SKANDAL + LORD OF WORMS
Wednesday December 13th
The King Billy, Northampton
Power trio Skandal are on the final leg of their international tour, promoting their latest release Year of the Cicada. They define their style as “doom ’n’ roll”, with influences from classic rock ’n’ roll bands and doom metal groups. Bristol’s progressive grunge quartet Lord of Worms support. Doors 7pm, free entry

DREADZONE
Thursday December 14th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The dub heavyweights return to ShoeTown to promote their 2017 release Dread Times, which mixes their trademark heavy dub and roots reggae sound with fresh beats and electronic flourishes. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £16.50 

PARLIAMENTS + FOX CHAPEL + PHANTOM ISLE
Friday December 15th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Psychedelic groove-rock trio headliners have excellent new single ‘Red Sun Dead Moon’ to promote, with support from the superb Fox Chapel and London/Northampton psych-poppers Phantom Isle. Radio Northampton DJ Lal Muttock will be behind the decks too. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £5

THE KEEPERS + PRESLEY JOHNSON
Friday December 15th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
‘Another Night’ is the new single from the moddy/indie/Britpop/psych boys, and this is the launch. Support from local stalwarts Presley Johnson. Doors 8pm, free entry

FAMILY OF NOISE + THEE TELEPATHS + CHUCK THE POET
Friday December 15th
The White Hart, Corby
Instrumental racket merchants Family Of Noise join forces again with psychic fuzz marauders Thee Telepaths to bring a night of muzak and merriment. Also expect a reading from Chuck The Poet. Doors 8pm, free entry

CENTURY CITY + PUPPET REBELLION + PIECES
Friday December 15th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Classic-rock and alt-rock shapes and sounds from locally-adored headliners, plus Manchester rockers [with a hint of ShoeTown in them] Puppet Rebellion make the trip down. Openers are new band Pieces [ex-Army Of Lights]. Doors 8pm, free entry

BURROWING BEES + JOE PAYNE feat. DUNCAN MCLAUGHLIN + STUART BRUCE
Saturday December 16th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Winter warmer organised by smooth, minimalist r’n’b/pop duo headliners. Former Enid singer plays “a set of his favourite xmas R&B bangers”, whilst opener Bruce, former front-man of Sympathy State, Decibels and Lennoxx, plays a solo set. Doors 8pm, £4 on the door

GARDEN + MONARCHS + HUSSY
Saturday December 16th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The fast-rising alt-rock quartet celebrate the release of debut EP ‘City People Are Weird’ with a party, with stellar support from Kettering rockers Monarchs and south London’s Hussy. Doors 7.30pm, £6 tickets