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KISHI BASHI

Kishi Bashi is the pseudonym of singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Kaoru Ishibashi. Born in Seattle, Washington, Ishibashi grew up in Norfolk, Virginia where both of his parents were professors at Old Dominion University. As a 1994 graduate of Matthew Fontaine Maury High School, he went on to study film scoring at Berklee College of Music before becoming a renowned violinist. Ishibashi has recorded and toured internationally as a violinist with diverse artists such as Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and most recently, the Athens, Georgia-based indie rock band, of Montreal. He remains based in Athens.

Kishi Bashi is also the singer and founding member of the New York electronic rock outfit, Jupiter One. In 2011, he started to record and perform as a solo artist, opening for Sondre Lerche, Alexi Murdoch, and of Montreal. He supported of Montreal on their spring 2012 tour.

Kishi Bashi

26 Nov 2022

+ special guests

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

6pm

£17.50

LAURAN HIBBERD

“Such. Huge. Choruses…the next hottest thing” DIY

“A firecracker of a track” Billboard

“Tongue-in-cheek slacker-pop” NME

“Garage rock tunes...huge pop hooks” NYLON

“Grunge-inflected, punky bubblegum pop…she continues on her upward trajectory in explosively exciting fashion” The Line Of Best Fit

"Queen of slacker pop…if these bopping tunes are any indication, her next steps should be followed very closely" Dork

"Each song from the rising talent feels immaculately well packaged…cool-as-heck indie rock" Clash

"If you’re a fan of excellent indie then keep your eyes on Lauran Hibberd. We’re certain she won’t disappoint you" Gigwise

“Fizzy indie rock bangers” Music Week

“Slacker pop has a new frontrunner …every single one of Lauran Hibberd’s tracks is 10/10 great” Upset

“High-energy pop sensibilities and a tongue-in-cheek attitude” Rock Sound

Lauran Hibberd

23 Sep 2022

+ special guests

The Garage

20-22 Highbury Cor
London
N5 1RD

7pm

£13

For better or for worse, life keeps moving forward. It’s this fundamental truth that Lexi Vega, the creative force behind Mini Trees, confronts throughout her debut album Always In Motion. But coming to terms with this inevitability has been a life-long struggle.

The daughter of a Cuban-born father and Japanese-American mother, the uniqueness of her identity has been an ever-present tension in Lexi’s life. She never quite fit in growing up within predominantly white communities in suburban southern California, with few who around her outside of her family to understand the generational scars caused by both exile and internment. When she was only 5 years old, Vega’s father, a professional drummer himself, took his own life. These traumas set in motion an ongoing questioning of Vega’s own self identity - and Mini Trees has provided the palette for Vega to process, to persevere, and to grow.

After playing drums in various projects for years, Vega began writing and recording her own music under the moniker Mini Trees in 2018. She recorded her first solo track in the Summer of 2018 with producer Jon Joseph and was immediately hooked on the feeling of creating something that spoke directly to her as an artist, fully in control of her own vision. Mini Trees debut EP, Steady Me, dropped in 2019 and Vega followed it with 2020’s EP, Slip Away.

Following the release of these two EPs and with ample time to work on music during 2020, Vega both found herself ready to progress creatively and challenging many of her long-held beliefs and notions about her own identity. Originally envisioned to be yet another EP, Vega instead began working on what would become her debut full length, Always In Motion, a collection of relatable indie-pop songs that acknowledge our collective anxiety about life’s improbability.

“Moments In Between,” Always In Motion’s ethereal opening number, was written early on in the process, kick-starting Vega into songwriting mode and reflecting the anxiety and dread she was grappling with as the world shut down around her. That sense of uncertainty pervades the album, although it’s more universal than circumstantial as Vega uses the lyrics to consider how we move through life with a constant sense of unknowing. “Moments In Between” wonders whether spiritual belief can help us accept all types of challenges, although the introspective track doesn’t necessarily find a conclusion.

Mini Trees

30 Aug 2022

+ Gracie Gray

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Road
London
N1 9JB

19:00

Melin Melyn are one of the most exciting acts to emerge from this next golden generation of Cymru artists. Pushing forward on a less traveled bridge between psychedelia, surf , folk and alternative rock. The love child of legends and fellow countrymen Gruff Rhys & Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci (to name a few), their music is also distinctly unique and through their specific and multi-coloured lens.

A highlight of last summer's festival season with stints at EOTR & Green Man, Melin Melyn were praised by The Financial Times, NME, The i, The Line Of Best Fit and more as one of the live acts to watch, and I can safely say their sets are absolutely joyous and downright fun. Their debut EP 'Blomonj' was critically acclaimed, with support from the likes of NME, Dork, DIY and over 21 spot plays on 6Music (Huw Stephens, Cerys Matthews, Craig Charles, Marc Riley, Chris Hawkins), and selling 250 vinyl D2C. They were also recently touted by The Independent as Ones To Watch in 2022 as well as the NME 100. Their critically acclaimed debut EP ‘Blomonj’ released in August 2021 is less built on individual “songs” and more on weird tales of colourful characters and magical worlds that aren’t in fact that far removed from today’s off-kilter reality. It’s eccentricity at its finest & paradoxically most accessible. The six-piece are not so much round pegs in square holes as they are determined to throw the whole box out.

Melin Melyn

29 Jun 2022

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

31-35 Coate St, Bethnal Green
London
E2 9AG

19:00

£8.00

SOLD OUT

 

THE WAEVE

Here comes The WAEVE: as 2020 was limping its way to the finish line, two acquaintances met and exchanged missives over that strange Christmas. Graham Coxon - iconic songwriter, guitarist and vocalist in Blur, plus the originator of acclaimed soundtracks including ‘The End of the F**king World’ - and Rose Elinor Dougall - revered solo artist, Mark Ronson collaborator and founder of The Pipettes - embarked on some tentative explorations into songwriting. Before long, these gave rise to an unexpected sonic universe. Initially drawing on a shared love of English folk music, storytelling and the associated landscapes of this beleaguered island, the collaborators grew in confidence to start voyaging into uncharted waters. The sound developed slowly but surely, voices and words started to find their natural space, guitars and saxophones made clarion calls, strings lifted into other stratospheres.

Music was made with a cinematic breadth whilst maintaining an honest intimacy, to make the internal external. The WAEVE is the coming together of two musicians on the verge, themes of oblivion and surrender are juxtaposed with suggestions of hopefulness and light. Against a brutal global backdrop of impending apocalypse and despair, Coxon and Dougall strove to free themselves through the defiant, blind optimism of making music.

By working together the pair have formed a new, singular sonic identity.

The Waeve

06 May 2022

+ Special Guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7PM

£15

SOLD OUT

Starcrawler are a rock band for a new generation. Best known for their explosive live shows, lead singer Arrow de Wilde commands the stage with electrifying energy and charisma. Henri Cash plays the perfect foil to Arrow with an undeniable style and performance of his own, tearing at the guitar with a massive sound like few have before him. Since their early days, Starcrawler have won the love of such legendary artists as Shirley Manson, Elton John, Iggy Pop and Dave Grohl, recently starring in Grohl’s documentary “What Drives Us”. They’ve opened for the likes of Beck, Spoon, The Distillers, MC5 and Foo Fighters and toured across the UK, EU, Australia and Japan playing festivals such as Reading, Leeds and Fuji Rock.

Starcrawler

26 May 2022

+ special guests 

Colors Hoxton

2-4 Hoxton Square, London
London
N1 6NU

19:00

£14

With approaching 20 years as a band and a storied album catalogue spanning 2001’s Nightsongs, the romantic upheaval of 2003’s Heart and 2004’s Set Yourself On Fire, 2007’s In Our Bedroom After the War, the downcast elegies of 2010’s The Five Ghosts, the rejuvenation of 2012’s The North and sub-base, dance club infused No One Is Lost in 2014, Stars continue to prove themselves some of the finest musical storytellers in the country, moving through life with their fans.

Recorded in Montreal and Connecticut with producer Peter Katis (The National, Japandroids, Jonsi), There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light marks the first time the band shared creative control with someone outside the group. Lyrically, it veers into a world inhabited by characters that have lived inside Stars songs for almost twenty years: a place where people do desperate things in the name of love, a place where the cruelty and coldness of the technological world we live in often smashes up against the frailties of the human heart.

Reunion: A Weekend With Stars and Friends

11 Feb 2023

+ Special Guests

Lafayette

11 Goods Way London
London
N1C 4DP

19:00

£24.40 Day Ticket/ £44 Weekend Ticket

!!!

Doesn't it seem like everyone's freaking out lately? !!! know the feeling well. The NYC dance-punk lifers have been chronicling the perpetual meltdown that is American society for nearly 20 years now, from the clattering full-band thrust of their instantly iconic 2003 single "Me and Giuliani Down by the Schoolyard (A True Story)" to the dark disco of 2017's wonderfully eclectic Shake the Shudder. Their eighth full-length, Wallop, follows in the band's grand tradition of plugging straight into our collective nervous system and sending funky, rubbery shock waves through the body politic. If you've found yourself rubbing your temples while contemplating the collapse of everything around us? Well, !!! are bringing the soundtrack to your next nervous breakdown.

!!!

14 Oct 2022

+ special guests

Heaven

Villiers St
London
WC2N 6NG

7.30pm

£20

NATALIE BERGMAN

Mercy is Natalie Bergman's debut, a self-produced solo album recorded in the strangest of times, during a personal period of profound sadness and reinvention. It's startling, and often beautiful — a rush to the edge of the cliff, with an unflinching look below "This is the best writing I have done in my life," Bergman says. "I started writing music when I was very young; I’ve always had a child-like, nursery rhyme approach to my music," she says. Recorded at her brother's home studio in Los Angeles, CA, she emphatically states that "the album is my testament." Bergman has already had a lengthy, successful career as one half of the brother-sister duo Wild Belle, but this is the first time she wrote and played all the material. This record absolutely pulses with redemptive power; it is replenishing and original, and deeply cathartic. Natalie made this record because she absolutely had to. The music of Mercy began to germinate a few months after she lost her father in a wrong-way, head-on collision. He and her step-mother were killed by a drunk driver. Shortly after, Natalie visited a monastery in the southwestern desert, and there she began to embark on this album. "When you’re in the wilderness you pay attention to how you hear," she says. “I was granted some clarity and given some relief." Mike McGonigal, January 15, 2021, Detroit MI "Find sanctuary in the soft and swaying rhythms of Natalie Bergman's lightly psychedelic hymns."

