The Amusement Arcade: James Acaster / Jordan Brookes / Evelyn Mok / MC Tom Lucy | RFB Westerman | RFB Oui Love: La Feline / Juniore / Keep Dancing Inc | RFB Natalie Prass | RFB Puma Blue | RFB Waxahatchee | RFB Drahla | RFB Born Ruffians | RFB Bad News Club | RFB Anna Burch | RFB Let’s Eat Grandma | RFB Sophie | RFB Florist / Porridge Radio (Solo) | RFB Jenny Wilson | RFB Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Makeness | RFB Alaskalaska / Club Kuru | RFB Oscar Jerome | RFB Adam Gnade | RFB Barbarossa | RFB Five Miles High: Steve Davis and Kavus Torabi | RFB Josh T. Pearson | RFB The Shivers / Drug Store Romeos / Forced Random | RFB U.S. Girls | RFB Dream Wife | RFB Shigeto | RFB Henry Green | RFB Henry Green | RFB Caro / Luwten | RFB Soccer Mommy | RFB Xylouris White | RFB Mint Field / Blueprint Blue / Squid | RFB Songhoy Blues / Alfa Mist | RFB Sunflower Bean / Sorry | RFB Alvvays | RFB Poliça + s t a r g a z e | RFB By The Sea | RFB Cotillon / Sons of Raphael / Superego | RFB Blitzen Trapper | RFB Crooked Colours | RFB Starcrawler / Free Money | RFB Baloji | RFB Baths / Chad Valley / Strange Boy | RFB By The Sea Festival | RFB Visions Festival | RFB Alela Diane / Olivia Chaney | RFB Boniface | RFB Nabihah Iqbal | RFB Typhoon (2nd Date Added) | RFB The Orielles / Trudy and the Romance | RFB Iceage | RFB Typhoon | RFB Cosmo Sheldrake | RFB Puma Blue / Wu-Lu / Lava La Rue | RFB Alela Diane | RFB Courtney Marie Andrews / Twain | RFB Faber Social: Willy Vlautin | RFB Dream Wife / Whenyoung | RFB The Soft Moon / SARIN | RFB Hypnotic Kingdom | RFB Fil Bo Riva | RFB Ja Ja Ja x Rockfeedback | RFB Oscar Jerome / Wu-Lu (solo) / Maxwell Owin (DJ) | RFB Trudy and the Romance / Psychic Markers / Honey Moon | RFB Meat Wave / Peeping Drexels / Lumer | RFB Popular Culture: Sons of Raphael / WhenYoung / Meggie Brown | RFB Peggy Sue / Grip Tight | RFB Oumou Sangare | RFB The Rural Alberta Advantage / Yukon Blonde | RFB Baba Ali / Pavan / LNLY | RFB Cloud Nothings & The Hotelier | RFB Hater / Plastic Pinks | RFB Oscar Jerome / Theia The Planet | RFB Elder Island | RFB Lost Christmas: Dutch Uncles / Warm Digits / Malihini | RFB The Mystery Lights / SLEAZE | RFB Ben Frost / Visionist & Pedro Maia (Live AV) | RFB Ben Frost - ICA | RFB Cosmo Sheldrake & Friends | RFB Drahla / Mush / Treeboy & Arc | RFB Lido Pimienta / Maya Yianni | RFB Bing & Ruth (Solo piano show) / Angèle David-Guillou | RFB Starcrawler | RFB Anna of the North | RFB Alice Phoebe Lou / Laura Misch | RFB Briana Marela / Bad News Club | RFB Crooked Colours / Azusena / GLOWS | RFB White Kite / THØSS / Viølets | RFB Hundred Waters / JFDR / Sunken | RFB Peggy Sue | RFB Alaskalaska / Sorry / Boniface | RFB Liars / Happy Meals / The Quietus DJs | RFB Noga Erez / Morgan Hislop | RFB Yumi Zouma / Surati | RFB Visible Cloaks / Lake Turner / Ben Vince | RFB Lost Horizons / Dog in the Snow | RFB Elder Island | RFB Foxygen / Matt Maltese | RFB Mauno / Factory Seconds | RFB Susanne Sundfor / Deep Throat Choir | RFB
 

TOTALLY MILD

Following their successful debut record Down Time, Melbourne’s Totally Mild are gearing up for round two. 2015 saw a bold breakthrough for the band. Down Time was awarded with Albums of the Week and high rotation on domestic radio, three nominations at the Age Music Victoria Awards (including Best Album), a European tour with labelmates Terrible Truths, and lauded sets at industry conference BIGSOUND and the Meredith Music Festival.

Down Time attracted attention overseas with Pitchfork calling single ‘Move On’ “a shining talisman for the heartbroken” and BrooklynVegan praising singer Liz Mitchell’s voice and “her lovely songs and the just-so jangly arrangements.”

Totally Mild began with singer/guitarist Liz Mitchell and guitarist Zach Schneider, high school friends who met in choir and played together through several bands of varying teenage quality. Going to shows around Melbourne, they found the two people who would become Totally Mild’s other half: Lehmann B Smith, playing with local heroes Kes Band, who encouraged Mitchell to release some of the songs she’d been writing since she was 10 – he would later join on bass – and Ashley Bundang, playing with Hot Palms, who partied the night away with Mitchell and became instant friends – the night which served as the inspiration for Down Time’s ‘The Next Day’. Mitchell was going through a period of extremes, counterbalancing depression with hedonism, and began writing songs inspired by the coexisting feelings of romance and self-destruction. Schneider strung Mitchell’s guitar like a ukulele, and with a chorus pedal, Mitchell began forming Totally Mild’s now distinctive sound.

CHAMPYONS

Champyons is a 3-piece band and producer collective based in Berlin. Mixing traditional song and sample-driven beat-making, Champyons incorporates RnB, Rock and electronic elements into a collage of popular culture and musical references that transcends classic genre definitions. Their style is particularly defined by a mix of 70s-informed instrumentation and modern production elements centered around singer Dennis’s distinctive voice. Now only in their mid-20s, Champyons go back more than 15 years. Starting out as a school band in their early teenage years, the trio composed of Dennis Neuer (vocals/ keys), Felix Drachau (bass/ guitar) and Phil Koelzer (drums) soon started writing original songs and, by the age of 16, had already gathered a good deal of professional recording studio experience.

Totally Mild / Champyons

24 Mar 2018

+ special guests

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£7

THE AMUSEMENT ARCADE

We present to you a special night of comedy by the sea at Dreamland Margate’s beautiful Grade II-listed Ballroom.  The Amusement Arcade, featuring James Acaster and full line-up!

James Acaster – ‘Mock the Week’ regular, ‘Live at the Apollo’ star and five-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee – headlines on April 27.

Plus support from 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Jordan Brookes, Comedy Central’s Evelyn Mok and fast-rising star Tom Lucy as MC.

Tickets are on sale now

The Amusement Arcade: James Acaster / Jordan Brookes / Evelyn Mok / MC Tom Lucy

27 Apr 2018

Dreamland's Ballroom

49-51 Marine Terrace
Margate
CT9 1XJ

7.00pm

£15

WESTERMAN

After the wistful ambience of his Call And Response EP, a record steeped in leftfield antecedents like Nick Drake, David Byrne and Arthur Russell, Westerman’s latest single ‘Confirmation’ emerges after a momentary spell of deliberation for the West London artist.

As Westerman says: “‘Confirmation’ is about the difficulties of infinite choice - and the allure of impulsiveness.” Ostensibly a message that applies to his own creative process, Westerman observes its omnipresence in all of our lives. The feeling of “trying too hard when actually the best ideas come when you’re just going with it. It's a self critique as well as an exploration of a wider point regarding the debilitating risks of having too many things going on internally and externally.” 

As a result it marks a sharp progression in Westerman’s sound. From the striking early work which revealed a respectfully awed reverence for his influences, ‘Confirmation’ sees Westerman channelling the spirit of origination in those influences rather than directly referencing them sonically. It continues a string of collaborations with electronic producer Bullion which have sculpted Westerman’s sound from the beatific minimalism of before, into a more ambient and textured project, unafraid to take risks.

Westerman

11 Apr 2018

+ special guests

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£8

LA FÉLINE
'Triomphe', the second album from Agnès Gayraud's band, has been unanimously acclaimed by the UK press.

"Mysterious French pop at its finest" Uncut
"A chanson meets electro-pop gem" Q
"Oozes with delicious pop sensibilities" Drowned In Sound

JUNIORE
Ineffably cool, 60-styled indie pop, bringing the spirit of yé-yé into the present day.

KEEP DANCING INC

"If New Order started from scratch in 2018, it’d sound a little like this."

"The NME 100: Essential New Music for 2018."

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Rockfeedback and The Line Of Best Fit Present Oui Love at Birthdays, Dalston on 4 April.

Tickets on sale now

Oui Love: La Feline / Juniore / Keep Dancing Inc

04 Feb 2018

Birthdays

33-35 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BJ

7.30pm

£7

NATALIE PRASS

Though she’d been honing her craft and paying her dues for years, Natalie Prass first emerged to international acclaim in 2015, when her debut record earned its rightfully rapturous reception. Rolling Stone swooned for the Virginia native’s “beguiling voice and refined taste,” while Pitchfork praised her album as a “smoldering perspective on passionate romance,” and The New Yorker simply called it “timeless.” She appeared on the Martin Scorsese-helmed HBO series Vinyl, performed on the BBC’s Later… With Jools Holland, and CBS This Morning, and racked up more than ten million streams on Spotify. Before long, she was headlining dates around the world and playing festival stages from Bonnaroo and Rock En Seine to End Of The Road and Forecastle.

Natalie Prass peforms at Bush Hall, 23 April.

Tickets on sale tomorrow at 9am!

Natalie Prass

23 Apr 2018

+ special guests

Bush Hall

310 Uxbridge Rd, Shepherd's Bush
London
W12 7LJ

7.30pm

£15

PUMA BLUE

Puma Blue is the alias of South Londoner Jacob Allen, who has been delicately honing his purposefully paradoxical sound, blending downtown jazz sax lines with J Dilla grooves and a heart-wrenching vocal akin to Jeff Buckley, Chet Baker and Billie Holliday. This blend is completed by Allen's punk-inspired grit and the ferocity of his live performances, backed by a four-piece band, spewing out tortured love songs and sensual rhythms topped by his haunting falsetto vocals.

"Allen has an emotive, fragile voice that you feel could go anywhere, but mainly sticks around the middle-C of your heart strings, strumming away in the Lauryn Hill-approved manner." - London In Stereo

Puma Blue

23 Oct 2018

+ special guests

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd, Kings Cross
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£10

WAXAHATCHEE

Out in the Storm, Katie Crutchfield's fourth album as Waxahatchee and her second release with Merge, is the blazing result of a woman reawakened. Her most autobiographical and honest album to date, Out in the Storm is a self-reflective anchor in the story of both her songwriting and her life. As Crutchfield prepared for the release of her Merge debut Ivy Tripp, she found herself depleted emotionally and professionally amidst the dissolution of a noxious relationship. "Ivy Tripp doesn't really have any resolution. It's a lot of beating around the bush, and superficially trying to see my life clearly, but just barely scratching the surface. Out in the Storm digs into what I was going through without blinking. It's a very honest record about a time in which I was not honest with myself." After much self-examination, Crutchfield found renewed energy and support from her bandmates. With these strong women surrounding her, she found the strength, clarity, and poise to overcome the emotionally taxing Ivy Tripp tour in an explorative space that would result in Out in the Storm.

Waxahatchee

11 Jun 2018

+ special guests

Oval Space

29–32 The Oval
London
E2 9DT

7.00pm

£14.50

DRAHLA

Blending wiry post-punk with unpredictable art-rock, Drahla have established themselves as a formidable and distinctive band across their two sold out 7” singles and the ‘Third Article’ EP. So far they have earned support from a litany of radio shows, magazines and tastemakers, including the likes of BBC 6 Music, DIY, and Loud & Quiet. Formed in late 2015, Drahla quickly found their identity in Yorkshire’s fertile music scene with their minimal yet robust bass-heavy sound. Their reputation as a fervent live act is ever-growing, typified by them being asked to share stages with the likes of Parquet Courts, The Cribs, Buzzcocks, Dream Wife, Menace Beach and more. 

