Du Blonde | RFB Cass McCombs | RFB BLISS SIGNAL | RFB Bill Ryder-Jones | RFB Michael Rault | RFB Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct | RFB Caleborate | RFB Josh T. Pearson | RFB Cloud Nothings | RFB Calpurnia | RFB Swamp Dogg | RFB Crumb | RFB Chynna | RFB Elder Island | RFB Swearin’ | RFB Petite Noir presents No Borders | RFB Cubicolor / DEEDS | RFB Kiran Leonard | RFB Anemone / Bill Jefferson / Alessandro Ciminata | RFB Sophie | RFB Valley Maker / Blackaby | RFB Sophie | RFB Poliça / Girlhood / Graham Dunning | RFB Drahla / Sleep Eaters / Ice Baths | RFB Iceage / HELM / Astrid Sonne | RFB Shigeto Ensemble | RFB Motorama / Ghum | RFB Kacey Johansing / Benedict Benjamin | RFB Mint Field / Hear / Human Pet | RFB Josh T. Pearson | RFB Neil Tennant: One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem | RFB Millie Turner | RFB Millie Turner | RFB Millie Turner / Roken | RFB Oneohtrix Point Never: Myriad at The Roundhouse | RFB Hembree | RFB Frigs / Talk Show / Jacob Slater | RFB Erin Rae / Samuel R Saffery / Rowe | RFB Saintseneca | RFB Alice Phoebe Lou | RFB KLLO / Graham Van Pelt | RFB Holy / Vinyl Staircase / Float | RFB The Soft Moon / HIDE | RFB Boniface | RFB Crumb | RFB U.S. Girls | RFB Hater / Krush Puppies | RFB Mutual Benefit / Protection Spells / Nighttime | RFB Dena / Leyma | RFB G Flip | RFB Speedy Ortiz / Doe / Ex Void | RFB Snail Mail | RFB The Britanys / Breathe Panel / Meat Candy / Fake Laugh Dj | RFB Amber Arcades / Basement Revolver / Underwater Boys | RFB Cosmo Sheldrake | 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 Hilang Child / Elan Tamara / Ari Roar | RFB Fil Bo Riva / Hilang Child | RFB RVG / Value Void | RFB Baloji / Rebecca Garton | RFB KLLO / Graham Van Pelt | RFB Angel Ho / Faka | RFB Fucked Up | RFB Horse Feathers / The Last Dinosaur | RFB Trudy and the Romance / HUMMAH | RFB The Orielles | RFB Fatoumata Diawara / Teme Tan | RFB Haley | RFB Du Blonde | RFB JOYFULTALK / Love Supræme / VONICA | RFB Sunflower Bean / Miya Folick / Jesse Jo Starck | RFB Snail Mail | RFB Elder Island | RFB The Amusement Arcade: Paul Foot / Angelos Epithemiou / Rachel Fairburn / Stuart Laws | RFB The Mystery Lights / Sons of Raphael / Meat Candy | RFB Titus Andronicus / Flame Proof Moth | RFB Teleman / Audiobooks / C.A.R. | RFB Haley | RFB Titus Andronicus / Flame Proof Moth | RFB Mammut / Circe | RFB Westerman / Fabiana Palladino | RFB Dead Sea / Para Alta | RFB Los Campesinos! | RFB Peakes | RFB Oscar Jerome / Kwalu / Louis VI / Touching Bass | RFB Oneohtrix Point Never: MYRIAD | RFB Lido Pimienta / IsaGT | RFB Alaskalaska / Jockstrap / Grand Pax /  Sorry (DJs) | RFB Oui Love: M.I.L.K / Superparka / MNNQNS | RFB Anna Burch / Lauran Hibberd / The Golden Dregs | RFB Alice Phoebe Lou / Hush Moss | RFB Natalie Prass / H.C. McEntire | RFB Kevin Morby / Shannon Lay | RFB Unknown Mortal Orchestra | RFB

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

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

19:30

10

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).

