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BALOJI

Baloji is an artist in motion, a musician, poet, film director, a man of images and ideas.

He’s in motion like the inhabitants of Avenue Kaniama in Lubumbashi. In motion like the synthetic afro beats he produces, the fruit of an unlikely alliance between rock- rumba and futurist funk. In perpetual motion, like his limbs on stage as he fronts the Kaniama Show band, leading them in a sensual voodoo trance.

In motion like the era captured by his pen, an era where the intimate and the political come together and clash.

137 Avenue Kaniama is Baloji’s third album and the first to appear on the Bella Union label (John Grant, Fleet Foxes, Beach House...).

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

Baloji was born in Lubumbashi (DRC Congo) and grew up in Belgium. As a teenager, he started his first rap collective, Starflam. In 2008, as Baloji, he released “Hotel Impala” an album conceived as a reply to a letter he received from his mother after a 25-year absence.

Baloji

16 Oct 2018

+ special guests

Jazz Cafe

5 Parkway, Camden Town
London
NW1 7PG

7.30pm

£13.50

KLLO

The great metaphorical River has been lending itself to wise sayings for ages, usually as a manifestation of time, or in relation to how we see instances pass. It exists only as current, neither in the past nor the future, the present. Rarely though do we look for guidance from the bodies of water that rest beyond a current’s reach: backwaters seen as stagnant and turbid. That they are, yet by nature they also collect, capable of shaping labyrinthine networks of canals and inlets with ecosystems all their own. Backwaters let the present settle into the past, they’re a place apart from the flow where moments compile and mature.

Kllo, an electronic pop collaboration between Melbourne cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam, waded in figurative backwater for much of 2016, amidst an extensive world tour. These were exciting times; the duo’s Well Worn EP furthered the promise of 2014 EP Cusp , receiving millions of streams and landing Kllo on festival stages as well as Artists-to-Watch lists. Nonetheless, the stretch kept them far from home, isolated and vulnerable, treading through perpetual uncharted territory while yearning for the comforts of the familiar.

As a result, Kllo’s full-length debut depicts inner adjustment to outer change. Songs were written partially on the road and developed back at Lam’s bungalow, a haven that harbors creative spontaneity and catharsis.
“It’s the first time we hadn’t felt like kids anymore,“ says Kaul. “We were really able to dive in deeper and bring out a lot more of us into the music.”

KLLO

04 Oct 2018

+ special guests

Archspace

339-340 Acton Mews
London
E8 4EA

7.30pm

£11

ANGEL HO

Angel-Ho is an artist assured of their own destiny. Over the past four years, the sonic and stylistic savant (born Angelo Valerio) has managed to build a global following out of their explorations of concepts revolving around classism, identity and gender through an amalgamation of their unrelentingly experimental electronic music and glamorous sense of style and couture. However, with plans to release their debut album later this year, Angel-Ho is looking to enter the next phase of their career: that of becoming a pop icon. " - Dan Charles

Angel-Ho is a neo-pop recording artist transforming elements genres into new musical territories. She will be performing her debut album that features dance, live vocal story telling and expression of the "feminine trans queenie" that proves to be the workings of a future pop force in global music.

FAKA

FAKA, a cultural movement established by Fela Gucci and Desire Marea, has come to represent more than the “performance art duo” descriptor that has defined the collective since their inception in 2015.

The artists explore a combination of mediums ranging from sound, live performance, literature, video and photography, to create an eclectic aesthetic with which they express their ideas about themes central to their experience as black queer bodies navigating the cis-hetero-topia of post-colonial Africa.

The collective debuted at the BubblegumClubbb Nights held at the Hazard Gallery in 2015, where they presented #Wait Lorraine: A Wemmer Pan-African Introduction to Siyakaka Feminism. In the same year, they released their popular ode to Brenda Fassie, a video piece titled From A Distance. The following year (2016) was defined by the duo’s release of the Bottoms Revenge EP, a collection of Ancestral Gqom-Gospel sounds,  as well as a much-talked-about live installation of The Factory at Stevenson Gallery’s SEX show.

Angel Ho / Faka

21 Jun 2018

Birthdays

33-35 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BJ

7.30pm

£10

FUCKED UP

Fucked Up kick off Visions Festival 2018 with a party at Hangar. Get show tickets on Friday at 10am or buy bundle tickets now. 

Find out more about Visions 2018 here.

Fucked Up

03 Aug 2018

+ special guests

Hangar

2-18 Warburton Road
London
E8 3FN

7.30pm

£15 / £45

HORSE FEATHERS

Horse Feathers feels like a secret you don’t really want to share. Over twelve years and five albums, a passionate fan base has experienced this band as a precious commodity that they want to keep close to their hearts. One reason for this can be found in lead singer Justin Ringle’s distinctive voice, at once vulnerable and piercing, and in the quality of the music: gorgeous, lush string arrangements surrounding stark, visceral lyrics whose bite makes a piquant juxtaposition to the surrounding beauty.

Now, however, Horse Feathers has created an album that differs enough from its predecessors to suggest that the cat might get out of the bag. On Appreciation, their sixth full-length and the fifth on venerable independent label Kill Rock Stars, the signifiers of the band are there: Ringle’s warm tenor and lyrics that speak of work, love, and other struggles. But on this album less of the song dynamics are achieved with strings and more with an exciting new rhythm section steeped in Northern Soul. Longtime violinist Nathan Crockett and keyboardist Dustin Dybvig provide continuity, but much of Appreciation feels like the best of Ringle’s previous musical ideas just took a giant step into a larger arena.

Recorded primarily in Kentucky (at La-La Land Studios in Louisville and Shangri-La Studios in Lexington), the new album features instrumentalists J. Tom Hnatow, Robby Cosenza and R&B vocalist Joslyn Hampton, who helped make Appreciation a mixture of strutting ‘70s-style country-pop (“Without Applause,” “Don’t Mean To Pry”) and supple soul (“Best To Leave,” “Evictions”). But Horse Feathers hasn’t gained accessibility at the expense of quality, nor at the expense of their signature instrumentation (“The Hex” might be the only R&B/soul song where the rhythmic lead is played on banjo). For those who crave what NPR called “the densely pretty seethe of Horse Feathers’ earlier ballads”, the album delivers “Born in Love” and “On the Rise”, accentuating the string surge with Hammond organ, piano, tambourine, and finger snaps.

Horse Feathers

26 Sep 2018

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

34 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£11

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.

Trudy and the Romance

14 Nov 2018

+ spcial guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street,
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£8

THE ORIELLES

One of the most exciting young bands in the country right now, Halifax’s fast-rising The Orielles are set to play a massive headline show at the tail end of 2018. They will headline Heaven in Charing Cross on 29 November. 

“We met Henry at a house party a few years ago,” says Sid about the beginnings of the band. “I mean, it’s a bit lamer than that sounds. It was a friend of our parents, she was having a 40th birthday party, and we went along, and Henry was there too, with his parents.” They’ve been writing songs together ever since, Esme singing and on bass, Sidonie on drums, Henry on guitar."

