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WILLIAM TYLER

Modern Country is the fourth full-length album by guitarist and composer William Tyler and his first recorded outside of his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. It features an ensemble backing group consisting of multi-instrumentalist Phil Cook (Hiss Golden Messenger, Blind Boys of Alabama), bassist Darin Gray (Tweedy, Jim O’Rourke), and percussionist Glenn Kotche (Wilco). The album was tracked at April Base Studios in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and finished in Nashville, recorded and mixed by Jon Ashley, and produced by Tyler and Brad Cook.

While there is never a comfort zone in instrumental music, Tyler attempts to leave any perceived one behind with Modern Country. His first album for Merge, 2013’s Impossible Truth, found Tyler exploring the boundaries of composition for solo guitar in a manner that paid homage to everyone from Leo Kottke to Brian Wilson. It was an epic song cycle that veered from cathedral-like psychedelic hymns to pastoral folk melodies. In contrast, Modern Country finds Tyler exploring more focused melodic themes rather than ethereal wanderings. These aren’t pop songs, per se, but they are closer in spirit to Neu!, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, and Bill Frisell.

Primarily written while Tyler was on sabbatical in Oxford, Mississippi, where he stayed at the cabin of a family friend within a stone’s throw of William Faulkner’s house, Modern Country is a collection of songs about the vanishing America that still exists on back roads, in small towns, on AM radio stations. In an election year when so many certainties and assurances have vanished, Tyler doesn’t offer optimism or pessimism but rather a calm and measured commentary in our age of anxiety.

Tickets are on sale now

William Tyler

04 Jun 2017

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7.30pm

£14

JOHNNY FLYNN & THE SUSSEX WIT

Johnny Flynn has shared news of his long awaited fourth album, ‘Sillion’, alongside first single ‘Raising the Dead’. ‘Sillion’ will be released 24th March through Transgressive Records.

‘Sillion’ has grown episodically between Flynn’s commitments to acting, composing, and his young family. It’s an album about the sacredness of man’s endeavour to connect with the earth while separated from it. It’s the sound of Flynn breathing in and breathing out.

The titles of Flynn’s records have become a talismanic focus for him over the years, and ‘Sillion’ rings out like a bell, converging unlikely forces — friendship, politics, poetry – to capture the album’s colour and mood as a measure of its times.

‘Sillion’ sees Flynn reunited with David Beauchamp (drums), Adam Beach (bass), Joe Zeitlin (cello), sister Lillie Flynn & Holly Holden (vocals), with guests Cosmo Sheldrake (electronics) and Dave Tattersall on lead guitar for ‘The Landlord’.

First single ‘Raising the Dead’, tells of Flynn getting to know his newborn daughter. “My Dad died when I was 18, and that was quite a galvanising experience,” Flynn says, “and there’s often an element of that in anything I’m writing; every big loss that you suffer in life, I think everything comes through the conduit of that. I had a really strong sense of my daughter having elements of my Dad when she came along, and it made me kind of laugh - that cyclical sense, of thinking of my daughter as my Dad.”

Tickets are on sale on Wednesday at 9am.

Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit

17 Oct 2017

+ special guests

Roundhouse

Chalk Farm Rd
London
NW1 8EH

7.30pm

£22.50

WEIRD MILK

West London four-piece and recent Ra-Ra Rok signees Weird Milk combine baroque pop references with playful harmonies and arrangements.

In celebration of new single 'This Close', they'll be playing an intimate show at Paper Dress Vintage to launch the track.

"London quartet Weird Milk have been pricking up ears on the live circuit in recent months, but they’ve been holding out on delivering anything in recorded form until now. ‘This Close’, however, proves it was worth the wait. Full of swooning 50s lilts and goosebumps-inducing harmonies courtesy of co-vocalists Josh King and Charlie Vaughan, it’s like a lost Last Shadow Puppets relic - if both of them were Alex Turner." - DIY Magazine

Tickets are priced at £5 and are on sale now.

 

 

Weird Milk

12 Apr 2017

+ special guests

Paper Dress Vintage

352 Mare Street
London
E8 1HR

7.30pm

£5

MEATBODIES

Through the toxic foliage of the american slicked back hairdo there emerges the essence of the underground weirdo. Dance! Kiss! Lick! Love! SPIT! TOUCH ME BABY! IM REAL!

Meatbodies play Moth Club on 18 July. Tickets are on sale now.

Meatbodies

18 Jul 2017

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St.
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£12.50

DEEP THROAT CHOIR

Fresh from their sell out album launch gig, we are excited to announce a new show from Deep Throat Choir. They will headline Scala on 20 June and tickets are available now.

Deep Throat Choir

20 Jun 2017

+ special guests

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd, Kings Cross
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£11

Popular Culture presents

HUNCK

Childhood friends Thomas and Frederik reconnected in London through a love of Frank Sinatra, Al Bowley, Erik Satie and darts. Each dealing with their own recent break ups and heartaches, they recorded a cover of Sinatras ‘In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning’ which inspired them to recruit long term friends Mike, Danny and Kieron and set to pooling together their own various odes to separation and loneliness under the name Hunck.

After NME picked up one of their early demos and they started to catch the attention of the public, they quickly found themselves performing at Green Man and Reading Festival and have recently supported The Lemon Twigs and Amber Arcades.

THYLA

Thyla are a four 4 piece guitar band based in Brighton/ London.

Since forming in December 2014, they have self released 3 singles. The music lends itself to British New Romanticism and New Wave - Cross pollinating with early 4AD and Seattle Grunge. "Thyla can't put a foot wrong. Since the Brighton group's emergence, they have delivered 3 winners in a row, like an unplayable Roger Federer" DIY Magazine.

DAMA SCOUT

Alt-rock trio Dama Scout are a 'fascinating new band with an overflowing box of tricks' (DIY). They formed in 2016 - showcasing debut song “Forget It’s Good” in October exhibiting ‘colossal potential’ (Crack In The Road). This quickly caught the attention of new music blogs, BBC Introducing, NTS and Amazing Radio. Follow-up single “All In Too” with its ‘deliciously scuzzed-up strain of dreamy, shoegaze' (Line of Best Fit) earned further airplay and online reach.

Dama Scout started when Eva Liu (guitar/vocals) & Lucci Rossi (bass) began experimenting with unconventional approaches to songwriting. They share a fervour for the raw sound of distorted 60s’ recordings and the dreaminess of late 80s’ indie-rock, whilst embracing the limitations of bedroom recording. The trio was completed when childhood friend Danny Grant (drums) relocated to London bringing his atypical approach to playing while sharing the bands’ sensibilities.
The name Dama Scout came from Liu’s lifelong enchantment with ‘Scout’ from Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mocking Bird” prefixed with the duo-syllabic ‘Dama’ meaning woman or deer. The trio’s reference to the number ‘three’ (as heard throughout their music and lyrics) is also reflected in the three syllables of the name.

+ Popular Culture DJs 'til late

Friday March 31st. 8pm - 2.30am. £3 advance/ £5 on the door.

On sale NOW.

Popular Culture: Hunck / Thyla / Dama Scout

31 Mar 2017

Hunck / Thyla / Dama Scout / Popular Culture DJs

The Finsbury

336 Green Lanes
London
N4 1BY

8pm

£3

VALAIRE

We are excited to present a free show from the hotly tipped Valaire. They play Birthdays on 21 May and tickets are available from Dice now. 

Valaire

21 May 2017

+ special guests

Birthdays

33-35 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BJ

7.30pm

FREE

Popular Culture presents

AMBER ARCADES

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

De Graaf first started writing songs in 2010 while temporarily living in Philadelphia. Back in the Netherlands she put out a first EP in 2012 containing soft-voiced, melancholic folk ballads.

Wanting to develop her sound and mature from the safe bedroom folk environment, she got in touch with producer Ben Greenberg (Beach Fossils, The Men, Destruction Unit) to produce a collection of songs she had written over the years. In May 2015, de Graaf flew out to New York to record the songs in the Strange Weather recording studio in Brooklyn, backed by a band consisting of members of Real Estate, Quilt and Kevin Morby.

The result is a record that is as dreamy and esoteric as it is gripping, presenting slightly off, floating pop melodies over a mixture of kraut-inspired drums, cutting guitars and fuzzed-out organs.

BRITAIN

Britain are a young duo from Preston comprising of Joey Cobb and Katie Drew. Working under the constraints of a minimal setup, they subtly blend synth, guitar and drum machine with whispered, haunting vocals.’Together they don’t so much play songs as cast spells with a feathery beauty not heard since the sweet opium fog of early Cocteau Twins’.

Britain are due to release their debut record on Heavenly Recordings in 2017.

DRAHLA

Drahla are a trio from Leeds/ Wakefield. Their songs exude a stripped back post punk menace & combine sparse arrangements, pounding drums & the biting chants of Luciel Brown & Rob Riggs. Songs such as 'Fictional Decision' (released March 17th on A Turntable Friend) have brought comparisons to Parquet Courts & Life Without Buildings. With notable supports with Buzzcocks, Menace Beach, Amber Arcades, Lion Limb & Dream Wife under their belts, 2017 is set to be an exciting year for the band.

Friday April 28th. 8pm - 2am

£5 advance. On sale now.

Popular Culture: Amber Arcades / Britain / Drahla

28 Apr 2017

+ Popular Culture DJs

The Finsbury

336 Green Lanes
London
N4 1BY

8pm

£5

XYLOURIS WHITE

When Xylouris White recorded their second album, this most intuitive and inquisitive of duos did what comes naturally to them: expanded their horizons. For George Xylouris, the Cretan lute player who partners here with the Dirty Three’s preternaturally fluent Australian drummer Jim White, one aim was to extend a core metaphor of their ruggedly visionary debut album, 2014’s Goats. “Like goats walking in the mountain” is Xylouris’s poetic analogy for their approach: “They may not know the place, but they can walk easily and take risks and feel comfortable. Really, the goats inspired us.

That exploratory pitch is matched by the majestic Black Peak, named after a mountain top in Crete and, says Xylouris, “recorded everywhere”. A peak in both artists’ careers, the album testifies to their determination to stretch the scope of their instruments and forge something vigorously questing from more traditional roots.

Tickets are on sale now.

Xylouris White

31 May 2017

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Road
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£14

We're thrilled to present three fantastic artists from the wonderful Bella Union, who this year celebrate their 20th anniversary. Get your tickets quick and come and raise a glass to the next 20 years.