 

 

BLISS SIGNAL

04 Dec 2018

+ Special Guests

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

Bill Ryder-Jones

19 Feb 2019

+ special guests

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.

Michael Rault

21 Nov 2018

+ special guests

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 six-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 a special guest moderator, Q&A sessions--all with a live score provided by Mix Master Mike and a brand new Beastie Boys exhibit, curated by Beastie Boys & Beyond the Streets in partnership with adidas Skateboarding. Sonos will provide the sound experience at each exhibit, playing a mixtape curated by Adrock and Mike D.

The exclusive european date takes place at EartH on 30 November. Tickets go on sale Friday 28 September at 10am.

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.

Caleborate

08 Dec 2018

+ special guests

Birthdays

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

7.30pm

7pm

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.

Josh T. Pearson

05 Dec 2018

+ special guests

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.

Cloud Nothings

31 Jan 2019

+ special guests

EartH

13 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.30pm

£15

SOLD OUT

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).

Calpurnia

29 Nov 2018

+ special guests

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.

Swamp Dogg

13 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Rich Mix

35-47 Bethnal Green Rd
London
E1 6LA

7.30pm

£23.50

CRUMB

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

Crumb

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.

Chynna

07 Dec 2018

+ special guests

Corsica Studios

4/5 Elephant Rd
London
SE17 1LB

7.30pm

£10

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.

Elder Island

01 Feb 2019

+ special guests

EartH

13 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London
N16 8BH

9pm - 2am

£15

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.

Swearin’

29 Jan 2019

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£10

PETITE NOIR presents NO BORDERS

Petite Noir presents No Borders, a new international live music festival that will bring together artists under the Noirwave banner.

Noirwave created by Petite Noir and creative director RhaRha is a movement responding to current cultural movements centred in Africa - arising against a backdrop of international anxieties concerning borders, nationhood and globalisation - Noirwave offers followers a citizenship which rejoices in freedom of movement, physically and creatively.

No Borders is the musical manifestation of Noirwave and will feature Azekel, Afrikan Boy, Poté and the first UK live performance from Petite Noir since his 2015 album La Vie Est Belle / LIfe is Beautiful.  Petite Noir will be playing a brand new live set in support of his upcoming Mini-Album La Masion Noir / The Black House (released on Roya records 5th October)”

Petite Noir presents No Borders

03 Nov 2018

Petite Noir / Azekel / Afrikan Boy / Poté / more TBA

EartH (Hackney Arts Centre)

13 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7pm - 1am

£15

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.

Kiran Leonard

27 Nov 2018

+ special guests

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.

BLACKABY

Blackaby is a new London group fronted by the singer and songwriter William Blackaby. Early recordings released online were captured quickly and simply in the living room of producer Jake Miller in order to capture the honesty, energy and charm of the songs. William is joined by Rebecka Reinhard on guitar, Ziyad Al-Samman on bass, and Robert Moutrey on drums

Valley Maker / Blackaby

30 Oct 2018

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

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.

 

HELM

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

ASTRID SONNE

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

Iceage / HELM / Astrid Sonne

07 Dec 2018

+ special guests

EartH (Hackney Arts Centre)

13 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.30pm

£15

SHIGETO ENSEMBLE

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

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

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

Shigeto Ensemble

15 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Ghost Notes

Peckham Levels, 95A Rye Lane
London
SE15 4ST

7.30pm

£15

 

MOTORAMA

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

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

 

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 vocals reminiscent of PJ Harvey, smokey veil of haunting new wave guitars, driving bass lines and calculative drums. Ghum's hazy video for their track, ‘TV’, was premiered by DIY magazine earlier this year followed by shows across the UK and Europe.

Their new double A side single 'I'm the Storm / Undone' was released by Everything Sucks Records this August.