Their debut album came out earlier this year via the ever brilliant Heavenly. Across 45-minutes, the album itself takes all kinds of turns, into ESG-ish yips and funk, dreamy-arch harmonies, disco synth-pows and stoner bongos, unsettling submerged voices - with all that and more it still flows like a fountain of indie pop, fresh and catchy and altogether. The songs themselves are inspired by cinema, literature and physiological details of domestic animals. “So many pop songs are about relationships or growing up or whatever,” they say. “We wanted to write a few songs that make people think, What the hell is that about?”

As for the album title - “It’s anything that’s unexpectedly brilliant,” explains Henry. “We played in Toronto, at this bar called the Silver Dollar Room. We’d been in Canada for 36 hours, no sleep, we’d already played at 10, then we played a show at the Silver Dollar at 2am and it was one of the best shows we’ve played. So a silver dollar moment became anything that’s good, but unexpectedly.”

The Orielles

29 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Heaven

17 Villiers St
London
WC2N 6NG

7.30pm

£10

FATOUMATA DIAWARA

Hailed as one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music, Fatoumata Diawara takes her artistry to fresh and thrilling heights on her new album FENFO. Boldly experimental yet respectful of her roots, it’s a record that defines her as the voice of young African womanhood – proud of her heritage but with a vision that looks confidently to the future and a message that is universal.

Her spectacular 2011 debut album Fatou made the Malian singer and guitarist the most talked about new African artist on the planet.  FENFO (which translates as “something to Say”’) dramatically fulfils that promise on a set of vivid and original new compositions that draw on the rich experiences she has enjoyed since.

“I’ve had so many different musical adventures since the last album, touring and working with so many other musicians and I think you can hear how all of that feeds into this record,” she says. “This is my time and I’m sharing my soul.”

Those she has worked with include some of the biggest names in contemporary music. She recorded with Bobby Womack and Herbie Hancock; played Glastonbury and other major festivals; and toured with the Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca. She assembled a West African super-group featuring Amadou and Mariam, Oumou Sangaré and Toumani Diabaté to record a song calling for peace in her troubled homeland; and climbed aboard Damon Albarn’s star-studded Africa Express, which culminated in her sharing a stage with Sir Paul McCartney.

Fatoumata Diawara

20 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Hackney Arts Centre

13 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.00pm

£22.50

HALEY

Having followed up her hugely acclaimed album Impossible Dream with an exclusive Record Store Day 7” release Bratt, HALEY (FKA Haley Bonar) returns to the UK for a series of intimate shows this November. Haley will also play a late show at St Pancras on 8 November.

HALEY was first discovered by Low’s Alan Sparhawk who spotted her at a local open mic club in Duluth, Minnesota and was so impressed he immediately invited her to join them on tour. Which is how, a week later, nineteen-year-old Haley was transformed from college student to ambitious dropout, crammed into a Honda Civic with a guitar and a drummer for company, touring the US opening for Low.  In the decade since Haley has released a succession of recordings, each of which have garnered more praise than the last, and has seen her collaborate with the likes of Andrew Bird (with whom Haley occasionally plays live) and Justin Vernon  (who contributed guest vocals to the Last War  album). Her most recent album, Impossible Dream picked up wild acclaim from the UK music press, followed by two sold out UK tours, and her debut appearance on Later… with Jools Holland.

She chose International Women’s Day 2017 to announce that she would officially adopt her mother’s maiden name (McCallum, a Scottish name meaning “a person of peace”) and now performs and releases under the moniker HALEY, the first fruits of which were the single Bratt, released for Record Store Day 2018. She says of the single:

“These two songs are kind of the last ones I wrote with lyrics in them, at least, for the time being. "Bratt" was intended to be sung from a teenage perspective, appropriating that unsentimental attitude while simultaneously looking back at yourself at that age, all of the insecurities that went along with it, letting go of your self-judgement on the past."

Currently holed up in the studio, expect more music very soon

Haley

08 Nov 2018

+ special guests

St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd
London
NW1 1UL

7.00pm

£12.50

DU BLONDE

Du Blonde iss et to play an intimate show at Sebright Arms to warm up for her UK tour with Ezra Furman. Get tickets now!

Du Blonde

21 May 2018

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

34 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£8.00

JOYFUL TALK

From a secluded outpost on Nova Scotia’s mystical South Shore, junked-analog duo JOYFULTALK conjure micro-climate trance music. The brainchild of instrument builder and jazz-fried alchemist Jay Crocker, JOYFULTALK offer up new concepts on regionalism.

Admittedly influenced by the craggy treelines and flowing rivers of Lunenburg county, Crocker and multi-instrumentalist Shawn Dicey’s gnarled jamscapes render natural spaces in a hazy parallel universe.

JOYFULTALK

12 Jul 2018

+ special guests

Birthdays

33-35 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BJ

7.30pm

£8

SUNFLOWER BEAN

Blue, as Julia Cumming of Brooklyn’s Sunflower Bean points out, is something of a “loaded color.” The word is of course often synonymous with sadness—certainly blues music isn’t known for its laughs. But it's also the "emotional color" of the band's upcoming, sparkling second album, Twentytwo in Blue. “We definitely don’t want it to come across as a sad record,” explains Cumming. “Blue is kind of hopeful, and we wanted to explore that color with this record.” The new record by vocalist and bassist Cumming, drummer Jacob Faber and guitarist and vocalist Nick Kivlen is many things: rousing, romantic, topical, empathetic and insightful. But defeatist it’s not.

All three band members will in fact be 22 when Twentytwo in Blue is released in March of 2018, almost two years and two months after Sunflower Bean’s hazy, charming debut LP, Human Ceremony. They were two momentous years in which the trio toured the world several times over and grew in accomplishment, discovering a newly confident voice they bring to the second album, one that doesn’t shy away from the political changes and cultural shifts that have left America and the world stupefied. “This has been such an unbelievable time,” says Kivlen. “I can’t imagine any artist of our ilk making a record and not have it be seen through the lens of the political climate of 2016 and 2017."

Sunflower Bean

22 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Hackney Arts Centre

17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.00pm

£14.50

SNAIL MAIL

Snail Mail, the moniker of 18-year-old Lindsey Jordan, will release its full-length debut in 2018, following the 2016 release of its introductory EP, Habit. The Baltimore singer, songwriter, and guitar prodigy is the latest addition to the renowned Matador Records roster, having bowled them over with her powerhouse vocals, preternaturally wise lyrics, and mind-bogglingly technical compositions.

Snail Mail’s Habit EP was quickly noticed by both national press outlets and touring bands alike, landing Jordan the kind of attention that most of Mary Timony’s guitar students (yes, for real, she’s been classically trained for over thirteen years AND studied under fellow Matador guitar wiz Timony, while also juggling hockey practice) can only dream of -- a New York Times Sunday Arts cover, a Pitchfork Rising feature, a FADER Gen F feature, a spotlight in V Magazine, and tours with Girlpool, Priests, and Waxahatchee.

