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BABA ALI

Baba Ali was part of electronic duo ​Voices of Black from 2009-2015 and signed to underground dance label Wolf + Lamb records in 2009. The DJs/producers subsequently toured Europe, Latin America and the US.

Baba is now pursuing a solo career as a recording and visual artist/performer with the debut solo ‘NOMAD’ EP out now.

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Baba Ali

28 Nov 2017

+ special guests

Montague Arms

289 Queen's Rd
London
SE15 2PA

7.30pm

£6

CLOUD NOTHINGS

Cloud Nothings was founded in a Cleveland basement, the one-man recording project of Dylan Baldi, an unassuming, then 18-year-old student of song with a remarkable ear for melody. Prolific from the start, Baldi’s early work was rough but immediate: crudely recorded, spring-loaded spasms of Buzzcocks-informed pop that quickly found an online following among the lo-fi-inclined. When an opportunity presented itself to open a small show in Brooklyn, Baldi abandoned a still-in-progress final project to be there. The gamble paid off.

In 2010, Carpark unveiled Turning On, a retrospective introduction that combined early 7″ singles and the full-length debut (a limited release on cassette and vinyl) from which it took its name. The following year, Cloud Nothings made its proper Carpark debut with a thrilling self-titled LP that found Baldi in a studio for the first time, shedding the many layers of hiss and distortion that had once obscured (or enhanced) his every hook. What followed was an unexpected breakthrough, 2012’s Attack on Memory, an album that very loudly (with the help of producer Steve Albini) announced the arrival of Cloud Nothings as the sound of more than just Baldi: Caustic and cathartic, it marked the first time Baldi wrote with and for his longtime touring band, drummer Jayson Gerycz, bassist TJ Duke and since departed guitarist Joe Boyer. While its rightly acclaimed and hastily recorded follow-up, 2014’s Here and Nowhere Else refined and expanded upon the volcanic interplay that galvanized its predecessor, it also found Baldi realizing his potential as a singer and the leader of an undeniably great rock band.

Smart, nuanced, and immensely listenable, this is guitar-driven pop as it should be—conceived by a songwriter who continues to sound like one of the finest of his generation.

THE HOTELIER

It is not enough to say that The Hotelier have grown older, or wiser, or more of anything. We can trace a progression, if we like, from the explosive empowerment of It Never Goes Out to the ashen disillusionment of Home, Like Noplace Is There. We can follow an awakening of youth in suburbia attempting to learn what is right, and what is ours, and what is possible and impossible, and maybe we can't save each other like we thought we once could. We're awake and we're tired and we want love in our lives again. And so we find ourselves now in Goodness, in the woods outside of the suburbs, trying to re-learn that love.

But we seek a space outside time. Once in a while we can feel it, like a clearing. Where our histories and our rhetorics blend into languages spoken and unspoken. Where the greatest awe comes upon us for the overlooked, the simple, the incomperhensible. Where things glitch as they solidify, repeat as they evolve, scream as they whisper. Where always and forever above us, in all of its natural, unnatural, supernatural love, shines the moon. Goodness is not this place -- goodness is nowhere -- but we are following it to where we have to be.

After all we've gone through, how young are we? What is age softening in us, what is it hardening in us? Are we getting better? Worse? How could we ever know, when capital forces us onward away from ourselves? Will the woods consume the suburbs; will the suburbs consume the woods? In the gaps between these monumental questions, in the tiniest details, in the infinitude of cycles outside of time, there is Goodness. We begin there.

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Cloud Nothings & The Hotelier

12 Dec 2017

The Dome

2A Dartmouth Park Hill
London
NW5 1HL

7.30pm

£17.50

HATER

It’s been a quick rise for Swedish indie pop quartet Hater. Formed last year by friends in Malmö, the band released an EP in July with PNKSLM Recordings, earning them comparisons ranging from The Pretenders to Alvvays. They then released their full length debut ‘You Tried’, proclaimed by Gorilla Vs. Bear to be their favourite album of 2017 so far, citing frontwoman Caroline Landahl’s “gorgeous, achingly bittersweet vocals, perpetually swaying between comforting and devastating.” An assured and consistent record, ‘You Tried’ blends jangle with grit.

Taking their musical cues from the likes of Alvvays, The Pretenders, Neil Young and The Radio Dept, all led by Landahl’s gorgeous vocals, Hater soon drew a lot of attention, including praise from international music publications such as The FADER, The Line of Best Fit and Stereogum.

Among those to declare themselves fans were the band’s heroes in The Radio Dept. who asked them to open for them on their first Scandinavian tour in five years. The band made their debut UK show in London earlier in 2017, and have since played at Roskilde Festival, with an extensive UK/EU tour on the horizon for 2018. With ‘You Tried’ Hater easily established themselves as Sweden’s most exciting new indie act, offering up a sound that’s both instantly accessible and grows with every listen.

Now, the band sign with Fire Records, joining Jane Weaver, Death And Vanilla, Rats on Rafts Virginia Wing, Noveller and Modern Studies at the forefront of the label’s new roster. The band are due to release a new EP this December.

Hater are Caroline Landahl, Måns Leonartsson, Adam Agace and Lukas Thomasson.

Hater

01 Dec 2017

+ special guests

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

FREE

OSCAR JEROME

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

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

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

Oscar Jerome

15 Nov 2017

+ special guests

Servant Jazz Quarters

10A Bradbury Street, Dalston
London
N16 8JN

7.30pm

£8

ELDER ISLAND

Bristol based artistic trio Katy Sargent, David Havard and Luke Thornton form the undeniably groovy band, Elder Island. Following the success of their 2016 Seeds in Sand EP release, they will be bringing their unique performance to The Jazz Cafe!

As Bristols’ acclaimed homegrown talent, they deliver organic, mellow, dance-pop. Katy’s ethereal voice and cello playing over Luke and David’s melodic brooding will move your soul while their live looping, mixing and funk-infused synths will bring the sunshine even if the British whether does not.

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Elder Island

24 Jan 2018

+ special guests

Jazz Cafe

5 Parkway, Camden Town
London
NW1 7PG

7.30pm

£8.50

DUTCH UNCLES

Six years into Dutch Uncles’ flourishing career, the idiosyncratic art-popologists return with new album Big Balloon which sees them further distilling and refining their signature sound, marrying rock bombast with classical arrangements, acoustic instrumentation with smart synthetic pop.

Big Balloon is Dutch Uncles’ most direct record to date, the sound of a wildly witty band well and truly finding their stride, whilst lyrically tackling the growing pains of being twentysomething in a generic Northern suburbia.

With Big Balloon, Dutch Uncles continue their fascinating, wonky ascent which has seen them play enormodomes with emo punk rock behemoths and self-confessed Dutch Uncles acolytes Paramore, supporting and being supported by likeminded left-field pop adventurers Wild Beasts, Outfit, Field Music, and Everything Everything, have a burger named after them by one of Manchester’s premiere eateries and prefigure Future Islands’ dance moves meme in their video for 2013 single Flexxin.

Big Balloon was recorded with long term collaborator Brendan Williams at Manchester’s old Granada studios; infamous for being the place that Sex Pistols and Joy Division made their TV debuts.  The band were meticulous in tweaking their synth sounds so they’d fit seamlessly with the harp, xylophone, marimba, string and woodwind sounds that populate the record.  Sources of inspiration for the record included The Blue Nile, Kate Bush’s third album, Never For Ever, Igor Stravinsky, Japan and lyrically John Cooper Clarke, Sparks, Ian Dury and Prefab Sprouts’ album From Langley Park to Memphis.

WARM DIGITS

The krautophonic blizzard-wave duo of Andrew Hodson & Steve Jefferis from Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

For their new recording, the band have sharpened up the elements of their sound for a set of crisp, propulsive and melodically rich songs, and for the first time on selected songs have collaborated with some of their favourite vocalists: Peter Brewis of Field Music, Sarah Cracknell of Saint Etienne, Devon Sproule, and Mia la Metta of Beards.

MALIHINI

Giampaolo Speziale and Federica Caiozzo met in early 2016 and, in what Federica describes as a "moment of surrender," decided to start making music together on a road trip through Austria, Germany and Poland. The duo gathered thirty improvised musical ideas and spent eight days recording with their friend and drummer Alberto Paone in a Roman studio.

Last year, they decided to break from their previous musical incarnations and moved from Rome to London, taking with them a hard drive of songs, a battered suitcase and vinyl copies of Nick Drake's Five Leaves Left and Stevie Wonder's Hotter Than July.

Lost Chritmas: Dutch Uncles / Warm Digits / Malihini, takes place at Moth Club, 16 December.

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Lost Christmas: Dutch Uncles / Warm Digits / Malihini

16 Dec 2017

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St,
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£13

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."

"Combine the aesthetic of [New York]'s downtown dwellers (like The Velvet Underground) with a present-day urgency." - NPR's World Cafe
"There's a stoned, analog atmosphere hanging over everything, but there's a fire and toughness, too. [Mike] Brandon, like Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones before him, performs with a power and vigor that keeps him undeniable." - Pitchfork
"Captivating, (...) firmly rooted in the tradition of Sixties garage and gritty NYC punk." - Rolling Stone

The Mystery Lights

05 Dec 2017

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£10

BEN FROST

Born in 1980 in Melbourne, Australia, Ben Frost relocated to Reykjavík Iceland in 2005. Working closely with friends Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly, he formed the Bedroom Community record label/collective. His albums, including Steel Wound (2003), Theory of Machines (2007) and BY THE THROAT (2009), A U R O R A (2014), V A R I A N T (2014) fuse intensely structured sound art with militant post-classical electronic music, shape-shifting physical power with immersive melody, concentrated minimalism with fierce, rupturing metal. This sees a special audio-visual show in collaboration with esteemed artist Marcel Webber (MFO), which features a highly creative production that makes for a stunning live show, following the release of Ben's new album "The Centre Cannot Hold" An RFB presentation as part of Convergence 2018.