Natalie Bergman

25 Aug 2022

+ special Guests 

St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd, London
London
NW1 1UL

7pm

SOLD OUT

THE WAEVE

Here comes The WAEVE: as 2020 was limping its way to the finish line, two acquaintances met and exchanged missives over that strange Christmas. Graham Coxon - iconic songwriter, guitarist and vocalist in Blur, plus the originator of acclaimed soundtracks including ‘The End of the F**king World’ - and Rose Elinor Dougall - revered solo artist, Mark Ronson collaborator and founder of The Pipettes - embarked on some tentative explorations into songwriting. Before long, these gave rise to an unexpected sonic universe. Initially drawing on a shared love of English folk music, storytelling and the associated landscapes of this beleaguered island, the collaborators grew in confidence to start voyaging into uncharted waters. The sound developed slowly but surely, voices and words started to find their natural space, guitars and saxophones made clarion calls, strings lifted into other stratospheres.

Music was made with a cinematic breadth whilst maintaining an honest intimacy, to make the internal external. The WAEVE is the coming together of two musicians on the verge, themes of oblivion and surrender are juxtaposed with suggestions of hopefulness and light. Against a brutal global backdrop of impending apocalypse and despair, Coxon and Dougall strove to free themselves through the defiant, blind optimism of making music.

By working together the pair have formed a new, singular sonic identity.

The Waeve

04 May 2022

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7pm

£15

JOVIALE

19 May 2022

+ special guests

Venue MOT

Orion Business Centre, Surrey Canal Rd, London
London
SE14 5RT

7:30pm

£10

THE DREAM SYNDICATE

The Dream Syndicate recently revealed they had signed to indie institution and ‘international guardian of wonky psychedelia’ (Uncut), Fire Records.

Set to release their new album this summer ‘Ultraviolet Battle Hymns and True Confessions’ features singer/songwriter/guitarist Steve Wynn, drummer Dennis Duck, bassist Mark Walton, lead guitarist Jason Victor plus their newest member Chris Cacavas on keyboards (you remember him from the 1980s Los Angeles band Green On Red).

When the Dream Syndicate emerged in the early 80s, frontman Steve Wynn declared that “we’re playing music we want to hear because nobody else is doing it” – he added, “I’ll comprise on what I eat or where I sleep, but I won’t compromise on what music I play.”

The Dream Syndicate

18 Oct 2022

+ special guests

Lafayette

11 Goods Way
London
N1C 4DP

7pm

£19.50

M(H)AOL

“Shoegaze textures with some gorgeous pop flourishes, CIEL have already attracted word-of-mouth hype” – CLASH MAGAZINE

“Shoegaze meets noir rock meets dream pop” – GIGWISE

“Movement is like a hug for your ears - perfect for filling space in these ridiculously quiet spring days” - DORK

"A masterclass in the transformative power of music, frontwoman Michelle Hindriks' vocal, equal parts glacial and syrupy sweet, pulls you into their colourful world an instant" - Earmilk

There’s an intrinsic mystique to CIEL’s dreamy alt pop gems, that convey a wistful and ethereal quality, juxtaposed with glazy guitar layers, driven basslines, and frontwoman Michelle Hindriks’ mesmeric vocals always standing out.

Moving from The Netherlands to Brighton, Hindriks joined forces with Spanish guitarist Jorge Bela Jimenez and drummer Tim Spencer to form CIEL. The three piece have quickly earned kudos for their exquisite live show, having already supported the likes of Hatchie, Sasami and Penelope Isles. Debut EP “Movement”, which came out in spring 2020, soon got praised by the online community, including Clash Magazine, Dork, Earmilk and Gigwise and has gathered plays across the UK and US on BBC 6 Music, KEXP, Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing.

Their spirited live show stands out by the combination of upbeat drum patterns, distorted and driven bass lines, distinctive guitar layers, electronic and rhythmic triggered samples and sick as fuck vocals.

Their new work, still unreleased yet but performed live, sees a transition to a heavier, darker and more energetic sound that evolves from their previous songwriting formulas, but headed to a new and exciting direction, something the band consciously aimed for during lockdown for the future live performances and recordings, achieving the best result for them to date.

M(h)aol

19 Jul 2022

+ special guests

The Grace

20-22 Highbury Cor
London
N5 1RD

7pm

£7

GRACE CUMMINGS

Grace Cummings is a folk/blues musician influenced by 20th century poets and luminaries, from Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan to Brett Whitely and Van Gogh. Her songwriting is intensely personal and reflects a strong connection to the Australian landscape.

In her short career, Grace has been invited to support Weyes Blood, Evan Dando, J Mascis and the Allah-Lahs in Melbourne. Her debut album, Refuge Cove, was released through Flightless Records, earning critical acclaim from Pitchfork and Allmusic, amongst others. In July 2020, Grace released the track Sweet Matilda as part of venerated indie label Mexican Summer’s Looking Glass single series, before landing a worldwide deal with indie powerhouse ATO Records (Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard). Her sophomore album, Storm Queen, will be released on ATO in 2021.

Grace Cummings and her Band

16 May 2022

+ special guests

Windmill Brixton

22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton Hill
London
SW2 5BZ

7pm

£11

BOY & BEAR

Staying power is the type of power few artists can manage to successfully retain.

For Sydney’s Boy & Bear however, theirs is a legacy that has continued to flourish thanks to a committed approach to their craft, and consecutive releases that have had the ability to strike a chord with audiences nationwide and beyond.

Forming in 2009, as Australian indie music was enjoying an early apex with fans and industry alike, Boy & Bear grew from a solo project for songwriter Dave Hosking, into a fully-fledged musical project that would see Hosking’s initial idea become home to Killian Gavin, Tim and Jon Hart, Jake Tarasenko and Dave Symes.

Early support via triple j and Triple J Unearthed propelled Boy & Bear into the national Australian music consciousness, leading the group to the release of their acclaimed, double-platinum selling debut album Moonfire in 2011. The record, featuring the smash hit ‘Feedling Line’, earned Boy & Bear five ARIA Awards and three placements in the triple j Hottest 100 of 2011.

Boy & Bear

15 Oct 2022

+ special guests

Hackney Church

Lower Clapton Rd
London
E5 0PD

7.30pm

£16.50

SOLD OUT

FLUME

For the past decade, Flume has been dominating the music world with his hypnotic and abstract compositions that awaken the senses. Born as Harley Edward Streten, the Australian producer has a fresh approach when it comes to building out an immersive soundscape that revolves around the pursuit of creative freedom. Stemming from a desire to do the opposite of what is typically optimized for the algorithm, Flume’s technique involves weaving layers that are bound with introspection and intrigue. As someone who doesn’t actively seek the spotlight for himself, he always makes his collaborators shine.

Flume’s talent knows no bounds as he further explores the vastness of his own man- made universe through complex arrangements and sentimental bangers. At this stage of growth in his career, he isn’t concerned about getting any bigger—Flume just wants to maintain the energy that he’s manifested.

Flume

12 Jul 2022

+ special guests

KOKO

1A Camden High St London
London
NW1 7JE

7.30pm

£27.50

PLUMM

Plumm is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, band leader and producer hailing from South London with proud Welsh heritage constructing mood driven soundscapes through her rich vocals.

Plumm is a genre-bending, stage strutting chameleon; dining with both light and shadow.

Her eccentric tendencies inspired by the late greats of David Bowie and Led Zeppelin, the grit and rawness of Janis Joplin and sporadic but measured phrasing and tone of Nina Simone. Plumm's coming at you with grit and soul. 


After playing at BBC Maida Vale Studios with Moses Boydfor BBC 1Xtra, championed by BBC Introducing London, and playing with Taylor McFerrin at Oslo in Hackney; Plumm recently performed and led 2 sold out shows at The Jazz Cafe interpreting Massive Attack’s 'Blue Lines'.

This year she features on the theme tune for new hit TV show 'Ragdoll' on Alibi with Moses Boyd.

Live, Plumm's shows have created a buzz within the ever growing London Jazz scene with her varying arrangements; a full force Rock, Soul, Jazz band, a one woman vocal pedal show and part of larger collectives such as Levitation Orchestra. Plumm is also SOAS alumni with a degree in Ethnomusicology and a specialism in North Indian Classical music. Plumm is a year 6 Future Bubbler under Gilles Peterson.

Recent radio plays from Huw Stephens (Radio1), Moses Boyd (1Xtra), Jamz Supernova (1Xtra), Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 6) Jess Iszatt (BBC Introducing), Emma Warren (Worldwide FM) and many more.

Plumm

28 May 2022

+ special guests

Peckham Audio

133 Rye Ln
London
SE15 4ST

7pm

£8

TORO Y MOI

Toro y Moi’s seventh studio album, MAHAL, is the boldest and most fascinating journey yet from musical mastermind Chaz Bear. The record spans genre and sound—encompassing the shaggy psychedelic rock of the 1960s and ‘70s, and the airy sounds of 1990s mod-post-rock—taking listeners on an auditory expedition, as if they’re riding in the back of Bear’s Filipino jeepney that adorns the album’s cover. But MAHAL is also an unmistakably Toro y Moi experience, calling back to previous works while charting a new path forward in a way that only Bear can do.

MAHAL is the latest in an accomplished career for Bear, who’s undoubtedly one of the decade’s most influential musicians. Since the release of the electronic pop landmark Causers of This in 2009, subsequent records as Toro y Moi have repeatedly shifted the idea of what his sound can be. But there’s little in Bear’s catalog that will prepare you for the deep-groove excursions on MAHAL, his most eclectic record to date.

Toro Y Moi

12 Oct 2022

+ Sofie Royer

Hackney Church

Lower Clapton Rd
London
E5 0PD

7.30pm

£25

FATHER JOHN MISTY

“Stunningly melodic... Tillman’s voice sounds fantastic throughout... It feels like an artist who’s spent time wondering what the point was, making peace with what he does, even – or especially – if it involves escapism. Sinking into Chloë and the Next 20th Century’s lush, sepia-toned arrangements, escaping with him is a pleasure (“Album of the Week”).” ★★★★ The Guardian

“Tillman’s writerly skills would have shone in any era... He offers a moving reminder of the beauty of life’s impermanence...As Chloë and the Next 20th Century sees Father John Misty escaping into his own parallel Hollywood reality, it’s highly entertaining to slip in alongside him.” ★★★★ MOJO

“Chloë.. is maximum Misty from tip to twinkly toe... As woodwinds flutter and strings swoon, Tillman’s voice rises to the occasion: his rich, warm delivery pulls you into the songs, barbed asides and beautiful melancholy impeccably balanced... Tillman’s writing brims with story-song riches, countering 21st-century cynicism with old-school romanticism.”★★★★ - Record Collector

“Singles “Funny Girl,” “Q4” and “Goodbye, Mr. Blue” are sprawling and ornate, like novellas set to instrumentation that spans FJM’s many styles, widescreen baroque pop that folds in both Old Hollywood and Americana. After the painfully personal “God’s Favorite Customer, there’s a distinct comfort in Tillman’s return to spinning detailed fictions at scale—and, as ever, spotting the truths wrapped up in it all is just part of the fun (“10 Albums We’re Most Excited About For April).” - PASTE

Father John Misty

09 Mar 2023

+ special guests

O2 Academy Brixton

211 Stockwell Rd
London
SW9 9SL

7pm

£35

FEARS

Fears is London-based Irish artist, musician and producer Constance Keane. Combining reflective electronics, acoustic samples, and haunting vocals with organic visuals, Fears invites the listener on an ethereal journey, blurring the boundaries between music and visual art. Her minimalist approach centres on emotive subjects, which are all-at-once deeply personal yet remarkably universal.

