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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.

MARY EPWORTH

Mary Epworth’s debut album, Dream Life, saw much praise from press and radio, and lead to four singles playlisted at BBC 6 Music, ‘Black Doe’ picked as BBC Radio 1’s Hottest Record In The World, and Mary and her band performing sold-out headline shows and playing many festivals. Mary’s career has also taken an unexpected detour with the hit US podcast Welcome to Night Vale and its spin-off Within the Wires, composing the score for the latter and joining the Night Vale team on their hugely successful sold-out tours across the US and Europe.

Mary has announced her second album set for release in September. Produced by Thom Monahan and recorded at his Golden Void studio in LA, 'Elytral' sees Mary arriving with greater ferocity and a letting loose of her darker instincts through grinding, splintered soundscapes, electronic experimentalism, prog, psychedelia, free- jazz and more

LAUCAN

When Lewes-raised newcomer Laucan began singing in falsetto after the break-up of an old band, he had his reasons. “I didn’t want anyone hearing my songs through the door of my room,” recalls Laurence Galpin, the 27-year-old behind the Laucan (pronunciation: Lor-can) moniker. Thankfully, his newfound readiness to be heard doesn’t come at any cost to his distinct voice on his debut EP, Up Tomorrow, released March 6th on Sunday Best. Between its impressionist lyrical images, spectral folk beauty and enveloping soundscapes, Up Tomorrow is a gorgeous, glowing introduction to a singer who found something special in his attic-based isolation.

PIAS Nites returns 18 July.

Tickets here

PIAS Nites: Cosmo Sheldrake / Mary Epworth / Laucan

18 Jul 2017

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.00pm

£12

HAPPYNESS

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

Tickets are on sale now

Happyness

27 Oct 2017

+special guests

The Garage

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

7.00pm

£10

SOCCER MOMMY

“Passed you on a side street/Brushed across your wrist like a razorblade.” Those are the first lines from ‘Try,’ the second track off Soccer Mommy’s Fat Possum debut, Collection. It’s also a perfect encapsulation of the band itself: quietly catchy, surprisingly confrontational, the kind of music that sneaks up on you and makes a permanent first impression. Soccer Mommy is the project of Sophie Allison, a nineteen-year-old Nashville native and musical wunderkind. Sophie built her reputation as a DIY artist, recording her own songs and releasing them for free on Bandcamp over the last few years. Collection compiles the best of Sophie’s Bandcamp work as well as a few new songs, written, mixed and produced herself.

The songs portray an artist fully-formed, mature far beyond her age. Sophie sings of toxic relationships, infatuations, and all the experiences of being a teenage girl. Or, as Sophie describes her subject matter, “crush stuff with a hint of bad to it.” There’s a playfulness to the music that belies the sophisticated nature of the songcraft. The songs can be sweet, they can be happily melancholic or melancholically happy, but they always cut deep. They belong on playlists and mixes, to be shared among friends and belted out during road trips. Collection is destined to be a favorite record. These perfect pop gems have power.

Cacth Soccer Mommy at The Islington, 3 August

Tickets here

Soccer Mommy

03 Aug 2017

+special guests

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle St
London
N1 0XT

7.30pm

£6

SHIGETO

Since the release of his debut album back in 2010, Detroit born Zach Saginaw has spent the subsequent years displaying a dizzying array of music styles and interests, as well as continuing his mission to imprint his own world of music, art and social development on his surrounds. A musician who works across electronica, house, hip hop, jazz and funk – all musical forms rooted in his home city – he has spent the last few years distilling these sounds into a new series of recordings.

Last seen musically in 2015 with the release of the ‘Intermission’ EP, which he described as a collection of songs that "point to the past, present, and future", Shigeto has since then been working on a multitude of projects that include working on a new live ensemble arrangement, playing electronics in a jazz quartet, recording with Detroit rappers, and building a new studio – all things that are set to see the light of day in 2017. Two years prior to the ‘Intermission’ EP, Shigeto released his second full-length, ‘No Better Time Than Now’ in 2013, which was also his second album on the Ann Arbor based Ghostly International record label.

The music of Shigeto, has always been deeply rooted in his personal history. His debut EPs ‘Semi-Circle’ and ‘What We Held Onto’ explored his grandmother’s experience from a US internment camp through ambient, beat driven tracks, nostalgic melodies and spliced vocal samples, including his grandmother’s vocals.

His debut album ‘Full Circle’ became a culmination of these EPs and further refinement of obsessive field recording and meticulous percussion, creating lush, sumptuous instrumental hip-hop. 2012’s sophomore album ‘Lineage’ was a musical journey through his heritage combined with the sounds of jazz, hip-hop, funk and folk. The cover of his great grandfather's house in Hiroshima even adorned the Lineage artwork.

