Far Caspian | RFB Go Dark | RFB Jacco Gardner’s Somnium | RFB KOKOKO! | RFB Cass McCombs | RFB Rina Mushonga | RFB Strand of Oaks | RFB Kel Assouf | RFB Woman’s Hour | RFB Mayra Andrade | RFB Blaenavon | RFB Osquello | RFB Malik Djoudi | RFB Lonnie Holley | RFB William Tyler | RFB Temporex / Pig / Fernando Mendez | RFB FM-84 / Timecop1983 | RFB Orville Peck / Secret Power | RFB Orville Peck / Grace Lightman (Solo) | RFB Orville Peck / James Burgess | RFB Anna St. Louis / Elena Setien | RFB Songhoy Blues / Rachel Chinouriri | RFB No Format: Oumou Sangare / Que Vola / Gerald Toto | RFB Sega Bodega | RFB Crooked Colours | RFB Kevin Morby | RFB Buke & Gase | RFB Teleman | RFB Free Money | RFB Gia Margaret / Ohtis | RFB Luluc / Max Bloom | RFB Tanukichan / Ellie Bleach | RFB Anna of the North | RFB Toy | RFB Oscar Jerome / Amber Simone | RFB Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct | RFB Shabazz Palaces / Haleek Maul / Amahla | RFB Fil Bo Riva | RFB Chinah | RFB Du Blonde | RFB Cass McCombs | RFB BLISS SIGNAL / Silverwaves / Scalping / Beneath (DJ) | RFB Bill Ryder-Jones / Brooke Bentham | RFB Michael Rault / Max Bloom / Foundlings | RFB Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct | RFB Caleborate / Baba Ali | RFB Josh T. Pearson / Nadine Khouri | RFB Cloud Nothings / Drahla | RFB Calpurnia / Jerry Williams | RFB Swamp Dogg / Baba Ali | RFB Crumb | RFB Chynna / Raheaven | RFB Elder Island / Catching Flies / Demi Riquisimo / Daisy Moon / Alex Absalom | RFB Swearin’ / Mammoth Penguins | RFB Cubicolor / DEEDS | RFB Kiran Leonard / Ubaldo / Pozi | RFB Anemone / Bill Jefferson / Alessandro Ciminata | RFB Sophie | RFB Valley Maker / Shrimp Eyes | RFB Sophie | RFB Poliça / Girlhood / Graham Dunning | RFB Drahla / Sleep Eaters / Ice Baths | RFB Iceage / Warmduscher / HELM / Astrid Sonne | RFB Shigeto Ensemble / Scott Xylo | RFB Motorama / Ghum | RFB Kacey Johansing / Benedict Benjamin | RFB Mint Field / Hear / Human Pet | RFB Josh T. Pearson / Daniel Blumberg (solo) | RFB Neil Tennant: One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem | RFB Millie Turner / Olivia | RFB Millie Turner / Lizzi | RFB Millie Turner / Roken | RFB Oneohtrix Point Never: Myriad at The Roundhouse / Kelsey Lu | RFB Hembree / Cagework / SILVA | RFB Frigs / Talk Show / Jacob Slater | RFB Erin Rae / Samuel R Saffery / Rowe | RFB Saintseneca / Rebecka Reinhard / O. Girdler | RFB Alice Phoebe Lou / Hush Moss | RFB KLLO / Graham Van Pelt | RFB Holy / Vinyl Staircase / Float | RFB The Soft Moon / HIDE | RFB Boniface / Caramel / Leyma / Blaenavon (DJ) | RFB Crumb | RFB U.S. Girls / Black Country New Road | RFB Hater / Krush Puppies / Scrounge | RFB Mutual Benefit / Protection Spells / Nighttime | RFB Dena / Leyma | RFB G Flip | RFB Speedy Ortiz / Doe / Ex Void | RFB Snail Mail / Hachiku | RFB The Britanys / Breathe Panel / Meat Candy / Fake Laugh Dj | RFB Amber Arcades / Basement Revolver / Underwater Boys | RFB Cosmo Sheldrake / I See Rivers / Finnegan Tui | RFB Mulatu Astatke / Emma-Jean Thackray | RFB Jess Williamson / Savage Mansion / Protection Spells | RFB Kiran Leonard / Stef Ketteringham | RFB Courtney Marie Andrews / Andy Jenkins | RFB WITCH / Rhys Webb (DJ) | RFB Teleman / C.A.R. | RFB

ALICE PHOEBE LOU

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

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

Now having played intimate gigs across Europe and South Africa, supporting established like-minded artists like Rodriguez, and releasing her first full length studio album, Alice will be gracing EartH's theatre stage with her mix of soul, blues and jazz, soothing vocal harmonies and sleazy brass flourishes.

Alice Phoebe Lou

17 Apr 2019

+ special guests

EartH

13 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.30pm

£15

FAR CASPIAN

Far Caspian’s foundations were built in frontman Joel Johnston’s University halls. His Lo-fi sound was picked up by Blogs such as Indie Shuffle and thelazylazyme, curating over 100k plays on his Soundcloud. Since graduating, Johnston has called upon Alessio and Jof to turn his bedroom sound into something bolder whilst still gravitating towards the DIY approach, producing/recording their own songs and music videos. Their debut EP will be released under Independent Label Dance to the Radio later this year.

Far Caspian

11 Apr 2019

+ special guests

The Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£7.50

GO DARK

Go Darkare out there on the fringes, two lone figures working in the twilight to illuminate the world. 21st century cyber punk that touches on the sickness of modern life, Ashley ‘Crash’ Gallegos and Adam ‘Doseone’ Drucker are bound by an incommunicable sense of purpose, the two merging completely on scorched debut album Neon Young.

"Go Dark is music for women of my kind, the striving maniac animal,"says Crash, "bitches that wear skirts and knives who can go into the woods and track things." Dose adds: "A lot of music is meant to take you to a place you'd rather be, but this is meant to be a score for the way it is."Go Dark emerge from digital ghettos, torn up synths and blunt, punk-edged Brutalism that conjures John Carpenterstyle visions of futuristic dystopia –except it’s happening right here, right now.

Go Dark

12 Apr 2019

+ special guests

Old Blue Last

38 Great Eastern St
London
EC2A 3ES

7.30pm

£10

JACCO GARDNER'S SOMNIUM

"Return to the sphinx through the waves of illusion
Follow the wanderer crossing the gate
Shades are calling for a dance of diffusion
Travel the world that the watcher creates”

So reads the text on the inner sleeve of Jacco Gardener’s latest, and third, LP. It’s an analogy that extends from a Nietzsche quote: “There are various eyes. Even the Sphinx has eyes: and as a result there are various truths, and as a result there is no truth.”

The quote, one wrapped in mystery and duality and a sense of change and exploration, is emblematic of where Jacco has been in the last couple of years. Holed up in Lisbon with a new love in his life, immersed in literature, cinema, philosophy and the winding streets of a new city to wander. “I think moving to Lisbon played a huge part of the album, as the city has a very mystical quality to it,” he says. “Especially in the older parts of the city, but also because of the hills it’s built on, wandering through the streets can feel almost like wandering through nature.”

The resulting album is not necessarily one that is representative of his new found surroundings in an obvious sense but more a depiction and projection of his thoughts and dreams whilst spent walking the streets; which he did whilst thinking about the books he’d been reading and imagining those world's put to sound. Jacco has been known to create swirling psychedelic pop boosted by his rich, resonate and baroque voice but on Somnium, his vocals are gone and in their place is an equally seamless melodic exploration but an instrumental one with a synthesised Sci-Fi edge.

Jacco Gardner’s Somnium

22 May 2019

+ special guests

The Dome

2A Dartmouth Park Hill, Tufnell Park
London
NW5 1HL

7.30pm

£14

KOKOKO

The band was born in Kinshasa when Makara Bianko, débruit and a group of musicians from the Ngwaka neighbourhood met. They rehearsed and recorded together in a self made studio made of material gathered around. After one month of playing and creating new sounds they improvised a block party on a building site of the Kato street ghetto, that would be the 1st performance of KOKOKO! And will define the collective that also includes art performers and dancers.

“KOKOKO! excel at turning chaos into euphoria” Pitchfork “Energetic and explosive... inspiring a thriving alternative dance” TED Global
“KOKOKO! is an explosive new musical collective that thrives on ingenuity” TIME
“Get to know the soundtrack of Kinshasa's tomorrow, a powerful protest project... KOKOKO!” i-D
“This is more than survival. This is genius” AFROPUNK

KOKOKO!

04 Apr 2019

+ special guests

XOYO

32-37 Cowper St
London
EC2A 4AP

8pm

£13.50

CASS MCCOMBS

Recorded at Shahzad Ismaily’s Figure 8 studios in Brooklyn, Cass' new record Tip of the Sphere was engineered by Sam Owens (aka Sam Evian) and features the core band of McCombs (guitar, vocals), Dan Horne (co-producer, bass), Otto Hauser (drums), and Frank LoCrasto (piano, organ, and more), plus a range of guests including Jason Quever (A and Not The Way) on drums and additional engineering in “The Great Pixley Train Robbery.” Tip of the Sphere sees McCombs’ with a newfound confidence, resulting in rock songs that have more fervor, ballads that are more beautiful, and an overall heightened sound.

“Arguably the greatest American singer-songwriter of this generation” VICE
“One of the most compelling singer-songwriters of the past decade" UNCUT
“Cass McCombs is one of our greatest modern day songwriters" GOD IS IN THE TV
"The inscrutable troubadour poses another set of sumptuous riddles on his terrific Mangy Love follow-up" - UNCUT
"There’s something powerful in Cass McCombs' astute lyricism, an engrossing, almost narrative led piece of songwriting" - CLASH
"'Sleeping Volcanoes’ is the kind of song just warm and slightly weird enough to help us melt away our troubles, if only for four minutes" - THE 405

Cass McCombs

06 Jun 2019

+ special guests

EartH

13 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London
N16 8BH

7.30pm

£16

RINA MUSHONGA

“Man was made to hold his head erect in majesty and see the sky, to raise his eyes to the bright stars above,” the Roman poet Ovid wrote in 8AD, in his Latin literary epic Metamorphoses. You don’t need to tell this to Rina Mushonga. The London-based, Dutch-Zimbabwean pop innovator, whose new album In A Galaxy was part inspired by Metamorphoses, is full of reflections on the cosmos and our place in it. “The title refers to how relative space and time are in how we perceive and judge each other,” she explains of her follow-up to 2014 debut The Wild, The Wilderness. “Earth viewed as part of a galaxy binds us in our humanity.” The universe is infinite in its expanse, as Ovid observed. Mushonga’s In A Galaxy weaves into an glittering constellation of warped synths, Afropop rhythms and addictive, soul-lifting vocal harmonies the suggestion that we’re all specks of dust floating through that expanse, whose differences seem insignificant up against that truth.

Describing the album as sounding like “Paul Simon in a sweaty, African dancehall club,” Mushonga explains that the record is a result of four years spent “trying to filter out the noise more, to go with my gut more, trust my instinct and my taste, even if people think it's weird or too much.” Working both in her adopted hometown of Peckham with producer Brett Shaw and with “my musical besty and synth whisperer” Frans Verburg in his Rotterdam basement studio, In A Galaxy buzzes with an eclecticism that might be traced back to heritage and history of moving around: at various points of her life, Mushonga has lived in India, Zimbabwe and the Netherlands before moving to London. “My life always felt very cross-pollinated,” says Mushonga. “My Dad always proudly called us global citizens – we belonged everywhere. I loved that, I identified with that. My music doesn't have to choose to express anything but myself – a little bit of this, a little bit of that. And it's that genre-hopping that best represents me, how I see things and experience the world.”

Rina Mushonga

19 Mar 2019

+ special guests

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£7.50

STRAND OF OAKS

“When I was writing these songs, every day I would walk on the beach and I was completely alone and overwhelmed by fear...but then I realized how there really aren’t any rules for who you are, who you’ll become, or who you think you need to be. Eraserland is just that. It’s death to ego, and rebirth to anything or anyone you want to be.”

