Murlo | RFB Cloud Nothings | RFB Kiran Leonard | RFB Cosmo Sheldrake | RFB Ora The Molecule | RFB PEARL STREET HOUSE PARTY VOL 4. | RFB Drahla | RFB Thurston Moore Guitar Ensemble / James Blackshaw / Ashley Paul | RFB Wire / Audiobooks / Squid | RFB Pottery | RFB Rayana Jay | RFB CHAI | RFB Lauran Hibberd | RFB Body Type / Krush Puppies | RFB Akala: In Conversation | RFB Ellis | RFB MØ | RFB SURGE #1: Snack Villain / oh800 / Milk Disco | RFB Stonefield | RFB Open Mike Eagle | RFB Matmos / John Wiese | RFB Wooze / Scrounge / Show Boy | RFB Akala: In Conversation | RFB DAWN | RFB Colossal Squid | RFB Charly Bliss | RFB Vera Sola | RFB Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate) / Benedict Benjamin | RFB Elder Island | RFB Gia Margaret | RFB Brother Ali | RFB Barrie | RFB Trudy and the Romance | RFB FM-84 / Timecop1983 | RFB Adult Mom | RFB Tomberlin / Dana Gavanski | RFB Alice Phoebe Lou | RFB Far Caspian / Pizza Girl | RFB Jacco Gardner’s Somnium | RFB KOKOKO! | RFB Cass McCombs / Eleanor Friedberger | RFB Rina Mushonga / MEI | RFB Strand of Oaks | RFB Kel Assouf / Tony Njoku | RFB Woman’s Hour / Tallsaint / Elsa Hewitt | RFB Mayra Andrade | RFB Blaenavon | RFB Osquello / Finn Foxell / Nayana IZ / Brian Nasty / Bagge | RFB Malik Djoudi / C.A.R (DJ) | RFB Lonnie Holley / Christopher Paul Stelling | RFB William Tyler | RFB Temporex / Pig / Fernando Mendez | RFB FM-84 / Timecop1983 | RFB Orville Peck / Secret Power | RFB Orville Peck / Grace Lightman (Solo) | RFB Orville Peck / James Burgess | RFB Anna St. Louis / Elena Setien | RFB Songhoy Blues / Rachel Chinouriri | RFB No Format: Oumou Sangare / Que Vola / Gerald Toto | RFB Sega Bodega / Soda Plains (DJ) / Oklou (DJ) | RFB Crooked Colours / Running Touch / BABii | RFB Kevin Morby / Sam Cohen | RFB Buke & Gase / Polygrains | RFB Teleman | RFB Free Money | RFB Gia Margaret / Ohtis | RFB Luluc / Max Bloom | RFB Tanukichan / Ellie Bleach / Honey Gentry | RFB Anna of the North | RFB Toy / Adrena Adrena / The Shadracks / Rhys Webb (DJ) | RFB Oscar Jerome / Amber Simone / Ben Hauke DJ | RFB Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct | RFB Shabazz Palaces / Haleek Maul / Amahla | RFB Fil Bo Riva | RFB Chinah | RFB Du Blonde | RFB Cass McCombs | RFB BLISS SIGNAL / Silverwaves / Scalping / Beneath (DJ) | RFB Bill Ryder-Jones / Brooke Bentham | RFB Michael Rault / Max Bloom / Foundlings | RFB Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct | RFB Caleborate / Baba Ali | RFB Josh T. Pearson / Nadine Khouri | RFB Cloud Nothings / Drahla | RFB Calpurnia / Jerry Williams | RFB Swamp Dogg / Baba Ali | RFB Crumb | RFB Chynna / Raheaven | RFB Elder Island / Catching Flies / Demi Riquisimo / Daisy Moon / Alex Absalom | RFB Swearin’ / Mammoth Penguins | RFB Cubicolor / DEEDS | RFB Kiran Leonard / Ubaldo / Pozi | RFB Anemone / Bill Jefferson / Alessandro Ciminata | RFB Sophie | RFB Valley Maker / Shrimp Eyes | RFB Sophie | RFB Poliça / Girlhood / Graham Dunning | RFB Drahla / Sleep Eaters / Ice Baths | RFB Iceage / Warmduscher / HELM / Astrid Sonne | RFB

THE DREAM SYNDICATE

There are two phases of The Dream Syndicate. There was the band with revolving lineups that existed from 1982 to 1988 and made four albums including “The Days of Wine and Roses” and “Medicine Show,” both of which regularly show up on Best-Of lists and have influenced bands and delighted fans in the years since.

And then there’s the band that reunited in 2012 and is closing in on its seventh year, longer than the run of Phase One, with nary a lineup change. This 21st Century version of the Dream Syndicate released “How Did I Find Myself Here” in 2017 to universal acclaim, no small feat for a band reuniting after almost three decades.

“I felt like we threaded the needle pretty nicely on the last album,” says founder and singer/guitarist/songwriter Steve Wynn, “referencing who we were and what we had done the first time around but also taking it all someplace new and fresh. It’s a tough balance. Ignore your past and you’re just using the band’s name for convenience, mire yourself too much in the past and you’re a parody—you are your own Rutles. We did neither. We were proud of the record and it was really nice to see that our fans and newcomers alike felt the same way. We were able to go out and play shows of mostly new songs and it really made us feel good to see that the audience knew the record and it was what they had come out to hear us play.”

Therefore, with that reintroduction and a full year of touring behind them, the Dream Syndicate had the freedom to take it all somewhere new, to dig a little deeper, get outside of themselves a little bit. Their new album ‘These Times’ (May 3, ANTI-) feels like a late-night radio show that you might have heard as a kid, drifting off into dreams and wondering the next morning if any of it was real.

The Dream Syndicate

21 Oct 2019

+ special guests

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£17.50

MURLO

"One of the most important artists in electronic music right now” - Mixmag

Murlo is a Manchester-based producer, visual artist and DJ breathing brand new life into the dance music experience - with an immediately recognisable style that ties visual art and music together in unique, thrilling new ways.

Since emerging with a series of releases on acclaimed underground labels like Mixpak, Murlo quickly became one of the most popular artists on the club circuit, with an unmistakable style defined by vivid colours, addictive melodies and an imaginative touch that set him apart from his peers. As his profile rose, Murlo released some of his highest-profile projects: he scored a fashion show by Nasir Mazhar, soundtracked Stormzy’s film for Adidas, and dropped a now-legendary remix of Rihanna’s ‘Work’ that reached #8 worldwide on Hype Machine.

The start of 2019 saw Murlo release his long-awaited debut album Dolos, which doubles as both a 15-track album and Murlo’s first graphic novel - a 36-page story based around themes of escapism, solace and hiding from your past, all hand-drawn, written and painted by Murlo himself. As ever with Murlo, it finds him pushing the boundaries of both music and visual art in a way that’s both innovative and genuine.

Murlo’s multi-disciplinary approach also applies to the live arena, and this new audio-visual show represents a completely immersive new live experience, featuring music from the album, unreleased material and a handful of classics woven into a unique narrative, 100% hand-drawn and animated by Murlo in his signature Ghibli-esque style. The previous incarnation of Murlo's audio-visual sold out London's prestigious ICA and a subsequent UK tour - so this isn't one to be missed.

