26805351_1804865899523931_4455629295024373349_nBefore we get into the meat/quorn of the column this week, just a reminder that if you are not seeing your venues gigs here it probably isn’t because the author “only writes about his mates bands” but more likely that you need to keep your website up to date or better still ahead of the chronological curve. If you are updating your listing or events page whilst the band in question is setting up for the sound check, I think it is safe to say that it isn’t going to be that effective. If I, someone whose job it is to trawl the internet, can’t find your gig, it is likely that few other people are seeing it either. Maybe it isn’t that people aren’t consciously not supporting your gigs, maybe they just didn’t know that they were happening in the first place. These, however,  are the gigs I did manage to track down.

Something a bit special can be found at The Tuppenny tonight in the guise of Stereocilia. John Scott, the man behind the music, uses guitar, live looping techniques and analog synths to create dense and rich cinematic soundscapes and beguiling drone art attacks. Support comes from the always compelling Grasslands and his equally unusual musical blends.

The Teddy White Band can be found at The Beehive  for another round of their trademark selection of blues and boogy from a bygone age, long forgotten gems and underground classics. Germany’s Rooftop Sailors bring their classic infused slabs of alt-rock to The Victoria as the UK leg of their Dead Water tour hits town. Support comes from The Stolen Jam Band, who play a mix of alt-rock and pop-punk originals and covers.

Friday sees Haxan (pictured) back at The Groves Company Inn, an all girl trio playing tightly wound, low slung classic rock which sits at the end of a line which connects them to bands such as The Runaways and The Donnas. At The Beehive you will find Sarah C. Ryan and her clever weaves of pop, folk and Americana and although she is normally found performing in solo mode, this time she brings the full band experience to bear on the public.

Felix and The Funk are all about the pop, soul, dance and disco classics, everything from James Brown to Daft Punk, the most groovesome floor fillers from one of the funkiest bands around, hence the name, all happening at The Victoria.

Fans of soul injected R&B should head for The Queen’s Tap for Ruzz Guitars Blues Revue, rootsy blues and retro rock and roll are the order of the day and you won’t find a band who does it better. Rock and Roll is also on the cards with a set of aged to perfection covers from Retro at The Moonrakers.

If you are looking for a wider range of genres and eras, Get Schwifty, sees Phil Cooper and Jamie R. Hawkins join forces to play acoustic guitars, beat cajons, sing, evoke mirth and lay out a stall of songs from some of their favourite bands at The Woodlands Edge.

Saturday sees a hefty dosage of rock and metal up for grabs. Probably the best known of the bunch is Shepherds Pie who bring their tribute to the glory days of the genre in all its power, pomp, mayhem and majesty, to The Victoria and Stat-X who cover the same with a bit of pop/rock thrown in for good measure at The Groves Company Inn. Classic covers are also to be had at The Tap ’n’ Barrel, courtesy of Homer and Make The Call, the alter-ego of Orchard Hill bring pre-loved pop and rock to The Brookhouse Farm.

The Swiss Chalet has a twin pronged tribute band attack on behalf of The Big Yellow Bus Project which sees Inner City relive the heady days of The Jam and also on the bill is The Lizzy Legacy who, as the name suggests, pay tribute to Dublin’s finest sons with another slice of classic rock.

At The Queen’s Tap, Flash Harry offer a real alternative with a set of Celtic vibes, Americana sass and Balkan grooves all deftly blended into a ferocious folky fiddle fest and some riotous rootsy rabble rousing…and not an AC/DC riff in sight! Belladonna brings one-hit wonders and half remembered gems from the last six decades to The Castle whilst Locomotion play popular covers at The Haydon Wick Club and do it totally saxed up!

On Sunday, The Victoria has a night of reggae both live and on record. Subject A is a collaboration between Erin Bardwell and Dean Sartain and featuring a whole host of guest players and familiar faces. DJ’s Nevil Banton and Bobby The Persuader are the evenings designated selectors.

If deft and dexterous acoustica is more your cup of Darjeeling, then The Castle should be your destination for folk duo The Parsons.