In December 2017, Tim Showalter was uncertain about his next record and the shape it would eventually take. With no new songs written and lacking any clear vision, he was unprepared for the message he would receive from his friend Carl Broemel, the conversation that would follow, and the album that would become Eraserland. Leading off with standout track “Weird Ways” and his powerful declaration of “I don’t feel it anymore,” Eraserland traces Showalter’s evolution from apprehension to creative awakening, carving out a new and compelling future for Strand of Oaks.

"This project seemed to just fall together naturally,” said Broemel, guitarist for My Morning Jacket. “I felt drawn to Tim’s positive energy and his albums...I threw it out there that I’d be happy to help in any way I could with the record." Broemel quickly reignited Showalter's interest in what would become Strand of Oaks’ sixth full-length studio release, and within 24 hours, My Morning Jacket members Patrick Hallahan (drums), Bo Koster (keys), and Tom Blankenship (bass) were also on board.

Revived by the support of Broemel and his bandmates, Showalter felt the pressure to deliver songs worthy of musicians he had admired long before and after a 2015 Oaks/MMJ tour. So in February 2018, he spent two weeks alone in Wildwood, New Jersey writing and demoing all of the songs that would eventually comprise Eraserland. And in April, he went into the studio to record with Kevin Ratterman at La La Land Studios in Louisville, Kentucky, and with Broemel, Hallahan, Koster, and Blankenship as his band. Jason Isbell also contributed his Hendrix-esque guitar work to Eraserland, while singer/songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle provided gorgeous vocals. Every song was recorded live, with all musicians playing together in one room and working to bring Showalter’s ideas to fruition. “I remember sitting next to Tim and Kevin listening to the final mixes with tears rolling down my cheeks,” said Hallahan. “From start to finish, this one came from the heart.”

Each song on Eraserland sustains an openness and sensitivity that is enthralling, bolstered by the exceptional musicians there to realize it and rekindle Showalter’s passion for music-making. The album finds Showalter successfully channeling the full spectrum of sounds within the Strand of Oaks discography, from fast, synthy tracks like “Hyperspace Blues” to epic burner “Visions, the gorgeous ballad “Keys,” and his devastating acoustic performance on “Wild and Willing.” But Eraserland also has moments of pure, upbeat exuberance, most notably on “Ruby,” a rollicking, understated anthem driven by buoyant piano and one of Showalter’s most infectious melodies to date. Isbell’s magnificent shredding is showcased on “Moon Landing,” Eraserland’s preeminent off-the-wall groove, while the album’s title track finds Showalter resurrecting his long-dormant alter ego Pope Killdragon for a striking, synth-laden duet with Rundle.

But in many ways, “Forever Chords” is the definitive track on Showalter’s magnum opus, and the manifestation of everything he hoped to achieve on this record and for Strand of Oaks as a whole. “When I finished writing ‘Forever Chords,’ I felt like this is either the last song I ever need to write, or the

rebirth of Strand of Oaks.” Poignant and heart-rending, “Forever Chords” gradually builds toward an emotional release rooted in our own universal fears about mortality, personal legacy, and music as a saving force.
But it’s that first Eraserland line, “I don’t feel it anymore,” that sets a stunning precedent for the most affecting and fully-formed album Strand of Oaks has ever released. Because despite whatever doubts or reservations Showalter had going into the process, he crafted a series of songs so perfectly matched to the musicians supporting it, and so emboldened by his own doubts and insecurities, that the result is glittering, powerful, and impassioned, a moving rock and roll saga that feels substantial and deeply satisfying, vulnerable and self-assured.

Strand of Oaks

27 May 2019

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7.30pm

£17.50

KEL ASSOUF

As far as we can go back through the history of the Tuaregs - a name that has been added to them, themselves preferring "Kel Tamashek" - we find the struggles of a people to preserve their nomadic status, free of borders.

This album is entirely infused with an energy that never sleeps; that of the revolution against oppressions and injustices, be it in the time of colonialism, or today, through a much more insidious seizure (but well real). That of the multinationals who come to extract the precious raw materials essential to the comfort of Western societies, to the detriment of the local populations.

This spirit of resistance is unceasing, as the song Alyochan recalls - revolution is an awareness and a watch of every moment - it slips between the lines of a wistful song like Tamatant (resistance is a duty, shame on all who say that revolution is not a duty, a duty for all Tuareg, remember the dark years, when Amghar revolted, without water or containers ...) while the fiery Tenere is actually a nostalgic ode to a mysterious being - Sahara and blues haunt me, like the memory of a tattooed hand. Remembering a mysterious brunette ...

Kel Assouf

23 Feb 2019

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£11

WOMAN'S HOUR

“So here we are: a broken home. Proud of what we have crafted together and accepting of our past. Tomorrow is another day. Ephyra is our eulogy.”  WH

Woman’s Hour are releasing their first new music in almost 5 years and the Kendal band have announced their sophomore record ‘Ephyra’, the follow-up to 2014s ‘Conversations’. It will be released digitally and as a limited 500 copy run on vinyl. Due to deteriorating mental health, Woman’s Hour decided to break-up shortly before the completion of ‘Ephyra’. The break-up represented so many different things: relief, sadness, grief. But ultimately, a year after separating they felt a collective drive and desire to finish the album and draw a line in the sand. Fiona describes it as “a kind of rebirthing. An opportunity to reflect on what happened and embrace what we achieved.”

During the process of writing the album, communication between the band members became increasingly fraught and tense. The songs themselves became a way to explore these feelings and express their effect. Loud, aggressive crescendos are followed by isolated vocal harmonies or haunting foley which combines to create an intimate-yet-dynamic pallette and a bold, frank medium for the messages that are contained within. Emotions that felt too ugly or too painful to talk about were delivered as lyrics.

Woman’s Hour

22 Mar 2019

+ special guests

The Dome

2A Dartmouth Park Hill, Tufnell Park
London
NW5 1HL

7.30pm

£12.50

MAYRA ANDRADE

Mayra’s singing is a blend of radiant, dancing colors, velvet beats and spicy melodies. Her voice is subtly seasoned with pepper, as if the Europe of pop had always been a tropical archipelago. The songs conjure up an eternal summer that disperses the mists and chills, but never resort to the tinsel of exoticism. Sung in Cape Verdean creole, English and Portuguese, they carry us away in their warm, adventurous unpredictability. Mayra’s pop spans the world’s entire vast sweep from Western romanticism to Southern sensuality, and domestic reggae to African 3/4 time. It is topical, tropical, traveling pop. Her aim was simply to make 'music that reflected my life'.

And her life has been very colorful. Her father fought for Cape-Verdean independence, a struggle supported by Cuba. When there were fears for his wife’s health during pregnancy, she left to have her child in the 'brother country'. So Mayra was born in Havana. She spent her early childhood in Praia, Cape Verde. Then, at the age of six, she went with her mother and diplomat stepfather to Senegal, Angola and Germany. When she returned to Cape Verde at the age of forteen, she began to sing and won a gold medal at the 2001 Francophone Games contest in Ottawa.

Mayra Andrade

30 May 2019

+ special guests

EartH

13 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London
N16 8BH

7.30pm

£17.50

SOLD OUT

BLAENAVON

Blaenavon are back! The trio look set to have an incredible 2019 with new music on the horizon and we're thrilled to present this intimate show at Omeara.

Blaenavon

23 Jan 2019

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7.30pm

£12.50

OSQUELLO

“In just a handful of singles he has demonstrated a fiercely intelligent worldview and a depth of understanding to some seriously heavy issues that belies his young age” -  HighSnobiety

“Still only 19 years old Osquello is blessed with boundless creativity, a natural imaginative sense that pushes back the barriers” -  Clash

“This is art made with breathless honesty - confounding and exciting.” -  The Line of Best Fit

19 year old rapper, songwriter and producer  Osquello, a.k.a Fabiano Lewis, is proud to release his debut EP  ‘Good Morning Simulation’: it is a startlingly assured collection from a young artist with limitless potential, blending hip-hop, indie and jazz with skill and ease. After some high profile collaborations with Clairo and Declan McKenna,  ‘Good Morning Simulation ’ is the sound of Osquello stepping into the limelight.

Osquello

21 Feb 2019

+ friends

Electrowerkz

7 Torrens Street
London
EC1V 1NQ

7.30pm

£6

MALIK DJOUDI

It promises to be one of early 2019's most anticipated French albums. Having shot to fame in 2017 with his first solo album, simply named "Un" (One), featuring popular hits Sous Garantie and Cinéma, Malik Djoudi is now ready with the sequel, intriguingly entitled "Tempéraments". This Poitiers-born artist, with his strong personality and innate charisma, brings us eleven new songs that are at once instinctive and ambitious, hypnotic and exhilarating, informed and unburdened. After a lengthy tour and stand-out concerts at some of France's most prominent festivals (Nuits de Fourvière, Francofolies, Pete The Monkey, MIDI Festival, Biarritz en été, Rock en Seine, Coconut Festival, etc.), this self-taught singer and musician ended up finding refuge in the studio of sought-after producer Ash Workman (Metronomy, Christine And The Queens, Baxter Dury), with the artistic support of Amaury Ranger (Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains). In his quest for an electro, synthetic pop sound, this time Malik Djoudi has decided to do things differently (or "autrement" to paraphrase the title of the album's second track), having written, composed and produced Un on his own. "My first album seems almost alien to me. I just wouldn't be able to make it that way again now. On the new one, I started with a completely blank page, before shifting my focus to British/American culture…"

Malik Djoudi

27 Mar 2019

+ special guests

The Pickle Factory

13-14 The Oval
London
E2 9DU

7.30pm

£9

LONNIE HOLLEY

The expansive American experience Lonnie Holley quilts together across his astounding new album, MITH, is both multitudinous and finely detailed. Holley's self-taught piano improvisations and stream-of-consciousness lyrical approach have only gained purpose and power since he introduced the musical side of his art in 2012 with Just Before Music, followed by 2013's Keeping a Record of It. But whereas his previous material seemed to dwell in the Eternal-Internal, MITH lives very much in our world - the one of concrete and tears; of dirt and blood; of injustice and hope.

Across these songs, in an impressionistic poetry all his own, Holley touches on Black Lives Matter ("I'm a Suspect"), Standing Rock ("Copying the Rock") and contemporary American politics ("I Woke Up in a Fucked-Up America"). A storyteller of the highest order, he commands a personal and universal mythology in his songs of which few songwriters are capable - names like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Joanna Newsom and Gil Scott-Heron come to mind.

MITH was recorded over five years in locations such as Porto, Portugal; Cottage Grove, Oregon; New York City and Holley's adopted hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. These 10 songs feature contributions from fellow cosmic musician Laraaji, jazz duo Nelson Patton, visionary producer Richard Swift, saxophonist Sam Gendel and producer/musician Shahzad Ismaily.

Lonnie Holley

08 May 2019

+ special guests

St John on Bethnal Green

200 Cambridge Heath Rd
London
E2 9PA

7.30pm

£15

WILLIAM TYLER

Some words from M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger:

William Tyler’s new record, Goes West, is the best music that he’s ever made. I’m sure of this because I know and love all of his music intimately, and this album moves me the most, and the most consistently. The first time I heard it was in the late spring in the Texas Hill Country, rolling between limestone and scrub. I was on a cleanse then—no alcohol, no drugs, no evil thoughts—and was astonished at the emotional clarity that the album held. It offered up a model for what I wanted my head to feel like. Goes West marks a sort of narrowing of focus for William’s music; it sounds as though he found a way to point himself directly towards the rich and bittersweet emotional center of his music without being distracted by side trips. Perhaps this is down to the fact that William only plays acoustic guitar on the album, a clear and conscious decision considering that he is one of Nashville’s great electric guitarists. The band that performs Goes West alongside William—including guitarists Meg Duffy and Bill Frisell, bassist and producer Brad Cook, keyboardist James Wallace, drummer Griffin Goldsmith, and engineer Tucker Martine—is the best and most sympathetic group of players that William could have assembled to play these songs.