Motorama / Ghum

20 Oct 2018

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30

£10

KACEY JOHANSING

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

BENEDICT BENJAMIN

Benedict Benjamin is Ben Rubinstein, formerly of The Mariner’s Children and Peggy Sue (Wichita). Ben is first and foremost a songwriter versed in the classical traditions of the form, capable of crafting both operatic crescendo and lullaby-like stillness shot through with the heartbreaking swoon of Roy Orbison, the soothing harmonies of the Everly Brothers and the honesty of Jeff Tweedy. His songs undercut the dream-like beauty of early 60s pop music with lyrics both frank and poetic, creating a powerful Lynchian duality that makes the heart swell and the head spin. His debut album Night Songs, produced by Dan Blackett (Landshapes, Bella Union) came out in 2016 and he is presently at work  on the follow up.

Kacey Johansing / Benedict Benjamin

01 Nov 2018

The Slaughtered Lamb

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

7.30pm

£7

MINT FIELD

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

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

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

HEAR

hear, a word that evokes here, to hear and her. A feminine presence within sound.
hear is about the spreading of languages and voices previously unheard. Cracking open and tearing down dominant modes of being, we propose a new way of speaking, experiencing, and seeing the world around us.
We’re all stuck in some form of trench beyond which we cannot see. But can we hear beyond those walls that surround and/or confine us?
Sound, at large undervalued in a world that favours the visual, speaks for itself. It has the capacity to move and change, it flows through us and come from us. We evolve. Through music, hear expresses a different desire and gaze. Our sensibilities do not want to be enclosed in rigid structures.
hear, here, within.

HUMAN PET

“As hairy as they are Hell-Raising, great melody with real muscle to it!”

Steve Lamacq (BBC RADIO 6)

East London based post-punk outfit Human Pet released their debut single ‘Linda Pinky’ on PERMANENT CREEPS RECORDS in early 2018 to high acclaim, securing numerous plays on 6 MUSIC Recommends, as well as on Steve Lamacq’s coveted drive time radio show. The single secured official Spotify playlisting, A-List rotation on NME Audio, plus coverage in CLASH Magazine and LOUDERTHANWAR, to name but a few.

Recent months have seen the band expand their fan-base substantially, thanks to high-profile support slots with the likes of BlackWaters, BAD NERVES, Heavy Lungs and Vulgarians. As well as being handpicked by promotion heavyweights BAD VIBRATIONS as main support for YAK at The Shacklewell Arms raucous seventh Birthday show.

Influenced by the likes of Girl Band and Bloc Party, the band have a unique ability to debase their sound; pulling songs through short and urgent, pop-industrial, noise-punk-filled arrangements.

CLASH Magazine “Fuzzed out and ice cold, Human Pet's scratchy indie sound is layered in grunge effects, with more than one Big Muff laying down their life for the cause. The off kilter riffing burrows its way into your cranium, while the stripped back production is as raw as they come”

Mint Field / Hear / Human Pet

30 Oct 2018

Sebright Arms

34 Coate St, London E2 9AG
E2 9AG

19:30

£9.00

SOLD OUT

JOSH T PEARSON

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

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

Josh T. Pearson

04 Dec 2018

+ special guests

St John on Bethnal Green

200 Cambridge Heath Rd
London
E2 9PA

7.30pm

£17.50

SOLD OUT

Presented by Rockfeedback and Faber Social

NEIL TENNANT

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

All proceeds from the event will be donated to Centrepoint. 