In 2010, he was chosen by Brian Eno as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protegé program for a year of collaboration. Frost has worked as a producer on a number of studio albums, including Tim Hecker’s Ravedeath1972 and Virgins, SWANS’ The Seer, Colin Stetson’s New History Warfare, and on various Bedroom Community releases.

On the stage, Frost has produced scores for Choreographers including Wayne McGregor/Random Dance, Akram Khan, and german Director Falk Richter. In film, he composed the score for the Palme d ́Or nominated Sleeping Beauty by Julia Leigh, and Djúpið by Icelandic Director Baltasar Kormákur (with Daníel Bjarnason, for which the pair won the Icelandic film award for best score in 2013). 2013 also marked the premier of Frost’s first opera, based on Iain Bank´s infamous 1984 novel The Wasp Factory.

Frost brings his live show to Heaven, 16 March.

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Ben Frost - Heaven

16 Mar 2018

+ special guests

Heaven

17 Villiers St,
London
WC2N 6NG

7.30pm

£15

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BEN FROST

Born in 1980 in Melbourne, Australia, Ben Frost relocated to Reykjavík Iceland in 2005. Working closely with friends Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly, he formed the Bedroom Community record label/collective. His albums, including Steel Wound (2003), Theory of Machines (2007) and BY THE THROAT (2009), A U R O R A (2014), V A R I A N T (2014) fuse intensely structured sound art with militant post-classical electronic music, shape-shifting physical power with immersive melody, concentrated minimalism with fierce, rupturing metal.

In 2010, he was chosen by Brian Eno as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protegé program for a year of collaboration. Frost has worked as a producer on a number of studio albums, including Tim Hecker’s Ravedeath1972 and Virgins, SWANS’ The Seer, Colin Stetson’s New History Warfare, and on various Bedroom Community releases.

On the stage, Frost has produced scores for Choreographers including Wayne McGregor/Random Dance, Akram Khan, and german Director Falk Richter. In film, he composed the score for the Palme d ́Or nominated Sleeping Beauty by Julia Leigh, and Djúpið by Icelandic Director Baltasar Kormákur (with Daníel Bjarnason, for which the pair won the Icelandic film award for best score in 2013). 2013 also marked the premier of Frost’s first opera, based on Iain Bank´s infamous 1984 novel The Wasp Factory.

This is a special 'The Centre Cannot Hold' album launch event.

Frost brings his wall of sound to ICA, 11 October.

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Ben Frost - ICA

11 Oct 2017

+ special guests

Institute of Contemporary Arts

The Mall, St. James's
London
SW1Y 5AH

7.30pm

£17.50

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.

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Cosmo Sheldrake & Friends

17 Nov 2017

Mick's Garage

8, Queen's Yard
London
E9 5EN

8pm

£12.50

DRAHLA

Drahla are a Leeds-based trio comprised of Luciel Brown, Robb Riggs and Mike Ainsley. Formed in 2016, they already have two impeccable singles under their belt – Fictional Decision (released on A Turntable Friend) and Faux Text (Too Pure Singles Club) – which have earned them support from BBC 6 Music, Radio X, Loud & Quiet and DIY. They have also been building a reputation for their electrifying live show and have recently shared a bill with the likes of The Cribs, Amber Arcades, Dream Wife and Bad Breeding.

MUSH

"Mush’s new track is a 10-minute garage-rock tune about that whole ‘Alternative Facts’ bullshit. At least we've now got one thing to thank Kellyanne Conway for" Loud & Quiet

TREEBOY & ARC

Post-punk four-piece from Leeds. The band formed at college in Leeds through boredom and the lack of anything else to do. Initially playing covers at house parties they eventually started writing their own material. Treeboy & Arc have since been taking their frantic, high-energy performances to various venues, opening for the likes of The Wytches, Parquet Courts and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and more.

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Drahla / Mush / Treeboy & Arc

09 Nov 2017

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£6

ALVVAYS

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

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Alvvays

23 Feb 2018

+ special guests

Roundhouse

Chalk Farm Rd
London
NW1 8EH

7.00pm

£18

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 in October 2016, 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. The summer ahead includes festival appearances at Luminato, Pride Toronto, Sappyfest, Up Here, and Venus Festival; in November, she heads to Iceland Airwaves in Reykjavik.

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Lido Pimienta

01 Nov 2017

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Sebright Arms

31-35 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£6

BING & RUTH

In 2006, David Moore started Bing & Ruth as a way to bring his compositions to an audience beyond academia. A pianist from Kansas, studying at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York's Greenwich Village, Moore was writing the sort of music he wanted to hear: minimalist ensemble music with a certain filmic sensitivity, one that prioritized grace and texture over the style's once-radical subtraction. Following the seasoned history of minimalist heroes at the New School like John Cage and Steve Reich—both of whom taught at the institution throughout the 1950s and '60s—Moore's compositions looked past the studied repetition of the style's most prominent forerunners towards a form built on feeling, a mobilization of time-honoured shapes, now angled outward towards a greater totalizing sublime. The piece's mark the culmination of Moore's piano studies, pairing tender lines that emphasize the instrument's more percussive qualities with running woodwinds, warbling tape delays, and splattered upright bass lines that stare out with a wide-eyed transcendence.

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Bing & Ruth (Solo piano show) / Angèle David-Guillou

16 Nov 2017

St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd
London
NW1 1UL

7.30pm

£15

STARCRAWLER

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

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


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Starcrawler

02 Nov 2017

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

31-35 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£8

ANNA OF THE NORTH

“Anna of the North brings out Scandi-pop’s sensitive side” - The FADER
“expansive, gorgeously crafted pop music” - Pigeons and Planes
“twisting and warping the dreamlike blueprint of her forebears to gorgeous effect” - NME
“dark, chamber-pop music that carries us away into our deepest of feelings” - Nylon

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Anna of the North

15 Feb 2018

+ special guests

XOYO

Cowper St
London
EC2A 4AP

8pm

£12

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 2010. 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" last year which saw her nominated for best female artist at the German critics choice awards.

Last year Alice toured with Sixto Rodriguez, Boy & Bear, Allen Stone and Crystal Fighters. These were only some of the 84 shows she played in 2016, including 3 sold out nights at the Berlin Planetarium (biggest in Europe) this past December. She started 2017 with a European and South African Tour with12 of those 13 shows being sold out.

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Alice Phoebe Lou

23 Nov 2017

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Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£12

BRIANA MARELA

There is something enduring about great love songs, and Briana Marela's Call It Love wraps its wide arms around the subject, invoking all its complexity. From the getgo, Call it Love opens with a reflection on a new love. An unfurling, ambient hum builds slowly, articulating that unmistakable head-in-the-clouds feeling that accompanies early love, before giving way to an uptempo melody and a clattering, joyful chorus. Layers and textures evoke its subtler feelings, while the lyrics speak frankly, holding nothing back. Deepening her songwriting and expanding her palette, Briana Marela has made her proverbial giant leap, to explore the sounds of love in beautiful, striking new ways.

Before writing the songs that would become Call It Love, Briana Marela was typically guided first and foremost by her instincts as a producer and engineer. Marela studied audio production in Olympia at The Evergreen State College, and her previous albums, Speak From Your Heart and All Around Us, capture that early spirit of exploration. Marela's original vision for this album was to dig into the two poles of her songwriting styles: her ambient, ethereal side and her brighter, beat-driven pop leanings. She enlisted the production help of Juan Pieczanski and Ryan Heyner of the band Small Black. Instead of recording everything from scratch in the studio, Marela brought recorded stems for every song that then evolved and developed further in the studio.

Briana Marela

07 Dec 2017

+ special guests

Paper Dress Vintage

352a Mare St
London
E8 1HR

7.30pm

£8

CROOKED COLOURS

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

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

After break out hit singles ‘Come Down’, ‘Capricious’ & ‘Another Way’ all of which reached number one on hype machine as well as rotation on triple j locally, the band decided to take a step back to focus on writing their debut album. Now after 18 months in the making, Crooked Colours are proud to announce the completion of this record with the first taste ‘Flow’.

AZUSENA

"Azusena is a someone new, someone fresh. A 23 year old talent based in London, she admits that visual arts fire her imagination as much as music does. New cut 'Crosby' seems to underline this, with its composition - subtly moving through shades, different styles and hues - aligning itself with painting or photography." CLASH

Azusena will join Crooked Colours on the 19 October.

GLOWS

"Music for nice rainy days"

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Crooked Colours / Azusena / GLOWS

19 Oct 2017

The Pickle Factory

13-14 The Oval
London
E2 9DU

7.30pm

£7.50

WHITE KITE

London-based alternative trio White Kite have just unveiled their second single 'Past Life’, released via Kobalt Music.

Combining elements of psych-rock with soulful vocals and a four-on-the-floor groove, the track harks back to 70s disco numbers, with contemporary twists present in its wash of synthesizers and electronic textures. The song’s infectious, looping chorus melody is the heartbeat of the track, providing stark contrast to the blues-tinged, guitar-led verses.

The track was written and produced by frontman Louis Shadwick, who explains how the song explores his coming to terms with his sexuality:

“Past Life is about my experience of growing up having to hide what I was, and how that makes you feel like you have to lead a double life,” he says. “You constantly have to reconcile a sense of shame and abnormality with the excitement and liberation of finding places and people with who you can express yourself and not be judged”.

Tickets available here

White Kite / THØSS / Viølets

25 Oct 2017

+ special guests

Miranda at Ace Hotel

100 Shoreditch High St
London
E1 6JQ

7.30pm

£6.50

SONGHOY BLUES

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

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

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

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

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

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Songhoy Blues

25 Jan 2018

+ special guests

O2 Forum Kentish Town

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

7.00pm

£20

HUNDRED WATERS

Hundred Waters’ formed the group in 2012 when they became housemates in Gainseville, FL. The group found themselves inclined to collaboration while living under one roof, sharing a communal mentality that yielded a beautiful blend of musical contradictions: mournful yet colorful, introverted yet aware. Their self-titled debut soon attracted the most unlikely of allies, Skrillex, who signed the band to his OWSLA label that same year and gave the album a full-scale release, leading to worldwide touring with such diverse acts as The xx, Alt-J, Grimes, & Julia Holter.

