Royal Blood / Turbowolf (Tuesday 11 November @ O2 Academy, Oxford): ‘One of those acts that’s been getting all of the column inches lately, part one’… the Royal Blood album is actually pretty good, you know. Their O2 Academy show has been sold out for weeks now, obviously.
Slow Down Molasses / We Aeronauts / Robot Swans (Tuesday 11 November @ The Wheatsheaf, Oxford): A cracking alterno-indie-pop line-up here, with We Aeronauts and Robot Swans bringing the sweetness Oxford-style, in support of Slow Down Molasses with their awkwardly-but-descriptively-monikered ‘shoegaze pop’.
La Roux / Meanwhile (Saturday 15 November @ O2 Academy, Oxford): ‘One of those acts that’s been getting all of the column inches lately, part two’… La Roux’s return to Oxford is eagerly-awaited, it says here. Hmm.
Spring Offensive / Salvation Bill / Willie J Healey (Thursday 20 November @ O2 Academy 2, Oxford): You’re running out of time to see the marvellous Spring Offensive play live, as they announced a little while ago that they’re to split. So, this is likely to be their final Oxford show, unfortunately! On the upside, they always put on a great show, and there’s some solid local support here also.
Flights Of Helios / I Said Yes / Julia Meijer (Friday 21 November @ The Jericho Tavern, Oxford): Good ol’ Daisy Rodgers Music Promotion always put together a good line-up, and this gig serves as a very fine example. Marvellous, mind-expanding melodies from Flights Of Helios, finely-honed spectral singing from Julia Meijer, and melodic, pop-infused folk from I Said Yes.
The Pretty Reckless / Heaven’s Basement / Nothing More (Saturday 22 November @ O2 Academy, Oxford): Worth mentioning for the fact that it’s been sold out for ages, The Pretty Reckless promise “upbeat, beat-wise humour that hard rock has suppressed ever since grunge”, which sounds pretty awful, but who knows. Perhaps the £49 ‘VIP’ tickets are still available, if you’re that keen to see them, and to also get involved in some kind of five-minute meet’n’greet, or something…
Art Of Burning Water / Isolation Tank / Black Veins / Girlpower (Sunday 23 November @ The Wheatsheaf, Oxford): Nothing like some head-destroying noise in the grimy Wheatsheaf to round off a weekend. The descriptions provided for these bands say it all: “Horrifically deafening noise-rock”, “Pissed off powerviolence”, “Crushing sludge hardcore” and “Loud’n’brutal blokes”. Yeehah!
Full details of these and loads more gigs can be found in the events calendar.