Shigeto

10 Oct 2017

+special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara S
London
SE1 1TE

7.30pm

£15

KEVIN MORBY

City Music is an airplane descending over frozen lakes into Chicago. City Music is riding the Q Train out to Coney Island to smell the ocean and a morning in Philadelphia where greats cranes reconfigure the buildings like an endless puzzle. City Music is a quiet afternoon moment on a bench in Baltimore, a highway in Seattle at night where the distant houses look like tiny flames and a bottle of red wine being drained on a bridge in Paris. City Music is a bus pulling into St. Louis at dawn where the arch looks like a metal rainbow reflecting the days early sunlight....

City Music is also the new album by Kevin Morby. Full of listless wanderlust, it’s a collection inspired by and devoted to the metropolitan experience across America and beyond by a songwriter cast from his own mould. 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."

Morby rose to prominence as bassist in Woods, with who he recorded seven albums on Woodsist Records (Kurt Vile, The Oh Sees, Real Estate) while also forming The Babies with Cassie Ramone of Vivian Girls. Two albums and a clutch of classic singles with the latter followed. Morby’s 2013 debut solo work Harlem River was a homage to New York and featured contributions from artists including Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley (of White Fence), while 2014’s Still Life garnered universal critical praise. "It’s easy to picture Morby with a wineskin under his arm," noted a Pitchfork review. "His every worldly possession hitched to his back, an eye constantly fixed on some faraway point on the horizon.

A favourite of ours at Rockfeedback, Kevin Morby plays Electric Ballroom, 31 October.

City Music. Let it hold you.

 

Kevin Morby

31 Oct 2017

+special guests

Electric Ballroom

184 Camden High St
London
NW1 8QP

7.00pm

£15

MALIHINI

Giampaolo Speziale and Federica Caiozzo met in early 2016 and, in what Federica describes as a "moment of surrender," decided to start making music together on a road trip through Austria, Germany and Poland. The duo gathered thirty improvised musical ideas and spent eight days recording with their friend and drummer Alberto Paone in a Roman studio.

Last year, they decided to break from their previous musical incarnations and moved from Rome to London, taking with them a hard drive of songs, a battered suitcase and vinyl copies of Nick Drake's Five Leaves Left and Stevie Wonder's Hotter Than July.

New single "Miss" comes hot on the heels of debut single "Waiting," recorded in Camberwell in the house of an Egyptologist and subsequently championed by the likes of Loud and Quiet, Stereogum and TLOBF. The duo have since decamped to Sicily, where they are working on their as yet untitled debut album.

Free tickets for the show are available now from DICE.

Malihini

02 Oct 2017

+special guests

The Waiting Room

175 Stoke Newington High St, Stoke Newington
London
N16 0LH

7.30pm

FREE

MARIKA HACKMAN

Marika 2:0 is uncompromising, uninhibited, and shamelessly free. ‘I’m Not Your Man’ is not afraid to call out the big questions around femininity, sexual identity, millennial ennui, the pressures of living in a social media bubble and the perils of being young in a fast-paced world. ‘I'm Not Your Man’ features BBC 6 Music A-listed singles, Boyfriend and My Lover Cindy.

Following her recent sold-out UK tour, which included a memorable sold out show at London Heaven, Marika has announced a fresh run of dates including Shepherd's Bush Empire on the 23rd November.

Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday 16th June

Marika Hackman

23 Nov 2017

+special guests

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

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

7:00pm

£15

!!! (Chk Chk Chk)

Shake the Shudder are words to live by and ones that !!! fully embrace. There are always fears to  be  faced  and  new  paths  to  forge,  and  those  uncertainties  never  hold  them  back.  They  just propel  them  to  jump  in  head  first.  For  years  !!!  have  run  the  dance  band  gambit  and  become New  York  City  legends.  From  their  start  in  Sacramento,  to  Brooklyn  house  party  staples  and Union  Pool  residencies,  and  now  delighting  festival  stages  from  Primavera  to  FYF,  they’ve cemented their place as part of New York’s live dance scene -- while others have drifted into the history  books.  !!!  continuously  evolve  and  grow  their  sound  album  to  album,  deftly  navigating through changes in scenes, thriving where others would have been crushed under the daun ting nature of inevitably changing landscapes

Tickets on sale now

!!!

02 Nov 2017

+special guests

Electric Ballroom

184 Camden High St
London
NW1 8QP

Joe Grant

FRANKIE ROSE

A heavyweight veteran of the low-fi indie scene, Frankie Rose holds claim to being an original member of Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, Vivian Girls and Beverly.