JFDR

JFDR, the latest project from Iceland's Jófríður Ákadóttir (Samaris, Pascal Pinon, Gangly), is a blend of cyclical guitar parts, soft minimal soundscapes, and poetic wonderings of a journey that ends where it began. Drawing from classical, folk, and electronic backgrounds, JFDR amalgamates the sounds of changing seasons, her voice a current that moves through rough seas to smooth waters. But perhaps JFDR shines the most in her capacity as a wordsmith, employing rich imagery to evoke the subtle emotions embedded in each song. Her first full length album, co-produced by legendary multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily, is set for release next year.

SUNKEN

South-East London siblings throw down laid back rhythms and swooning guitars.

"An act with unbridled ambition."

"Utterly unique"

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Hundred Waters / JFDR / Sunken

24 Oct 2017

Village Underground

54 Holywell Lane
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£12.50

SOLD OUT

PEGGY SUE

Peggy Sue will debut new music and play some classics at this intimate show. 

Tickets for the show are on sale now. 

Peggy Sue

09 Sep 2017

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

31-35 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

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.

'Bitter Winter' / 'Familiar Ways' is released via House Anxiety / Marathon Artists on Monday 22nd May - full EP coming summer 2017.

SORRY

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

BONIFACE

Alaskalaska / Sorry / Boniface

28 Sep 2017

Bethnal Green Working Mens Club

6NB, Pollard Row
London
E2

7.30pm

£6

LIARS

“When I first started working on this record, I was trying to explore the idea of being isolated,” says Angus Andrew, before falling silent for a few seconds. “Sorry,” he begins again, “I lost my train of thought there. I was looking at a kangaroo through the window.”

Angus is calling from a remote spot near Sydney, Australia – “In the super-bush, offshore,” he says. “I live in a National Park. There are no cars, it’s all rainwater and septic tanks.” Compared to the locations where previous Liars albums have been recorded – Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Berlin, bustling metropolises all – Angus’ current base of operations marks something of a left-turn. But, then, so does TFCF, (which stands for Theme From Crying Fountain), Liars’ eighth and latest full-length.

Liars have, as a matter of course, sounded radically different with each album, pursuing new concepts and occupying diverse mindsets, from the pell-mell post-punk of their 2001 debut, They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top, through the No Wave Hallowe’en stories of They Were Wrong, So We Drowned, to the haunted electronica of Mess. But there’s no defining style to TFCF, no overriding concept, as it shifts between sampled elements, brash processed sounds and “real” instrumentation, passages of pointed abstraction and passages of wilful songcraft, avant gestures and genuine pop moments. There’s no mask being hid behind, and the album is their most honest and autobiographical yet – possibly because Liars is no longer a “they”, but a “he”.

HAPPY MEALS

“A Glasgow-based duo in thrall to minimalist Euro disco, who sing in French and are huge in the Russian underground scene, sounds like some sort of hideous hipster fantasy. But Happy Meals are very much real, and very good. Having met at high school, it was eight years before Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook started formulating ideas that would become Happy Meals—ice cold synths and smooth grooves, all built around abstract ideas rather than pre-determined structures. Since then, acclaim has come quickly—they’ve not only found themselves playing to delighted Moscow clubbers, but debut mini-album Apéro was nominated for Scottish Album of the Year. Their sultry synthpop and cosmic take on Italo is sure to bring them wider recognition in 2017 though, so watch out for one of electronic music’s best-kept secrets tearing up a dance floor or a party near you soon.” – Drowned In Sound 2017

& THE QUIETUS DJs

Tickets are on sale now.

Liars / Happy Meals / The Quietus DJs

27 Oct 2017

Heaven

11, The Arches, Villiers St
London
WC2N 6NG

7.00pm

£16

NOGA EREZ

Every so often an artist emerges who completely changes the game. Meet renegade experimentalist Noga Erez. Born and living just outside Tel Aviv, Erez's freewheeling songs are energised by the politics that surround her, but are also anchored in a desire to make as many people as possible feel.

This is politically charged pop exploded out onto a universal stage. Inspired by strong artistic figures such as Björk and MIA, as well as everyone from Frank Ocean to Radiohead to Kendrick Lamar to FKA Twigs, Erez is the definitive sound of the world we live in today. For Erez, music is at its best when it allows for both presence and absence. "I have this idea of giving people moments of thought and inspiration, and at the same time giving moments of escapism and fun."That is, after all, what all music should do, and what Noga Erez is here to fearlessly master.

MORGAN HISLOP

Described as “half darkly-cosmic and half retro-minded”, London-based multimedia artist Morgan Hislop scrapes together a heady mix of candy-coated percussion, quirky vocal cuts and lashings of rich synth textures. The electronic styling of his musical direction is both immediately playful, refreshingly off-kilter and soaked in a layer of club-ready dynamism.

His debut single ‘Bright As the Moon, But Darkened By The Drama’ was released at the tail end of 2014 on Slugabed’s Activia Benz imprint. Featuring close affiliate and muse Hairy Hands (Tape Club Records) on vocal duties, the track garnered a huge response, described as “a tropical mist of chill that is as much leftfield experimentalism as it is ear-friendly pop” by Dummy Mag and notching up 65,000 plays in just a month.

Morgan Hislop’s live show is a unique experience with a host of unheard material, reworked tracks, guest vocalists and kitsch visuals.

Noga Erez / Morgan Hislop

26 Oct 2017

Corsica Studios

4/5 Elephant Rd
London
SE17 1LB

7.30pm

£9

YUMI ZOUMA

Yumi Zouma are Christie Simpson, Sam Perry, Charlie Ryder, and Joshua Burgess. Since the release of their debut ​EP in 2014, Yumi Zouma’s evolution has been brisk and organic  having grown up together in Christchurch, New Zealand, the band scattered after school, moving to Auckland, Paris and New York, collaborating over email to create Yumi Zouma’s initial material. However, the intense reception to these early tracks resulted in the group’s first practices taking place on arena stages, as they were asked on tour by Lorde. During a threeweek break in Paris, they set to work on their debut album. Where the previous EPs were created in isolation, capturing the nuances of each member’s life half a world away, the new material was given a singular voice. After a week of mixing in Philippe Zdar's Motorbass studio, the selfrecordedandproduced ​Yoncalla ​was born. “Yumi Zouma has always been an exercise in refining ideas and collaborating,” reflects guitarist Charlie Ryder, “but this was the first time we weren’t limited or protected by distance. With ​Yoncalla, the process was different, and it can be scary to present raw ideas to your friends  but it’s also great to see songs evolve through the sparks of inspiration that bounce between people in the same room.” Yumi Zouma’s debut album Yoncalla was released May 27th on NY label Cascine.

SURATI

With her first show at Jack LA's infamous afterparty (NXC MANSION), London-based SURATI has since been a key component of the Nightcore scene, with mixes on datafruits.fm, Reprezent, and Radar Radio.

SURATI seamlessly crosses genres and moods with her unique blend of Norclub, PC Music, and high-pitched pop, and has graced the stage with Big Dope P, Hi Tom, Spinee, and GFOTY.

Tickets are on sale now.

 

Yumi Zouma / Surati

06 Oct 2017

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7.30pm

£10

VISIBLE CLOAKS

Reassamblage finds Doran and Carlile incorporating an international array of virtual instruments to advance the idea of pan-globalism through digital simulation, with tones and colours cohering into a living, breathing pool of sensorial experience. With the “Fourth World” leanings of 80s Japanese ambient and pop (as explored by Spencer on his radiant 'Fairlights, Mallets, and Bamboo' mixes) a crucial touchstone amidst a breadth of worldly musical influences, Visible Cloaks filter and form source material to become young again. Often the duo strip tonal elements of their specificity or randomize melodies so they become stirring and lucid. Essential patterns emerge, conscious experience heightens. In these moments, the musical language of Reassemblage finds unlimited resonance and presents a path to uninhabited realities.

Live, this becomes an inviting and immersive multi-sensual feast, with the pitch-perfect visual aesthetic of digital and installation artist Brenna Murphy (also responsible for the  Reassamblage artwork and accompanying videos) extending the album’s exploration of global headspace into a visual, visceral reality.

Tickets on sale Friday.

RFB RECOMMENDS

Visible Cloaks this year released Reassemblage, a record we can't see being dis-lodged from our annual top ten by the time 2017 is out. They make hard to define - or classify - ambient electronica. We love how they manage to hit the sweet spot of being wonderfully futuristic and progressive, yet maintain a beating heart of warmth that begs to be listened to again and again. Live, this will be an incredible A/V show from the duo, and we're sure one of this year's highlights.

Visible Cloaks

08 Nov 2017

+ special guests

The Pickle Factory

13-14 The Oval
London
E2 9DU

7.30pm

£12

LOST HORIZONS

Currently celebrating 20 years piloting the revered record label Bella Union, Simon Raymonde has scaled another personal peak, a new collaboration with drummer Richie Thomas. They’re called Lost Horizons, and though neither of them have strictly beenlost,their stunning debut album, Ojalá, is a rare sighting of two gifted musicians who, for different reasons, have been largely absent from music-making for the last 20 years. Yet the record is proof of a telepathic relationship through music, established when the pair first became collaborators and friends in the eighties.

“It must feel like fun, never a chore, and it had to be improvised,” Raymonde explains of the album. "If it never became a record, it didn’t matter. It was all about recapturing that
feeling when you’re 15, making music with friends."

Lost Horizons are set to play the iconic 100 Club, 19 November.