Gaining a reputation for engaging and immersive live shows, highlights include performances at Other Voices, Body & Soul, Quarter Block Party, Ireland Music Week, and concerts alongside Girls Names, Epicycle and Carla dal Forno.

Fears / Lapsley / M-Press / Aga Ujma

07 May 2022

Chats Palace

42-44 Brooksby's Walk
London
E9 6DF

7pm

£12.50

SOLD OUT

FLUME

For the past decade, Flume has been dominating the music world with his hypnotic and abstract compositions that awaken the senses. Born as Harley Edward Streten, the Australian producer has a fresh approach when it comes to building out an immersive soundscape that revolves around the pursuit of creative freedom. Stemming from a desire to do the opposite of what is typically optimized for the algorithm, Flume’s technique involves weaving layers that are bound with introspection and intrigue. As someone who doesn’t actively seek the spotlight for himself, he always makes his collaborators shine.

Flume’s talent knows no bounds as he further explores the vastness of his own man- made universe through complex arrangements and sentimental bangers. At this stage of growth in his career, he isn’t concerned about getting any bigger—Flume just wants to maintain the energy that he’s manifested.

Flume

11 Jul 2022

+ special guests

KOKO

1A Camden High St
London
NW1 7JE

7.30pm

£27.50

MAGDALENA BAY

Few artists are at once artful and savvy enough to transcend the endless scroll, but over the past 18 months, LA-based indie-pop duo Magdalena Bay have used social platforms to dispatch their music, and what you might call their philosophy, in hypnotic, ephemeral bursts. A long trip through their feeds produces music videos in miniature, irreverent pontifications on the state of the music industry delivered via home video VHS aesthetics, and existential meditations on everything from International Women’s Day to the clone craze of the early aughts to the indefinite lifespan of plants. To Mica Tenenbaum and Matt Lewin, reality can be unmade, manipulated beyond all recognition; their project is as much musical as it is an experiment in pop persona and visual aesthetics.

Magdalena Bay

10 Jun 2022

+ special guests

XOYO

32-37 Cowper St
London
EC2A 4AP

7pm

£14

CHARLOTTE CORNFIELD

After spending much of 2020 with her thoughts and instruments, Charlotte Cornfield knew it was time to take her new songs out of the house. Though the songs of Highs in the Minuses — her debut release on Polyvinyl and Double Double Whammy — are highly personal, Cornfield wanted their sonic quality to convey the communal, aleatoric energy of live performance. Channeling the spirit and working methods of Jason Molina, Neil Young, and Big Thief before her, she and the band allowed their psychic connection to convey the emotional interconnectedness that comes with stories of heartbreak, self-discovery, and new love.

Cornfield (guitar, piano, vocals), bassist Alexandra Levy (Ada Lea) and drummer Liam O’Neill (Suuns) convened in Montreal at the studio of Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Leonard Cohen) — and with contributions from guitarist Sam Gleason (Tim Baker) and Stars singer Amy Millan — they set Cornfield’s vivid mini-memoirs to an earthen folk-rock symphony. The Canadian singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist’s follow-up to her Polaris Music Prize-nominated debut (The Shape of Your Name, 2019) has a rhythmic, poetic clarity that may devastate the heart or tickle the ribs in a simple turn of phrase.

Charlotte Cornfield

17 Oct 2022

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£10

SOCCER MOMMY

Sometimes, Forever, the immersive and compulsively replayable new Soccer Mommy full-length, cements Sophie Allison’s status as one of the most gifted songwriters making rock music right now. Packed with clever nods to synth-filled subgenres like new wave and goth, the album finds Sophie broadening the borders of her aesthetic without abandoning the unsparing lyricism and addictive melodies that make Soccer Mommy songs so easy to obsess over. Sometimes, Forever is the 24-year-old’s boldest and most aesthetically adventurous work, a mesmerizing collection that feels both informed by the past and explicitly of the moment. It’s a fresh peek into the mind of an artist who synthesizes everything — retro sounds, personal tumult, the relatable disorder of modern life — into original music that feels built to last a long time. Maybe even forever.

Sophie was only 20 when she put out Clean, her arresting studio debut, which became one of the most beloved coming-of-age albums of the 2010s. Its bigger-sounding followup, color theory, brought more acclaim and continued to win her fans far outside of the lo-fi bedroom pop scene she cut her teeth playing in. But with all the highs came inevitable lows. Navigating young adulthood is often spiritually draining, to say nothing of the artless administrative chaos associated with being a popular full-time musician. And yet she never stops writing, consistently transforming bouts of instability into emotionally generous music. The latest culmination of that process is Sometimes, Forever, which sees Sophie once again tapping into the turn-of-the-millenium sensibilities she’s known for. This time, though, she advances her self-made sonic world beyond the present and into the future with experimental-minded production, an expanded moodboard of vintage touchstones, and some of her most sophisticated songwriting to date.

Soccer Mommy

22 Sep 2022

+ special guests

O2 Forum Kentish Town

9 - 17 Highgate Rd
London
NW5 1JY

7pm

£18

LET'S EAT GRANDMA

Let’s Eat Grandma released their second album, I’m All Ears, in 2018. It came out to a blaze of critical glory, thrilled fans who’d been with them since debut I, Gemini, and won them interested new listeners as they widened their musical scope. They won Album of the Year at the Q Awards along with many end of year list placements, toured relentlessly, played a life-changing set at Coachella and now return with Two Ribbons: a new album that tells the story of the last three years from both Jenny Hollingworth and Rosa Walton’s points of view. As a body of work, it is astonishing: a dazzling, heart-breaking, life-affirming and mortality-facing record that reveals their growing artistry and ability to parse intense feeling into the most potent lyrics.

As life experiences diverged for the first time between the song-writing partnership, perhaps intensified by their concentrated two-piece band set up, they were driven to write more individually lead songs that read almost as letters to the other.
Sure there are still the trademark “finish each other's sentences” moments on the album, but for the first time, the bulk of the record features a lead vocalist on each track – making space for each other to express their truth honestly and cathartically. The themes are infused with emotion and a desire to express the inexpressible – from losing a loved one and the reality of mourning, to a new understanding of, and explorations in, sexuality.

Let’s Eat Grandma

19 Oct 2022

+ special guests

KOKO

1A Camden High St
London
NW1 7JE

7.30pm

£17

GOOD MORNING

Good Morning are a band from Melbourne, Australia. Formed as a recording project in 2014 by Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons, the band’s presence in their lives has expanded slowly but surely over the better part of a decade. Due in part to a few strokes of luck, and a mysteriously unflinching desire to write and record music, Good Morning have been able to expand their scope from the lounge rooms and pubs they began recording and performing in to playing shows to people all across the globe.

In 2020 as tours began rapidly falling by the wayside, Good Morning’s plans to transition into a more full-time touring schedule quickly came to an end. Trying to re-contextualise their ‘jobs’ as musicians, Good Morning set their focus on piecing together a studio in the Melbourne suburb of Preston, and have since somewhat maintained a regular Monday - Friday recording schedule. Their latest release, the self-produced ‘Out To Pasture / Misery’ is a result of said schedule. With endless amounts of studio time Good Morning have been able to indulge more than ever in crafting layered recordings, a welcome change for the band, who for the most part have made their records within the space of a few days.

‘Out To Pasture / Misery’ marks a few firsts for the band, namely strings (performed by Melbourne based violinist Chloe Sanger) and banjo. Both songs also feature Glenn Blair on horns. Together Good Morning have released six records of varying quality and length - Shawcross (2014), Glory (2016), Prize // Reward (2018), The Option (2019), Basketball
Breakups (2019), and most recently Barnyard (2021). They are currently working on their seventh record.

Good Morning

24 Jun 2022

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Road
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£12.50

NATION OF LANGUAGE

Brooklyn-based synth auteurs Nation of Language entered 2020 as one of the most heralded new acts of recent memory, having already earned high-praise from the likes of NME, FADER, Stereogum and countless others for their ability to blend the upbeat with a healthy dose of sardonic melancholy. Inspired by the early new-wave and punk movements, the band quickly earned a reputation for delivering frenzied nights of unconventional bliss to rapt audiences, and established themselves as bright young stars emerging from a crowded NYC landscape.

The small handful of offerings from the band that began circulating in recent years prompted unusually big reactions from the press for an unsigned and fully independent new artist, turning many a head in their direction. Stereogum labeled the band “Immediately Addicting” while the NME went on to describe Nation of Language as ‘An Absolute Blast’ and some of the ‘most exciting music coming out of New York’.

Nation of Language

24 Nov 2022

+ special guests

Electric Brixton

Brixton Hill
London
SW2 1RJ

7pm

£17

NADEEM DIN-GABISI

Nadeem Din-Gabisi’s music radiates a determined and un-rescinded energy.

Its message, immersed within a cocktail of grime, hip-hop, highlife and jazz - akin to punk in its fervent cries, charged lyrics and refusal to subscribe to any particular lane - deftly takes the listener through his personal journey, examining moments of trauma and happiness in childhood. It uses those moments as a diving board to explore mental health issues and coping mechanisms of many young black men, born in inner and outer London. It questions and attempts to answer why some of these men swim, why some sink and why some others don't enter the POOL

Nadeem Din-Gabisi

16 Jun 2022

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7.30pm

£10

We're taking up residency at South London's beautiful Ivy House pub with some of our favourite new artists.

Edition #1 saw M(h)aol, Blood Wizard and GENN take to the stage and we're thrilled to announce that Memes, Robbie & Mona and Hussy will be joining us on 31 March.