Murlo

22 May 2019

+ special guests

EartH

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

7pm

£15

CLOUD NOTHINGS

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

Looking back, it makes sense how Cloud Nothings got here. At the age of 18, Baldi gained attention after a string of lo-fi songs he recorded in the comfort of his basement began circulating online. It landed him a spot on a buzzed-about show in Brooklyn where, in turn, he caught the eyes of Carpark. His music began its upward ascent immediately. In 2010, Carpark released Turning On, a retrospective combo of the band’s debut EP and various 7” singles. Cloud Nothings unveiled their self-titled LP the following year, a record that showcased how crisp Baldi’s hooks sound when given proper studio time. But what followed in 2012, their breakthrough LP Attack on Memory, paved a new path for the band. The album saw Baldi throw himself into his guitar while collaborating with the rest of his touring band—drummer Jayson Gerycz, bassist TJ Duke, and guitarist Joe Boyer—to create an aggressive, unrelenting, and throat-scratching album that captured not just their sound, but their collective raw energy. Cloud Nothings fleshed out that sound further on 2014’s Here and Nowhere Else, this time as a trio after Boyer’s departure. Even when Baldi, in a decision to feed his quiet fondness for pop, used 2017’s Life Without Sound to showcase his melodic inclinations, he showed a continued growth in his songwriting skills.

Cloud Nothings

09 Jul 2019

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£13

KIRAN LEONARD

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

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

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

Kiran Leonard

06 May 2019

+ special guests

Paper Dress Vintage

352a Mare St
London
E8 1HR

7.30pm

£10

COSMO SHELDRAKE

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

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

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

Cosmo Sheldrake

10 Jul 2019

+ special guests

Oval Space

29–32 The Oval
London
E2 9DT

7.30pm

£12.50

ORA THE MOLECULE

Ora The Molecule is a multinational Avant-garde pop music group, creating an unexpected sound between timeless nostalgia, smooth pop and retro electronica. This is a new sound to the Pop music landscape with emotional Calypso tinged melodies, still always irresistible danceable.

Inspired by Suzanne Vega, Kraftwerk, Fleetwood Mac, Mecano, and Norwegian singer Siri Nilsen.

Singer/songwriter Nora grew up between Spain, Italy and Norway. At age 18 she played in an all girl marimba trio performing in cable cars in Oslo. Shortly after she was invited to visit her biological father who is an American/Guatemalan living in Los Angeles. Suddenly she discovered a new part of her family, with her hispanic uncles involved in the LA Cholo culture and gangs, a culture in heavy contrast to what she had grown up with. The contrast of her family influenced her songwriting. She felt a need to express what she saw, started studying journalism and stayed in LA. She worked as a dishwasher and drove Uber to get by while trying to make it as a songwriter.

Ora The Molecule

01 May 2019

+ special guests

The Waiting Room

175 Stoke Newington High St
London
N16 0LH

7.30pm

£8.50

Transgressive Records imprint paradYse, RFB Concerts and Brace Yourself PR have teamed up again for their fourth annual Pearl Street House Party in Austin, TX.

The event takes place on Tuesday 12th March 2019 at Austin’s legendary space Pearl Street Co-op and includes live performances from hotly-tipped artists including; Congolese collective KOKOKO!, Sydney based four-piece Body Type, London crooner Puma Blue, and Oxford, Mississippi singer Kate Teague - alongside special guests.

The event is free entry and opens at 7pm.

Stage times are as follows;
23:30pm: KOKOKO!
22:30pm: Body Type
21:30pm: Puma Blue
20:30pm: special guests / tba
19:30pm: Kate Teague

Previous acts to perform at the party include; Hinds, Julia Jacklin, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Marika Hackman, Girl Ray, The Big Moon, Blaenavon, Dream Wife, Miya Folick, Our Girl, Cosmo Sheldrake and more.

PEARL STREET HOUSE PARTY VOL 4.

12 Mar 2019

KOKOKO
Body Type
Puma Blue
Kate Teague
+ special guests

Pearl Street Co-Op

2000 Pearl St.
Austin
78705

7pm

FREE

DRAHLA

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

Drahla

15 May 2019

+ special guests

Studio 9294

92 Wallis Rd
London
E9 5LN

7.30pm

£10

THURSTON MOORE'S GUITAR ENSEMBLE

A rare show from the legendary Sonic Youth member's Guitar Ensemble. 

JAMES BLACKSHAW

Hastings based composer James Blackshaw is highly regarded for his pieces for solo 12-string and 6-string guitar. Inspired by the 60’s Takoma school of guitarists, minimalist composers and European classical music, Blackshaw employs fingerpicking techniques to create drones, overtones and repeating patterns, alongside a strong inclination for melody, to create instrumental music that is both hypnotic and emotional.

Blackshaw has released ten solo studio albums on labels such as Young God, Important and Tompkins Square, receiving praise from publications such as Pitchfork, Billboard, The Wire, The Observer, The Times, Uncut, The New York Times, Rolling Stone and Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

Blackshaw has collaborated with Lubomyr Melnyk, performed and recorded as a member of Current 93 for several years and performed across Europe, the US and Japan, alongside artists such as Swans, Grails, Sir Richard Bishop, Jose Gonzales, Peter Walker, Michael Chapman, Alex De Grassi, Hauschka and Yann Tiersen. 

This is his first live performance since announcing a hiatus in 2016.

ASHLEY PAUL

Ashley Paul is an American multi-instrumentalist / composer based in London. Her intuitive process integrates free form song structures with a focused approach to sound.

Her solo albums have received critical acclaim; featured in The Wire: Top 50 Albums of 2013, Pitchfork’s “The Out Door” best experimental sounds of 2013, number one on Byron Coley and Thurston Moore’s “Tongue Top Ten” in Arthur Magazine, and included on NPR’s All Songs Considered “Best of 2010”.

Ashley has performed the World and US premieres of Phill Niblock’s Asheli, a piece composed specifically for her and Eli Keszler and performed live with Niblock. She performed the US premiere of Mauricio Kagel’s Der Schall at Merkin Concert Hall (NYC) and premiered Anthony Coleman’s quartet Damaged by Sunlight at Banlieues Bleues Festival (Paris). Ashley’s composition “The Pace of Time” premiered at Roundhouse (London), August 2013, and was performed with Nik Colk Void and Simon Fisher Turner. She was selected as the featured artist for Counterflows Festival, 2017 where her quintet “Lost in Shadows” was premiered.

Ashley received a residency at ISSUE Project Room in 2008 and a Fellowship Grant in composition from the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts, 2010. Ashley is currently an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths University, London attached to the Contemporary Music and Popular Music Research Units. She has performed and/ or recorded with Thurston Moore, Rashad Becker, Loren Connors, Rhys Chatham, Charles Hayward, Lucy Railton, Aki Onda, Greg Kelley, George Russell, Joe Maneri, Joe Morris and Eric Chenaux. Ashley received her BM and MM from New England Conservatory.

The show is part of Transistor: a weekend adventure in sound. Check out Wire at EartH on 1 June. 

Thurston Moore Guitar Ensemble / James Blackshaw / Ashley Paul

31 May 2019

EartH

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

7pm

£25

WIRE

Having hit a peak of inventiveness and productivity, Wire have been playing strings of sold out shows and achieving career best album sales, as well as being cited as a strong influence by yet another generation of bands, including Parquet Courts and Savages.

Wire’s latest album is ‘Silver/Lead’, a set of songs which encompasses the optimistic dazzle of ‘Diamonds In Cups’, the menacing widescreen grandeur of ‘Playing Harp For The Fishes’ and the breakneck paced guitar pop of ‘Short Elevated Period’.

Although their 15th studio album is being released on the 40th anniversary of Wire’s debut, ‘Silver/Lead’ has nothing to do with the past and everything to do with the future.