Drahla’s most recent release, the ‘Third Article’ EP, Produced by Hookworms’ MJ, was released at the end of last year on the band’s own Blank Ad label. Drahla followed the release with their first European tour, supporting Metz and the trio will be joining Ought on their UK tour in April. The band are currently working on new material for release later this year.

Drahla

06 Jun 2018

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£7.50

BORN RUFFIANS

Ten years ago, on the very first song on their very first album, Born Ruffians revealed their ambitions to start their own country. They didn’t really offer details about how they would go about legally annexing land, drafting a constitution or establishing a native currency, but we did know this much: it had a population of three—singer/guitarist Luke Lalonde, bassist Mitch DeRosier and drummer Steve Hamelin. It would have a simple flag made up of the colors waved in the album’s title, Red, Yellow & Blue. And as that album vividly illustrated, their country was a primitive place marked by jagged terrain, rickety footbridges and sudden tremors. Its roughly sketched borders were defended by makeshift fences made of tangled guitar strings, broken drumsticks and—when all else failed—ravenous hoots ‘n’ hollers. 

Now, they return with their strongest record since that acclaimed debut. Uncle, Duke & The Chief was produced by Richard Swift—who knows a thing or two about balancing classicism and anarchy after working with the likes of The Shins, Foxygen, and Nathaniel Rateliff —Uncle, Duke & The Chief is a record less concerned with what sounds hip than what feels good. In the Ruffians’ case that meant shedding some of their more arty influences and reconnecting with the sounds they first heard on their parents’ turntables as kids: Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers and pre-psychedelic Beatles. “It’s about going back to the deepest, most satisfying itch to scratch,” says Lalonde. And in doing so, the album takes you back to a time when the Ruffians sounded less like a band and more like a gang, raising a wild ruckus and speaking in telepathic tongues.

Born Ruffians

07 Jun 2018

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£12.50

BAD NEWS CLUB

Debut headline show from Bad News Club, a truly exciting new artist releasing his music through Transgressive Records imprint paradYse (Loyle Carner, Blaenavon, Marika Hackman, Spring King)

In his own words; I am a 22 year old human with some sad music just for you. Welcome to Bad News Club, friend.

Bad News Club

28 Feb 2018

+ special guests

Servant Jazz Quarters

10A Bradbury Street, Dalston
London
N16 8JN

7.30pm

£5

ANNA BURCH

After learning the ins and outs of playing live and recording with various acts over the last several years, Burch found herself accumulating a growing amount of solo material. These songs, full of sincerity and undeniable depth, caught the ears of Collin Dupuis (Angel Olsen, The Black Keys) who mixed the tracks and helped develop the final product into what would become her debut full-length album, set to be released in early 2018.

Anna Burch

09 May 2018

+ special guests

Old Blue Last

38 Great Eastern St
London
EC2A 3ES

7.30pm

£7

LET'S EAT GRANDMA

Let's Eat Grandma are back! We're thrilled to present them at Light Box on 8 March. Tickets on sale now.

"An Alchemic Pop Duo With an Unbreakable Bond"  SPIN
"chilling and impressive" Pitchfork
"the best band name we've heard in quite some time - and fortunately, the music can live up to it." Clash

Let’s Eat Grandma

08 Mar 2018

+ special guests

Lightbox

6 S Lambeth Pl
London
SW8 1SP

7.30pm

£10

SOPHIE

SOPHIE will perform her live show for the very first time in the UK at Heaven in London on March 13th 2018. Tickets are on sale now here.

This follows SOPHIE's live debut at Red Bull Music Academy Festival in LA, which OUT magazine described as “legendary”. SOPHIE will also bring the show to Elsewhere in NYC on 8th February 2018 (sold out).

For a taste of what to expect from the show, you can watch the video for SOPHIE's most recent single “Ponyboy”. The self-directed clip showcases performance and staging elements from her live show. It features choreography by acclaimed performance duo FlucT, who appear alongside SOPHIE in a dramatized ménage à trois - a mutating power dynamic expressed through dance

Sophie

13 Mar 2018

+ special guests

Heaven

17 Villiers St
London
WC2N 6NG

7.30pm

£15

FLORIST

Florist is a soft-synthesizer-folk band and the friendship project of Emily Sprague, Rick Spataro, and Jonnie Baker. Born in the Catskill Mountains in 2012, the three began making music together after discovering their shared love for many things musical and for each other.

PORRIDGE RADIO (SOLO)

Named "the greatest band in the world" by Everett True on the strength of half a song, Porridge Radio began as Dana Margolin’s bedroom project. Now a Brighton-based 5-piece, they inelegantly knot together vicious, furious emotional outpour with beautifully melodic pop songs.

After a series of home-recorded solo demos, a split EP with West America, and the growing legend of their live shows, they released their first full band LP, 'Rice, Pasta and Other Fillers' in 2016, on Memorials of Distinction. Recorded in a garden shed, their lofi debut documents struggles with life, love and boredom, and showcases the scrapbook absurdism at Porridge Radio's core. Faced with the dark abyss of existence, the band scrapes together value from the nonsensical and the pointless, and then cling to it, giggling, for dear life.

They have since become regulars on the UK DIY punk circuit, started recording a second album, and have been selected by The Guardian as favourites to watch in 2018. Porridge Radio are overwhelmed.

Florist / Porridge Radio (Solo)

07 Apr 2018

+ special 

The Old Church

Stoke Newington Church St
London
N16 9ES

8.30pm

£8

JENNY WILSON

Having previously collaborated with contemporaries including Robyn and The Knife (to whose Rabid Records she was previously signed), ‘Exorcism’ will be Wilson’s fifth studio album, and her first since 2013’s ‘Demand The Impossible!’. Recorded and released whilst she underwent treatment for breast cancer, that album went on to win three gongs at the Swedish Grammi awards, including Album Of The Year and Producer Of The Year.

An intensely, unflinchingly personal album, ’Exorcism’’s nine tracks relate to Wilson’s own experience of sexual assault, and its harrowing aftermath. As its title suggests - and following a sustained period of creative and emotional torpor - ‘Exorcism’ finds Wilson seeking to divest herself of the recurrent traumas of her attack. Wilson knew she had to write about the attack from the very night it happened; “It was more than 6 months before I even touched an instrument or opened my mouth to sing”, she says. “I was paralysed, I guess. It was like a burden to have this awful topic waiting there for me. I had absolutely no idea as to how I would approach it.”

Largely built around the heavy analogue drones of Jenny’s Prophet 6 synthesiser, ‘Exorcism’ is a discomforting, uncompromising exposition of its brutal subject matter - a challenge to engage with lyrics which refuse allegorism. ‘RAPIN*’ - the first single to emerge from ‘Exorcism’ - also opens the album, bringing the listener straight into the centre of the horror. Leant claustrophobic tension by bursts of synth, the track arrives alongside an equally graphic animated film, created for Jenny by Swedish artist Gustaf Holtenäs. Speaking about the film, Jenny says; “I wanted to make something awfully direct. Something you just can't hide from or misunderstand. This song demanded a brutal video, and it had to be done in a beautiful animated style to reach the full power of the story.” The track’s second half traces the deterioration that assault victims can face after the fact - doctor’s examinations, insomnia, loss of a sense of Self - here, the sound of a doorbell breaks the music, “I’m not at home” Wilson replies.

Jenny Wilson

25 Apr 2018

+ special guests

Birthdays

33-35 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BJ

7.30pm

£10

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA

The threads of our past never unravel, they hover like invisible webs, occasionally glistening due to a sly angle of the sun. On Multi-Love, Unknown Mortal Orchestra frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson reflects on relationships: airy, humid longing, loss, the geometry of desire that occurs when three people align. Where Nielson addressed the pain of being alone on II, Multi-Love takes on the complications of being together.

Multi-Love adds dimensions to the band's already kaleidoscopic approach, with Nielson exploring a newfound appreciation for synthesizers. The new songs channel with the spirit of psych innovators without ignoring the last 40 years of music, forming a flowing, cohesive whole that reflects restless creativity. Cosmic escapes and disco rhythms speak to developing new vocabulary, while Nielson's vocals reach powerful new heights. "It felt good to be rebelling against the typical view of what an artists is today, a curator," he says. "It's more about being someone who makes things happen in concrete ways. Building old synthesizers and bringing them back to life, creating sounds that aren't quite like anyone else's. I think that's much more subversive."

While legions of artists show fidelity to the roots of psychedelia, Unknown Mortal Orchestra shares the rare quality that makes the genre's touchstones so vital, constant exploration.

MAKENESS

Makeness can be mapped to the vast, open hills of Scotland, and a desolate ridge of the same name where producer and songwriter Kyle Molleson arrived after a less-trodden path. His childhood was spent moving between Edinburgh, The Outer Hebrides and South West England, before an interest in music and technology in part led to a degree in Electronics at Leeds University. Here, playing bass in Glad Hand led to numerous trips north of the border to work on albums in the hillside studio he helped build.

Drawing on a passion for Afrobeat, New Wave, Folk Music and Detroit Techno – from a unique vantage point in the Scottish wilderness - Makeness’ debut EP contains four largely-instrumental songs, but all still vocal in their movement, openness and depth. Atmospheric and insular opener ‘Rogue’ introduces a debut EP themed around the idea “of having two realities, and not being able to distinguish which one is real life.” It’s a selection caught between places and states, with the rhythmic, increasingly-urgent ‘Laca’ and ‘Langa’ finished following a move to London, and starkly contrasting with the wide open spaces of Makeness’ roots.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Makeness

24 May 2018

Roundhouse

Chalk Farm Rd
London
NW1 8EH

7pm

£20

SOLD OUT

ALASKALASKA

ALASKALASKA are an art-pop 6-piece from London. They make beautiful, groove-laden music that seamlessly blends jazz, disco, funk and R&B into a bold and playful sound uniquely their own; synthetic beats play alongside live drums, delayed guitars and shimmering saxophones to create something musically rich and delightfully intricate.

Band leader and principle vocalist Lucinda twists brooding and introspective lyrics - akin to the words of Arthur Russell - into infectious melodies reminiscent of Warpaint, Dirty Projectors or Talk Talk, which demand repeat listens and could as easily soundtrack a wistful evening alone as they could a party. They've built a cult following and reputation as extraordinary performers through a handful of low-key London shows.

CLUB KURU

A five piece band playing psychedelic crooner music

Alaskalaska / Club Kuru

13 Feb 2018

Bermondsey Social Club

19 Almond Rd
London
SE16 3LR

7.30pm

£6

 

OSCAR JEROME

Oscar Jerome has been honing his craft as a musician and writer since a young age. He has worked as vocalist, guitarist and composer with countless acts and grown through the thriving South London music scene.

In his solo project Jerome brings all of his influences together, citing artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, George Benson, John Martyn, The Clash, Ali Farka Toure and Jay Dilla. Oscar’s song writing is motivated by politics, spirituality within music and life experiences. His creative vision is to always make music with sincerity and pay homage to his countless inspirations.

Oscar’s music has received radio attention from Gilles Peterson, Huw Stephens (BBC radio 1) and Jamz Supernova (1Xtra). He has appeared in a Boiler Room session along with Nick Hakim, recorded his own Mahogany session and earlier in 2017 played a BBC 6Music live session on Gilles Peterson’s show. His  acclaimed live show has seen him perform at Glastonbury, Jazz Cafe, Worldwide Awards Afterparty and Union Chapel supporting Macy Gray to name a few.

Oscar Jerome

18 Apr 2018

+ special guests

Ghost Notes

Peckham Levels, 95A Rye Lane
London
SE15 4ST

7.30pm

£8

ADAM GNADE

Inventor of the "talking songs" weirdo folk music genre, American musician Adam Gnade releases a series of cassette tapes and books that share characters and continue each other's plotlines, "a shared universe of stories" he says. Gnade has recorded "talking songs" with members of Modest Mouse, Youthmovies, The Locust, Gang of Four, Dead Cross, Chad Valley, Retox, 65daysofstatic, and many more. He is also the author of one book of nonfiction, the DIY Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad, which he says is "a total fluke and has nothing to do with my books and records series." Nevertheless it has topped indie lit bestseller lists worldwide since its release in 2013, including four years in the #1 spot from Powell's Books. His novels and records are released by Justin Pearson's Three One G label and Pioneers Press. The latest of these is Voicemails from the Great Satan.

