13442180_888099744649311_3475199604914760277_nIt’s very encouraging to see the run of bigger acts coming through this parish continuing. And if last weeks offerings were acts that have already made a name for themselves, tonight at Level III you can catch a band still riding a fast, upward trajectory.

Lake Komo (pictured) mixes dynamic indie-pop with melodic rock, is soulful, commercial and yet will appeal to those who don’t wander the mainstream paths. Gorgeous, soaring sonics mix effortlessly with chilled pop grooves to create music which wanders the same pastoral paths as Bon Iver, only with a bit more musical meat on the bone. The support slot sees two of the best local indie bands line up to get the night underway in the form of Yves and Misfires.

At The Beehive Sons of the Delta is back with their scattergun blast of roots references. Electric and acoustic blues form the core of their sound but meanderings into gospel, hillbilly, bluegrass, Cajun and Tex-Mex and a selection of standards and originals keeps the set fresh and the crowd guessing.

Acoustic pop and intelligent folk music come to Baila Coffee and Vinyl tonight with a couple of wandering troubadours. Self-confessed punk kid Joe McCorriston provides the former with Ieuan Williams providing a melancholic yet engaging take on the latter.

Backbeat Sound System’s name my suggest one type of music delivery but they are actually a fully live, 8-piece reggae band whose geographical base of West Cornwall was ensured that they have been able to develop their own sound without conforming to the London heart of the UK scene. Modern reggae that is happy to bend the rules. Joining them on the bill is our very own SN Dubstation, a mix of reggae, ska and dance grooves packed with energy and excitement.

And talking of energy and excitement, after a short hiatus, The Chaos Brothers return to the live circuit and revisit the scene of many previous musical crimes, The Rolleston, on Friday. Fired up on Sanatogen and Werther’s Originals they will be laying waste to the venue via the medium of punk and rock classics. Also on the bill is The Dirty Outlaws, a new trio specializing in Oi and Punk with enough attitude and hard hitting delivery to keep Gary Bushell happy. Who?

The big event for your diary this week is Harbour Fest. The festival itself runs from Thursday and aims to raise awareness for The Harbour Project, a support project for refugees and asylum seekers, by running a number of cross cultural events, from film and food to poetry and art. The Platform on Saturday will host the musical part of the program.

Horizon will be bring their bag of shimmering indie soundscapes and auralcandy will be eschewing capitalization and conventional word spacing to bring just as controversial music. Sonya Titus offers soothing and soulful grooves and Hitesh Mistry will be providing R’n’B driven pop. MC Cashback is all about the mixology…edgy beats and rapped deliveries and the odd culinary secret.

As the world becomes a more volatile place, projects such as this offer hope for the displaced and desperate and is worth you support and all you have to do is turn up and take in some great music …and the odd drink.

And drinking is a very apt subject at this point. When Alcohol Matters (see what I did?) will be at The Swiss Chalet with a whole swathe of ska and punk covers and The Hamsters From Hell bring their booze fuelled, overdriven r’n’b, sweary songs and blue blues to The Castle.

At The Victoria, The Killerz play tribute to Las Vegas’ most famous post-punk revivalist, alt-rocking sons. Wouldn’t it be ironic if they didn’t play THAT tune as part of their set, making them probably the only non-original band in town this week not to perform it? Irony on a monumental scale.

On Sunday the Lazy Sunday Afternoon sessions return to Savernake Street Community Hall and features a duo of duos – Ethemia’s tender and rich folk sounds plus Onyx who promise something “akin to Eva Cassidy and Enya mixed together.”

There is something wonderfully retro at the heart of The Bay Rays, old school rock and roll, scuzzy garage punk and sweet 60’s harmonies all tumble into the ear in 3-minute alt-pop onslaughts. Find them at Level III on Tuesday.

And finally, settling into its new home, the Songs of Praise unplugged session at The Rolleston on Wednesday features the folk blues of Joe Edwards and the dexterous acoustic pop of Emily-Jane Sheppard.