AUDIOBOOKS

If you’re going to call your band audiobooks, you’d better have some good stories to tell. Stories that should move you and stories to make you move. Stories about real life and surreal life and all that weirdness that you just glimpsed out of the corner of your eye.

Luckily for you, audiobooks really do. The London based duo have developed a unique ability to conjure up magical aural snapshots that wallop you like bong hits. Each of their discombobulating observations comes stretched out over a series of discomfiting oscillations, like messages from the spirit world or pulp fictions found in a box at the end of your road or a crackling pop broadcast from a far-away galaxy;

Audiobooks are Evangeline Ling and David Wrench. Evangeline is a 21 year old art student and musician from Wimbledon and David is one of the most in demand mixers and producers in modern music, a sometime cohort of Julian Cope and former denizen of North Wales – might seem an unlikely pairing. Yet a chance encounter at a mutual friend’s party just one week after David had moved south to the capital very quickly led to an experimental studio session that’s been going on ever since.

SQUID

Brighton and London's most insatiable underwater boy band

Wire / Audiobooks / Squid

01 Jun 2019

EartH

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£25

POTTERY

Hailing from across Canada and the UK, Montreal’s Pottery consists of core writers Austin Boylan and Jacob Shepansky, along with Peter Baylis, Paul Jacobs, and Tom Gould. Initially bonding over artists such as Orange Juice, Josef K and Devo, the band creates a sound that combines eclectic traces of post-punk, pop, and dance music, forming an unusual atmosphere that envelopes audiences. While often shrill and jarring, Pottery’s songs simultaneously engage listeners into a hypnotic state. It’s this dualism that binds them together, uncovering harmony within discord.

Pottery

16 May 2019

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

34 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£8

RAYANA JAY

Using velvet smooth vocals and airy harmonies, Rayana Jay's music carries a confessional, old-soul storytelling nature rooted in honesty. From love and heartbreak to womanhood and self-discovery, the 24-year-old Richmond, CA, native's music is a direct reflection of her innermost thoughts and feelings at all times. The R&B/soul singer's influences span from Organized Noize, all the way to the raw emotions of Amy Winehouse and sultry tones of Anita Baker. Jay began singing in the choir at ten years old and recorded her first professional song in the summer of 2012. She grew up with her grandmother, who introduced her to classic singers like Johnny "Guitar" Watson, along with her mom who worked at a record label in the 90s.

Rayana Jay's acclaimed debut EP, Sorry About Last Night — helmed by The Fader as one of the most relatable albums of the year dropped in the Fall of 2016 and serves as a proper introduction to her penmanship, relationship with love itself,and her changing world. Her follow-up EP, Morning After — pinned as one of the top EP’s of 2017 by BBC Radio 1 — expands on her distinct sound and place as one of future R&B's most important voices. After music features on popular shows like Grown-ish, Atlanta FX, Netflix’s On My Block in early 2018, Rayana Jay is currently working on her next album and planning for a tour in the late Fall.

Rayana Jay

29 May 2019

+ special guests

Camden Assembly

49 Chalk Farm Rd
London
NW1 8AN

7.30pm

£10

CHAI

When you think of all things Pink, a sound that fuses the likings of Basement Jaxx, the Gorillaz, CSS, and Tom Tom Club, with lyrics focused on “women empowerment” and re-defining the definition of “kawaii” or cute in Japanese, you think of CHAI.

Formed in 2012, in the Nagoya region of Japan, identical twins Mana (voc/keys) and Kana (gt./cho.) would ask fellow high school classmate, Yuna (dr./cho.), and later Yuki (ba./cho.), a college acquaintance, to join what we now know as CHAI. Both independent releases, “Hottaraka Series” which translates to “irresponsible series”, was the title of CHAI’s 1st EP released in December of 2016, soon followed by “Homegoro Series”, their 2nd EP, released in April of the following year.

CHAI

17 May 2019

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£11

LAURAN HIBBERD

The Isle of Wight raised, fuzzed up Indie/Rock artist claims: 'Don't tell me stories, I'll write songs about them'.

After a successful year of releases, securing support from Clash Magazine, Earmilk, Crack in the Road, Nothing But Hope And Passion. Spotify have championed her latest release ‘Call Shotgun’ landing it a place on the New Music Friday UK, The Indie List, All New All Now playlists and more. Lauran has also gone to selling out her first headline show, as well as a string of support shows including Clean Cut Kid/ Bryde and Girli. and has taken to the Bestival main stage for two years in a row. Other festival appearances include Liverpool Sound City, Isle of Wight Festival, Common People and Blue Dot. Lauran is off on tour throughout August supporting Eliza and the Bear.

Lauran has had great radio support, including Steve Lamacq at BBC 6 Music, John Kennedy at Radio X and has received a constant support from BBC Introducing. Lauran’s latest single ‘Call Shotgun’ has even been chosen as BBC Introducing’s track of the week on Radio 1 commencing on 3rd August.

Lauran Hibberd

23 May 2019

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£9

BODY TYPE

“Do you believe in karma? Do ya? Do ya?”

The first words we hear from Body Type are accusatory, playful, coy. They dare you to look them in the eye. To pay attention.

These words come that came from ‘Ludlow’ seem too good to be true. It makes a racket while staying astonishingly controlled; the vocals sound more like a sample from fifties cinema than anything recorded in this decade, so deliberate and devastating in their delivery.

Live, Body Type exceed the expectations set by their singles. All four members – Sophie & Annabel on vocals and guitar, Cecil on drums, Georgia on vocals & bass – are vital. They are, on a musical and emotional level, inexorably linked, each member’s importance going beyond musical skill or personality.

KRUSH PUPPIES

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

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

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

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

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

Body Type / Krush Puppies

15 May 2019

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£9

SOLD OUT

AKALA

Akala is a BAFTA and MOBO award winning hip hop artist, writer and social-entrepreneur, as well as the co founder of The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company. Having gained a reputation as one of the most dynamic and literate talents in the UK known for his lyrical storytelling, Akala's modern polemic NATIVES - A Sunday Times Bestseller takes his own experiences and widens them out to look at the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today.

From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with racist teachers - race and class have shaped Akala's life and outlook.

In conversation, Akala and guests will discuss everything from empire and race to culture and class, retracing and contextualising the roots of modern British society.

Akala: In Conversation

25 Mar 2019

+ special guests

EartH

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

7pm

£15

ELLIS

A faint voice and a fervent guitar make their match in a cluttered bedroom, each song finding itself in a growing folder of recordings stamped by initials “L.S”. Ellis is the music project of Linnea Siggelkow. Daughter to a travelling book salesman and a piano teacher, Ellis flips the words from the books she once read, intertwining vulnerable with bold into the songs that she now sings. Having already made her mark as a solo performer in the Toronto DIY scene, the project has evolved into a 4-piece band, inspiring a grittier take on the same solemn refrain.

In November 2018 she released her anticipated debut EP, The Fuzz. The EP arrived following several months of excitement building behind Ellis, who, after generating buzz in her local scene on the back of opening stints with the likes of Soccer Mommy, Gabby's World, Chastity, Palehound, and Free Cake For Every Creature, garnered international acclaim with the release of a series of singles, earning comparisons to Mazzy Star, Alvvays and Slowdive from outlets like Pitchfork, Noisey and Stereogum, who marked her out as one of "a new generation of exciting songwriters."

Ellis

08 May 2019

+ special guests

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle St
London
N1 0XT

7.30pm

£7

SOLD OUT

We're thrilled to present an intimate show from MØ at East London's Hangar.

