Iceage / HELM / Astrid Sonne | RFB Shigeto Ensemble | RFB Motorama | RFB Kacey Johansing | RFB Mint Field | RFB Josh T. Pearson | RFB Neil Tennant: One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem | RFB Millie Turner | RFB Millie Turner | RFB Millie Turner | RFB Oneohtrix Point Never: Myriad at The Roundhouse | RFB Hembree | RFB Frigs | RFB Erin Rae | RFB Saintseneca | RFB Alice Phoebe Lou | RFB KLLO / Graham Van Pelt | RFB Holy / Vinyl Staircase / Float | RFB The Soft Moon / HIDE | RFB Boniface | RFB Crumb | RFB U.S. Girls | RFB Hater | RFB Mutual Benefit | RFB Dena | RFB G Flip | RFB Speedy Ortiz / Doe | RFB Snail Mail | RFB The Britanys | RFB Amber Arcades | RFB Cosmo Sheldrake | RFB Mulatu Astatke / Emma-Jean Thackray | RFB Jess Williamson | RFB Kiran Leonard / Stef Ketteringham | RFB Courtney Marie Andrews | RFB WITCH / Rhys Webb (DJ) | RFB Teleman / C.A.R. | RFB Hilang Child / Elan Tamara / Ari Roar | RFB Fil Bo Riva | RFB RVG / Value Void | RFB Baloji | RFB KLLO / Graham Van Pelt | RFB Angel Ho / Faka | RFB Fucked Up | RFB Horse Feathers / The Last Dinosaur | RFB Trudy and the Romance | RFB The Orielles | RFB Fatoumata Diawara / Teme Tan | RFB Haley | RFB Du Blonde | RFB JOYFULTALK / Love Supræme / VONICA | RFB Sunflower Bean / Miya Folick / Jesse Jo Starck | RFB Snail Mail | RFB Elder Island | RFB The Amusement Arcade: Paul Foot / Angelos Epithemiou / Rachel Fairburn / Stuart Laws | RFB The Mystery Lights / Sons of Raphael / Meat Candy | RFB Titus Andronicus / Flame Proof Moth | RFB Teleman | RFB Haley | RFB Titus Andronicus / Flame Proof Moth | RFB Mammut / Circe | RFB Westerman | RFB Dead Sea / Para Alta | RFB Los Campesinos! | RFB Peakes | RFB Oscar Jerome / Kwalu / Touching Bass | RFB Oneohtrix Point Never: MYRIAD | RFB Lido Pimienta / IsaGT | RFB Alaskalaska / Jockstrap / Grand Pax /  Sorry (DJs) | RFB Oui Love: M.I.L.K / Superparka / MNNQNS | RFB Anna Burch / Lauran Hibberd | RFB Alice Phoebe Lou / Hush Moss | RFB Natalie Prass / H.C. McEntire | RFB Kevin Morby / Shannon Lay | RFB Unknown Mortal Orchestra | RFB Julien Baker / Becca Mancari | RFB Dream Wife / Queen Zee | RFB Francobollo / Benin City / Wyldest | RFB Ariel Pink / Tim Burgess / Jorge Elbrecht | RFB Oshun / Tiana Major9 | RFB Alela Diane | RFB Starcrawler / Brand New Friend / Heavy Rapids | RFB Popular Culture: Totally Mild / Castorp / Life Models | RFB Amber Arcades / Lazy Day | RFB Let’s Eat Grandma / Jockstrap | RFB Snail Mail | RFB Florist / Porridge Radio (Solo) | RFB YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN / Gentle Stranger / Property | RFB Soccer Mommy / Brooke Bentham | RFB Visions Festival | RFB Lost Horizons | RFB Bill Ryder-Jones / Our Girl | RFB Mutual Benefit (Solo) / Bad News Club | RFB Aisha Devi / Organ Tapes / Englesia / Covco | RFB S. Carey / Will Samson | RFB Totally Mild / Champyons | RFB The Amusement Arcade: James Acaster / Jordan Brookes / Evelyn Mok / MC Tom Lucy | RFB Westerman / Grace Lightman | RFB Oui Love: La Feline / Juniore / Keep Dancing Inc | RFB

 

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.

SLEEP EATERS

5 PIECE COW PUNK OUTFIT FROM SOUTH/EAST LDN

Drahla / Sleep Eaters

26 Nov 2018

The 100 Club

100 Oxford Street
London
W1D 1LL

19:30

£8.50

ICEAGE

Iceage is Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, Dan Kjær Nielsen, Johan Suurballe Wieth, and Jakob Tvilling Pless.  Beyondless, Iceage’s fourth record (and first that was recorded all-analog), was produced by the band and Nis Bysted, recorded by Mattias Glavå at Kungsten Studios Göteberg, and mixed by Randall Dunn at Avast Studios Seattle.  The album was played entirely by the band with additional performances by Nils Gröndhal (violin), horns by Kasper Tranberg (trumpet), Lars Greve (saxophones) and Morten Jessen (trombone), and vocals on “Painkiller” by Sky Ferreira.

 

HELM

From his base in London, Helm (Luke Younger) has come to the fore as a crucial voice in experimental music today. With a palette that draws from electronic music in its broadest sense, Helm’s work is marked by the thrilling unknowns of exploratory sound practices, and loaded with a tearaway’s attitude. It’s euphoric, narrative-driven music, but it has its despairing qualities. Helm operates the label ALTER, though much of his work has appeared on the highly revered PAN. This includes 2015’s acclaimed album Olympic Mess, a crowded work of influences set in congested dub.

ASTRID SONNE

"one of the most breathtaking experimental albums you’ll hear all year." FACT

Iceage / HELM / Astrid Sonne

07 Dec 2018

+ special guests

EartH (Hackney Arts Centre)

13 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.30pm

£15

SHIGETO ENSEMBLE

The Shigeto Live Ensemble sees Zachary Saginaw AKA Shigeto joined by saxophonist Marcus Elliot and pianist Ian Fink.

Following a couple of collaborations in Detroit over the last 12 months, the trio debuted their full show in May 2018 at a sold out show at New York’s Elsewhere venue in Brooklyn, with further spots at Movement in Detroit and the new Adult Swim block party in LA later this autumn. The trio are re-presenting the music of Shigeto that carries across his entire recorded output of four albums plus myriad EPS and collaborations for Michigan’s vaunted Ghostly label.

Shigeto, Ian and Marcus have known known each other for years and are all immersed in the Detroit music world, each adding production and recording spells to their resumes. Amongst the musicians that Elliot and Ian have performed with are Karriem Riggins, Jimmy Cobb, Marcus Belgrave, and Talib Kweli.

Shigeto Ensemble

15 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Ghost Notes

Peckham Levels, 95A Rye Lane
London
SE15 4ST

7.30pm

£15

MOTORAMA

“Cold wave Stakhanovists, tireless workaholics and more...”