DOG IN THE SNOW

Dog In The Snow is the moniker of Brighton-based Helen Ganya Brown who experiments with existential-driven lyrics and layers of off-kilter sounds to create a peripatetic musical landscape.
Dog In The Snow finds it inspiration in the juxtapositions: the warm project title goes hand- in-hand with the grim Kafka ending of ’The Trial'. Inspired by the dark underbelly of Scott Walker, the mortal anxieties of Sufjan Stevens, the glistening soundscapes of Susumu Yokota, Helen also finds influence from her own personal anxieties of being mixed race and a foreigner to her homelands, whilst exploring self-identity in its culture and ideas.

Tickets on sale now

Lost Horizons / Dog in the Snow

19 Nov 2017

The 100 Club

100 Oxford St, Fitzrovia
London
W1D 1LL

7.30pm

£7.00

SOLD OUT

ELDER ISLAND

Bristol based artistic trio Katy Sargent, David Havard and Luke Thornton form the undeniably groovy band, Elder Island. Following the success of their 2016 Seeds in Sand EP release, they will be bringing their unique performance to The Lexington!

As Bristols’ acclaimed homegrown talent, they deliver organic, mellow, dance-pop. Katy’s ethereal voice and cello playing over Luke and David’s melodic brooding will move your soul while their live looping, mixing and funk-infused synths will bring the sunshine even if the British whether does not.

Elder Island play The Lexington, 19 October.

Tickets on sale Tuesday, 10am!

Elder Island

19 Oct 2017

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£7.00

FOXYGEN

Foxygen and Star Power is the Los Angeles songwriting duo of 24-year-olds Sam France and Jonathan Rado. In May 2011, France and Rado nervously handed off a CD-R of this homemade mini-opus Take the Kids Off Broadway (Jagjaguwar, 2012) to producer and visionary Richard Swift after his performance in a Lower East Side club. The duo, who had just mixed and burned the disc that very night, had been devotees of Swift's outsider-pop oeuvre since high school, when they first began recording their own pubescent forays into oddball rock n' roll (At least a dozen records were finished before they graduated high school).

Foxygen left the venue that night unsure whether Swift would truly listen or sling the disc into a dumpster on his way out. You're reading this right now because Swift did listen. In fact, he fucking flipped for Foxygen's bugged out, esoteric majesty and called upon them immediately to say as much.
Eight months later, Foxygen was holed up for a week-long recording session at Swift's neo-legendary National Freedom studio, creating what  became their breakthrough, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (Jagjaguwar, 2013), a precocious and cocksure joyride across California psychedelia.

2013 saw the mercurial success of 21st Century, and with it, heightened demands for tour planning, added press days, demands on resources, the sacrifice of personal relationships, and the indefinite delay ...  of recording plans. The quick-fire success made for an altogether turbulent 2013 for the band. Foxygen's always captivating live performances shifted from eruptive to sometimes frightening -- and then, just put on ice altogether. But at the close of 2013, France and Rado found secret sanctuary in their new studio, Dream Star, and holing up in some of LA's most famous hotels for more recording. Writing music together is what their friendship has always thrived upon. At Dream Star in the northernmost passage of LA's valley, they reformed as a punk band called Star Power. And the result, the svelte, 82-minute ...And Star Power, is a morphing, splice-and-paste journey through soft rock indulgences, psych-ward folk, cartoon fantasia, D&D doomrock, and paranoid bathroom rompers. Foxygen, now expanded into a 9-piece touring machine as Star Power, calls the album "a cinematic, auditory adventure for the speedy freaks, skull krunchers, abductees, and misfits...the radio station you can only hear if you believe."]

MATT MALTESE

""As The World Caves In" taps into the sense of despair felt by many following the outcome of the U.S. election and Britain's E.U. referendum in 2016 and adds a sense of melodrama and beauty." The FADER

"Missing Leonard Cohen already? The good news is that he appears to have been reincarnated as a scrawny south London crooner called Matt Maltese" The Guardian

Tickets on sale now

 

Foxygen / Matt Maltese

07 Oct 2017

St John at Hackney

Lower Clapton Rd
London
E5 0PD

7pm

£17.50

MAUNO

If boredom really does breed creativity, then Nova Scotia weirdo pop-rock sophisticates mauno must be four intensely bored individuals. “Halifax is a weird little town,” says frontman Nick Everett of the Canadian peninsula they call home, where life unfolds in a slow-drift of tiny moments never more than a stone’s throw from the sea. “At times, it’s really boring, which I find useful for writing songs—not being distracted. I arrived here on a failed hitch-hiking trip and just keep getting drawn back.” rough master, the group’s smart, intricate new album, has at least this in common with the city where it was forged. Full of familiar and charming shimmery guitar—and less-familiar, somewhat absurd stories written over rueful meals in empty apartments—rough master is a record you too will just keep getting drawn back into.

FACTORY SECONDS

Factory Seconds is a band from London generating '80s inspired melancholic indie pop from a unit in an old factory.

"Drawing a line from dream-pop, through to indie-pop and shoegaze 'Caught in the Layers' drills down to the essential core of each of these genres to deliver a palatable modern take on sounds from this classic period as a forlorn and introspective examination of mental health." - The National Student

Tickets are on sale now

Mauno / Factory Seconds

04 Oct 2017

+ special guests

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle St
London
N1 0XT

7.30pm

£6

SOLD OUT

SUSANNE SUNDFOR

Susanne Sundfor plays an intimate show to celebrate Bella Union's 20th anniversary and welcoming her to the label.

Support comes from Deep Throat Choir. 

Tickets for this event are now Sold Out.

Susanne Sundfor / Deep Throat Choir

22 Aug 2017

The Courtyard Theatre

40 Pitfield St
London
N1 6EU

7.30pm

£12

AQUASERGE

Experimental pop band show music features codes messages, automatic writing, danceable grooves peppered with rhythmical and metrical twists and shades of Italian and French film music.

MARIETTA

Signed to Born Bad records (La Femme, Cheveu), Marietta is preparing to release a 2nd album of warped, woozy pop which according to The Line of Best Fit brings to mind "Kurt Vile, Mac Demarco, and Kevin Morby at his poppiest."

DEAD SEA

Bright young post-shoegazers who have already supported Slowdive and made their mark with two blissful singles ‘Lotion’ and ‘8.50’.

The third edition of Oui Love will take place at Birthdays, Dalston on the 21 September.

Tickets available here

Oui Love: Aquaserge / Marietta / Dead Sea

21 Sep 2017

Birthdays

33-35 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London
N16 8BJ

7.30pm

£6.00

POPULAR CULTURE

KING NUN

'wild and abrasive and totally addictive.' The Line of Best Fit

'It’s dirty, noisey, juvenile, gobby and grimy – but importantly it’s also ear-shatteringly exciting.' - NME

'Four 18 year olds from London, the band are blessed the sort of energy that only really seems to exist in adolescence.' - Clash

Recently signed to Dirty Hit (Wolf Alice, The 1975), chaotic London quartet King Nun will play a warm up show ahead of their Reading Festival performance.

VENUTRE LOWS

"There’s nothing ordinary about Venture Lows, right down to the fact 2/3rds of the group are bassists. The East London outfit have been a long time in the making. Back in 2015, they released debut track ‘Summer/RIP’, a Tom Vek-nodding pop blitz that waved farewell to the passing season and, appropriately, arrived before the world went to bits in 2016. The group stayed completely silent in that time, but they’re taking a second step with the hyperactive, intelligent ‘Brenda’." NME on Venture Lows

£5 advance

Doors 8pm

DJ's 'til late.

Popular Culture: King Nun / Venture Lows

24 Aug 2017

+ special guests

The Finsbury

336 Green Lanes
London
N4 1BY

8pm

£5

 

Returning to conquer after-hours on the Alternative Stage at Reading and Leeds for its eleventh consecutive year, heavyweight independent heroes Transgressive Records and yours truly will be bringing our most exciting line-up yet to ensure the party continues long after the headliners have finished.

Hijacking Reading on Friday, and Leeds on Saturday/Sunday night, the stage runs from 9.30pm until late, bringing a wealth of boundary-pushing, brilliant acts to put the cap what's already been announced, in a series of unmissable exclusive appearances. 

The 2017 line-up features: 

SECTION BOYZ live
NEW GEN & FRIENDS
FOALS DJs 
HMLTD live
BENNY MAILS live
+ Special Guest DJ sets from CIRCA WAVES, MARIKA HACKMAN, THE BIG MOON, JEN LONG & BBC Radio 1's HUW STEPHENS

Day and weekend tickets for both Reading & Leeds are flying out. Get yours here. 

RFB & Transgressive Reading and Leeds Takeover

24 Aug 2017

feat. Section Boyz, HMLTD, Benny Mails, Foals (DJ) and many more

Bramham Park

Bramham Park Wetherby
Leeds
LS23 6ND

12:00

Various

SHABAZZ PALACES

…THE FOLLOWING IS A TRANSMISSION FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMURDERCA ALREADY IN PROGRESS…

…POST LANGUAGE. WE TALK WITH GUNS. GUNS KEEP US SAFE.
WE DONT IMAGINE PAST THE IMAGE. PLEASE. YOU KNOW US.
WE KILLED LOVE WE KILLED MONEY WE KILLED PRINCE WE KILLED SHAME
WE KILLED HOPE WE KILLED SEX WE KILLED PRIDE WE KILLED STYLE
WE KILLED IMAGINATION WE KILLED FRESH WE KILLED THE GAME
WE KILLED AIR WE KILLED DOPE WE KILLED DEATH


————————————TRANSMISSION INTERRUPTED————————————

Quazarz came to the Earth from somewhere else, a musical ambassador from his place to ours. Somehow, through fire or through fury, the Palaceer of Shabazz Palaces caught wind of the tale, and it is through his prism that we hear the story.

The beach was there, and Atlaantiis, and chemical alterations and cell memories and Andre Norton, Richard K. Morgan, and always Octavia Butler. There were killings and there were votes, and brutality in both. There was sound and there were other worlds, and there was a vastness so participation sometimes came only at the edges. And the Palaceer coasted down with the alien notion, like Quazarz, and so became.