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

Neil Tennant: One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem

22 Oct 2018

In Conversation event

EartH (Hackney Arts Centre)

13 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£15 (£25 with a copy of the book)

MILLIE TURNER

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

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

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

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

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

Millie Turner

05 Dec 2018

+ Roken

Paper Dress Vintage

352a Mare St
London
E8 1HR

7.30pm

£5

MILLIE TURNER

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

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

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

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

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

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

Millie Turner

14 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Paper Dress Vintage

352a Mare St
London
E8 1HR

7.30pm

£5

SOLD OUT

MILLIE TURNER

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROKEN

Millie Turner / Roken

10 Oct 2018

+ Roken

Paper Dress Vintage

352a Mare St
London
E8 1HR

7.30pm

£5

ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER

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

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

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

Oneohtrix Point Never: Myriad at The Roundhouse

08 Mar 2019

+ special guests

Roundhouse

Chalk Farm Rd, Camden Town
London
NW1 8EH

7pm

£25

HEMBREE

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

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

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

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

Hembree

01 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

34 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£8

FRIGS

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

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

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

TALK SHOW

London 4-piece, Talk Show bring their own brand of twisted, poetic post punk to the stage.
With echoes of bands such as Savages, Magazine and New Order, their solemn yet infectious take is becoming increasingly hard to ignore.
After supporting the likes of Fontaines DC, Crows, Our Girl and Mellah, The Talk Show are fast becoming ones to watch.

JACOB SLATER

An incarnation from 2/3 of Dead Pretties – Jacob manages to merge elements of Jeff Buckley, Radiohead & more whilst sounding completely unique and it's by far one of the most exciting acts we've seen live this year.

Frigs / Talk Show / Jacob Slater

06 Nov 2018

Old Blue Last

38 Great Eastern St
London
EC2A 3ES

7.30pm

£8

ERIN RAE

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

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

SAMUEL R. SAFFERY

Samuel R. Saffery is a New Zealand indie folk musician who currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. He is inspired by his environment and finds New York City to be a rich, if not demanding, muse. His music comes from a place of honest learning, emotional growth and healing. He has a distinctive, melodic voice, which is as haunting as it is sweet. He has just released his first solo EP, Belong.  The EP explores themes of identity, the subconscious world, human beings’ sense of place and their daily connections with others

ROWE

Somerset born musician Rowe, has made her mark on the industry this year, with her release of her debut EP 'Neptune', this summer.

Rowe's sound creates an eerie atmosphere but adds the comforting tones of nostalgia, along with the simplistic accompaniment of guitar and piano, to create a new understanding of a modern day singer-songwriter. Her influences include the likes of Bon Iver, The Smiths and Daughter.

Erin Rae / Samuel R Saffery / Rowe

30 Aug 2018

Slaughtered Lamb

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

7.30pm

£7.50

SAINTSENECA

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

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

Saintseneca

27 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

34 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£10

Photo Credit - Caroline Mackintosh

 

ALICE PHOEBE LOU

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

Alice Phoebe Lou

11 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Village Underground

54 Holywell Ln
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£14

SOLD OUT

KLLO

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

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

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

GRAHAM VAN PELT

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

KLLO / Graham Van Pelt

03 Oct 2018

Doors: 7.30pm
Graham Van Pelt: 8.30pm
KLLO: 9.30pm

Birthdays

33-35 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BJ

£11

HOLY

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

VINYL STAIRCASE

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

Photo: Byron Chambers

FLOAT

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

Holy / Vinyl Staircase / Float

31 Aug 2018

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£8

THE SOFT MOON

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

HIDE

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

The Soft Moon / HIDE

28 Nov 2018

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd, Kings Cross
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£15

BONIFACE

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

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

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

Boniface

06 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

2-4 Hoxton Square
London
N1 6NU

7.30pm

£7.50

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

06 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£8.50

U.S. GIRLS

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

U.S. Girls

22 Nov 2018

+ special guests

Islington Assembly Hall

Upper St
London
N1 2UD

7.00pm

£15

HATER

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

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

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

KRUSH PUPPIES

Slinking through South London’s lo-fi sanctities, today Krush Puppies release slacker serenade ‘PetalHead’. Their debut release, ‘PetalHead’ is 90s-tinged in its delivery and explosive in its dirty, grunge-ritten buildup.