“... bursting with strong melodies and innovative electronic production” Evening Standard
“... never misses a beat” Independent
“... anthemic, experimental and boldly poptastic” NME
“... she’s never looked more comfortable in her own skin” DIY
"A pop icon coming into her own...” Clash
“[a] sublime pop album” Dork
“.. a stunning, banger-heavy rebirth” The Line of Best Fit

27 Mar 2019

+ special guests

Hangar

2-18 Warburton Rd
London
E8 3FN

7.30pm

£15

SNACK VILLAIN

Snack Villain is the project of Scottish musician and artist Adam Skirving, who also heads up Scottish DIY label Spiral Oh.
His varied output as Snack Villain combines disparate punk, surf, jazz and electronic elements, and he creates all his own artwork and videos for the music. Following a string of singles since the project's inception in 2017, his official debut EP Vision Vortex releases Spring 2019.

"Witty dour lyrics meet unusual inventive sounds. Oh boy - do these tunes have a lot to say." - NME (Top 100 2019)
"Snack Villain is one of Scotland's more curious musical figures, a thorn in the sound of complacency for some time now." - Clash Magazine
"Cultivating a sundried fantasy directed by Tarantino" - ravechild
"An artist who operates on his own terms and who refuses to adhere to any boundaries put in place by genre or convention." - TENEMENT TV

OH800

London 3-piece Oh800 bonded over a shared love of decayed early 80s New York underground - think CBGBs, ESG, 99 Records. Their debut album 'Character Building' was released in November 2018 and fizzes with intense yet witty existential energy, bound together by razor sharp guitars, a funked-up rhythm section and infectious glitchy electronica.

MILK DISCO

The mysterious qualities of Milk Disco have their audiences captivated with their visceral and distinct ‘noise pop’. They have released 3 singles in 2017 on Ra Ra Rok Records, now showcasing new material and expecting another release for 2019, Milk Disco look set to put there stamp down as one of London’s most exciting live bands.

SURGE #1: Snack Villain / oh800 / Milk Disco

16 Mar 2019

Doors: 8pm
Milk Disco: 8.15pm
oh800: 9.15pm
Snack Villain: 10.15pm

The Glove That Fits

179 Morning Ln
London
E9 6LH

7.30pm

£6.50

STONEFIELD

Australian, psych-rock luminaries Stonefield, have hit the ground running with a busy, and very exciting 2019. As they wrap up their first tour of the year, supporting King Tuff on his North American dates, the band has announced they will be entering the studio with King Gizzard's Stu Mackenzie and Joey Walker for the follow-up LP to last year's Far From Earth (Flightless), as well as a UK/EU Tour in May and June. The tour includes several festival stops including Desertfest, The Great Escape, Maifeld Derby and Tomavistas.

Their third studio LP, Far From Earth, was released earlier this year on King Gizzard's Flightless Records via Inertia Music. The release has kept them in demand and on the road, with 2018 tours that included a headlining run in their native Australia, a sold-out leg with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, a Los Angeles residency at the Bootleg Theater, and a headlining tour of Europe and the UK.

Stonefield

13 May 2019

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£11

OPEN MIKE EAGLE

Open Mike Eagle might not have all the answers, but few artists in hip-hop, music, or American life are asking smarter questions. In a landscape governed by ceaseless babble, flashing lights, and hollow lies, Eagle harmonizes into the void so we don’t have to.

On this descent into the digital trenches, Eagle teams up with British producer, Paul White for Hella Personal Film Festival. Released on Mello Music Group, the full collaboration finds White behind the SP-1200s, conjuring a psychedelic strain of soul-funk, booming drums, and 21st century crate-digging in tropical attics of the imagination. On the microphone, the Chicago-bred, LA-based, Eagle artfully breaks down the banalities and perils of the modern condition.

Recorded in London, Eagle’s new album continues where his 2014 masterpiece, Dark Comedy left off. It’s anxiety-riddled but whimsical, addicted to and scornful of social media, stuffed with old wrestling in-jokes and film snippets. Self-aware admissions blend into attacks on societal double standards.

Open Mike Eagle

24 May 2019

+ special guests

Islington Assembly Hall

Upper Street
London
N1 2UD

7pm

£16.50

MATMOS

Pushing off  from the restricted palette of their last album, the critically acclaimed Ultimate Care II, which was composed entirely from the sound of a washing machine, Plastic Anniversary is also derived from a single sound source: plastic.

At once hyper-familiar in its omnipresence and deeply inhuman in its measured-in-centuries longevity and endurance, plastic supplies, surrounds and scares. Seemingly negligible, plastic is always ready to hand but also always somewhat suspect, casting toxic shadows onto the everyday. True to form, the band have assembled a promiscuous array of examples of this sturdy-yet-ersatz family of materials: Bakelite dominos, Styrofoam coolers, polyethylene waste containers, PVC panpipes, pinpricks of bubble wrap, silicone gel breast implants and synthetic human fat.

JOHN WIESE

John Wiese is an artist and composer living and working in Los Angeles and Cleveland. From his experiments with recording as a teenager, he has since gone on to work in the world of contemporary sound art and the international experimental community. His sounds can be completely serene and sublime while at the same time being as equally frenetic and irregular, a sign of the artist’s ability to adapt and utilize a wide palette to build captivating aural works. As a performer and recording artist, his expertise in composition, texture, and experimentation with sound confirm his reputation of being an original and innovative voice in experimental music.

Matmos / John Wiese

11 Jun 2019

Jazz Cafe

5 Parkway, Camden Town
London
NW1 7PG

7pm

£17.50

WOOZE

Formed in late 2017 out of the Brixton-based Muddy Yard Collective, WOOZE is the Korean / British duo of Theo Spark and Jamie She.

Wooze / Scrounge / Show Boy

15 Mar 2019

Doors: 8pm
Show Boy: 8.10pm
Scrounge: 9pm
Wooze: 9.50pm

Off The Cuff

301-303 Railton Rd, Herne Hill
London
SE24 0JN

8pm

£7.50

SOLD OUT

AKALA

Akala is a BAFTA and MOBO award winning hip hop artist, writer and social-entrepreneur, as well as the co founder of The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company. Having gained a reputation as one of the most dynamic and literate talents in the UK known for his lyrical storytelling, Akala's modern polemic NATIVES - A Sunday Times Bestseller takes his own experiences and widens them out to look at the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today.

From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with racist teachers - race and class have shaped Akala's life and outlook.

In conversation, Akala and guests will discuss everything from empire and race to culture and class, retracing and contextualising the roots of modern British society.

Akala: In Conversation

24 Mar 2019

+ special guests

EartH

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

7pm

£15

DAWN

DAWN (formerly Dawn Richard, D∆WN) is one of music’s most distinctive voices and songwriters, developing her own unique style through a tirelessly independent route.

After cutting her teeth as part of the girl group Danity Kane and the quietly-influential r&b project Dirty Money, DAWN went solo in 2011, building her own self-made infrastructure and honing a style of r&b that she describes as “genderless, colourless and genreless”. DAWN went on to release the critically acclaimed album trilogy of Goldenheart, Blackheart and Redemption. The trilogy, inspired by everything from experimental electronic music to mythology, garnered her praise in the NY Times, FACT, NME, The Guardian, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and many more, while Blackheart reached #2 in the Billboard Dance charts.

Following eighteen months focused on touring Redemption and collaborating - she featured on Dirty Projectors’ 2017 hit single “Cool Your Heart”, as well as tracks from Kimbra, Jimmy Edgar and Mumdance - DAWN returns this winter with new breed, a new full-length project that sees her return to her birthplace of New Orleans both musically and spiritually, drawing from the city’s rich musical heritage and traditions as well almost two decades of experience as a black independent woman in the music industry.