After spending years as a major presence in Brooklyn’s thriving music scene, Rose relocated to her familial home of Los Angeles for 18 months with the intention of establishing yet another moment in her storied indie rock métier. Gradually, she found herself short on sleep, funds and optimism.Towards the end of her time spent in Los Angeles, Frankie reached out to Jorge Elbrecht (Tamaryn, Gang Gang Dance, Violens) and began sketching what became the basic outline of what felt like a new album. Then, rather fortuitously, Frankie ended up back in Brooklyn with the realization that "in the end, I’m on my own. I have to do these things on my own."

Towards the end of her time spent in Los Angeles, Frankie reached out to Jorge Elbrecht (Tamaryn, Gang Gang Dance, Violens) and began sketching what became the basic outline of what felt like a new album. Then, rather fortuitously, Frankie ended up back in Brooklyn.

The months that ensued meant basically working with no budget and finding ways to record in-between days. This time enabled Frankie to experiment musically with a variety of people that ultimately changed the way she worked.The result of this existential odyssey is Cage Tropical, Frankie’s 4th album. It is awash with vintage synths, painterly effects pedals, upside down atmosphere and reverberating vocals. It evokes a new wave paranormality of sorts that drifts beyond the songs themselves.

Tickets available here
Facebook Event

Frankie Rose

18 Oct 2017

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£9

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.

Tickets are on sale now

Charly Bliss

13 Sep 2017

+ special guests

Old Blue Last

38 Great Eastern St, Shoreditch
London
EC2A 3ES

7:30pm

£8

By The Sea festival returns bigger and better than ever before for its 2017 edition, which runs from Friday 29th September – Sunday 1st October at Dreamland, Margate.

Now expanded to a third day for the first time in its history, By The Sea can announce that its headliners for 2017 will be The Libertines, Metronomy and Everything Everything.

This year’s event follows two sold out years which featured a brace of memorable performances from Foals, Hot Chip, Wolf Alice, Super Furry Animals, Bat For Lashes, Wild Beasts as well as newer stars Loyle Carner, The Big Moon, Jagwar Ma, Let’s Eat Grandma, Teleman, Sink The Pink, Blaenavon, plus many more.

For the third year running, By The Sea will base most of its activities at the iconic Dreamland amusement park in Margate – a town that continues to enjoy a rejuvenation inspired by a growing local cultural industry. Dreamland’s storied history stretches back to the 19th Century in the golden age of the British seaside town. Previously Dreamland has been the backdrop for unforgettable live performances by the likes of The Who, The Rolling Stones and T-Rex – a tradition that continues today with By The Sea.

Dreamland was recently relaunched after a major investment, which saw the site revamped and expanded with a focus on authentic vintage rides including the second oldest wooden roller coaster in the UK, Wedgwood Tea Cups and the Magic Mouse, reflecting its uniquely British heritage. 

By The Sea has plenty more to offer; including fairground rides, dodgem DJ sets, Record Market, Margate Museum acoustic sessions, daytime events and after-parties across Margate Old Town and on the Main Sands.

A full supporting cast of artists, DJs and more will be announced shortly.

Tickets for By The Sea are on sale now

By The Sea website

Facebook event

By The Sea Festival: The Libertines, Metronomy, and Everything Everything

29 Sep 2017

Headliners for By the Sea Festival 2017 are The Libertines, Metronomy, and Everything Everything

Dreamland

49-51 Marine Terrace
Margate
CT9 1XJ

5pm

£55 for an early bird weekend ticket

BEN FROST

Born in 1980 in Melbourne, Australia, Ben Frost relocated to Reykjavík Iceland in 2005. Working closely with friends Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly, he formed the Bedroom Community record label/collective. His albums, including Steel Wound (2003), Theory of Machines (2007) and BY THE THROAT (2009), A U R O R A (2014), V A R I A N T (2014) fuse intensely structured sound art with militant post-classical electronic music, shape-shifting physical power with immersive melody, concentrated minimalism with fierce, rupturing metal.

In 2010, he was chosen by Brian Eno as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protegé program for a year of collaboration. Frost has worked as a producer on a number of studio albums, including Tim Hecker’s Ravedeath1972 and Virgins, SWANS’ The Seer, Colin Stetson’s New History Warfare, and on various Bedroom Community releases.

On the stage, Frost has produced scores for Choreographers including Wayne McGregor/Random Dance, Akram Khan, and german Director Falk Richter. In film, he composed the score for the Palme d ́Or nominated Sleeping Beauty by Julia Leigh, and Djúpið by Icelandic Director Baltasar Kormákur (with Daníel Bjarnason, for which the pair won the Icelandic film award for best score in 2013). 2013 also marked the premier of Frost’s first opera, based on Iain Bank´s infamous 1984 novel The Wasp Factory.