‘Petalhead’ is for my twin sister”, Jenny explains. “She was feeling a long stretch of joylessness, as we both do sometimes - she lives in Mexico but I could feel her lack of spirit and wanted to send her a positive charm of some kind to connect us because I couldn't be with her.”

The lo-fi playground video for ‘Petalhead’ was filmed and edited by Krush Puppies bassist Alexa and her boyfriend Stephen. Mimicking the song’s foundations, the video also joins two places - a green screen day dream in London combined with surreal footage from a recent trip to America.

Meeting in South London, Jenny (lead vocals/guitar), Alexa (bass) and Jess (guitar) started the band on a fuck-it whim. Shortly after, Rebecca was recruited to provide righteous harmonies whilst Sam took his place on the drum kit. Practising in the studio Mellah built in Peckham and sharing a space with Alaskalaska, the band are already gaining a live reputation supporting the likes of Snail Mail.

In addition to this, Krush Puppies are releasing a 7” vinyl later this month with ‘PetalHead’ and b-side ‘Passata’.

Hater / Krush Puppies

30 Oct 2018

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£8

MUTUAL BENEFIT

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

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

PROTECTION SPELLS

Protection Spells are a London-based witchy dream pop. Finding their name from a Jason Molina EP, they write songs about magic and myths. Their music has been described as “a witch in an echo chamber” and “like a shrine maiden with the irritability of a kitten”.

Mutual Benefit / Protection Spells / Nighttime

30 Oct 2018

+ Protection Spells

+ Nighttime

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£12.50

DENA

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

LEYMA

British solo artist Leyma (born Max Hanley) is an exciting new talent from East London. Creating music since the age of nine, today the 18-year-old has crafted his own lo-fi sound, fusing hip-hop, indie and R&B with his uniquely observational and personal lyrics.
Leyma made his debut in November 2017 with ‘W O R S T’, a 4-track EP, recorded and self-produced in his bedroom. The self-released single ‘youtreatme’ was featured on Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist, receiving over 300k streams to date and rising.

Dena / Leyma

18 Oct 2018

Old Blue Last

38 Great Eastern St
London
EC2A 3ES

7.30pm

£8

G FLIP

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

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

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

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

This show has been rescheduled from 2018. All original tickets remain valid. If you are not able to attend this new date, please contact your point of purchase for a refund.

G Flip

15 May 2019

+ special guests

The Garage

20-22 Highbury Corner
London
N5 1RD

7.30pm

£9

SPEEDY ORTIZ

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

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

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

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

DOE

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

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

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

EX VOID

Ex-Vöid is a new musical group featuring former Joanna Gruesome members Owen Williams & Alanna McArdle.

After having written two short albums of 'critically acclaimed' hyper-aggressive pop music, touring the capitalist west, and winning a kind of 'National Music Prize' with Joanna Gruesome, McArdle & Williams went their separate ways.

Following the split, McArdle (a Gemini) began a lucrative career selling occult & astrological speculations to various lifestyle magazines, while Williams (an Aquarius) earned a small monthly allowance playing electric guitar in the notoriously pathetic, prostration-centered Punk-Rock group The Snivellers.

After a chance meeting at a contemporary dance class, McArdle and Williams began to discuss working together again. Ideas were formed during breaks in their weekly sessions and, eventually, Laurie Foster (a Cancer) and Kester Davies (a Pisces) -- also students from the class -- were recruited as a 'rhythm section'. Jonny Coddington (a Leo) later joined on guitar.

Taking influence equally from Black Sabbath's “Into The Void”,  D.C.-area hardcore legends “VOID,” and Raincoats number “The Void”, the group 'Ex-Vöid' was formed and began to compose short power-pop songs with titles like "Boyfriend," "Angry (At You Baby)," "Lying (To You Baby)," and "My Baby Is a Communist."