Adam Gnade

07 Mar 2018

+ special guests

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£7

BARBAROSSA

Since the release of his last record “Imager” in 2015, a lot has changed for the London born James Mathé – known as Barbarossa. Most importantly, he’s become a father for the first time and made the hugely liberating move from London, the city that had for so long defined him and his sound, to Margate.

“Lier”, Mathé’s brand new album, is the perfect sonic story to accompany these big life changes and as a result, his most personal record to date. Across the 10 tracks, “Lier” is a hugely uplifting and cathartic record that takes you from the depths of his intricate and wonderful creative mind to the wider wonderful emotions that come with becoming a father.  Picking up where 2015’s “Imager” left off, “Lier” is further electronic wizardry from Barbarossa - one of the UK’s finest songwriting talents. This time, his vocal is at the forefront on some of the most accessible, pop songs he’s ever written.

Barbarossa

19 Apr 2018

+ special guests

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle St
London
N1 0XT

7.30pm

£7

STEVE DAVIS & KAVUS TORABI

Steve Davis was the most successful professional Snooker Player of the 1980's, winning a total of 28 major ranking events including 6 World Championships. In recent years his involvement in snooker has been limited mainly to TV punditry, which has given him far more time to indulge in his musical hobby, namely collecting left field music from around the globe and presenting a weekly Radio show on PhoenixFM with Kavus Torabi. His favourite band is Magma and it was well documented that at the end of the 80's he brought them to London for a series of shows. His musical tastes range from quality 70's Prog, Canterbury and Zeuhl through to modern day Rock in Opposition and Avant-Progressive and now further into left-field electronica and IDM.

Kavus Torabi is an experimental/ psychedelic musician with a long history in the field. He fronts his own band, Knifeworld and plays in Gong, Guapo and was previously a member of the clad Cardiacs.
He runs the boutique record label, Believers Roast, has collaborated with a wide range of left-field artists and co-presents The Interesting Alternative Show with Steve Davis, a show  championing new, experimental, avant-garde, far out, underground, electronic, pop, folk, psych, rock and classical music.

An explanation of their live DJ set is hard to narrow down but it is effectively across the board weird and left field Prog Bangers with Quality Electronic and top end Techno slung into the mix!

PLUS JOHN DORAN

Five Miles High: Steve Davis and Kavus Torabi

23 Mar 2018

+ John Doran (The Quietus) DJ

Five Miles

39B Markfield Rd
London
N15 4QA

9pm

£6

JOSH T. PEARSON

Though he’s been a recording artist for over two decades now, and has been writing songs for thirty years, Josh T. Pearson hasn’t racked up much of a discography thus far, at least in terms of the number of albums he’s released. But then, those two albums – 2001’s The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads, by his group Lift To Experience, and his 2011 solo debut Last Of The Country Gentlemen – contained more substance and inspiration than most artists’ entire careers. The former was a cosmic, apocalyptic allegorical fantasy that saw Pearson try to come to terms with his faith and his intense upbringing; the latter was an agonizing, powerfully confessional account of the collapse of his marriage. You can’t rush material like that.

Lately, however, the dapper Texan gentleman has been motivated by a desire to share more Josh T. Pearson music with the world, before it’s too late. “My whole point of not putting out records was to not have to be told what to do. I’ve always intentionally limited myself. I didn’t want to be a part of the establishment. I was just trying to survive, do art, live life,” he explains. “In the last years I learned to dance, take drugs, make love… choose life. I got rid of the beard, cut my hair and started wearing colour. I burned down all my idols and realized in the process that I needed to burn down my reputation as fast as I could too. I felt constricted by the old stuff and I didn’t like being in a cage. It wasn’t letting me move on.”

Josh T. Pearson

22 May 2018

+ special guests

O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Shepherd's Bush Green, Shepherd's Bush
London
W12 8TT

7.00pm

£22.50

THE SHIVERS

The Shivers is the moniker for the New York singer-songwriter Keith Zarriello. In 2004, Zarriello released the album Charades featuring the song Beauty, bringing the band to the attention of the music media. Over the last decade the band has amassed a growing cult following including the likes of Aaron Paul, Daniel Radcliffe, Rose McIver, Tessa Thompson and bands like Deer Tick and Foster the People.

"Certain songs can seem like home the very first time you hear them. The way that by the time you reach the second verse, you want to move in and live between their walls, you want to kiss them until they agree to marry you. I had that very day been gifted such a track – a song named Beauty, which appeared on the Shivers’ debut album Charades" - Guardian

DRUG STORE ROMEOS

Drug Store Romeos deliver hypnotising, dreamy and ethereal music. Their woozy dream pop focuses on creating a hypnagogic atmosphere and intensity, rather than throwing pocketfuls of effects pedals at the wall to see what sticks. Instead, the trio are magnetised to the collection of synths and various other esoteric instruments from a bygone era. Since meeting at college over a shared love of ‘outsider music’, songwriting has been a collaborative process - accompanied by a mix of psychedelics and social awkwardness, with echoes of influences such as Galaxie 500, Broadcast and The Space Lady. Melanchonic ‘mood’ music for swaying in the gloaming.

FORCED RANDOM

Forced Random is the music exploits of London based Oliver Girdler.
The elliptical explorations that characterised his early work (‘I’m Still Here If You Want Me’ EP & ‘Overthink Overact Overshare’ EP) have evolved into something quite different than that which preceded it.

Full of confidence and musically assured, these songs provide a snapshot in time in which the vulnerability of the self competes with the brutal Darwinism of our age.

We must all evolve or become obsolete – technologically/romantically/culturally/musically.

The Shivers / Drug Store Romeos / Forced Random

26 Jan 2018

The Finsbury

336 Green Lanes, Harringay
London
N4 1BY

7.30pm

£5

U.S. GIRLS

This year marks a significant anniversary for U.S. Girls, the protean musical enterprise of multi- disciplinary artist, Meg Remy. 10 years ago Remy first used a 4-track recorder and a microphone to self-produce a series of spontaneous, starkly musical, ‘instant expressions’. These collisions of static, clang and sung melody seem in retrospect like a uniquely American display of minimalism, an unmistakably feminine counterbalance to Nebraska or Rev & Vega’s early sonic confrontations. In contrast, her latest work for 4AD, In A Poem Unlimited, Remy’s 6th album and 2nd LP for the label, was painstakingly crafted in multiple studios by a creative cast of 20+ collaborators. Remy traverses an immediate and increasingly politicized vision over the course of this decade of work. And while U.S. Girls, denoting the plural, is no longer a misnomer, In A Poem Unlimited may be Remy’s most individually distilled protest to date.

Tickets on sale Friday at 10am

U.S. Girls

16 May 2018

+ special guests

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd, Kings Cross
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£12.50

SOLD OUT

DREAM WIFE

Dream Wife perform a special album release show at Sebright Arms, 26 January.

“Dream Wife is a perfect example of what makes SXSW special, the discovery and excitement of seeing something real that has feeling and meat to it, and makes you grateful you were there  to witness it.” - NPR Music

“Punk rock trio Dream Wife make music that flips a middle finger to convention.” -  T he FADER “Dream Wife‘s most recent singles are two of the most urgent, empowering, and subversive rock jams of
2017” - Gorilla vs. Bear

This event is now sold out

Dream Wife return in March supporting their new album with a headline show at Heaven, 21 March.

Tickets and info here

Dream Wife

26 Jan 2018

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

31-35 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£10.00

SHIGETO

The music of Zach Saginaw, who records as Shigeto, has always cross-wired of a host of different musical influences. His EPs Semi-Circle and What We Held Onto explored his grandmothers experience from a US internment camp through ambient, beat-driven tracks, using samples of his grandmothers voice. His debut album Full Circle was a culmination of these EPs, employing obsessive field recording and meticulous percussion to create sumptuous instrumental hip-hop. 2012s sophomore album Lineage was a musical journey through his heritage set to the sounds of jazz, hip-hop, funk and folk. And 2012’s No Better Time Than Now was an album about living in the moment, with songs that seemed to be harbingers of change and immediacy (“First Saturn Return,” “Soul Searching”).

On Intermission, Saginaw places all of those disparate sounds side by side, offering a snapshot both of where he has been as an artist, as well as where he is going. “Intermission grew out of the idea that I have all of these places I want to go; even though I’m not there yet, these are six little signposts along the way.” In the years since No Better Time Than Now, Shigeto’s experience as a musician has only deepened. He recorded tracks for the Detroit rapper ZelooperZ, and performed with jazz legend Dave Douglass’ High Risk

Project. “I couldn’t accept the fact that I was hanging,” he laughs. “I was like, wait, I dropped out of jazz school, how does this work?” “But what it did was make me realize that music is music—you don’t have to be a certain type of musician or trained in a certain way in order to contribute to something. It was very liberating.”

That sense of liberation comes through in every track on Intermission. It’s not electronic music, it’s not jazz, it’s not hip-hop—it’s all of those; “Pulse” blends glacial electronics with plinking vibraphones (“That song is kind of a dancefloor-type song, which is different for me,” Saginaw says). On the other end of the spectrum entirely are “Gently” and “Deep Breathing,” two moody, spacious, beat-less songs that spin soft strands of synth over empty air. Taken together, the songs tell the story of an artist with a broad musical background stretching out and exploring his influences. “When I’m having a lot of fun, that’s how I know when I’m on to something,” he says. “Like the first time you ever realized you could plug a microphone into your interface and record your own sounds, and your whole world was changed. Intermission is like that for me—its about getting that feeling again.”

Shigeto

07 Apr 2018

+ special guests

Rich Mix

35-47 Bethnal Green Rd
London
E1 6LA

7.30pm

£15

HENRY GREEN

Having sold out London's St Pancras Old Church in February 2017, he continues to support his latest EP, Real, which was received with acclaim from the blogosphere. Featuring hit songs Closer and More Than This, Green blends inventive arrangements with sultry, androgynous vocals.

Green first broke onto the scene 3 years ago, supporting the likes of Nick Mulvey, London Grammar and Phoria and being remixed by Kygo. While his cover of MGMT's Electric Feel remains a staple of his live set, it's his own songwriting that has come to define his artistry, and with 6m+ streams on Spotify, his talents are not going unnoticed.

Henry Green

03 May 2018

+ special guests

Corsica Studios

4/5 Elephant Rd
London
SE17 1LB

7.30pm

£9

HENRY GREEN

Bristolian singer-songwriter Henry Green is set to play a hometown show on 2 May.

Having sold out London's St Pancras Old Church in February 2017, he continues to support his latest EP, Real, which was received with acclaim from the blogosphere. Featuring hit songs Closer and More Than This, Green blends inventive arrangements with sultry, androgynous vocals.

Green first broke onto the scene 3 years ago, supporting the likes of Nick Mulvey, London Grammar and Phoria and being remixed by Kygo. While his cover of MGMT's Electric Feel remains a staple of his live set, it's his own songwriting that has come to define his artistry, and with 6m+ streams on Spotify, his talents are not going unnoticed.

Henry Green

02 May 2018

+ special guests

The Exchange

72 - 73 Old Market
Bristol
BS2 0EJ

7.30pm

£7

CARO

Caro are an inventive new group from Leeds. For their first releases, they are producing their own artwork, animations and videos; as well as writing, recording and mixing their own modern brand of alternative rock. Caro have been supported by the PRS Foundation and BBC Introducing.

LUWTEN

The maxim for LUWTEN, Tessa Douwstra's creative conduit, is a simple one: space is the place. Well, maybe not outer space specifically, but a space unburdened by the strain of ones surroundings. A place where only one thing truly matters: the desire to create something that didn't exist yesterday.

LUWTEN's music encapsulates that much-needed stroll around the block to clear your mind. A tranquil space to properly arrange perceptions of difference and similarity. Through her songs, Douwstra emboldens the shy person who musters the courage to withdraw. The person who'd rather consider all interactions, choices and dreams at his or her own desired pace.