Frost brings his wall of sound to Electric Brixton this coming October 5

Tickets are on sale now

Facebook event

Ben Frost

05 Oct 2017

+special guests

Electric Brixton

Town Hall Parade, Brixton
London
SW2 1RJ

7.30pm

£17.50

ALVVAYS

Alvvays is due to release its second full-length, Antisocialites, this September 2017.  The album is the much-anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut record which received accolades from Pitchfork, NPR, Rolling Stone and more. Across its 10 tracks and 33 minutes the Toronto-based group dive back into the deep-end of reckless romance and altered dates. Ice cream truck jangle collides with prismatic noise pop while Molly Rankin's wit is refracted through crystalline surf counterpoint. Through thoughtful consideration in basement and abroad, Alvvays has renewed its Scot-pop vows with a powerful new collection of manic emotional collage. Antisocialites is due 8 September on Transgressive Records.

The band will play London's KOKO on 8 September as part of their world tour. 

Tickets are now on sale
Facebook Event

Alvvays

08 Sep 2017

+ special guests

KOKO

1A Camden High St, Kings Cross
London
NW1 7JE

6pm

£14

PUMA BLUE

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

"Allen has an emotive, fragile voice that you feel could go anywhere, but mainly sticks around the middle-C of your heart strings, strumming away in the Lauryn Hill-approved manner." - London In Stereo 

'Swum Baby' EP out 14th June

Tickets are available here

Puma Blue

30 Nov 2017

+special guests

Corsica Studios

4-5 Elephant Road
London
SE17 1LB

7.30pm

£7.50

MAMMÚT

Icelandic band MAMMÚT crafts distorted songs while always maintaining a solid grasp on melody. In March 2014 the group received the Icelandic Music Awards for best album, best song and best album cover for their latest album "Komdu til mín svarta systir".

MAMMÚT is a powerhouse on stage, delivering series of searing post-punk songs that are splendidly fractured and neurotic. We're incredibly excited to have the band to perform their explosive live show at the Seabright Arms on 23 November.

Tickets are on sale now

 

MAMMÚT

23 Nov 2017

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

31-35 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£8.50

BLAENAVON

Fresh from a sold out UK headline tour, and with their long awaited debut album That’s Your Lot receiving unanimous acclaim - and featuring as one of the highest new entries on the UK Albums Chart in its week of release (April 7th) - Blaenavon continue to enjoy a stunning breakthrough 2017. The band's current single 'Lonely Side' was recently added to the BBC Radio 1 Playlist.

The incessant demand to catch Blaenavon’s formidable live show has seen them announce a fresh date at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire and serves as Blaenavon’s biggest headline show to date.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 9am.

Blaenavon

24 Nov 2017

+ special guests

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

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

7.30pm

£12.50

DREAM WIFE

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

Tickets for the show are on sale now

Dream Wife

25 Oct 2017

+ special guests

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd, Kings Cross
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£10.00

HOLY FUCK

Holy Fuck took the world by surprise around 2005 because there was just nothing like them—a hardcore thrift-store found-object punk band with a relentless commitment to rhythm and a sense for atmosphere better matched to a close encounter of the third kind than a simple rock concert. Think Einstürzende Neubauten re-inspired by Fela Kuti with Brian Eno working as keyboard tech and every channel on the mixer set to max power. It was the best ride out there while it lasted, up to and including their 2010 full-length Latin, recorded largely in too-brief breaks while on the road. That album cemented Holy Fuck’s sound and reputation for unapologetic instrumental noise but at the end of yet another insane touring cycle, it was time to take a break …, which turned into a hiatus … which turned into a chance to explore other projects and production work. (Like the bands Lids, Dusted and Etiquette, or production for Metz, Alvvays and Viet Cong.)

They’d been moving faster than they’d ever expected, especially after a 2007 sophomore release that came close to securing Canada’s prestigious Juno and Polaris Music Prize. (Not to mention festival slots at All Tomorrow’s Parties, Glastonbury, Coachella and more—plus Lou Reed said they were the best band he’d seen at SXSW.) The strategy was just to stay busy, says founder and noisemaster Brian Borcherdt, but soon they started to feel like Indiana Jones running from that boulder: “He had to step aside and let things settle!”

But there’s nothing Indiana Jones does better than the shock reveal, is there? And so in 2016 Holy Fuck suddenly announced the release of Congrats, a surprise full-length two years in the making that is by any scientific measure their holiest fuckiest release ever: “When you’re sitting still in a van and staring out the windows, you start to dream about all the other things you want to do,” says Borcherdt. “This album is exactly what we couldn’t do then.”

Tickets are on sale tomorrow.