William Tyler

25 Apr 2019

+ special guests

St John on Bethnal Green

200 Cambridge Heath Rd
London
E2 9PA

7.30pm

£15

TEMPOREX

Temporex makes charming, whimsical pop songs. The cover artwork for his 2017 album Care is an illustration of a smiling man wearing a shirt that says "LOVE," giving a thumbs up to a smiling yellow flower. Honestly, that's a better description of Temporex's songs than any string of adjectives we could put together. This is colorful, comforting music from a sincere young artist. Through the internet, his relatable songwriting and playful sounds are already connecting with listeners far outside his bedroom walls.

-Eric Skelton

PIG

18-year-old London-based artist 'pig' otherwise known as Oscar Lang has created a soft indie/alternative sound which encapsulates the sound of being a teenager, telling tales of teenage misfortunes and adventures. Oscar crafts each intricate part of his songs from his bedroom, laying down each instrument slowly to create wide landscapes of sound.

FERNANDO MENDEZ

Temporex / Pig / Fernando Mendez

02 Feb 2019

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£12

SOLD OUT

FM-84

FM-84 is Col Bennett and Ollie Wride

Col is a producer from Scotland, now living in San Francisco, California. Ollie Wride is a singer-songwriter from Brighton, England. Together they come together to turn Col’s vision for FM-84 into an epic and intimate live experience.

Prepare for soaring retro beats, nostalgic synths, sun-kissed guitars and an epic vocal performance from irrepressible frontman Ollie Wride. After a SOLD OUT tour of the US and Canada in 2017 and 2018, the duo embark on a brand new 12 date tour of the US and Europe to coincide with brand new music in 2019.

The tour follows the independent success of “Atlas”, the debut album from FM-84. Vehlinggo described the album as “Stunning. Stratospheric and Enchanting.” NewRetroWave said “Atlas is a profound masterpiece of an album done with an almost unfathomable attention to detail.” and Magnetic Magazine called it “Incredible. An album that rattles you so intensely to the core that you can’t believe what you’re hearing.”

"Atlas" is the story of wonder, imagination, dreams, youth, innocence, love and heartbreak all captured under the golden light of a fading summer sun. The sound of a summer long gone. Experience the retro synth-pop sensation LIVE in 2019.

This show was upgraded from Oslo due to phenomenal demand. Original tickets remain valid.

FM-84 / Timecop1983

16 Feb 2019

The Garage

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

7.30pm

£12

ORVILLE PECK

Combining the lulling ambiance of shoegaze with the iconic melodies and vocal prowess of classic American country music, outlaw cowboy, Orville Peck croons about love and loss from the badlands of North America. The resulting sound is one entirely his own - taking the listener down dusty rose-colored desert highways; through a world where worn out gamblers, road-dogs, and lovesick hustlers drift in and out of his masked gaze.

SECRET POWER

Tickets for all three dates of Orville Peck's London Residency are on sale now.

Orville Peck / Secret Power

02 Mar 2019

The Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£7

ORVILLE PECK

Combining the lulling ambiance of shoegaze with the iconic melodies and vocal prowess of classic American country music, outlaw cowboy, Orville Peck croons about love and loss from the badlands of North America. The resulting sound is one entirely his own - taking the listener down dusty rose-colored desert highways; through a world where worn out gamblers, road-dogs, and lovesick hustlers drift in and out of his masked gaze.

GRACE LIGHTMAN

Tickets for all three dates of Orville's London residency are on sale here. 

Orville Peck / Grace Lightman (Solo)

01 Mar 2019

Servant Jazz Quarters

10A Bradbury Street, Dalston
London
N16 8JN

7.30pm

£7

ORVILLE PECK

Combining the lulling ambiance of shoegaze with the iconic melodies and vocal prowess of classic American country music, outlaw cowboy, Orville Peck croons about love and loss from the badlands of North America. The resulting sound is one entirely his own - taking the listener down dusty rose-colored desert highways; through a world where worn out gamblers, road-dogs, and lovesick hustlers drift in and out of his masked gaze.

JAMES BURGESS

Tickets for all three dates of Orville's residency are available here.

Orville Peck / James Burgess

28 Feb 2019

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle St
London
N1 0XT

7.30pm

£7

ANNA ST. LOUIS

If Only There Was A River is the first full-length studio album from Anna St. Louis. The songwriter, who originally hails from Kansas City, began writing songs after moving to Los Angeles five years ago and has previously released a cassette of recordings on Woodsist / Mare Records, appropriately titled First Songs. The tape received notice from NPR: All Songs Considered, Pitchfork, and Stereogum.

On her proper debut, St. Louis, spreads her wings and expands on the promise hinted at on First Songs. To achieve that end, St. Louis enlisted Kyle Thomas (King Tuff) and Kevin Morby to produce the album, which was engineered by Thomas in his home in Mount Washington, LA. The collection of 11 songs also features Justin Sullivan (Night Shop) on drums and multi-instrumentalist Oliver Hill (Pavo Pavo). While hints of influences like Loretta Lynn, John Fahey and Townes Van Zandt peek out of the corners of the songs, If Only There Was a River is not a nostalgic affair. Rather it marks the emergence of an artist fully coming into their own.

ELENA SETIEN

Elena Setién is an artist de ned by her vivid songwriting and nuanced compositions. The multi- instrumentalist’s music exudes the bold individualism and sense of empathy associated with her homeland of Spain’s Basque region. Setién’s declarative gestures both musically and lyrically breathe life into her expressive allegories. Her careful arrangements are direct and a ecting and give her room for forays into experimentation. While Elena’s recordings are decidedly pop, she has considerable experience as an improviser. Another Kind Of Revolution, Elena Setién’s Thrill Jockey debut, is a work of entrancing, efortless beauty.

Anna St. Louis / Elena Setien

18 Apr 2019

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£7.50

SOLD OUT

SONGHOY BLUES

Songhoy Blues were formed in 2012, when three musicians from northern Mali – Aliou, Garba Touré and Oumar Touré (they are not related) – fled to the capital, Bamako, after the Islamist group Ansar Dine took control of the region, banning music among many other things. The three met in Bamako, recruited drummer Nathanael Dembelé, and a band began. “The band was born from war and sent into exile,” Aliou says, “so the second album is called Résistance, That’s the word to describe us keeping going, and building on what we said on the first album.”

As Songhoy Blues travelled the world, they kept encountering the same portrayals of Africa: not as a vibrant, breathing continent of 54 countries, encompassing dozens of languages, ethnicities, and cultures, in which millions upon millions of people live fulfilled and productive lives, but as some homegenous mass of despair, war, famine and poverty. “The media talk shit about our countries,” Aliou says, “because you get more viewers for bad news than good news. When you wake up in the morning, you put your TV on and the first news will be bad news from somewhere else. That’s why we have a lyric saying that one tree that falls down makes more noise than a forest that grows up.”

On La Resistance, Songhoy Blues don’t lecture the audience about Africa. They paint a picture of their part of the world with humour and defiance, using special guests to make their points for them, where appropriate. On Sahara, Iggy Pop appears, drawling Songhoy Blues’ message about the difference between the world’s idea of sub-Saharan Africa and the reality: “It’s got a bad reputation / In the developed nations … It’s got a genuine culture / No Kentucky Fried Chicken.” As Aliou puts it: “The track we made with Iggy Pop is talking about the beauty of the Sahara, to bring people in the Sahara to life: Africa is a beautiful continent to discover, so we needed someone legendary to talk about that, so people would really hear. Iggy is not alone: on Mali Nord, the UK rapper Elf Kid offers a call to arms: “Rise up, ’cos Africa’s waiting!” The Liverpool trio Stealing Sheep also pop up on La Resistance.

“It was a dream come true to have a legend like Iggy Pop on the record,” Aliou says. “When you tell people you made a track with Iggy Pop, they never agree, they just say: show me a picture. I’m sorry, I don’t have a picture because he recorded his part in the US, we recorded in London. They say it’s not true. I can’t wait to take a picture with Iggy Pop and show it to people: we definitely made that thing together.”

One key thing that has changed since Songhoy Blues made their debut album, Music in Exile, is the state of Mali itself. While it is far from a peaceful place – in January, 80 people were killed when an explosives-laden vehicle was driven into a military camp near the town of Gao; also that month the Festival Au Désert in Timbuktu had to be cancelled for fear of an attack by Al Qaida – the situation is markedly different to the one when the three Tourés were forced into exile. In late April, the government in Bamako was able to install interim authorities in Timbuktu and Menaka in the north of the country, ending a standoff with Tuareg separatists that had prevented the transfer of power back to the government.

“Things are getting better,” Aliou says, “but it will never be like it was before. It’s like when you break something and glue it back together again – it’s very different to something that was never broken. With the lyrics of Résistance, there are a lot of things going on around us that we need to talk about. Our music is all about actuality. The situation in Mali now is different from 2012: it is getting better, so the lyrics we wrote are all about that. Not just in Mali, but outside Mali. And the way we wrote music changed with the way things were going on around us.”

But some things do not change in the world of Songhoy Blues. Because whether Mali is in the grip of strife, or pulling itself back together, the essential message of the music made by the group remains the same, one of communicating the joy of music.

“When I’m on stage I need to feel the music I’m making,” Alious says. “And I bring people with me to have that feeling with me. I’m kind of in a trance when I’m on stage, and I always want to share that happiness. I want to share that happiness and love.”

Résistance shares that happiness and that love. And, along the way, it offers so much more.

Photo credit: Andy Morgan

RACHEL CHINOURIRI

Rachel Chinouriri is a 19 year old singer/songwriter from Croydon.
Rachel is the youngest in a large family, and the only child born in England rather than her native Zimbabwe.

Her family's traditional Zimbabwean values meant she sometimes felt isolated from her cultural surroundings. She found solace in writing and recording music. Her limited exposure to pop music and her self taught singing/guitar meant she developed a totally unique style.

At the age of 17 she wrote an EP and recorded it on her laptop using a 20.00 pound microphone, mixed it on her mums laptop and dropped it on Soundcloud. The EP is aptly named 'Bedroom Tales', and saw support from BBC Introducing pretty much instantly, establishing Rachel as an act to watch. 2018 see's her continue to develop her style, with more releases due out later this year. The artwork was also composed by Rachel herself, comprised of old family photos.

'So My Darling' follows the Londoner's debut single 'What Have I Ever Done', released last month to critical acclaim.

The video, which Rachel made herself, features webcam footage and voice-notes of her friends who she asked to open up and be expressive, talk about their love and loss, who they miss and who means a lot to them. This trend carries through Rachel's work, and once again offers an insight into whats to come from her later in 2018.

"Her soul-influenced take on the singer-songwriter rulebook places her alongside Nilufer Yanya in giving the solo musician with a guitar a new feel in 2018" - DIY

"The 19 year old South Londoner has a deftness of touch, a softness of execution that seems to render fresh intensity to her every move." - Clash

Songhoy Blues / Rachel Chinouriri

27 Jan 2019

+ RFB DJs

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London
N16 8BH

5.30pm

£20

2019 sees the 15th anniversary of the excellent Paris based record label Nø Førmat

Famed for releasing consistently high quality eclectic global music (including Chilly Gonzales, Oumou Sanagre, Ballake Sissoko to name a few) this event will be a special celebration of the label's output so far.
Grammy award winning Malian Oumou Sangare (often referred to as the "Songbird of Wassoulou") follows up her stunning Roundhouse show in London with a special quintet performance for the intimate and unique surrounding of the EartH theatre

Nø Førmat''s hugely exciting new signing Cuban band Que Vola will also perform, for what will be their first UK performance. Opening the evening will be Gerald Toto with his cultural melting pot of acoustic folk, jazz, soul, pop and blues with cosmopolitan borders that embrace Creole and Caribbean flavours.

Nø Førmat Djs will be on the decks throughout the eve for what is set to be an unmissable event.

OUMOU SANGARE

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

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

QUE VOLA

¡ French jazz meets cuban rumba !

GERALD TOTO

Gerald Toto’s music sways to the rhythms of life.