Laptop rock duo Memes formed on a Megabus in Spring 2019 and their music has been supported by the likes of Steve Lamacq, Vic Galloway, Charlie Ashcroft and Tom Robinson.

The Line of Best Fit described Robbie & Mona's music as a 'waltz through a hypnotic, often unnerving, lo-fi universe; emerging with a debut that nudgingly warps signature dream-pop traits, twisting familiar touches with avant-garde guile.'

HUSSY is South London-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Sophie Nicole Ellison. A skilled multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer, she wrote, played and produced every element of her recently released self-titled EP, making her entirely self-sufficient in her work as Hussy.

The Ivy House #2

31 Mar 2022

feat. Memes, Robbie & Mona and Hussy

The Ivy House

40 Stuart Rd
London
SE15 3BE

7pm

£6

OPEN MIKE EAGLE

As a mainstay on the underground hip-hop scene, southside Chicago native Open Mike Eagle has attracted a cult following for his alternative hip-hop style blended with introspective and darkly humorous lyricism.

As a member of the West-Coast spoken word and hip-hop collective Project Blowed, Mike established his name on the circuit with the likes of Dumbfoundead and Freedom Fellowship while attending university in LA. It’s here that the MC perfected his craft networking with some of the most prestigious producers and artists in the city and started highly respected underground rap group Thirsty Fish.

Open Mike Eagle / Ric Wilson

02 Apr 2022

+ Video Dave

The Jazz Cafe

5 Parkway
London
NW1 7PG

7.30pm

£17.50

MOONCHILD SANELLY

Moonchild Sanelly’s original brand of electro-pop-ghetto-funk has fast gained her a reputation as South Africa’s most unique performer. A superstar on her home turf, from her stellar solo career and award-winning debut album Rabualpha to her collabs with Maphorisa, Sho Madjozi, Thandiswa Mazwai and many more, Moonchild is now collaborating with international superstars Gorillaz, Die Antwoord, Wizkid, Diplo, Beyoncé and many more in the works.

Her electrifying energy, infectious voice, killer hooks and unique self-designed style make her one of the most sought after acts in South Africa today. Her outspoken approach to female empowerment, female pleasure and sexual health make her one of the most poignant.

Moonchild Sanelly / Emily Dust (DJ)

17 Jun 2022

+ special guests

XOYO

32 - 37 Cowper Street
London
EC2A 4AP

7.30pm

£15

L'RAIN

Fresh from sell out shows at Cafe Oto and Pitchfork London, L'Rain returns to London to play a headline show at the beautiful Kings Place

L’Rain

23 Jun 2022

+ special guests

Kings Place

90 York Way
London
N1 9AG

7pm

£17.50

Eva Lazarus

17 Jun 2022

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7pm

£14.62

SOLD OUT

WESLEY JOSEPH

COLD SUMMER follows a breakthrough year for the film school graduate that saw him release his debut project ULTRAMARINE to critical acclaim, earning accolades across the music and fashion worlds including the likes of AnOther Man, The Face, The Fader, The Guardian, GQ, i-D, NME, Pigeons & Planes, Vogue and more. Whilst also being named a Next Wave artist by Jack Saunders at Radio 1, a Tip For 2022 by Jamz Supernova at BBC Radio 1Xtra and earning the highly influential Discovered On slot from Apple Music 1 host Ebro. Further praise from Apple Music came with the cover of their Up Next playlist, and Spotify who featured him as the face of Radar: First Listen.

Wesley Joseph

18 May 2022

+ special guests

XOYO

32-37 Cowper St
London
EC2A 4AP

7pm

£12.50

SOLD OUT

JOHNNY FLYNN & ROBERT MACFARLANE

Johnny Flynn and Robert Macfarlane present a unique song-and-story performance of their stunning album, Lost in the Cedar Wood.

Created during the pandemic, the album bases itself loosely upon the world’s oldest written work of literature, The Epic of Gilgamesh. The themes and landscapes of this epic poem intertwine with those of lockdown-era Britain to form a work of exceptional strangeness and beauty, at once ancient and urgent.

Flynn, lauded musician and actor, and Macfarlane, internationally celebrated writer known for his explorations of nature, time and people, here join forces to weave the album's beautiful songs together with spoken stories. This extraordinary show -- first performed to sell-out audiences at Shakespeare's Globe in February -- draws its listeners on a 4000-year-long dream-journey from Mesopotamia through to our fragile present moment, and on into the uncertain future. Moving, unsettling, joyful, thrilling –– it is a performance like no other.

Johnny Flynn & Robert Macfarlane

30 Apr 2022

+ special guests

Union Chapel

19b Compton Terrace
London
N1 2UN

7pm

£35

BATTLES

Helmed by Ian Williams and John Stanier, Battles ignore traditional genre boundaries to create music that's as engaging as it is inventive and technically proficient. Their lively sound combines and reimagines post-rock, prog, psych, electronic music, post-punk, and more in colorful, constantly evolving ways. Their 2007 debut, Mirrored -- the band's first and only album with -- positioned them as avant-rock futurists, but following his departure, Battles broadened their scope. On 2011's Gloss Drop, they emphasized the catchiest side of their experiments with a cast of guest vocalists; with 2015's all-instrumental La Di Da Di, they proved their music had just as many hooks even without words. By the time of 2019's Juice B Crypts, Battles' lineup was down to a duo, but the wit and sense of adventure in their sound continued to grow.

Battles

23 Jun 2022

+ special guests

Village Undeground

54 Holywell Ln
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£20

CHARLIE HICKEY

Born in 1999, Charlie Hickey grew up in South Pasadena, just minutes from Downtown Los Angeles. Raised by two singer-songwriter parents, Charlie’s second language was music since day one. As early as grade school, he was making sense of the world through songwriting, and by middle school he was writing, recording and performing songs that attracted a community of collaborators and could silence a room.

A turning point for Charlie came at around the age of thirteen, when he covered a song by then up-and-coming artist Phoebe Bridgers, who was still in high school herself.  The two quickly became friends and collaborators, setting Charlie on an exciting new musical path.  Years later, Bridgers introduced Charlie to songwriter, drummer, producer and her bandmate Marshall Vore, who noticed something special about Charlie. The two began writing and recording songs together, and soon Charlie dropped out of school to work on his music full-time.

Charlie Hickey’s first proper single, out now, is “No Good At Lying.” The Marshall Vore-produced track introduces us to Charlie’s evocative storytelling and features Phoebe Bridgers on backing vocals.  “I’m  no good at lying / on my back or through my teeth / but I’m good at dreaming / I can do it in my sleep,” he sings over hushed guitars and a whimsical banjo, searching for truth as his unconscious mind runs wild and bleeds into reality. It’s a slow, quiet, and understated peek to the world of Charlie Hickey, who is barely of legal drinking age, but taps into such universal themes that showcase a wisdom beyond his years and exudes promise for what’s to come.

Charlie Hickey

11 May 2022

8.30pm: Kevin Rowsell
9.30pm: Charlie Hickey

Sebright Arms

31-35 Coate St, Bethnal Green
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£12

SOLD OUT

MYLAR

"Colourful, vivacious songwriting, their music is equal parts direct and surreal, arresting and mystifying." Clash

Mylar

04 May 2022

+ special guests

The Waiting Room

175 Stoke Newington High St
London
N16 0LH

7.30pm

£8

JEREMIE ALBINO

Toronto-based musician Jeremie Albino expands the boundaries of Americana, folk, and country, with his brand of soulful storytelling and kinetic performance. His 2019 debut, Hard Time, was released to critical acclaim by New York-based label Cinematic Music Group, followed by Blue Blue Blue (a collaboration with vocal powerhouse Cat Clyde). With a sophomore record and tours through North America and Europe on the horizon, Albino has solidified his bluesy, unfiltered sound in his latest EP, Past Dawn. The 6-song collaboration recorded over 2020’s quarantine, produced by Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope, showcases the songwriter at his most captivating: exploring loss, love, and home against a background of hopeful camaraderie.

Jeremie Albino

10 May 2022

+ special guests

The Victoria

451 Queensbridge Rd
London
E8 3AS

7.30pm

£10

MARIA CHIARA ARGIRO

Maria has been quietly weaving her way around the UK jazz, classical and electronic worlds since she moved to London from Rome 11 years ago. A pianist from the age of nine and a key player in the capital’s multi-national jazz scene, she’s lent her skills to indie band These New Puritans, lush jazz troupe Kinkajous and, more recently, collaborations with Jamie Leeming – their 2020 album Flow was nominated for one of the albums of the year in the Jazz Revelations Awards and was the Guardian’s jazz album of the month – and beat-driven duo Moonfish.

Maria recorded and self-produced “Clouds” between her bedroom and studio with the precious help of her longtime collaborators and electronic producers, In a Sleeping Mood and mixing engineer Alex Killpartrick. And, crucially, she is singing for the first time, too – her airy, otherworldly vocals on “Clouds” resemble Emiliana Torrini or a singer in a smoky, late-night club, alone under the spotlight on the stage.

When she was starting out in Rome, Maria was one of the very few women in jazz she could think of. “All my life I’ve been surrounded by men,” she says. “But when you’re 15, you don’t really think about being the only woman. Now I see many more women in jazz and electronic music but back then, it wasn’t the case at all.” She moved to London over a decade ago to immerse herself in the music scene; in Italy, she says, “jazz is still seen as the older generation’s music. I wanted to find my own path.”

Maria Chiara Argirò

26 May 2022

+ special guests

Pickle Factory

13-14 The Oval, Cambridge Heath
London
E2 9DU

7.30pm

£8.50

DANA GAVANSKI

Born in Vancouver to a Serbian family, Dana has always harbored a desire to sing. In her final year of university in Montreal, she picked up the guitar left by her ex-partner and decided to re-learn. But with a father in film and a painter mother, other art-forms clamored for her attention. She spent a summer as her producer father’s assistant in the Laurentians, in a derelict hotel-turned-office that looked like something out of The Shining. The long days behind a computer cemented her desire to make music, ‘because it was so impossible to play that I needed to, in order to feel like it was real.’ The income she saved that summer funded a year of writing religiously, leading to EP Spring Demos in September 2017, which Dana describes as ‘whatever was coming out of me. A flood.’

Dana Gavanski

12 Sep 2022

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£13.50

SOLD OUT

FENG SUAVE

Feng Suave is the recording project of Dutch songwriters and producers Daniel De Jong and Daniel Elvis Schoemaker. 
 "They have a nice old revisited soul groove. I go for that." - Iggy Pop

Feng Suave

02 Apr 2022

+ special guests

Peckham Audio

133 Rye Ln
London
SE15 4ST

7.30pm

£12.50

SANS SOUCIS

London-based songwriter and producer Sans Soucis, blends an eclectic array of folk, RnB and pop influences into an exciting, genre-defying sound.