Holy Fuck

09 Aug 2017

+ Special Guests

The Jazz Cafe

5 Parkway, Camden Town
London
NW1 7PG

7:30pm

£14

BEACH FOSSILS

The long-awaited return of Brooklyn’s Beach Fossils, Somersault showcases a band in bloom. Charting into new musical territory with a refined songwriting style, it's an album that captures flashes of life in New York grounded in personal experience. Due to phenomenal demmand, we have added a second show at Oslo after their first date sold out within days of going on sale.

As the band’s first release on Dustin Payseur’s new label Bayonet Records, which he co-owns with wife Kate Garcia—the group made the most of their newfound independence, investing ample time in expanding its range both musically and lyrically. While Payseur handled the bulk of the songwriting duties in the past, Somersault is a true collaboration between the founding member and bandmates, Jack Doyle Smith and Tommy Davidson. Augmented with more complex instrumentation, including string arrangements, piano, harpsichord, flute, and sax, the new songs offer multi-layered pop guided by sharp, poignant, and honest lyrics.

Tickets for this show go on sale on Friday 2 June. 

Beach Fossils

29 Aug 2017

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£12

KIRAN LEONARD

Kiran Leonard announces details of a new album Derevaun Seraun, set to be released 15th September on Moshi Moshi.

“DEREVAUN SERAUN” is a piece I wrote a couple years back in five movements for voice, piano and string trio. Each movement is written about a different piece of literature, exploring the value I see in each work and the impression it has made on me, and there is nothing more to it than that. The pleasure of books – of good verse and stories and ideas – is a very simple thing, and I felt that some lofty unifying theme for the entire piece would be a betrayal of that belief. I think that when a work resonates with you it is an instinctive response to something. You can be taught to understand a challenging book, but not to feel affection for it; I think a lot of conversation around art, especially around literature, sometimes forgets this. In my experience, the art I like the most, irrespective of its 'difficulty', is the art I can advocate most directly and plainly, and about which I can say: “I read this piece and now I do not read or think in the same way that I did before”, or: “This is a story that I could not explain to someone; I do not understand it word-for-word, yet I feel like innately I understand the whole, and that the whole spoke to me”. This is a piece about five books that I like and why I like them." - Kiran Leonard

Kiran will play two shows on 20 September. Tickets for both the early (7pm) and late (9pm) show are on sale now. 

Kiran Leonard

20 Sep 2017

+ special guests

St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd, Camden Town
London
E9 6NU

7.00pm

£12.50

W.I.T.C.H FEATURING JACCO GARDNER

WITCH were the most popular Zambian rock band of the 1970, fusing influences that ranged from the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple as well as traditional African rhythms, they spearheaded a new genre dubbed Zamrock. Releasing the first Zambian pop album in 1973, followed by another four, WITCH dominated the Zambian charts during their five year lifespan. Largely unknown outside their home country, they finally got the exposure they deserved when Now Again Records reissued their whole catalog in 2012. Lead singer and sole original suriving member Emmanuel "Jagari" Chanda has since played outside Africa and began a collaboration with Jacco Gardner in 2016 which will be showcased on a European Tour in September 2017. Joining Jagari onstage to play songs from their 5 album catalog will be Jacco Gardner on bass, Jay Whitefield (Whitefield Brothers, Poets of Rhythm) on lead guitar, Patrick Mwondela (“Disco” WITCH) on keys, Nic Mauskoviç (Jacco Gardner Band, Eerie Wanda, The Mauskoviç Dance Band, Altin Gün) on drums and Stefan Lilov (L’Eclair) on rhythm guitar.

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W.I.T.C.H. featuring Jacco Gardner

22 Sep 2017

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£10.00

ANNA OF THE NORTH

“Anna of the North brings out Scandi-pop’s sensitive side” - The FADER
“expansive, gorgeously crafted pop music” - Pigeons and Planes
“twisting and warping the dreamlike blueprint of her forebears to gorgeous effect” - NME
“dark, chamber-pop music that carries us away into our deepest of feelings” - Nylon

Tickets for this show go on sale on Friday 2 June at 10am

Anna Of The North

26 Sep 2017

+ special guests

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

19:30

£10.00

HOLY FUCK

Holy Fuck took the world by surprise around 2005 because there was just nothing like them—a hardcore thrift-store found-object punk band with a relentless commitment to rhythm and a sense for atmosphere better matched to a close encounter of the third kind than a simple rock concert. Think Einstürzende Neubauten re-inspired by Fela Kuti with Brian Eno working as keyboard tech and every channel on the mixer set to max power. It was the best ride out there while it lasted, up to and including their 2010 full-length Latin, recorded largely in too-brief breaks while on the road. That album cemented Holy Fuck’s sound and reputation for unapologetic instrumental noise but at the end of yet another insane touring cycle, it was time to take a break … which turned into a hiatus … which turned into a chance to explore other projects and production work. (Like the bands Lids, Dusted and Etiquette, or production for Metz, Alvvays and Viet Cong.)