Russian cliches about a Russian band for sure, but totally relevant to Motorama who have barely let up since 2012 when their second album “Calendar” came out. A huge success with both audiences and critics, in France and abroad, right up to their last opus “Poverty” in January 2015. As regular as clockwork, they have been cranking out tours – throughout Russia in all its vastness, repeatedly in continental Europe, as well as South America – posting videos and photo albums, delighting and racking up fans, and coming back with new records all over again. Poles apart from pompous music marketing Motorama have grafted with generosity and passion.

New LP: "Many Nights" - September 21ST with Talitres

Motorama

20 Oct 2018

+ Special Guests

The Lexington


N1 9JB

7.30

10

KACEY JOHANSING

“It seems great opportunities come in blessings as well as tragedies” Kacey Johansing sings on the title track of her third album, “The Hiding”. After the breakup of her band Yesway, and an abrupt falling out with her closest musical collaborator, Johansing set out to record a new batch of songs that resulted from the sea change in which she had now found herself. Instead of drawing from her regular band, Johansing pulled from a wider cast of players that she’d come to know in the community of musicians throughout California and the West Coast. The resulting sound is one based wholly and unabashedly in pop. Nods to Christine McVie and Fleetwood Mac can be heard, but Johansing brings these sounds to a modern stage, blending her ethereal vocals with effervescent synthesiser washes and reverberating open-tuned guitar.

Kacey Johansing

01 Nov 2018

+ special guests

The Slaughtered Lamb

34-35 Great Sutton St, Clerkenwell
London
EC1V 0DX

7.30pm

£7

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 and Amor Amezcua, 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

30 Oct 2018

+ Special guests

Sebright Arms

34 Coate St, London E2 9AG
E2 9AG

19:30

£9.00

JOSH T PEARSON

Lift to Experience frontman Josh T Pearson is set to play an intimate solo show at St John on Bethnal Green this December. 

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.

Josh T. Pearson

04 Dec 2018

+ special guests

St John on Bethnal Green

200 Cambridge Heath Rd
London
E2 9PA

7.30pm

£17.50

SOLD OUT

Presented by Rockfeedback and Faber Social

NEIL TENNANT

'One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem' by Neil Tennant will be published by Faber & Faber on November 1st. The book is Neil’s choice of one hundred of his song lyrics plus a short poem and also has an introduction written by Neil detailing his personal history as a songwriter and his creative processes. Neil will be in conversation with Michael Bracewell at a special event to mark the publication of the book.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to Centrepoint. 

Books are available to purchase online and will be available to collect at the event. The In Conversation will be followed by a book signing with Neil. 

Neil Tennant: One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem

22 Oct 2018

In Conversation event

EartH (Hackney Arts Centre)

13 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£15 (£25 with a copy of the book)

MILLIE TURNER

Some people seem destined to create art and use their talent to improve the world. Others simply fall into it. For 17 year old Millie Turner the reality is somewhere between. Literally having been born into a family of artists, the cosmic wheels had already been set in motion. A painting father, an art school teacher as a mother – all roads seemed to lead toward working in something creative. As to ending up as a musician though? That all seemed to happen by chance.

Growing up in Homerton, a small area in east London, Millie had always been surrounded by creative types. And it’s worth nothing she isn’t part of the new wave of families who have recently moved into the area, subtly changing the tone of the place with the scent of roasting coffee beans and locally brewed ale. “Our school used to be very multicultural,” she says, “but now it’s become more gentrified.”

However Homerton is home – it’s where Millie’s lived her whole life – and, despite its many changes, she sees it as a great place to be. “Wherever you go there’s something interesting or new that no one knows about. It’s a corner of London that’s really creative,” she explains, touching on how she first become interested in the arts, which she’s currently studying at A-Level.

So far, so growing up in one of the United Kingdom’s creative capitals – a place where art explodes from every street corner and the shape of the buildings change with each season. It’s an unconventional upbringing (at least to some), but what’s even more unconventional is the way Millie became introduced to music. Sure, her dad played music around the house – things like U2 and standard father fodder – but it was a community church where she initially started to collaborate with people.

Having learned the piano since a young age (and eventually giving up – “I hated grades so much it was horrible”), the church gave Millie a new arena in which to practice her improv skills. And by the way, when we’re talking about church, please remove any strict stereotypical biblical aesthetic from your mind. “We wouldn’t play church songs, it was more Beatles stuff. It was a weird church!” explains Millie, detailing her introduction to genres like jazz and another instrument, the steel pans, which she also plays. “There was a whole band and if you wanted to join in, you would come in and play songs.”

Millie Turner

05 Dec 2018

+ special guests

Paper Dress Vintage

352a Mare St
London
E8 1HR

7.30pm

£5

MILLIE TURNER

Some people seem destined to create art and use their talent to improve the world. Others simply fall into it. For 17 year old Millie Turner the reality is somewhere between. Literally having been born into a family of artists, the cosmic wheels had already been set in motion. A painting father, an art school teacher as a mother – all roads seemed to lead toward working in something creative. As to ending up as a musician though? That all seemed to happen by chance.

Growing up in Homerton, a small area in east London, Millie had always been surrounded by creative types. And it’s worth nothing she isn’t part of the new wave of families who have recently moved into the area, subtly changing the tone of the place with the scent of roasting coffee beans and locally brewed ale. “Our school used to be very multicultural,” she says, “but now it’s become more gentrified.”

However Homerton is home – it’s where Millie’s lived her whole life – and, despite its many changes, she sees it as a great place to be. “Wherever you go there’s something interesting or new that no one knows about. It’s a corner of London that’s really creative,” she explains, touching on how she first become interested in the arts, which she’s currently studying at A-Level.

So far, so growing up in one of the United Kingdom’s creative capitals – a place where art explodes from every street corner and the shape of the buildings change with each season. It’s an unconventional upbringing (at least to some), but what’s even more unconventional is the way Millie became introduced to music. Sure, her dad played music around the house – things like U2 and standard father fodder – but it was a community church where she initially started to collaborate with people.

Having learned the piano since a young age (and eventually giving up – “I hated grades so much it was horrible”), the church gave Millie a new arena in which to practice her improv skills. And by the way, when we’re talking about church, please remove any strict stereotypical biblical aesthetic from your mind. “We wouldn’t play church songs, it was more Beatles stuff. It was a weird church!” explains Millie, detailing her introduction to genres like jazz and another instrument, the steel pans, which she also plays. “There was a whole band and if you wanted to join in, you would come in and play songs.”

Get tickets to all three of Millie's shows here.

Millie Turner

14 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Paper Dress Vintage

352a Mare St
London
E8 1HR

7.30pm

£5

 

MILLIE TURNER

Some people seem destined to create art and use their talent to improve the world. Others simply fall into it. For 17 year old Millie Turner the reality is somewhere between. Literally having been born into a family of artists, the cosmic wheels had already been set in motion. A painting father, an art school teacher as a mother – all roads seemed to lead toward working in something creative. As to ending up as a musician though? That all seemed to happen by chance.