During the album's writing and recording process, Douwstra found a rewarding collaborator in percussionist and producer Frank Wienk (BINKBEATS). The album's supple, meticulous compositions are the result of two full years of exploring sounds, feeling ones way in the dark and unfurling elemental, once-veiled emotions to their bare essence. Douwstra's voice radiates like a human source of warmth amidst the music's glacial, free-flowing machinery.

Caro / Luwten

07 Mar 2018

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£7

SOCCER MOMMY

“I don’t want to be your fucking dog,” sings Soccer Mommy’s Sophie Allison on “Your Dog,” a highlight from her new album Clean. Over knotty, distorted guitars and churning bass, Allison is equal turns confrontational and vulnerable. “I want a love that lets me breathe/I’ve been choking on your leash.” It’s a mission statement, a reclamation of power, a rewriting of all indie rock’s rules.

Soccer Mommy is the project of twenty-year-old Sophie Allison, a Nashville native. She cut her teeth in her local DIY scene, going to shows and hanging out with other musicians, though she kept her own songwriting secret. “I’ve played music since I was six,” says Allison, “and I always wrote songs just for myself. I did it for fun, posting songs on Tumblr, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud. I didn’t think anyone would notice.”

All that changed the summer before Allison left for college. She bought a Tascam digital recorder and began to experiment with production, pushing the quality and craft of her songs to new heights. A buzz began to grow around her Bandcamp recordings, leading to live shows and eventually a record deal, with 2017’s critically acclaimed bedroom-recorded compilation Collection. “I realized that I could do this full-time,” says Allison. “It was either quit school now and do it, or stop growing as an artist. It was now or never.”

So Allison took the plunge. She quit school, moved back home to Nashville, shifting all her focus to music. She toured with Mitski, Jay Som, Slowdive, and others, and was featured in the New York Times article “Rock’s Not Dead, It’s Ruled By Women.” The bedroom project of Sophie Allison is now a full-time band with a new studio-album debut, Clean. Produced by Gabe Wax (War On Drugs, Deerhunter, Beirut) and mixed by Ali Chant (Perfume Genius, PJ Harvey), Clean is Allison’s journey out of the bedroom and into the studio.

Soccer Mommy

06 Mar 2018

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£9

XYLOURIS WHITE

22 & 23 MAY at CAFE OTO

“There’s an ancient sense of purity to this music which seems a cut above any similar projects... These are haunted folk rituals feeling around deep inside the human psyche, grasping for rarely reached zones and nostalgia for submerged inherited memories.” – The Quietus

A passion for exploration comes naturally to Xylouris White, the ruggedly visionary duo formed of Cretan lute player George Xylouris and Australian drummer Jim White, best known from his work with The Dirty Three. For their debut album, 2014’s Goats, Xylouris White compared themselves to the titular animals, wandering fearlessly through rough-hewn terrain. Two years later, they showed how far their horizons could reach on 2016’s majestically expansive Black Peak, named after a mountain top in Crete.

Just 15 well-toured months later, the duo’s exploratory instincts drive them further onwards still on their third album, Mother, released 19th January on Bella Union, and named to denote “new life”. As Xylouris puts it, “Mother is the extension of Goats and Black Peak. Three things, all part of a whole. Goats are mothers, Zeus was raised on Amaltheia’s milk, Black Peak is Mother Earth… Mother Earth is the mother of everything.”

The result is an album of extraordinary accomplishment from two supremely seasoned players who’ve kept a close kinship with the richly, rewardingly inquisitive instincts of their youth. In Xylouris’s words, “It’s the natural maturity of fruits as they ripen. As fruit matures by the rhythm of nature, so the music grows at its own pace. So, here are two maturing fruits giving the taste of their present maturity – and they’re still children.”

Xylouris White

22 May 2018

+ special guests

Cafe Oto

The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin St
London
E8 3DL

7.30pm

£15 per day / £28 for both shows

MINT FIELD

Even though the Mexican border-town of Tijuana has a stigmatized history it has managed to produce many vibrant and unique artists.  None are quite like Mint Field.

Comprised of 21-year-olds Estrella Sanchez (vocals & guitar) and Amor Amezcua (drums & synths), Mint Field’s sound is organic, spacious, and inhabited by specters that lurk behind rhythms, where Estrella’s angelic voice evokes a supernatural world of beauty and melancholy.

Their new record, Pasar De Las Luces, first for LA-based Innovative Leisure Records, is “a compilation of our lives from two years ago to now” says the band.  Since recording an initial EP in 2015 in their hometown of Tijuana, Mint Field have played Coachella, SXSW and have extensively toured the US and Mexico.  In the summer of 2017 the band traveled to Detroit to record with producer Christopher Koltay.  “We had a much clearer idea of what we wanted and we had the tools to make it.  When we recorded [our debut EP] Primeras Salidas, it was a homemade album and we didn't know what we were doing.”  This time, they managed to channel their inspirations and influences to transmit sentiments of profound sorrow, nostalgia and immaculate beauty...revisiting sounds from the past to make them contemporary.

Mint Field’s vision comes alive on Pasar De Las Luces ‘s 13 immaculate tracks that nod to everything from dream pop to fuzz-saturated shoegaze.  Album opener “El Parque Parecía No Tener Fin,” is a melodic number with haunting melodic lines where we can appreciate their post-punk tendencies.  “Ciudad Satélite” has woven harmonies and crescendos that detonate into a flurry of feelings anchored by a dramatic bassline.  “Quiero Otoño De Nuevo” goes full krautrock and is like an introverted, reflective and delicate Neu!. ”Cambios Del Pasar” borrows the distorted and imperfect guitar sounds of ‘90s indie bands like Yo Lat Tengo.  “Nada Es Estático y Evoluciona” develops from minimalism into a silent scream and “Club De Chicas” is probably the peppiest song of the bunch.  The whole record has a unique sound that makes it stand apart from projects by contemporaries.

While deceptively young themselves, Sanchez and Amezcua not only show the potential of influencing even younger fans, but of also defining themselves as stand alone voices in emotional music.  Although they have a foot in the past, they never let themselves get caught by nostalgia; they reinterpret the best of what the past has to offer in order to better express their feeling in the present.  It’s a timeless quality that will surely take them far into the future.

BLUEPRINT BLUE

Four years ago, Blueprint Blue had their first band practice in a back room round the corner from a pool hall. Now, with two EPs under their belts, they’re back with new material. Pristine songcraft rubs up against subversive ideas, humour and emotion throughout these new recordings. All four members sing, with harmonies and lush instrumentals slotting snugly side-by-side. 

Elliot has two words – ‘yacht’ and ‘rock’ – to describe the shift in sound, from the heat, dust, country and blues of their debut Undertoad EP, to the crisper new material. “We’ve learned how to make poppier music,” he says. “In our attempts to get to Stevie Wonder, The Doobie Brothers or Steely Dan we find ourselves somewhere else. Now, we have songs people could feasibly dance to…”

SQUID

Brighton and London's most insatiable underwater boy band

Mint Field / Blueprint Blue / Squid

01 Mar 2018

+ special guests

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£9

SONGHOY BLUES

Mali's Songhoy Blues bring their desert rock to O2 Forum Kentish Town for what is sure to be a incredible night of music.

Their new album is a bold, inspiring, outward-looking record that perfectly reflects the position the band have found themselves in following the massive success of their breakthrough debut, Music In Exile, released in 2015.

The album was recorded in the autumn of 2016 at The Pool studio in London with producer Neil Comber (MIA, Django Django, Crystal Fighters, Declan McKenna) and in keeping with their spirit of collaboration which saw them previously work with Nick Zinner, Julian Casablancas and Damon Albarn, Resistance features additional synths by Lxury and vocal contributions from the likes of Iggy Pop, Elf Kid and Stealing Sheep. Beyond this, the album features beautiful string parts (Hometown) and in one particularly surprising, moving instance (One Colour), a children’s choir.

Lyrically and sonically, Résistance is a huge leap forward for Songhoy Blues, a musical snapshot of a band at the top of their game. Richer, more eclectic and musically adventurous, it captures a band who, for the last three years, have toured the world and soaked up music far beyond the borders of their native Mali.

With more time and a wider armoury of equipment at their disposal, the album is the sound of Songhoy Blues stretching themselves, with hints of R&B, soul and hip-hop all fusing seamlessly with the band’s trademark exuberant sound, with themes for our time.

ALFA MIST

Growing up in Newham, East London, Alfa Mist began his musical journey as a grime and hiphop producer. The self-taught pianist and sometimes rapper soon found himself drawn to the jazz, world music and film soundtracks he discovered through sampling. His sound blends melancholy jazz harmony with alternative hip-hop and soul.

His recently released second album ‘Antiphon’ has pushed him forward in the new jazz scene as one to watch following the warm reception of his first record ‘Nocturne’ which featured the likes of Tom Misch and Jordan Rakei.

Tickets on sale now

Songhoy Blues / Alfa Mist

25 Jan 2018

O2 Forum Kentish Town

9-17 Highgate Rd, Kentish Town
London
NW5 1JY

7.00pm

£20

SUNFLOWER BEAN

Sunflower Bean are set to return to the UK in 2018 following their dates supporting Wolf Alice around the country this month.

The band will release their hotly anticipated second album next year and you can hear the first track from the record now.

"New York is still home to bands as varied as Sunflower Bean, whose music suggests what might have happened if psychedelia had emerged after punk and the Police rather than before" - Jon Pareles of The New York Times

SORRY

"a band that have grafted their way to the forefront of London’s music scene with incessant gigging and impassioned live shows. A mixture of venomous and calculated, hypnagogic and filthy, it’s hard to think of the last time a band sounded this fully formed on their first release." So Young Magazine

Sunflower Bean / Sorry

06 Apr 2018

KOKO

1A Camden High St, Kings Cross
London
W1 7JE

6pm

£12.50

ALVVAYS

Alvvays have recently released their second full-length, Antisocialites.  The album is the much-anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut record which received accolades from Pitchfork, NPR, Rolling Stone and more. Across its 10 tracks and 33 minutes the Toronto-based group dive back into the deep-end of reckless romance and altered dates. Ice cream truck jangle collides with prismatic noise pop while Molly Rankin's wit is refracted through crystalline surf counterpoint. Through thoughtful consideration in basement and abroad, Alvvays has renewed its Scot-pop vows with a powerful new collection of manic emotional collage. Antisocialites is out now on Transgressive Records.

Tickets are on sale now

Alvvays

23 Feb 2018

+ special guests

Roundhouse

Chalk Farm Rd
London
NW1 8EH

7.00pm

£18

POLIÇA & S T A R G A Z E

Having been first introduced via the Liquid Music project run by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota, with the hope of a cross-genre collaboration, POLIÇA and s t a r g a z e first met in person in February 2016 in the Berlin living room of the conductor and ‘leader’ of musical collective s t a r g a z e, André de Ridder.

Joined by POLIÇA, the Minneapolis-based electronic five-piece, led by vocalist Channy Leaneagh and producer Ryan Olson, the two bands talked and the s t a r g a z e musicians began to improvise — strings, brass, woodwind played over a handful of song sketches brought by Olson. “They were not even song structures, just electronic textures,” de Ridder says. “And we started playing over them. But it was so important that the starting point was in the same room,” de Ridder adds. “Because we could see how their faces lit up when we played. I guess that's where our minds met.”

Olson recorded the Berlin improvisations and incorporated them into several tracks he sent to the s t a r g a z e collective a few weeks later. “And I guess that was where the ping pong started,” says de Ridder. What followed over the next 18 months was a long-distance musical romance of sorts, sustained by emails, mp3 files, video conferencing, as well as occasional meet-ups in Berlin, Minneapolis, and Eau Claire. Both bands were adamant that whatever they created — be it a single piece of music or a whole collection of songs — “not just be POLIÇA songs with s t a r g a z e pasted on top,” as Leaneagh puts it. “We really wanted to maintain this conversation back and forth, and be a new version of both POLIÇA and s t a r g a z e.”