On the video for “jealousy”, the first single from new breed, DAWN showcases the city’s “strength, power, vulnerability and culture”, including local figurehead Chief Montana of the Wasashitaw Nation, a tribe that has been in DAWN’s family for generations. DAWN even wears a traditional garb hand-sewn by Montana, making her one of the first women in history to do so. “I wanted to show New Orleans in a light most have never seen or are aware of”, explains DAWN of new breed. “The Black Indian and power of our traditional garb … a hand-sewn headpiece representing the power of being both King and Queen”.

As with previous DAWN albums, she is an ever-present on new breed’s production as well as on its vocals - contributing production to seven of the album’s 10 tracks, often alongside regular collaborator Derek Bergheimer (who mixed Redemption, as well as other previous DAWN releases). Another regular collaborator returns in Kaveh Rastegar, while Hudson Mohawke, Young & Sick, PRGRSN and Christine and the Queens producer Cole M.G.N. round off the album’s production roster.

DAWN

16 Apr 2019

+ special guests

Jazz Cafe

5 Parkway, Camden Town
London
NW1 7PG

7pm

£15

COLOSSAL SQUID

'Colossal Squid’ showcases Betts' unique approach to music combining his love for the irregularities in electronic music (by the likes of Aphex Twin, Autechre and more recently Arca and Oneohtrix) with his visceral connection with live drums.

As a member of Brian Eno’s favourite London experimentalists Three Trapped Tigers, Betts has spent years exploring the boundaries between electronic and live music, and celebrating the flaws thrown up when one tried to replicate the other.

Taking the ‘Drums Vs Electronics / Man Vs Machine' idea he’s been developing behind the kit for TTT and The Heritage Orchestra (and more recently with Shobaleader One after being headhunted by Squarepusher) this album has a wider focus:

"I think almost most electronic artists have had a desire to perform live, creating a good representation of their music while being engaged with the process as much as possible” says Betts, who decided the best way for the live show to truly represent the album (and vice versa), was to make them one and the same.

Colossal Squid

27 Mar 2019

+ special guests

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£8

CHARLY BLISS

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

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

*This show was originally set to take place at Oslo. It will now take place at the Garage. Original tickets remain valid*

Charly Bliss

13 May 2019

+ special guests

The Garage

20-22 Highbury Corner
London
N5 1RD

7.30pm

£10

VERA SOLA

A family of spiritualists, writers and performers generations deep, a home haunted by legends of literature and music, personal upheaval and a sense of being unseated in time: these are the origins of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Vera Sola.

With an ethereal voice providing the foundation for a haunting body of song, her timeless sound and enthralling stage presence draws an unlikely connection between Vera Lynn and Vera Hall, the grande dame of British music hall and the Depression-era Alabamian singer of work-songs and spirituals. As a child she played classical piano, later guitar and bass, learning more by instinct than instruction. An obsessive reader and writer, she’d forever written poetry and been fascinated by wordplay, falling in love at a young age with Russian literature and the work of Dylan Thomas, James Joyce and William Faulkner. All this, along with a career as a stage and voice actor—combined with years of touring in Elvis Perkins’ band—would serve as a launching point for Vera Sola.But it wasn’t until early 2017, when she booked time at Native SoundStudio in St. Louis, that she began to experiment with the idea of recording her own material. She hadn’t even shared her music with her closest friends and family, let alone recorded anything of her own. Even then, despite a lineage and lifetime of public performance, she felt a barrier blocking off her voice. Writing and playing came easily, but singing her own songs presented a different challenge. One she couldn’t explain and couldn’t quite shake. That would all change. Just before she was to travel to St. Louis, a series of life-altering events marked a radical shift that reframed her relationship to her music.

With everything she’d known to be true now unraveled, along with it vanished the fear that had prevented her from translating the sound in her blood into song. Entering the studio, she abandoned plans to bring in other musicians. She decided instead to make the album entirely alone, picking up instruments she had never played before, drawing from them the internal music that had for so long gone unexpressed. She recorded using anything at hand. Bones and breaking glass, chains and filing cabinets, hammers and two-by-fours. Countless moving parts meticulously layered and arranged.And that old fear now cast off brought new abilities, a change in her voice, including an otherworldly vibrato. She’d become a vessel, capable of channeling at once her innermost self and yet something entirely beyond her.What emerged from the sessions was her debut album, SHADES, a collection of ten finely-honed and immaculately-rendered ballads.

Vera Sola

24 Apr 2019

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£9

STEVE WYNN

Steve Wynn was a founding member of The Dream Syndicate whose 1982 debut album “The Days of Wine and Roses” is regularly listed as one of the best rock albums of all time. 

Since that time Wynn has recorded and toured with not only The Dream Syndicate (who reunited in 2012) but also with Gutterball, The Baseball Project, Danny & Dusty and as a prolific solo artist with various backing bands including his regular combo Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3.

But alongside his various bands, Wynn’s solo shows have been a constant since he first stepped on a stage with only an acoustic guitar in Los Angeles back in 1985.  “It’s at my solo shows where I rediscover the process of songwriting and also my connection with the audience.  I’ve recorded around 400 songs and I like that I can play any of them from night to night depending upon the city, the audience, the mood of the evening.  It’s liberating and exciting.”

“When I play with a band, you’re watching us work out our thing, connecting to each other, almost as voyeurs,” adds Wynn.  “But when I’m solo, it’s just me and the audience.  The fans are right there with me and we’re going on a journey together. It’s an entirely different beast from a rock show and I love them both equally.”

Whether playing acoustic or electric, whether in a theater or club or living room, you are invited to share the music, storytelling, history lesson, party and a life unfolding in real time that can only happen at a Steve Wynn solo show.

BENEDICT BENJAMIN

Benedict Benjamin is Ben Rubinstein, formerly of The Mariner’s Children and Peggy Sue (Wichita). After writing and recording his debut, Ben turned to a more full band sound for his second album 'Truant,' which was written just before and after becoming a father and is about the panic and pragmatism of expecting and then becoming a parent. The early sixties influence of The Everly Brothers is still present in the melodies, but now there is an urgency and grit to the instrumentation that sits somewhere between The Velvet Underground and Tom Petty, or more recent forbears such as Kevin Morby and Angel Olsen. Both Night Songs and Truant were produced by Dan Blackett (Landshapes, Bella Union). Truant will be released May 3 2019.

Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate) / Benedict Benjamin

25 Mar 2019

St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd, Camden Town
London
NW1 1UL

7.30pm

£13.50

ELDER ISLAND

Beware before entering Elder Island’s world because once you’re in you won’t want to leave. Be prepared to be led down paths from which you can’t come back, to be captivated by sensual, soulful, shapeshifting songs, to encounter lyrics littered with clues.

There is magic in Elder Island’s music and perhaps a little witchcraft. Trying to pin the Bristol trio’s sound down is pointless because the usual pop rules don’t apply. Textures matter as much as melodies. Genres bend and blend. Electronics rub shoulders with odd instruments. Katy Sargent sings as though casting a spell.

They are songs to lose yourself in, to be swept away by, to send shivers up your spine. What they mean is for the listener to decipher. There are signposts, of course – alluring lyrics, telling atmospherics, tantalising sonic twists and turns, tempo-changing beats – but these lovingly-crafted life stories aren’t literal. They’re far too smart for that.