MAMMÚT

Mammút have refined a sound which is saturated with heavy energy and sense of melody, something that comes to the fore in their live show, which is known for its intensity. While performing they radiate with confidence and they seem to bring you an inner freedom. Their fourth album will be released summer 2017 on Bella Union. Mammút gained national attention with their third and latest album "Komdu til mín svarta systir" (2013), which won them the Icelandic Music Awards for best album and was ranked #1 in all major newspapers in Iceland, as well as their song "Salt" being awarded as best song of the year. Mammút has signed a contract with Bella Union and released River’s End, an EP in June 2015. Mammút will release a new LP Summer 2017.

PAVO PAVO

Pavo Pavo are an experimental pop band from Brooklyn, NY. Their debut record, Young Narrator in the Breakers, will be released on Bella Union in November 2016. The band started writing together while studying music at Yale, and since then its five members have worked closely with indie and classical heavyweights such as Here We Go Magic, Roomful of Teeth, Dave Longstreth, and San Fermin. Stereogum describes their music as “weightless pop that sounds like it was beamed down from a utopian future”   Young Narrator in the Breakers walks through its songs with symphonic elegance – guitar stabs, washed out harmonies, and rumbling synthesizers come and go like guests at a party. The record describes the magic and panic of adult life; a breaker is a wave whose potential energy is being transformed into turbulent kinetic energy. Co-produced by Danny Molad (Lucius) and Sam Cohen (Yellowbirds), it is a romantic record in the tradition of Elephant 6, and a cohesive record in the tradition of Grizzly Bear. It’s our pleasure to introduce: Pavo Pavo.

WILL STRATTON

Will Stratton (b. 1987, Woodland, California) is an American musician living in Beacon, New York.

Tickets on sale now.
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Bella Union 20th Anniversary

22 May 2017

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd, Hackney
London
E8 1LL

7pm

£10

MINUS THE BEAR

Minus the Bear is Jake Snider (vocals, guitar), David Knudson (guitar), Cory Murchy (bass), Alex Rose (keyboards, saxophone, vocals, programming), and Erin Tate (drums & percussion). The Seattle-based band formed in 2001, and has since released five full length LPs and eight Eps, totaling an excess of 400K in sales and all the while staying true to its uncompromising artistic ideals. The group’s tireless work ethic has helped build a robust live following with the band headlining countless sold out shows across the globe, as well as sharing the stage with such diverse and respected artists as Soundgarden, Jimmy Eat World, and Foo Fighters. In a recent episode of “Live From Daryl’s House” featuring Minus the Bear, Daryl Hall jammed with members of the band further illustrating the depth and singularity of the band’s songwriting.

JOAN OF ARC

Chicago’s Joan of Arc is never reliant on the status quo. In the course of their history, the band’s recorded output has elicited not only critical praise through challenging the norms of traditional songwriting, but also significant backlash from reviewers who became increasingly confused by the band’s eclectic output.

Tickets for the show go on sale on Friday 3 March.

Minus the Bear / Joan of Arc

06 Jun 2017

+special guests

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd, Kings Cross
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£20

MARIKA HACKMAN

Marika Hackman brings her forthcoming new album, I'm not Your Man, to Heaven in June. She had this to say about the record

"The record's all about female relationships, romance and breakdowns, but there's also a dim worldview going on. I'm Not Your Man can either mean, 'I'm not your man, I'm your woman,' or it can mean, 'I'm not a part of this.'"

Tickets for the show are on sale now.
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Marika Hackman

01 Jun 2017

+ special guests

Heaven

11, The Arches, Villiers St
London
WC2N 6NG

6.30pm

£14

PUMA BLUE

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

Yet as complex as this mix may sound, it feels as if it just spilled from his mouth one afternoon, sounding simultaneously like the soundtrack to a black&white b-movie or skyscraper sunsets and yet freshly un-earthed, contemporary yet classic. 

Currently working on his debut EP, Puma Blue is the dark, funk-punk-soul-jazz poet we’ve been waiting for. 

Tickets for this show are on sale now.
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Puma Blue

10 May 2017

+ special guests

The Montague Arms

289 Queen's Rd
London
SE15 2PA

7.30pm

£6

SOLD OUT

SONGHOY BLUES

After selling out the Roundhouse in 2016, Songhoy Blues began work on writing and recording new music. The band will be taking some time off from the studio to play an intimate show at Omeara on 23 March.

Tickets for the show are on sale now. The tickets are strictly limited and we expect them to sell out quickly.
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Songhoy Blues / Témé Tan

23 Mar 2017

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7.30pm

£14

SOLD OUT

FATHER JOHN MISTY

With his highly-anticipated new album Pure Comedy due for release on 7 April via Bella Union, Father John Misty has today announced a super intimate acoustic show at Dalston's Rio Cinema on Friday 24 March.

Tickets will be available via lottery only at www.fatherjohnmisty.com/live. Sign up to the lottery now to be in with a chance of getting access to tickets. Access codes will be sent out on Thursday 23 February with tickets going on sale at midday on Friday 24 February. Tickets for this show are incredibly limited and entering the lottery does not guarantee access to tickets.

Father John Misty

24 Mar 2017

Rio Cinema

107 Kingsland High St
London
E8 2PB

7.30pm

£15

!!!

For years !!! have run the dance band gambit and become New York City legends. From their start in Northern California to Brooklyn house party staples, they now illuminate festival stages across the globe.

A !!! live show is something to behold, and something one has to experience in the flesh to truly comprehend. And they are hitting the road this summer to share new music from their forthcoming record, with more details to be announced soon. Early iterations of songs from the album began popping up in sets last year, being worked on live and in the studio, and it is this dedication to their fans to create the best possible live and recorded experiences that drives them to get the best out of both.

This sees a special party show at London's Oval Space to coincide with the band's new album release - the band had the below to say about their upcoming tour:

Hey, hi, hello and wtf is up? What's up with us? Wellllll, funny u should ask. We're hitting the road. We're back. We're doing the du. We're doing it u. We're doing it at a theatre near u and your all ur fabulous fucking friends. Banging the new songs, banging the old ones. Pick out ur cute outfits, we're picking out ours. See u soonish. Xoxoxo

Tickets are on sale now.
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!!! (Chk Chk Chk)

31 May 2017

+ Special Guests

Oval Space

29-32 The Oval
London
E2 9DT

7.30pm

£16

BING & RUTH

Carving out a space that sits somewhere between the rich textures of ambient electronic music and the explorative compositional styles of minimalist pioneers like Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt, Brooklyn ensemble Bing & Ruth introduce their new album No Home of the Mind.

Led by pianist and composer David Moore, pieces slowly and patiently unfurl, with Moore’s own tender playing that focuses on the piano’s percussive qualities at the fore, guiding dense layers of woodwind, strings from rumbling lows into euphoric crescendos, and warbling tape delay adding a transcendental afterglow to the compositions. Composed on seventeen pianos across North America and Europe over numerous sessions, tours, and travel, No Home of the Mind channels the idiosyncrasies and respective limitations of each instrument into inspiration.

TOM ROGERSON

Tom Rogerson is an improvising pianist and keyboardist, and founder of experimental electronic-rock band Three Trapped Tigers. ‘Failing Shore’ - his debut solo album (a collaboration with Brian Eno) - will be released in the summer of 2017 on Dead Oceans.

Tickets are on sale now.
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Bing & Ruth

26 May 2017

Tom Rogerson

LSO St Luke's

161 Old St
London
EC1V 9NG

8pm

£15

WILLIAM BASINSKI

Musical pioneer, composer and all-round innovator William Basinski returns to the UK for a unique seated show in the beautiful surroundings of Hackney's Round Chapel, following his last London performance - a sellout show at Union Chapel.

Employing obsolete technology and analogue tape loops, his haunting and melancholy soundscapes explore the temporal nature of life and resound with the reverberations of memory and the mystery of time.

Since impressing with The Disintegration Loops, he's constantly pushed boundaries of contemporary music. Basinski's new album "A Shadow in Time' was released to universal acclaim in January, widely regarded as one of his finest works yet, and his best for some years.

This will be a unique performance from Basinski focusing on both this celebrated new record and works form his back catalogue.

Don't miss what's set to be a very special show. Tickets are limited for this show, and are on sale now.

"William Basinski has created yet another outstanding work of art with A Shadow in Time, an audio sculpture of serenity and bliss to begin 2017" The Line of Best Fit
"Among his most entrancing work." - Drowned In Sound
"a stunning journey into a vast, ink-black void." - Pitchfork

William Basinski

04 May 2017

+ special guests

Hackney Round Chapel

1D Glenarm Rd
London
E5 0LY

7.30pm

£16

SIR WAS

Growing up in the tiny village of Frillesås on the western coast of Sweden, an hour or so from Gothenburg, Wästberg began playing music at an early age. “I started with the cello, but I was too young,” he recalls. “It was boring, and I think my teacher was depressed. So I quit, and at the age of 10 I started to play sax. My other brothers” – Wästberg is the oldest of four – “also played instruments, so we had a piano, a bass, a guitar and even a drum kit for a couple of years. I played along to records on all of them.” Armed with this knowledge, it’s perhaps less bewildering to learn that Wästberg played almost all the instruments on his debut, including drums, bass, keyboards, guitar, percussion, clarinets, and saxophone. “Everything except the bagpipe and the harmonica,” Wästberg smiles. “Those I captured with my iPhone.”

We are very excited to welcome Sir Was back to London for a show at Birthdays on 11 April.

LANDLADY

"[Landlady] joins a lineage of New York City art­rock bands that transmute existential questions and primal fears into exultant songs, bands like Talking Heads, TV on the Radio and Dirty Projectors." - Jon Pareles, New York Times

Tickets for this show.
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Sir Was / Landlady

11 Apr 2017

+ Landlady

Birthdays

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

7.30pm

£6

SLAVES

We are incredibly excited to announce a massive Kent show for Slaves this July.

Slaves have gone from plucky, pub circuit favourites to one of the most intense and hotly in demand bands in the country. The duo’s raw brand of punk rock has seen them earn two top ten albums, and consistently sell out venues including London's Brixton Academy, O2 Forum and two dates at Shepherds Bush Empire within 12 months. The pair’s achievements were recognised with awards from Kerrang! and NME as well as a nomination for the prestigious Mercury Awards for their debut album, ‘Are You Satisfied?’ 

Fresh from the release of their Mike D produced second album, ‘Take Control’, and after acclaimed performances at last year’s Reading & Leeds festivals, Isaac Holman (drums, vocals) and Laurie Vincent (guitar, vocals) are bringing their razor-edged anthems to 2017’s festival season, raging against apathy, mediocrity and the cultural neutering afoot amongst their own generation.

Tickets for the show are on sale now! Tickets for Dreamland are strictly limited so we suggest buying ASAP before the show sells out.

BLACK HONEY

LADY BIRD

Hailing from what they call the velvet trench of Tunbridge Wells, Lady Bird look set to excite audiences with an eloquent twist on punk. The boys smirk about the stagnant charm of their home town. 'It doesn't go anywhere,' says Joe (drummer), 'It's solid ground.'