Speedy Ortiz / Doe / Ex Void

17 Oct 2018

The Garage

20-22 Highbury Corner
London
N5 1RD

7.30pm

£14

SOLD OUT

SNAIL MAIL

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

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

Snail Mail

13 Nov 2018

+ special guests

The Dome

2A Dartmouth Park Hill
London
NW5 1HL

7.30pm

£11.50

THE BRITANYS

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

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

The Britanys are:

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

BREATHE PANEL

Signed to FatCat Records (C Duncan, TRAAMS, Sigur Rós) and now based in London and Brighton, Breathe Panel released their debut album on July 13th 2018. Recorded with Hookworms frontman and production wizard MJ at his Suburban Home Studio in Leeds, the band have drawn upon musical influences including Chris Cohen, Real Estate and Deerhunter.

Meeting at University, Josh Tyler, Nick Green and Benjamin Reeves sprung out of a vibrant scene of musicians playing and gigging together. Between writing in a shared house basement and taking long walks on the South Downs, Breathe Panel have crafted their own sound based around the intuitive songwriting partnership of Josh and Nick.

Recalling thoughtful days spent outdoors, Nick's vocals wash across bright, shimmering guitars and intricate drum patterns to create something beautifully expansive yet highly introspective. They combine writing about topics including anxiety, colours, people, memories and the cure of nature with capturing a sound that makes them feel good.

The album has received critical acclaim as BBC 6 Music’s Album Of The Day and with support from the likes of John Kennedy (Radio X), Matt Wilkinson (Beats 1), KEXP, Felix White (Soho Radio), So Young Magazine, DIY, Dork and Clash.

Having already shared stages with the likes of Methyl Ethel, Quilt, Pip Blom, Holy Wave and The Big Moon, their live show is not one to miss.

Breathe Panel are: Nick Green (vocals and guitar), Josh Tyler (guitar), Benjamin Reeves (drums) and Alex Turner (bass guitar).

MEAT CANDY

Meat Candy formed in the summer of 2016 in London, England. With a common thrill for 70’s prog and modern psychedelic music, they got together at 123 studios in Peckham with Brett Shaw to record their first EP titled “Pursuit of Sounds”. Days after recording, Meat Candy quickly grabbed the attention of Dirty Melody Records which led to a vinyl release in March 2017 with a successful sold out EP release show at the London Fields Brewery. After sharing the stage with international bands such as Wand, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Male Gaze, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, The Mystery Lights and Mr. Airplane Man, the highly engaging and loud shows of the band retained minds of music peers, promoters and industry. Meat Candy is set to release their first full length LP in 2019.

The Britanys / Breathe Panel / Meat Candy / Fake Laugh Dj

11 Oct 2018

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£7

AMBER ARCADES

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

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

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

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

BASEMENT REVOLVER

Bringing together the talents of Chrisy Hurn (vocals, guitar), Nimal Agalawatte (bass, synth) and Brandon Munro (drums), the band hail from Hamilton, Ontario and were named Basement Revolver due to Chrisy’s basement apartment, rather than any trigger happy leanings. Their ascent to the spotlight has been a steady trajectory, capitalising on the success of their debut single “Johnny” in 2016. The track garnered endorsements from DIY Magazine and Exclaim! as well as respected tastemakers Gold Flake Paint, who hailed it a “‘favourite song of the year” contender. They had stumbled across a sound that is capable of stripping listeners of inhibition, yet heavy hitting enough to leave a lasting impression.