Coming together again in October 2016 to prepare for a week-long residency culminating in a festival at the Funkhaus in Berlin — the former headquarters of the GDR state radio - the players wrote, rehearsed, and developed the ideas they had been pinging back and forth via the internet in the venue’s Studio 2, an exquisite, wood-panelled room with remarkable acoustics. “What that room created is pretty indescribable,” recalls Leaneagh. “It was a little cocoon.”

When Stargaze arrived to premiere the project in Minneapolis however it was the day after Trump’s election, and they found their new bandmates reeling. It was in the wake of this news — and just a day before the premiere, that Leaneagh wrote one of the album’s most sublime pieces, How Is This Happening. “The famous question is always ‘which came first the music or the words?’” says de Ridder. “And I honestly think in this project the music came first and then Channy found the words that were going to capture the atmosphere of the music. Or transcend them. Or contrast them. So it was interesting with How Is This Happening, at the last minute to turn the process on its head. She just made up her lyrics and her vocal line, and she sang it to us, and we started playing to it, and arranging it as we were playing, everyone being aware of what was happening in America at that time.”

The resultant album feels more than a simple collaboration, something more than a sum of its parts, a record with its own unique life force and distinctive voice. For de Ridder, the album’s title, Music For The Long Emergency, reflects the confusion of the times. “It had a meaning of music being a haven, giving you a ray of hope,” says de Ridder. “An alternative reality. And that became a theme of the music too. Quite a lot of the music is a little dark, and it does reflect what has been going on, but also incredible beauty at the same time which we hung onto because we needed to.”

Finally, having performed together at this year’s Eaux Claires Festival, POLIÇA + s t a r g a z e have announced some shows in the new-year around release. 

Poliça + s t a r g a z e

27 Feb 2018

+ special guests

Oval Space

29-32 The Oval
London
E2 9DT

7.30pm

£22.50

BY THE SEA FESTIVAL WILL RETURN TO MARGATE ON 28 SEPTEMBER - 30 SEPTEMBER

We've been hard at work here at By The Sea HQ planning our return to Margate for the 4th edition of By The Sea Festival. We're thrilled to reveal that the 2018 festival will take place on 28 September - 30 September.

We'll be announcing the first of our line-up in early 2018 but before then, a very limited number of early bird tickets will go on sale priced £69.50 for the full weekend. These sold out in record time last year and we expect them to do the same again.

They go on sale on Friday 8 December at 9am from here.

By The Sea

28 Sep 2018

Full line-up to be announced

Margate

Various venues
Margate
CT9

5pm

Early bird weekend - £69.50

COTILLON

Cotillon is the moniker of Jordan Corso, a New York City based artist with ties to both San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Cotillon story began in the fall of 2013, when Corso accepted an invitation from Chet "JR" White to move into his spare bedroom in San Francisco and develop his debut LP, a room famous for housing prolific songwriters such as Christopher Owens, Tobias Jesso Jr, and Cass McCombs, who all worked under White's wing. Under White's guidance, Corso wrote and recorded his first album, and inked a deal with Californian indie label Burger Records.

After the release of his debut S/T LP, who SPIN Magazine (among others) honed one of 2015's best, and a tour across the US, Corso sold nearly everything he had and boarded a plane for New York. "The time was right for me to make a New York album. I moved into a small apartment with my girlfriend and began getting to know the city" says Corso. So the story goes, Corso wrote everyday taking inspiration from the french new wave, japanese literature, uppers, downers, big city culture, and a romantic relationship.

After Corso recorded a large collection of demos in his apartment, it began time to figure out how to craft LP number two. The first person he showed them to was Shane Butler of New York via Boston's Quilt, whose work Corso strongly admires. "When I got the demos I felt like they were a pretty good metaphor for Jordan as I knew him. One of the things I really like about Jordan is that he is caught in this interstice between high-culture & low-culture; between the cleaner aspects of life and the grittier. I heard both these sides of him in the demos he showed me. Jordan also seemed really into this idea of making a 'New York' record. As someone who grew up partly in New York City, the prospect of making a 'New York' record in 2015/16 is a very complicated thing. That concept wrestles with some of the ideas that I saw in Jordan's personality. It is something of the high & the low; the grime & the glitter; the superficial & the genuine. All of which were attributes I saw in the songwriting at the time and heard from Jordan when he talked about what he wanted from a new record." said Butler.

Butler called his friend Al Carlson (who helped Annie Clarke craft St. Vincent in his parents basement, and recorded and mixed artists such as Onheaotrix Point Never, Wild Nothing, Ariel Pink, and Butler's own Quilt), and booked time at Greenpoint's classic Gary's Electric Studio which Carlson calls home. Together they began crafting Cotillon's sophomore effort, 'The Afternoons' over the span of the summer. The new album also features Jon Nellen (Ginla) on drums and synthesizer and guest piano from John Andrews (Quilt, Woods).

'The Afternoons' is out now via Burger Records, Modern Sky Records USA/China, Superfan99 UK, and Dinosaur City Australia.

SONS OF RAPHAEL

Sons of Raphael are brothers Loral and Ronnel Raphael from London.
Their throats are opened graves, they use their tongues to deceive.

SUPEREGO

Superego are a 4 piece band hailing from The Midlands; channeling grunge guitars, lazy vocals and powerhouse drums with pointed, socially conscious lyrics that take a swipe at the delusions of modern life.

Having previously toured with Black Honey and supported acts such as The Big Moon, Pale Waves, Dead!, they have honed there live skills and are an onstage force.

Currently in the studio working on an upcoming single with Bill Ryder Jones, to be released later this year.

Tickets are on sale now.

Cotillon / Sons of Raphael / Superego

24 Feb 2018

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£7

BLITZEN TRAPPER

A question I ask myself, why make records? And why in particular did I make this record? I've made lots of records, about half of them shared with the world, the other half squirreled away for no good reason.

Songs upon songs upon songs.

But I guess in the end I just had some stories to tell, like the one about the cop turned cocaine dealer, or the murderous 13 year old girl, or the underage lovers who steal her mom's checkbook, her dad's truck and go on a spree down the west coast, free as the wind, until it becomes clear the boy is addicted to heroin, the physical freedom outstripped by enslavement to the substance. And but lets not forget the one about the woman in the black TransAm who steals hearts from wrecked/jaded men deep in their cups, another form of internment. Stories upon stories.

Each story is true in some sense.

So I guess I have my reasons for making a record. For adding to the overwhelming fetid deluge of content running wild, pushing at the banks of cultural consciousness for no good reason. And really the value of a record seems to be increasingly non-monetary. As it should be I guess, the true craft, the reality of music, of voice, is played out on stages across the country, not in bluetooth earbuds.

And so 10 years after Furr, a record that touched a vein and continues to, the song itself more widely known than the band that made it, after 10 years of touring with Blitzen Trapper, after all the drug busts, run-ins with the law, drunken nights/fights/wrecks, flings with fans/groupies/angels, run ins with demons/criminals/saints, TV appearances, court appearances, disappearances, what do we have to show for it?

Nothing much that can be physically pointed to, it's more a feeling. A cerebral kind of currency, of having communed/partaken/contributed to the dialogue of rock music, of the musical arts as well as a sense of America as a whole. This country like a willfully ignorant child, blind to its faults, not knowing how good it has it, half-heartedly adhering to a God that no longer exists, its leadership nothing but a mirror held up to its own fat misshapen face. To possess this sense, this knowledge is worth its weight in gold. This is the true meaning of that genre we are a part of, what we call Americana.

We recently created a theater event that ran for a couple months in our hometown of Portland, OR called Wild and Reckless, half musical, half rock-opera dealing with heroin abuse, desperation, True Love and western power structures. Heady as shit, but in the end as it unfolded I realized it was really about music, that longing for escape, that pure juvenile psychedelia we possessed as kids laying in summer grass gazing up at the clouds in the sky seeing shapes in them, imbuing them with a reality that was not really there but that we saw it and named it. Stories upon stories.

This resultant album Wild and Reckless is a companion to Furr, a second volume in that wild dystopian reality of killers and shape-shifters, and there is a running narrative to it that, like its companion Furr hinges upon Love, love lost, found, hidden. That's the center, the Heart of the matter and all the stories upon stories revolve around it like a menagerie of rocks around a burning sun.

Blitzen Trapper

12 Apr 2018

+ special guests

Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen

2-4 Hoxton Square
London
N1 6NU

7.30pm

£12.50

Crooked Colours are a live electronic trio, creating music that has one foot in the indie world and one foot in a darker electronic realm. Comprising of Phil Slabber, Leon Debaughn and Liam Merrett-Park, their sound has often been compared to a combination of English indie-rock foursome Alt-J and US electronic duo Crystal Castles.

To date the band has played at St Jerome’s Laneway, Groovin The Moo, Parklife, Wonderland & Southbound Festivals as well as supporting bands RÜFÜS and San Sisco on their national album tours. The band was also invited to showcase at CMJ Music Marathon in New York and Culture Collide Festival in Los Angeles in 2015.

Having released their debut album 'Vera' in June 2017, Crooked Colours will return to London headlining XOYO, 26 April.

Tickets on sale now.

Crooked Colours

26 Apr 2018

+ special guests

XOYO

32-37 Cowper St
London
EC2A 4AP

19.30

£10.00

SOLD OUT

STARCRAWLER

Starcrawler are a Los Angeles rock & roll band formed one year ago when Arrow de Wilde first met Henri Cash on the high school yard in Echo Park. The rhythm section of Austin Smith and Tim Franco, found on the streets of Hollywood, soon followed. They play rock & roll music heavy and loud, and their incendiary performances resemble the the children of the Cramps, the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, and Alice Cooper.

In the spring, their single Ants will be released on Rough Trade Records worldwide alongside the B-Side Used to Know. The song, written days after they first played together and recorded with producer Steven McDonald (Red Kross), was quickly discovered by London DJ Matt Wilkinson and debuted on Apple Beats One radio just as the band was playing their first few shows. The DJ loved it so much, he played it twice in a row. Soon after, it found it’s way to Sir Elton John who spun it on his “Rocket Hour” radio program, as well as to Zane Lowe who played it to further accolades. The song, documenting the unhinged beginnings of the group taking their first steps into the public eye, has already found its way into a UniQlo commercial and it's forthcoming release on Rough Trade will bring the band overseas to the UK for the first time. Concurrently, Starcrawler has spent the last few months with famed producer Ryan Adams at his Hollywood studio Pax Am completing their first full length LP due out later this year. The record hits hard like the classic debuts of so many of the greatest bands; 10 songs in under 30 minutes. Building on the groundswell of attention and hype already surrounding them, 2017 promises to be a very big year for Starcrawler. The band consists of Arrow de Wilde on lead vocals, Henri Cash on guitar, Austin Smith on drums, and Tim Franco on bass. 


FREE MONEY

Enigmatic East London quartet Free Money, a band already supremely confident in themselves - waste absolutely no time in surging to life, attention grabbing raucous indie rock tunes that have the potential to catapult them out of London's underground indie circuit, and onto major international festival stages.
Consisting of Harry Edwards (vocals / guitar), Sam Chapman (vocals / guitar), Charlie Pelling (vocals / bass) and Mark Thompson (vocals / drums),

Free Money’s introductory tracks ‘Headful’ and ‘What Did I Miss?’ & Most recent certified banger '' I Want In ''´recorded at Buff Records resulted in them being tipped by DIY, The Line of Best Fit and Gigwise, as one of the capital's most essential new guitar bands.

They explained to DIY: “The name was chosen to sound like an internet scam that would probably end up in spam folders, giving other bands a fighting chance. Free Money’s nice like that.”

Tickets are on sale now!

Starcrawler / Free Money

18 Jan 2018

+ Free Money

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

19.30

£10.00

Baloji is a poet, musician and director. He also acts as creative director for brands and on special projects (concepts, art direction) and has modelled for Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Kris Van Assche and Edun+Diesel.

Baloji means “man of science” in Swahili, but during the colonial period, that meaning shifted as a result of Christian evangelization, to signify “man of the occult sciences and sorcery”.