By The Sea presents: Slaves / Black Honey / Lady Bird

22 Jul 2017

+ special guests

Dreamland

49-51 Marine Terrace
Margate
CT9 1XJ

6pm

£22.50

SONGE

Part of an exciting new wave of French R&B (that also includes the likes of Bonnie Banane, OK Lou and Holybrune), her tracks to date have seen her collaborate with electronic producer Sayem for a sound that’s modern, dreamy and sensual.

DBFC

DBFC are a Parisian band who create a wonderfully modern psych-tronica sound. Signed in the UK to PIAS offshoot Different, their music connects them with the fine lineage of French electronic music, British shoegaze and 60s psychedelia.

BANTAM LYONS

The music of these four Brittany youngsters, now based in Nantes, create emotionally charged rock that speaks to the disconsolate child we all have inside us.

JUVENILES

After a flying start in late 2011 and the release just months later of their first EP, We Are Young, on Kitsuné, Juveniles, the band’s Yuksek-produced debut album, was released in June 2013. Since then the band have travelled widely, staying true to their roots in Brittany, a region known to have a certain passion and curiosity for connecting with the world outside France.

Tickets for the show are on sale now.
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Oui Love: Sônge / DBFC / Bantam Lyons / Juveniles

09 Mar 2017

Birthdays

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

7.30pm

£7

COSMO SHELDRAKE

Cosmo Sheldrake is a 25 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.

Tickets for this show.
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Cosmo Sheldrake

12 May 2017

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St
London
E9 6NU

8pm

£11

BALOJI

Baloji is a poet, composer-lyricist/beatmaker, scriptwriter, actor and performer, video artist and stylist. After the release of his album Hotel Impala (2008), his Congolese reinterpretation (Kinshasa Succursale, 2011) was awarded 4 stars by the world’s press (NYT, Guardian, El Pais, Les Inrocks..) and after more than 200 live shows all over the world, Baloji is back with a new EP.

MILES FROM KINSHASA

Born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and raised in the UK, Miles from Kinshasa is a South London based singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer making an infectious yet intense self-crafted style of music he calls Rumba-pop.

MOGADISCO

MogaDisco are four collectors with a passion for the music of Africa. They have been running events for over 4 years and have played shows in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Brussels, Hamburg and Accra. Expect to hear the continent’s finest sounds: from Afrobeat to Highlife, Jùjú to Soukous and everything in between.

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04 Apr 2017

XOYO

32-37 Cowper St
London
EC2A 4AP

8pm

£11

BAYWAVES

After playing at Primavera, Benicassim, NOS Alive and EOTR, Baywaves come back to London to show their floating pop, a genre that sums up the mellow melodies and deliciously psychedelic developments that they set down in their first EP, produced by King Gizzard's Joe Walker.

HORSEY

"Each [track] tells its own gleefully gruesome story. Each could be a page ripped from an Angela Carter compendium. Whether it's "Everyone's Tongue", which recounts, in gory terms, Jacob's evisceration in the mouth of a shark, or "Arms & Legs" where both singers yelp frantically about having their limbs skewered by the object of their affections over sneering guitars; Horsey don't spare anyone the details. And all this over some of the most intricately chopping and changing rhythms we've heard from SE-wherever since Adult Jazz came to prominence. Seriously, there's complex, fuzzed up, dirgey riffs galore to compliment this band's devilish storytelling." - The Line of Best Fit

EASTERN BARBERS

"Few new acts can paint a picture of a modern cityscape quite like Eastern Barbers. On their latest track ‘Get Loose’, they’re running their fingers through a palette of greys." - DIY

Plus Popular Culture DJs 'til late

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Popular Culture: Baywaves / Horsey / Eastern Barbers

24 Feb 2017

The Finsbury

336 Green Lanes
London
N4 1BY

8pm

£4

VISIONS FESTIVAL 

Now coming into its fifth year, Visions Festival is gearing up to take over Hackney once more for a multi-venue, multi-platform extravaganza on Saturday August 5th. Last year saw a diverse host of stand-out performances from the likes of Young Fathers, Anna Calvi, Show Me The Body, Shura and more, alongside black metal yoga, screen printing, food stalls and the first annual Visions Dog Show. Expect 2017 to be even better.

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Visions Festival

05 Aug 2017

Line-up to be announced very soon

Various


London
E8

£25 - Early Bird

SOLD OUT

DEEP THROAT CHOIR

Album launch party. Performing both the album in full & a set of disco classics

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Deep Throat Choir

10 Mar 2017

+ guest DJs inc Leyla Pillai (NTS)

Bethnal Green Working Mens Club

6NB, Pollard Row
London
E2 6NB

8.30pm

£10

OUMOU SANGARE

The wait is finally over. The greatest living female voice in African music, Oumou Sangaré, releases a new album on a new record label with an all-new production team and a wonderful new set of songs. Mogoya (meaning “people today”) is released on Nø Førmat! on 19 May 2017.

We are incredibly excited to welcome her to Village Underground on 17 May.

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Oumou Sangare

17 May 2017

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Village Underground

54 Holywell Ln
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£22.50

We are incredibly excited to release the first tickets for By the Sea Festival 2017. After a wonderful 2016 edition, we are already counting the days until our return to Dreamland on 29 and 30 September 2017. We're finalising our 2017 line-up right now and will be revealing all in a couple of weeks.

Our early bird tickets cost just £55 for two full days of music and we expect them to go fast. There's only a limited number available so we strongly suggest purchasing ASAP if you want to take advantage of this offer.

Head over to See Tickets to purchase tickets now and make sure to follow By The Sea on Twitter and Facebook to hear our line-up announcements first.

By The Sea Festival

29 Sep 2017

Line-up to be announced very soon

Dreamland

49-51 Marine Terrace
Margate
CT9 1XJ

5pm

£55 for an early bird weekend ticket

MEAT WAVE

Meat Wave bring their new album, The Incessant, to Birthdays in May. 

The Incessant is a bracing, emotional punk record that confronts taking responsibility for your actions with dark humour and self-deprecation, drawing influence from acts like The Breeders, Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu, and, yes, Fiona Apple, as much as Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex and the poems of Emily Dickinson and Sutter’s friend Hannah Gamble. On that literary tip, Sutter majored in journalism, and says his studies applied here more than ever. “I had this amazing professor whose whole thing was—and it’s very simple, but it stuck with me—what we’re doing is trying to uncover the truth, or truths. I applied that exactly to what was going on with me, because I tended to run away from the truth or ignore it.”

CASSELS

Cassels are a two piece comprised of two brothers - Jim (vox/guitar) and Loz (drums/vox) Beck. Originally from the self-described 'cul-de-sac' town of Chipping Norton, the brothers spent their youth turning their frustration and boredom into music.  After years of making as much noise as they pleased in their remote countryside bedroom, Cassels emerged onto the scene with a sound which is both unique and hard-hitting;combining dense and poetic lyricism with pared-back, heavy and skilful instrumentation.

MIAMI NICE

Blending the angular riffage of Drive Like Jehu and Fugazi with the melodic, pop sensibilities of Superchunk and the groove of Dischord luminaries Lungfish. Miami Nice take this sound and give it fresh life, adding a modern punk edge to the mix.

Currently in the process of writing a full length album their 4 track demo "Demand Auto + 3" showcases their knack for a hooky chorus and a driving rhythm.

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02 May 2017

Birthdays

33-35 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BJ

7.30pm

£9

JULIEN BAKER

Fresh from signing to Matador and selling out Bush Hall in a matter of hours, Julien Baker will play Union Chapel on 10 NOvember 2017.

The 21-year-old’s devastating and vulnerable debut album, Sprained Ankle, which was released in 2015, is available now digitally, with a physical re-release dropping worldwide on 17 March. After extensive touring in 2015 and 2016, selling out major US markets, Baker shows no signs of slowing down in 2017.  Midwestern US audiences can catch her on a short run of dates this winter, which are followed by a lengthy European tour in the spring.

“The purity of her voice and the yearning way she sings make each of her songs lovely and memorable” NPR

“If you prefer redemption songs to sound as raw as they feel, Sprained Ankle could bring you to your knees” Pitchfork

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Julien Baker

10 Nov 2017

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Union Chapel

Compton Terrace
London
N1 2UN

7.30pm

£16

COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS

At just 16 years old, Courtney Marie Andrews left home in Arizona for her first tour. She traveled up and down the West Coast, busking and playing any bars or cafés that would have her. Soon after, she took a Greyhound bus four nights straight from Phoenix to New York to do the same on the East Coast. For a decade or so since, Courtney’s been a session and backup singer and guitarist for nearly 40 artists, from Jimmy Eat World to Damien Jurado. She never stopped writing her own material, though. Picking up admirers like Jurado and Ryan Adams along the way, she has quietly earned a reputation as a songwriter’s songwriter.

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Courtney Marie Andrews

04 Sep 2017

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Bush Hall

310 Uxbridge Rd White City
London
W12 7LJ

7.30pm

£12.50

CHINAH

Few new bands have been greeted with as much excitement as Copenhagen’s CHINAH. Fresh after the whirlwind success of hit singles 'Away From Me', 'We Go Back’, ‘Minds’ and “colder”, the ones-to-watch 3-piece have returned with their incredible new track ‘Can’t Remember How It Feels'.

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Chinah

26 Apr 2017

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Birthdays

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

7.30pm

£7

ADAM BETTS

After his incredible sell out show at Servant Jazz Quarters back in 2016, Adam Betts brings his drum kit to The Shacklewell Arms in March. 

“So much electronic music has had problems with performance - how much of the amazing programmed music can be recreated live? For me music has been so much about the connection between the performers onstage and the audience.” explains Betts "It's really a punk show with tape delays instead of guitar chords!”

For all his technical ability, the experimental format and instrumentation, Betts’ live show is an enthralling, evocative, rewarding journey of mesmerising musicianship, avant-garde in formation, yet undeniably catchy & invigorating. It’s just so much fun!

GRIP TIGHT

This is the electronic project of English producer Benjamin Gregory. Subtly inspired by Italo-Disco and Chicago House, GRIP TIGHT brings hints of Kraftwerk, Joy Division and Arthur Russell to create darkly atmospheric and captivating pop songs.

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Adam Betts

08 Mar 2017

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The Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£7.50

SOLD OUT

FRANCOBOLLO

Francobollo launch their new single with an exclusive show on board the Battersea Barge. 