Elder Island

20 Nov 2019

+ special guests

Roundhouse

Chalk Farm Rd, Camden Town
London
NW1 8EH

7.00pm

£16.50

GIA MARGARET

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

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

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

Gia Margaret

05 Sep 2019

+ special guests

St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd, Camden Town
London
NW1 1UL

7.30pm

£11.50

BROTHER ALI

With a back catalogue that spans 20 years, rapper and producer Brother Ali is back on the road in March 2019! Catch him at The Jazz Cafe in London on 18th March.

Brother Ali

19 Mar 2019

+ special guests

Jazz Cafe

5 Parkway, Camden Town
London
NW1 7PG

7pm

£17.50

BARRIE

Barrie, Dom, Noah, Sabine, and Spurge – collectively known as Barrie– clock in with their debut track “Canyons,” on Winspear. While the group now calls Brooklyn home, each member arrived via their own avenue, coming from Baltimore, Boston, São Paulo, London, and Upstate New York.

Previously, lead songwriter Barrie Lindsay worked as a studio assistant for a sculptor, while Spurge and Noah work at The Lot Radio – a community-run, online radio station – where the three met through a mutual friend and connected with their drummer Dom. And then there’s Sabine, from Brazil via Berlin, who was recruited through a Tinder profile set up by the band to track down a bassist.

The group’s opening statement, “Canyons,” wobbles through shades of verses, echoes of choruses, and across the velvet upholstery of theater seats. Songwriter Barrie describes how “every revision until the end was like a swipe of sandpaper, stripping it down and roughing up the sweetness.” Stay tuned for more from Barrie in 2018.

Barrie

26 Apr 2019

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£10

TRUDY AND THE ROMANCE

Somewhere, frozen in deep space, is a pop group. They’re called The Original Doo-Wop Spacemen and they make mutated 50s pop music – somewhere between the great American songbook and classic American jukebox tunes, then dipped in classic romance film scores before being lathered up with prog-rock, jazz and psychedelia.

They’re the brainchild of Oliver Taylor, frontman of Trudy and The Romance. Or maybe they’re the characterised manifestation of several real life experiences. In either case, The Original Doo-Wop Spacemen are here, and they’re playing on Trudy and The Romance’s debut album ‘Sandman’ – a cosmic, kaleidoscopic, merry-go-round of a record that is bursting with bright ambition.

Really, this could be called a concept album, especially given the introduction of The Original Doo-Wop Spacemen. “I’ve asked people and they don’t think they would pick up on it. But you write it for the diehards, don’t you. Twenty years down the line someone will have this album on a Top 20 Concept Album list, and that’s how people will know,” laughs Olly, underpinning the inherent humour of the work.

However, while the intricate details of the narrative might be buried in the lyrics, under layers of fuzz or light-years away, there is certainly a story here – a specific conceptual idea. It involves the characters Little Johnny, frontman of The Original Doo-Wop Spacemen, and Sweet Emma, his love. We’re introduced to these two on opening track “My Baby’s Gone Away” just as Johnny skips town and dreams big, setting up his future career with the Spacemen.

Trudy and the Romance

21 May 2019

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£9

FM-84

Due to overwhelming demand, we’re excited to announce our biggest headline show to date in London on 26th May at Electric Brixton.

Following a very quick sell out at The Garage in February, this will be our second UK date of 2019, so we hope you'll make the trip to join us for an epic night. The London shows follow a SOLD OUT tour of the US and Canada in 2017 and 2018.

FM-84 is Col Bennett and Ollie Wride

Col is a producer from Scotland, now living in San Francisco, California. Ollie Wride is a singer-songwriter from Brighton, England.

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

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

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

TIMECOP1983

Dreamy // Romantic // Cinematic //

FM-84 / Timecop1983

26 May 2019

Electric Brixton

Town Hall Parade, Brixton
London
SW2 1RJ

7pm

£16.50

ADULT MOM

Adult Mom began as the solo project of Stephanie Knipe in a Purchase College dorm room in 2012. Adult Mom now falls between the playful spectrum of solo project and collaborative band with beloved friends and musicians Olivia Battell and Bruce Hamilton. Through reflections and explorations of the personal and hidden, the crux of the writing produced by Knipe is focused on excavation. The dredging out of secrets, putting it all in a pan, waiting for the gold to rise. Honesty and intimacy form as Knipe writes clever pop songs that offer a glimpse into the journey of a gender-weird queer navigating through heartache, trauma and subsequent growth.

With their debut LP, Momentary Lapse of Happily, Adult Mom bravely shined a light on the darkness and allowed the listener to experience and feel those moments along with them. Soft Spots, the project’s sophomore LP, is an exploration into the physical and emotional acts of opening up, the vulnerability that produces love, and then ache. With this record, Knipe proclaims that everybody has soft spots. Spots that get cared for and tended to, that grow and fade, that produce feeling that can linger for years and years. Knipe shares with us their process of learning how to cradle and understand their own softness without finality, a story without an end.

Adult Mom

25 Jul 2019

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£8

TOMBERLIN

On her deeply moving debut album At Weddings, Sarah Beth Tomberlin writes with the clarity and wisdom of an artist well beyond her years. Immeasurable space circulates within the album's ten songs, which set Tomberlin's searching voice against lush backdrops of piano and guitar. Like Julien Baker and Sufjan Stevens, she has a knack for transforming the personal into parable. Like Grouper, she has a feel for the transcendent within the ordinary.

Born in Jacksonville, Florida, and now based in Louisville, Kentucky, Tomberlin wrote most of At Weddings while living with her family in southern Illinois during her late teens and early twenties. At 16, she finished her homeschooling curriculum and went to college at a private Christian school she describes, only half-jokingly, as a "cult." By 17, she had dropped out of school, returned home, and begun to face a period of difficult transition in her life. The daughter of a Baptist pastor, Tomberlin found herself questioning not only her faith, but her identity, her purpose, and her place in the world.

"I was working, going to school, and experiencing heavy isolation," Tomberlin says of the time when she first began writing the songs on At Weddings. "It felt monotonous, like endless nothingness. It was a means to get through to the next step of life." In songwriting, Tomberlin found relief and lucidity she had trouble articulating otherwise. When she was 19, she wrote "Tornado" on her parents' piano, and began to develop confidence in her music. A year later, she had written enough songs to fill an album.

DANA GAVANSKI

Dana has been singing since she was a child: in her room, to the radio, in choir, and during the boisterous gatherings with her Serbian family. However, she took a break from music and started focusing her attention on her love of cinema. With a father in the film industry, a painter mother and having a background in art history, cinema and film production, Dana was initially prepared to work in the film industry or academics. Yet a defining moment came when her ex-partner left her his guitar before moving to NYC. During her last year of University her attention slowly became focused on re-learning the guitar with a Travis Picking technique book and her faint muscle memory of playing Joan Baez’s ‘Diamonds and Rust’. Then, in the summer of 2016, after she took a job with her father as a producer’s assistant on a film shooting in the Laurentians, she made enough money to focus solely on music for a year.  From this came Spring Demos, released via Fox Food Records in September 2017.

Tomberlin / Dana Gavanski

24 May 2019

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£10

ALICE PHOEBE LOU

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

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

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

Alice Phoebe Lou

17 Apr 2019

+ special guests

EartH

13 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£15

FAR CASPIAN

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

PIZZA GIRL

Phil Plested can’t help himself: get him started on the topic of songwriting and the cheerful musician will tell you all the myriad ways in which he’s a tried-and-true believer in the power of a well-crafted song. “That’s natural to me. That’s what I know,” the 25-year-old UK singer-songwriter says of that almost-surreal way in which a particular set of chords and words can pair with the right melody and then just when the entire world feels in total disarray suddenly it all makes complete sense. “I write songs for those moments,” the artist who performs as Plested offers with a smile. “Regardless of what I’m doing on any given day I’m going to go to the studio and write songs. That’s how I get my emotions out. That’s what’s always there for me.”