They’d been moving faster than they’d ever expected, especially after a 2007 sophomore release that came close to securing Canada’s prestigious Juno and Polaris Music Prize. (Not to mention festival slots at All Tomorrow’s Parties, Glastonbury, Coachella and more—plus Lou Reed said they were the best band he’d seen at SXSW.) The strategy was just to stay busy, says founder and noisemaster Brian Borcherdt, but soon they started to feel like Indiana Jones running from that boulder: “He had to step aside and let things settle!”

But there’s nothing Indiana Jones does better than the shock reveal, is there? And so in 2016 Holy Fuck suddenly announced the release of Congrats, a surprise full-length two years in the making that is by any scientific measure their holiest fuckiest release ever: “When you’re sitting still in a van and staring out the windows, you start to dream about all the other things you want to do,” says Borcherdt. “This album is exactly what we couldn’t do then.”

 

Holy Fuck

04 Aug 2017

+ special guests

Jazz Cafe

5 Parkway, Camden Town
London
NW1 7PG

7.30pm

£14.00

FREE MONEY

Having only played a handful of shows since their genesis in May 2016, Free Money have already kicked up a storm, demanding attention from the likes of DIY and The Line of Best Fit. Their debut track 'Headful' was "the opening statement of a band already supremely confident in themselves," with "a chorus that should have come from a band with half a decade of songs under their belt."- DIY

Living, loving and breathing together in their East London dwelling, Free Money came to be with the intent to force "their rebellious, punchy charm" (The Line of Best Fit) onto anyone within earshot or sight. Brace yourselves for Free Money's own brand of raucous, high energy pop and "get ready to mosh" - The Line of Best Fit

VENUTRE LOWS

"There’s nothing ordinary about Venture Lows, right down to the fact 2/3rds of the group are bassists. The East London outfit have been a long time in the making. Back in 2015, they released debut track ‘Summer/RIP’, a Tom Vek-nodding pop blitz that waved farewell to the passing season and, appropriately, arrived before the world went to bits in 2016. The group stayed completely silent in that time, but they’re taking a second step with the hyperactive, intelligent ‘Brenda’." NME on Venture Lows

Read more at http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-radar/venture-lows-brenda-listen-1947904#jpV4sDfxHRqCsh7a.99

Free tickets for the show are available now from DICE. 

Free Money / Venture Lows

19 Jul 2017

Birthdays

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

7.30pm

FREE

EMA

We're thrilled to welcome EMA back to London to celebrate the release of her upcoming new album. 

She returns with a portrait of a world both familiar and alien: The Outer Ring, a pitch-black world of half-empty subdivisions, American flags hung over basement windows, big-box stores and strip malls and rage. In a year dominated by working-class alienation, EMA — a Midwesterner who has never lost her thousand-yard stare — has delivered an album that renders American poverty and resentment with frightening realism and deep empathy.

The Outer Ring is the suburban world of people who’ve been pushed out of city centers by stagnating wages and rising expense, forced up against rural communities swallowed by sprawl. It’s far more diverse than traditional images of “the suburbs” – vape shops and living-room hair salons exist next to Mexican grocery stores and Dollar General. But it’s also more deeply marked by poverty and tension, and by the anger that comes from having your story and your struggles erased from the narrative.

Songs like “I Wanna Destroy” (which shares a title with her 2015 MoMA PS1 exhibition) and “Down & Out” flicker between self-loathing and nihilism — an anger born of pain from being neglected by those in power, but no less alarming when we realize that “the kids from the void” might burn the world down.

The voices we hear in these songs — druggy, surly societal outcasts; Byronic blue-collar nihilists bringing down fire — speak to a rebellion that’s typically reserved for men. Think Bruce Springsteen’s similarly bleak outlaw portraits in Nebraska, or the quintessentially American (and quintessentially dudely) voices of Jack Kerouac or Charles Bukowski.

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EMA

03 Oct 2017

+ special guests

Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£12

CRISTOBAL AND THE SEA

London based cross-European group Cristobal and the Sea are excited to announce news of their debut album ‘Sugar Now’, which is set for release 2nd October via City Slang. The first single ‘Sunset of Our Troubles’ from the record is online now.

