Friday 10 July
Where: Clwb Ifor Bach
How much: £9
The ever reliable Three Syllables promoters bring us a killer one-two punch this Friday.
Telepathe are the Brooklyn band that had music blogs buzzing earlier this year following the release of single Chrome’s Not On It. Their debut album Dance Mother was produced by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, who succeeded in harnessing their dark, experimental electronica, and steering them in a more dance-friendly direction.
For fans of: Glass Candy; Chromatics; Celebration
Support comes from Katie Stelmanis, the Canadian singer-songwriter reknowned for her original compositions and off-kilter melodies. Reports from the corrosponding gig in Bristol suggest that her performance alone will be worth the admission price.
For fans of: PJ Harvey, St Vincent, Nico
Katie Stelmanis MySpace
Sunday 12 July
Who: A HAWK AND A HACKSAW
Where: The Gate
How much: £10/£12
A Hawk And A Hacksaw was initially the solo project of former Neutral Milk Hotel drummer Jeremy Barnes, who played every instrument on 2004’s eponymous debut album. After a tumultuous journey with various band members, Barnes eventually settled as a duo with violinist Heather Trost whose contributions allow the band to immerse itself in the Eastern European folk tradition.
Whilst AHAAH is sonically denser and multi-faceted than Barne’s more famous former band, the two share the paradoxial characteristics of being simultaneously carefree and brooding, as the music’s knees-up quality is underscored by a tangible sadness.
The band only have a handful of British dates in support of this year’s critically acclaimed album Délivrance. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see them on the Sabbath at The Gate in Roath, the converted 100 year old church building which doubles as an intimate and atmospheric music venue.
For fans of: Espers; Neutral Milk Hotel
A Hawk And A Hacksaw MySpace
***From now on, gig listings will be updated every Sunday