He’s spent the past several years penning songs for some of pop music’s biggest names, including Little Mix (the UK Top 5 single “Touch”), Zayn Malik and Kygo. But Plested says he has his own story to tell. Of his decision to sign with Atlantic Records, launch his solo career and release his forthcoming debut album due later this year, the winsome-voiced singer says, “When you have songs that you really care about and you know you love them there’s nothing to lose. Why give your song away to someone/another artist who is not going to care as much for it? If you can write beautiful songs and you can sing them then why not do it yourself?”

Far Caspian / Pizza Girl

11 Apr 2019

The Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£7.50

JACCO GARDNER'S SOMNIUM

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

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

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

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

Jacco Gardner’s Somnium

22 May 2019

+ special guests

The Dome

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

7.30pm

£14

KOKOKO

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

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

KOKOKO!

04 Apr 2019

+ special guests

XOYO

32-37 Cowper St
London
EC2A 4AP

8pm

£13.50

CASS MCCOMBS

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

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

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER

On Rebound, Eleanor Friedberger has created a subtle world that is a little fizzier, a little synthier- more cinematic, more meditative- than her previous three albums.  In the wake of 2016's jarring political shift, Friedberger felt a need to be even more self-reliant, right down to the album artwork, in which she painted a backdrop and styled herself as an attempt to look like an amped up Lizzy Mercier Descloux. 

In contrast to the sonic serenity of 2016's New View, which she arranged and recorded with her touring band, Rebound was recorded mostly on her own and with the producer Clemens Knieper.  Programmed drums, a Juno synthesizer, and muted rhythm guitars dominate the landscape where influences range from Stereolab and Suicide to Lena Platonos and Yellow Magic Orchestra.

Cass McCombs / Eleanor Friedberger

06 Jun 2019

EartH

13 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£16

RINA MUSHONGA

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

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

MEI

Given the name MEI by her Mandarin teacher, meaning 'beauty', Mercy Welbeck was introduced to soul and gospel music after joining her church choir at 11 years old. Since finding her love for music, she has performed alongside Brian Eno and Karl Hyde on Later... with Jools Holland and supported Little Simz with Bad Honey at the Roundhouse Rising Festival. MEI also features on the FIFA 19 soundtrack alongside collaborators Husky Loops and Count Counsellor .

Previously supported by the likes of Clash, gal-dem, EARMILK, and hotly tipped by hip-hop artist Kojey Radical, MEI's soulful sound is capturing the attention of some of the best industry heads. Recently being awarded the Do It Differently Fund by Help Musicians UK, MEI is now making her own unique mark on the UK music scene.

Rina Mushonga / MEI

19 Mar 2019

Doors: 7.30pm
MEI: 8.15pm
Rina Mushonga: 9.15pm

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£7.50

STRAND OF OAKS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strand of Oaks

27 May 2019

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7.30pm

£17.50

KEL ASSOUF

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

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

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

TONY NJOKU

Tony Njoku is a British-Nigerian electronic music producer and songwriter from London. His self-penned and produced songs have been described as ‘strikingly evocative soundscapes, managing to make even the shortest pop songs sound like epic adventures.’

Tony has been building a lot of momentum over the past few years, from UK/EU tours to support slots for Erased Tapes Records’ Rival Consoles, Gaika and Anna Von Hausswolff, to playing the main stage at the 2016 Green Man Festival (which featured acts like James Blake, Laura Marling and Belle and Sebastian as headliners) which was considered a festival highlight by many viewers including festival director Fiona Stewart and Huw Stephens of BBC1.

Kel Assouf / Tony Njoku

23 Feb 2019

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£11

WOMAN'S HOUR

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

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

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

TALLSAINT

A female songster.

"Her vocals are smart, layered and self-conscious, a spiky missive on all the mansplainers out there, and it’s been on repeat here all week." M Magazine

ELSA HEWITT

"Like fireflies shining in the forest dark, the track has dark undertones which will never overpower and finding itself somewhere between Burial and Julianna Barwick in the metropolitan city streets, ‘Things To Say’ comes as a highly recommend sample of this fine developing artist." Stamp the Wax

Woman’s Hour / Tallsaint / Elsa Hewitt

22 Mar 2019

Doors: 7.30pm
Elsa Hewitt: 7.50pm
Tallsaint: 8.40pm
Woman's Hour: 9.40pm

The Dome

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

7.30pm

£12.50

MAYRA ANDRADE

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

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

Mayra Andrade

30 May 2019

+ special guests

EartH

13 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London
N16 8BH

7pm

£17.50

SOLD OUT

BLAENAVON

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

Blaenavon

23 Jan 2019

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7.30pm

£12.50

OSQUELLO

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

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

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

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

Plus support from:

Finn Foxell
Nayana IZ
Brian Nasty
Bagge

Osquello / Finn Foxell / Nayana IZ / Brian Nasty / Bagge

21 Feb 2019

Electrowerkz

7 Torrens Street
London
EC1V 1NQ

7.30pm

£6

MALIK DJOUDI

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

C.A.R

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

Following debut LP ‘My Friend’ and multiple releases on cult Parisian imprint Kill The DJ, her second album ‘PINNED’ came out on Ransom Note last year.

Malik Djoudi / C.A.R (DJ)

27 Mar 2019

The Pickle Factory

13-14 The Oval
London
E2 9DU

7.30pm

£9

LONNIE HOLLEY

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

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

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

CHRISTOPHER PAUL STELLING

There is a fearless quality to the music of Christopher Paul Stelling. A voice that sounds both old and young, an effortless yet intricate finger-picking guitar style and lyrics that are both dramatic, and intensely confessional. It’s a sound that channels the restless spirit of a young man who left home to travel the country, haunting and impassioned songs formed by endless nights alone on stage with a guitar, playing to packed houses, other times to nearly empty rooms. Stelling estimates that he’s played over four hundred shows in just the past three years. It places him within a longstanding tradition that serves to nurture ones character and art.

“It takes a lot of work to stay on the road,” he says. “You learn to rely on your songs as a sort of resting place amidst all of the unfamiliarity. You fill your head full of places, and sounds, and ideas — and it all comes spilling out. When the things around you change constantly, you change too. And the things that stay the same become who you are. It’s nurtured my songwriting, knowing that the inspiration is all around you. If you aren't seeing it, then look harder, and if you still don't see it, then turn the corner, and if you still don't see it then look at things differently, because it's right there in front of you.”