On Quazarz when they look at this place here they see the inhabitants, the humans, but they don’t assess as we do. And so when Quazarz was sent he was sent to meet a cat with vibration, a creative and courageous, caring, compassionate dude that stood out. The dude was a drug dealer, but that was neither here nor there, until his dealings squashed the rendezvous, leaving our alien alone to figure out what this place is really all about.

Coming from, as we all used to, a simpler less complicated more essential innocent place, the hero could not make heads nor tails of most advancements. From an aerial view, he saw that a good percentage of earthly vibrations were on very small squares and it became his belief that this world was very disposable and the spans short. His opinion was not of anything good nor bad but simply the truth.

The machines—he noted—though at the behest of their master’s voice, are scorned, and jealous as all hell.

And so the tale is told while surfing on the board of Shabazz Palaces, with its sturdy sort of base angled for takeoff on a new trajectory. There is new blood and space and room to be different and have different assets and different art and different ways to talk and also open up some space inside to do something new. There are pages and there are drawings, and color and faces and inked dialogues written in ancient futuristic hieroglyph. There are scales and there is melody and there are Sunny days and there is Darkness, but that—it should be noted—to the Palaceer is not a lack of illumination or brightness. Maybe it is dark, but in it is always optimism and joy, a bright darkness and a full, hopeful one as well.

It comes in gold, and it comes for the night. And so Quazarz sang the Jealous Machines. And so too did the Jealous Machines sing the Gangster Star.

AWATE

Awate is a rapper and producer from Maiden Lane Estate in Camden. Having started out at the age of 12, from the same school as Ms. Dynamite, Akala and Faith SFX, he started collaborating and performing, tearing down legendary hip-hop spot, Deal Real at the age of 15. A refugee, Awate's music touches on subjects like identity, history, racism and pride.

First featured on DJ Semtex's BBC 1Xtra show, Awate toured worldwide with emcee, Lowkey for four years and has supported the likes of Jay Electronica and Smif n Wessun, whilst performing regularly at The Roundhouse as part of his Residency at the iconic venue.

Using the dusty, psychedelic funk and soul samples provided by Dcypha label head, Turkish, Awate’s first release, long awaited by fans such as Idris Elba and Yasiin Bey, is the debut EP, Shine Ancient, out now.

Shabazz Palaces / AWATE

06 Nov 2017

Oval Space

29-32 The Oval
London
E2 9DT

7.00pm

£14

KLLO

Kllo – an electronic pop collaboration between Melbourne cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam – waded in figurative backwater for much of 2016 amid 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.

Tickets available here.

KLLO

23 Nov 2017

+ special guests

XOYO

32-37 Cowper St
London
EC2A 4AP

8pm

£10

THE DREAM SYNDICATE

We are thrilled to present a second intimate show from The Dream Syndicate after the first date sold out. Speaking about their new album, Steve Wynn said:

It feels like the perfect mix of everything we loved and everything that followed in the wake of what we did and what we loved. It sounds like everything that I loved about the Dream Syndicate and yet sounds unlike any other record we made. It's what we did but it's also what we do. Dennis, Mark, Jason, Chris and I set the bar high. It's the way it had to be. And you know what? We cleared that bar with room to spare. And that's why it's a finished record and will be available to listen by more people than just ourselves. We couldn't be happier.

Tickets for the show are on sale now.

The Dream Syndicate

31 Oct 2017

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£17.50

THE ORIELLES

Halifax’s fast rising The Orielles have announced details of a run of headline shows in November of this year. The band also have a hectic summer planned with a number of festival slots including appearances at Green Man, Sea Change, Port Eliot and Truck.

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

BOY AZOOGA

Boy Azooga is the project of Cardiff Born Davey Newington, whilst playing drums in Charlotte Church’ Pop Dungeon under the pseudonym “Bongo Fury” and other Cardiff bands such as Keys and Monico Blonde, Davey began writing his own music and recording it round his mate Dr Ed Boogie’s house.

Recording and layering everything himself, he decided on the live front he needed a band. He recruited friends Daf, Dylan and Sam to form the four headed instrument swapping psychedlic dance rock outfit known as Boy Azooga.

Their songs are packed with a love of all kinds of music from The Beach Boys, Sly and The Family Stone, Caribou, Black Sabbath, William Onyeabor, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Beastie Boys, Can, Outkast, Van McCoy, Ty Segal and so much much more. They hope to see you at a gig soon and will have a maraca for you to shake.

DAN STOCK

Having established himself as a solo artist across the last twelve months, Milton Keynes based Dan Stock’s first release, ‘Bright Ideas’, debuted on Huw Stephens’ Radio One show to an abundance of recognition and praise for his unforgettable and candid quality of Songwriting.

“Awash with attitude and importance, tightly rolled up in anthemic brilliance”

Recent recording sessions at Egypt Lane Studios (Buckinghamshire) with Jack Gooderham, drummer/percussionist of London based band Wyldest, yielded a collection of killer songs, instantly fitting of the soundtrack of our lives.

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The Orielles / Boy Azooga / Dan Stock

01 Nov 2017

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£7

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YASSASSIN

After marking their territory last summer with ‘Social Politics’ and sealing those foundations shortly after with ‘Pretty Face’, Vitamin Y might just be that extra compound you’ve been needing to block out the bullshit of 2017. A band that annihilates and re-works controlled chaos, nostalgic new-wave attitudes and genre fusing music, Yassassin are ready for a revolution.

GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS

An obtuse punk trio based in London, formed to aurally represent the noise and violence of the modern world. Debut single 'The Mound'/'Disappear' garnered praise from the likes of Clash and Gigwise, whilst the band have quickly become know as one of the most exciting live groups in London since forming in October 2016.

"Feral No Wave antics sluiced through a penchant for live suicide recordings" - Clash
"A great, violent sounding single... putting dB level metres in the red with their blisteringly loud energetic shows" - Gigwise
“A scuzzy, messed-up, lo-fi, post-punk, no-wave racket” - Aural Aggravation

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Yassassin / Girls in Synthesis / Flamingods DJ

12 Oct 2017

The Waiting Room

175 Stoke Newington High St
London
N16 0LH

7.30pm

£6

STARCRAWLER

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

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


STARSHA LEE

Starsha Lee is a high pitch vocal register with the plausible intention of been the iconoclast of every portrait of mankind. A post-Duchamp inconvenient sound for inconvenient people.

HAZE

Haze are an alternative-garage four-piece from Oxford. Releasing their debut EP ‘Digital Fulfilment' in 2016.

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Starcrawler / Starsha Lee / Haze

05 Sep 2017

Boston Music Room

178 Junction Rd
London
N19 5QQ

7.30pm

£7

CYMBALS

“These ideas, of a world in decay, a world subject to constant change, and of the shortness of human life, made many things bearable” – VS Naipaul

Light in Your Mind is the first new material from CYMBALS in two years, and their first album since January 2014. If the wait seems long for the listener, for those involved in its creation the time in between pulls in a lifetime of unexpected experiences. That Light In Your Mind even exists is a testament to not giving in. That it sounds the way it does is both remarkable and, somehow, inevitable.

Since their inception, CYMBALS line up has been subject to a great deal of change. Amidst that change there has always existed the songwriting duo of Jack Cleverly and Dan Simons, who formed the band in 2011 with the sole intention of “having fun”. A noble aspiration, but one that became increasingly hard to realize when the realities of a 9-5 existence started to corrosively rub against the expectations of being in a band that wanted to tour the world.    

“We kind of stopped everything in its tracks around two years ago,” says Jack. “2014 was a really intense year. One-by-one the other guys in the band couldn’t face it anymore, so we widened the family, met new people and worked with them, until they had to move on and then we worked with others. It was hard on a personal level, but as a band, it also felt like a kind of chrysalis.”

At various points over the last six years and across three albums, an EP and single, a rotating cast of at least ten other people have formed some version of CYMBALS. More still have contributed to Light In Your Mind - Justin Goings and Josh Hefferman both provide drums, while Alabaster DePlume plays saxophone on ‘Fully Automated Luxury’. Producer Kristian Robinson (Capitol K) is a major presence across the album and played a key role in guiding the transition from the band’s sound on their previous record to this one (indeed, this was the first time the band spent any significant time in a studio). Jorge Elbrecht, whose work with Ariel Pink and Tamaryn had inspired the band, mixed the record in Miami, adding those elusive final touches that make a good sounding record great. Consequently, the music itself possesses a sedimentary quality, a residue of each contributing member compressed into what it is that band have become. Consistent throughout has been the relationship between Cleverly and Simons. In fact, so consistent is this relationship that despite the involvement of others it wasn’t until everything else was stripped away that the two finally began to be what they first tried to be.

“When the band cut down to just me and Dan, and we stopped trying to find more people, I remember that it was scary at the time, and we didn’t know if we would keep going. We agreed to a few rehearsals together and see where it went. We had a great surprise: it felt great, the writing was easy. It was if together we gave up trying to be anything other than what we are. We cut any bullshit between the two of us and talked honestly about the last few years. We found that when we started writing together, we were going faster towards the feeling that had given rise to CYMBALS in the first place.“

 

JASON NOLAN


 

Cymbals / Jason Nolan

31 Aug 2017

Thousand Island

20-22 Highbury Corner, Highbury East
London
N5 1RA

7.30pm

£8

COSMO SHELDRAKE

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

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

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

MARY EPWORTH

Mary Epworth’s debut album, Dream Life, saw much praise from press and radio, and lead to four singles playlisted at BBC 6 Music, ‘Black Doe’ picked as BBC Radio 1’s Hottest Record In The World, and Mary and her band performing sold-out headline shows and playing many festivals. Mary’s career has also taken an unexpected detour with the hit US podcast Welcome to Night Vale and its spin-off Within the Wires, composing the score for the latter and joining the Night Vale team on their hugely successful sold-out tours across the US and Europe.