"Wonderfully off kilter Swedish indie pop" - Clash Magazine
"Already a massive fan, I had no idea how awesome they were live" – Tom Ravenscroft, BBC 6 Music
"Francobollo create jubilation in their joyous track [Wonderful], successfully fusing weird and wonderful together" - The Line Of Best Fit

HUSKY LOOPS

Described as having a 'sleazy, hot-footed noise' where sharp, swerving riffs and unconventional arrangements are forged into strange shapes with an unorthodox delivery, Danio, Pietro and Tommaso first met at school in Bologna. Fast forward 15 years to a relocation to London to study at music college and the Royal College of Art, they finally formed a collective Tiny Factory and put the finishing touches to their ultimate creation Husky Loops just over a year ago.

PLEASURE COMPLEX

Pleasure Complex are a 4-piece Hard-Pop band from London via Portsmouth and Redcar.

"They'll make you dance, they'll make you deliriously happy with every stop-start turn of phrase, every tune is a gem" - Louder Than War

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Francobollo / Husky Loops / Pleasure Complex

10 Mar 2017

Battersea Barge

Nine Elms Ln
London
SW8 5BP

7.30pm

£7

 

SWET SHOP BOYS

After selling out Birthdays in a matter of days, Swet Shop Boys return in June 2017 to headline the Scala. 

Featuring Queens, New York’s Heems (Himanshu Suri, ex-Das Racist) and NW London’s Riz MC (Riz Ahmed). Both are prolific artists, actors and activists in their own right, now bringing their creative experience and the riches of their working class immigrant roots together. Rounding out the trio is British producer Redinho, providing the soundtrack for songs like their first single ‘T5’, where the emcees lament the discrimination they face as they amass frequent flyer miles while traveling the world for work.

Cashmere seems timely in a world where the US and UK look across the pond for different reasons: Trump and Brexit, trap and grime. From Heems poignant debut Eat, Pray Thug, to Riz’s acclaimed mixtape Englistan, the Trans-Atlantic, Indo-Pak duo have proudly fused their worlds together here. Musically, the palette draws from a gumbo of Qawwali hand claps, hype harmonium, Bollywood string drama, spiralling sitars, Western synths, and an arsenal of drums - from 808’s to tablas and tars, dholaks and doumbeks.

Production on the record from Redinho provides the heat for their melting pot. His debut solo album earned praise from Mark Ronson, Jessie Ware, and Hudson Mohawke who brought him out on tour in the last year. Heems started his career with Das Racist, and has kept busy since with his label Greedhead, a series of university lectures, and rapping from Macau to Malaysia. Riz MC's debut 'Post-9/11 Blues' was banned from UK radio, and his music since has maintained that sharp social commentary as well as his acting career, which includes projects like Four Lions, Nightcrawler, HBO’s The Night Of and the new Stars Wars film.

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Swet Shop Boys

01 Jun 2017

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Scala

275 Pentonville Rd Kings Cross
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£14

POPULAR CULTURE PRESENTS:

HER'S

As   outsiders   from   sleepy   coastal   towns   several   countries   apart, Stephen  Fitzpatrick  from  Barrow  in  Furness  and  Norwegian  Audun Laading  met  for  the  first  time  in  Liverpool  as  students.  The  pair bonded  over  a  love  of  peculiar,  sardonic  humour  and  wide  eyed observations. Dream-pop outfit Her’s is the natural extension to the solitary  decoding  of  the  cultures  they  grew  up  in. Together  they create80s indie influenced songs with nods to Orange Juice and the capriciousness of Ariel Pink-ish pop.

KARMACOMA

"Eerie young’uns" Karmacoma use layers of dreamy distorted guitars to create a focused and energetic sound.

HOTEL LUX

Formed in early 2016, very little is known about the young 5 piece. However, in the short time they have been playing together they have already perked the ears of a select few in the know. Debut offering, ‘Envoi’ instantly grabbed us when we were tipped of them just a few months ago and we weren’t the only ones. Matt Wilkinson over at Beats One was quick to champion them on his show and we’re sure many more will quickly jump on the bandwagon once they hear them and catch a show.

“Envoi” was produced by the band’s guitarist, Sam, in lead singer, Lewis’ shed, which is now covered in moulding food, empty bottles and ‘the rotting remains of our integrities palled with the occasional rodent’. It adds up, there is an air of squalor and angst coming from the depths of London’s youth here. You sense that they’re not happy with the state of the world, and they’re not going to hold back telling everyone exactly how it is. It’s essentially a Blues track with all the trappings of classic punk sensibilities, this is a band that are extremely relevant and have the voice of modern youth coming through their music regarding the current collective political and social frustrations experienced up and down the country.

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27 Jan 2017

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The Finsbury

336 Green Lanes
London
N4 1BY

8pm

Free

DREAM WIFE

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

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Dream Wife

27 Apr 2017

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The Dome

2A Dartmouth Park Hill
London
NW5 1HL

7.30pm

£8

TRUDY AND THE ROMANCE

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

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

HONEY MOON

Four boys in the big smoke making psychedelic croon pop to please your ears and warm your hearts

"Set for indie greatness" - Wonderland Magazine
"an easeful lazy-day glow that mixes Real Estate's gorgeous aesthetic with something more identifiably British" - DIY

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Trudy and the Romance / Honey Moon

04 May 2017

The Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£7

BLISSFIELDS FESTIVAL 2017

Blissfields is proud to announce its first musical guests joining “The Bizarre”-themed 2017 outing. Metronomy, The Cinematic Orchestra, Lady Leshurr, Sundara Karma, The Japanese House, S4U, and BBC Radio 1 Xtra’s Sian Anderson lead the wave for the independent festival, with over 100 acts still to unveil. 

Following the release of their second consecutive top-20 album, 2016’s hugely acclaimed ‘Summer 08,’ Metronomy have well and truly cemented themselves as crossover electronic pop royalty, and one of the most exciting new wave groups of a generation. They head the pack for Blissfields’ monumental 2017 gathering that will see some of the biggest emerging talent and household names come together for an intimate gathering this July 6th, 7th and 8th in Hampshire.

Friday night headline duties on the main stage will rest with the hugely influential The Cinematic Orchestra. Usually reserved for the likes of the Sydney Opera House and London’s Barbican, Roundhouse and Royal Albert Hall venues, their live sound has been described as “unyieldingly classy” by Pitchfork and “entirely different - something original and pure in its artistic intention” by CLASH, to name a few. They’ll provide the ultimate soundscape to Friday night - an epic, heart-achingly sad, but beautiful and uplifting show - unlike any other event this summer.

The just 5,000 capacity event will be welcoming ‘Queens Speech’ freestyler Lady Leshurr to the main stage, as well as BBC Radio 1 Xtra’s Sian Anderson who will headline The Blisscotheque – a double decker Routemaster kitted out for the ride of your summer! They both play another huge part in Blissfields grime legacy that has previously seen standout performances from the likes of Akala, Dizzee, Madam X, and Logan Sama.

Elsewhere, grime crossover outfit S4U have already been tipped by Noisey as “the sound of your new favourite pop group”, their TLC-like grooves also chalked for The Blisscotheque, where Reprazent Radio and Rinse FM figure Naina will be taking to the wheels. There’s a welcome return this year for festival favourites and Blissfields family Beans On Toast and Dub Pistols, as well as Sundara Karma whose debut album ‘Youth Is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect’ was released this week to praise from The Independent, Line Of Best Fit and DIY Magazine, who say “chant-a-long choruses are guaranteed.” They make their second visit to Vicarage Farm this year.

New arrivals into “The Bizarre” include the stylish guitar pop of Pumarosa, mesmerizingly psychedelic Flamingods, and Tom Grennan – who just featured as lead vocalist on Chase & Status’ huge ‘All Goes Wrong’ - alongside The Japanese House who just took the #4 spot on NME’s essential new music for 2017 poll, comparing her hugely melodic sound to “Tame Impala’s chilled moments crossed with Jamie xx’s magical rhythms.”

BBC Radio 1 Xtra’s Jamz Supernova’s NUMBER #1 EP OF 2016 recipient Bonzai takes her place for 2017, while D&B is once again on the post sundown agenda with neuro-funk innovators The Upbeats, Delta Heavy and INSIDEINFO backdropping your late night escape into the summer. With over 100 more acts still to announce, including Friday Night’s headliner… it’s shaping up to be the “smallest big party” of 2017.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW via www.blissfields.co.uk priced at just £95 for an adult weekend ticket, with no booking fee.

Blissfields was ranked #2 on Guardian’s “bang For Your Buck” list in 2016.

Blissfields 2017: Metronomy / The Cinematic Orchestra / Lady Leshurr / Sundara Karma and More

06 Jul 2017

Metronomy / Lady Leshurr / Sundara Karma / The Japanese House / S4U / Black Honey / Bonzai / The Upbeats / Delta Heavy / Insideinfo / Sian Anderson (1Xtra) / Dub Pistols / Beans On Toast / Fil Bo Riva / GCDJ / Naina and more

Vicarage Farm

Vicarage Farm
Winchester
SO21 3BL

12pm

£95

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JOHNNY FLYNN & THE SUSSEX WIT

Johnny Flynn has shared news of his long awaited fourth album, ‘Sillion’, alongside first single ‘Raising the Dead’. ‘Sillion’ will be released 24th March through Transgressive Records.

‘Sillion’ has grown episodically between Flynn’s commitments to acting, composing, and his young family. It’s an album about the sacredness of man’s endeavour to connect with the earth while separated from it. It’s the sound of Flynn breathing in and breathing out.

The titles of Flynn’s records have become a talismanic focus for him over the years, and ‘Sillion’ rings out like a bell, converging unlikely forces — friendship, politics, poetry – to capture the album’s colour and mood as a measure of its times.

‘Sillion’ sees Flynn reunited with David Beauchamp (drums), Adam Beach (bass), Joe Zeitlin (cello), sister Lillie Flynn & Holly Holden (vocals), with guests Cosmo Sheldrake (electronics) and Dave Tattersall on lead guitar for ‘The Landlord’.

First single ‘Raising the Dead’, tells of Flynn getting to know his newborn daughter. “My Dad died when I was 18, and that was quite a galvanising experience,” Flynn says, “and there’s often an element of that in anything I’m writing; every big loss that you suffer in life, I think everything comes through the conduit of that. I had a really strong sense of my daughter having elements of my Dad when she came along, and it made me kind of laugh - that cyclical sense, of thinking of my daughter as my Dad.”

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Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit

31 Mar 2017

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St John at Hackney

Lower Clapton Rd
London
E5 0PD

7.30pm

£22.50

BLAENAVON

The story of Blaenavon’s debut album might be quite easily told: three teenage friends who entered a school talent contest, posted their songs online, and sprawled their way through early gigs, gathering a devoted fanbase and critical acclaim as they went. A band who, after the juggle of exams, EPs, record company attention, have finally delivered a debut album that is sumptuous and thrilling and brave.