Growing up in Homerton, a small area in east London, Millie had always been surrounded by creative types. And it’s worth nothing she isn’t part of the new wave of families who have recently moved into the area, subtly changing the tone of the place with the scent of roasting coffee beans and locally brewed ale. “Our school used to be very multicultural,” she says, “but now it’s become more gentrified.”

However Homerton is home – it’s where Millie’s lived her whole life – and, despite its many changes, she sees it as a great place to be. “Wherever you go there’s something interesting or new that no one knows about. It’s a corner of London that’s really creative,” she explains, touching on how she first become interested in the arts, which she’s currently studying at A-Level.

So far, so growing up in one of the United Kingdom’s creative capitals – a place where art explodes from every street corner and the shape of the buildings change with each season. It’s an unconventional upbringing (at least to some), but what’s even more unconventional is the way Millie became introduced to music. Sure, her dad played music around the house – things like U2 and standard father fodder – but it was a community church where she initially started to collaborate with people.

Having learned the piano since a young age (and eventually giving up – “I hated grades so much it was horrible”), the church gave Millie a new arena in which to practice her improv skills. And by the way, when we’re talking about church, please remove any strict stereotypical biblical aesthetic from your mind. “We wouldn’t play church songs, it was more Beatles stuff. It was a weird church!” explains Millie, detailing her introduction to genres like jazz and another instrument, the steel pans, which she also plays. “There was a whole band and if you wanted to join in, you would come in and play songs.”

Get tickets to all three of Millie's shows here.

Millie Turner

10 Oct 2018

+ special guests

Paper Dress Vintage

352a Mare St
London
E8 1HR

7.30pm

£5

ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER

Musician, composer, and Mercury Prize nominated-producer Oneohtrix Point Never presents a new evolution of the astonishing 'concertspace’ Myriad at London's Roundhouse in early 2019 with special guests to be announced. Following a 5-star-reviewed rapid-sellout at London's Barbican this summer and on the back of three sold-out shows at New York's Park Avenue Armory, this unique and robust performance promises a stunning night at London's hallowed Roundhouse venue.

Examining disorienting forms at the intersection of theatre, installation art and musical performance, and imagined from the perspective of an alien intelligence, Myriad in essence explores film and television tropes, abstract sculpture, game ephemera, poetry, apocryphal histories, internet esoterica, and philosophies of being.

Myriad is composed from Oneohtrix Point Never's celebrated new album Age Of out now on Warp records and follows a history of his site-specific commissions at the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Britain, MoMA PS1, and Edinburgh International Festival.

Oneohtrix Point Never: Myriad at The Roundhouse

08 Mar 2019

+ special guests

Roundhouse

Chalk Farm Rd, Camden Town
London
NW1 8EH

7pm

£25

HEMBREE

Hembree’s path to success is proving to be as nostalgia-inducing as it is powerful: labor away at home and in fly-by-night studios creating music you love; send your song to the local DJ (yes, on the actual radio) and have him love it so much he plays it immediately; tour and tour and tour and tour and tour; and begin to hear that song on radio stations across America, acting as early beacons to the larger world taking notice.

Hembree, named “Best Artist We Saw at SXSW in 2018” by Rolling Stone and one of NPR’s 2018 Spotlight Artists, released their debut EP “Had It All” (Ribbon Music / Domino Records)  in November 2017. Its lead single “Holy Water” was featured in an Apple commercial, debuted on the Billboard Alt Radio chart, and garnered millions of streams. The EP was recorded in the band’s hometown of Kansas City, in lead singer Isaac Flynn’s bedroom and various home studios. Working with friends that the band love and respect, in places they live and work everyday, the convivial environment shines through on these recordings: you can hear their lives in these songs.

In the grand rock’n roll tradition Hembree are family: Isaac Flynn (lead vocals, guitar) and Eric Davis (keyboards, synths) are brothers-in-law and childhood friends. Alex Ward (guitar) and Austin Ward (drums) are brothers as well. Sadly, Garrett Childers (vocals, bass) has to be content with the role of lifelong friend and general bon vivant.

In the past year Hembree has shared the stage with everyone from Phoenix to The Cold War Kids and Elvis Costello. Their nuanced yet incendiary live shows showcases a sonic ambition and clarity of purpose that’s formidable. Hembree’s debut full-length will be released in early 2019.

Hembree

01 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

34 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£8

FRIGS

FRIGS is a Toronto-based band that pairs the raw, emotional grunge of PJ Harvey with the immersive, psychedelic post-punk of early Sonic Youth. With each member bringing a unique set of influences, FRIGS creates a sound that is hard to pin down and an impression that’s unshakable.

Led by the force of Bria’s vocals, the band has earned a reputation for putting on an hypnotic and visceral live performance. Embracing the mercurial and experimental, their shows are built upon instinct; a vocal growl can unexpectedly give way to a hushed whisper; languid drones boil over into guttural and searing tones.

Maintaining the communal, do-it-yourself spirit of their forebears, the band bought recording equipment and turned their Toronto apartment into a studio where they wrote, engineered, and mixed their 2016 Slush EP, and half of their debut full-length.

Frigs

06 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Old Blue Last

38 Great Eastern St
London
EC2A 3ES

7.30pm

£8

ERIN RAE

Erin Rae, whose genre-fusing mix of traditional folk, indie-rock, and 1960s psych-rock production has landed her collaborations with artists like Margo Price and Andrew Combs – not to mention critical attention from the world’s top music media, including Rolling Stone, NPR, and the BBC -- is finally stepping out into the spotlight with Putting On Airs. A forthcoming NPR World Café session and a busy tour schedule, including spring support dates with the Mountain Goats and Margo Price, and an appearance at End Of The Road Festival in the UK, shows Erin Rae’s star is on the rise on both sides of the Atlantic.

Buoying the release is Rae’s reputation as an enthralling live performer, which has earned her the respect of Nashville peers and music notables alike, including Grammy Award winner John Paul White, who has signed her to his Florence, Alabama-based label, Single Lock Records. Rae joins a Single Lock roster that includes Nicole Atkins, St. Paul And The Broken Bones, and White himself, who said “When I first heard Erin’s compelling voice, I knew nothing about her. It was live, with no intro (she was opening for friends of mine), and I was instantly transfixed. I couldn’t wait to engage, and that’s something I very seldom feel, much less do. I was thrilled to find out her personality was as engaging as her voice and songs, and that she was looking for a home. I couldn’t be happier to be hitching our wagons together.”

Erin Rae

30 Aug 2018

+ special guests

Slaughtered Lamb

34-35 Great Sutton St, Clerkenwell
London
EC1V 0DX

7.30pm

£7.50

SAINTSENECA

Saintseneca’s Zac Little has been thinking a lot about memory. Not necessarily his memories, though they creep in often, too. Rather, he mulls over the idea of memory itself: its resilience, its haziness, how it slips away as we try to hang on, the way it resurfaces despite our best efforts to forget.

Memory is the common thread running throughout the Columbus folk-punk band’s fourth album, Pillar of Na, arriving in late summer via ANTI- Records. Following 2015's critically lauded Such Things, the new album’s name is rooted in remembrance, referencing the Genesis story of Lot’s wife who looks back at a burning Sodom after God instructs her not to. She looks back, and God turns her into a pillar of salt. “Na,” meanwhile, is the chemical symbol for sodium. "Nah" is a passive refusal and the universal song word. It means nothing and stands for nothing. It is "as it is."

