): Good times look to be guaranteed at this gig, which sounds as if it’ll be packed full of wild 1960s garage/psych sounds. Names dropped while describing The Royal Hangmen include The Sonics, 13th Floor Elevators and The Small Faces… if they get even close, it’ll be pretty crazy stuff.
Peter Pan Speedrock / J.D. Pinkus / Desert Storm / Hatemail / Girlpower (Sunday 7 September @ The Wheatsheaf, Oxford): Here’s a way to guarantee your hearing needs some R&R after a gig. This one opens at 5.00 pm and has a five-artist megalineup that includes not only some of the finest rock-tinged noises from Oxford, but also Dutch rock mayhem and a Butthole Surfers member playing solo! Not a bad way to damage your hearing over a six-hour period on a Sunday.
The Beautiful Minimal (Tuesday 9 September @ The Ultimate Picture Palace, Oxford): This is the first screening of a film made and directed by Bear On A Bicycle peeps Jordan O’Shea, Trenton Smith and Heather Lawson. It “follows the story of a lonely young girl and her unusual means for escaping her mundane life”, and as well as the screening, the event will also feature live music from Be Good and a post-film Q&A with the director and crew.
Esben And The Witch (Friday 12 September @ Truck Store, Oxford): Esben And The Witch wowed the crowd at last year’s Audioscope festival, and mark the release of their new album A New Nature with an instore performance at Oxford’s finest record store. It’s likely to be busy, so guaranteed entry is offered to anybody that pre-orders the album.
Yellow Fever / Big Tropics / Be Good (Friday 12 September @ The Wheatsheaf, Oxford): The first gig in a while from ace promoters Daisy Rodgers, and they’re starting with a quality line-up. Three of Oxford’s finest – Yellow Fever, Big Tropics and Be Good – in the good ol’ Wheatsheaf.
Basement Torture Killings / Fractured Insanity / Necrosis (Sunday 14 September @ The Wheatsheaf, Oxford): Nasty noise for a Sunday evening; this gig is worth mentioning solely for the band names of the characters involved.
Full details of these and loads more gigs can be found in the events calendar.