But it is also a story of a more complicated time, a coming of age of sorts, of 12 intensely personal songs that explore friendship, sadness, hope, love held and lost, and all the confusions of youth in a world that is slowly revealing itself. And perhaps more than any of this, it is a story of a band that stand many feet taller than their peers, a band to help define a generation, whose songs provide the anthems for this time.

To see Blaenavon live is to be struck by a sense of invincibility, and even at their earliest shows — even when they played their first London gig at the Barfly in 2012, they were infused with that same pluck and spirit: “We weren’t scared,” McMillan says. “We didn’t really rehearse, we just rocked up, had a couple of illicit pints and four minutes before we went on stage thought ‘Shit, what songs are we going to play?’ and wrote a setlist out."

Blaenavon are a different band now to the one they were at the beginning. No longer slapdash schoolkids making it all up as they go along, they have an ambition and sense of purpose now, a desire to go further, bigger, better than before. In this collection of songs, in their stunning live shows, the sheer force of this band seems undeniable. And in Gregory, it is impossible not to see the kindling of one of rock’s great frontmen, an artist coming to recognise his band is destined to be something special.

ANTEROS

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Blaenavon / Anteros

07 Apr 2017

Heaven

11 The Arches Villiers St
London
WC2N 6NG

7.30pm

£10

ALASKALASKA

A night of the best new music around featuring hotly tipped new comers Alaskalaska and more at The Nines in Peckham. 

GLOWS

"Music for nice rainy days"

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Alaskalaska / Glows / Sunken

23 Feb 2017

The Nines

Unit 9A Copeland Park 133 Copeland Rd
London
SE15 3SN

7.30pm

£5

PHARMAKON

The release date of Contact marks the ten-year anniversary of Margaret Chardiet’s project, Pharmakon. While working on her newest release, she began to evaluate the project as a whole. Though the content of each record has been very different and specific, the pervading question, which has underlined them all, is what is means to be human. Her last album, Bestial Burden, focused on the disconnect between mind and body, looking at the human as an isolated consciousness stuck inside of a rotting vessel. For Contact, she wanted to look at the other side of the spectrum – the moments when our mind can come outside of and transcend our bodies.

Because an album is itself an object, she struggled with how to convey the transcendence of the physical, through a physical medium. She started to study trance states and equate her live performances to them. In trance states, music and the body are used to transcend the physical form and make contact with some outside force. In the live setting, she used sound and her body to create an exchange of energy and make contact with outside forces - humanity, empathy, the audience. This energy/empathy exchange has always been at the heart of a Pharmakon performance, but she felt that on records, it wasn’t translating. They were one-sided and flat – declarations rather than conversations. She decided to structure the compositions of each side of Contact after the four stages of trance: preparation, onset, climax, and resolution. By using these stages as a biorhythm for the album, she animates it, and instills the intention of communion into the music.

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Pharmakon

25 Apr 2017

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Electrowerkz

7 Torrens St
London
EC1V 1NQ

7.30pm

£12.50

SOLD OUT

JULIEN BAKER

After this show sold out, we have added an additional date. Julien Baker plays Union Chapel in November.

Fresh from signing to Matador, Julien Baker will play London's Bush Hall this summer.

The 21-year-old’s devastating and vulnerable debut album, Sprained Ankle, which was released in 2015, is available now digitally, with a physical re-release dropping worldwide on 17 March. After extensive touring in 2015 and 2016, selling out major US markets, Baker shows no signs of slowing down in 2017.  Midwestern US audiences can catch her on a short run of dates this winter, which are followed by a lengthy European tour in the spring.

“The purity of her voice and the yearning way she sings make each of her songs lovely and memorable” NPR

“If you prefer redemption songs to sound as raw as they feel, Sprained Ankle could bring you to your knees” Pitchfork

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05 Jun 2017

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Bush Hall

310 Uxbridge Rd White City
London
W12 7LJ

7.30pm

£12

ARNI

“A project implies a goal or a result of some description and I think I'm approaching this in the absolute opposite way,” states Arni. “I want to do this as un-pro and as "for the fuck of it" as I can. This is not a Project, but an Outlet.” As one quarter of arena-slaying indie titans The Vaccines, much of the bassist's recent musical life has been about as 'pro' as it comes, but here Arni is allowing himself to take his foot off the pedal and do whatever he wants. “It's simple and honest. I haven't got a strategy - let alone a release - in mind. I've always just made music for the fuck of it and I'll release it if and whenever I want to.“

The resulting music also rings with this same free-spiritedness and freedom of expression. “I've got a junkyard of a studio which serves as a constant inspiration. Surrounding yourself with a bunch of knock-off brands and shitty 80s synths naturally lends itself to silly sonic experiments,” he explains. “I wrote a bunch of songs at the beginning of the year and this Depresso Tropicana vibe came very naturally to me. I've always hated my nasal baritone voice, but it seems to make sense with the music I've been writing lately. Anyway, I'm embracing it. It's simple and honest.”

WEIRD MILK

West London four-piece and recent Ra-Ra Rok signees Weird Milk combine baroque pop references with playful harmonies and arrangements.

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Arni / Weird Milk

28 Jan 2017

The Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£6

JESS WILLIAMSON

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

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

KETO

The hypnotic, lovelorn orchestration of songwriter Leah Sanderson, harks back to the earlier work of Drag City artists' Will Oldham, Bill Callahan and Josephine Foster, whilst offering a fresh and quintessentially English take on millennial folk.

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Jess Williamson / Keto

13 Feb 2017

Servant Jazz Quarters

10A Bradbury Street
London
N16 8JN

7.30pm

£7

CANCER

Cancer are a duo consisting of Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild and Kristian Finne Kristensen. Nikolaj is also known as the lead singer of electronic band When Saints Go Machine and Kristian from his americana-inspired solo-career as Chorus Grant.

The name Cancer comes from personal experience. “It comes from the disease, of course,” says Nikolaj. “It’s the greatest tragedy of my life, losing one of my parents to cancer.” As Nikolaj was going through this traumatic event he met Kristian and the two started making music. He continues: “I started thinking about this vacuum that occurs when someone is ill, or someone dies, where everyone is able to speak and people are so open. There’s also a lot of beauty in all of this”. Kristian continues: “Our songs are not specifically about dark matters concerning the disease, but also the light and the love and the beauty of relationships between people. Friends, family...all of this!”

Cancer’s forthcoming debut album (entitled Totem) follows the successful 2014-EP Ragazzi that quickly sold out its 500-unit vinyl run and gained the band a substantial fan- base in their home country Denmark while reaching key media internationally including a healthy Hypem popular chart placement, spot plays at BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music, the playlists at Amazing Radio and DR P6 Beat as well as online features from The Fader, DIY, Noisey, Pigeons & Planes and many more.

GLOWS

"Music for nice rainy days"

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Cancer / Glows

30 Jan 2017

+ special guests

The Waiting Room

175 Stoke Newington High Street
London
N16 0LH

7.30pm

£6

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KLLO

After their impressive entrance into the music landscape over the past 18 months, Kllo (formerly Klo) are set to skyrocket back into the spotlight with exceptional new material in the form of sophomore EP Well Worn.The musical collaboration of Melbourne cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul generated considerable buzz worldwide with the release of their debut Cusp (2014), a pertinent name for an act with such promise. The latest taste of this promise are new singles ‘Bolide’ and ‘Walls to Build’: compelling work of substance and subtlety that’ll leave listeners longing for the pair’s new record.

The duo’s pulsating soundscapes come from two worlds – Lam’s jack-of-all-trades production paired with Chloe’s contrasting, enchanting siren-like vocals and lyrics - resulting in a sound rich in texture whilst retaining a measured pop sensibility. The peaks and troughs of Kllo’s songs are held up by dancefloor-destined production and a sharp momentum -percussive and structured, but never heartless. 

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Kllo

26 Apr 2017

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Pickle Factory

13-14 The Oval,
London
E2 9DU

7.30pm

£7

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TOOTHLESS

Toothless is London’s Ed Nash.

As curious a moniker as it may seem, the name Toothless comes from a Raymond Pettibon drawing. The US artist (infamous amongst the 1980s LA punk scene for his gig posters) drew a tiger biting off a boy’s head with the caption, ‘Even toothless, she can still bite off a boy’s head.” The idea of something being toothless, but still having bite struck Ed as strangely compelling. Nobody expects ‘side projects’ to achieve very much, especially the side project of a bass player (Ed is bassist of Bombay Bicycle Club), and so the name stuck.

Debut LP, The Pace of the Passing is a beautifully realised, and carefully constructed record. You can hear a delicious sense of leftfield playfulness in the melodies across the whole album, and rather than obscure them with fuzzy noise, or layer them up with guitar on guitar, Ed just allows them to radiate and glow in their own simplicity. It’s a charm he employs on both Charon and Sisyphus, the opening numbers, and then weaves it across the whole album. Despite endless highlights, it’s an album that deserves to be heard as it was made to be heard, in its entirety. A playlist in its own right.

Despite The Pace of the Passing being very much the mind of one man, Toothless welcomes some friends to assist in finding this vision. Marika Hackman (Palm’s Backside), Tom Fleming of Wild Beasts (The Midas Touch), Bombay collaborator Liz Lawrence (Party For Two), and The Staves (The Sirens) all add vocal flourishes to the respective songs, whilst Bombay Bicycle Club’s vocalist Jack Steadman shares the production duties with Ed himself.

Toothless is very much the prime concern of Ed’s, rather than a momentary flutter away from the day job.

CHELOU

LIZ LAWRENCE

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01 Mar 2017

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Road
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

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ALICE PHOEBE LOU

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

Alice grew up on a mountainside in South Africa listening to her parent’s records and indulging her love of theatre and the arts before busking across Berlin with just her guitar, a small amplifier on a trolley and her mesmerising voice. Her natural talent and captivating delivery started to garner a cult street following with people coming to see her busk and buy her records. The uncompromising creative community of Berlin also helped Alice grow musically and she collaborated with acoustic, jazz and electronic musicians; including multi-instrumentalist Matteo who quickly became Alice’s live performance companion. Soon Alice self-released her first body of work – the Momentum EP – her first collaborative effort recorded between Berlin and Cape Town with five different producers. Although by now interest was sparked with several major labels, Alice’s desire to maintain the creative freedom she had fostered kept her focus on growing her digital community of loyal fans and imagining ever more interesting settings for her intimate live shows 

Now having spent two years playing intimate gigs across Europe and South Africa, and supporting established like-minded artists like Rodriguez, 2016 will see Alice releasing her first full length studio album. Orbit comprises nine jazz-influenced, eclectic tracks recorded between Cape Town and Berlin that encapsulate the freshness of her live style, vagabond spirit and showcase her distinctive, soprano voice. Produced by Matteo and Kyson, the album is a testament to Alice’s collaborative way of writing and features musicians from South Africa and Europe lending their musical skills and different visual artists producing art works to match each track. The result is an intricately woven pattern of soul, blues and jazz: scattered with retro, beatnik melodies; soothing vocal harmonies and sleazy brass flourishes. 