Releasing music independently since 2018, Sans Soucis’ work has garnered support from Spotify’s New Music Friday, BBC Introducing London, BBC6 Music, The Guardian, Wonderland, Clash Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, The Fader, and many more.

Alongside this show, Sans Soucis has recorded a cover of James Blake's Foot Forward as part of our new project FutureFORM. FutureFORM gives selected artists access to studio time, support and a headline show in one of London's best independent venues.

Listen to Foot Forward now

Sans Soucis

13 May 2022

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7pm

£12

M FIELD

A pop sensibility inflected with the sounds of his native South Africa and a penchant for offbeat lyricism characterise M Field’s output, having first risen to prominence as lead singer and songwriter in Beatenberg, a band formed in Cape Town alongside Robin Brink and Ross Dorkin. Their debut album The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg received rapturous acclaim for its unique synthesis of influences, and had record breaking chart success in South Africa. The band subsequently made appearances on Jimmy Fallon and Jools Holland. M Field has also kept busy frequently collaborating with Tresor. Their platinum single ‘Aphrodite’ appeared on Tresor’s album Nostalgia, an album which went on to win ‘Best Pop Album’ at 2019s South African Music Awards.

M Field

23 May 2022

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7pm

£10

REAL LIES

Real Lies’ music expresses late-night euphoria at the same time as it embraces the horrors of the following afternoon, twinning street bravado with bedroom vulnerability, loss with longing. It is music about burying yourself in an avalanche of words and warm bodies in an endless search for the right ones.

Quickly heralded as a brave new voice in electronic pop, North London based Real Lies are embodying what it is like to be young, locked in and yet somehow adrift in Britain today.

Real Lies

06 Oct 2022

+ special guests

Heaven

Charing Cross Arches, Villiers Street
London
WC2N

7pm

£12.50

TOMBERLIN

What hides in the fog that keeps people apart, and what does it take to cut through it? These questions hang heavily over Sarah Beth 's music, whose hushed and intimate tones orbit answers as much as they savor the unanswerable. To be in relation to another human being is to engage with a deep mystery: We are all fundamentally alone, siloed into confusing bodies, and yet occasionally we find someone who lets us feel as if we weren't. Tomberlin, the Louisville native who recently relocated to Los Angeles, delights in articulating and amplifying that mystery, picking out its details and marveling at its scale. In singing her aloneness she soothes it, and extends a hand to others reckoning with their own solitude--a paradox that warms her spectral songs.

Tomberlin's new Projections EP continues the arc of her critically acclaimed 2018 debut , weaving new collaborators and new techniques into her signature dusky milieu. Since the LP's release, Tomberlin has toured with , , , and , played a Tiny Desk concert for NPR, and given a riveting performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Tomberlin

05 May 2022

+ special guests

St Matthias Church

Wordsworth Road
London
N16 8DD

7.30pm

£12.50

MUSH

Tipped previously by the likes of BBC 6 Music, Loud & Quiet, Uncut, Q, Stereogum, DIY, The Line of Best Fit, Dork and more, Mush, comprised of Hyndman (guitar/vox), Nick Grant (bass/vox) and Phil Porter (drums), present their own sonic idiosyncrasy. It’s a sound that blurs the lines of abstract surrealism, existentialism and social commentary; utilising guitars as tools in 2020 to stave off malaise whilst simultaneously commenting on the nation’s ability to fall into such dire straits. It’s a sensory overload of wiry tones that zig-zag between punk, prog and sardonic-funk with a relentless ability to reflect society’s faults and apathy in a unique and acerbic manner.

Whereas the band’s debut was very much a product of its time, something part-inspired by the political atmosphere of mid-2019 and a genuine moment of optimism when the prospect of a socialist government in the UK was on the cards, this new record uses tongue-in-cheek cynicism as a coping mechanism for the environment that we now find ourselves in. From one song to the next, Lines Redacted introduces a string of different narrators with each providing a different reflection on the Armageddon scenario that we are slowly entering, whether that’s bemoaning it or gleefully willing it along. 3D Routine presented a bed of scathing political jibes latching onto themes and decisions of the time. Lines Redacted mutates these ideas into something slightly more sinister whilst maintaining all of Hyndman’s razor-sharp wit that permeates the album.

Mush

05 Mar 2022

+ special guests

Windmill Brixton

22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton Hill
London
SW2 5BZ

8pm

£10

GODFORD

Nostalgia for the present.  Much like the emotionally intricate work of contemporaries such as Bob Moses and Jamie xx, the music Godford creates evokes the romance of late nights, last nights, and the memory of what just came before.  His debut record NBP captures that lightning in a bottle, peaking feeling where life is never the same since.  A place that withstands time, the chance to revisit only by pressing play.

NBP is a record that longs even further for a past none of us will get a chance to experience.  In a time where terms like “influencer” and “reality” are intertwined with multiple meanings, Godford’s music lends itself to the moment where the world was seen through open eyes as opposed to the lens of a camera.  While social media can feel like an inescapable hall of mirrors, the producer prefers to remain anonymous not to dredge up any sort of industry hype, but instead offering up a direct line to his true self through the exploration of the real emotions of his music, a language beyond borders.

Fashioned together on a shoestring budget with limited access to phone and internet between the countryside in France and Godford’s home studio in Paris, the record reflects these differing environments, and the real people within them.  Without projecting any sort of chosen identity online, NBP takes a deep dive through an immersive world of characters from his own life.  “An album is a way to propose a journey,” he recalls, and every vocal featured on the record is an electronically distorted memo that flits between the artist’s own narration and that of his friends.  “Everyone feels comfortable at the end because it’s not their real voice,” Godford explains, allowing in that small window an opportunity to convey and reveal their truest selves.  Indeed, this purposeful obscurity also allows listeners to forge the strongest connections of all: drawing their own associations of songs from NBP to soundtrack the world they live in.  “My biggest wish would be for my songs to be a time marker of someone's life,” Godford emphasizes, to build that close relationship that is based on sentiment, rather than perception.

Godford / Tom Everett

22 Apr 2022

Doors: 7:30pm
Tom Everett: 8PM
Godford: 9PM

XOYO

32-37 Cowper St
London
EC2A 4AP

7.30pm

£12

SOLD OUT

REAL LIES

Real Lies’ music expresses late-night euphoria at the same time as it embraces the horrors of the following afternoon, twinning street bravado with bedroom vulnerability, loss with longing. It is music about burying yourself in an avalanche of words and warm bodies in an endless search for the right ones.

Quickly heralded as a brave new voice in electronic pop, North London based Real Lies are embodying what it is like to be young, locked in and yet somehow adrift in Britain today.

Real Lies

28 Apr 2022

+ special guests

Pickle Factory

13-14 The Oval, Cambridge Heath
London
E2 9DU

7.30pm

£13.50

DESSA

Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations—she's appeared on the Billboard charts, recorded with the GRAMMY-winning Minnesota Orchestra, contributed to The Hamilton Mixtape and the RBG documentary soundtrack, and performed at clubs and festivals on five continents. She’s written for The New York Times and National Geographic Traveler, presented a TED talk with over 4 million views, and published a memoir My Own Devices that was recognized by NPR and Amazon as a best book of 2018. Dessa also hosts the science podcast Deeply Human—a co-production of the BBC, American Public Media, and iHeartRadio—that features surprisingly intimate interviews with leading researchers on human behavior. The LA Times wrote that Dessa “sounds like no one else;” NPR’s All Songs Considered called her “a national treasure." On the stage and on the page, her style is defined by ferocity, wit, tenderness, and candor. Find her online @dessadarling on Twitter and Facebook, @dessa on Instagram, and at dessawander.com

Dessa / Becky CJ

26 Mar 2022

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£15

MOOR MOTHER

Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) is a national and international touring musician, poet, visual artist, and workshop facilitator. She is a vocalist in three collaborative performance groups: Irreversible Entanglements, MoorJewelry and 700bliss.

As Moor Mother, she released her debut album Fetish Bones on Don Giovanni records to critical acclaim in 2016. Fetish Bones was named the third best album of the year by The Wire, called “one of the most innovative and important records of 2016” by Jazz Right Now, and appeared on numerous end-of-the-year lists from Pitchfork, Noisy, Rolling Stone, and Spin. She was named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Artists You Need To Know” in October 2016, as well as one of Bandcamp’s 2016 artists of the year. (Camae’s debut book of poetry, also called Fetish Bones, was released by The AfroFuturist Affair.)

She has released multiple albums every year since Fetish Bones. In 2017, CTM X Vinyl Factory commissioned her album The Motionless Present; this was followed by Crime Waves, a collaboration with fellow Philly producer Mental Jewelry, and Clepsydra, “a collection of sounds for writers.”

In 2020, she launched a series of releases with Swedish musician Olof Melander. Titled Anthologia, the projects are designed to raise funds for disability justice. She worked again with Melander and Mental Jewelry on Forever Industries, a 2020 release which features two jazz-tinged experimental hip-hop singles that speak of making space, outer space, and industry. Most recently, Ayewa put out BRASS, a collaboration with the rapper billy woods. She has previously worked with woods on his critically acclaimed 2020 album Shrines and on the song “Furies,” which was featured on the Adult Swim single series.

As Moor Mother, she has performed at Berhaign, Borealis, CTM Festival, Le Guess Who, Unsound, Flow and Donau Festival, Rewire, Boiler Room and MOMA PS1. She has been highlighted in magazines including Quietus, Interview Magazine, The Guardian, Crack, and Pitchfork.

Moor Mother

17 May 2022

+ special guests

Colour Factory

8 Queen's Yard
London
E9 5EN

7pm

£15

A mid-week coming together in Deptford hosted by legendary local collective Steamdown. These sessions will explore the incredibly vibrant emerging music scene in the borough, showcasing a new artist every week, exploring sounds with roots stemming from jazz to afrobeat and fusing grime, hip hop, soundsystem music and future soul.

Steam Down Residency

30 Mar 2022

Matchstick Piehouse

Railway Arches, 213-214 Edward St
London
SE8 5HD

7pm

£12.50 - £10

A mid-week coming together in Deptford hosted by legendary local collective Steamdown. These sessions will explore the incredibly vibrant emerging music scene in the borough, showcasing a new artist every week, exploring sounds with roots stemming from jazz to afrobeat and fusing grime, hip hop, soundsystem music and future soul.