His second album Avenue Kaniama, to be released in March 2018, is accompanied by a short film of the same name. Baloji’s acting projects have included roles in a number of films with directors as diverse as Andrew Dosunmu (Nigeria), Michael Roskam (Belgium), Everaldo Gout (Mexico),Thomas Vincent (France) and Nigel Thilmon (USA).

Baloji performs at Omeara, 29 March.

Tickets on sale Friday 8 December at 10am!

Baloji

29 Mar 2018

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

19.30

£12.50

Comfort can be a crutch or a conduit for a creative breakthrough. For Baths, it’s led to a level of artistic confidence and stability that’s allowed him to produce his finest work. Enter Romaplasm, a profoundly emotional record steeped in the at-home obsessions of LA’s Will Wiesenfeld.

“I’m not as emotive with real world things as I am when I’m neck deep in anime, video games, books or comics…” Baths says. “I wanted to be honest with myself that this is where my heart lies and where I get the most emotion out of life. I wanted a record that mirrors those emotions but in an indirect way.”

In his own singular style, Baths has created his own post-modern take on Romanticism. Romaplasm bears a similar emphasis on emotion and individualism. You can see the hallmarks of the movement’s stress on awe—and like many of the great Romantic artists, he confronts the gnawing chaos of life with a focus on beauty and the sublime. As the German painter, Caspar David Friedrich once affirmed: the artist’s feeling is his law.

Baths headlines Jazz Cafe, 23 March.

CHAD VALLEY

Hugo Manuel has been releasing music under the name Chad Valley since 2010. A longtime signee of the influential Cascine Records, Manuel will release his third full-length album in May 2018, following his sophomore album, Entirely New Blue which saw him traverse the world many times over touring his immersive and mesmerising one-man show.

Young Hunger, Chad Valley’s first full-length album came fully formed in 2012 with an a-list of collaborations from Twin Shadow, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Glasser and caught the attention of Pitchfork, Fader and other mainstream indie media. Hot on the heels on this release came the blockbuster movie Warm Bodies which featured his song Shell Suite and cemented Chad as a enduring favourite and not just a chillwave flash-in-the-pan. Taking inspiration from his constant touring and nomadic life (the upcoming record was recorded at home in Oxford, UK between tours) the upcoming record is a ode to lost loves, heartbreak and young love... everything that makes pop music pop.

STRANGE BOY

Strange Boy produce arresting electronic songs full of intricate textures and soaring vocals.

Their highly-anticipated debut EP, Annunciation, was released in November through their own label, Glass Guts. Prepare for delicate melodies amidst heavy basslines and grainy, driven synths.

Tickets on sale now

Baths / Chad Valley / Strange Boy

23 Mar 2018

Jazz Cafe

5 Parkway, London
London
NW1 7PG

7.30pm

£12.50

BY THE SEA FESTIVAL

 

By The Sea Festival

28 Sep 2018

To be announced in 2018

Various

Thanet
Margate
CT9 5AD

5pm

£69.50 early bird tickets

VISIONS FESTIVAL

We are excited to announce the new date for Visions Festival 2018.

A very limited amount of Early Bird tickets just went on sale - get yours NOW!

Visions Festival

04 Aug 2018

Line-up to be announced in 2018

Various

Hackney
London
E8 3SD

3pm

£25

SOLD OUT

ALELA DIANE

Alela Diane performs at the beautiful Union Chapel, 12 April.

"My first memories are of falling asleep to the sound of my father’s guitar in the kitchen.  I taught myself to play the instrument through song writing when I was 19, and still come back to those familiar finger picked styles when I write. I come from a little pine-tree filled gold mining town called Nevada City, California, but Portland, Oregon has been home for twelve years. Early recordings were made in 2003, while going to college in San Francisco, and I have been releasing albums every few years since.   I’ve toured all over the UK and Europe, and have driven circles around the vast United States enough times to know better.  I write about life,  about love, about loss, I've dreamt songs, and I've been painfully nostalgic in verse.  I’ve tried many sounds: stripped down acoustic to full band and back to basics again. I’ve learned a lot about my voice over the years, and it's grown and changed with me, for which, I am grateful. My fifth solo record, Cusp, was recorded while pregnant with my second daughter, and will be released in early 2018, when I can manage to tour again.

I look forward to sharing it with you.

xo

AD"

OLIVIA CHANEY

Classically-trained singer / pianist, Olivia Chaney, graduated from England’s Royal Academy of Music, before teaching herself guitar and Indian harmonium, delving back to the inspiration behind the British folk revivalists. She has since built a loyal and growing following as a songwriter and interpreter, both in the UK and internationally, through her much celebrated live performances and recorded works. Over the past few years, Olivia has collaborated and shared the stage with a diverse range of artists including Robert Plant, Martin and Eliza Carthy, Shirley Collins, Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), The Decemberists, Zero 7, the Kronos Quartet and The Labèque Sisters.  In 2013, she self-released an eponymous EP, that was followed by her critically-acclaimed 2015 Nonesuch debut, The Longest River.  This sophomore release, which The Guardian hailed as “an enchanting and stately creation”, was noted in a number of ’Best Of 2015’ lists, (Uncut, Mojo, PopMatters and more); whilst The Independent featured it in their Top 5 Albums of the Year, calling it “A landmark release”.  2017 saw Olivia collaborating on two albums with fellow Nonesuch artists: Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens & Sam Amidon; and a new band formed with The Decemberists called Offa Rex.  The latter’s debut, ‘The Queen of Hearts’, has been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Folk album category, in addition to which it up for Folk Alliance International’s Album of the Year, has made the Mojo list of the Ten Best Folk Albums of 2017, and has been nominated for Album of the Year in fRoots magazine’s annual Critics Poll.  Olivia is currently in the studio in New York with Thomas Bartlett working on her second full length album, which is set for release in 2018.

Tickets on sale now

Alela Diane / Olivia Chaney

12 Apr 2018

+ special guests

Union Chapel

Compton Terrace
London
N1 2UN

7.00pm

£15

BONIFACE

Micah Visser named his band after the Winnipeg neighbourhood where he grew up, where he spent his childhood learning violin and saxophone, guitar, piano, computer programming, until he could no longer remember when he stopped playing other people’s songs and began writing his own. It was here too, writing alone in his bedroom, that Visser, forged a sound that would take an indie sensibility and make it glisten, that found its way to a new kind of 21st century pop.

His stunning debut single I Will Not Return As A Tourist sets out his stall: a song that presses quiet lyrical introspection against a furious pop swell, that is at moments frayed and wild and at others immense and gleaming. “That song has stuck with me for so long,” says Visser. “It’s one of the first songs I ever wrote, and it kept popping up and kept being relevant to my life. It’s a song about feeling kind of restless and feeling a little bit helpless, like you’re more of a spectator in your own life. The line ‘I will not return as a tourist’ is a resolution to be more active in your own life and wanting to be a participant and not an observer.”

New pop stars are spawned every day; focus-grouped and conveyor-belted into being; dreamed up by music industry Svengalis and unleashed on the charts. Boniface offer something different, something rare and bright and fine: a new pop talent that has found its way alone, undiluted, electrifying, boundless in its ambition.

Tickets are on sale now

Boniface

15 May 2018

+ special guests

Bermondsey Social Club

19 Almond Rd
London
SE16 3LR

7.30pm

£7

NABIHAH IQBAL

Many musicians like to speak of versatility, but Nabihah Iqbal has better grounds than most. She boasts an MPhil (focused on African history) from Cambridge, experience working in human rights law and a black belt in Karate. Formerly known as Throwing Shade, she’s ditched that moniker to embrace the name she was born with. Readying her debut album for Ninja Tune, ‘Weighing of the Heart’ is a big statement in two ways: first, because she’s taken her real name to stand proudly as a female British Asian artists making music and, secondly, because she’s moved her music in a bolder, more expansive direction.

Discussing the change in name, she explains how she’d grown out of her previous alias. “I chose the Throwing Shade name in 2009 when I was just DJing at parties, unaware of a possible music career. It was a name for the scene at the time,” she says. Having had worries when she was growing up about teachers mispronouncing it, there’s a confidence which underpins both that decision as well this project as a whole. “The change to my real name feels like moving forward,” she states. “It feels like the right thing to do.”

Born in London in the late ‘80s, she’s the daughter of parents who moved to the UK from Pakistan. Growing up, she was encouraged to play music and had lessons every day, learning the guitar, the flute and the piano. Her listening habits started with Michael Jackson: the first artist she remembers listening (and dancing) to, and she has a wall full of Michael Jackson posters in her music studio. Oasis’ ‘Definitely Maybe’ would be another early touchstone. It was the first CD Nabihah bought and she remembers how she made her own Oasis T-shirt with fabric paint when she was about 8 years old, because she couldn't get hold of a real one.

Tickets on sale now.

Nabihah Iqbal

22 Feb 2018

+ poetry readings by Sana Rashid and Haseeb Iqbal

Archspace

339-340 Acton Mews
London
E8 4EA

7.30pm

£10

SOLD OUT

TYPHOON

Typhoon add a second London date, performing an extra show at The Lexington - 27 February.

Tickets on sale now

If a Fellini film, a Bosch painting, and a Rorschach drawing had a collective sound, it would be Typhoon's new release. The 14-track record Offerings is a musical and lyrical excursion into surreal imagery, eerie soundscapes, and an emotionally jarring narrative.

The 70-minute album for Roll Call Records, which is the Portland, Oregon indie rock band's fourth studio album, centers on a fictional man who is losing his memory, and in turn, his sense of self. "I've always been preoccupied with memory, losing memory, and trying to recapture memory. I wanted to explore the questions: What does a person become if they don't know where they came from? What is the essential quality of the person if you strip away all memory?" explains singer/songwriter Kyle Morton.

Typhoon (2nd Date Added)

27 Feb 2018

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£8

THE ORIELLES

The band, made up of sisters Sidonie B and Esmé Dee Hand Halford and their best friend Henry Carlyle Wade, still aged only 21, 18 & 17 respectively, released their debut single Sugar Tastes Like Salt earlier this year on Heavenly Recordings to much acclaim. The eight-minute plus burst of spatial-funk that in part recalled both ESG and fellow north-west pioneers A Certain Ratio, was produced by Marta Salogni, one of the most exciting young producers in the UK right now.

TRUDY AND THE ROMANCE

Somewhere among the daydreamers and heartbreakers, beauty queens and jock teens, Trudy and the Romance are looking to lure you into their suitably skewed, cinematic world. On new single ‘Is There A Place I Can Go’, the trio’s dubbed ‘Mutant 50s Pop’ takes a more contemplative turn. The single is part of their Junkyard Jazz EP, which will be released through B3SCI on November the 17th.

From character creation to alter-ego exploration, Trudy’s overtly-romanticised, technicolour realm runs deep. Like David Lynch dicing and splicing Walt Disney film reels, Junkyard Jazz EP is a larger-than-life introduction to their saccharine sound, right through to the Grease-style illustrations by LA-based artist Hello Thunderpuss.

The Orielles / Trudy and the Romance

12 Apr 2018

+ special guests

The Garage

20-22 Highbury Cres, Highbury East
London
N5 1RD

7.00pm

£9

ICEAGE

Iceage have announced a run of European shows for Spring 2018. Culminating at Scala in London on May 8th, other stops include Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris.

Iceage’s critically acclaimed third album Plowing The Fields Of Love saw the bold expansion of their sound and growth of their darkly evocative lyrical vision, described by Pitchfork as “beautiful and ugly at the same time… Iceage have found their own unstable sense of peace” (‘Best New Music’).

The select run of dates presents the opportunity to witness one of the most visceral and exciting groups around in their continuing and ever-compelling evolution.

Tickets are on sale now

Iceage

08 May 2018

+ special guests

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd, Kings Cross
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£13.50

SOLD OUT

TYPHOON

If a Fellini film, a Bosch painting, and a Rorschach drawing had a collective sound, it would be Typhoon's new release. The 14-track record Offerings is a musical and lyrical excursion into surreal imagery, eerie soundscapes, and an emotionally jarring narrative.

The 70-minute album for Roll Call Records, which is the Portland, Oregon indie rock band's fourth studio album, centers on a fictional man who is losing his memory, and in turn, his sense of self. "I've always been preoccupied with memory, losing memory, and trying to recapture memory. I wanted to explore the questions: What does a person become if they don't know where they came from? What is the essential quality of the person if you strip away all memory?" explains singer/songwriter Kyle Morton.