OLMO

Olmo is the musical project of Francesco Lo Giudice. Based in Berlin, last June he released his debut EP ‘Roots I' and is currently writing and recording his second, ‘Roots II’. Musically very eclectic, he fuses traditional singer-songwriting with experimental production and his live shows are known to be hypnotic and theatrical. On tour he will perform his solo set, more stripped back than the shows with his Olmo Quartet.

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Alice Phoebe Lou / Olmo

14 Jan 2017

The Forge

3-7 Delancey Street
London
NW1 7NL

7.30pm

£9

THE ORWELLS

Recorded over the course of a month at Chicago’s Electrical Audio, forthcoming album 'Terrible Human Beings' was produced by Jim Abiss, with whom The Orwells had worked on a couple of 'Disgraceland'’s best tunes. “Jim would often times come up with a little something out of leftfield that just made the whole song,” says Corso. “And I don’t think the songs would be as full of energy and grit if it wasn’t for him.”

Crafty touches like the backing vocals Corso and O’Keefe contribute throughout the album, or the kraut-rock freak-out at the end of “Double Feature,” augment songs that are otherwise deceptively simple. “The Pixies were an obsession when we were writing this album,” says O’Keefe, talking about the song “Black Francis,” but also 'Terrible Human Beings', in general. “I think that’s where a lot of trying to make the songs and the guitar parts very simple was coming from, because the Pixies are kings of that. We’ve always been a simple band, but this time it was about trying to keep everything straightforward, nothing flashy.”

KING NUN

WHISTLEJACKET

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07 Mar 2017

Scala

275 Pentonville Road
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£14

STRAND OF OAKS

Hard Love, Tim Showalter’s latest release as Strand of Oaks, is a record that explores the balancing act between overindulgence and accountability. Recounting Showalter’s decadent tour experiences, his struggling marriage, and the near death of his younger brother, Hard Love emanates an unabashed, raw, and manic energy that embodies both the songs and the songwriter behind them. “For me, there are always two forces at work: the side that’s constantly on the hunt for the perfect song, and the side that’s naked in the desert screaming at the moon. It’s about finding a place where neither side is compromised, only elevated.”

JASON ANDERSON

From the snowbound wilds of New Hampshire, Jason Anderson has spent the last 15 years as an indefatigable DIY stalwart, quietly putting on the best shows you've probably never seen. An endearing songwriter and transcendent live performer, Anderson’s work is as anthemic as it is affecting.

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28 Feb 2017

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£12

BLACK HEART PROCESSION

In a small town, with but a small chance, two lowly miscreants toiled feverishly into the small hours of the night creating ballads of loss and self deprecation, in hopes of illuming the world with their particularly despondent brand of mischievousness. 

Nearly twenty years later, these very same scoundrels have arrived upon your doorstep to drown your sorrows, ease your pains and release your hearts.

The Black Heart Procession, purveyors of all things disconsolate, would like to formally invite you to attend a singular event, a forlorn gala, a mournful celebration of the dour. It's your town, your desolation, your reclamation.

Join us in the revelry of sorrow, as we honor the 20th anniversary of our first album. Laugh, cry and absolve your sins with us. Together, we'll brighten the world, confront the shadows beneath our beds and...

...well...you could just come to the show in your town where we'll be performing our first record from start to finish, with some extra stuff for the encore. Hope to see you all there, tears of laughter and sorrow alike.

SAM COOMES

Transparency:  it’s me, writing about myself.  I couldn’t be bothered to hornswoggle someone or other to churn out some hypey bio, so we can forget the idea that this was written by a disinterested third party.  They never are anyway.  Let’s consider this something more like an “artist’s statement” like those you might see in some gallery – although I doubt this particular statement would fly with any normal gallery owner.  But this is still nominally rock & roll, so fuck it.

S.C. is probably best known as half of the long running underground pop duo Quasi, the other half being Janet Weiss, herself better known as the drummer for Sleater-Kinney.  Quasi has managed to release nine or ten (depending on how you count) albums on such labels as Up, Domino, Touch and Go, Kill Rock Stars, and has toured all over the place for a couple decades or so.

Which brings us to the issue at hand - Bugger Me, the first solo album under the given name “Sam Coomes”.  A sympathetic promoter of a recent performance described the music as “Suicide meets Plastic Ono era John Lennon.”  I’ll take that!  But actually it’s probably a little more accurate to call it Suicide meets the Beach Boys.  Not the sophisticated Pet Sounds Beach Boys, but more like “Surfer Girl” type stuff.

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15 Mar 2017

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£13.50

PARTYBABY

"The makings of something special - DIY

"Intoxicating. Infectious. Put simply, really exciting new pop music" - The Guardian

Following the release of debut tracks 'Everything's Alright' and 'Your Old Man', California's PARTYBABY are now streaming 'I Don't Wanna Wait'. An unashamedly raucous and thrillingly urgent dose of indie rock, armed to the teeth with infectious hooks and anthemic potential.

DEAD PRETTIES

Dead Pretties are a new young London trio with the kind of raw, hedonistic live show destined for great things.

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PARTYBABY / Dead Pretties

07 Dec 2016

Sebright Arms

31-35 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

FREE

HAPPYNESS

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

HERS

As outsiders from sleepy coastal towns several countries apart, Stephen Fitzpatrick from Barrow in Furness and Norwegian Audun Laading met for the first time in Liverpool as students. The pair bonded over a love  of peculiar, sardonic humour and wide eyed observations. Dream-pop outfit Her’s is the natural extension to the solitary decoding of the cultures they grew up in. Together they create 80s indie influenced songs with nods to Orange Juice and the capriciousness of Ariel Pink-ish pop.

DAMA SCOUT

"Glasgow / London trio Dama Scout exploded onto the scene in September with their frenetic yet delightfully considered debut single, Forget It’s Good, a snarlingly ambitious first offering drawing from a plethora of varied influences. Their second outing, the equally as energetic All In Too, is another twisted behemoth of a track – as much Sleater Kinney as it is Slint at points, whilst managing to find some solid hooks amongst all the raucousness. Having recorded elements of the track on a broken laptop microphone, the coarse nature to the production is at times a stark contrast to the almost dream-pop smooth vocals, resulting in an exhilaratingly unique sound." - Crack in The Road

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28 Apr 2017

The Dome

2A Dartmouth Park Hill
London
NW5 1HL

7.30pm

£10

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THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE

The Rural Alberta Advantage's percussive folk songs about hometowns and heartbreak, and relentless tradition of touring have taken the trio from humble recognition amongst indie rock die-hards as "Canada's best unsigned band" to sold-out tours and devoted fans around the world with featured coverage from Spin Magazine, Pitchfork, The New York Times and Rolling Stone all taking note. The band has been nominated for two 2012 Juno Awards (Best New Group and Video of the Year for their song “Stamp”), long listed for the 2011 Polaris Award, and awarded the CBC Music Prize for Best Independent Artist in 2014.

The RAA has released three albums on Saddle Creek/Paper Bag Records: Hometowns(2009), Departing (2011) and Mended With Gold (2014). The trio of Nils Edenloff, Paul Banwatt and Robin Hatch are currently hard at work on the band’ s next album and will be previewing new material the way they love best, by hitting the road for a unique set of road testing shows in some of their favourite venues across North America and Europe through 2016/2017.

YOUNG ASTRONAUT

Young Astronaut originated as two brothers from the New Forest. The band’s debut offering ‘Fawn’ was released in early 2012 and, after receiving acclaim from numerous music blogs, the album’s first single ‘Hey Little Ghost’ earned the band national radio play on BBC 6Music and was subsequently promoted to the BBC’s introducing podcast.

2017 will see the release of ‘A Gold Frontier’. Produced by Grammy-nominated engineer Geoff Swan (White Lies, Coldplay), the album explores a punchier electric tone, more akin to the likes of Modest Mouse coupled with introspective lyrics like those of influencers Elliott Smith and The National.

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The Rural Alberta Advantage / Young Astronaut

21 Jan 2017

Camden Assembly

49 Chalk Farm Road
London
NW1 8AN

7.30pm

£11

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THE MYSTERY LIGHTS

Even though they may sound more like some lost outfit from the depths of mid-sixties Texas than a bunch of scruffy kids from the streets of 21st Century Brooklyn, The Mystery Lights combine relentless enthusiasm, and a knack for a hook into an all-action rock n roll combo for the here and now.

Their first single paired a ridiculously catchy neo-teenbeat number "Too Many Girls" (our protagonist surrounded by a feminine throng he can't control) with the snaking psych-blues of "Too Tough To Bear", featuring the band dragging their squalling guitars deep into swampland. Though it was recorded to 8-track tape at Daptone's legendary House of Soul by Daptone studio superstar Wayne Gordon and mixed by Bosco Mann, it was the cutting engineer JJ Golden who called it "the hottest record I ever cut."

BAD NERVES

Bad Nerves are 4-piece band from East London, formed in damp garage with only one goal in mind; to play as fast as they can, and jump from hook to hook.

The result was their own brand of ferociously fast power-pop / garage-punk. The two demos they uploaded in 2016 have gained them 'New Name' & 'Future Firsts' plays on Radio One via Annie Mac & Phil Taggart. Also gaining fans in Huw Stephens, and more recently Dan P Carter & Mistajam. Gary Crowley at BBC Introducing described their sound as "200 miles-an-hour Supergrass" & made them featured artist on the BBC Introducing London show. Now with an official single release on the way along with appearances at Phil Taggart's SLACKER club night & Live at Leeds Festival, Bad Nerves look set to explode, exactly as NME predicted on their top 100 for 2017.

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08 Mar 2017

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Road
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£8

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THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE

The Rural Alberta Advantage's percussive folk songs about hometowns and heartbreak, and relentless tradition of touring have taken the trio from humble recognition amongst indie rock die-hards as "Canada's best unsigned band" to sold-out tours and devoted fans around the world with featured coverage from Spin Magazine, Pitchfork, The New York Times and Rolling Stone all taking note. The band has been nominated for two 2012 Juno Awards (Best New Group and Video of the Year for their song “Stamp”), long listed for the 2011 Polaris Award, and awarded the CBC Music Prize for Best Independent Artist in 2014. 