Snail Mail

25 Oct 2018

+ special guests

The Dome

2A Dartmouth Park Hill
London
NW5 1HL

7.30pm

£11.50

ELDER ISLAND

Bristol based Elder Island deliver a beautifully unique sound. Katy’s sweet and soulful tones flow over Dave and Luke’s multi-layered synths, beats and melodic broodings to stir up emotions and get any crowd dancing. Sonically placed somewhere between the likes of The xx, Sylvan Esso, Mount Kimbie & Maribou State, there is no denying Elder Island are carving out a home for themselves in our musical landscape.

Fresh from supporting Glass Animals on their European tour in 2017 they wowed The Great Escape Festival before descending on Boomtown Fair, Love Saves the Day (Main Stage), Lovebox, Lost Village, Farm Fest, Ventnor Fringe Festival and more. Each performance saw not only the return of their dedicated fanbase but hoards of buzzing new fans. They quickly became the band not to be missed of the 2017 festival season, with national and online press singing their praises after witnessing their electric live sets.

The band have garnered huge support from BBC Introducing and were hand-picked to perform at their Maida Vale sessions as well as that of BBC6 Music on their debut self-titled EP. Elder Island continue to be championed by the likes of Huw Stephens, who featured single ‘Bamboo’ and Phil Taggart who premiered 2017 single ‘Welcome State’ on their respective BBC Radio 1 shows. With Gilles Peterson, BBC6 Music’s Tom Robinson and Beats 1’s Zane Lowe also showing appreciation, they are turning heads everywhere they go.

Elder Island

06 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Village Underground

54 Holywell Ln
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£12

PAUL FOOT

Comedy by the sea in Dreamland Margate’s beautiful Grade II-listed Ballroom.

Paul Foot – star of ‘Would I Lie To You’, ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’ and ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ headlines this comedy line-up here at Dreamland on June 2.

Plus ‘Shooting Stars’ scorekeeper Angelos Epithemiou, co-host of the ‘All Killa No Filla’ podcast Rachel Fairburn and critically acclaimed absurdist Stuart Laws as MC.

Presented by Plosive Productions & Rockfeedback

The Amusement Arcade: Paul Foot / Angelos Epithemiou / Rachel Fairburn / Stuart Laws

02 Jun 2018

Dreamland

49-51 Marine Terrace
Margate
CT9 1XJ

7.00pm

£15

THE MYSTERY LIGHTS

Even though they may sound more like some lost outfit from the depths of mid-sixties Texas than a bunch of scruffy kids from the streets of 21st Century Brooklyn, The Mystery Lights combine relentless enthusiasm, and a knack for a hook into an all-action rock n roll combo for the here and now. Their first single pairs a ridiculously catchy neo-teenbeat number "Too Many Girls" (our protagonist surrounded by a feminine throng he can't control) with the snaking psych-blues of "Too Tough To Bear", featuring the band dragging their squalling guitars deep into swampland. Though it was recorded to 8-track tape at Daptone's legendary House of Soul by Daptone studio superstar Wayne Gordon and mixed by Bosco Mann, it was the cutting engineer JJ Golden who called it "the hottest record I ever cut."

The Mystery Lights

25 Jul 2018

+ special guests

The 100 Club

100 Oxford St
London
W1D 1LL

7.30pm

£10

TITUS ANDRONICUS

A special stripped-back show in celebration of Titus Andronicus' new album, plus songs from their illustrious back catalogue at London's St Pancras Old Church

Titus Andronicus

07 Sep 2018

+ special guests

St. Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd, Camden Town
London
NW1 1UL

7.30pm

£14.50

TELEMAN

“I don’t know if other bands do this,” says Tommy Sanders, Teleman’s singer and guitarist, “but in our rehearsal room we had a white board, and for each song we’d write the chords up on the white board, write the structure out. We’ve got different colour pens and stuff. It’s very professional.”

The art of songwriting has been the driving force behind Teleman’s second album Brilliant Sanity: the process of crafting of the immaculate pop song, the dogged pursuit of the perfect hook. The result is an album that appears fastidiously and impeccably made, but also charged with joy.

The band’s first record, 2014’s Breakfast, was a quite different affair. Put together largely in the studio, with drummer Hiro Amamiya only joining the band a couple of songs into the session, Sanders recalls how “We recorded the songs before we knew how to play them, in a very bitty way, building them track by track, rather than just getting in a room and playing them.”

Since then, both the band and their songs have solidified. Now a four-piece made up of Sanders, his brother Jonny on synths, Amamiya on drums, and Pete Cattermoul on bass, the process of touring has honed them into a spectacular a live act, fleshing out those studio-forged tracks, so that by the end of the touring cycle, Sanders says, “We’d made up our minds that we wanted to record our next record in a very different way. Just us, in a room, playing together, to each other, in a very live and spontaneous way.”

Teleman

10 Oct 2018

+ special guests

Oval Space

29–32 The Oval
London
E2 9DT

7.30pm

£16.50

HALEY

Having followed up her hugely acclaimed album Impossible Dream with an exclusive Record Store Day 7” release Bratt, HALEY (FKA Haley Bonar) returns to the UK for a series of intimate shows this November.

HALEY was first discovered by Low’s Alan Sparhawk who spotted her at a local open mic club in Duluth, Minnesota and was so impressed he immediately invited her to join them on tour. Which is how, a week later, nineteen-year-old Haley was transformed from college student to ambitious dropout, crammed into a Honda Civic with a guitar and a drummer for company, touring the US opening for Low.  In the decade since Haley has released a succession of recordings, each of which have garnered more praise than the last, and has seen her collaborate with the likes of Andrew Bird (with whom Haley occasionally plays live) and Justin Vernon  (who contributed guest vocals to the Last War  album). Her most recent album, Impossible Dream picked up wild acclaim from the UK music press, followed by two sold out UK tours, and her debut appearance on Later… with Jools Holland.

She chose International Women’s Day 2017 to announce that she would officially adopt her mother’s maiden name (McCallum, a Scottish name meaning “a person of peace”) and now performs and releases under the moniker HALEY, the first fruits of which were the single Bratt, released for Record Store Day 2018. She says of the single:

“These two songs are kind of the last ones I wrote with lyrics in them, at least, for the time being. "Bratt" was intended to be sung from a teenage perspective, appropriating that unsentimental attitude while simultaneously looking back at yourself at that age, all of the insecurities that went along with it, letting go of your self-judgement on the past."

