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.
DZ Deathrays / Beta Blocker & The Body Clock / Mother Corona (Monday 15 September @ O2 Academy 2, Oxford): Noisy and poppy Australian two-piece DZ Deathrays pulled off a killer show on the Barn stage at Truck festival earlier this year, and will no doubt do the same at the O2 Academy 2. Touring in support of new album Black Rat, they’ve got some ace local support from Beta Blocker & The Body Clock and Mother Corona.
Overlord / Black Juju / Francis Pugh & The Whisky Singers (Saturday 20 September @ The Wheatsheaf, Oxford): Promoter Gappy Tooth brings an eclectic mix, as usual, to their monthly bash. This time, powerful prog-tinged metal from Overlord, sleazy garage rock from Black Juju and whisky-literate Americana from Francis Pugh and his merry band.
Full details of these and loads more gigs can be found in the events calendar.