UNDERWATER BOYS

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

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

Amber Arcades / Basement Revolver / Underwater Boys

10 Oct 2018

Doors: 7.30pm
Underwater Boys: 8pm
Basement Revolver: 8.50pm
Amber Arcades: 9.40pm

The Dome

2A Dartmouth Park Hill
London
NW5 1HL

£12

COSMO SHELDRAKE

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

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

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

Cosmo Sheldrake

29 Nov 2018

+ special guests

EartH (Hackney Arts Centre)

11-17 Stoke Newington Road
London
N16 8BH

7.00pm

£12.50

SOLD OUT

MULATU ASTATKE

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

EMMA-JEAN THACKRAY

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

Mulatu Astatke / Emma-Jean Thackray

16 Sep 2018

EartH (Hackney Arts Centre)

17B Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.30pm

£25

JESS WILLIAMSON

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

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

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

SAVAGE MANSION

Savage Mansion (FFO: Pavement/Modern Lovers) was formed in 2016 by songwriter Craig Angus. The group released an EP Everyone to the Savage Mansion through indie label Cool Your Jets in October that year, and were invited to open for Frightened Rabbit at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom on the strength of a fast-faced and thrilling live show.

A single (‘Do You Say Hello To Your Neighbours’ - released through The Pictish Trail’s Lost Map label) followed, championed by Lauren Laverne and Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music, and Vic Galloway in Scotland, with subsequent festival performances at Howlin’ Fling and Electric Fields met with acclaim.  Lost Map released the Document EP in May 2018, with the full length debut Revision Ballads set for release in January 2019.

PROTECTION SPELLS

Protection Spells are a London-based witchy dream pop. Finding their name from a Jason Molina EP, they write songs about magic and myths. Their music has been described as “a witch in an echo chamber” and “like a shrine maiden with the irritability of a kitten”.

Jess Williamson / Savage Mansion / Protection Spells

03 Oct 2018

Doors: 7.30pm
Protection Spells: 7.50pm
Savage Mansions: 8.40pm
Jess Williamson: 9.40pm

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

£9

KIRAN LEONARD

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

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

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

STEF KETTERINGHAM

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

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

Kiran Leonard / Stef Ketteringham

29 Aug 2018

The Victoria

451 Queensbridge Rd
London
E8 3AS

7.30pm

£10

COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS

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

ANDY JENKINS

From the front porches, alleys, and rivers of Richmond, Virginia, comes Andy Jenkins carrying a crisp, newly cut album, Sweet Bunch. Hatched in the tradition of Southern culture–unhurried in his art, unworried by external demands, yet weirdly ahead of the curve by the time he arrives–Andy is a distinctive and joyously idiosyncratic songwriting talent developed for years in obscurity. Sweet Bunch springs into the world fully-formed, the work of a confident, timeless as well as contemporary singer-songwriter, offering beautiful and basic melodies with lyrics exploring the fluidity between the banal and the sublime. His work feels natural, complete within itself, untrained musically but adherent to its own forms and intricate in its own ways. Spring peepers line the path; the author feeds her peacocks strutting among vines and ruins; a photographer waits for the right light and color in frame. Each song presents a rich, new tableau of sound, glowing worlds to discover, rooted in an unnamed sense of place.

Courtney Marie Andrews / Andy Jenkins

03 Dec 2018

Union Chapel

Compton Terrace
London
N1 2UN

7.00pm

£17.50

WITCH

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

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

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

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

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

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

RHYS WEBB

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

WITCH / Rhys Webb (DJ)

08 Aug 2018

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£12.50

SOLD OUT

TELEMAN

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

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

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

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

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

C.A.R.

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

Teleman / C.A.R.

04 Jul 2018

Lightbox

6 S Lambeth Pl
London
SW8 1SP

7.30pm

£16.50

HILANG CHILD

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

ELAN TAMARA

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

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

ARI ROAR

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

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

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

Hilang Child / Elan Tamara / Ari Roar

16 Aug 2018

The Shackewell Arms

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

7.30

£6.00

FIL BO RIVA

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

HILANG CHILD

Hilang Child is the moniker of Ed Riman, a half-Welsh, half-Indonesian singer, songwriter and soundscapist from South London. Praised highly by the likes of BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens and BBC 6's Lauren Laverne, plus championed by The Line of Best Fit, Stereogum, Q Magazine and more, Hilang Child crafts expansive atmospheres with acoustic and electronic elements in his harmony-rich, multi-layered songs.