Mary has announced her second album set for release in September. Produced by Thom Monahan and recorded at his Golden Void studio in LA, 'Elytral' sees Mary arriving with greater ferocity and a letting loose of her darker instincts through grinding, splintered soundscapes, electronic experimentalism, prog, psychedelia, free- jazz and more

LAUCAN

When Lewes-raised newcomer Laucan began singing in falsetto after the break-up of an old band, he had his reasons. “I didn’t want anyone hearing my songs through the door of my room,” recalls Laurence Galpin, the 27-year-old behind the Laucan (pronunciation: Lor-can) moniker. Thankfully, his newfound readiness to be heard doesn’t come at any cost to his distinct voice on his debut EP, Up Tomorrow, released March 6th on Sunday Best. Between its impressionist lyrical images, spectral folk beauty and enveloping soundscapes, Up Tomorrow is a gorgeous, glowing introduction to a singer who found something special in his attic-based isolation.

PIAS Nites returns 18 July.

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PIAS Nites: Cosmo Sheldrake / Mary Epworth / Laucan

18 Jul 2017

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.00pm

£12

HAPPYNESS

When Happyness first burst into the public conscience with 2013’s debut single It’s On You, their spirited take on US college rock was as big a surprise as it was an instant hit. The resulting full length, Weird Little Birthday, went on to feature in many of 2014’s End of Year album lists. Worldwide tours, an NME Award, a re-issue on the much-loved labels Moshi Moshi Recordings (Bar/None in US), and millions of Spotify plays later, it is with some anticipation that news of album number two begins to surface. Currently only two things remain certain: Spring 2017 will see the release of Weird Little Birthday’s successor, and today they share the first taste of what the album will sound like in the form of new single Falling Down.

TRUDY AND THE ROMANCE

There’s a storm brewing over this year and in its eye is where you’ll find Trudy and the Romance, concocting a veritable witch’s brew of lovelorn sea shanties and mutant rockabilly pop for all the doo-wop digging rockers who thought these isles would never be hip and happening again.

“If anyone’s gonna do anything from Liverpool in the next 12 months, it’ll be this lot” - NME
"the most urgent they’ve sounded on record, and undoubtedly them at their most enthralling. Clearly not bereft of vigour nor ideas, you can only wonder with what they’ll come up with next” - The Line of Best Fit ​
"Sounding like a cross between Nick Cave and The Strokes... this track is an extraordinarily, upbeat” - The Independent

OUR GIRL

Brighton trio, Our Girl jump into 2017 with a string of highly praised releases under their belt, including last year’s debut EP ‘Normally’ released via Cannibal Hymns (Dream Wife, Abattoir Blues).

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Happyness / Trudy and the Romance / Our Girl

27 Oct 2017

The Garage

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

7.00pm

£10

 

SOCCER MOMMY

“Passed you on a side street/Brushed across your wrist like a razorblade.” Those are the first lines from ‘Try,’ the second track off Soccer Mommy’s Fat Possum debut, Collection. It’s also a perfect encapsulation of the band itself: quietly catchy, surprisingly confrontational, the kind of music that sneaks up on you and makes a permanent first impression. Soccer Mommy is the project of Sophie Allison, a nineteen-year-old Nashville native and musical wunderkind. Sophie built her reputation as a DIY artist, recording her own songs and releasing them for free on Bandcamp over the last few years. Collection compiles the best of Sophie’s Bandcamp work as well as a few new songs, written, mixed and produced herself.

The songs portray an artist fully-formed, mature far beyond her age. Sophie sings of toxic relationships, infatuations, and all the experiences of being a teenage girl. Or, as Sophie describes her subject matter, “crush stuff with a hint of bad to it.” There’s a playfulness to the music that belies the sophisticated nature of the songcraft. The songs can be sweet, they can be happily melancholic or melancholically happy, but they always cut deep. They belong on playlists and mixes, to be shared among friends and belted out during road trips. Collection is destined to be a favorite record. These perfect pop gems have power.

MAT RIVIERE

Since 2009 Mat Riviere has released 2 albums and 1 EP of pop music and played a bunch of shows. A new album called ‘Accident Book’ will come out in 2017 probably, it is about being terrified.

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Soccer Mommy / Mat Riviere

03 Aug 2017

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle St
London
N1 0XT

7.30pm

£6

SHIGETO

Since the release of his debut album back in 2010, Detroit born Zach Saginaw has spent the subsequent years displaying a dizzying array of music styles and interests, as well as continuing his mission to imprint his own world of music, art and social development on his surrounds. A musician who works across electronica, house, hip hop, jazz and funk – all musical forms rooted in his home city – he has spent the last few years distilling these sounds into a new series of recordings.

Last seen musically in 2015 with the release of the ‘Intermission’ EP, which he described as a collection of songs that "point to the past, present, and future", Shigeto has since then been working on a multitude of projects that include working on a new live ensemble arrangement, playing electronics in a jazz quartet, recording with Detroit rappers, and building a new studio – all things that are set to see the light of day in 2017. Two years prior to the ‘Intermission’ EP, Shigeto released his second full-length, ‘No Better Time Than Now’ in 2013, which was also his second album on the Ann Arbor based Ghostly International record label.

The music of Shigeto, has always been deeply rooted in his personal history. His debut EPs ‘Semi-Circle’ and ‘What We Held Onto’ explored his grandmother’s experience from a US internment camp through ambient, beat driven tracks, nostalgic melodies and spliced vocal samples, including his grandmother’s vocals.

His debut album ‘Full Circle’ became a culmination of these EPs and further refinement of obsessive field recording and meticulous percussion, creating lush, sumptuous instrumental hip-hop. 2012’s sophomore album ‘Lineage’ was a musical journey through his heritage combined with the sounds of jazz, hip-hop, funk and folk. The cover of his great grandfather's house in Hiroshima even adorned the Lineage artwork.

BABA ALI

Baba Ali was part of electronic duo ​Voices of Black from 2009-2015 and signed to underground dance label Wolf + Lamb records in 2009. The DJs/producers subsequently toured Europe, Latin America and the US.

Baba is now pursuing a solo career as a recording and visual artist/performer with the debut solo ‘NOMAD’ EP out now.

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09 Oct 2017

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Omeara

6 O'Meara Street
London
SE1 1TE

7.30pm

£15

KEVIN MORBY

City Music is an airplane descending over frozen lakes into Chicago. City Music is riding the Q Train out to Coney Island to smell the ocean and a morning in Philadelphia where greats cranes reconfigure the buildings like an endless puzzle. City Music is a quiet afternoon moment on a bench in Baltimore, a highway in Seattle at night where the distant houses look like tiny flames and a bottle of red wine being drained on a bridge in Paris. City Music is a bus pulling into St. Louis at dawn where the arch looks like a metal rainbow reflecting the days early sunlight....

City Music is also the new album by Kevin Morby. Full of listless wanderlust, it’s a collection inspired by and devoted to the metropolitan experience across America and beyond by a songwriter cast from his own mould. As he puts it: "It is a mix-tape, a fever dream, a love letter dedicated to those cities that I cannot get rid of, to those cities that are all inside of me."

Morby rose to prominence as bassist in Woods, with who he recorded seven albums on Woodsist Records (Kurt Vile, The Oh Sees, Real Estate) while also forming The Babies with Cassie Ramone of Vivian Girls. Two albums and a clutch of classic singles with the latter followed. Morby’s 2013 debut solo work Harlem River was a homage to New York and featured contributions from artists including Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley (of White Fence), while 2014’s Still Life garnered universal critical praise. "It’s easy to picture Morby with a wineskin under his arm," noted a Pitchfork review. "His every worldly possession hitched to his back, an eye constantly fixed on some faraway point on the horizon.

A favourite of ours at Rockfeedback, Kevin Morby plays Electric Ballroom, 31 October.

JESS WILLIAMSON

Jess Williamson's Heart Song is a brave record. It explores the strength in vulnerability, the power in silence and empty space. The recordings bristle with energy and confidence while maintaining the intense intimacy Williamson is known for. Like the visceral desert landscape that inspires her, she knows when to let her vocals drift across the song, light like a tumbleweed, and when to, like the fiercest of Texas storms, unleash thunder and lightning with her band.

Heart Song was recorded direct to tape in Austin, TX by Erik Wofford (The Black Angels, Bill Callahan) at Cacophany Studios and by the band in Jess's house. It was mixed by Larry Crane (Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, Cat Power) at Jackpot Recording in Portland, OR.

 
 

Kevin Morby / Jess Williamson

31 Oct 2017

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Electric Ballroom

184 Camden High St
London
NW1 8QP

7.00pm

£15

MALIHINI

Giampaolo Speziale and Federica Caiozzo met in early 2016 and, in what Federica describes as a "moment of surrender," decided to start making music together on a road trip through Austria, Germany and Poland. The duo gathered thirty improvised musical ideas and spent eight days recording with their friend and drummer Alberto Paone in a Roman studio.

Last year, they decided to break from their previous musical incarnations and moved from Rome to London, taking with them a hard drive of songs, a battered suitcase and vinyl copies of Nick Drake's Five Leaves Left and Stevie Wonder's Hotter Than July.

New single "Miss" comes hot on the heels of debut single "Waiting," recorded in Camberwell in the house of an Egyptologist and subsequently championed by the likes of Loud and Quiet, Stereogum and TLOBF. The duo have since decamped to Sicily, where they are working on their as yet untitled debut album.

MEGGIE BROWN

"Terrifying Hi-Fi pop songs"

Malihini / Meggie Brown

02 Oct 2017

The Waiting Room

175 Stoke Newington High St, Stoke Newington
London
N16 0LH

7.30pm

FREE

MARIKA HACKMAN

Marika 2:0 is uncompromising, uninhibited, and shamelessly free. ‘I’m Not Your Man’ is not afraid to call out the big questions around femininity, sexual identity, millennial ennui, the pressures of living in a social media bubble and the perils of being young in a fast-paced world. ‘I'm Not Your Man’ features BBC 6 Music A-listed singles, Boyfriend and My Lover Cindy.