Steam Down Residency

23 Mar 2022

Matchstick Piehouse

Railway Arches, 213-214 Edward St
London
SE8 5HD

7pm

£12.50 - £10

A mid-week coming together in Deptford hosted by legendary local collective Steamdown. These sessions will explore the incredibly vibrant emerging music scene in the borough, showcasing a new artist every week, exploring sounds with roots stemming from jazz to afrobeat and fusing grime, hip hop, soundsystem music and future soul.

Steam Down Residency

16 Mar 2022

Matchstick Piehouse

Railway Arches, 213-214 Edward St
London
SE8 5HD

7pm

£12.50 - £10

Advance tickets for this show have sold out. Remaining tickets will go on sale on the week of the show

A mid-week coming together in Deptford hosted by legendary local collective Steamdown. These sessions will explore the incredibly vibrant emerging music scene in the borough, showcasing a new artist every week, exploring sounds with roots stemming from jazz to afrobeat and fusing grime, hip hop, soundsystem music and future soul.

Steam Down Residency

09 Mar 2022

Matchstick Piehouse

Railway Arches, 213-214 Edward St
London
SE8 5HD

7pm

£12.50 - £10

A mid-week coming together in Deptford hosted by legendary local collective Steamdown. These sessions will explore the incredibly vibrant emerging music scene in the borough, showcasing a new artist every week, exploring sounds with roots stemming from jazz to afrobeat and fusing grime, hip hop, soundsystem music and future soul.

Steam Down Residency

02 Mar 2022

Matchstick Piehouse

Railway Arches, 213-214 Edward St
London
SE8 5HD

7pm

£12.50 - £10

Ruby Hughes, soprano, and Sergio Bucheli, theorbo and lute, provide a stunning programme portraying the magic and beauty of folklore and ancient love songs from the British Isles and Ireland throughout the ages. Songs by Purcell, Dowland, Jonson and Errollyn Wallen all celebrate the beauty of ancient Albion. Sergio brings the other-worldly beauty of the arch lute and Ruby’s voice is unmatched in purity and expressive power.

MISCHIEF AND MELANCHOLY: RUBY HUGHES & SERGIO BUCHELI

17 Mar 2022

St Peters Church, Brockley

Wickham Rd
London
SE4 1LT

4pm - 6pm

FREE

Lewisham based record label Aquarii Records presents an evening with Joe Armon-Jones. A highly respected composer, producer, bandleader and member of Ezra Collective, Joe’s work blurs the lines between jazz, bass-heavy dub and electronica. In this special even, Joe will invite label mates and fellow artists from his Lewisham based Aquarii imprint to perform in a one-off celebration of Lewisham and surrounding talent with an incredibly exciting bill including Hak Baker, Fatima, Goya Gumbani, Maxwell Owen and more, all contributing across the night.

Joe Armon-Jones

06 Mar 2022

Feat. Hak Baker, Fatima, Goya, Gumbana, Maxwell Owin

The Albany

Douglas Way
London
SE8 4AG

7pm

£17.50

Dave Okumu curates a very special evening of collaborative performances in the Borough’s own Blackheath Halls. The event sees a celebration of musical connectivity and interaction in Lewisham for a Friday night summit of some of the most special talent in the local community, stepping forward and showcasing different voices, with one all-star house band, together. With it also being 10 years of Jessie Ware’s Devotion, produced by Dave Okumu - there will also be an exploration and focus on some of the songs that made this unique album so special as part of the evening’s performances. Musically directed by Avi Barath the event will feature special guest appearances from Jessie Ware, Dave Okumu, ESKA, Yazmin Lacey, Rosie Lowe, Tiberius B and more.

Love Is Attention: Lewisham Connections

25 Mar 2022

feat. Dave Okumu, Jessie Ware, Rosie Lowe, Yazmin Lacey, Eska, Tiberius B and more

Blackheath Halls

23 Lee Road, Blackheath
London
SE3 9RQ

7pm

£25

SOLD OUT

MOSES BOYD

Multi-award winning drummer, producer, composer and BBC 1Xtra resident Moses Boyd is fiercely independent and powered by a vast array of influences. Growing up in Catford, Moses’s childhood was soundtracked by his parents’ collection of gospel, soul, funk, reggae – as well as Bjork, Debussy and Youssou N’Dour, which explains just how complex and beyond category his sound is. In this intimate show Moses will perform a special set, with an exclusive Lewisham-based supporting line-up he has helped curate for London Borough of Culture.

Moses Boyd

20 Mar 2022

+ special guests

The Albany

Douglas Way
London
SE8 4AG

7pm

£17.50

HOLY OTHER

Holy Other made his debut in 2010 with the release of a 7" single, We Over, on Transparent Records. Shortly after he signed to Tri Angle and released his debut EP, With U, in 2011.

With U was highly acclaimed by music critics, many applauding its unique blend of R&B, UK Garage, and House Music. Paul Lester, writing for The Guardian, remarked in reference to the EP “remember those stories about Prince being a Cocteau Twins fan? Well, this is what might have resulted had he worked with Robin Guthrie or Kevin Shields”, while Marc Hogan, in his review for Spin Magazine wrote that the EP "blasts through not only genres, but the divide between the otherworldly and the physical”.

In 2012 Holy Other released his debut album, Held, again, on Tri Angle Records. Ruth Saxelby, in her eight-out-of-ten review for Pitchfork stated "his music is of the wholly sensual, painfully physical kind, and with Held he triumphantly translates his bruised intimacy to full-length format without losing any of its skin-prickling power”. In a nine-out-of ten review Mixmag assessed that the album acted "as the perfect catalyst for moments of intense intimacy” and in another nine-out-of-ten review FACT Magazine concluded that “in both musical and studio accomplishment Holy Other has come into his own as a strong, individual, musical voice”.

With some years passed, in 2021 Holy Other returns with Lieve, his first new work to be released in 9 years, and the start of a new chapter.

Holy Other / Hinako Omori

20 Apr 2022

Electrowerkz

7 Torrens St
London
EC1V 1NQ

7pm

£12

BEN MARC

It’s a rare talent that can link Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood, Ethio-jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke, Afrofuturists Sun Ra Arkestra and grime legend Dizzee Rascal but Ben Marc has long blurred musical worlds and criss-crossed boundaries. On double and bass guitar, he flits between jazz, classical and electronic music, whether playing on Greenwood’s award-winning score for the film The Master or touring with Astatke for over 10 years, as well as working with the likes of Matthew Herbert, Charles Mingus, China Moses and Soweto Kinch – and even joining Tina Turner once onstage.

But as a producer and multi-instrumentalist at the leading edge of the UK jazz scene, Ben Marc is now stepping into the spotlight with his debut solo album, Glass Effect. Its title speaks to the limited perception of black musicians as being only of one genre – and to shattering expectations. “There’s a glass ceiling in most of the areas I’ve been working in: making it in classical music; the lack of Black producers at the top in electronic music,” says Marc. “There’s so many different sides to being a Black musician in London. Evan Parker is a massive influence for me one minute and the next it’s Common, and then Mount Kimbie.”

Ben Marc

04 May 2022

+ special guests

Corsica Studios

4, 5 Elephant Rd
London
SE17 1LB

7pm

£12

HATER

It’s been a quick rise for Swedish indie pop quartet Hater. Malmö based group recently signed to Fire Records (The Chills, The Lemonheads, Half Japanese, Jane Weaver, Death and Vanilla, Josephine Foster, Virginia Wing, Vanishing Twin) releasing double LP ‘Siesta’ (2018) and EP ‘Red Blinders’ (2017). Touring extensively around Europe in the last few years, they could also be seen playing arenas and concert halls with Ben Howard.

Festival performances have included End Of The Road, Eurosonic, Ment, Roskilde and Sea Change. In 2018 they headed to the US for SXSW which saw them on NPR’s Austin 100 “Their songs epitomize jangling grace as singer Caroline Landahl coos with maximum approachability.” Following a hugely successful at SXSW run, they returned the following year for their first US tour and were invited to tour with The Radio Department in 2020.

Hater

25 May 2022

+ Junodef

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£10

HARVEY CAUSON

Inspired by artists ranging from Mount Kimbie, Louis Jordan, Delia Derbyshire through to Aphex Twin. Harvey also finds influence from the city of Bristol - where he is now based - with hints of Massive Attack and Portishead resonating through his sound. A thoughtful and considered lyricist, Harvey finds inspiration across themes of philosophy, physics, anthropology and architecture, adding further texture to his sound. Growing up near Slough, Harvey’s depth and integrity came from a creative childhood, his dad a musician and his mother a dancer performing in a circus throughout her younger years.

Having previously supported the likes of Maribou State and Loyle Carner, Harvey Causon has become a memorable live performer, with remarkable attention to detail and a beautifully touching live vocal. With strong radio support including an ‘Artist Of The Week’ nod on BBC Radio 1, Huw Stephen’s also named him a ‘One To Watch’ and he’s also previously played a Maida Vale session for BBC Introducing.

Harvey Causon / Lucy Lu & Uma

31 Mar 2022

Oslo

1A Amhurst Road
London
E8 1LL

7pm

£11

KHAZALI

Hailing from north-west London, singer-songwriter Khazali made his debut on Slow Dance’s first compilation in 2016 with Ode to Mark (ft. Minnie Bunce), a 2-minute spring-time influenced experimental pop track which made a small splash. Sonically reminiscent of Blood Orange, Sampha and Drake, Khazali’s music is accessible and playlist-friendly. Garnering an organic interest in the depths of the electronic indie underground, with over 100,000 Soundcloud plays and spots on Spotify’s ‘Fresh Finds’ and ‘Counter’ playlists. Taking a step back from his solo efforts, he joined Anglo-Belgian electronica-pop outfit VRWRK in 2017, which resulted in ‘On the Outside’ (a name lifted from Ode to Mark’s lyrics), a conceptual LP and dance music education, and a stint of festival performances in Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as shows in London’s iconic Corsica Studios and Birthdays, and more. With ‘Stories’, Khazali returns to his bedroom solo experiment, with hazy lyrics lifted from his 15-year-old dream journals, and is a peek into his plans for an upcoming 2020 EP. Since its release, this track has been played multiple times on Radio 1xtra, Jamz Supernova show, BBC Introducing London and featured on Hypemachine.