Saintseneca

27 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

34 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£10

Photo Credit - Caroline Mackintosh

 

ALICE PHOEBE LOU

Alice Phoebe Lou is a a street artist based in Berlin. Alice grew up on a mountainside near Cape Town in South Africa. She has been busking in the streets and anywhere else she goes on tour since moving to Europe in 2013. First as a fire dancer, later as a musician. Funded by her own performances on the streets of Berlin she has self-released 1 EP, 1 Live album and her debut LP "Orbit" in 2016 which saw her nominated for best female artist at the German critics choice awards. She will be releasing her next LP this coming winter 2018.

Alice Phoebe Lou

11 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Village Underground

54 Holywell Ln
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£14

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.”

GRAHAM VAN PELT

I am a Toronto based electronic musician and songwriter, recording music under my given name. Previously I was the primary member of psychedelic pop project Miracle Fortress. Over the past decade, DJing and producing electronic music has become a large part of my practice and I look forward to sharing new songs this year.

KLLO / Graham Van Pelt

03 Oct 2018

Birthdays

33-35 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BJ

7.30pm

£11

HOLY

Starting out as a bedroom project for Swedish musician Hannes Ferm, HOLY released his first LP in 2015, which was championed by the likes of the Anton Newcombe (BJM) and the Dennis Lyxen (Refused), and was nominated for both "Years Best Pop Album" (Gaffa awards) and "Best Rock Album" (Manifest awards). The first album "Stabs" was a thrilling mix of 60s garage rock and lo-fi pop, drawing comparisons to the work of Thee Oh Sees and Deerhunter. The long-awaited second LP "All These Worlds Are Yours" sees a much larger production all around, recorded over a year in Stockholms Studio Cobra, with much more focus on Ferm's songwriting.

VINYL STAIRCASE

After releasing their new EP earlier in the year which included singles 'Cherry' and 'Last I Heard', Vinyl Staircase have gained praise from DIY, So Young, BBC 6 Music, Clash and supported bands like Sunflower Bean, Wolf Alice, L.A. Witch. With a summer of festivals behind them, they're gearing up to release a brand new single in September.

Photo: Byron Chambers

FLOAT

"...the quintet’s first offering is a propulsive thing, full of claustrophobic riffs and Faris Badwan-esque vocals. As far as opening gambits go, it’s really rather a strong one.” DIY Magazine
"impressive post-punk sensibilities" Gigslutz
“just mesmerising” It’s All Indie
‘...recent sonic triumph ‘WATCH’; a release that’s pricking ears and winning hearts in the capital.’ Hidden Herd

Holy / Vinyl Staircase / Float

31 Aug 2018

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£8

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.”

HIDE

HIDE WAS BIRTHED FROM CHICAGO’S DIY SCENE IN 2014. HEATHER GABEL AND SETH SHER MAKE UP THIS ELECTRONIC, SAMPLE BASED, POST-INDUSTRIAL DUO. HAUNTING VOCALS, THROBBING SUB-BASS AND TRANCE INDUCING DRONES ROUND OUT A SOUND THAT BOTH PUNISHES AND EMPOWERS.

The Soft Moon / HIDE

28 Nov 2018

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd, Kings Cross
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£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.

Boniface

06 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

2-4 Hoxton Square
London
N1 6NU

7.30pm

£7.50

CRUMB

Lila Ramani (guitar, vocals), Brian Aronow (synth, sax), Jesse Brotter (bass), Jonathan Gilad (drums) — is a New-York based band that formed in 2016. The group originally came together to develop and record a collection of songs Lila had written throughout college, a recording project that became their first self-titled ​Crumb ​EP. Locket​, the group’s sophomore EP, was created while members were split between New York and Boston and released in June 2017. Drawing influence from ’60s psych rock, dream pop, and jazz fusion, they continue to define their musical identity as a group.

Crumb

06 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£8.50

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.

U.S. Girls

22 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Islington Assembly Hall

Upper St
London
N1 2UD

7.00pm

£15

HATER

“Hater’s songs epitomize jangling grace as Caroline Landahl coos with maximum approachability.” NPR

“Their unique take on rock music feels familiar and lived-in, taking bits from indie-pop, post-punk and classic rock.” Stereogum

“Gorgeous, achingly bittersweet vocals, perpetually swaying between comforting and devastating.” Gorilla Vs Bear 

Hater

30 Oct 2018

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£8

MUTUAL BENEFIT

Thunder Follows The Light, Jordan Lee’s ninth release as Mutual Benefit—one that finds balance between chaos and grace, beauty and devastation—began at night in rural New England. “There was a huge storm, so we decided to sit on the patio and listen,” remembers Lee. This patient and prismatic music, similarly, is so much about listening: to history, to the earth, to the person beside you, to yourself in a world that would prefer you didn’t.

“I became transfixed by the time in between the lightning and thunder. The silence thick with inevitability,” he continues. “While I was writing the record, everywhere I looked, I saw massive societal strain... from human-influenced ecological disasters to an openly white supremacist U.S. president to corporate greed exploiting people’s physical and emotional lives in new ways.” He wondered if the tumult we see today might even be just the initial strike of lightning, the warning sign before an imminent time more thunderous, more catastrophic.

Mutual Benefit

30 Oct 2018

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£12.50

DENA

"If it’s written in the stars", says a Bulgarian proverb. In a time shaped by uncertainty and disintegrating securities, trusting in the stars doesn’t seem too far fetched. "Last year, every conversation I had ended with this sentence", Dena explains, "before I had the album, I already had the title. It’s about believing and trusting in universal connections, trusting that everything will fall into place, eventually."
And all has indeed fallen into place: Four years after her​ début ​Flash, If It’s Written marks a new chapter in Dena’s musical and personal development. The product of major transformations in her life and work, ​If It’s Written is the work of a grown-up woman who has taken matters into her own hands. The record is a celebration of individuality and independence, for the first time Dena has taken over producing the majority of the tracks herself. "For me, this is major progress", she says, "from writing the first song for this album to this point, it’s been such a journey." It took two different versions and four mixes, but now that circle came to a closing​ and ​If It’s Written is ready to be released unto the world.

Dena

18 Oct 2018

+ special guests

Old Blue Last

38 Great Eastern St
London
EC2A 3ES

7.30pm

£8

G FLIP

Melbourne singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist G Flip, born Georgia Flipo, fell in love with the drums as a kid and travelled the US as a touring drummer in her early 20s. Never one to sit still, Georgia then locked herself in her bedroom studio for all of 2017 and taught herself how to write and produce her own songs.

While incubating her new project, Georgia created a round LCD screen for the front of her hand-made kick drum which can display any imagery, video or content that Georgia can dream up. This is Je Ro Mo, G Flip’s animated “talking drum kit” – named for Jenny Rose Morrish, her late drum teacher.

