A new month and another of the city’s brightest lights flickers out. Founded in 1969, Rare & Racy on Division Street was famous for its obscure books and printed curios, but it was also a record shop with a dogged determination to stock only the wildest and most out-there albums they could find. Regardless of casual browsers’ sensibilities, the sounds of Evan Parker, Sun Ra or Derek Bailey might be heard ringing through the shop on any given day. I remember on my first visit asking what was playing and discovering Autechre.

The shop will have closed its doors for the last time around when this piece is published. Since its closure was announced I’ve tried to make a final few trips, picking up an architectural guidebook to the Santiago de Compostela, a diagrammatic print of Castle Market and a photographic record of seaside piers. This motley collection of items – none of which I knew I needed before I walked in – epitomised the essence of the shop, and Sheffield is a poorer city without it.

Trembling Bells
Wed 5 Jul | Regather | £9
One of the UK’s finest contemporary groups, whose work oscillates between folk, psych and prog while always united by the heartbreaking vocals of Lavinia Blackwall and the deft songwriting of drummer Alex Neilson. Last year’s ‘Wide Majestic Aire’ is an instant modern classic. Link

The Doom Doc
Sun 9 Jul | Showroom | £9.80 / £7.60
Made in Sheffield with sweat, blood and snakebite, this no-budget documentary charts the evolution of doom metal, with wise words from Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward, members of Conan and luminaries from the local scene. Q&A with the director after, and we’ve got an interview with the film’s director elsewhere in this issue. Link

Structure: Live Code, Symbolic Patterns & Sonic Machines
Fri 14 Jul | Access Space | £5
More live coding creations from the Algorave crew, who seek out “sounds wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive conditionals.” After Alex McLean’s beginners workshop at No Bounds Festival, you should know exactly how to join in by now. Fire up your TidalCycles and get to it. Link

Levellers
Sat 15 Jul | Leadmill | £27.50
After Corbyn’s unexpected triumph in June, now is the perfect time for the return of veteran leftists The Levellers, who hit their high point with 1997’s anthemic ‘What A Beautiful Day’. Support from cult folk rocker Ginger Wildheart touring his new record, Ghost In The TanglewoodLink

Hansu-Tori
Wed 19 Jul | Lescar | £8
Led by bandleader and composer David Austin Grey, this innovative West Country group will be performing pieces from Wolves Are People Too, Grey’s 2016 multi-disciplinary opus, which bridges the worlds of jazz, ballet and illustration. He’ll be joined by Chris Young on alto sax, vocalist Eliza Shaddad, Lluis Mather on tenor, bassist Nick Jurd and drummer Euan Palmer. Link

Dub Shack
Fri 21 Jul | Yellow Arch Studios
No lineup as of yet for this off-Tramlines special, but previous nights from the group have featured such heavyweight big hitters as Channel One Sound System, Simmerdown and Chief Pukka Selectas. Great sound and good vibes are surely guaranteed. Link

DJ Boring b2b DJ Seinfeld
Fri 21 Jul | Bungalows & Bears | Free
Booking DJ Boring would appear to be tempting fate, had Tristan Hallis not already been generating frenzied excitement thanks to his low-fi house anthem ‘Winona’. He’s playing back-to-back with Lobster Theremin’s DJ Seinfeld, noted for the simply-titled ‘U’, at this free Tramlines fringe night. Link

xxxy, O’Flynn, Hybrid Vigour
Fri 21 Jul | CADS | £8.10
After being granted a brief reprieve from the developers’ wrecking ball, the former home of the Night Kitchen plays host to Manchester man xxxy, rising star O’Flynn and the ever-inquisitive Hybrid Vigour crew for an off-Tramlines special. Old friends ES.Q, Ste Roberts and Emily May will be back in support. Link

Everly Pregnant Brothers
Sat 22 Jul | Fat Cat | Free
It’s not quite The Beatles bowing out on a Savile Row rooftop, but the Everly Pregnant Brothers serenading sunny Sheffield from the Fat Cat’s bog roof is good enough for us. 6pm start, and mine’s a pint of Pale Rider, ta.

Future Bubblers
Thu 27 Jul | Rocking Chair | Free
A few months back we interviewed Gilles Peterson about his project to nurture new musical talent in Sheffield. This showcase party, featuring live performances and DJ sets, celebrates how far local musicians like R.Lyle, Skinny Pelembe and Nashé have already developed with the help of music industry mentors. Link

Monkey Swallows the Universe
Fri 28 Jul | City Hall | £13.44
With its memorable image of the seven hills becoming seven seas, ‘Sheffield Shanty’ is perhaps one of the most beautiful songs ever written in our city. The album it came from, The Casket Letters, is ten years old this year and the folk five-piece will be performing it in full among some other favourites. Link