The songs on his new album don’t shout or seek to batter you over the head. Like all the best music, they insinuate their way quietly into your brain like ear worms with a benevolent and beguiling subtlety.
Gentle and lilting yet lithesome and full of bold nuance, the music Toto makes on Sway takes us on an imaginary journey to a world that has time to stop and stare and where the frenetic din of modernity is hushed to a murmur, his songs seemingly plucked from an infinite bowl of fresh air and sunshine as they wrap the listener in a sweet caress of timeless reverie.

Like all the best music, the songs on Sway refuse simple categorisation, a cultural melting pot of acoustic folk, jazz, soul, pop and blues with cosmopolitan borders that embrace Creole and Caribbean flavours.

No Format: Oumou Sangare / Que Vola / Gerald Toto

10 Apr 2019

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£20

SEGA BODEGA

One of electronic music’s most innovative characters, 2018 has seen Sega Bodega release his most ambitious and wide-reaching projects to date to increasing acclaim.

As a founding member of boundary-pushing collective NUXXE, Sega was recently featured in Dazed & Confused’s prestigious Dazed 100 list, a list of the most influential artists operating in art and media today, and alongside his own solo releases has collaborated with like-minded artists such as Quay Dash, oklou and Shygirl.

A keen soundtracker, Sega scored Nike’s recent Jumpman advert, contributed music to Rihanna’s Puma x Fenty show at New York Fashion Week (in collaboration with Shygirl) and provided sound design for Brooke Candy and PornHub’s landmark I Love You, the first adult film to feature full-length gay, lesbian and trans scenes all under one title. His Soundtrack Series show on NTS Radio - a monthly showcase of film and soundtrack music - continues to be one of the station’s most popular shows.

The second half of 2018 has seen Sega focus on self*care, a multi-disciplinary project that represents his most realised work to date and will continue into 2019 with a brand new live show. Exploring the topic of self-preservation in its many guises, self*care launched in October with a six-track EP that found Sega placing his own vocals at the forefront of his music for the first time, resulting in one of the year’s best-received experimental pop projects and racking up 100,000 streams in a month.

Not content to restrict self*care to a solely audio project, November saw Bodega team up with six of his favourite directors, including Brooke Candy, Tash Tung and BEA1991, for a series of short films inspired by the project’s theme. To ensure that these films went beyond the scope of regular music videos, the directors weren’t played the music until they’d shot the films, ensuring that the results were as close to their individual interpretations of self*care as possible. The films were then released in collaboration with Boiler Room’s film channel 4:3, and debuted at a sold-out screening at London’s Castle Cinema, a recently-restored heritage cinema that was first opened in 1913.

The next part of the self*care story takes the part of a new live show from Bodega. Made in collaboration with Shaun Murphy (show designer for TNGHT, Lorenzo Senni, Lanark Artefax, Bicep and more), the show will debut at London’s Hoxton Hall theatre in February 2019, and features Sega singing and manipulating his vocals live on stage for the first time, further cementing his status as one of the avant-garde's most exciting prospects.

Sega Bodega

07 Feb 2019

+ special guests

Hoxton Hall

130 Hoxton St
London
N1 6SH

7.30pm

£12

CROOKED COLOURS

Recently celebrating the first anniversary of their debut album ‘Vera’, Crooked Colours have been humbled by the overwhelming support from fans and industry alike over the last 18 months. 2018 saw the band hit the road with Irish singer EDEN on the UK and Europe legs of his album tour run. The project and new exposure has taken the trio to new heights, with the album hitting #1 on the iTunes Electronic chart and receiving a staggering 50 million collective online streams, which led to extensive touring of Australia, United States, UK and Europe totaling an impressive 83 shows and festivals to date.

Penned during their time on the road, ‘I’ll Be There’ was a perfect re-introduction for the group, taking some of the instrumental timbre which has become synonymous with the Crooked Colours style, whilst injecting layered tribal influenced vocals, hypnotic loops, and driving synths throughout. Now, ‘Do It LIke You’ is its more inspired follow up and prepares fans for the sonic odyssey that the band’s sophomore LP will act as.

Having only toured locally prior to the release of ‘Vera’ it is a huge testament to the band, that in their first overseas ventures throughout 2017/18 they managed to sell out shows in Los Angeles, New York, London, Manchester, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Stockholm only naming a few.

Crooked Colours

07 Mar 2019

+ special guests

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£12

KEVIN MORBY

Kevin Morby is a Kansas City based musician, singer and songwriter. Former bassist of the band Woods and frontman of The Babies, Morby released his solo debut Harlem River in 2013.  His fourth studio album City Music was released in 2017 via Dead Oceans, and is a collection inspired by and devoted to the metropolitan experience across America and beyond. 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.”

Kevin Morby

19 Jun 2019

+ special guests

O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

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

7.00pm

£18

BUKE & GASE

Buke and Gase make pop music in the most insane way possible‚ through long periods of ecstatic collaboration executed with a kind of monastic discipline. They are a band that wears genre tags lightly: Soon after releasing their EP length demo +/-, they became an “indie rock” obsession shared by The National & beloved cult podcast Radiolab. Their debut album Riposte found them categorized as “steampunk art-folk”; they excelled at this, and became a favorite of NPR Music and were invited to perform on their Tiny Desk Concert series. Their second album General Dome appealed equally to metal, math rock & avant garde music fans, and spawned their closest thing to a hit thus-far: “Houdini Crush,” which opens with a massive guitar riff and blooms into frenetic round. It was behind this record that the band first toured the world, performing alongside & often serving as hand-picked support to a who’s who of music icons: Laurie Anderson & Lou Reed, Shellac, Battles, Reggie Watts, Swans, Deerhoof, Owen Pallett & Mike Patton’s metal supergroup Tomahawk among others.

And then came a public silence — five years of it.

Aron & Arone were hardly dormant; they craved evolution. Relocating full-time to the upstate artists’ haven of Hudson, New York, the duo went to work on their third album with the aim of reinventing themselves, recommitting to their sometimes punishing work ethic and challenging their limits of songwriting, sound palette and performance.

They also stepped out on their own creative journeys. Arone Dyer’s voice was the first thing anyone heard of The National’s Grammy winning Sleep Well Beast album, singing the introduction to #1 AAA radio charting “The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness.” She also moonlighted in side projects Mistresses & #dronechoir; participated in Justin Vernon and Aaron & Bryce Dessner’s PEOPLE festivals, and sang with Bon Iver & The National on nationally broadcast late night TV. Aron Sanchez, as Polyphonic Workshop, invented the chordstick, a bespoke percussion/guitar mash-up for Bryce Dessner’s acclaimed “Music for Wood & Strings” project — and remained central to producing instruments for the Blue Man Group.

Three years ago, they embarked on a major refinement & modernization of their instrumental creations — and embraced electronic music. Together they developed Arx, a device that revolutionized their performance, allowing them to trigger percussive sounds, change effects on their instruments, and control vocal harmonies all with the punch of an arcade button. They have largely retired the buke (baritone ukulele) and gase (guitar-bass). The band no longer sit through their performances exclusively — a reinvention unveiled when they opened for The National at massive venues across Europe last autumn. Buke and Gase stopped being defined by the instruments which gave them that name. Their new album Scholars began not as the title of their new record, but a possible-new moniker for the band.

Buke & Gase

05 Mar 2019

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£10

TELEMAN

“For Teleman these days, the door is wide open to anything we get excited by and want to try our hand at,” says Thomas Sanders. “And that’s a great feeling.”

One might call Sanders Teleman’s singer-guitarist, except on their fabulous third album, Family of Aliens, roles are less clearly defined. The result is a fluent, fluid album of glorious pop songs, sometimes effervescent, sometimes foreboding, sometimes melancholic, united by melody, always melody. “I’m on a gradual journey away from the guitar,” Sanders says. “It’s quite restrictive. I write mostly on piano now, and I get very excited by electronic sounds and textures. The new record has some tracks which are just drum machine rather than Hiro [Amamiya] playing acoustic drums. It’s good to have those different textures.”

Though Teleman have been a band since 2012, their history stretches back long before that. Sanders and his brother Jonny (keyboards) have known bassist Peter Cattermoul for more than 20 years (“We gravitated towards each other – there wasn’t a great surplus of creative people in our neighbourhood. We’ve been making music together ever since”). For eight years, the three of them were the core of the beloved indiepop band Pete and the Pirates, before changing changing tack and founding Teleman with Amamiya.

Sanders says the group has become “like a weird family. Making this last record I realised how much we rely on each other. We have our disagreements but if we always saw eye to eye, we’d probably never create anything interesting.” They take the view that there’s no right or wrong in music. They’ve experienced births and deaths, hard times and better times, but “music offers us an escape, and that’s exactly what we hope other people find in it.” Perhaps it’s that sense of music as an escape that means Teleman are always finding something new to say with their music: Family of Aliens builds on and moves on from its predecessors, Breakfast and Brilliant Sanity.

“We were very conscious with this record of not regurgitating something we’ve done before,” Sanders says. “I think that would get boring for us and for our fans. We want to keep evolving and keep discovering. This band is one long journey for us, and we never want to stop developing and finding new ways of creating music. I'm always wanting to better what we've done before. To go deeper, to find something more beautiful, more catchy, more challenging, more interesting … just more.”

Teleman

24 Apr 2019

+ special guests

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£16.50

FREE MONEY

Free Money are a four piece rock bank from East London. No that’s not a typo. Huh? Wha? Yes. But rather than money, they trade in Joy and Optimism. Come join them at The Sebright and be inducted to The Bank of Free Money in a blitz of colour and confetti cash.

The new EP is to be released via Buff Records and Communion Records. Fittingly it’s Communion’s first collaboration of this kind and also the first release for Buff Records, Dan White (Tribes) and Blaine Harrison (Mystery Jets). The mantra of Buff Records in many ways mirrors the ethos of how Communion came to be: an artist-led community focusing on long term growth and a DIY spirit.

Free Money

06 Dec 2018

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

34 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£7

GIA MARGARET

Chicago singer/songwriter/producer Gia Margaret describes her music as “sleep rock.” It’s a genre all her own, combining elements of folk, shoegaze, slowcore, ambient electronica and trip hop. For her self-produced debut album, There’s Always Glimmer(out July 27, 2018 on Orindal Records), Gia Margaret crafted twelve gorgeously melancholic lullabies to combat her own insomnia, and to salvage some beauty from the brighter and darker moments of her life.

There’s Always Glimmer explores relationships between friends, family members and significant others, often in past tense. Sparse verses isolate mundane moments of domestic and urban life, and choruses ache with earnest expressions of yearning and loss. The disarmingly simple language of Gia Margaret’s lyrics, when carried by the melodic sparkle of her singing voice, have the power to elevate an ordinary moment into something supremely nostalgic and sentimental. A ride on a train, a hand on a shoulder, a dog in a yard, the light of the moon through an apartment window are each made significant and sacred, worthy of examination and preservation.

As much as it addresses the unease in our lives, each song on There’s Always Glimmeris steeped in loving comfort, awash with gentle sounds to usher the still minutes before dreams come, when we’re left alone amidst the shadows and the echoes of our memory. There’s Always Glimmer exists to fill the darkness and the quiet.

OHTIS

The beautifully dark country-Americana and lyrical onslaught of 'Runnin' is a fitting introduction to songwriter Sam Swinson's autobiographical journey through indoctrination and addiction; an endlessly inviting confession from his past battles with substance abuse, and the religious demons lingering from his upbringing in a fundamentalist evangelical cult.

Ohtis originally formed when Swinson and co-founder Adam Pressley were sophomores at high school in Normal, Illinois. They self-released their first material on small run CD-Rs while still teenagers, primarily to a local audience. Their partnership has defined Ohtis, accompanied by a revolving cast of local musicians joining the live act over the years, including re-joining mainstay member and multi-instrumentalist Nate Hahn.

By around 2009, Swinson's addiction had become life-threatening. Weighing the odds of maintaining a creative partnership in those conditions, Pressley and Hahn decided to distance themselves and the band dissolved. They kept in touch whilst living in different parts of the country, swapping ideas and songs online, never planning to release them, in equal parts because of their traumatic falling-out, and Sam's ongoing addiction to heroin.