Currently holed up in the studio, expect more music very soon

Haley

08 Nov 2018

+ special guests

St. Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd, Camden Town
London
NW1 1UL

9pm

£12.50

TITUS ANDRONICUS

A special stripped-back show in celebration of Titus Andronicus' new album, plus songs from their illustrious back catalogue at London's St Pancras Old Church

Titus Andronicus

06 Sep 2018

+ special guests

St. Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd, Camden Town
London
NW1 1UL

7.30pm

£14.50

 

MAMMUT

Icelandic bands often resemble a force of nature, and Mammút are no exception. What’s more, the quintet’s spectacular new album Kinder Versions is exactly the kind of volcanic presence that is sorely lacking in 21st century rock, likewise their unpredictable and uncategorisable shape-shifting sound, like a very modern twist on psychedelia.

Mammút is Icelandic for ‘mammoth’ – the name that singer Kata Mogensen, “plucked out of the air,” when she joined guitarists Alexandra Baldursdóttir and Arnar Pétursson, bassist Ása Dýradóttir and drummer Andri Bjartur Jakobsson for their stage debut,aged just 14. Kata is the daughter of bassist Birgir Mogensen, a former bandmate of Björk back when they were young post-punk adventurers, a questing spirit that Mammút have also unconsciously adopted, though without ever discussing what kind of music they’d play. “We’re so close as a band, we have no limits for each other, no boundaries, we just follow our gut instincts,” says Kata.

Mammut

18 Jul 2018

+ special guests

Camden Assembly

49 Chalk Farm Rd
London
NW1 8AN

7.30pm

£9

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

18 Oct 2018

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£9

DEAD SEA

When searching for Dead Sea on the Internet, you will most likely end up on YouTube watching half-naked tourists floating on the super-salty waters of the lowest place on Earth. However, when narrowing down the search a bit further, chances are you will come upon a four-piece French band, crafting dreamy and magnetic post-pop songs. A lot has been said about them being shoegaze successors - a genre that suits them well - but Dead Sea members are not the kind to stand still and gaze at their shoes. Instead, they all look right ahead to the future.

PARA ALTA

Four lads from Hartlepool, Para Alta released debut single I Get Mine in 2016, an ode to trying to break free from the shackles of your hometown history. Fast forward a few years and the band have three more releases under their belts via Kissability, fans in DIY, The Line Of Best Fit, and Spotify, and they've make the schlep down the A1 to call London their new home. With anthemic indie choruses and lashings of searing guitars, they've already built themselves a banging live show. Move over Mariah, Para Alta are your new favourite heartbreakers.

Tickets on sale now!

Dead Sea / Para Alta

11 May 2018

The Waiting Room

175 Stoke Newington High St
London
N16 0LH

7pm

£7.50

LOS CAMPESINOS!

To celebrate 10 years of their albums ‘Hold On Now, Youngster…’ and ‘We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed’, your ex-girlfriend’s favourite band, Los Campesinos!, are to play their biggest ever UK headline show on Saturday 13th October at the O2 Forum, London.

It’ll be unlike any gig the band has played before, as they’ll be supporting themselves. The band’s first set will take in songs from the above mentioned albums and other songs from the time, before they towel down, spray on some deodorant and return to the stage to play a second set of songs from their ten year career as the UK’s premiere DIY/punk/emo (delete as applicable) band.

Tickets available here!

Los Campesinos!

13 Oct 2018

O2 Forum Kentish Town

9-17 Highgate Rd
London
NW5 1JY

7.00pm

£17.50

PEAKES

"a perfect demonstration of their already commanding sound that mixes dynamic instrumentation with reserved but poignant vocalisation, creating what can only be described as well-honed pop music." The Line of Best Fit

"PEAKES are a band primed for soaring heights yet packed with an emotional punch that’ll have you spinning." Dork

Peakes

25 Oct 2018

+ special guests

The Waiting Room

175 Stoke Newington High St
London
N16 0LH

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

25 Sep 2018

+ special guests

Village Underground

54 Holywell Ln
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£11

SOLD OUT

ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER

Musician, composer and Mercury Prize nominee Oneohtrix Point Never combines his experience of music, visual art and film to present a ‘concertscape’ dubbed MYRIAD. This ambitious project takes the perspective of an alien intelligence, with the work informed by Oneohtrix Point Never’s site-specific commissions of recent years including the Museum of Modern Art (2011), Tate Britain and MoMA PS1 (2013), and Edinburgh International Festival (2015). MYRIAD explores film and television tropes, abstract sculpture, game ephemera, poetry, apocryphic histories, internet esoterica, and philosophies of being; it looks both towards the possibilities of the future whilst considering the conflict between today’s civilisation and the environment. The work receives is world premiere in May 2018 at Park Avenue Armoury, New York City.

Oneohtrix Point Never (OPN), otherwise known as Daniel Lopatin, is also the label founder of Software Recording Company, as a producer his credits include Anohni, FKA Twigs, David Byrne and Nine Inch Nails. OPN’s most recent album Garden of Delete (Warp, 2017) received widespread acclaim and last year he was presented the Best Soundtrack Award at Cannes Film Festival for his score to Good Time (dir. Josh and Benny Safdie). OPN has appeared as part of the Barbican contemporary music programme on several occasions including concerts at LSO St Luke’s with Nate Boyce, and Union Chapel with Nico Muhly. In 2016 he released Sticky Drama, a live audio-visual broadcast via Boiler Room which begins in the Barbican’s concert hall before descending into the bowels of the centre.

Oneohtrix Point Never: MYRIAD

07 Jul 2018

Barbican

Silk St
London
EC2Y 8DS

7.30pm

£20 - £25

LIDO PIMIENTA

Lido Pimienta is a Toronto-based, Colombian-born interdisciplinary musician and artist-curator. She has performed, exhibited, and curated around the world since 2002, exploring the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American diaspora and vernacular.

Her most recent album La Papessa was self-released, and the winner of the 2017 Polaris Music Prize, building momentum on a busy year that has included collaborating and performing with A Tribe Called Red, touring with Austra, publishing a graphic novel, creating visual artworks and contributing to art talks and exhibitions.

We are beyond excited to be working with this incredibly talented, innovative, and daring multi-disciplinary artist. Dig into La Papessa and check out the video for "La Capacidad".

Lido Pimienta

06 Jun 2018

+ special guests

DIY Space for London

96-108 Ormside St
London
SE15 1TF

7.30pm

£8

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.

JOCKSTRAP

London-based alternative electronic pop duo channelling PC Music-esque production whilst remaining true to their complex classical routes.

Alaskalaska / Jockstrap

07 Jun 2018

+ special guests

Corsica Studios

4/5 Elephant Rd
London
SE17 1LB

7.30pm

£8

M.I.L.K.

The French signed, Copenhagen-based purveyor of ultra-refreshing, soulful pop has an easy charm and sun-bleached tunes galore.

SUPERPARKA

A crew of two - Paco & Simon - who sing about UFOS invasions, love Flying Lotus and create head-nodding, psychedelically inclined R’n’B and Hip-Hop.

MNNQNS

Exploding out of Rouen’s burgeoning underground scene, the four-piece are a visceral blend of tightly-woven guitar parts, feedback and drawled vocals.