The ongoing dispute over explorer Cristobal Columbus’ nationality shows some country disputes will stay unresolved, but others are born to harmonise, in the case of Cristobal And The Sea. The London-based union of Alejandro ‘Ale’ Romero (bass, vocals, Spain), João Seixas (guitar, vocals, Portgual), Leïla Seguin (flute, vocals, Corsica/France) and Joshua Oldershaw (drums, UK) harnesses an altogether fluid, rhythmic and exquisitely melodic energy as colourful and evocative as their band name, forged from different strands of DNA, primarily bossa-nova, Afro-pop and Western folk and rock, but even here it’s varied, as much Animal Collective as it is Arthur Lee’s Love.

The rich variety of sound apparent in ‘Sugar Now’ makes it hard to pin down the music’s true origins, “We don’t ever consciously make our music sound like a genre.” says João. Instrumentally, it’s led by Leïla’s jazzy flute as much as João’s bossa-nova preferences: “the Latin element is always there,” says Josh, “but it naturally adapts to whatever theme is most prevalent, whether it’s psychedelic, or more poppy, or sometimes a bit disco.”
A much stronger influence is Cristobal’s willingness to follow intuition rather than more rigid plans. That spirit, and their intrinsic jubilant and bittersweet mix, is infused in their album title. “We struggled to name the record for ages,” admits Ale, ‘Sunset of Our Troubles had a long outro, so Rusty decided we sing over it, but we didn’t know what… Throwing out pure spontaneous syllables, he just blurted “sugar now, sugar now!”… It was the opposite of everything else we’d thought’

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Cristobal and the Sea

17 Nov 2017

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£8

FRANCOBOLLO

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

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Francobollo

03 Nov 2017

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£8

RE-TROS

Raised by intellectuals in the Chinese city of Nanjing, Re-TROS (Rebuilding the Rights of Statues) frontman Hua Dong was exposed to the arts from an early age. As a young boy, Dong befriended an American classmate, whose mother taught at the local school alongside his own mother. The two boys often spent time hanging out at Dong’s house, up until his friend returned to the U.S. That boy was Kanye West.

In his teens, Dong began writing his own songs and aspired to start a band. He decided to attend university in Germany, where he furthered his knowledge of rock and electronic music.

After graduation, Dong returned home and began drumming for Chinese punk rockers PK14, where he met bassist and future collaborator Liu Min. Min and Dong soon moved to Beijing and formed Re-TROS, recording their debut EP (which includes contributions from Brian Eno on several tracks) for Modern Sky Records. The band has since toured the world, sharing bills with artists like Gang of Four, PIL, and most recently Ought. Dong credits Bauhaus, Joy Division, Television, and Pere Ubu among his greatest influences.

The 1st 30 people through the doors will receive a free vinyl record from Re-TROS and Mondern Sky UK Records.

FREE MONEY

Having only played a handful of shows since their genesis in May 2016, Free Money have already kicked up a storm, demanding attention from the likes of DIY and The Line of Best Fit. Their debut track 'Headful' was "the opening statement of a band already supremely confident in themselves," with "a chorus that should have come from a band with half a decade of songs under their belt."- DIY

Living, loving and breathing together in their East London dwelling, Free Money came to be with the intent to force "their rebellious, punchy charm" (The Line of Best Fit) onto anyone within earshot or sight. Brace yourselves for Free Money's own brand of raucous, high energy pop and "get ready to mosh" - The Line of Best Fit

KONE

KONE are a three-piece made up of guitarist/singer Alice Ream, bassist/singer Jonny Mundey and drummer Graeme Murray. Attracting comparisons to The Fall and innovators such as  Prinzhorn Dance School the band’s intention is to push the tried and tested guitar/bass/drums format in new and uncompromising directions.

Alice is a multi instrumentalist and music therapist. Jonny’s busy with soundtrack work, and Graeme was formerly drummer in legendary polymath rock band Youthmovies, as well as being the brains behind experimental drum troupe OCD Drumline.

Tickets for this free show are available now.

re-TROS / Free Money / KONE

31 May 2017

Old Blue Last

38 Great Eastern St, Shoreditch
London
EC2A 3ES

7.30pm

FREE

We are thrilled to announce that MØ will play her biggest ever UK show at O2 Brixton Academy on 27 October. 

“It's like 'mooer'. Or Mo. Or Moo. Or anything.” - Karen Marie Ørsted

MØ may not mind how you say her name, but you'd better start practising your Danish pronunciation; the 28-year-old singer-songwriter is one of the fastest rising pop stars on the planet and is currently putting the finishing touches to her eagerly anticipated second album, due for release in 2017.

Since the release of her highly acclaimed debut album No Mythologies To Follow in 2014, MØ has had two worldwide smash hits with Major Lazer, ‘Lean On’ and ‘Cold Water’ - the former the most-streamed song ever on Spotify and the latter debuted at number 1 in the UK singles chart. She also gained her first top 10 as a solo artist with ‘Final Song,’ and her most recent single ‘Nights With You’ was premiered by MistaJam on BBC Radio 1, and hit more than five million streams in less than a week across Spotify and YouTube. She has also collaborated with artists as diverse as Charli XCX, Snakehips, SOPHIE and Cashmere Cat.