Redemption eventually came in the form of sobriety for Swinson. After making 9th step amends to both of his re-joining bandmates, they brought Ohtis back to life; unfazed by the 2000 miles that now separate them geographically, with Pressley and Hahn in Detroit and Chicago and Swinson in Los Angeles.

The first verse of 'Runnin' was written for Adam by Sam while he was in rehab in 2011. It foreshadows a reunion of the band, and it signals a reincarnation of Sam. "Sam's beautiful encapsulation of recovery principles among the descriptions of his own struggle and redemption with sobriety in the song 'Runnin' was a major factor drawing me back to the band when they reformed," Nate explains. Swinson went to a self-made hell, and when he came out the other side he found a support group waiting for him, which had always been there, in Ohtis.

The new LP from Ohtis will follow in 2019.

Gia Margaret / Ohtis

17 Jan 2019

The Slaughtered Lamb

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

7.30pm

£7.50

LULUC

‘We spray our hair into submission, upright to attention. Marching to no orders, imagination has no borders. Well lucky that.’

“Me and Jasper,” from Luluc’s third album Sculptor, is a confident challenge to small-town insularity, lilting yet vigilant, and championed by a defiant guitar solo from the band’s friend J Mascis. It’s a reflection on a common pitfall of adolescence; limitless possibility battling constant obstruction. “My own experiences as a teen were often fraught” says songwriter and vocalist Zoe Randell. “The small town I grew up in provided a great study in gossip, scandal, character assignation and the willingness of people to go along with it.” It’s a song about fighting for agency on an album that is in many ways about volition and potential; how people can navigate difficulties and opportunities to create different paths.

Sculptor can be consumed loud; because while Luluc's music is at times masterful in it’s minimalism, it is anything but quiet in impact. There’s a before you hear Luluc’s music, and an after—a turning point that affects people with rare force. Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney says “it’s music that once you hear it, you can’t live without it”. The National’s Matt Berninger said that for months, Passerby was “the only album I wanted to listen to”. “What first hits is that voice,” writes Peter Blackstock (No Depression),“a peaceful serenity that reaches deep into the heart.” When NPR’s Bob Boilen named 2014’s Passerby his album of the year, he wrote: “I've listened to this record by Australia's Luluc more than any other this year. These songs feel like they've always been.”

MAX BLOOM

Max Bloom is the singer & songwriter of indie band Yuck. Setting out on his first solo venture, Bloom is currently recording an album due for release in 2019. With a sound far less rocky and distorted than Yuck’s, the new material recalls more classic melody-driven artists such as Harry Nilsson, John Lennon and Wilco - a chance to hear his songwriting in a different light.

Luluc / Max Bloom

05 Feb 2019

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£10

TANUKICHAN

Tanukichan is the solo project of Bay Area-based Hannah van Loon. After growing up making and performing classical music and playing the violin, keys, bass and guitar, van Loon experimented with bluegrass and jazz and unexpectedly fell into making pop music with San Francisco band Trails and Ways. She toured and performed with the band for four years before feeling a need to focus on her own music again, which led to her creating solo songs and being introduced by a mutual friend to Chaz Bear of Toro Y Moi and Les Sins. Bear helped her to rework most of the songs and take chances on fully forming a new sonic direction.

Sundays, her debut full length as Tanukichan, is her first music since 2016’s EP Radiolove. Produced by Bear, the record is a shoegazy and personal approach to love, loss and longing, melding vague, devastating lyrics with gorgeous dream pop music. Though Bear and van Loon played all the instruments on the record, she does have plans to play the intimate tracks live both nationally and locally. The album very much feels like a new beginning for van Loon, her music, and her relationship to the area that she was raised in; it feels like an understated declaration of a new voice that she has developed and nurtured.

ELLIE BLEACH

"A truly original songwriting force" - CLASH magazine 2016
"As much 70s New York jazz bar as it is fashion student club night in South London." - Anti Dispair Machine
"At times poignant, fun, subtle, experimental and dizzy" - Third Outing

Tanukichan / Ellie Bleach

17 Feb 2019

Sebright Arms

34 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

Anna of the North

25 Mar 2019

+ special guests

Village Underground

54 Holywell Ln
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£12.50

TOY

Since 2010, Toy have earned a reputation as a band of integrity, virtuosity and taste, with Tom, Maxim, Dominic, Charlie and (joining in 2015) Max creating a sound that is embedded in the underground tradition, yet distinctly their own. Since their inception, they have released the acclaimed albums Toy (2012), Join The Dots (2013) and Clear Shot (2016), and toured everywhere from Serbia to China.

TOY are: Tom Dougall (vocals / guitar), Dominic O’Dair (guitars), Maxim Barron (bass / vocals), Max Oscarnold (synths / modulations) & Charlie Salvidge (drums / vocals).

Toy

20 Feb 2019

+ special guests

Village Underground

54 Holywell Ln
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£14

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.

AMBER SIMONE

“An exciting, feel-good talent on the rise.” The Line Of Best Fit
“All the best parts of British electronic music combined.” Notion Magazine
“A songwriter of real grace and steady force.” Clash
“Her emotional and soulful style has led to many striking similar chords the likes of James Blake, Prince and The Weeknd, to name a few.” London On The Inside

Oscar Jerome / Amber Simone

20 Feb 2019

EartH

13 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.30pm

£11

BEASTIE BOYS BOOK

In celebration of the 30 October release of Beastie Boys Book (Faber & Faber), Adam “Adrock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond will embark on the seven-night, four-city Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct event tour.

Each night of Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct will feature readings, conversations between Mike D, Adrock and more -all with a live score provided by Mix Master Mike. Sonos will provide the sound experience at each exhibit, playing a mixtape curated by Adrock and Mike D and mixed by Cut Chemist.

Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct

29 Nov 2018

Readings, Conversation, Q&A with Special Guest Moderators, Live Score by Mix Master Mike & More

O2 Forum Kentish Town

9-17 Highgate Rd
London
NW5 1JY

7.30pm

£35

SHABAZZ PALACES

Born on a Gangster Star came into the world in a big damn hurry, like nightfall on an island. You can see it happening, but then again it’s so gradual that the next thing you know—it’s dark.

Imbued with the energy and ideas from all the creative embers floating in the atmosphere like fireflies, Shabazz Palaces recorded this entire album over the course of two weeks with Blood in Seattle. New gear and new equipment disintegrated comfort zones into dust and a new path appeared in the ashes.

Herein the Palaceer continues the tale of Quazars, a sentient being from somewhere else, an observer sent here to Amurderca to chronicle and explore as a musical emissary. What he finds in our world is a cutthroat place, a landscape where someone like him could never quite feel comfortable amidst all the brutality and alternative facts and death masquerading as connectivity.

Inspired by days on end spent in the waves—water and light, both—of Southern California, the work came to the Palaceer in a flash, like being picked up by something and carried. Always dribbling with his head up, he can see what’s going on around him and react to it, rather than starting in a certain direction and hoping to achieve something upon arrival.

What’s good?—the kids ask. What does it even mean, and what does it even matter? Who is behind these choices? We are all of us sitting under a waterfall of all. this. shit. but it’s the excess that is casting us into ruts.

The Palaceer stays away from the fleeting and the superficial nonessential. Stay away from your device—your phantom limb—and stay away from your image—your phantom self; that is his decree. Considering the motions behind the things you like to consume artistically, rather than just the way something looks or sounds, and thinking in layers, and trying to be more considerate and not so self-oriented—this is his medicine for combat.

Born on a Gangster Star flirts with a pop sensibility, but through the prism of Shabazz Palaces’s fire and fury. For the Palaceer, that sense is all about how the groove is moving, and the supernatural telepathy that occurs amongst his cohort. Appearing here, in body or in spirit, are Julian Casablancas,  Thundercat, Darrius Willrich, Gamble and Huff, Loud Eyes Lou, Fly Guy Dai, Stu Levine & The Jennings Sisters, Thaddillac, Ahmir, Jon Kirby, Sunny Levine, and Blood. The story belongs to Quazarz, but the air and darkness belong to us.

And so we shine a light on the fake.

HALEEK MAUL

Born in Brooklyn, New York, 21-year-old rapper, singer and producer Haleek Maul was sent to the tropical island of Barbados at a young age to attend school and be raised outside the city.

Inspired by the sounds that filled his childhood environment, he began creating music while in secondary school, and what started off as innocent rhyming and mimicry of his favourite artists became an obsession which led him to pursue production and greater musical exploration.

Formative influences on his style include Vybz Kartel, Damon Albarn, Aphex Twin, Tricky, Crystal Castles and Kanye West, as well as visual artists like Araki, Kenneth Anger and Chris Cunningham.

Haleek Maul first surfaced in 2012 aged just 16 with the Oxyconteen EP. An album with Chicago production duo Supreme Cuts titled Chrome Lips followed, plus collaborations with Ryan Hemsworth, Le1f, Black Noise and others. After a short hiatus in order to complete his studies, Maul - now 21-years-old - has been back in the studio and will be releasing his first EP on Lex in May.

AMAHLA

At only 21 musician and Hackney native amahla has tapped into an era before her time to create a unique vintage soul sound.

Having nurtured her voice under the mentorship of the Roundhouse as a Resident Artist and her songwriting as a finalist for Carla Marie Williams’ (Songwriter: Beyonce, Britney Spears) GirlsIRate songwriting competition, amahla is out to create modern classic records.

Old Soul is the lead single from amahla’s debut EP a commentary on growing up in a politically manic world. A recent graduate of UCL with a 1st for her thesis on African American brutality, amahla’s politics is tightly wrapped up with her vivid lyrics and intricate melodies.

In ‘Old Soul’ amahla presents a homage to her greatest musical idols, from Billie Holiday to Stevie Wonder who also shaped the politics of their times.

amahla is active in the live music scene having performed at the Roundhouse multiple time. amahla also made her Jazz Cafe debut in May 2018.

Having reached #1 spot on Radio 1Xtra’s EP of the Week with the track ‘Red Honey’ alongside rapper Shunaji. amahla has already been named as one to watch. Following this, amahla supported Shunaji and the legend Bahamadia at her sold out Jazz Cafe show.

"Old soul is a thank you to a selection of the legends of soul music that I draw influences from. During their time there wasn’t a choice about whether to let their politics seep into their music, it just was. They all gave more to the world than their music and I can only aspire to do the same"

Shabazz Palaces / Haleek Maul / Amahla

07 Feb 2019

Jazz Cafe

5 Parkway, Camden Town
London
NW1 7PG

7.30pm

£15

FIL BO RIVA

Along with his first Tour Dates for 2019 and with sold out shows across Europe under his belt, Fil Bo Riva releases his next single ‘Go Rilla’ and finally confirms rumors about his highly anticipated debut album. With ‘Go Rilla’ Riva is releasing a powerful and dynamic Indie-Pop-hymn, using addictively energetic guitars and a clever hook line that escalates in an impelling bridge that won’t allow to hold your feet still.

Fil Bo Riva

01 May 2019

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£9

CHINAH

Few bands in recent years have been greeted with as much excitement as Copenhagen’s CHINAH.

Following the release of their first two EPs “Once the Lights are On” and “Hints” - picking up serious critical acclaim amongst the elite tastemakers including DIY, PIGEONS & PLANES and i-D as well as BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac - the three-piece quickly raced to over 25M streams on Spotify. CHINAH has recently released a string of singles as teasers for their forthcoming debut LP “ANYONE”, which has received nods from Benji B, Red Bull and Highsnobiety, and a no1 spot on the Hype Machine chart.

Having already cut their teeth live at some of the hottest festivals worldwide incl. SXSW, The Great Escape, Iceland Airwaves and Roskilde Festival, this is a gorgeous and timely return from one of the most hyped new acts of recent years. Be prepared to hear a lot more of CHINAH in 2018.

Chinah

13 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Bermondsey Social Club

19 Almond Rd
London
SE16 3LR

7.30pm

£8

SOLD OUT

DU BLONDE

Du Blonde may sound like a band, but in fact it is, and always has been, the work of just one person. Beth Jeans Houghton.