Oui Love: M.I.L.K / Superparka / MNNQNS

16 May 2018

Birthdays

33-35 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BJ

7.30pm

£7

ANNA BURCH

Through the deceptively complex pop of Quit The Curse marks the debut of Anna Burch, it’s anything but the green first steps of a fledgling new artist. The Detroit singer/songwriter has been visible for the better part of her years-long career singing in Frontier Ruckus, or more recently co-fronting Failed Flowers, but somewhere a vibrant collection of solo material slowly began taking form.

Growing up in Michigan, her fixation with music transitioned from a childhood of Disney and Carole King sing-alongs to more typically angsty teenage years spent covering Bright Eyes and Fiona Apple at open mic nights. By 18 she was deep into the lifestyle of the touring musician, juggling all the regular trials and changes of young life while on a schedule that would have her gone for months on end. 

After a few whirlwind years of this, exhausted and feeling a little lost, she stepped away from music completely to attend grad school in Chicago. This respite lasted until 2014 when she moved to Detroit and found herself starting work in earnest on solo songs she’d been making casual demos of for a year or so. Friends had been encouraging her to dive into solo music, and one particularly enthusiastic friend, Chicago musician Paul Cherry, went so far as to assemble a band around scrappy phone demos to push for a fully realized album. 

“Writing songs that I actually liked for the first time gave me a feeling of accomplishment,” Burch said,  “Like, I can do this too! But working with other musicians and hearing the songs go from sad singer/songwriter tunes to arranged pop songs gave me this giddy confidence that I’d never felt before.”

The process was drawn out and various drafts and recordings came and went as the months passed. By now Anna was playing low key shows and d.i.y. tours solo and had released some early versions of a few songs on a split with fellow Detroit musician Stef Chura. Even at a slow, meticulous pace, with every step the album took closer to completion, it felt more serious and more real. After a more than a year of piecemeal recording sessions, Anna was introduced to engineer Collin Dupuis (Lana Del Rey, Angel Olsen) who helped push things energetically home, mixing the already bright songs into a state of brilliant clarity.

The nine songs that comprise Quit The Curse come on sugary and upbeat, but their darker lyrical themes and serpentine song structures are tucked neatly into what seem at first just like uncommonly catchy tunes. Burch’s crystal clear vocal harmonies and gracefully crafted songs feel so warm and friendly that it’s easy to miss the lyrics about destructive relationships, daddy issues and substance abuse that cling like spiderwebs to the hooky melodies. The maddeningly absent lover being sung to in “2 Cool 2 Care”, the crowded exhaustion of “With You Every Day” or even the grim, paranoid tale of scoring drugs in “Asking 4 A Friend” sometimes feel overshadowed by the shimmering sonics that envelop them. 

“To me this album marks the end of an era of uncertainty. Writing songs about my emotional struggles helped me to work through some negative patterns in my personal life, while giving me the sense of creative agency I’d been searching for.”

Emerging from years spent as a supporting player, Quit The Curse stands as a liberation from feeling like Burch’s own songwriting voice was just out of reach — an opportunity, finally, for the world at large to hear what’s been on her mind for quite a while.

Anna Burch

04 Sep 2018

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£9

ALICE PHOEBE LOU

Alice Phoebe Lou's fiercely independent approach to her music has given the singer songwriter a creative confidence that shines through in her captivating vocals and stripped back music. Having developed her bluesy, folk sound busking on the streets of Berlin, Alice has caught the ears of a community of music lovers the world over with her honest storytelling and raw, beautiful voice.

Alice grew up on a mountainside in South Africa listening to her parent's records and indulging her love of theatre, arts and music at a local Waldorf school; a formative time that nurtured her independence and desire to experience music of all styles. This multi-faceted creative upbringing mixed with Alice's natural wanderlust and in 2010, 16-year-old Alice made her first journey to Europe during her summer break from school. Inspired by watching fire dancers in Paris, she began to perform likewise to get enough money to fund her travelling.

That summer Alice roamed between Paris and Amsterdam; experiencing the highs and lows of street performances' underbelly. This vagabond lifestyle was a creative inspiration and gave Alice an enduring taste for the immediacy of street crowds. After returning to South Africa to complete her studies, Alice's path led her back to Europe and she made her way to the German capital - Berlin. The freedom of the city was intoxicating and she immersed herself in the creative world there.

HUSH MOSS

From Berlin via Israel comes the funk-lite sound of mid-70s synth-phonic soul.

If the Weeknd’s dad had made an album of louche soul in 1975, during that period between the heyday of Philly and the advent of disco, just before Giorgio Moroder/Donna Summer’s electronification of dance music, it might have sounded like Hush Moss.

Alice Phoebe Lou / Hush Moss

20 May 2018

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9NL

7.00pm

£12.50

NATALIE PRASS

The songs were written, the band was ready, and the studio was booked. Fans and critics alike were eagerly awaiting the follow-up to Natalie Prass’s 2015 self-titled breakout album, a collection hailed by NPR as “a majestic debut,” but perhaps no one was more eager for record number two than Prass herself. She’d waited what felt like a lifetime to release that first album and then toured the world relentlessly behind it, sharing bills with the likes of Fleet Foxes and The War on Drugs on her way to becoming one of the year’s most talked-about artists. By the time recording sessions were scheduled to begin, she was absolutely dying to launch the next chapter, which made what happened next all the more shocking: she scrapped the whole thing.

“The record was ready to go, and then the election happened,” explains Prass. “I was devastated. It made me question what it means to be a woman in America, whether any of the things I thought were getting better were actually improving, who I am and what I believe in. I knew I would be so upset with myself if I didn’t take the opportunity to say some of the things that meant so much to me, so I decided to rewrite the record. I needed to make an album that was going to get me out of my funk, one that would hopefully lift other people out of theirs, too, because that’s what music is all about.”

The result is ‘The Future And The Past,’ a stunning work of art and a powerful feminist statement from an artist who’s only just begun to tap into the full range of her considerable powers. Reuniting Prass with producer and long-time friend Matthew E. White, the album is at once celebratory and defiant, capturing all the joy, frustration, fear and hope inherent in modern womanhood as it synthesizes the influence of everything from vintage gospel and 80’s pop to 90’s R&B and Brazilian Tropicália. Prass displays a rare gift for transcending time and place in her songwriting, tapping into age-old struggles for autonomy and equality that resonate profoundly in the present.

Though she’d been honing her craft and paying her dues for years, 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

08 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Electric Brixton

Town Hall Parade, Brixton
London
SW2 1RJ

7.00pm

£16

 

KEVIN MORBY

His fourth album, City Music works as a counterpart to Morby’s acclaimed 2016 release Singing Saw, an autobiographical set that reflected the solitude and landscape in which it was recorded. Saw was imagined as “an old bookshelf with a young Bob and Joni staring back at me, blank and timeless. They live here, in this left side of my brain, smoking cigarettes and playing acoustic guitars while lying on an unmade bed.”

