We're not intending to make a habit of this, but we had to extend this week's gig list, because there's a huuuuge amount of shit going on in Hood-town over the next seven days. Yes, it's the time of the year when promoters and club owners get their pulling pants on for Freshers Week and look forward to taking the virginity of thousands of innocent and naive credit lines. Chip pan-headed gonks doing Humanities BAs: not just here for the nasty things in life...
JULIETTE AND THE LICKS, Rescue Rooms, £10
A rare opportunity to see a Hollywood star in town (which hasn’t happened since Kevin Costner and his rubbish accent got laughed out of the old Odeon), delivering punky yawping a-plenty at the Rooms. Worth a look just to see what ridiculous stage attire Juliette Lewis will turn up in.
GHOSTFACE KILLAH, Rock City, £14 advance, 9pm
Dennis Coles rolls into town for the undisputed Hip-Hop gig of the year, straight off the back of a stunning return to form with new LP Fishscale. Blinding support from Karizma, The Elementz and Squigley an’all. Not sure if Ghostface’s official doll will be on sale, but seeing as it costs £300, I wouldn’t bother, personally.
SPARKLEHORSE, Rescue Rooms, £13.50 advance
Truly a one-off experience, Mark Linkous comes through with a tour to support his first LP in 5 years, Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain. If stripped-down countrified spookiness is what you’re looking for, either check this gig out or have a go on the Ghost Train at Goose Fair.
DISTURBED, Rock City, Sold Out
Sorry, but this gig was sold out loooooong ago. One of America’s biggest-selling rock acts - with a juicy, Nu-Metal tang - it's safe to say that singles Down With The Sickness and Land of Confusion are guaranteed, as is the chance to witness first-hand vocalist David Draiman barking like a dog.
CERYS MATTHEWS, Rescue Rooms, £9 advance
The former Catatonia singer and Nineties bit of girlie-singer sauciness is enjoying a rather decent solo career, and her new LP Never Said Goodbye is reason enough for a UK tour. And she’ll be in town on Wednesday, which is great news for thirty-something letches...
YOGHURT BOMBERS, Junktion 7, £3, 8.30pm
If you aren’t swayed by the £3 entrance fee, the prospect of a band with a name like Yoghurt Bombers should do the trick. If still not persuaded, the fact that they do a rendition of Three Blind Mice over the riff of Deep Purple’s Smoke On The Water should be enough to convince. The stuff of legend.
McFLY, Nottingham Arena, £21
The Happy Shopper Busted give the touring tea-bag yet another sinew-straining squeeze. As they’re all in their early 20s now and getting on a bit, this might be your last chance to see them for another twenty-five years, when the ‘Remember The Noughties’ nostalgia tours invariably kick in.
KINGSIZE OPERATOR, Bunkers Hill, £4
Fresh from gigs in LA (including the legendary Whisky A Go Go, where Otis Redding, Love and The Doors played, don't you know, which they wrote about in the latest ish of the ‘Lion - KSO, we mean, as all the others are dead), the Funky-Rockular KO are back and mashing it at the Hill.
SPECTRUM: PLUMP DJs, Stealth, £11.75, 10pm
The finest in Breakery! The Plumps guarantee a night of throbbing Breakbeat and scorching Electro brought to you by the Spectrum, the best in the business. The kick-out is at 4am, so make sure you have a sensible tea and take a jumper with you, as it'll probably be a bit nippy out.
LEFTLION PRESENTS, The Orange Tree, 8.30pm, Free
The latest instalment of our monthly knees-ups at the Tree sees the mighty Urban Space Lab wedging themselves in the corner of the room. It's part of Oxjam, a nationwide month-long series of local gigs in order to raise money for charity. (Ooh, wonder where they got that idea from?) So don’t be a mingebag.
COMETS ON FIRE, The Boat Club, £7 advance, 8pm
Another splendid Damn You! presentation sees Sub Pop’s very own wigged-out Psych-Prog overlords as headliners. According to one of our staffers, they're one of the more interesting bands in the US right now, their latest CD Avatar is blindingly inventive and this has definite Gig-Of-The-Year potential. So there.
BULLETS AND OCTANE, The Rig, £10 advance, 7pm
Described as the bastard children of Mr Guns and Mrs Roses, Bullets and Octane are preparing to rock the very arse offfa this here town when they play the depths of Citeh’s basement tonight. Expect gritty Rock n' Roll, nothing more and certainly nothing less.
THE RAPTURE, Rescue Rooms, Sold Out, 7.30pm
Another huge gig this week… but tough shit, it’s sold out. So unless you got a ticket sharpish, the next best bet is to join the legions of gullible Freshers next door who will be hoping to see if Zammo from BabyShambles finally snuffs it on stage. Word is there’s plenty of tickets left for that one...
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