A drugged up night out

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The Craufurd Arms is hosting a heavy showcase this Thursday night, with music from Garganjua, Conjurer and supports.

The former are charged with making ‘epic, melodic doom’ that draws from artists including Cathedral and Sabbath, or as one reviewer declared: ‘Thunderous Sabbathian riffage laid over clean singing and Opeth type growling make this a must for fans of good classy sludge.’

Meantime, Midlands-based quartet Conjurer marry sludge-groove and post black metal intensity.

Shake awake your evening from 7.30pm.

Tickets are £4 in advance, £6 on the doors.

Scuzz TV has assembled what it thinks are some of the hottest new bands in the UK, whipped them up and put them out on the road for the current UK Throwdown Tour.

It’s good news for rock fans in the Keynes too – as the package arrives at The Craufurd Arms this Friday night.

Some of them have been in these parts before, mind you, so they’ll be returning favourites as much as newbies to investigate.

Crawley-Crowdon trio Press to Meco claim creative inspiration from artists as wide-ranging as Dillinger Escape Plan, ABBA and Michael Jackson.

Think of mathcore heavies doing a moonwalk while singing about Money, Money, Money though, and you won’t hit the nail on the head...a little bite more cohesive and classy, this lot are.

Diffusion of Responsibility, the second single from their debut album Good Intent, is out now.

Yorkshire mob AllUsOnDrugs have also made the billing with their psych-pop-showgaze-grunge.

The band got hooked up with this package having played alongside Enter Shikari, Pulled Apart By Horses and Lonely the Brave, and in the not too distant past supported We Are the Ocean.

Completing the line-up, Midlands-based quartet Max Raptor – fusing a rock n roll slant with a partisan punk attitude – will play for you.

Lots of sounds for your pounds on offer here, and tickets are £7 in advance.

Tribute mob Mad Mods and Englishmen plug in at the Wolverton haunt on Saturday night, with a repertoire of ‘60’s successes by artists including The Kinks, The Stones and Small Faces and a little Weller-wonder too, from The Jam period.

While they plug in and turn the amps up for the faithful, the bar will be buzzing with the same DJs who used to keep check at Bar Central, turning on the musical charm again.

Bar entry is free, and you’ll split with a fiver to experience Mad Mods.

Swedish punked-up rock’n’rollers The Kendolls (below)will say ‘god kvall’ on Sunday night.

The fellas released their debut album back in 2011 and played shows with Gallows and Michael Monroe, to name a couple.

Subscribing to the ‘motto’ ‘Get in the van, shut up and play ‘til you bleed’, they’ll be joined for the live assault by Thrones.

Tickets are a fiver in advance.

The venue serves the pints but holds the music for the start of the week, and then gets busy again on Wednesday with extreme metalcore-deathcore deliverers Sea of Treachery, visiting from Kentucky.

It’s a big bill, and a brutal one, with support from Nexilva, Monasteries and Vanity Draws Blood.

Tickets are £5, doors at 7pm.