Her self-produced debut single ‘About You’ is an addictive, bittersweet shard of shimmering pop, inspired by her “hectic, toxic, cinematic” on-off relationship. It builds from a dreamy murmur into a cathartic tumble of layered synths and syllables, with her clean, spacious drumming taking front and centre. It was the very first track Georgia pieced together, recorded in a day in her bedroom studio into “a shitty mic from Cash Converters”.

G Flip is the real thing: unfiltered, driven and bursting out of her bedroom with ideas to burn.

G Flip

10 Oct 2018

+ special guests

The Garage

20-22 Highbury Corner
London
N5 1RD

7.30pm

£9

SPEEDY ORTIZ

"Necessary brattiness" is the motto for Speedy Ortiz’s dauntless new collection of songs, Twerp Verse. The follow-up to 2015's Foil Deer, the band's latest indie rock missive is prompted by a tidal wave of voices, no longer silent on the hurt they’ve endured from society's margins. But like many of these truth-tellers, songwriter, guitarist and singer Sadie Dupuis scales the careful line between what she calls being "outrageous and practical" in order to be heard at all.

"You need to employ a self-preservational sense of humor to speak truth in an increasingly baffling world," says Dupuis. "I call it a ‘twerp verse' when a musician guests on a track and says something totally outlandish – like a Lil Wayne verse – but it becomes the most crucial part. This record is our own twerp verse, for those instances when you desperately need to stand up and show your teeth.”

Twerp Verse was tracked in Brooklyn DIY space Silent Barn, mixed by Omaha legend Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley) and mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer Emily Lazar (Sia, Haim, Beck). The record pulls from the most elastic pop moments in Squeeze's Argybargy and the seesawing synth-rock of Deerhoof and the Rentals. With Dupuis on guitars, vocals, and synths, supporting guitarist Andy Molholt (of psych pop outfit Laser Background) now joins Speedy veterans Darl Ferm on bass and Mike Falcone on drums – and together they accelerate the band's idiosyncrasy through the wilderness of Dupuis' heady reflections on sex, lies and audiotape.

Dupuis, who both earned an MFA in poetry and taught at UMass Amherst, propels the band's brain-teasing melodies with her serpentine wit. Inspired by the cutting observations of Eve Babitz, Aline Crumb's biting memoirs, and the acute humor of AstroPoet Dorothea Lasky, Dupuis craftily navigates the danger zone that is building intimacy and political allyship in 2018. Now as public pushback against the old guards reaches a fever pitch – in the White House, Hollywood and beyond – the band fires shots in disillusioned Gen Y theme "Lucky 88," and casts a side-eye towards suitors-turned-monsters in the cold-blooded single "Villain." Closing track "You Hate The Title" is a slinky traipse through the banality of this current moment in patriarchy – in which survivors are given the mic, but nitpicked over the timbre of their testimonies. "You hate the title, but you’re digging the song," Dupuis sings wryly, "You like it in theory, but it’s rubbing you wrong." Tuned smartly to the political opacity of the present, Twerp Verse rings clear as a bell.

DOE

Since forming in early 2013 Doe have built a UK following with their unique brand of 'wonky alt-pop' (Clash Magazine). The band's influences are rooted in 90s indie-rock, but their songwriting style and lyrical content place them very much in the present. Off-kilter time signatures, intertwining guitars and the vocal-interplay between guitarist Nicola Leel and drummer Jake Popyura stand as clear markers of a band completely at ease with themselves. Their songs pack power but are also loaded with a wry sense of humour.

In September 2016 Doe released their debut full length 'Some Things Last Longer than You', produced by Matthew Johnson (Hookworms / Suburban Home Studio). The album impressed critics and made it on to several end of year lists, most notably landing at 6th place on ABC News' Best Albums of the Year. The Quietus branded STLLTY 'the kind of record that will stir and inspire you during moments of existential crisis'

Live, Doe are a formidable presence and bring a frantic energy to every performance. The trio's ambitions are only getting bigger and they have now been granted the PRS for Music Foundation‘s Momentum Fund to work on their second album, due for release in 2018. As noted by ABC News, 'Doe might just become one of your new favourite bands.'

Speedy Ortiz / Doe

17 Oct 2018

The Garage

20-22 Highbury Corner
London
N5 1RD

7.30pm

£14

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

13 Nov 2018

+ special guests

The Dome

2A Dartmouth Park Hill
London
NW5 1HL

7.30pm

£11.50

THE BRITANYS

The thrilling New York based band The Britanys have already cemented their place as one of the city’s must-know bands. From the apartment the four-piece share in Bushwick, to the stages of New York and further afield, they've forged a distinctive, immediate sound and a formidable live show. Their efforts have been rewarded with plaudits from the likes of NME, DIY, Interview Magazine, and Rolling Stone MX; support slots with Public Access TV, Hinds, and Rey Pila, and more; and reputation-building sets at SXSW two years in a row, and at rapturously received gigs overseas in London.

Their 2017 EP 'Five A Side' won them praise for its no-frills indie, and effortlessly cool attitude, but their arsenal of new songs, like the polished, glimmering swoon of recent single 'When I'm With You', show a band unwilling to rest on its laurels. It's only the beginning for The Britanys, but that makes their future look all the more exciting.

The Britanys are:

Lucas Long - vocals, guitar
Lucas Carpenter - bass
Jake Williams - guitar
Steele Kratt - drums

The Britanys

11 Oct 2018

+ special guests

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£7

 

AMBER ARCADES

Amber Arcades is the moniker of Dutch-born musician Annelotte de Graaf.

“If it were called American Heartbreak, you wouldn’t bat an eye,” says Annelotte De Graaf of her second album as Amber Arcades, the stunning European Heartbreak. “American” as a prefix has entered pop culture’s lingua franca, a way to add gravitas by prefacing a noun with that national adjective. But “European”? People don’t often try that. “Somehow calling it European Heartbreak feels far less comfortable, almost like it’s a statement in itself,” De Graaf says.

It’s a perfect title for the record, though – for a selection of songs that flit around Europe, from Berlin to Spain to the south of France. One song, “Goodnight Europe”, even addresses the pan-European disenchantment that has given rise to right-wing populism, and sees De Graaf wondering whether people like her must shoulder some of the blame: “Europe, it’s not you / I’m starting to think it could be me,” De Graaf sings, “My left ideals / And university degree.” It’s European not just in lyrical theme but in the sly sophistication of its music: songs that carry with them the air of open-topped cars on clifftop roads, of cocktails on the terrace at sunset. And then the lyrics undercut that sunny mood, artfully and skilfully.

European Heartbreak is a leap on from Amber Arcades’ debut, Fading Lines. First there’s the depth of its lyrical themes – “alienation, the fluid nature or memories and human concepts like nationality and the human condition” – but there’s also the fully realised musical aesthetic of the record, which is more melodic than Fading Lines, more compelling, but with a delicious lightness of touch, alongside quirky garage rock on “I’ve Done the Best” and “Where Did You Go”.

