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14695459_1288012621240845_7659761123584020282_nAs usual it is the end of the working week that provides the new and original music but there is certainly something for everyone as we head into the weekend proper.

Tonight at The Victoria, Songs of Praise offer up some interesting indie sounds. Opening the show is Luckless (pictured), a solo artist who ticks enough on-trend boxes as to make her cooler than the other side of the pillow. Originally from New Zealand, based in Berlin and pushing a musical agenda of raw, guitar soundscaping that references the likes of PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse and Warpaint. How cool is that? Also on the bill you will find local indie kids Horizon playing their last gig before announcing major changes within their ranks.

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13576874_832345986903046_7132549823957230697_oIt is strange observing the backlash you see on social media in response to people’s tributes to recently deceased musicians. The latest was over the loss of Leonard Cohen, an artist I came to fairly late but one whose blend of the profound and the profane, romance, religion, sex and heart aching emotion put to melancholic and minimalist music ticked so many boxes for me. I get that he is not everyone’s cup of tea and possibly like Dylan or Neil Young isn’t always the best person to deliver the brilliant songs he wrote.

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14692011_1536629766363538_3767020449849283444_oHeadliners, Bare Knuckle Parade specialise in indie-folk-rock songs designed to have you singing until your jaw falls off. Local punky-americana stalwarts Raze*Rebuild bring the big anthemic tunes and opening the night is Monkfish who use music to describe a bleak and desolate gothic, southern states landscape.

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14241657_595386280632193_4608701212031437666_oBare Knuckle Parade celebrate the release of new single “Come Alive” in November with a UK tour that brings them through Swindon with a show for us. Conceived out of a drunken conversation around a bar table, the indie folk-rock powerhouse from Bath have quickly gained a reputation for their packed out energetic and compelling live performances around the country; shows which have been described as “Sweat drenched, beer soaked pandemonium”.

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12718143_1717934718490238_6474201312669645735_nAs we start seeing that strange yellow glowing thing in the sky again and notice the rain getting slightly warmer, it is time to turn our thoughts towards the festival season and as always the first of the local crop can be found in the form of Riffstock. The annual Riff’s Bar music festival starts tomorrow with a punky night including One Chord Wonders and 2 Sick Monkeys plus genre defying sets from Wes Bull and Martyrials. Saturday takes a more eclectic approach with alt-rockers A Way With Words, metallers Fist Full of Foozy and the art-punk riot that is Sea Mammal. Sunday is a more family friendly affair with The Shudders bringing their alt-country groove and the debut outing for Mo’eep. Obviously that is just the tip of the iceberg and you should check the venue’s website for a full listing.

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