Du Blonde announces new album Lung Bread for Daddy to be released 22nd February 2019.

Her new album Lung Bread For Daddy delves even deeper into self sufficiency, seeing Beth take the reigns on production, instrumentation, album artwork and direction of music videos. This project is entirely her own. “I know exactly what I want my record to sound like and apart from drums, I have the ability to play all the instruments, so I did” Houghton states.

True to form, the first peak of the new album is the self directed video (Houghton has also made videos for Ezra Furman, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and LUMP) for lead single 'Buddy' which also stars a bathtub, 3 bottles of vegetable oil and 37 packets of spaghetti.

Lung Bread For Daddy sees a meeting in which Beth’s previous two albums, 2015’s ‘Welcome Back To Milk’ and her debut ‘Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose’, take a seat at the table and make amends. Veering wildly between proto-punk, psych rock and the wholesome song writing of the 1970’s, taking the listener on a journey through the landscape of her past. It is an honest and often uncomfortable look into the life of a person who’s experiences have been touched by a myriad of characters, homes across continents, periods of extreme loneliness, mental illness and a search for an understanding of personal identity. “My lyrics are always autobiographical. I have to be able identify with what I’m singing, and telling my story is therapeutic”.

Houghton's insatiable thirst for creation on her own terms has seen her take charge of every aspect of Lung Bread For Daddy including the brutal self portrait that adorns the cover of this record. Painted from a photograph taken during one of her lowest points, the image depicts Beth devoid not only of makeup, but self worth and confidence. “I look tired and pretty much destroyed, which is a feeling I’ve known many times over; in the aftermath of relationships and that of making a record. Lyrically the album is very naked so I’m carrying on the nudity of my previous album covers, only this time it’s emotional instead of physical.”

 

Du Blonde

26 Feb 2019

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£10

SOLD OUT

Hoxton Hall sees a rare intimate performance from Cass McCombs who over the last decade has established himself in the pantheon of all-time great musicians.

“Long live Cass McCombs"  Drowned in Sound


"One of the great songwriters of his time” NY TIMES


“This is music of rare guile and originality"  THE SUN


“Arguably the greatest American singer-songwriter of this generation” VICE


“One of the most compelling singer-songwriters of the past decade" UNCUT


“Cass McCombs is one of our greatest modern day songwriters" GOD IS IN THE TV

 

 

Cass McCombs

12 Nov 2018

Hoxton Hall

130 Hoxton St
London
N1 6SH

19.30

£16.50

BLISS SIGNAL

BLISS SIGNAL is a new metal project between James Kelly (Wife, Altar of Plagues) and UK DJ / Producer Jack Adams (Mumdance). Their eponymous debut album, out September 28th on True Panther Sounds/Profound Lore, is the stunning result of an unlikely partnership soldering  an even more unlikely melange of sounds.

BLISS SIGNAL takes the frenzy and repetition of body-focused electronic music and pairs it with extreme metal’s core elements, resulting in a visceral, often hypnotic, hybrid that belongs neither on a dance floor nor in a mosh pit.  Awash in ethereal textures, blast beats are simulated by drum machines while synths soar over heavily distorted shredding guitar. Throughout the album’s 8 tracks, Adams and Kelly trace a line between blackened metal, driving electronic rhythms and ethereal atmospherics. The result finds a common ground in the intensity of these sounds and how they affect the body.

Beginning as a handful of fruitful writing sessions between Kelly and Adams, in preparation for a live debut at Unsound Krakow 2017, the scope of the project quickly expanded. The ‘Bliss Signal’ album was completed in Spring 2018 with tracking, overdubs and mixing done at Orgone Studios by Jaime Gomez-Arellano (Paradise Lost, Sunn O))), Ghost, Cathedral), followed by mastering at London’s Abbey Road Studios by Christian Wright (Radiohead, Bjork).

SILVER WAVES

Industrial music to soundtrack Satan’s own space travels. It twists and turns through several passages of warm bassy rumblings, pretty ambience and jagged noise peaks, and never lingers too long on any one thought, alluring you one minute then smacking you in the face the next' THE QUIETUS

'Bristol’s most uncompromising electronic music producer' CRACK

SCALPING

"messed up in the best possible way...completely immersive and disorientating” - NME

“tinges of HEALTH's earlier, mayhem-ier roots glint through the chaos...these sounds are not really like anything else about” - Line Of Best Fit

“like nothing we’ve seen or heard before” Bristol Live Mag

BENEATH (DJ)

 

BLISS SIGNAL / Silverwaves / Scalping / Beneath (DJ)

04 Dec 2018

Corsica Studios

4/5 Elephant Rd
London
SE17 1LB

7.30

8.50

BILL RYDER-JONES

Hear multi-instrumentalist, composer, and singer Bill Ryder-Jones play from his latest album.

Ryder-Jones has had a career spanning 15 years; and counts musicians such as Courtney Barnett, Richard Hawley and Noel Gallagher as fans.

His talent stretches from a musical interpretation of Italo Calvino’s classic postmodernist novel If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller (2011's If…) to a top-ten MOJO magazine album of the year in 2016, West Kirby County Primary

Ryder-Jones weaves an overarching sense of authenticity, intimacy and wryness into this music, and consistently explores different songwriting styles while keeping a strong sense of self.

‘A magical, colossal talent… that spills melody and emotion’ The Guardian

BROOKE BENTHAM

Having spent most of her younger years up North, Bentham channels a maturity and life ethic that's wise beyond her age, a result of having partially raised herself. Her parents worked away from home a lot (her dad is an engineer, her mum a primary school teacher), so it was often up to Bentham and her three older brothers to fend for themselves. “I think it made me grow up a lot faster than I would have,” she says. Lending an air of fate too, the experience of being brought closer to elder siblings switched her onto their musical obsessions. The likes of French electro duo Justice and Ed Banger artist Uffie haven't exactly informed Bentham's own oeuvre, but being exposed to those sounds early on made her acutely aware of a world outside of commercial pop music. She picked up a guitar early, even attempted banjo at one stage, and started taking singing lessons at the age of 15. That's when her teacher encouraged her to start writing songs and gigging at nearby pubs and open mic nights.

“I was writing a lot of Paolo Nutini inspired cheesy acoustic stuff,” she laughs, embarrassed now. At the time, most females with an acoustic guitar were singing similar tunes, it was the norm but it was also a means to an end. “Everything I wrote I hated. It was so frustrating trying to find one distinguished sound I could have as my own. But I just kept doing it, kept writing.” A huge fan at the time of Yo La Tengo, Fleet Foxes, Kevin Morby and Bon Iver, she continued to mine her own creative voice to try and develop something similarly ground-breaking. Eventually her first taste of success – a song called 'Oliver' – was a turn in the road. That tune brought her the sonic direction she was working towards. Her first proper show was at local legendary rock venue The Cluny back in Newcastle. By chance, the sound guy that night also did sound for successful performer James Bay and a connection sparked with Communion, the label part-owned by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons. She played a showcase evening for them as soon as she moved to London, where she's lived now for three years.

Bill Ryder-Jones / Brooke Bentham

19 Feb 2019

EartH

13 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.30pm

£16.50

MICHAEL RAULT

Canadian singer-songwriter Michael Rault is pleased to announce his new album and Wick Records debut (a Daptone Records subsidiary), It's A New Day Tonight, out May 18th. The Edmonton-born, Montreal-based singer-songwriter-producer began working on its songs in earnest after winding down the tour supporting his 2015 full-length Living Daylight, but getting to the point of having an album was a process. "Musically it came out of a period of dissatisfaction, creatively and personally, as I found myself pushing against the limitations of my abilities and approaches to making music." But those delays eventually paid off. As he was working on Tonight's songwriting, Rault kept entering the orbit of Wayne Gordon, producer and head engineer at Brooklyn's legendary Daptone studio. Sending Gordon early sketches of some songs led to Rault heading to Daptone for what was initially going to be a two-week recording stint. Midway through that Gordon approached him about signing to the Daptone Records label's fledgling rock spinoff, Wick—and becoming the first Canadian member of the Daptone family. Signing with Wick also led to Rault finishing the record at Daptone and bringing Gordon on as co-producer.

It's A New Day Tonight has the loose-limbed feel of a lost album by '70s bands that bridged the gap between folk rock's open-hearted strumming and power pop's crisp, melody-forward confections—Wings, Badfinger, Big Star, 10cc—yet possesses an energy shot through with 21st-century optimism. The album's title (and title track) comes from the most Canadian of overheard sources: a pregame interview with a hockey player coming off a rocky night. "He said, 'It's a new day tonight, we've got to put the past behind us.' At first, I thought it was an awkward phrase," says Rault. "But I quickly thought: 'Awkward turn of phrase... or a good album title?' [The title track] is almost completely describing a very positive nightlife experience, but the opening line implies that this evening is coming as a major relief after spending the majority of the day depressed." It's this idea of new hope born from a period of hardship that drives the record. Hope springs eternal when day is over it's a new day tonight.

 

MAX BLOOM

Max Bloom is the singer & songwriter of indie band Yuck. Setting out on his first solo venture, Bloom is currently recording an album due for release in 2019. With a sound far less rocky and distorted than Yuck’s, the new material recalls more classic melody-driven artists such as Harry Nilsson, John Lennon and Wilco - a chance to see his songwriting in a different light.

FOUNDLINGS

Foundlings are a South-East London / Brighton based band who play melodic, guitar-driven, indie-rock. In support of their debut release - double a-side single, ‘Misery' / 'Your Sister' - the band embarked on their successful first U.K. tour, with performances in London, Brighton, Glasgow, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds. ‘Misery’ was selected by Steve Lamacq for his 6Music Recommends playlist and received nationwide airplay on BBC 6Music and various other stations; Lamacq described the band’s sound as, “breathless indie pop.”

The follow up to the band’s first offering, 'Horizon,’ was selected by Tom Robinson for his 6Music BBC Introducing show and was described as: “if Fleetwood Mac had been signed to Sarah Records.”

The band plan to release their debut E.P. in March 2019 and continue to perform across the South-East of England, steadily garnering a loyal fanbase, with the aim of more gigs across the U.K. and in Europe.

Michael Rault / Max Bloom / Foundlings

21 Nov 2018

The Stags Head

55 Orsman Rd
London
N1 5RA

7.30pm

£7

SOLD OUT

BEASTIE BOYS BOOK

In celebration of the 30 October release of Beastie Boys Book (Faber & Faber), Adam “Adrock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond will embark on the seven-night, four-city Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct event tour.

Each night of Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct will feature readings, conversations between Mike D, Adrock and more -all with a live score provided by Mix Master Mike. Sonos will provide the sound experience at each exhibit, playing a mixtape curated by Adrock and Mike D and mixed by Cut Chemist.

Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct

30 Nov 2018

Readings, Conversation, Q&A with Special Guest Moderators, Live Score by Mix Master Mike & More

EartH

13 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.00pm

£35

CALEBORATE

In the pocket with nuanced, reflective bars or atop sunny, soulful bounce, Sacramento-born and Berkeley-bred Caleborate paints a vivid portrait of life as a Northern Californian 20-something, from the cinematic vistas of the Oakland hills to visceral childhood memories.

Lauded by Pigeons & Planes as “smart, introspective hip-hop” and deemed “one of the most promising spitters out right now” by XXL, the 24-year-old bares all through a kaleidoscoping mosaic of love and heartbreak, weed smoke and college loans, family ties and simmering ambitions, triumph and loss.

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.

Caleborate / Baba Ali

08 Dec 2018

Five Miles

39B Markfield Rd
London
N15 4QA

7.30pm

£10

JOSH T. PEARSON

Lift to Experience frontman Josh T Pearson is set to play a second intimate solo show at St John on Bethnal Green this December after his first show sold out.