Amber Arcades

10 Oct 2018

+ special guests

The Dome

2A Dartmouth Park Hill
London
NW5 1HL

7.30pm

£12

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

29 Nov 2018

+ special guests

EartH (Hackney Arts Centre)

11-17 Stoke Newington Road
London
N16 8BH

7.00pm

£12.50

MULATU ASTATKE

Mulatu Astatke (born 1943) is an Ethiopian musician and arranger best known as the father of Ethio-jazz. Born in the western Ethiopian city of Jimma, Mulatu trained in London, New York City, and Boston where he combined his jazz and Latin music interests with traditional Ethiopian music and became the first African student to enroll at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music from where he received an honourary degree in 2012. Astatke led his band while playing vibraphone and conga drums—instruments that he introduced into Ethiopian popular music— other percussion instruments, keyboards and organ. His albums focus primarily on instrumental music, and Astatke appears on all three known albums of instrumentals that were released during Ethiopia’s Golden ’70s. He collaborated with many notable artists in both
countries, arranging and playing on recordings by Mahmoud Ahmed, and appearing as a special guest with Duke Ellington during a tour of Ethiopia in 1973. His Western audience expanded even further when the 2005 Jim Jarmusch film Broken Flowers featured seven of Astatke’s songs. Hip hop artists have also sampled Astatke’s songs extensively, for example in the works of Nas, Damian Marley, Kanye West, Cut Chemist, and Knaan. He toured with US band Either/ Orchestra in 2006 and in 2008 recorded an album with the Heliocentrics and completed a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard University, where he worked on modernizations of traditional Ethiopian instruments and premiered a portion of a new opera, The Yared Opera.

EMMA-JEAN THACKRAY

Emma-Jean Thackray is an award winning composer/ producer/ arranger/ instrumentalist and as a recent RBMA alumni, has been described by RBMA as "one of the UK's most exciting new jazz artists." Her recent release WALRUS is gaining a lot of underground support and sits in the collections of some of the worlds' finest vinyl selectors including Theo Parrish, Chairman Jeff, Mr Scruff and more, and was described by Rhythm Section as "one of the most exciting and unique jazz records of 2016".

Mulatu Astatke / Emma-Jean Thackray

16 Sep 2018

EartH (Hackney Arts Centre)

17B Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.30pm

£25

JESS WILLIAMSON

When love burst into being for Jess Williamson, it was a force so powerful that it seemed to redirect the sun, re-casting all of her life in new light. That's how she tells her story across Cosmic Wink — her third album, and first for Mexican Summer — all of which came together in the midst of a series of transitions in her personal life

In 2016, after living in Austin on and off for a decade, she left her home state of Texas for California. Deeply inspired by the move to Los Angeles and the bliss of new love, she rented a back house from an actor friend who was away on a movie and started writing the songs that eventually became Cosmic Wink. As she wrote, her beloved dog Frankie began going gray with old age.

All three of these seemingly dissimilar streams intersected to give Cosmic Wink a unified sound and feel. The openness of LA — and confronting the downbeat nature of her older songs while performing to hushed European crowds — challenged her supposition that "heartache, depression, and sadness" were "the only way to make interesting music," as she puts it.

Jess Williamson

03 Oct 2018

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£9

KIRAN LEONARD

Kiran Leonard is a mercurially talented 21 year old musician from Saddleworth, Greater Manchester. He takes inspiration from artists such as Mothers of Invention, Sufjan Stevens, Deerhoof, Albert Ayler, the Residents, Krzysztof Penderecki, the Beach Boys, Don Caballero, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Adrian Belew.

After releasing countless digital-only releases via Bandcamp, Kiran garnered much acclaim for his debut album Bowler Hat Soup, and later signed to Moshi Moshi to release second album proper Grapefruit. Both of these records featured x3 BBC Radio 6 Music-playlisted singles, and were crowned Album Of The Day upon their release.

Latest record Derevaun Seraun is in five movements, each inspired by a different piece of literature, arranged for piano, strings and voice.

STEF KETTERINGHAM

Ex-Shield Your Eyes guitarist and vocalist, Stef Ketteringham, will support Kiran Leonard at The Victoria. 

This reworking of compositions, and the refusal of stasis it implies, is a key element throughout the work of Stef Ketteringham. Improvisations based on skeletal structures, the constant redefining and re-experiencing of compositions is mirrored in the fluidity of the techniques used to extract sound from the instruments. The frenetic, swelling clusters of notes and percussive rhythms snap open from the tipping point of total dissonance to heart-wrenching melancholic melody; neither de-, nor re-constructed, abstraction and melodic clarity shifting focus in constant flux.

Kiran Leonard / Stef Ketteringham

29 Aug 2018

The Victoria

451 Queensbridge Rd
London
E8 3AS

7.30pm

£10

COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS

Courtney Marie Andrews will return to London in December to play a unique stripped back set in the stunning surroundings of Islington's Union Chapel.

Courtney Marie Andrews

03 Dec 2018

+ special guests

Union Chapel

Compton Terrace
London
N1 2UN

7.00pm

£17.50

WITCH

Emmanuel Chanda grew up in Kitwe, a town in the Copperbelt mining province of Zambia. As a young child he’d stay up after midnight glued to his radio, listening to a mixture of local and international artists – “anything that sounded nice!” As his tastes developed with age, his attention focused on the guitar-led chart-toppers reverberating from the UK. “The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Hollies, Cliff Richard, Grand Funk Railroad the Who, Led Zeppelin,” Chanda explains. “Zamrock came from this combination of pop music and heavy metal. Everyone was listening to the same things.”

Chanda sooner began making movements and connected with musicians from groups Kingston Market, the Boyfriends and Black Souls. The first line up of WITCH was Emmanuel Chanda on vocals, Chris Mbewe and John Muma on guitar, Gedeon Mulenga on bass, and drummer Boidi Sinkala. “Initially we were just called Witch, like the witch on the broomstick at night, but then the graphic artist who was decorating our tour truck, came up with the acronym: We Intend To Cause Havoc. We thought, ‘yeah, that’s good’.”

While they started life playing covers of British and American rock songs, they soon moved into experimentations with original material. In 1972 they released ‘Introduction’. “Recording was not popular in our country at that time,” Chanda remembers. “Bands before us recorded for radio stations mainly. Even the first recording we had, was not a label per se – it was a mining company that was making a documentary and needed some music.” Recorded in single takes across less than two days, the result was the first commercial ever LP ever released in Zambia.

While no footage exists, by all accounts their performances were electrifying, extended sessions, often lasting as long as six-hours. Thanks to his onstage antics, stage-dives, flamboyant costumes – and penchant for covering Rolling Stones songs – Chanda soon earned the nickname “Jagger”. “I was a bit uncomfortable with that,” he chuckles. “I can’t go around telling people that’s my name! So what I did was put a “y” on jagger, and I went to the dictionary which told me jaggery is a type of brown sugar. Brown sugar, that works I’m brown!” Soon after, upon reading the name of a Nigerian politician, he settled on the Africanisation: Jagari.