Following her recent sold-out UK tour, which included a memorable sold out show at London Heaven, Marika has announced a fresh run of dates including Shepherd's Bush Empire on the 23rd November.

GOAT GIRL

From the very beginning Goat Girl were always threatening to turn into a special band. Songs that use subtlety as their main ingredient while remaining disarmingly fierce at every turn. Lyrics that mean everything despite being written down in the most simplistic and non-aggressive way possible… they are an anomaly in the UK music scene: four people playing guitars, bass and drums who have the ability to make you feel alive again.

OUR GIRL

Brighton trio, Our Girl jump into 2017 with a string of highly praised releases under their belt, including last year’s debut EP ‘Normally’ released via Cannibal Hymns (Dream Wife, Abattoir Blues).

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Marika Hackman / Goat Girl / Our Girl

23 Nov 2017

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O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

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

7:00pm

£15

!!! (CHK CHK CHK

Shake the Shudder are words to live by and ones that !!! fully embrace. There are always fears to  be  faced  and  new  paths  to  forge,  and  those  uncertainties  never  hold  them  back.  They  just propel  them  to  jump  in  head  first.  For  years  !!!  have  run  the  dance  band  gambit  and  become New  York  City  legends.  From  their  start  in  Sacramento,  to  Brooklyn  house  party  staples  and Union  Pool  residencies,  and  now  delighting  festival  stages  from  Primavera  to  FYF,  they’ve cemented their place as part of New York’s live dance scene -- while others have drifted into the history  books.  !!!  continuously  evolve  and  grow  their  sound  album  to  album,  deftly  navigating through changes in scenes, thriving where others would have been crushed under the daun ting nature of inevitably changing landscapes

BOXED IN

Following hot on the heels of 2015’s self-titled debut, ‘Melt’ is the second album from Oli Bayston, the singer, songwriter, producer and front-man of Boxed In. It is an album of warmly inviting yet coolly controlled electronic pop, at once intelligent and full of feeling. Its 11 songs are quirky, infectious, accessible yet experimental, richly detailed, with the accent on midtempo art ache; the beats are propulsive and the basslines pulsate, designed for clubbing, while the melodies tease and tug, aimed for lonely late-night listening. If your dream notion of modern dance music includes a fresh spin on ‘70s krautrock, ’80s synthpop and ‘90s house and techno, then you’ll love ‘Melt’.

SINK YA TEETH

"Sink Ya Teeth, two women from Norwich, have but one single and a ‘zine to their names (both already sold out on their Bandcamp), but their sound arrives fully formed—a melding of post-punks like ESG and the Raincoats with the early machine patters of Chicago house." Pitchfork

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!!! / Boxed In / Sink Ya Teeth

02 Nov 2017

Electric Ballroom

184 Camden High St
London
NW1 8QP

7.30pm

£16.50

SOLD OUT

CHARLY BLISS

Though Charly Bliss has been a band for over half a decade, the path that led to their first full-length record, Guppy, has been anything but straightforward. As the story goes, the band officially started when frontwoman Eva Hendricks and guitarist Spencer Fox, both just 15, crossed paths at a Tokyo Police Club show in New York City, but the ties within the band go much deeper than that. “It’s kind of insane and hilarious,” says Eva, “Sam is my older brother, so obviously we’ve known each other our whole lives, but all of us have been connected to each other since we were little kids. Dan Shure and I dated when we were in our early teens and he and Spencer went to summer camp together. Dan and I broke up years ago, but eventually he’d become our bass player. The reason we all get along so well has to do with the fact we share this ridiculous history. We are all deeply embedded in each other’s lives.”

The ten tracks that make up Guppy, Charly Bliss’ sparkling full-length debut, show the band embracing all of their strengths—a combination of ripping guitars and irrepressible pop hooks, all delivered with the hyper-enthusiasm of a middle school cafeteria food fight. That every track is loaded front-to-back with sing/shout-worthy lyrics and earworm melodies is a testament to the band’s commitment to the art form of pop songwriting.

WHENYOUNG

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

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

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Charly Bliss / WhenYoung

13 Sep 2017

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Old Blue Last

38 Great Eastern St, Shoreditch
London
EC2A 3ES

7:30pm

£8

By The Sea festival returns bigger and better than ever before for its 2017 edition, which runs from Friday 29th September – Sunday 1st October at Dreamland, Margate.

Now expanded to a third day for the first time in its history, By The Sea can announce that its headliners for 2017 will be The Libertines, Metronomy and Everything Everything.

This year’s event follows two sold out years which featured a brace of memorable performances from Foals, Hot Chip, Wolf Alice, Super Furry Animals, Bat For Lashes, Wild Beasts as well as newer stars Loyle Carner, The Big Moon, Jagwar Ma, Let’s Eat Grandma, Teleman, Sink The Pink, Blaenavon, plus many more.

For the third year running, By The Sea will base most of its activities at the iconic Dreamland amusement park in Margate – a town that continues to enjoy a rejuvenation inspired by a growing local cultural industry. Dreamland’s storied history stretches back to the 19th Century in the golden age of the British seaside town. Previously Dreamland has been the backdrop for unforgettable live performances by the likes of The Who, The Rolling Stones and T-Rex – a tradition that continues today with By The Sea.

Dreamland was recently relaunched after a major investment, which saw the site revamped and expanded with a focus on authentic vintage rides including the second oldest wooden roller coaster in the UK, Wedgwood Tea Cups and the Magic Mouse, reflecting its uniquely British heritage. 

By The Sea has plenty more to offer; including fairground rides, dodgem DJ sets, Record Market, Margate Museum acoustic sessions, daytime events and after-parties across Margate Old Town and on the Main Sands.

A full supporting cast of artists, DJs and more will be announced shortly.

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By The Sea Festival: The Libertines, Metronomy, and Everything Everything

29 Sep 2017

Headliners for By the Sea Festival 2017 are The Libertines, Metronomy, and Everything Everything

Dreamland

49-51 Marine Terrace
Margate
CT9 1XJ

5pm

£55 for an early bird weekend ticket

SOLD OUT

ALVVAYS

Alvvays is due to release its second full-length, Antisocialites, this September 2017.  The album is the much-anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut record which received accolades from Pitchfork, NPR, Rolling Stone and more. Across its 10 tracks and 33 minutes the Toronto-based group dive back into the deep-end of reckless romance and altered dates. Ice cream truck jangle collides with prismatic noise pop while Molly Rankin's wit is refracted through crystalline surf counterpoint. Through thoughtful consideration in basement and abroad, Alvvays has renewed its Scot-pop vows with a powerful new collection of manic emotional collage. Antisocialites is due 8 September on Transgressive Records.

The band will play London's KOKO on 8 September as part of their world tour. 

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.

'Bitter Winter', the lead track from their debut EP, and 'Familiar Ways', are the perfect introduction to their brand of off-kilter pop.

'Bitter Winter' / 'Familiar Ways' is released via House Anxiety / Marathon Artists on Monday 22nd May - full EP coming summer 2017.

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Alvvays / Alasklaska

08 Sep 2017

KOKO

1A Camden High St, Kings Cross
London
NW1 7JE

6pm

£14

PUMA BLUE

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

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

'Swum Baby' EP out 14th June

404 GUILD

404Guild is comprised of Bathwater, Bloo, Devenny, Dorian Sly, Silvertongue and Sonny. The contrast in personalities creates an honest and stark setting where members of the Guild and their audience are able to interact. Formed on the southern coast, they are now living and creating in London.

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Puma Blue / 404 Guild

30 Nov 2017

Corsica Studios

4-5 Elephant Road
London
SE17 1LB

7.30pm

£7.50

MAMMÚT

Icelandic band MAMMÚT crafts distorted songs while always maintaining a solid grasp on melody. In March 2014 the group received the Icelandic Music Awards for best album, best song and best album cover for their latest album "Komdu til mín svarta systir".

MAMMÚT is a powerhouse on stage, delivering series of searing post-punk songs that are splendidly fractured and neurotic. We're incredibly excited to have the band to perform their explosive live show at the Seabright Arms on 23 November.

BROEN

Broen are a young young up’n’coming five-piece band from Norway. The band have already been championed by the likes of The Guardian, Consequence of Sound, BBC Radio 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne, and Bella Union’s Simon Raymonde, who recently welcomed them to his label. Combining elements of R’n’B, rap, jazz, improvisation, psychedelia, dub and electronica, Broen ignore the usual genre conventions to create their own unique sound. They have built up a reputation of being one of Norway’s finest live bands, presenting something completely out of the ordinary. Their flowery colourful costumes and signature dance moves are rivalled only by their own live prowess and musicianship. They cannot be described by drawing lines to similar acts, but simply by drawing a line towards them. In addition to playing Latitude this summer, they are also playing at Norway's Oya-festival in August, among others.

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Mammút / Broen

23 Nov 2017

Sebright Arms

31-35 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£8.50

BLAENAVON

Fresh from a sold out UK headline tour, and with their long awaited debut album That’s Your Lot receiving unanimous acclaim - and featuring as one of the highest new entries on the UK Albums Chart in its week of release (April 7th) - Blaenavon continue to enjoy a stunning breakthrough 2017. The band's current single 'Lonely Side' was recently added to the BBC Radio 1 Playlist.

The incessant demand to catch Blaenavon’s formidable live show has seen them announce a fresh date at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire and serves as Blaenavon’s biggest headline show to date.

THE NIGHT CAFE

Exciting new Liverpool teens The Night Café have come back swinging with a pop-tinged summer anthem called 'Mixed Signals'. The story of a misguided kid that goes off the rails, 'Mixed Signals' is a journey through the heartbreak of a shattered relationship punctuated by the band's signature intricately spun guitar riffs and sweet vocal melodies.
The track will feature on a new AA-side release coming this October.