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

NADINE KHOURI

“Meditative, spectral dreamscapes …  extraordinary voice: a fragile, sensuous instrument” – MOJO ★★★★

“Lush, dreamy songwriting with a gilded edge… Deliciously moody.” – CLASH

“Khouri’s voice is breathy, sensual, beguiling, meditative and her phrasing is a joy” – R2 ★★★★★

“A pocket-sized book of lullabies, and gothic shanties, whose sounds and lyrics evoke a series of wondrous daydreams and sorrowful, mood-filled, late-night tales.” – Drowned in Sound

Josh T. Pearson / Nadine Khouri

05 Dec 2018

St John on Bethnal Green

200 Cambridge Heath Rd
London
E2 9PA

7.30pm

£17.50

CLOUD NOTHINGS

For a band that sticks to its impulses instead of trends, Cloud Nothings accumulates critical praise and loyal fans with the type of ease modern rock bands can only dream of. That’s because the Cleveland four-piece is the byproduct of Dylan Baldi, a frontman whose melodic intuition and musical fervor are as innate as they are impressive. Baldi’s early indie rock songs welcome pop warmly without sounding trite. His later alt-rock hooks are too busy criss-crossing guitar lines to overthink things. The urgency he writes with comes across in the vividness of his guitar. Since expanding his solo project into a proper band, Baldi has positioned Cloud Nothings as the torchbearers of the frenetic, visceral, and thundering rock of bands like The Wipers and Drive Like Jehu. It’s all alternating resolves and anticipated breakdowns. And live, it’s near impossible to dispute talent that palpable.

DRAHLA

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

Cloud Nothings / Drahla

31 Jan 2019

EartH

13 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.30pm

£15

CALPURNIA

Calpurnia is a 4-piece from Vancouver, Canada, led by Finn Wolfhard who is best known for his performances in ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘It’. Through a chance meeting on the set of a music video shoot, Finn and drummer Malcolm Craig hit it off immediately. This chemistry then led to Ayla Tesler-Mabe and Jack Anderson to join the band, and through their unequivocal passion for music, Calpurnia was created.

Calpurnia are set to record their debut album later this year with producer Cadien Lake James (Twin Peaks). Look out for new music in 2018 to be released on Royal Mountain Records (Mac Demarco, Alvvays, PUP).

JERRY WILLIAMS

Jerry Williams is an unsigned, self-funded and self-releasing 21-year- old Indie pop singer songwriter from Portsmouth who draws her inspiration from her life growing up and the lives of others around her, Jerry has self-released 3 eps and is currently producing her debut album. The 3 EP ‘Let’s Just Forget It’ won best produced release of 2017 at the inaugural Unsigned Music Award and features the Radio 1 BBC Introducing track of the week. ‘I’m Not In Love With You’ Jerry has also been selected as BBC Introducing National Artist Of The Week and has support from the likes of Huw Stephens and USA tastemaker KCRW’s Jason Kramer.

Calpurnia / Jerry Williams

29 Nov 2018

+ Jerry Williams

KOKO

1A Camden High St
London
NW1 7JE

7.00pm

£15

SWAMP DOGG

“Swamp Dogg is a national treasure.” - Swamp Dogg

In 1970 the Southern soul music maverick Jerry Williams, Jr. made the most radical move of his career. Frustrated with music business politics Williams reinvented himself as Swamp Dogg, an irreverent anti-hero smashing the conventions of commercial R&B music. Swamp Dogg’s debut release Total Destruction to Your Mind featured a post-apocalyptic take on the Muscle Shoals’ sound, with lyrics inspired by the revolutionary politics and psychedelic drugs of the late ‘60s. The music on Total Destruction to Your Mind stood worlds apart from the formulaic pop tunes Williams started cutting in 1954 under the name Little Jerry, and Swamp Dogg hasn’t looked back since.

But the music business wasn’t ready for Swamp Dogg, nor was the rest of America. His bizarre album titles and wild cover art turned the average consumer off, while his subversive lyrics earned him a spot on Richard Nixon’s infamous enemies list. Swamp Dogg was not deterred. He seemed to relish operating from the margins of the music business, consequently becoming one of the quintessential outsider figures in American music.

Now, nearly fifty years after his debut release, Swamp Dogg stands on the precipice of another radical reinvention. His latest creation is titled Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune a nine song collection featuring production by Poliça’s Ryan Olson. Love, Loss, and AutoTune finds Swamp Dogg’s bluesy southern soul colliding head-on with 21st Century electronic music production techniques.

The reference to Auto-Tune in the title is not incidental, the album’s sound is built around Swamp Dogg’s experimentation with the ubiquitous vocal processor. While Auto-Tune has become a fixture of the modern pop music landscape, this is Swamp Dogg’s first major exploration of the device. “Every time I listen to some new music that everybody thinks is the greatest thing since hot biscuits, it's full of Auto-Tune,” Swamp Dogg says. His use of Auto-Tune technology is not gratuitous. Like Kanye West on 808s & Heartbreak, Swamp Dogg utilizes the cold digital tone of Auto-Tune to convey a sense of emotional detachment during the album’s most anguished moments.

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.

Swamp Dogg / Baba Ali

13 Nov 2018

Rich Mix

35-47 Bethnal Green Rd
London
E1 6LA

7.30pm

£23.50

SOLD OUT

CRUMB

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

Crumb

07 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Rye Wax

133 Rye Ln
London
SE15 4ST

7.30pm

£8.50

CHYNNA

Chynna Rogers is rap's high priestess. Signed to Ford models at age 14 and now 22, the Philly-born artist quickly developed a relationship with the A$AP Mob while traveling to NYC for modeling gigs. She grew especially close to ASAP Yams, whom she reached out to as a teenager via Twitter seeking his A&R mentorship. Instead, he encouraged Rodgers to pursue her own music. Tattoos like the Eye of Ra, an elaborate mandala, "wanderlust" in cursive script run along her arms. The letters "blk out grl" adorn her fingers - a nod to the ASAP Mob and A$AP Yams, who died in January. "I was the only girl, so that one is for Yams," she notes.

The A$AP Mob member was right. Chynna's penchant for matching moody atmospherics paired with deadpan, often brutally honest vocals demonstrates an often startlingly disturbing nonchalance equally comparable to 21 Savage or Marie Davidson. Citing broad influences that range from Gucci Mane to Britney Spears, Rogers has also utilized her keen eye for A&R to work with UK producers Hudson Mohawke and Darq E Freaker, both known for their experimental avant garde collaborations in hip hop music.

In 2015 Chynna released the Radiohead title-inspired I'm Not Here, This Isn't Happening EP, following it up with last year's Ninety, her ode to 90 days of sobriety from opiate addiction. Rogers' ability to meld a myriad of art and culture reference points (the artwork for 'Ninety' stems from psych-heavy band Blue Oyster Cult, and multiple tracks from her prior EPs recall characters from Mean Girls) extends to her recurrent stint as a model, where she has recently worked on campaigns for both DKNY and VFILES. As a rapper she also isn't shy to speak about her religious views as an actively practicing Buddhist, with a firm belief in the concept of "being reborn to help other people."

Perhaps Chynna's biggest draw is her committal to "love your dark parts too." Recently one year sober, her music never loses its raw edge and immersive ambiance, synonymous with both a sprawling late afternoon smoke deep in Chinatown, or the beginning of the end of an afterparty, where anything is still possible, but what actually does happen becomes a story to tell. Surely, if anything does feel real, it's Chynna, whose powerful transformative ability renders her as one of the most authentic new voices in rap today.

RAHEAVEN

"Raheaven, a 22-year-old singer, songwriter and producer who recently released her debut single ‘Easy Love’ lifted from her debut EP titled Heaven on Earth. This isn’t the north Londoner’s first foray into music however, after writing with the likes of Jay Prince, featuring on his Smile Good mixtape and producing for Kojey Radical on his Chapter II project in 2012, she is ready to focus on making music for herself." Gal-Dem

Chynna / Raheaven

07 Dec 2018

Corsica Studios

4/5 Elephant Rd
London
SE17 1LB

7.30pm

£10

SOLD OUT

ELDER ISLAND

Following sell out shows across London, Elder Island will headline EartH with a specially curated bill for a one off Friday night party. 

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

CATCHING FLIES

Catching Flies has gathered the consistent support of Gilles Peterson, Annie Mac, Lauren Laverne, Julie Adenuga & Huw Stephens and a growing fanbase which has seen him perform across the UK, Europe, the USA and Asia. He also took his live show on the road as European tour support for electronic-jazz behemoth Bonobo.

DEMI RIQUISIMO

"Although he's been around a few years as a DJ and producer, very little is known about Demi Riquisimo. Going by the slim amount of info on his various social media profiles, we can only assume that he wants to keep it that way. We do know, though, that he favours "disco and acid", and it is this fusion of the soulful and machine-led that can be heard on debut EP "A Lifetime on the Hips"." June Records

DAISY MOON

Daisy Moon co-runs Bristol/Berlin club night Housework with Shanti Celeste, Gramrcy and Golesworthy, and is also resident for Idle Hands affiliated label, BRSTL.

Elder Island / Catching Flies / Demi Riquisimo / Daisy Moon / Alex Absalom

01 Feb 2019

EartH

13 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London
N16 8BH

9pm - 2am

£15

SOLD OUT

SWEARIN'

Swearin’ is the kind of band that comes around, at best, once a decade. Thankfully for us, they’ve come around twice.

After releasing two beloved full-lengths, 2012’s Swearin’ and 2013’s  Surfing Strange, the Philadelphia band quietly put things on hold. It was due, at least in part, to the band’s main songwriters, Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride, ending their romantic relationship. And though Swearin’ tried to soldier on, it became far too stressful to keep going. But after a few years apart, those bad feelings disappeared. And when the band’s three members—Crutchfield, Gilbride, and drummer Jeff Bolt—found themselves in a room again, the conversation inevitably turned back to Swearin’.

“Drunkenly, without any hesitation or inhibitions,” said Crutchfield, “we asked, ‘What would it take from each of us? What would we need to do this again? What would we want to accomplish if we decided to be a band again?’” They realized that what they all wanted was to not just play shows, but to make a new record. Before the band initially split, they’d already started writing for what would have been their third album, but instead of going back to that old material, they wanted to do something that reflected the people they’d become during those intervening years. “When a band re-forms and makes a new record that is trying to sound like the heyday of their band, it doesn’t sound genuine,” said Bolt. Before long, Crutchfield and Gilbride had a new batch of Swearin’ songs, ones that meshed with the sound they’d originally developed together but boldly pushed things forward.

The result is Fall into the Sun, a Swearin’ record that doesn’t try to obscure the passage of time but instead embraces it. “Getting older, your tastes change, and what you want to do changes,” said Bolt. Those changes, though subtle, are impactful, making  Fall into the Sun  what Crutchfield calls “the adult Swearin’ album.” It can be seen in songs like “Big Change,” where she says goodbye to Philly and the scene that she came up in, or in “Dogpile,” where Gilbride offers the line any aging punk can relate to: “By pure dumb luck I’ve gotten where I’m going.” Where Swearin’ used to pummel through their songs, on  Fall into the Sun , they bask in what this newfound openness offers. It’s most notable on the ambling “Stabilize,” which sees the band throw their weight around in the song’s back half, offering up what’s easily the heaviest riff in the band’s catalog.

MAMMOTH PENGUINS

When bassist Mark Boxall heard that Standard Fare’s Emma Cooper was moving to Cambridgeshire a few years ago, he jumped on the opportunity to form Mammoth Penguins together. Drafting in Tom Barden (Pony Collaboration) on drums, the three-piece released their debut album “Hide and seek” on Fortuna Pop! in 2015 – a masterpiece of crunching guitars, pop hooks and lyrics about love, loss, moving on and getting older. They then expanded the band last year to release the concept album John Doe, before starting work on their third album, which will be released in early 2019.

Swearin’ / Mammoth Penguins

29 Jan 2019

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£10

SOLD OUT

CUBICOLOR

Cubicolor are a trio comprised of British front man Tim Digby-Bell and Dutch producers Ariaan Olieroock & Peter Kriek.
 
Olieroock and Kriek have been collaborators for over a decade, making electronic music and touring the world under their 16 Bit Lolitas alias, whilst Digby-Bell cut his teeth in UK indie band Duologue, championed by BBC 6Music, NME and The Sunday Times.
 