And now follows City Music, the yang to its yin, the heads to its tails. It is a collection crafted using the other side of its creator’s brain, the jumping off point perhaps best once again encapsulated by an image. “Here, Lou Reed and Patti Smith stare out at the listener,” explains Morby. “Stretched out on a living room floor they are somewhere in mid-70s Manhattan, also smoking cigarettes.” It finds Morby exploring similar themes of solitude, but this time framed by a window of an uptown apartment that looks down upon an international urban landscape “exposed like a giant bleeding wound.”

Kevin Morby

22 Aug 2018

+ special guests

Hackney Arts Centre

17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.00pm

£16

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the mastermind of the New Zealand-born, Portland, Oregon-based musician Ruban Nielson, today also announces a live show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 21st November 2018. The London show at The Roundhouse on 24th May 2018 is now sold out, two months upfront of the date.

The follow-up to Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s critically acclaimed record Multi-Love, Sex & Food sees Nielson tap into both familiar and unexpected territory. The delightfully shape-shifting album filters real-deal serious themes such as "What are we consuming? How is it affecting us, and why does everything feel so bad and weird sometimes?” through a vibrant sonic lens that spans battered drum-machine funk, doomy and thrashing rock and pink-hued psychedelic disco. It’s not a dark record, per se. Even the album’s title, Sex & Food, focuses on two of the most undeniably pleasurable experiences in life; positivity despite the strangeness of our times.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

21 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Royal Albert Hall

Kensington Gore
London
SW7 2AP

7.30pm

Various

JULIEN BAKER

Julien Baker’s solo debut, Sprained Ankle, was one of the most widely acclaimed works of 2015. The album, recorded by an 18-year-old and her friend in only a few days, was a bleak yet hopeful, intimate document of staggering experiences and grace, centered entirely around Baker’s voice, guitar, and unblinking honesty. Sprained Ankle appeared on year-end lists everywhere from NPR Music to The AV Club to New York Magazine’s Vulture.

With Turn Out The Lights, the now 21-year-old Baker returns to a much bigger stage, but with the same core of breathtaking vulnerability and resilience. From its opening moments —when herchiming, evocative melody is accompanied by swells of strings —Turn Out The Lights throws open the doors to the world without sacrificing the intimacy that has become a hallmark of her songs. The album explores how people live and come to terms with their internal conflict, and the alternately shattering and redemptive ways these struggles playout in relationships. Baker casts an unflinching and accepting eye on the duality of –and contradictions in –the human experience, at times evenfinding humor and joy in the midst of suffering. She ultimately calls on herlisteners to move beyond “good” and “bad,” or “happy” and “sad,” to embrace more complex truths.

The album was recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in her hometown of Memphis, TN, and mixed by Craig Silvey (The National, Florence & the Machine, Arcade Fire). This evolution fromSprained Ankle’sintentionally spareproduction allowed greater scope and freedom for Baker,who is still the album’s sole writer and producer. Strings and woodwinds now shade the corners of her compositions, and Baker takes topiano rather than guitar on several tracks. In songs like the epic “Claws In Your Back,” these new textures push Baker’s work to cinematic heights of intensity.

Julien Baker returns to London with a headline show at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, 29 September.

BECCA MANCARI

Born in Staten Island, New York, to an Italian-Irish preacher and a Puerto Rican mother, Mancari has lived a life of transition - from working as a janitor in South Florida, to writing songs with train hoppers in the Blue Ridge Mountains and seeking spirituality in India. But it was her time in Virginia and Nashville where she found the roots music that would continue to inspire her musical evolution to today.

Her anticipated debut album, "Good Woman," is hauntingly lonesome, with dust-cloud swells of electric guitar and don't-look- back lyrics revealing scenes from Mancari’s well-travelled story. She recalls, “I remember being 19, and I would go to this old warehouse where a bunch of old timers would be siting around picking and drinking moonshine…and we are talking straight up moonshine. "During this time, Mancari's curiosity to see the world with eager, fresh eyes grew, drawing her to travel and experience all types of people and places. Her travels would inevitably impact her music; since her music is the landscape of all she's seen, “Good Woman” evokes the sound of city grit and the mountain music of her youth, swirling into a fresh, nostalgic sound.

Tickets on sale now!

Julien Baker / Becca Mancari

29 Sep 2018

O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

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

7.00pm

£17.50

DREAM WIFE

Dream Wife is more than just a band, Dream Wife is a way of life. You’ll struggle to find a tighter knit trio than the fabulously fierce Rakel Mjöll (vocals), Alice Go (guitar) and Bella Podpadec (bass), whose art school roots have informed their all-encompassing aesthetic and sharp eye for detail. This band aren’t just about bashing out insanely good guitar bangers that conjure up visions of Blondie by way of Bikini Kill, ESG and Pat Benetar – though on the songs that make up their debut album, out 2018, they certainly do that too – they’re about creating a wonderful world to dive into headfirst and everyone is invited along for the ride.

“We’re definitely a pop band,” explains Alice of their sound and style, which worships at the twin totems of David Bowie and Madonna. “I don’t think there’s any shame in that. There’s the assumption that pop doesn’t have integrity, but that’s not true.” Integrity is not something Dream Wife are short on. A scene unto themselves, their gigs are a riot of handmade props and stage sets that cover everything from space beaches to haunted graveyards, while their finely tuned show is the product of extreme DIY beginnings. Despite only having four songs, in their very early days they took themselves off out on the road, without a booking agent, promoter or a tour manager. “We were a wild band,” says Alice. “In fact, we were basically feral.” Somehow, it worked and Dream Wife had tours of Europe and Canada under their belts before they even entertained the idea of getting serious representation. “We didn’t have any idea what we were doing but we still did it,” says Rakel of their somewhat unconventional start.

Despite the fact that they’re now fully ensconced in the London scene, their self-starting outsider status has stuck with them, lending everything a whisper of weirdness and a whole lot of passion. The band’s commitment to collaboration means they’re also a melting pot for the young, unconventional creatives who are involved with making Dream Wife one of those magical multi-media happenings around. “At the start we didn’t know what it would be,” explains Alice. “It still feels like we could do a lot of things with this project.” Deeply involved in the visual side of the group, they’ve worked with the likes of feminist photographer Francesca Allen, Ione Gamble of the cult Polyster zine and artist Meg Lavender who as well as creating high-concept, low-budget photoshoots for the band, is also currently on a recruitment drive for the Bad Bitch Club, a fan-first collective of the tough, talented no-shit women who can be found in a Dream Wife crowd. “It’s not just about us three. The band aren’t on a different level to the fans,” says Alice. “It’s much more fun to let people in,” adds Rakel. “That’s why our shows are so good!”

It’s the songs too that make the shows, from the fiery fury of the Spice Girls-referencing ‘FUU’ to the new wave politico-pop of ‘Somebody’ and euphoric old school indie hit ‘Fire’. These are songs in the classic mould – big, beautiful and crazily catchy. And, of course, there’s the three dynamic women at the band’s core. Alice is convinced the group’s drive and dedication comes from the fact they’re all fire symbols. “We’re a power trio,” she says. “There’s a crazy energy between us.” Bella is in agreement; “It is magic when we’re together.” Get ready to fall under Dream Wife’s spell.