SOLD OUT - The Lexington, 2 March.
New show added - The Lexington, 27 February.

Tickets availble here for added date

Typhoon

02 Mar 2018

+ special guest

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£8

COSMO SHELDRAKE

Cosmo Sheldrake is a 26 year-old multi-instrumentalist musician, composer and producer.

He regularly performs on banjo, loop station, keyboards, double bass, drums, penny whistle, sousaphone, accordion and many more. He is an inspirational singer and improviser, and much of his work is concerned with play, nonsense and the sonorous environment.

Cosmo composes music for film and theatre and tours internationally, performing solo and with several bands including Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit and the Gentle Mystics. He ran a community choir until 2013, teaches in schools and privately and has facilitated music workshops and youth empowerment and nature awareness camps across Europe and North America.

Cosmo Sheldrake

05 Apr 2018

+ special guests

Village Underground

54 Holywell Ln
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£12.50

SOLD OUT

PUMA BLUE

Puma Blue is the alias of South Londoner Jacob Allen, who has been delicately honing his purposefully paradoxical sound, blending downtown jazz sax lines with J Dilla grooves and a heart-wrenching vocal akin to Jeff Buckley, Chet Baker and Billie Holliday. This blend is completed by Allen's punk-inspired grit and the ferocity of his live performances, backed by a four-piece band, spewing out tortured love songs and sensual rhythms topped by his haunting falsetto vocals.

"Allen has an emotive, fragile voice that you feel could go anywhere, but mainly sticks around the middle-C of your heart strings, strumming away in the Lauryn Hill-approved manner." - London In Stereo

WU-LU

After two years spent further discovering his sound, Wu-Lu, the South London-based producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist returns with new music. New single "Jaybo" follows on from his self-released debut EP, Ginga, which featured Stones Throw’s MNDSGN and Gilles Peterson favourite, Andrew Ashong among its ranks. Within eight tracks, it combined the off-kilter brilliance of J Dilla's hip hop with ounces of lo-fi, psychedelic guitar in a refreshing fashion

2017 has seen Wu-Lu supporting the likes of musical polymath, Mark de Clive-Lowe and MNDSGN at the infamous Jazz Cafe. Further afield, his leadership on SAMPLED — a live audiovisual exploration of the divisive ‘world music’ tag with a 13-piece super-band — lead to shows at the now infamous Church Of Sound in 2016. COS being a new, East London venue space dedicated to bringing jazz-influenced sounds to a new audience.

 

LAVA LA RUE

Lava La Rue is a London based visual artist, musician and founder of DIY music & arts collective NiNE8.

An anagram of “Ava Laurel”, Lava uses the alias Lava la Rue to pair surreal aesthetics with experimental Rnb and LO-FI alternative dreamy HipHop flows - often using a combination of DIY soundscapes with handmade visuals to narrate a tale of inner-city lyricism from a queer female gaze.

Puma Blue / Wu-Lu / Lava La Rue

21 Feb 2018

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7.30pm

£8

SOLD OUT

ALELA DIANE

August, 2017.

My first memories are of falling asleep to the sound of my father’s guitar in the kitchen.  I taught myself to play the instrument through song writing when I was 19, and still come back to those familiar finger picked styles when I write. I come from a little pine-tree filled gold mining town called Nevada City, California, but Portland, Oregon has been home for twelve years. Early recordings were made in 2003, while going to college in San Francisco, and I have been releasing albums every few years since.   I’ve toured all over the UK and Europe, and have driven circles around the vast United States enough times to know better.  I write about life,  about love, about loss, I've dreamt songs, and I've been painfully nostalgic in verse.  I’ve tried many sounds: stripped down acoustic to full band and back to basics again. I’ve learned a lot about my voice over the years, and it's grown and changed with me, for which, I am grateful.

My fifth solo record, Cusp, was recorded while pregnant with my second daughter, and will be released in early 2018, when I can manage to tour again.

I look forward to sharing it with you.

xo

AD

Alela Diane

31 Jan 2018

+ special guests

St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd, Camden Town
London
Nw1 1UL

7.30pm

£15

COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS

Courtney Marie Andrews spent over nine months of 2017 on the road, with multiple trips across the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. That’s nothing new for Andrews, though. She’s been touring relentlessly since leaving her Arizona hometown at 16. It’s a life that inspired much of her 2016 breakthrough album, Honest Life . While that album’s themes spoke to the isolation and rootlessness inherent in a life on the road, most of its songs were actually written during an intentional, extended break. The success that followed its release, however, didn’t afford her the same break to write the material for her new album.

Although May Your Kindness Remain was predominately written on the road -- in the van, in hotels, and in the homes of family and friends -- it’s not a road record like its predecessor. That is, it’s not so much inspired by her life on the road so much as it is by the people she’s met along the way. It’s an inward reflection on the connectivity of their stories and her own. “More than anything,” she says, “it got me thinking about my childhood, and the people around me that I’ve known, and the stories that come from my family. It became clear how many people are struggling through the same issues.”

May Your Kindness Remain is full of vivid depictions of complex people and places with all too common struggles. Much of the album deals with the psychological and relational impact of the unrealistic picture of success that is so embedded in modern American culture.

TWAIN

Twain is the solo project of Mt. (Mat) Davidson, a tender and evocative singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has previously worked with the likes of The Low Anthem, The Deslondes and Spirit Family Reunion. Mt. Davidson, originally from Virginia, has started in the mids-2000s to write and self-record under the name Twain. His first attempts were self-released song collections In 2010 he put out , Love Is All Around, and it's his first attempt to bring in those people who still form the Twain band on the newest album: Ken Woodard on basses, Peter Pezzimenti on drums, plus soundengineer as band member Adrian Olson (Natalie Prass, Matthew E. White, Flo Morrissey, Foxygen) . Though the first album where a specific Twain band sound starts blooming is Life Labors In The Choir, still self-released in 2014. It took a while but slowly this album found its audience, and admirers in the US indie-folk-circuit. With two EPs following through his bandcampsite and more and more demand for his remarkable stage presence continued to build recognition.

Courtney Marie Andrews / Twain

24 Apr 2018

Islington Assembly Hall

Upper St
London
N1 2UD

7.00pm

£15

SOLD OUT

WILLY VLAUTIN

To celebrate publication of his first novel in four years, Don't Skip Out on Me, Faber Social and Shortlist present the much-loved Willy Vlautin, of the bands Richmond Fontaine and The Delines, playing live and in conversation as part of Shortlist's Book & Beer Club. All ticket holders will receive a free copy of Don't Skip Out on Me and a beer.

'Don't Skip Out on Me is magnificent. Willy Vlautin is now one of America’s great writers.’ Roddy Doyle
‘I love Willy Vlautin’s books.’ Donna Tartt

​​The new novel follows ​ Horace Hopper, a half-white and half-Paiute Indian farm hand in Nevada, who dreams of bigger things. Leaving behind the farm and its fragile stability, he heads South to re-invent himself as the Mexican boxer Hector Hidalgo… but at what cost, and what of those he’s left behind? 

Exploring the fringes of contemporary America, Don't Skip Out on Me is an extraordinary work of compassion - a novel about the need for human connection and understanding - and essential reading, now more than ever.

'Luminously shot and acted' Financial Times
'A rivetingly beautiful film set in the world of horse racing' Daily Telegraph

Willy Vlautin is the prize-winning author of four acclaimed novels, The Motel Life, Northline, Lean on Pete, which was shortlisted for the IMPAC Prize, and The Free. He is also the frontman of the band Richmond Fontaine, whose many albums include 'Post to Wire', and more recently founded The Delines. Originally from Reno, he now lives in Portland, Oregon.

Faber Social and Shortlist present Willy Vlautin at Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent's Park Rd, London NW1 7AY
Thursday 1st February, 7pm doors
£14 ticket includes a copy of Don't Skip Out on Me and a beer

Tickets available here

Faber Social: Willy Vlautin

01 Feb 2018

Cecil Sharp House

2 Regent's Park Rd
London
NW1 7AY

7.00pm

£14

DREAM WIFE

“Dream Wife is a perfect example of what makes SXSW special, the discovery and excitement of seeing something real that has feeling and meat to it, and makes you grateful you were there  to witness it.” - NPR Music

“Punk rock trio Dream Wife make music that flips a middle finger to convention.” -  T he FADER “Dream Wife‘s most recent singles are two of the most urgent, empowering, and subversive rock jams of
2017” - Gorilla vs. Bear

"a well-oiled machine worthy of the Strokes but performed with the righteous indignation of Bikini Kill...snappy, punk-informed rock 'n' roll." -  Stereogum

"why they rule: Astounding musical precision, addictive melodies, and plenty of heart." - Entertainment Weekly

“Dream Wife offer a soundtrack ripe for a punk Sofia Coppola movie soundtrack” -  NYLON

WHENYOUNG

Do you remember when you were young? Do you remember that very distinctive mixed and contradictory feeling of fearlessness and doubt, of possibility and uncertainty, of freedom and pressure, of determination and flippancy? Do you remember?

Well, these feelings are still fresh for whenyoung. All those contradictions reveal themselves in their songs, where the music fizzes with youthful abandon and urgency while the lyrics tell quite a different story.

Dream Wife / Whenyoung

21 Mar 2018

Heaven

17 Villiers St
London
WC2N 6NG

7.30pm

£10

SOLD OUT

THE SOFT MOON

'Criminal’ is a confessional work. Through the stark lens of shame and guilt that has followed Luis Vasquez since a violent childhood growing up within the humming ambient sprawl of 80s Mojave Desert, here he documents the gut-wrenching sound of going to war with himself. Battling with his own sanity, self-hatred, insecurity, self-entitlement and grappling with the risk of these things transforming him into a person he despises, Vasquez has laid his feelings bare with this: his confession and most self-reflective work to date. “Guilt is my biggest demon and has been following me since childhood. Everything I do strengthens the narrative that I am guilty” Vasquez reflects. “The concept of ‘Criminal’ is a desperate attempt to find relief by both confessing to my wrongdoings and by blaming others for their wrongdoings that have affected me.”

The Soft Moon perform at the Dome, 16 February.

 

SARIN

SΛRIN is the audio/video and music project of Iranian born and Canadian raised Emad Dabiri. Described by The Brvtalist as "One of the most evil projects currently emerging from the electronic underground, SΛRIN combines terrorizing industrial with menacing EBM and black shades of techno, wave and more.” He currently resides in Berlin and is also half of the projects KONKURS and Human Performance Lab.

Tickets on sale now

The Soft Moon / SARIN

16 Feb 2018

The Dome

2A Dartmouth Park Hill
London
NW5 1HL

7.30pm

£15

HYPNOTIC KINGDOM

Hypnotic Kingdom is the new project from Nathan Hewitt, founding member of Cheatahs. He began writing and recording at home in 2016, after deciding to take a break from the music industry, when relentless touring finally took its toll.

In an attempt at a rediscovery of sound and self, "Would You Be There For Me?" is a 9 song album, which aims to reaffirm the therapeutic and restorative power that creating music can bring.

The album was mixed by Dean Reid in Los Angeles and the drums were played and recorded by Marc Raue in London, both former Cheatahs members. Everything else was recorded by Hewitt in London.

For the live show Nathan is joined by Marc Raue on drums and has recruited John Webb (Male Bonding) and Conan Roberts (Mazes) on guitar and bass.

"Would You Be There For Me?" is self released January 12th, 2018.

w/ support from Middex, Comms (noise set) and DJ Babak Ganjei

Tickets now on sale. Tickets are also available which include a download of the album on release.