The RAA has released three albums on Saddle Creek/Paper Bag Records: Hometowns(2009), Departing (2011) and Mended With Gold (2014). The trio of Nils Edenloff, Paul Banwatt and Robin Hatch are currently hard at work on the band’ s next album and will be previewing new material the way they love best, by hitting the road for a unique set of road testing shows in some of their favourite venues across North America and Europe through 2016/2017.

OVER SANDS

Over Sands are a duo of brothers - Tom and Ben Stephens.  Originally from Frome in Somerset, and now based in London. They began the Over Sands project during several weeks of isolation in a remote beach house off the English East coast.

Their EP ‘Roman Rooms’, follows their debut self-titled EP released at the end of 2015 via tastemaker Los Angeles label B3SCI, which saw positive reviews from critics including Clash, Indie Shuffle, Shortlist, and The Line of Best Fit. 

The first track ‘Memory House’, finds the duo reflecting on how the collection of memories makes up our present, and how the unreliability of memory distorts the view when revisiting the past. How do we interpret our history if we don’t know whether it’s real or imagined?

During the recording of the track the duo projected photos and textures on the wall to inspire ideas. Mostly recorded at night when the former school building their studio is located in was deserted, the duo manipulated field recordings captured within the long reverberating corridors to infuse the song with natural, haunting soundscapes. Distant footsteps, dripping taps, creaking doors, and humming lights became synths, beats and percussion.

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The Rural Alberta Advantage / Over Sands

20 Jan 2017

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Road
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£11

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RICKY EAT ACID

Ricky Eat Acid is the main project of musician/producer Sam Ray. Active under the name since 2009, Ray has released countless albums and singles, gleefully refusing to work along genre lines and instead crafting a tableau made up of everything from ambient/drone to candy colored, EDM-adjacent beats.

Ray has proven himself to be an incredibly prolific artist, recording under multiple names and with multiple bands to create a dense and occasionally daunting catalogue. There’s a now defunct indie-pop band, Julia Brown, and a recently reunited punk band, Teen Suicide, whose new album was released this year on Run For Cover Records.

While most artists working at his pace could be expected to run out of ideas sooner or later, Ray has only grown more ambitious. With new record 'Talk To You Soon' featuring string arrangements from composer & songwriter Owen Pallett, guest vocals from rising indie-rock artists Harmony Tividad, Spencer Radcliffe, and Caroline White, as well as a collaboration with experimental black metal band Wreck & Reference, it’s not difficult to trace where Ray’s other projects have left their mark on his main work. That he’s able to synthesize these different influences to create an album that’s as jarring and discordant as it is euphoric and blissful is a testament to his unique vision & talent.

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Ricky Eat Acid

28 Nov 2016

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Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Lane
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

Free

LOS CAMPESINOS!

"We, the band Los Campesinos!, announce our new album Sick Scenes, to be released worldwide via Wichita Recordings on 24th February 2017. It is our great pleasure that to celebrate the release of our sixth album whilst also undertaking tours of UK and North America, including our first West Coast shows in over five years.

We recorded the album, co-produced by long-time collaborator John Goodmanson and band member Tom Bromley, during Euro 2016 in Fridao, Portugal. The album exists as an expression of the pent-up aggression we felt due to being inactive for so long, but it’s also a celebration of just getting to be a band, of getting to play music with our friends. Thematically the record is concerned with fumbling for personal relevance while trying to be a better person. Repressing anxiety and attempting to function while constantly maintaining the perfect two beer buzz. It is set upon a backdrop of non-league football, prescribed medication and crumbling home towns. These truly are the Sickest Scenes."

In support of the record, Los Campesinos! will headline KOKO, having sold out a Christmas show at Moth Club in less than an hour.

SLØTFACE

"'We refuse to be scared to walk home alone/ We refuse to say we’re okay, we won’t be subdued,' Haley Shea shouts on the new track from her band, Sløtface, backed by a wall of female voices shouting along. The song’s propulsive rhythm and blistering guitar suit the insistent feminist anthem, fueling the fire that already burns plenty bright in Shea’s voice." - Consequence of Sound

"They may have just changed their name, but Sløtface's identity is crystal clear. "Sponge State" is a ferocious effort, full of the band's signature raging refrains and brash vocal delivery." - The Line of Best Fit

MUNCIE GIRLS

Born in punk shows and dive bars to three driven teenagers in 2012, Muncie Girls embodies the classic punk rock story in a modern context.
Fueled by discontent and anxiety, they eloquently address issues of modern living as a self-aware young adult. The result is an ambitious and poignant rebellion against social norms that touches on everything from politics to interpersonal relationships.

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Los Campesinos! / Sløtface / Muncie Girls

01 May 2017

KOKO

1A Camden High Street
London
NW1 7JE

7pm

£16

FOXYGEN

Foxygen, the duo of Sam France and Jonathan Rado, have announces their new album Hang, out January 20th on Jagjaguwar.

On their first proper studio record, the Los Angeles pair once again present their uncanny knack for pulling together myriad strands of influences to an elaborate, uncompromising vision. And this time, they’ve gone true big band! Every song on Hang features a 40-plus-piece symphony orchestra arranged and conducted by Trey Pollard with additional arranging from Matthew E. White. Additionally, Hang was recorded with the brother rhythm section duo of Brian and Michael D'Addario, also known as the Lemon Twigs, and features Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips on select tracks. Written and produced entirely by Foxygen, Hang was recorded on 2” tape at Electro Vox Studios in Los Angeles.

Having sold out their November Oslo show in mere minutes, the band will return to London in support of the record to play KOKO.

THE PROPER ORNAMENTS

The Proper Ornaments formed in London around songwriters James Hoare (Veronica Falls/ Ultimate Painting) and Max Oscarnold (TOY). They in met at a women's clothing store in Nothing Hill, where Max's girlfriend was trying to steal boots from. The two bonded over a mutual love of The Velvet Underground and released their first single, "Recalling", in 2010 through San Francisco label Make a Mess. They followed it up with an eponymous five-song EP for No Pain in Pop in 2011 and in 2013, a single ("Waiting for the Summer") for Lo Recordings, which then released all their output to date on a collection (also titled Waiting for the Summer) later that year. After signing up with Fortuna Pop in the UK and Slumberland in the US, and revamping the line up with the addition of drummer Robert Syme and Daniel Nellis on bass, the group toured with Metronomy, TOY, The Horrors, Crystal Stilts, Woods and returned with their debut album, Wooden Head, in the summer of 2014, when after a promotional tour of UK and Europe they packed the 100 Club in a memorable night.

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27 Feb 2017

KOKO

1A Camden High Street
London
NW1 7JE

7.00pm

£15

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BAYONNE

Roger Sellers is a lot of things. He’s a minimalist composer with a knack for making hypnotic, enveloping songs from a few repeated musical phrases. He’s a gifted musician who is mostly self-taught, having abandoned formal study because it was draining the life from his work. He’s a self-described disciple of Phil Collins. What he is not, however -- despite multiple press reports to the contrary -- is a DJ.

“I started developing a decent following in Austin,” he says, “but most of the time when I would play, the press would say something like ‘Local DJ Roger Sellers,’ or ‘Roger Sellers is playing a late-night DJ set.’ I think it was maybe because my live set involves a table full of gear, a drum set and headphones, but the average person probably knows more about DJing than I do.’” To combat the misunderstanding, Sellers printed up stickers reading, “Roger Sellers is Not a DJ,” and eventually adopted the alias Bayonne, changing his name without altering his approach.

And it’s a good thing: 'Primitives', Sellers’ debut as Bayonne, is a rich, complex work, the kind with no clear rock parallel. In its winding, maze-like structures are hints of both Steve Reich and Owen Pallett, each instrument working a single melodic pattern over and over and over, as Sellers threads his soft, reedy voice between them. On songs like “Appeals,” the effect is hypnotic: notes from a piano crash down like spilled marbles from a bucket, as Sellers’ ringing-bell vocals swing back and forth between them. The end result is spellbinding music, meticulously-crafted songs where each tiny piece locks into another, and hundreds of them joined together create a breathtaking whole -- like dots in a Seurat, or tiny bones in a dinosaur skeleton.

BABA ALI

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Bayonne / Baba Ali

15 Feb 2017

The Waiting Room

175 Stoke Newington High Street
London
N16 0LH

7.30pm

£8

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MARIKA HACKMAN

The endlessly intriguing Marika Hackman announces “Wonderland” - a Christmas EP coming out 2nd December.

“Wonderland” sees Marika deliver an undeniable new Alt.Christmas classic in "Driving Under Stars" balanced by the typically dark "Paper Crown" reflecting the other side of the season. A choral introduction gives way to woozily haunted original arrangements of "In the Bleak Midwinter" and the definitive recorded rendition of her lauded take on "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" before the soaked pudding is set alight by "Winter Wonderland".

“Wonderland” offers itself as a cerebral and emotionally compelling Christmas gift to be enjoyed by festive fanatics and Scrooges all around the world.

In support, Marika will be performing a special Christmas set at St John on Bethnal Green on 9th December. 

FAKE LAUGH

Kamran Khan realised that he couldn't be alone in the outside world. He just had to bring his bedroom with him. His parents' Beach Boys records, a dog-eared U-Bahn map and a framed picture of his favourite leather baseball cap - sadly no longer with us - are all there as he braves the stages of London and Berlin. Fake Laugh is the moniker of Khan's alternative pop/rock outfit that began as a solo project in his bedroom in 2013 but continues to blossom into a frantic and hearty live incarnation. Whilst on record Khan retains crisp control by playing all the instruments, his intimate songs, of daydreaming and discord, can turn wild when caught live with his four-piece band.

Tirelessly writing and recording whenever he can, Khan's 2016 has already seen him release the energetic, apologetic and fuzzy 'Ice' EP, as well as the bubbly trepidation of double A side single: 'Mind Tricks/Birdsong Lullaby'. Affecting the listener beneath the hooks, Fake Laugh is known to ambush you with a cutting take on self-doubt. The 'Ice' EP that "sported some of the sharpest melodies he’s penned to date"(DIY) resonated beyond its carefree chorus. Fresh from radiant performances at this year's Visions and Great Escape festivals, Fake Laugh has also been catching their breath from shows supporting Girlpool, Genghar and Ducktails.

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Marika Hackman / Fake Laugh

09 Dec 2016

St John on Bethnal Green

The Crypt St Johns Church, 200 Cambridge Heath Road
London
E2 9PA

7.30pm

£13

SWANS

SWANS FINAL LONDON PERFORMANCE IN THEIR CURRENT INCARNATION

"Swans live is performance art of the highest order" - LA Music
"…a mighty devotional racket" - The Scotsman
"...two and half hours of shamanic magic that uplifted and cleansed the audience" – Trebuchet

On 27 May Swans will return to London’s Roundhouse for an evening with very special guest Thurston Moore.