All recordings of W.I.T.C.H. have been officially rereleased by Now Again Records.

Join the band at TOME Records from 7pm on 8 August for a signing in advance of their show at Oslo. The signing is free entry and open to all.

RHYS WEBB

Thrilled to announce that Rhys Webb of The Horrors will DJ at Oslo on 8 August.

WITCH / Rhys Webb (DJ)

08 Aug 2018

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£12.50

SOLD OUT

TELEMAN

A special one off intimate show from Teleman at the unique Lightbox venue in Vauxhall. 

“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.”

C.A.R.

London residing, Franco-Canadian Chloé Raunet has been immersed in the world of post-pink, cold wave and her own brand of off-kilter synth-pop since the days fronting her band Battant. She’s now got a fully fledged solo project under the name C.A.R. (Choosing Acronyms Randomly).

Teleman / C.A.R.

04 Jul 2018

Lightbox

6 S Lambeth Pl
London
SW8 1SP

7.30pm

£16.50

HILANG CHILD

Hilang Child is the moniker of Ed Riman, a half-Welsh, half-Indonesian musician & songwriter from London. With a few exquisite tracks appearing quietly over the last year or so and praised highly by the likes of The Line of Best Fit and Clash Magazine, Hilang Child has also recently collaborated with Lost Horizons (the new project from ex-Cocteau Twin Simon Raymonde and ex-Dif Juz drummer Richie Thomas), co-writing two songs and joining their live ensemble for upcoming tour dates. Crafting expansive atmospheres in his multi-layered songs and with a debut album entitled Years set for release in August 2018 on Bella Union, get down early to witness for yourself the magic of Hilang Child.

ELAN TAMARA

Elan Tamara is a singer/songwriter/keyboardist from Walthamstow, East London, born and raised.

She makes heartfelt, otherworldly music  Her first two EPs ‘Gold Fishes’ and ‘Shadows’ were self-released and her third ep ‘Organ’ on Ninja Tune imprint, Big Dada, all to critical acclaim. A few years have passed and she's finally finished her debut album to be released 2019 produced with her long time collaborator Kwes of Warp Records. You can hear the album's first single 'Long Walks' across all streaming platforms.

ARI ROAR

Ari Roar – moniker of Texan singer-songwriter Caleb Campbell– released his debut album, Calm Down on 25 May via Bella Union. 

Speaking about his new single, ‘Calm Down’, Ari says: “I wrote this on a sunny day in a Seattle basement. I had been walking through this hilly neighbourhood and the inclines we’re leaving me winded.  I made my way down to the lake and remember the water being freezing even though it was a warm day.  I couldn’t believe that people were swimming.  I was back and forth between writing songs and going to this local post office to have pictures of astronauts printed out.”

With intuitive powers of clarity and concision to the fore, Calm Down is an album that draws on 1960s pop and modern DIY heroes for a set of lovingly languid, lo-fi miniatures. Depths of detail and lived experience bustle beneath effortlessly melodic surfaces; sure signs of a writer in confident command of his pitch.

Hilang Child / Elan Tamara / Ari Roar

16 Aug 2018

The Shackewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln, London E8 2EB
London
E8 2EB

7.30

£6.00

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.“

Fil Bo Riva

03 Oct 2018

+ special guests

Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen

2-4 Hoxton Square
London
N1 6NU

7.30pm

£8.50

RVG

"RVG evoke 80s Australian bands that crammed garage rock cred with sun-dappled hooks, such as Sunnyboys or the Go-Betweens. What makes these songs so moving is not Vager’s voice itself but her delivery. Her fierceness, her flow and how clear it is she’s singing about what she knows.” - Kate Hennessy, The Guardian

VALUE VOID

The trio is comprised of Paz Maddio (guitar, vocal), Marta Zabala (drums), and Luke Tristram (bass); three friends with longstanding bar experience and active roles in the London DIY scene, having also played in Los Cripis, Major Malfunction and COP.

RVG / Value Void

09 Jul 2018

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£7.50

SOLD OUT

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

Due to circumstances beyond our control, this show will now take place at Hangar. Original tickets remain valid. 

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.”

GRAHAM VAN PELT

I am a Toronto based electronic musician and songwriter, recording music under my given name. Previously I was the primary member of psychedelic pop project Miracle Fortress. Over the past decade, DJing and producing electronic music has become a large part of my practice and I look forward to sharing new songs this year.

KLLO / Graham Van Pelt

04 Oct 2018

Hangar

2-18 Warburton Rd
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.

THE LAST DINOSAUR

Jamie Cameron and Luke Hayden started The Last Dinosaur in 2006 after a bout of severe friendship. Shortly afterwards Rachel Lanskey joined and late night experimenting on a multitrack recorder produced the recordings that would eventually become 2010's Hooray! For Happiness, an album that The Line of Best Fit called "One of the most refreshing, creative and inventive records of the year."

Shortly before Hooray! For Happiness was released Jamie began work on follow up The Nothing, a collection of songs about mortality and coming to come to terms with the loss of his best friend after a severe car accident they experienced during his teenage years.

After seven years in the works the album was finally released in the summer of 2017 by Naim Records to critical acclaim (★★★★ - Uncut, ★★★★ - Mojo, ★★★★ - The Independent), has seen comparisons to Sparklehorse, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Nick Drake, Sufjan Stevens, Gravenhurst and The Leisure Society, garnered radio support from Guy Garvey, Huey Morgan, Gideon Coe and Tom Robinson, and was selected for both Norman Records and Truck Store's Albums of the Year 2017 lists.

Horse Feathers / The Last Dinosaur

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.

TEME TAN

His music is both ultra modern, re ecting the life of a man who can feel at home on four continents, and shot through with a deep respect for older traditions and identities. It works both instantly, with the lilt and groove of a natural entertainer, and as lasting food for thought, full of deep and intriguing questions.

Travelling is in Tanguy’s blood: born in the Demo- cratic Republic of Congo, his family were constantly back and forth to both Belgium and Kinshasa. “I was accustomed to  y at a very, very young age,” he says. “Even alone - a very early memory is my brothers and I being taken care of by a hostess on the plane.” He grew up surrounded by the zouk and rumba music of his Congolese relatives, but it was in Brussels, while at school, that he started to make music. To begin with it was just “rapping to rap records and trying to sing to Michael Jackson records - then one day I had to do a school assignment, so I decided to rap it instead of speaking it out loud, and some people in my school were looking for a singer for their band and that’s how I got into rehearsing and doing concerts.”

Fatoumata Diawara / Teme Tan

20 Nov 2018

EartH (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

JOYFULTALK

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.

LOVE SUPRÆME

The London based duo of Love Supræme reimagine the future. They previously released alongside Tim Hecker and Broken Social Scene as Hey Mother Death. 2018 has seen the duo on a tour of Japan and in the studio in London and Los Angeles. Love Supræme will be performing for the first time all new music from their coming EP. Love Supræme and Joyfultalk have been friends and collaborators since fate brought them together in the magical land of Nova Scotia one midsummer’s night.