Hypnotic Kingdom

23 Jan 2018

+ Middex, Comms and DJ Babak Ganjei

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£6 / £7 (including an album download)

2017 was a busy year for Fil Bo Riva. After the release of the debut EP „If You’re Right, It’s Alright“ in late 2016, the first two tours in Germany, Austria and Switzerland went sold out. According to this unexpected success, the solo project on stage developed to a duo with Felix A. Remm and later from a three piece to a four piece. The rest of the summer was spent through Europe playing several festivals and other gigs. All this while constantly going back into the studio with producer Robert Stephenson to work on the debut album. It has been a year full of contrasts and different priorities: On the one hand, enjoying the fast-paced life on the road, visiting new places and meeting new faces. Signing autographs on scraps of papers for the first time and realizing people actually singing along at festival gigs. On the other hand, fully disconnecting with the world and being alone in the studio to focus on the album recording. Diving in deeply, forgetting everything else and solely being with the music. Nothing else matters. Metaphorically speaking: 'If the EP was a photograph of an idea, what we are trying to create with the album is an actual movie. I’m not trying to sound romantic but it’s like accumulating different pictures and feelings… and we all worship the album format, that’s why we want to take the time to shape it properly.“

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Fil Bo Riva

17 Apr 2018

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

31-35 Coate St,
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£7

We're so excited to team up with Ja Ja Ja for November's edition of their long running event. They consistently bring some of the most exciting new music to London so it has been a pleasure to work with them to select three fantastic new artists. 

NELSON CAN

Nelson Can started out as a lie - there was no band - it was just a dream. ‘We just really wanted to tell people that we had a band, and so we did. Now we actually have a band and it is just as amazing as we had imagined it would be.’

Nelson Can operate with several dogmas and a very noticeable one is that the band use no guitars. Their sound is original and "to-the-bone" simple, inspired by acts like The White Stripes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Siouxsie and the Banshees. The set-up with only drums and bass creates the perfect framework for the simple, yet very powerful melodic dogma rock sound.

ALBERT AF EKENSTAM

Like, say, Elliot Smith and Damien Jurado, Albert is a very brave and straightforward singer- songwriter. His melodies and lyrics are like uncensored and infinitely beautiful letters – without euphemisms and false chords they let you know what’s on his mind. At the same time they’re universal – if you’ve loved and lost you can relate to them.

They also start your internal movie projector. With “Ashes” on the stereo and with eyes closed memory fragments, glowing emotions and pure dreams fly through your soul. That Filip’s production (which you’ve heard on Anna von Hausswolff’s two latest albums) is both intimate and grand at the same time makes this personal cinematic experience even more sensational.

Great art. What more can you ask for? Albert af Ekenstam is here to stay.

HAJK

Hajk’s first song, 'Common Sense', was listed by Norwegian radio stations almost before the band got of our their rehearsal space, and the album Magazin», which was released in early autumn 2017, got a great reception by international media. In the US, Noisey picked up the single straight away, and this blazed the trail for the band over there. In England, Indie Shuffle was quick off the mark. Sweden also liked Hajk’s consistent pop music, and Svenska Dagbladet called Magazine one of the best, new songs that autumn. The bands debut album has gotten great reviews in Scandinavia, Germany, UK, US and beyond.

The band are influenced by artists like Dirty Projectors, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Amason, but still they stand firmly on their own feet, with an original sound that also challenges the genre they belong to. 

Tickets are on sale now.

Ja Ja Ja x Rockfeedback

30 Nov 2017

Nelson Can / Albert Af Ekenstam / Hajk

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£5 / £7

SOLD OUT

OSCAR JEROME

Oscar Jerome has been honing his craft as a musician and writer since a young age. He has worked as vocalist, guitarist and composer with countless acts and grown through the thriving South London music scene.

In his solo project Jerome brings all of his influences together, citing artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, George Benson, John Martyn, The Clash, Ali Farka Toure and Jay Dilla. Oscar’s song writing is motivated by politics, spirituality within music and life experiences. His creative vision is to always make music with sincerity and pay homage to his countless inspirations.

Oscar’s music has received radio attention from Gilles Peterson, Huw Stephens (BBC radio 1) and Jamz Supernova (1Xtra). He has appeared in a Boiler Room session along with Nick Hakim, recorded his own Mahogany session and earlier in 2017 played a BBC 6Music live session on Gilles Peterson’s show. His  acclaimed live show has seen him perform at Glastonbury, Jazz Cafe, Worldwide Awards Afterparty and Union Chapel supporting Macy Gray to name a few.

Due to the temporary closure of The Montague Arms effective shortly, Oscar Jerome's sold out show there on Jan 31st will now take place Corsica Studios. All tickets purchased for the show are valid for the new venue, and the good news is there are now a few more tickets available due to this.

WU-LU

After two years spent further discovering his sound, Wu-Lu, the South London-based producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist returns with new music. New single "Jaybo" follows on from his self-released debut EP, Ginga, which featured Stones Throw’s MNDSGN and Gilles Peterson favourite, Andrew Ashong among its ranks. Within eight tracks, it combined the off-kilter brilliance of J Dilla's hip hop with ounces of lo-fi, psychedelic guitar in a refreshing fashion

2017 has seen Wu-Lu supporting the likes of musical polymath, Mark de Clive-Lowe and MNDSGN at the infamous Jazz Cafe. Further afield, his leadership on SAMPLED — a live audiovisual exploration of the divisive ‘world music’ tag with a 13-piece super-band — lead to shows at the now infamous Church Of Sound in 2016. COS being a new, East London venue space dedicated to bringing jazz-influenced sounds to a new audience.

+ MAXWELL OWIN DJ

Oscar Jerome / Wu-Lu (solo) / Maxwell Owin (DJ)

31 Jan 2018

Corsica Studios

4/5 Elephant Rd
London
SE17 1LB

7.30pm

£7

SOLD OUT

TRUDY AND THE ROMANCE

“Impossible to pin down, they deliver a drunken, stumbling, shambolic rock ’n roll that somehow keeps its shit together when the going gets tough. Truly, Trudy are something very special indeed” – DIY
“If anyone’s gonna do anything from Liverpool in the next 12 months, it’ll be this lot”– NME
"..all lovesick sea shanties and Orange Juice inflected rabble rousers" - I-D Magazine

Somewhere among the daydreamers and heartbreakers, beauty queens and jock teens, Trudy and the Romance are looking to lure you into their suitably skewed, cinematic world. On new single ‘Is There A Place I Can Go’, the trio’s dubbed ‘Mutant 50s Pop’ takes a more contemplative turn. The single is part of their Junkyard Jazz EP, which will be released through B3SCI on November the 17th.

From character creation to alter-ego exploration, Trudy’s overtly-romanticised, technicolour realm runs deep. Like David Lynch dicing and splicing Walt Disney film reels, Junkyard Jazz EP is a larger-than-life introduction to their saccharine sound, right through to the Grease-style illustrations by LA-based artist Hello Thunderpuss.

PSYCHIC MARKERS

Psychic Markers –  are a hodgepodge bunch made up of members of various other bands and with a geographical backdrop that stretches countries as well as counties. So it makes sense that their music would be eclectically emblematic of such sprawling backgrounds.

HONEY MOON

Four boys in the big smoke making jangly croon pop to please your ears and warm your hearts.

Tickets on sale now!

Trudy and the Romance / Psychic Markers / Honey Moon

26 Jan 2018

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£7

MEAT WAVE

In late 2014, Meat Wave’s 24-year-old frontman Chris Sutter found himself facing the end of the relationship he had been in since he was 12 years old. “When you’re in something like that for so long, it doesn’t shield you from the world, but it softens your reality,” he explains. “A long relationship like that gives you confidence.” He likens the experience of being single for the first time in his adult life to being an Amish kid on Rumspringa. “I was just going nuts, making all the mistakes that you could make. It made for a really whack, fucked up time—very confused, always unsure—and that led to a bunch of shit,” Sutter laughs grimly.

The Chicago punks had already made their second album Delusion Moon, a hardcore blast that castigated the weak excuses we ply for poor behaviour. That would come out in 2015. In the interim, Sutter started keeping a notebook to try and document the profound mood swings and torrents of anxiety that he was experiencing in the wake of the split, writing stream-of-consciousness poems about his feelings from day to day, city to city. One term kept coming out: the incessant.

PEEPING DREXELS

Peeping Drexels make music about horrible people. From tales of drunk driving to songs exploring the ignorance of modern Britain, their music is the reflection of an angry working class. Brewing from the ever expanding South London scene, Peeping Drexels have been gigging relentlessly for the past year, perfecting their live set into an aggressive punch in the face to anyone brave enough to watch.

Having caused a stir with recent single 'The Goof', released via Permanent Creeps, and having already played with the likes of Phobophobes, Goat Girl, Meatraffle, Table Scraps, Vulgarians, LICE, Yowl, Hotel Lux, Sweaty Palms, Beachtape and Bo Gritz (to name but a few), Peeping Drexels are fast becoming one of London's most exciting prospects.

LUMER

Emerging from the dead industrial underbelly of Hull, LUMER take jaded frustration and push it kicking and screaming into the ears of unassuming crowds. Their frenetic post-punk sound teeters on   the   verge   of   losing   control,   proving   them   a   force   to   be   witnessed.

Meat Wave / Peeping Drexels / Lumer

09 Feb 2018

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£9

SONS OF RAPHAEL

Sons of Raphael are brothers Loral and Ronnel Raphael from London.
Their throats are opened graves, they use their tongues to deceive.

WHENYOUNG

Do you remember when you were young? Do you remember that very distinctive mixed and contradictory feeling of fearlessness and doubt, of possibility and uncertainty, of freedom and pressure, of determination and flippancy? Do you remember?

Well, these feelings are still fresh for whenyoung. All those contradictions reveal themselves in their songs, where the music fizzes with youthful abandon and urgency while the lyrics tell quite a different story.

MEGGIE BROWN

"Terrifying Hi-Fi pop songs"

+ RFB DJs

Tickets on sale now.
8pm - 1am

Popular Culture: Sons of Raphael / WhenYoung / Meggie Brown

24 Nov 2017

+ special guests

The Finsbury

336 Green Lanes, Harringay
London
N4 1BY

8pm

£5

SOLD OUT

PEGGY SUE

Peggy Sue will debut some more new music and play some classics at this intimate show after selling out their last show in a matter of hours.

GRIP TIGHT

This is the electronic project of English producer Benjamin Gregory. Subtly inspired by Italo-Disco and Chicago House, GRIP TIGHT brings hints of Kraftwerk, Joy Division and Arthur Russell to create darkly atmospheric and captivating pop songs.

Tickets on sale now.

Peggy Sue / Grip Tight

02 Dec 2017

The Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£10

OUMOU SANGARE

Widely regarded as one of the greatest living voices in African music, here Malian singer and songwriter Oumou Sangaré performs music from her new album Mogoya in an intimate seated show, part of our In the Round series.

Often referred to as the ‘The Songbird of Wassoulou’ (a southern wooded region of Mali which she considers her spiritual home), Sangaré is stylish, elegant, fiery and charismatic with a soulful, soaring voice – qualities that have seen her fast become an emblem for African womanhood and a striking role model. A tireless campaigner for women’s rights, Sangaré’s music is as fearless and powerful as her message – combining traditional instruments with western influences and sounds, drawing on a rich musical heritage while looking to the future.

Oumou Sangare

31 Jan 2018

+ special guests

Roundhouse - In The Round

Chalk Farm Road
London
NW1 8EH

7.30pm

£15 - £25

THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE

Change is constant. Certainly that’s always been the case with the Rural Alberta Advantage. Through three albums, Juno and Polaris nominations, the steady hum of critical praise and the relentless miles of constant touring, the trio of Nils Edenloff, Paul Banwatt and recent addition Robin Hatch have not just been confronted with change, they have been wailing, pounding and sighing their way through it. Change hung over them in the melancholy nostalgia of Hometowns, shook them during the finding-your-feet urgency of Departing and found its way through their cracks in the turmoil of Mended with Gold.

Though it’s always left a mark on the band, as they journey into The Wild, their fourth album, this perpetual change seemed to be casting a darker shadow. Maybe it’s the fact that singer and songwriter Edenloff almost watched his childhood home of Fort McMurray burn to the ground. Maybe it’s just, as Edenloff notes ruefully, that everyone in the band is getting older. Maybe it’s just that we’ve all had a rough year. But never before has the band felt quite so surrounded by the heaviness of being — nor quite so determined to pull through.

YUKON BLONDE

"the perfect jam for dancing and falling foolishly into the depths of an emot