Drawing on their convergent career paths, and their shared love for thoughtful, experimental electronic music, the band released their debut album 'Brainsugar' in 2016, becoming something of a sleeper hit with nearly 40 million streams to date, drawing comparisons to Moderat, Boards of Canada and Massive Attack.

DEEDS

North London duo Deeds create atmospheric, Indie infused Electronic Music. A visual tapestry of found / stolen footage accompanies their live performances.

Their debut record came out on Snap Crackle & Pop last year featuring remixes from Bezier and The Field.

Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cePKtOKWtKU
Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/deeds-music
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/wearedeeds/

Cubicolor / DEEDS

01 Nov 2018

+ DEEDS

The Pickle Factory

13-14 The Oval
London
E2 9DU

7.30pm

£8

KIRAN LEONARD

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

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

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

UBALDO

Ubaldo is one of the many monikers under which Andreu G. Serra, a multidisciplinary artist from Catalonia, makes music. "Ubaldo" is for creating trembling ambient atmospheres and noisy luminous drones. Melancholic whisper, rhythm of water, the odd phrase mixed with hyperactive guitars.

Ubaldo is now based in Brussels, though still active in the Iberian Peninsula underground. Serra has also played as, or with, Odd Labu, The Noise of Mutt, Bimbo Picasso, and Ensemble Topogràfic, combining contemporary dance and sound. He plays in the duo Or sobre Blau, sharing feedback with guitar wizard Kiran Leonard. In 2014 he  founded the experimental DIY label Boira Discos.

POZI

London post-punk three-piece Pozi. Pozi are drummer/vocalist Toby Burroughs, bassist/vocalist Tom Jones and violinist/vocalist Rosa Brook. They’ve been together little over a year, but have already amassed a wealth of material of thrilling threadbare urgency. Their superb debut album PZ1, is due for release on Prah Records early next year - a short, sharp shock of socially/politically conscious observational songwriting, informed by all from PiL to ESG, Devo, Wire, Television and David Bowie.

 

Kiran Leonard / Ubaldo / Pozi

27 Nov 2018

+ Ubaldo 

+ POZI

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
Moth Club
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£11.50

ANEMONE

Anemone is a real live band, not just a solo bedroom studio Project. Lead by Songwriter Chloé Soldevila, It is music to be blasted from car speakers and at parties, a communal experience intended to be shared, the kind of emotional catharsis that can pack a dance floor—sometimes even packing the stage as well. Creatively incorporating aspects that can vary from Dream pop, dance music and Krautrock ,  It is music that will stick with you, that will live inside your brain, that will become a part of you forever. Music that refuses to be ignored.

Anemone / Bill Jefferson / Alessandro Ciminata

29 Oct 2018

+ Bill Jefferson

+ Alessandro Ciminata

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£7.50

SOLD OUT

SOPHIE

Second date added due to incredible demand. Tickets are on sale now. 

Sophie

24 Oct 2018

+ special guests

Fabric

77A Charterhouse St, Clerkenwell
London
EC1M 6HJ

7.30pm

£18.50

VALLEY MAKER

On Valley Maker's second full-length album, Rhododendron, songwriter Austin Crane sings about movement – from one kind of belief to another, from place to place, through time. This new record from Crane, a Seattle-based musician and PhD student in Human Geography, reflects both the rootedness and rootlessness that shapes his songwriting on the precipice of his third decade. Like his noted inspirations Jason Molina, Bill Fay, and Gillian Welch before him, he speaks to the strange and transitory ways we mark time through our lives. Years pass and fold in his cosmic American songs.

Crane formed Valley Maker in 2010 with a self-titled collection of songs written for his undergrad thesis project at the University of South Carolina, tracing existential questions around biblical origin narratives, as embedded in his spiritually-infused Southern upbringing. Similar themes shade his vision on Rhododendron, which follows 2015's When I Was A Child. Prophetic and apocalyptic language shapes Crane's lyrics, but his outlook is not bound by dogma. Instead, he uses the metaphors of faith to explore the ineffable and to navigate the intersection of belief, time, place, and the political present. Much of the album was written leading up to the 2016 US presidential election and in the months after as Crane was traveling for his PhD research on migration, borders, and humanitarianism. Tellingly, it grapples with what it means to share space with others as popular political discourses veer towards exclusion.

Named for the common plant which springs up in both Crane's native south and his current home in Washington, Rhododendron speaks to how the places and moments we occupy become reflections of ourselves. In his careful, open-hearted songs, characters move from place to place, traveling through time and over lines on maps, driven to encounter the mysteries of existence and glimpse shared humanity. Though lyrically contemplative, the music floats. Crane's songs retain their folk-based nature – they are the kind of songs that stand on their own with his lone voice and guitar – but they bloom paired with surprising rhythms and arrangements.

The album was recorded between two locales. In Portland, Oregon, Crane teamed with producer/engineer Chaz Bear of Toro Y Moi. Longtime friends and schoolmates from the University of South Carolina, Bear and Crane laid the groundwork for the record over four days, playing all instruments in tracking four songs between themselves. The record's remaining songs were tracked in Seattle, Washington with producer/engineer Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes). Having worked together on Valley Maker's previous release, Spencer and Crane's Rhododendron sessions aimed for imaginative, grooveoriented arrangements that remain concisely in step with the individual songs' qualities, enlisting drummer James Barone (Beach House, Tennis) and bassist Eli Thomson (Father John Misty), along with Brandon Camarda on trumpet, and Andrew Swanson on saxophone. Amy Fitchette, a longtime collaborator whose roots with Valley Maker stretch back to the Southeast, provides richly layered vocal harmonies across the album to round out Rhododendron's lush but spacious sound.

From the streamlined indie rock of opener "A Couple Days" to the swirling psychedelia of "Be Born Today," from the soulful horns of "Rise Up" to the ambient touches of closer "River Bend My Mind," the album demonstrates Crane's distilled approach, his solidly built songs blooming with tasteful arrangements and touches. Out October 12, 2018 on Frenchkiss Records, Rhododendron is an album about transition, about leaving, but also arriving, a document of the journeys in-between.

SHRIMP EYES

Shrimp Eyes are an alternative rock band from Peckham. Formed in 2017, the band posted a demo of their track ‘Katata Fish’ on SoundCloud, which was swiftly picked up and championed by indie tastemakers at 6Music, Radio X, Hype Machine and BBC Introducing London, who named the band on their ‘Best of 2017’ end of year list.

In October 2018 Shrimp Eyes shared ‘Grow and Decline’, the first track from their forthcoming EP. 'Grow and Decline' retains the quirky rhythms and distinctive group vocals of 'Katata Fish' and was recorded during a haphazard recording session at Vessel studio in North London and mixed by the band.

Valley Maker / Shrimp Eyes

30 Oct 2018

+ Shrimp Eyes

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle St
London
N1 0XT

7.30pm

£7.50

SOLD OUT

SOPHIE

Following her sold out show at Heaven, Sophie will perform live at the legendary Fabric this October.

Sophie

23 Oct 2018

+ special guests

Fabric

77A Charterhouse St, Clerkenwell
London
EC1M 6HJ

7.30pm

£18.50

SOLD OUT

POLICA

United Crushers is POLIÇA’s third full-length release and most ambitious album to date. The band, which includes Channy Leaneagh, dual drummers, Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu and Chris Beirden on bass with producer Ryan Olson at the helm, collectively wrote the album in Minneapolis in the winter of 2015 during their first true break from two straight years of touring. They recorded it at the renowned Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, TX, nestled just afew short miles from the United States/Mexico boarder. The new album builds on POLIÇA’s signature synthesizer and percussion-heavy sounds with more complex arrangements and a bigger, crisper hi-fi punch due to the new approach they took to writing and recording: together, all in the same room. There's a tighter groove to these songs and a more vulnerable quality to them, especially in Leaneagh's singing. Her impressive vocal range is consistently on display throughout, beautifully raw and less electronically effected than on previous recordings.

The themes found and explored on United Crushers are heavily political and deeply personal with thick references to social injustice, self-doubt and isolation, the rapidly increasing urban decline in gentrification, overcoming music industry machinations, and finding true and honest love in the wake of it all. Even at its darkest, the record is musically the band's most upbeat and celebratory. It is a weapon meant to empower the weak, the forgotten, and the disenfranchised. United Crushers is the follow up to 2013’s Shulamith and that band's 2012's debut, Give You The Ghost.

GIRLHOOD

Girlhood are Christian Pinchbeck and Tessa Cavanna, that began when their separate musical projects came to an end, with the pair drawing inspiration from the shared sounds on which they grew up. Taking cues from Fugees, late 80s hip hop and The Avalanches and 90s neo-soul, the pair use Christian's narrowboat - still docked on a London canal - to write, record and produce their music, bringing a distinctly British setting to their worldly and diverse range of influences. They released their debut EP 'Girlhood Vol. 1' at the end of 2017 to huge acclaim, and are currently working on new music for 2018.

GRAHAM DUNNING

Graham Dunning explores sound as texture, timbre and something tactile, drawing on bedroom production, tinkering and recycling found objects. He also creates visual work, video and installations drawing on these themes. As a DJ he plays a diverse range of electronic and experimental music sourced in equal parts from junk shops and new releases.

Poliça / Girlhood / Graham Dunning

03 Nov 2018

ICA

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

7.30pm

£22.50

DRAHLA

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

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

SLEEP EATERS

5 PIECE COW PUNK OUTFIT FROM SOUTH/EAST LDN

ICE BATHS

London based four-piece Ice Baths (Jack, Ed, Tom & Alex) recently released their self titled debut album on Blank Editions, joining the Hackney based labels already heavyweight roster including Thurston Moore, Housewives, Douglas Hart (Jesus & Mary Chain), Ben Vince & more.

Over the last few years Ice Baths have shared stages with the likes of Crack Cloud, H-Grimace, Circuit Breaker, HMLTD, Autobahn, Ulrika Spacek, Phobophobes, Thee MVPs & more.

Sonically, Ice Baths take influence from cult heroes such as Swell Maps, Television Personalities, Devo & US Maple – all restless energy and angled aggression which manifests live into droning bowed guitars and frenetic shifts in mood and dynamic.

Drahla / Sleep Eaters / Ice Baths

26 Nov 2018

The 100 Club

100 Oxford Street
London
W1D 1LL

19:30

£8.50

ICEAGE

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

WARMDUSCHER

Warmduscher is:
Clams Baker (Mutado Pintado/Paranoid London)
Lightnin’ Jack Everett (Fat White Family)
The Saulcano (Insecure Men, Fat White Family)
Mr. Salt Fingers Lovecraft (Childhood, Insecure Men)
The Witherer aka Little Whiskers (Paranoid London)

HELM

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

ASTRID SONNE

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

Iceage / Warmduscher / HELM / Astrid Sonne

07 Dec 2018

EartH (Hackney Arts Centre)

13 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

8pm - 1am

£15

SHIGETO ENSEMBLE

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

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

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

SCOTT XYLO

Describing himself as a "Afro Trippy Hippy" Scott Xylo is an artist that doesn't like to fit in a particular box, but builds new boxes with every genre he finds. This Leicester born artist has a unique stylised Psychedelic sound.

Shigeto Ensemble / Scott Xylo

15 Nov 2018

Ghost Notes

Peckham Levels, 95A Rye Lane
London
SE15 4ST

7.30pm

£15

SOLD OUT

MOTORAMA

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

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

GHUM

Ghum is an atmospheric dark pop four-piece based in London, UK. Fusing together post-punk and goth, with a hint of grunge, the band draw inspiration from love, loss and inner demons.

After pursuing musical projects in Brazil, Spain, Brighton and the London DIY scene, Marina MJ, Laura Guerrero Lora, Jojo Khor and Vicki Butler were brought together by a mutual love of The Cure, Warpaint and PJ Harvey after Marina posted an online ad on Gumtree looking to start a band.

After playing their first show in 2016, Ghum have since built up an impressive live reputation; supporting bands such as Dream Wife, L.A. Witch, The Underground Youth since their debut.

The band released their debut self-titled EP in 2017, which combined haunting vo