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I'm looking forward to when I can start making stuff up.

This is a quick and concise blog to tell you about some excellent musical shenanigans that will be happening in Wrexham this weekend.

First off, on Friday night (9 October 2009, for those of you stumbling across this in a distant future), that artful tumble of noise, electronics and 21st century guitars that is Gallops will be taking over Yales for the night. Gallops are the second best live band I have seen this year, which sounds like faint praise until I tell you that the best was Future Of The Left with probably the best live set I have ever seen.

Hmmm. Apart from 60ft Dolls at In The City, back before the world had been ruined by the internet and evil senior bankers. And conveniently for this quickly-failing paragraph, Gallops will also be appearing at this year's In The City towards the end of the month. Details on their MySpace page.

If you haven't heard them then they are one of those rare bands where their name is descriptive of what they do. They sound like a troop of horses with math rock riffs splintering up off their fuzzy, synthesised hooves as they career through a maze of unexpected rhythmic twists and turns. I'll gladly surrender myself to hell for that sentence. In short: they're blistering, intelligent and not to be missed.

They will play a live set and various members will treat you to DJing ace before and afterwards.

On Sunday night, Central Station hosts a Wenglish night (not my terminology, I hasten to add) in aid of Oxjam. For five well-intentioned pounds you can see Camera and The Roseville Band demonstrate their songwriting artistry in English and Dan Amor and Daniel Lloyd do likewise in Welsh.

I might cringe at the term 'Wenglish', but I'm all for any event that celebrates Welsh creativity and culture regardless of (well, inclusive of) language. I last saw Camera a couple of months ago and they smouldered melodically and magnificently. Doors open at 7pm, I'm told, with the first performance soon after, so early attendance means you won't miss anything.

The gig is for anyone aged 14 and up - advance tickets are available from Yales Cafe Bar and there will be tickets available on the door, if it hasn't sold out.

Adam

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