JADE BIRD

Jade Bird is a rising star, delivering a fantastic mix of country, pop and folk with a voice that can silence the busiest bar. She has a charm that melts the hardest heart and her exceptional songwriting talent ensures Jade is destined for the spotlight.

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Blaenavon / The Night Cafe / Jade Bird

24 Nov 2017

+ special guests

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

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

7.30pm

£12.50

DREAM WIFE

This ain’t your average house party. Dream Wife invite you to jump into the mosh pit. London based musicians Alice, Bella and Icelandic singer Rakel formed at art school in Brighton where the project began as a performance art piece. Dream Wife make music embracing their love for edgy pop. Oozing girl power the music juxtaposes simple pop hooks, cutting riffs and screamy dreamy vocals. The world of Dream Wife is brought to life with; roaring live shows, an empowering attitude embracing the strength of femininity, and collaborations with vibrant creatives of the London scene.

SORRY

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

UNDERWATER BOYS

Underwater Boys is Tom & Nick Klar - two brothers who make dreamy, fuzzy pop music in brighton. Drawing influence from Cocteau Twins, Beach House, The Cure, & Tame Impala, their sound is characterised by Tom's sweet, otherworldly falsetto, and multi-instrumentalist Nick's woozy, ethereal soundscapes.

While on the surface an Underwater Boys song might sound bright and blissed out, their music is also bubbling with anxiety and tension, with lyrical themes of mental illness, existential dread and malaise. This dichotomy is at the heart of what Underwater Boys do. It is joyful, celebratory music about battling with the darkest parts of yourself - being vulnerable, and trying to get better.

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Dream Wife / Sorry / Underwater Boys

25 Oct 2017

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd, Kings Cross
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£10.00

SOLD OUT

HOLY FUCK

Holy Fuck took the world by surprise around 2005 because there was just nothing like them—a hardcore thrift-store found-object punk band with a relentless commitment to rhythm and a sense for atmosphere better matched to a close encounter of the third kind than a simple rock concert. Think Einstürzende Neubauten re-inspired by Fela Kuti with Brian Eno working as keyboard tech and every channel on the mixer set to max power. It was the best ride out there while it lasted, up to and including their 2010 full-length Latin, recorded largely in too-brief breaks while on the road. That album cemented Holy Fuck’s sound and reputation for unapologetic instrumental noise but at the end of yet another insane touring cycle, it was time to take a break …, which turned into a hiatus … which turned into a chance to explore other projects and production work. (Like the bands Lids, Dusted and Etiquette, or production for Metz, Alvvays and Viet Cong.)

They’d been moving faster than they’d ever expected, especially after a 2007 sophomore release that came close to securing Canada’s prestigious Juno and Polaris Music Prize. (Not to mention festival slots at All Tomorrow’s Parties, Glastonbury, Coachella and more—plus Lou Reed said they were the best band he’d seen at SXSW.) The strategy was just to stay busy, says founder and noisemaster Brian Borcherdt, but soon they started to feel like Indiana Jones running from that boulder: “He had to step aside and let things settle!”

But there’s nothing Indiana Jones does better than the shock reveal, is there? And so in 2016 Holy Fuck suddenly announced the release of Congrats, a surprise full-length two years in the making that is by any scientific measure their holiest fuckiest release ever: “When you’re sitting still in a van and staring out the windows, you start to dream about all the other things you want to do,” says Borcherdt. “This album is exactly what we couldn’t do then.”

MAKENESS

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

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

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Holy Fuck / Makeness

09 Aug 2017

The Jazz Cafe

5 Parkway, Camden Town
London
NW1 7PG

7:30pm

£14

SOLD OUT

BEACH FOSSILS

The long-awaited return of Brooklyn’s Beach Fossils, Somersault showcases a band in bloom. Charting into new musical territory with a refined songwriting style, it's an album that captures flashes of life in New York grounded in personal experience. Due to phenomenal demmand, we have added a second show at Oslo after their first date sold out within days of going on sale.

As the band’s first release on Dustin Payseur’s new label Bayonet Records, which he co-owns with wife Kate Garcia—the group made the most of their newfound independence, investing ample time in expanding its range both musically and lyrically. While Payseur handled the bulk of the songwriting duties in the past, Somersault is a true collaboration between the founding member and bandmates, Jack Doyle Smith and Tommy Davidson. Augmented with more complex instrumentation, including string arrangements, piano, harpsichord, flute, and sax, the new songs offer multi-layered pop guided by sharp, poignant, and honest lyrics.

NERVOUS CONDITIONS

Hailing from Cambridgeshire, Nervous Conditions encompass the more cathartic elements of rock n roll, with an aggressive blend of thundering dual drumming, free jazz sax, angular guitar and buzzing keys. Live shows are played with a vigour, volume and spontaneity that is difficult to deny. Zak’s Anniversary, their debut LP, will be released in 2017, with its songs veering between lyrics about village life, cults and general bewilderment. This year sees them sharing a stage as Damo Suzuki’s band as well as a number of dates around Europe.

Beach Fossils / Nervous Conditions

29 Aug 2017

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£12

KIRAN LEONARD

Kiran Leonard announces details of a new album Derevaun Seraun, set to be released 15th September on Moshi Moshi.

“DEREVAUN SERAUN” is a piece I wrote a couple years back in five movements for voice, piano and string trio. Each movement is written about a different piece of literature, exploring the value I see in each work and the impression it has made on me, and there is nothing more to it than that. The pleasure of books – of good verse and stories and ideas – is a very simple thing, and I felt that some lofty unifying theme for the entire piece would be a betrayal of that belief. I think that when a work resonates with you it is an instinctive response to something. You can be taught to understand a challenging book, but not to feel affection for it; I think a lot of conversation around art, especially around literature, sometimes forgets this. In my experience, the art I like the most, irrespective of its 'difficulty', is the art I can advocate most directly and plainly, and about which I can say: “I read this piece and now I do not read or think in the same way that I did before”, or: “This is a story that I could not explain to someone; I do not understand it word-for-word, yet I feel like innately I understand the whole, and that the whole spoke to me”. This is a piece about five books that I like and why I like them." - Kiran Leonard

Kiran will play two shows on 20 September. Tickets for both the early (7pm) and late (9pm) show are on sale now. 

Kiran Leonard

20 Sep 2017

+ special guests

St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd, Camden Town
London
NW1 1UL

7.00pm

£12.50

SOLD OUT

W.I.T.C.H FEATURING JACCO GARDNER

WITCH were the most popular Zambian rock band of the 1970, fusing influences that ranged from the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple as well as traditional African rhythms, they spearheaded a new genre dubbed Zamrock. Releasing the first Zambian pop album in 1973, followed by another four, WITCH dominated the Zambian charts during their five year lifespan. Largely unknown outside their home country, they finally got the exposure they deserved when Now Again Records reissued their whole catalog in 2012. Lead singer and sole original suriving member Emmanuel "Jagari" Chanda has since played outside Africa and began a collaboration with Jacco Gardner in 2016 which will be showcased on a European Tour in September 2017. Joining Jagari onstage to play songs from their 5 album catalog will be Jacco Gardner on bass, Jay Whitefield (Whitefield Brothers, Poets of Rhythm) on lead guitar, Patrick Mwondela (“Disco” WITCH) on keys, Nic Mauskoviç (Jacco Gardner Band, Eerie Wanda, The Mauskoviç Dance Band, Altin Gün) on drums and Stefan Lilov (L’Eclair) on rhythm guitar.

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W.I.T.C.H. featuring Jacco Gardner

22 Sep 2017

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£10.00

SOLD OUT

ANNA OF THE NORTH

“Anna of the North brings out Scandi-pop’s sensitive side” - The FADER
“expansive, gorgeously crafted pop music” - Pigeons and Planes
“twisting and warping the dreamlike blueprint of her forebears to gorgeous effect” - NME
“dark, chamber-pop music that carries us away into our deepest of feelings” - Nylon

CARTAE

Cartaé hails from Wembley in North West London. An early love of music saw her start as a rapper before she realised her talents lay in writing songs instead. Influenced by groups like Little Dragon and Blood Orange she started writing top lines influenced by indie rock and pop.

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Anna Of The North / Cartae

26 Sep 2017

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

19:30

£10.00

HOLY FUCK

Holy Fuck took the world by surprise around 2005 because there was just nothing like them—a hardcore thrift-store found-object punk band with a relentless commitment to rhythm and a sense for atmosphere better matched to a close encounter of the third kind than a simple rock concert. Think Einstürzende Neubauten re-inspired by Fela Kuti with Brian Eno working as keyboard tech and every channel on the mixer set to max power. It was the best ride out there while it lasted, up to and including their 2010 full-length Latin, recorded largely in too-brief breaks while on the road. That album cemented Holy Fuck’s sound and reputation for unapologetic instrumental noise but at the end of yet another insane touring cycle, it was time to take a break … which turned into a hiatus … which turned into a chance to explore other projects and production work. (Like the bands Lids, Dusted and Etiquette, or production for Metz, Alvvays and Viet Cong.)

They’d been moving faster than they’d ever expected, especially after a 2007 sophomore release that came close to securing Canada’s prestigious Juno and Polaris Music Prize. (Not to mention festival slots at All Tomorrow’s Parties, Glastonbury, Coachella and more—plus Lou Reed said they were the best band he’d seen at SXSW.) The strategy was just to stay busy, says founder and noisemaster Brian Borcherdt, but soon they started to feel like Indiana Jones running from that boulder: “He had to step aside and let things settle!”

But there’s nothing Indiana Jones does better than the shock reveal, is there? And so in 2016 Holy Fuck suddenly announced the release of Congrats, a surprise full-length two years in the making that is by any scientific measure their holiest fuckiest release ever: “When you’re sitting still in a van and staring out the windows, you start to dream about all the other things you want to do,” says Borcherdt. “This album is