Lonnie Holley / Christopher Paul Stelling

08 May 2019

St John on Bethnal Green

200 Cambridge Heath Rd
London
E2 9PA

7.30pm

£15

WILLIAM TYLER

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

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

William Tyler

25 Apr 2019

+ special guests

St John on Bethnal Green

200 Cambridge Heath Rd
London
E2 9PA

7.30pm

£15

TEMPOREX

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

-Eric Skelton

PIG

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

FERNANDO MENDEZ

Temporex / Pig / Fernando Mendez

02 Feb 2019

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette Street
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£12

SOLD OUT

FM-84

FM-84 is Col Bennett and Ollie Wride

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

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

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

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

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

FM-84 / Timecop1983

16 Feb 2019

Doors: 7.30pm
Timecop1983: 7.45pm
FM-84: 8.45pm

The Garage

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

7.30pm

£12

ORVILLE PECK

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

SECRET POWER

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

Orville Peck / Secret Power

02 Mar 2019

Doors: 7.30pm
Secret Power: 8.10pm
Orville Peck: 9pm

The Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Ln
London
E8 2EB

7.30pm

£7

SOLD OUT

ORVILLE PECK

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

GRACE LIGHTMAN

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

Orville Peck / Grace Lightman (Solo)

01 Mar 2019

Doors: 7.30pm
Grace Lightman (solo): 8.30pm
Orville Peck: 9.30pm

Servant Jazz Quarters

10A Bradbury Street, Dalston
London
N16 8JN

7.30pm

£7

ORVILLE PECK

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

JAMES BURGESS

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

Orville Peck / James Burgess

28 Feb 2019

Doors: 7.30pm
James Burgess: 8.30pm
Orville Peck: 9.30pm

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle St
London
N1 0XT

7.30pm

£7

ANNA ST. LOUIS

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

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

ELENA SETIEN

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

Anna St. Louis / Elena Setien

18 Apr 2019

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£7.50

SOLD OUT

SONGHOY BLUES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo credit: Andy Morgan

RACHEL CHINOURIRI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Songhoy Blues / Rachel Chinouriri

27 Jan 2019

+ RFB DJs

EartH

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

5.30pm

£20

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

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

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

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

FREE NO FORMAT PASS

Buy two tickets for the show and receive a Free No Format pass which gets you everything the legendary label releases over the next year. Once you've bought your tickets, email noformatrecords@gmail.com with your booking reference and full name and they'll sort you out. Find out more about the pass here.

OUMOU SANGARE

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

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

QUE VOLA

¡ French jazz meets cuban rumba !

GERALD TOTO

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

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

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

No Format: Oumou Sangare / Que Vola / Gerald Toto

10 Apr 2019

EartH

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

7pm

£20

SOLD OUT

SEGA BODEGA

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLUS DJ sets from SODA PLAINS & OKLOU

Sega Bodega / Soda Plains (DJ) / Oklou (DJ)

07 Feb 2019

Hoxton Hall

130 Hoxton St
London
N1 6SH

7.30pm

£12

SOLD OUT

CROOKED COLOURS

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

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

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

RUNNING TOUCH

Running Touch is the mysterious artist from Melbourne, Australia that has grown from an industry whisper to one of the most esteemed acts to hit the electronic music circuit in recent times.

The Running Touch project is a middle-grounded insertion into a body of alias’, fluently rocking back and forth between experimental electronic, indie-pop and indie-electronic sounds. In just a few short years, Running Touch has earned himself a reputation as not only an exceptional producer – but live performer, songwriter, lyricist, singer, creator and a forward-thinking visionary more than just a musician alone.

For his debut year in 2015, Running Touch saw himself named as the #7 artist to watch for 2016 [inthemix], came in as one of the 50 most played acts on Triple J Unearthed, dubbed as ‘The Best Kept Secret in Australian Dance Music’ by Buzzfeed and had his breakout track ‘What’s Best For You’ listed as one of the Top 100 Tracks of 2015 [inthemix] to name just a few in his long list of commendable achievements.

Fast forward a short time later and Running Touch and his steady rise to a global takeover is fast and apparent. In 2017 alone, Running Touch released his debut EP ‘A Body Slow’, hitting #1 on iTunes Electronic album charts and #9 overall. Closely following his EP release came a huge 15 date AUS/NZ headline tour, selling out every show across the country in a matter of weeks, including 1600 tickets in a number of days across two Corner Hotel shows in his hometown of Melbourne.

Beyond the studio, Running Touch is an incredibly captivating live performer – A hybrid between a one-man-band and electronic act – combining his talents as a guitarist, pianist, bassist, vocalist and dancer to create a beautifuly weird and exceptionally wonderful live-performance that has seen him secure placements on some of the biggest and most prestigious stages – Splendour in the Grass, Groovin’ The Moo, MTV ‘Beats and Eats’, Beyond The Valley, Listen Out, For The Love, Your Paradise Fiji, Southbound Festival and SXSW to name just a few, additionally, supporting global sensations on their headline tours such as Odesza, ZHU, Safia, PACES, Miami Horror, The Aston Shuffle and Crooked Colours.

BABII

BABii is a small girl who makes big noises. When left unattended, she produces all her own beats, writes all her own words, makes all her own pictures and uses all her limbs and voice when she plays live. If not watched carefully BABii will write song after song, to the point where some have been put away for when she is older. The first of these songs will be heard on her debut LP ‘HiiDE’,out in 2019 on Deathwaltz Originals which was in parts co-produced by Adrian Sherwood and focuses on the key themes of hiding and secrets. Some tracks have already snuck out in strange forms on Iglooghost’s Diplo & Friends mix for BBC Radio 1 and have been heard while supporting him on tour around the UK. BABii recently made new friends with Iglooghost, umru, Kai Whistonand Abi Wade but having been left unsupervised they created more songs, some of which can be found on the internet, others of which are still HiiDDEN.

Crooked Colours / Running Touch / BABii

07 Mar 2019

Doors: 7.30pm
BABii: 7.50pm
Running Touch: 8.40pm
Crooked Colours: 9.40pm

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£12

KEVIN MORBY

Kevin Morby is a Kansas City based musician, singer and songwriter. Former bassist of the band Woods and frontman of The Babies, Morby released his solo debut Harlem River in 2013.  His fourth studio album City Music was released in 2017 via Dead Oceans, and is a collection inspired by and devoted to the metropolitan experience across America and beyond. As he puts it: “It is a mix-tape, a fever dream, a love letter dedicated to those cities that I cannot get rid of, to those cities that are all inside of me.”

SAM COHEN

Sam Cohen’s second solo LP, ​The Future’s Still Ringing In My Ears​, just might be a magical thing. An album blessed equally with melody, melancholy and depth. A richly psychedelic listening experience, immaculately produced, often the work of one man toiling away alone in his studio but sounding like a cast of many, chasing his dreams late into the night. A collection of songs that take stock of a maddening present and a potentially dark future, but delivered with heart, warmth and wit.

Kevin Morby / Sam Cohen

19 Jun 2019

O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

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

7.00pm

£18

SOLD OUT

BUKE & GASE

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

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

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

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

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

POLYGRAINS

Polygrains, AKA Vasilis Moschas, is a musician, singer, songwriter, and producer.

His current project, an eclectic melange of beats, bleeps and shrieks, seamlessly melds digital sonic ecologies with organic tones and timbres. Omnivorous in his range of influences, Polygrains drinks deep from the wells of techno, house, electronica and pop. The results are a fizzing concoction simmering with passion and infused with introspection and melancholy.

Buke & Gase / Polygrains

05 Mar 2019

Doors: 7.30pm
Polygrains: 8.30pm
Buke & Gase: 9.30pm

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£10

TELEMAN

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

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

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

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

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

Teleman

24 Apr 2019

+ special guests

EartH

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

7pm

£16.50

FREE MONEY

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

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

Free Money

06 Dec 2018

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

34 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£7

GIA MARGARET

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

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

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

OHTIS

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

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

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

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

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

The new LP from Ohtis will follow in 2019.

Gia Margaret / Ohtis

17 Jan 2019

The Slaughtered Lamb

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

7.30pm

£7.50

LULUC

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

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

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

MAX BLOOM

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

Luluc / Max Bloom

05 Feb 2019

Doors: 7.30pm
Max Bloom: 9.30pm
Luluc: 9.30pm

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£10