Khazali / Jay Lewn

20 Apr 2022

Peckham Audio

133 Rye Ln
London
SE15 4ST

7.30pm

£9

DEEP TAN

“A blast of spartan new wave that's utterly thrilling” The Quietus “A simmering taste of what’s to come” So Young
“A taut, bold, post-punk ripper” Clash
“Sizzling new song” DIY
“deep tan are the exciting new group on the block in post-punk” METAL
“deep tan are sure to appeal to fans of some of the more eclectic, acerbic side of indie rock, like Speedy Ortiz and Dream Wife, or anyone who appreciates a bit of Sonic Youth” The Line of Best Fit

Deep Tan

01 Jun 2022

+ special guests

Venue MOT

Orion Business Centre, Surrey Canal Rd
London
SE14 5RT

7.30pm

£9

LOW ROAR

Ryan Karazija is an artist-traveler. However, his journey through life and music is not just about himself. It is also for the listeners who find in Low Roar's music the path they want to follow, or a place that they have been looking for a long time.

A journey that never ends

The story of Low Roar started at the other end of the world. On the cold, rough and absolutely magical Iceland.
After moving to Reykjavik in 2010, Karazija turned to a more introverted and intimate sound. Being greatly influenced by local folk bands, The self titled debut album was released on November 1, 2011 by the independent label Tonequake Records.

Low Roar

03 Nov 2022

+ special guests

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7.30pm

£16

The Ivy House Residency kicks off on 24th Feb in partnership with the brilliant London In Stereo at South London's community owned music pub, The Ivy House.

Edition #1 features Irish feminist post-punk band M(h)aol, Blood Wizard, new project from frontman of Nottingham punk band Kagoule and Brighton punks GENN.

Keep your eye's peeled for future editions TBA very soon.

The Ivy House Residency #1

24 Feb 2022

M(h)aol
Blood Wizard
GENN

The Ivy House

40 Stuart Rd
London
SE15 3BE

7pm

£6

SOLD OUT

FATHER JOHN MISTY

Backed here by a full orchestra in his only European performance for 2022 – one of only two performances of this project worldwide – Father John Misty's brooding, delicate music is given new layers.

His fifth album and first new material since 2018, Chloe and The Next 20th Century (released in April 2022) includes the upcoming single ‘Funny Girl’, a swirling ditty to the small characteristics we fall in love with, with emotive strings and a rolling vintage feel.

A prolific writer of raw, vulnerable songs about love, despair and dark beauty Father John Misty is one of America’s most celebrated indie artists. His songwriting abilities have seen him write songs for the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.

Father John Misty

07 Apr 2022

Conducted by Jules Buckley

Barbican

Silk St
London
EC2Y 8DS

7.30pm

Various

ILLUMINATI HOTTIES

I have this pal who insists that all writers, all makers, all people who put anything in the world outside of themselves – we should all come to terms with the fact that nothing we do is finished. An acceptance, this pal says, that will bring so many of us closer to contentment with the fact that we sometimes age beyond whatever it is we create, and there’s no real way to adjust for that except to honor our emotional evolution and the work that allowed us to crawl our way towards it.

I’m not always invested in this idea as I should be, admittedly, but there’s something I love about knowing that the work can be revised as I revise the self, or that old work can be tended to in the search for new work.

But before I get into all of that, the high-reaching impact of aging beyond our creations and aching for corrections before they slip through their fingers, let me say that most importantly, I love any Illuminati Hotties album because Sarah Tudzin is one of my favorite types of writers: A writer who takes their craft seriously, but refuses to take themselves seriously. It is an achievement for album to hold a song as fluorescently tender as “Threatening Each Other,” teeming with an ever-growing longing and also a song as raucous and thrilling as “Pool Hopping,” which feels and sounds like the unfurling of a mischievous summer’s night with nothing to do other than cause some trouble with yourself and a small and eager crew.

To retreat to my initial point, though, what makes this album even more of an achievement is how the album arrived in the world and what it carries with it. For those who fell in love with Free I.H., as I did, you perhaps were drawn to it, as I was, by the miracle of an album that sounded unrestricted and autonomous. Not messy in an unrefined way, but messy in a way that was held up by risk-taking, and discovery.

illuminati Hotties / Ducks Ltd / Mal

16 May 2022

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7pm

£12

SOLD OUT

WESTERMAN

“I wanted to make something that’s eventually uplifting” says Will Westerman about the origins of his debut album ​Your Hero Is Not Dead.​ ​“I wanted to say in as unguarded terms as I could — there are reasons for hope.” ​This vision, fully realized, i​s an album about empathy and compassion, struggle and release, and all the ways we contradict and battle within ourselves.

Your Hero Is Not Dead ​is full of supremely crafted songs about moral, political, and ethical grey areas. Recorded alongside his close friend and producer Nathan Jenkins (aka Bullion), they find Westerman attempting to resolve external issues by looking inward. Like a young Peter Gabriel in a late capitalist world, Westerman’s music falls somewhere between artful soft rock and confessional electronic pop.

Westerman / Mark William Lewis

31 Mar 2022

6pm Doors
7pm Mark William Lewis
8.15pm Westerman

EartH Theatre

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

6pm

£15

HELADO NEGRO

When Roberto Carlos Lange, the musician known as Helado Negro, began writing Far In immediately following the release of his acclaimed 2019 This is How You Smile, he could not have predicted that we would soon need to learn how to stay at home and be the stars of our domestic dance floors with intimates and online communities. The titular pair in “Gemini and Leo” stay indoors to discover each other anew with music recalling Lange’s youth growing up in South Florida listening to 80s club songs, and their return sampled in 90s hip hop. Visions past and future meet in a euphoria of uptempo drums, Jen Wasner’s (Flock of Dimes) funky bass line, and Opal Hoyt’s (Zenizen) galactic swirl of warm and steely synths and bright backing vocals. What was a prophesying rehearsal for the musician, we can hope will be our fresh start, a choice to bring that energy home, or go out to meet it.

Helado Negro

31 May 2022

+ special guests

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£18.50

FLORIST

"Emily Sprague’s folk music turns solitude into an evocation of spirits. Her latest album as Florist grapples with change, death, and uncertainty with some of the most arresting songwriting of the year." Pitchfork

Florist (solo)

22 Apr 2022

+ special guests

Kings Place

90 York Way
London
N1 9AG

7pm

£15

Lido Pimienta is a Toronto-based, Colombian-born musician, interdisciplinary artist, and curator. She has performed, exhibited, and curated around the world since 2002, exploring the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American diaspora and vernacular.

Her latest album Miss Colombia takes her ecstatic hybridity to a new level, building on the “nu” intersection of electronica and cumbia established by her first two albums, Color, released in 2010, and the 2017 Polaris Prize-winning La Papessa, as Canadian album of the year. Miss Colombia has only continued to grow Lido’s presence, with the album garnering multiple award nominations including a 2020 Latin Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album, and a 2021 Grammy nomination for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album.


Produced with Matt Smith, a/k/a Prince Nifty, Miss Colombia overflows with understated genius and continues to chart Pimienta’s evolution into an independent woman and artist who refuses to fit into pre-conceived notions of what a pop Latina artist ought to be.

Lido Pimienta

12 May 2022

+ special guests

Kings Place

90 York Way
London
N1 9AG

8:30pm

£16.50

VEPS

The band was born out of friendship, with their playfully subversive songwriting fusing alt-pop with indie rock elements.” Clash Magazine

“VEPS are leaning hard into a very rough and ready DIY aesthetic, and I am absolutely here for it.” Far Out Magazine

“The hype is now theirs to own.” - The Forty Five

“There is no doubt that they will become Norway’s next international indie export, and in time can achieve a global breakthrough on the scale of compatriots such as Girl In Red and Boy Pablo.” - Bands Of Tomorrow

Veps

12 Mar 2022

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

31-35 Coate St, Bethnal Green
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£11

YASMIN WILLIAMS

Yasmin Williams sits on her leather couch, her guitar stretched across her lap horizontally with its strings turned to the sky. She taps on the fretboard with her left hand as her right hand plucks a kalimba placed on the guitar’s body. Her feet, clad in tap shoes, keep rhythm on a mic’d wooden board placed under her. Even with all limbs in play, it’s mind boggling that the melodic and percussive sounds that emerge are made by just one musician, playing in real time. With her ambidextrous and pedidextrous, multi-instrumental techniques of her own making and influences ranging from video games to West African griots subverting the predominantly white male canon of fingerstyle guitar, Yasmin Williams is truly a guitarist for the new century. So too is her stunning sophomore release, Urban Driftwood, an album for and of these times. Though the record is instrumental, its songs follow a narrative arc of 2020, illustrating both a personal journey and a national reckoning, through Williams’ evocative, lyrical compositions.

Yasmin Williams

14 Jun 2022

+ special guests

St Matthias Church

Wordsworth Road
Lodnon
N16 8DD

7.30pm

£13.50

SOLD OUT

DEATHCRASH

deathcrash are a rock band from London. They have toured nationally with Black Country, New Road, and shared stages with the likes of Sorry, Squid and Lost Under Heaven. They have been championed on BBC Radio 6 Music by Steve Lamacq and on Beats1 by Matt Wilkinson, and featured in Celine’s AW20 advertising campaign.

deathcrash write personal songs that remain firmly hopeful despite their darkness. Focusing often on dynamics and slowly-developing pieces, deathcrash make heavy slowcore music that is powerful in its directness and sincerity.

Deathcrash

24 Feb 2022

+ special guests

Chats Palace

42-44 Brooksby's Walk
London
E9 6DF

7.30pm

£11

SOLD OUT

LAUNDROMAT

Laundromat is the recording moniker of Toby Hayes, melding the motorik grooves of Can, the melodic tendencies of Blur, and a number of lo-fi and experimental sounds into punchy alt-pop that would slot nicely into the BBC 6Music playlist.

A musician who earned his stripes in the DIY scene, Hayes has cultivated a unique sound that nods to The Beta Band at their most tender, with infectious and repetitive melodies and lo-fi longing.

Laundromat / Cubzoa

17 Feb 2022

+ special guests

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Lane
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£9

SOLD OUT

NATION OF LANGUAGE

Brooklyn-based synth auteurs Nation of Language entered 2020 as one of the most heralded new acts of recent memory, having already earned high-praise from the likes of NME, FADER, Stereogum and countless others for their ability to blend the upbeat with a healthy dose of sardonic melancholy. Inspired by the early new-wave and punk movements, the band quickly earned a reputation for delivering frenzied nights of unconventional bliss to rapt audiences, and established themselves as bright young stars emerging from a crowded NYC landscape.

The small handful of offerings from the band that began circulating in recent years prompted unusually big reactions from the press for an unsigned and fully independent new artist, turning many a head in their direction. Stereogum labeled the band “Immediately Addicting” while the NME went on to describe Nation of Language as ‘An Absolute Blast’ and some of the ‘most exciting music coming out of New York’.