VONICA

Raised in Germany by Southern Italian parents, Vonica's original love for music started from a young age. His first encounter came before current project Vonica was created; the producer was previously in an indie band with his best friend. However this came to an end when his friend & main colloborator left the country to become a priest in a faraway Italian Monastery.

When forming the tracks that make up his debut EP, Vonica was hit by a mix of excitement, surprise and alarm as this was the first time he had stepped outside his indie background and into the realm of electronic music. 'Sol De Nit', literally translates from Catalan as 'sun at night', which Vonica feels encapsulates the sprit of dance music.

The final touches to 'Sol De Nit' were done together with mixing engineer Marc Pell (Mount Kimbie, Michachu And The Shapes) & mastered by Shane McEnhill (DJ Shadow, Clean Bandit, Gold Panda, Luke Abbott).

JOYFULTALK / Love Supræme / VONICA

12 Jul 2018

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."

MIYA FOLICK

I'm from Santa Ana, California and grew up going to a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist church in Orange County. I played basketball for 9 years and hated it the entire time. I went to NYU, but stopped going to class and would spend all day walking around the city by myself. So I left and moved home and spent the rest of that semester learning how to play guitar from a person I went to high school with. I play music because forming thoughts into sounds blends emotional and rational thought in a way that turns me on. I met my band on Tinder

JESSE JO STARCK

Few young artists have as much inherited bonds to the fashion and music world as Jesse Jo Stark. With her parents, Laurie Lynn and Richard Stark, owners of Chrome Hearts, and her fairy godmother, music legend Cher, Jesse Jo grew up in an environment that fostered creative expression. Now twenty-two years old, Jesse Jo is creating her own original place in design and music..

First spotted in the ever-opinionated realm of cyberspace, Jesse Jo was the constant subject of curiosity – named a muse, a musician, an artist, a designer – she became recognized for her playful style and imaginative coolness and the tribes of fashion followers were captivated. It was not long before images of her at thirteen and sixteen shot for Elle Magazine by famed fashion photographer, Gilles Bensimon were uncovered and the fascination continued. All the while, Jesse Jo was quietly but boldly defining her mark on fashion. One of her first ventures, a collection named Pete Punk for Chrome Hearts (released in early 2010) that was inspired by references of the punk era, found immediate distinction both editorially and commercially. Following on the success of this project, Jesse Jo was approached to lend her style to the skate company, Vans. For this joint project launched in Spring 2011, Vans x Jesse Jo, she brought her own personal vision to the laidback skater vibe of the brand and continues to grow her partnership with them in future collaborations.

Sunflower Bean / Miya Folick / Jesse Jo Starck

22 Nov 2018

EartH (Hackney Arts Centre)

17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.00pm

£14.50

SOLD OUT

SNAIL MAIL

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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

SOLD OUT

ELDER ISLAND

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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."

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.

MEAT CANDY

Meat Candy formed in the summer of 2016 in London, England. With a common thrill for 70’s prog and modern psychedelic music, they got together at 123 studios in Peckham with Brett Shaw to record their first EP titled “Pursuit of Sounds”. Days after recording, Meat Candy quickly grabbed the attention of Dirty Melody Records which led to a vinyl release in March 2017 with a successful sold out EP release show at the London Fields Brewery. After sharing the stage with international bands such as Wand, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Thee MVPs and Mr. Airplane Man, the highly engaging and loud shows of the band retained minds of music peers, promoters and industry. Meat Candy is set to release their first full length album in 2018.

The Mystery Lights / Sons of Raphael / Meat Candy

25 Jul 2018

The 100 Club

100 Oxford St
London
W1D 1LL

7.30pm

£10

SOLD OUT

TITUS ANDRONICUS

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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

FLAME PROOF MOTH

Flame Proof Moth started life as The Boycott Coca-Cola Experience in 2006.
A constant on the fringe of the South London Music Scene, FPM is known for an eccentric approach to the blues, Ivor Cutler meets R.L. Burnside and the conversation is brief and to the point.
A regular on London’s Resonance FM, in recent years has been seen opening for Fat White Family at Glastonbury and busking waist deep in the Thames at Bankside.
New album The Very, Very, Very Best Of.. featuring one man band legend Lewis Floyd Henry on drums out soon.

Titus Andronicus / Flame Proof Moth

07 Sep 2018

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

SOLD OUT

 

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

SOLD OUT

TITUS ANDRONICUS

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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

FLAME PROOF MOTH

Flame Proof Moth started life as The Boycott Coca-Cola Experience in 2006.
A constant on the fringe of the South London Music Scene, FPM is known for an eccentric approach to the blues, Ivor Cutler meets R.L. Burnside and the conversation is brief and to the point.
A regular on London’s Resonance FM, in recent years has been seen opening for Fat White Family at Glastonbury and busking waist deep in the Thames at Bankside.
New album The Very, Very, Very Best Of.. featuring one man band legend Lewis Floyd Henry on drums out soon.

Titus Andronicus / Flame Proof Moth

06 Sep 2018

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.

CIRCE

Circe is an alt-pop artist, led by icy, ethereal voice and a penchant for the mystical. Circe combines dark dramatic lyrics, brooding soundscapes and visceral synth bass to create an otherworldly dimension as if Kate Bush was exploring the upside down.

Mammut / Circe

18 Jul 2018

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.

TIP: You can also catch Oscar Jerome at Visions Festival this year. More info: http://visionsfestival.com

KWALU

Armed kwalu a trio born out of south Londons shamanic dub phsyc grunge jazz scene. Formed from the need, want and duty to output vibrations to the art of the world. Music for the senses and mind.

TOUCHING BASS

Alex Rita (Touching Bass/Steam Down/Sounds of the Universe) — the Copenhagen-born, London-based DJ, illustrator, singer and designer — is a seamstress in more ways than one.

When not making her own clothes or recording, she spends her time immersed in another passion; patching together percussive grooves and organic sounds aimed at the soul and feet. As a crucial member of Steam Down and resident at Touching Bass —both grassroots, South London-based soul nourishing movement —  Alex  hosts a biweekly NTS Radio session as well as open discussion/live music series, Speaking In Sound.
Alex Rita is also one half of trio Okapii, who are releasing their debut album on Fresh Selects later this year.

Oscar Jerome / Kwalu / Touching Bass

25 Sep 2018

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".

ISAGT

ISA GT Colombian artist based in Berlin & London, has been making waves for being a visionary producer, a very skillful Dj and for her prolific collaborations with other artists. She was once dubbed by The Fader as "The Colombian equivalent to Nueva York's ESG", quickly after arriving in London, Isa established herlsef as the go-to in the city for her new approach to partying and for the undeniable and fearless way of mixing and melting genres from House, Disco, Groove to the new Latin rhythms. ISA GT is one of the main figures of the Global Bass genre and was featured recently on the series #DIGIT broadcasted on ARTE channel.

Lido Pimienta / IsaGT

06 Jun 2018

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 / Grand Pax /  Sorry (DJs)

07 Jun 2018

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