Dream Wife

31 Oct 2018

+ special guests

KOKO

1A Camden High St
London
NW1 7JE

6.30pm

£12.50

FRANCOBOLLO

Distorted, childlike, energetic, excitable, mischievous; quite simply Francobollo is everything you ever wanted for Christmas, but were too afraid to ask. The members, who met at school in Lund, Sweden, cut their teeth in North London warehouse parties, the band are equally at home in intimate holes as they are on big festival stages; always oozing with joy; winning over audiences with ease. 2017 was an exciting and busy year on the road for Francobollo, who toured with The Big Moon, Marika Hackman and Coheed & Cambria, as well as playing numerous major showcases and festivals before embarking on a 24-date UK and European headline tour in the Autumn.

Mercury Prize and Brit Award winning producer Charlie Andrew took great interest in the band after seeing them play live, making them the first signing to his newly established label  Square Leg Records , with the band’s debut album  Long Live Life   being released in the summer of 2017.   The record itself was a test as to how to capture the band’s onstage spirit - which they’re now renowned for. This resulted in an unorthodox approach to recording the majority of the album - in front of an audience, with an aim to inject the Francobollo personality into the recordings.

BENIN CITY

A sultry piece of Afro dub blues‘ Q Magazine
‘one of the UK's most exciting new bands’ Huffington Post
'a genuinely unique proposition' Clash Mag
'a promising debut' DIY
'they’re seriously something special.' Indie Shuffle
This is a 21st century record through and through, one whose sonics sit comfortably next to The xx and Kode 9' Arts Desk

WYLDEST

North London’s ’80’s-influenced dream pop trio Wyldest feature songwriter/producer Zoe Mead, multi-instrumentalist Mariin Kallikorm and drummer Jack Gooderham.

With the release of their second EP 'Hitchhiker' in September 2017, they have enjoyed continued support from NME, The Independent, The Telegraph, Huw Stephens (BBC Radio One), Gary Crowley (BBC Introducing), Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6) and Virgin Radio.

Wyldest are currently self-producing their first album to be released early spring 2018 following a string of international shows at SXSW and a UK tour.

"The band have arrived fully-formed and ready to take the next collective step" The Independent

“An enthralling return, with the band's textural exploration taking them further than ever” CLASH

Francobollo / Benin City / Wyldest

29 May 2018

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7.30pm

£9.50

ARIEL PINK

Los Angeles’s prodigal songwriting son Ariel Pink shares his eleventh studio album, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, September 15.

The album’s title makes a direct and heartfelt reference to a real-life L.A. musician, long presumed dead, who resurfaced online in 2007 after 35 reclusive years to pen his autobiography and tragic life story in a series of blogs and YouTube tirades. “His book and life resonated with me to such a degree,” Pink states, “that I felt a need to dedicate my latest record to him.”

Dedicated to Bobby Jameson begins at the end and ends at the beginning. “We follow the protagonist through a battery of tests and milestones, the first of which sees him reborn into life out of death,” Pink explains, referencing the opening track “Time To Meet Your God.” “From there, he seesaws his way between the innocent love and the rock-solid edifice of childhood-worn trauma that together constitute his lifelong initiation into the realm of artifice and theatrical disposability.”

TIM BURGESS

Tim Burgess is best known as the singer in The Charlatans but outside of the band he has recorded 3 solo albums and album with experimental composer Peter Gordon. His record label, O Genesis has released output as varied as R Stevie Moore, Ian Rankin and the Sound archive from Jodrell Bank radio telescope. Add in Tim Peaks, his travelling festival stage and coffee shop, two best selling books and DJ sets around the world and that’s one pretty full C.V.

JORGE ELBRECHT

Jorge Elbrecht (born in San Jose, Costa Rica 1978) is a music producer and visual artist. He lives and works between Costa Rica, New York and Los Angeles.

Ariel Pink / Tim Burgess / Jorge Elbrecht

14 Aug 2018

Heaven

17 Villiers St
London
WC2N 6NG

7.00pm

£18

SOLD OUT

OSHUN

OSHUN is an independent Hip-Hop / Soul duo and the sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism. Using digital and acoustic sounds, heavy drums and bass, and ambient harmonic textures, OSHUN connects with the spirit of their ancestors to manifest a sweeter tomorrow for us all.

Since the release of their debut mixtape ASASE YAA in 2015, OSHUN has amassed a social following of over 150k people between Youtube (youtube.com/oshun), Instagram (@oshun), and Facebook (facebook.com/oshuniverse) alone. They’ve been recognized by media heavy hitters such as Rolling Stone, The FADER, Viceland, Huffington Post, NPR, Essence, and Vogue (just to name a few). They've also performed throughout the U.S. and Brazil all while remaining full-time college students at NYU.

TIANA MAJOR9

With her bold locks, original style and enchanting personality, Tiana ‘Major9’ Thomas lights up the room, stage or wherever else you may find her. Her personal style pays homage to Hip-Hop and her sound will leave you wondering whether you are in a New Orleans Jazz club or an underground soul bar in London’s Soho.

Tiana became the first runner up for the ‘MOBO Unsung’ competition in 2014 and most recently, has performed on BBC 1XTRA during an interview with DJ Target.

At only 20, Tiana Major9 has performed on many stages across the UK and Europe, having supported acts such as Alexandra Burke and Ella Eyre. She has also performed at Ronnie Scott’s ‘Ruby sings’, ‘Women of the World Festival’ and Bulgaria’s ‘Meadows in the Mountains Festival’. Although still young in her career, her self-penned lyrics and alternative sound is launching her into becoming one of London’s freshest emerging artists!

Oshun / Tiana Major9

14 May 2018

Ghost Notes

Peckham Levels 95A Rye Lane,
London
SE15 4ST

7.30pm

£10

ALELA DIANE

In music, one of the most transformative experiences a woman can have is also an unspoken artistic taboo: Have a baby if you must. But for goodness’ sake, don’t write songs about it. Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Alela Diane has a problem with that.

“This music is about motherhood,” Alela says of her highly anticipated fifth album Cusp. “Even just by saying that, it feels like people will write you off. It’s like you’ve suddenly lost the charm of being youthful and even attainable––you’ve been commoditized as available. There is not a big place in the music industry for 30-something women with kids making music.” She laughs as she pauses, then adds, “Maybe we can create that space.”

If anyone can carve out needed new territory, it’s Alela. Cusp may be a thematic departure for the Portland, Oregon-based artist, but the Argus-eyed writing and clear voice that have long-since wowed Pitchfork, NME, Paste, and other early adopters throughout Europe and elsewhere have never been stronger.

Alela Diane

19 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Union Chapel

Compton Terrace
London
N1 2UN

7pm

£20

STARCRAWLER

If you’ve been listless and laid low by apathy, there’s only one prescription – more Starcrawler!