His debut album 'Years' was released in August 2018 on Bella Union and comparisons in the press have ranged from acts in the vein of Sigur Ros, The War On Drugs, Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver, all the way across to Elton John and 10cc. Collaborators on 'Years' included producer-artist Kwes (Loyle Carner, Solange, Micachu etc), who helped on the mix and added touches here and there to help complete the album. The remainder was largely self-written and self-produced, reflecting a distinct vision at work. "This is the realest, most honest representation of what I do" Riman says, "and the first time I feel properly proud to share it".

Hilang Child also recently worked with Lost Horizons (the new project from ex-Cocteau Twin Simon Raymonde and ex-Dif Juz Richie Thomas), co-writing two songs on 2017's 'Ojála' LP and joining their live ensemble for tours and festivals over the past year. 2018 also saw Riman composing the soundscape for an immersive installation at London Fashion Week, in collaboration with visual collective Crowns & Owls and fashion brand Roberts | Wood.

Fil Bo Riva / Hilang Child

03 Oct 2018

Doors: 7.30pm
Hilang Child: 8.30pm
Fil Bo Riva: 9.30pm

Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen

2-4 Hoxton Square
London
N1 6NU

£8.50

RVG

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

VALUE VOID

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

RVG / Value Void

09 Jul 2018

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£7.50

SOLD OUT

BALOJI

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

REBECCA GARTON

Rebecca  Garton  is  at  a  pivotal  point  in  her  career.  Armed  with  a  new  EP  of  songs  that  span  Afrobeat,  R&B  and  pop  influences,  and  recently  co-signed  by  one  of  her  heroes,  Wiley,  she  should  be  in  a  place  of  giddy  enthusiasm. 

Born  in  Ghana  to  a  native  mother  and  British  expatriate  father,  Rebecca  then  moved  to  Nigeria  when  she  was  just  one  week  old.  She  comes  from  an  especially  musical  household,  her  father;  an  avid  fan  spent  his  spare  time  as  a  composer.  Rebecca’s  younger  sister  is  also  a  musician,  the  Afrobeats  artist  Lola  Rae.  Having  grown  up  in  such  a  unique  household,  consuming  a  wealth  of  different  genres  came  naturally  to  Rebecca. 

In  2014,  Rebecca  posted  an  acoustic  cover  of  Emily  Sandé’s  Break  the  Law.  It’s  since  amassed  almost  5,000  views,  while  her  stripped  back,  Sade-like  vocals  attracted  a  flood  of  positive  attention  and  soon  led  to  a  management  deal.  With  a  renewed  confidence,  Rebecca  performed  a  small  show  in  Brixton  and  began  studio  sessions  with  a  producer.  Before  long,  key  industry  players  got  wind  of  her  talent,  including  Krept  and  Konan,  who  asked  Rebecca  to  lend  her  vocals  on  their  seminal  2015  album,  The  Long  Way  Home.  She  ended  up  collaborating  on  three  songs,  Wait  Up  for  Me,  Fell  Apart  /  Lucky  Ones  and  I  Don’t  Know.  The  same  year,  she  was  booked  to  support  August  Alsina  at  London’s  Indigo  O2,  her  biggest  show  to  date.

Baloji / Rebecca Garton

16 Oct 2018

+ Rebecca Garton

Jazz Cafe

5 Parkway, Camden Town
London
NW1 7PG

7.30pm

£13.50

SOLD OUT

KLLO

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

The great metaphorical River has been lending itself to wise sayings for ages, usually as a manifestation of time, or in relation to how we see instances pass. It exists only as current, neither in the past nor the future, the present. Rarely though do we look for guidance from the bodies of water that rest beyond a current’s reach: backwaters seen as stagnant and turbid. That they are, yet by nature they also collect,