Further guests will be announced over the coming months.

Tickets for this show are on sale now.
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Swans / Thurston Moore

27 May 2017

Roundhouse

Chalk Farm Rd
London
NW1 8EH

7.30pm

£28

AMBER ARCADES

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

De Graaf first started writing songs in 2010 while temporarily living in Philadelphia. Back in the Netherlands she put out a first EP in 2012 containing soft-voiced, melancholic folk ballads.

Wanting to develop her sound and mature from the safe bedroom folk environment, she got in touch with producer Ben Greenberg (Beach Fossils, The Men, Destruction Unit) to produce a collection of songs she had written over the years. In May 2015, de Graaf flew out to New York to record the songs in the Strange Weather recording studio in Brooklyn, backed by a band consisting of members of Real Estate, Quilt and Kevin Morby.

The result is a record that is as dreamy and esoteric as it is gripping, presenting slightly off, floating pop melodies over a mixture of kraut-inspired drums, cutting guitars and fuzzed-out organs.

INDIAN QUEENS

SWIMSUIT

Tickets are priced at £8.50 and are available NOW.

Amber Arcades / Indian Queens / Swimsuit

18 Jan 2017

Oslo

1A Amhurst Road
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£8.50

SOLD OUT

FOXYGEN

Following their recent return with the track America, Foxygen, the duo of Sam France and Jonathan Rado, have announced details of a one-off London show.

The band will play Oslo on Wednesday 9th November 2016. It is their first London show since their sell-out Electric Ballroom gig in May 2015.

Further UK dates in 2017 will be announced in due course.

America is their first new material since 2014’s …And Star Power. Featuring the core of France and Rado plus a 34-piece orchestra, the track is a grandiose affair . . . a celebration of death and nothing. Details of their forthcoming album will be announced shortly.

Tickets for this show are priced at £10 and are on sale now.

 

 

Foxygen

09 Nov 2016

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Road
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£10


POPULAR CULTURE is a new monthly clubnight from Rockfeedback

TRUDY & THE ROMANCE

"An electrifying new voice for rock's near future" - Pigeons and Planes 

"Impossible to pin down, they deliver a drunken, stumbling, shambolic rock ’ n roll that somehow keeps its shit together when the going gets tough. Truly, Trudy are something very special indeed" - DIY

“The off-kilter genre is a fusion of grungy garage rock and doo-wop-inspired instrumentals, combined with the metamorphic nature of frontman Oliver Taylor, whose voice seamlessly transitions between a fragile falsetto and  guttural growls” - Consequence of Sound 

“If anyone’s gonna do anything from Liverpool in the next 12 months, it’ ll be this lot” - NME

WILLIE J HEALEY

"Willie J Healy’s self described “rock n stroll” sound left a strong impression following the release of his two 2015 EPs, HD Malibu and Saturday Night Feeling. Now, the Oxford native is back with his latest single, “Pipedreams”, which marks his first release on National Anthem/Columbia Records.

While Healy cites a range of artistic influences from Odd Future to Bruce Springsteen, his music is most comparable to the likes of Kurt Vile or Mac DeMarco for its lo-fi rock and DIY aesthetic. However, “Pipedreams” sees Healy offer an electric edge previously unheard, making this “anthem for the lackadaisical” still hit like “his hardest, most immediate punch to date,” as a press release puts it." - Consequence of Sound

MALIHINI

Memphis Industries are delighted to announce 'Waiting', the debut single from South London by way of Rome duo, Malihini.

Giampaolo Speziale and Federica Caiozzo met in early 2015 in Rome and, in what Federica describes as a "moment of surrender", decided to start making music together on a road trip through Austria, Germany and Poland. The duo gathered thirty improvised musical ideas and spent eight days recording with their friend and drummer Alberto Paone in a Roman studio.

In June of this year, Giampaolo and Federica decided to break from their previous musical incarnations and moved from Rome to London, taking with them a hard drive of songs, a battered suitcase and vinyl copies of Nick Drake's Five Leaves Left and Stevie Wonder's Hotter Than July.   Settling in Camberwell, initially the house of an Egyptologist, they set about mixing the songs, the first fruits of which is the single 'Waiting'.

Built around a simple Korg MS2000 synth refrain and featuring both Federica and Giampaolo on shared lead vocals, 'Waiting' takes us through the minds of a wrongly accused death row inmate and his lover who's become delusional, lost in a dreamworld.

Advance tickets are priced at £5 and are available NOW.

Listen to new track 'My Baby's Gone Away' below.

 

 

Popular Culture: Trudy & The Romance / Willie J Healey / Malihini

25 Nov 2016

The Finsbury

336 Green Lanes
London
N4 1BY

8pm

£5

SOLD OUT

TOOTHLESS

Following two limited edition vinyl singles through Transgressive Records, Ed Nash AKA Toothless has made a seamless transition into a fruitful and flourishing solo career following the runaway success he experienced in his band, Bombay Bicycle Club.

Where previous single, Palm’s Backside, featured Marika Hackman on vocals, The Sirens (Ed’s first single on Island Records) features The Staves joining the frontman. The trio of acclaimed British sisters have a tendency for delicately poised vocal harmonies, and The Sirens proves no exception.

Having sold out his debut show at Moth Club earlier this year, Toothless will return to play an intimate show at The Pickle Factory where he will be performing Toothless' debut album in full.

FRANCOBOLLO

"Wonderfully off kilter Swedish indie pop" - CLASH MAGAZINE

"Sweden via London group bring a playful edge to theatrical pop" - DIY
"Sporting the slacker sentiments of Mac DeMarco and the untamable riffs of Pavement...Francobollo's charm is their ability to scuff over the details and initiate you into their irresistible movement of not giving a shit" - LONDON IN STEREO

Tickets are priced at £8 and are on sale now.

Toothless / Francobollo

28 Nov 2016

The Pickle Factory

13-14 The Oval
London
E2 9DU

7.30pm

£8

M.CRAFT

Following his third album Blood Moon, released to much acclaim earlier this year, Heavenly’s M.Craft completes the line-up for the final [PIAS] Nites event of the year. Having decamped to a log cabin on the edge of the Mojave desert, Craft discovered that isolation loves a soundtrack and Blood Moon is a score for seclusion. Inspired by witnessing the titular lunar event twice during his stint as a desert resident, the album propagated in a  nearby Los Angeles studio, unstructured, experimental piano pieces evolved into the album once back in his desert setting. Occasionally echoing the ghost forms of Talk Talk’s peerless Laughing Stock and the hymnal beauty of Sufjan Steven’s Seven Swans, the music is mainly Craft’s own unique meditation.

PAVO PAVO

Newly signed to Bella Union, this experimental pop band from New York unveil their debut album Young Narrator In The Breakers in November. The quintet came together whilst at Yale, studying music with its various members having worked closely with a variety of musical heavyweights such as john Zorn, Here We Go Magic. Lucius, Dave Longstreth and San Fermin whilst coming together as Pavo Pavo, guitar stabs, washed out harmonies, and rumbling synthesisers come and go like the tides of the ocean, the music moves with symphonic elegance that has been  hailed  as “weightless pop music that sounds like it was beamed down from a glimmering utopian future”.

J.BERNARDT

The new solo project from Balthazar’s Jinte Duprez under the nom de plume J.Bernhardt and thus described in a recent interview ; "The whole project is more personal in a way that reflects my philosophy about music. I really love the primitive groove thing about being a human being. You’re very much related with beats and grooves. The backings and everything on the album  it’s all very gospel soul related. It’s very monotone.“  J. Bernhardt’s debut album will be released through Play It Again Sam next year.

 

Tickets for this show are priced at £7 and are on sale NOW.

 

[PIAS] Nites: M. Craft / Pavo Pavo / J. Bernardt

15 Nov 2016

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Road
London
N1 9JB

7pm

£7

HALEY BONAR

Haley Bonar has spent a lot of the past few years poring over her past. That has something to do with the sound of her recent recordings, whether it be her recent solo efforts or the throwback funky punky grooves of her side project Gramma’s Boyfriend.

But on her latest album 'Impossible Dream', this glance in the rearview has also inspired some of the most poignant and pointed work of her long career as songwriter even if you have to dig a little to find Bonar within the tunes. “I was writing short stories for a while, mostly for myself,” she says. “But in some ways you can afford a lot more when you’re writing something that’s three minutes long versus something that’s detailed and is obvious that it’s you. This is me looking back on memory lane and just using little fragments that are relevant to the song so it feels a little less naked.”

'Impossible Dream' then, like all of Bonar’s work, gains its power from a combination of the personal and universal. Even when she sings about her days hitting up basement punk shows on “Better Than Me” or kicks off this album with an ode to her formative years in the gently chiming “Hometown,” it will surely stir up memories from your own younger days. And as with her prior albums, Bonar reveals a widescreen look at the world, touching on issues of sexuality, jealousy, and the fragile ties that bind relationships together. If they connect with your circumstance and the cultural conversation at large, that’s just a welcome coincidence. “Those things have always been relevant to me,” Bonar says. “Those conversations have been happening my entire life.”

What is clear right now is the impact this album is looking to have on the world at large. Bonar has already received some excited press notices about the two singles from impossible dream that have already been released: “I Can Change” (“A resolute pillar of bold, classic songwriting,” according to The Line of Best Fit) and “Kismet Kill,” which Stereogum called “a penetrating rumination on just how transitory love and beauty can be.“). The biggest stamp of approval, though, has come from Elton John. The venerated singer/songwriter chose to play “I Can Change” on his Beats 1 show Rocket Man Radio. “Hearing Elton John say my song is beautiful is pretty awesome,” Bonar admits.

MICHAEL NAU

Growing up in Cumberland, Nau was a late-comer to folk and rock, given his parents’ love of spiritual music. But his father did also own a couple of Kinks albums, and then on his own, Nau discovered the rich singer-songwriter seams of Harry Nilsson, Damian Jurado and Pedro The Lion - all of which informs his own music. After fronting cult indie-folk favourites Page France and Cotton Jones, new album Mowing represents a new phrase in Nau’s life, with a sparser, more soulful and tender groove.

"Quite simply a low-key gem...outstanding." - The Sunday Express 5* (album of the Week)
"A kinder, gentler pop music" - The Sunday Times
“Great charm and character and a way of getting under your skin” – The Times 4*

MALIHINI

Giampaolo Speziale and Federica Caiozzo met in early 2015 in Rome and, in what Federica describes as a "moment of surrender", decided to start making music together on a road trip through Austria, Germany and Poland. The duo gathered thirty improvised musical ideas and spent eight days recording with their friend and drummer Alberto Paone in a Roman studio.

In June of this year, Giampaolo and Federica decided to break from their previous musical incarnations and moved from Rome