Susanna Starling (Thursday 25 September @ Warneford Chapel, Oxford): Oxford Contemporary Music (OCM) always put on interesting music, and this show of theirs looks like a good one. “Susanna Starling sings her own original material plus unique interpretations of English folk and vintage jazz/cabaret”, apparently, using not much more than voice and double bass, and assistance from a couple of chums. Interesting venue, too!
Eliza And The Bear / Pixel Fix (Monday 29 September @ O2 Academy 2, Oxford): Fans of ‘infectious bombast’ should get along to this to check out the on-the-way-to-perhaps-getting-big band Eliza And The Bear; more importantly, the tour support is Oxford’s very own Pixel Fix. Who’s gonna blow who off stage, eh?
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me with live music from The Dreaming Spires (Friday 3 October @ The Ultimate Picture Palace, Oxford): Big Star are one of those legendarily influential bands, and the story surrounding their melancholic, beautiful music has been captured in this documentary film. It’s being shown at the lovely UPP, with the very suitable The Dreaming Spires providing some live music to kick the evening off.
We Love Highfield with Hudson Taylor / BurningBeeS / Family Machine and more (Saturday 4 October @ The Isis Farmhouse, Oxford): Everybody loves a good cause, so here’s an eight-hour spectacular in a glorious location that’s raising money for the Highfield Adolescent Mental Health Unit at Oxford’s Warneford Hospital. There’ll be music from Hudson Taylor, BurningBeeS, Family Machine, Toliesel, Jess Hall, Peerless Pirates, Talc Daemons, Clarke & Moore and Rory Evans.
Cold War! Rabbit Foot Spasm Band Soviet Theme Party (Saturday 4 October @ The Jericho Tavern, Oxford): Everybody also loves, er, a Soviet-themed party – right? If that’s up your street, this one has The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band, The Balkan Wanderers and Anastasia Gorbunova, and hopefully not too much gulag action.
Full details of these and loads more gigs can be found in the events calendar.