Nation of Language

02 Feb 2022

+ special guests

XOYO

32-37 Cowper St
London
EC2A 4AP

7pm

£14

HOT FLASH HEAT WAVE

The San Francisco trio of Adam Abildgaard, Nick Duffy, and Ted Davis have built a loyal following and constant buzz over the last several years, with the 2019 EP ‘Mood Ring’ standing as their most kaleidoscopic work to date. Merging the quintessential melodies of pop's past with contemporary touches to forge something truly unique, Hot Flash Heat Wave is just starting to create their own sonic world.

Last year's EP launched the group into a realm entirely different from their previous catalogue. It is their truest-to-heart release yet, synthesizing a wide range of influences encompassing My Bloody Valentine, Frank Ocean, New Order, and Toro y Moi into something that sounds new and refreshing. Mood Ring’s lead single "Glo Ride" bounces with a slight R&B tilt against a dark, trippy atmosphere, while "Sky So Blue" finds the band spiralling into full-on psychedelia, complete with layers of spell-casting keyboards and a wonderfully zonked-out breakdown.

And the future only seems brighter from here: with singles ‘Grudge’ ‘m o t i o n s’ ‘Vampires’ teasing a 2022 LP, Hot Flash Heat Wave is preparing for the next step up the staircase in their colorful sonic journey, with determination to elevate their craft in the process.

Hot Flash Heat Wave

19 Aug 2022

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£10

SOLD OUT

EMMA-JEAN THACKRAY

Repped by Gilles Peterson, RBMA, Sounds of The Universe and many more, rising mega-talent Emma-Jean Thackray wears many musical hats. As a composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, bandleader and DJ, she is just as at home working with the London Symphony Orchestra as she is hosting her show on Worldwide FM or tearing it up on trumpet with her quartet.
Recent solo release Ley Lines on The Vinyl Factory follows Emma-Jean’s acclaimed Walrus EP and maintains her trajectory as one of the most talented young musicians in the business.

“UK jazz prodigy” – i-D
“really, really good!” – Gilles Peterson
“one of the UK’s most exciting new jazz artists” – RBMA
“Emma-Jean Thackray has been making waves” - FACTmag
“one of the young and new promises on the rise” – DJ Mag [ES]
“supremely talented… the sound of South London” – Sounds Of The Universe

Emma-Jean Thackray / Waldo’s Gift

08 Apr 2022

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

6pm

£15

"it sounds at once contemporary and also not quite like anything else around" DIY

MØ / Laurel

19 May 2022

Doors: 7pm
Laurel: 7.30pm
MØ: 8.30pm

Heaven

Under the Arches, Villiers Street
London
WC2N 6NG

7pm

£20

SOLD OUT

LET'S EAT GRANDMA

"With a stuttering synth chorus accented by shimmering flourishes, the track is a welcome return for Walton and Hollingworth, who despite the period of dormancy, still seem to be at the top of the pop game." NPR
"a dizzying trip through the exciting first flashes of new romance, and one of their most straightforward (a good thing) offerings yet." DIY

Let’s Eat Grandma

27 Jan 2022

+ special guests

XOYO

32-37 Cowper St
London
EC2A 4AP

7pm

£15

GRACE CUMMINGS

Grace Cummings is a folk/blues musician influenced by 20th century poets and luminaries, from Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan to Brett Whitely and Van Gogh. Her songwriting is intensely personal and reflects a strong connection to the Australian landscape.

In her short career, Grace has been invited to support Weyes Blood, Evan Dando, J Mascis and the Allah-Lahs in Melbourne. Her debut album, Refuge Cove, was released through Flightless Records, earning critical acclaim from Pitchfork and Allmusic, amongst others. In July 2020, Grace released the track Sweet Matilda as part of venerated indie label Mexican Summer’s Looking Glass single series, before landing a worldwide deal with indie powerhouse ATO Records (Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard). Her sophomore album, Storm Queen, will be released on ATO in 2021.

Grace Cummings / The Puncture Outfit

09 Mar 2022

+ special guests

St Matthias Church

Wordsworth Road
London
N16 8DD

7.30pm

£11

MODEL MAN

At the core of Model Man is Mark Brandon, who has been making waves with some of dance music's biggest players. Fusing ambient electronics with elements of bass culture, Brandon’s creative stance pits the physical against the cerebral, often with striking results. Amassing 25 million streams, Model Man were an Apple Music Track of the Year and streamed a live show for Amazon Music. Garnering regular support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, 6Music, Complex, Mixmag, Defected, whilst earning props from 2021’s defining artist tastemakers TSHA, Cinthie, Prospa and Mall Grab amongst others.

Model Man / Jacana People / Matt Ryder

03 Mar 2022

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£12.50

CJ PANDIT

Cj Pandit is an ArtPop performer who crafts songs for movies that were never made and places that you've never been. Working and living between London, New York and hometown Leicester, Cj has spent the majority of his life floating through different scenes, cities and circumstances, so is inevitably informed by heartbreak, longing and a search for meaning between the cracks in our day to day lives.

Inherently driven by the same escapist spirit as Bruce Springsteen, the curiosity of Talk Talk, and the lingering late night lyricism of Leonard Cohen through a truly modern lens, Cj is an anomaly and one of pop music's most intriguing outliers.

CJ Pandit

12 Oct 2022

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£10

GUSTAF

Inspired by the rhythmic grooves of ESG, the dopey drawl of Jonathan Richman, and manic energy of The Fall, Gustaf’s live set is quick on its feet, constantly in flux, and obsessively catered to the people in the room, resulting in a sound that is emotive, androgynous, and infectiously danceable.

Comprised of Tine Hill (bass), Vram Kherlopian (guitar), Melissa Lucciola (drums), Tarra Thiessen (vocals, percussion), and Lydia Gammill (lead vocals), Gustaf got its start in 2018 when Thiessen recruited Gammill to help drive her van down to SXSW. When Thiessen’s original tour fell through, Gammill suggested pulling a band together to play in their place. With little more than a name and a handful of t-shirts, they hit the ground running, playing hundreds of shows in their first two years and earning a reputation as one of New York’s “hardest working...and most reliably fun bands” (Brooklyn Vegan).

Finding early champions in all quarters, they caught the attention of luminaries like Beck and Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant - who had the band open for him at a secret loft party - and secured opening slots for buzzing indie acts like Omni, Tropical Fuck Storm, Dehd and New York no wave legends like James Chance and Martin Revv without any recordings to their name. They quickly earned acclaim from outlets such as Oh My Rockness, who touted, “Listen, if Gustaf is playing a late night basement show somewhere, or on a rickety roof, or in someone's shitty apartment, or just at some regular old music venue...you should make all the necessary arrangements and go.”

KILLS BIRDS

"Melancholy ’80s post-punk and the molten distortion of ’90s grunge, brutally heavy but dreamy at the margins." LA Times
"Nine songs, 26 minutes: The debut album from Kills Birds is a furious, fuzzy bombshell." New York Times
"Bosnian-born singer Nina Ljeti is...a woman who won’t be erased. Her power-punching trio matches her fury and her finesse between outbursts on this short, sharp, shock of a debut album." Chicago Tribune
"Their sophomore album Married (recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606) is the unapologetic zinger we’ve all been waiting for. From first listen, it’s clear the only thing they’re killing is any chance of anonymity." SPIN

Gustaf / Kills Birds / Bad Waitress

10 May 2022

19:00 Shady Nasty
19:40 Bad Waitress
20:20 Special Guests
21:15 Kills Birds
22:15 Gustaf

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7pm

£12.50

GUSTAF

Inspired by the rhythmic grooves of ESG, the dopey drawl of Jonathan Richman, and manic energy of The Fall, Gustaf’s live set is quick on its feet, constantly in flux, and obsessively catered to the people in the room, resulting in a sound that is emotive, androgynous, and infectiously danceable.

Comprised of Tine Hill (bass), Vram Kherlopian (guitar), Melissa Lucciola (drums), Tarra Thiessen (vocals, percussion), and Lydia Gammill (lead vocals), Gustaf got its start in 2018 when Thiessen recruited Gammill to help drive her van down to SXSW. When Thiessen’s original tour fell through, Gammill suggested pulling a band together to play in their place. With little more than a name and a handful of t-shirts, they hit the ground running, playing hundreds of shows in their first two years and earning a reputation as one of New York’s “hardest working...and most reliably fun bands” (Brooklyn Vegan).

Finding early champions in all quarters, they caught the attention of luminaries like Beck and Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant - who had the band open for him at a secret loft party - and secured opening slots for buzzing indie acts like Omni, Tropical Fuck Storm, Dehd and New York no wave legends like James Chance and Martin Revv without any recordings to their name. They quickly earned acclaim from outlets such as Oh My Rockness, who touted, “Listen, if Gustaf is playing a late night basement show somewhere, or on a rickety roof, or in someone's shitty apartment, or just at some regular old music venue...you should make all the necessary arrangements and go.”

Gustaf’s debut full-length album, Audio Drag For Ego Slobs, out October 1st 2021 on Royal Mountain Records (Wild Pink, Alvvays, U.S. Girls), is a culmination of lessons learned on the stage and in the studio. The album is a collection of anxious affirmations, existential dread, and blind joy. Recorded at the Honey Jar Studio in Brooklyn with Carlos Hernandez (Ava Luna, Sneaks, Mr. Twin Sister) and co-produced by Hernandez and Gammill, it follows last year’s Mine 7-inch, the band’s first recorded material and a release that immediately garnered attention from outlets like NME and NPR who dubbed the band one of 2021’s emerging artists, as well as BBC 6 Music who added the release to regular rotation.

KILLS BIRDS

"Melancholy ’80s post-punk and the molten distortion of ’90s grunge, brutally heavy but dreamy at the margins." LA Times
"Nine songs, 26 minutes: The debut album from Kills Birds is a furious, fuzzy bombshell." New York Times
"Bosnian-born singer Nina Ljeti is...a woman who won’t be erased. Her power-punching trio matches her fury and her finesse between outbursts on this short, sharp, shock of a debut album." Chicago Tribune
"Their sophomore album Married (recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606) is the unapologetic zinger we’ve all been waiting for. From first listen, it’s clear the only thing they’re killing is any chance of anonymity." SPIN

Gustaf / Kills Birds / Bad Waitress

09 May 2022

19:00 Shady Nasty
19:40 Bad Waitress
20:20 Special Guests
21:15 Kills Birds
22:15 Gustaf

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7pm

£12.50