The dynamic young L.A.-bred quartet has been wiping the jaded looks off audiences across their hometown since making their live debut back in 2016, dragging the unsuspecting into their universe with hooks that sink into the synapses and refuse to let go – and enough electricity to light up the entire Sunset Strip.

The jolts they deliver come from a number of directions, none more direct than singer Arrow de Wilde, whose penchant for intense, sometimes assaultive, physicality is matched by a full-throated hard rock wail that tightropes between glam-rock sensuality and full-metal-jacket menace.

BRAND NEW FRIEND

It isn’t as often as you’d like that a band and their sound are seemingly one. Youthful, flying in the face of luck and chance, bright-eyed and winging it, just like their blazing guitars; in tune with their feelings and growing up with the subtlety of keys winding through unexpectedly revealing lyrics; and facing up to life by avoiding the ordinary through a rhythm section navigating and plunging forward without fear.

Brand New Friend have come further than they’d ever thought possible while brother and sister Taylor and Lauren Johnson dreamed and played in Castlerock, hanging off of Northern Ireland’s north coast. In just a few years, they’ve gone from Taylor receiving his first guitar for doing well in his GCSEs to signing with Xtra Mile Recordings and releasing their debut album. “Just the experience of playing in pubs with our mates, that was the dream to us,” says Taylor, a bundle of energy who can’t quite believe what’s happening despite being the chief motivator. “We never expected to write an album or go on real tours or sign a record deal, get management. To us, playing those small grungy gigs was just everything. Every second we’re able to do this and avoid real life is the best thing in the world. We’ll ride this ‘til the wheels come off!”

HEAVY RAPIDS

Born in Glasgow in 2017, Heavy Rapids are a rising band ready to rip up the UK music scene with punk influenced rock n' roll tunes. In their first year the band have had multiple festival appearances including TRNSMT's Jack Rock Stage w/TF and Glasgows Tenement Trail which highlights the best new music in the UK right now. The band have released 5 singles to date with much more in the pipeline for 2018.

 

Starcrawler / Brand New Friend / Heavy Rapids

20 Jun 2018

The Garage

20-22 Highbury Corner
London
N5 1RD

7.30pm

£12

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.

CASTORP

Introducing Castorp, aka Welsh-blooded, South-London based Steffan Davies – a new artist with emotional wisdom far beyond his years, channeling beautifully wistful songwriting for daydreamers lost in love, in life, in work. Davies’ songs are brimming cauldrons of haunting melody, fusing the world-weariness of the classic balladeer with his commitment to finding greener pastures. Already likened to the affecting directness of Scott Walker and the shimmering strut of Mac DeMarco, his songs are melancholic treasures to carry in your pocket as a tonic to the world’s cruel stings.

Castorp’s portraits of daydreaming and longing glow with hopeful heart, conjuring up warm escapist fantasies, while soaring falsettos, lush synthesisers and twinkling guitar lines sway together above the distinctive tight grooves and the heartfelt honesty of Davies’ delivery. For those gazing out of their bedroom window transfixed by possibility - these songs offer a slender hand to join Davies’ expedition for a kaleidoscopic alternative.

Listen here - hyperurl.co/youreamystery

LIFE MODELS

Based in North London, Life Models tend to reside at the intersection of precision and disorder. Nothing excites them more than the slapdash concision of Guided By Voices. Fuse that blueprint with a clinical Nick Cave obsession and years of hopping between the musical melting pots of Melbourne and London, and what do you get? Well nothing revolutionary, but something shouty and rough, melodic and exact. Led by four voices and eyes glued to the sticky dance floor, sometimes it’ll sound familiar, sometimes hack like a tired frog.

Popular Culture: Totally Mild / Castorp / Life Models

23 Mar 2018

+ and RFB DJs

The Finsbury

336 Green Lanes, Harringay
London
N4 1BY

8pm

£6

AMBER ARCADES

Amber Arcades returns to London with a Heartbreak. Tickets are now on sale for the very special show at Omeara on 7th June 2018, a chance to hear new songs for the first time.

Tickets on sale now.

Amber Arcades

07 Jun 2018

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7.30pm

£10

LET'S EAT GRANDMA

"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

Tickets are on sale now!

Let’s Eat Grandma

27 Sep 2018

+ special guests

Heaven

17 Villiers St
London
WC2N 6NG

6.30pm

£12.50

SOLD OUT

SNAIL MAIL

Snail Mail, the moniker of 18-year-old Lindsey Jordan, will release its full-length debut in 2018, following the 2016 release of its introductory EP, Habit. The Baltimore singer, songwriter, and guitar prodigy is the latest addition to the renowned Matador Records roster, having bowled them over with her powerhouse vocals, preternaturally wise lyrics, and mind-bogglingly technical compositions.

Snail Mail’s Habit EP was quickly noticed by both national press outlets and touring bands alike, landing Jordan the kind of attention that most of Mary Timony’s guitar students (yes, for real, she’s been classically trained for over thirteen years AND studied under fellow Matador guitar wiz Timony, while also juggling hockey practice) can only dream of -- a New York Times Sunday Arts cover, a Pitchfork Rising feature, a FADER Gen F feature, a spotlight in V Magazine, and tours with Girlpool, Priests, and Waxahatchee.

Snail Mail

15 May 2018

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£8.50

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

Stoke Newington Old Church

Stoke Newington Church St
London
N16 9ES

6pm

£8

YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN

There’s a whole world contained within Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. They’re a Noh-Wave prog collective, a black-and-white (and sometimes red) theatre company, an operatic psych cult, and the speculative prophets of humanity’s impending doom. Above it all, though, they’re a thunderous rock band, and on their third album, DIRT, they’re the heaviest they’ve ever been.

Though they’ve been an amorphous beast since they formed in 2010, DIRT follows the group’s most significant evolution in years. Now totally Toronto-based, they’ve added new singer Joanna Delos Reyes, guitarist Hiroki Tanaka and bassist Brandon Lim, who, along with the towering drums of leader/artist Alaska B, singer/theatre artist Ange Loft and keyboardist Brendan Swanson, turn the group into a driving engine of sound. Live, the band can be sprawling and theatrical or concise and visceral, filling the stage with noise, melody and cacophony.

DIRT is the band’s first album since 2013’s UZU, their second straight to be shortlisted for the Polaris Prize as one of the best Canadian albums of the year. But the gap between albums hasn’t been a hiatus. Instead, the group hunkered down in the studio composing the mostly-instrumental score to the DrinkBox Studios video game Severed, along with members of the Canadian-Filipina gong group Pantayo. They emerged with new elements to heighten and distort into their already far- reaching sound, which combines and tornadoes Asian diasporic and Indigenous influences and perspectives.

YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN

20 Jun 2018

+ special guests

Electrowerkz

7 Torrens Street
London
EC1V 1NQ

7.30pm

£12

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.”

Soccer Mommy

13 Sep 2018

+ spec