“MØ is, by some measurements, the biggest pop star in the world” - The Guardian
“One of the most exciting, interesting popstars we have” - NME

RAYE

With ‘Distraction’ and ‘Ambition’ featuring Stormzy whetting appetites over the past few months, South London newcomer RAYE releases her new EP entitled ‘ Second’ and feisty lead single ‘I.U.Us’.

Premiered to high praise by MistaJam on his Radio 1Xtra show yesterday, 'I.U.Us' is produced by FRED and co-written with Charli XCX. A hauntingly slick alt R&B break up song filled with attitude from the very start, RAYE confidently asserts ‘delete all pictures off my phone / you know / you were never in my zone’.

The accompanying video for 'I.U.Us' is also directed by Charli XCX in the Sucker superstar’s directorial debut and will premiere on The FADER this Thursday morning. RAYE first met Charli in Los Angeles earlier this year and the two hit it off instantly, and began writing together for each other’s projects. ‘I, U, Us’ was the fruit of one of their first writing sessions together.

As RAYE recalls, “We had the most fun, we were jumping around in the studio like little kids when we wrote ‘I, U, Us’. The song is me empowering myself and making myself feel bigger and better than the person who tried to make me feel small. I was chatting with Charli and she had a vision for the video so it was obvious to me that she should be the one to bring that to life. She’s never directed before but she’s a creative genius and totally on my wavelength. It’s about me feeling free and letting loose with my boys, and Charli nailed it.”

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MØ / Raye / Skott

27 Oct 2017

O2 Academy Brixton

211 Stockwell Rd
London
SW9 9SL

7.30pm

£20

HUNDRED WATERS

Hundred Waters’ formed the group in 2012 when they became housemates in Gainseville, FL. The group found themselves inclined to collaboration while living under one roof, sharing a communal mentality that yielded a beautiful blend of musical contradictions: mournful yet colorful, introverted yet aware. Their self-titled debut soon attracted the most unlikely of allies, Skrillex, who signed the band to his OWSLA label that same year and gave the album a full-scale release, leading to worldwide touring with such diverse acts as The xx, Alt-J, Grimes, & Julia Holter.

JAGARA

Jagara are three sisters from London, named after a female warrior character from the anime world. Last summer they played over 15 festivals around the UK, as well as London Calling in Amsterdam to huge acclaim, showcasing their talents as multi-instrumentalists and expert harmonisers.

Cat on synths and electronic drum samples, Jane on guitars and lead vocals and Ruth switching between different instruments to create a dramatic, bold and electric live set which varies from stripped back 80s synth electronica (think New Order), guitar-led punk pop (Blondie) to R&B/funk moments (as in future single ‘Twice’ and the audacious ‘Last Dance’) and even euphoric Grimes-inspired dance builds and drops.

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Hundred Waters / Jagara

19 Jun 2017

Bush Hall

310 Uxbridge Rd, Shepherd's Bush
London
W12 7LJ

7.30pm

£12

PISSED JEANS

Pissed Jeans have been making a racket for 13 years, and on their fifth album, Why Love Now, the male-fronted quartet is taking aim at the mundane discomforts of modern life—from fetish webcams to office-supply deliveries.

"Rock bands can retreat to the safety of what rock bands usually sing about. So 60 years from now, when no one has a telephone, bands will be writing songs like, 'I'm waiting for her to call me on my telephone.' Kids are going to be like, 'Grandpa, tell me, what was that?' I'd rather not shy away from talking about the internet or interactions in 2016," says Pissed Jeans frontman Matt Korvette. 

Pissed Jeans' gutter-scraped amalgamation of sludge, punk, noise, and bracing wit make the band—Korvette, Brad Fry (guitar), Randy Huth (bass) and Sean McGuinness (drums)—a release valve for a world where absurdity seems in a constant battle trying to outdo itself. Why Love Now picks at the bursting seams that are barely holding 21st-century life together. Take the grinding rave-up "The Bar Is Low," which, according to Korvette, is "about how every guy seems to be revealing themselves as a shithead.

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Pissed Jeans

11 Nov 2017

+ special guests

Electric Ballroom

184 Camden High St
London
NW1 8QP

7.30pm

£16

WESLEY GONZALEZ

Gonzalez made a name for himself at an early age as the petulant frontman and creative force behind guitar-shredding pop-punk band Let’s Wrestle. The band, formed in 2005 when Gonzalez was only 15, was lauded for their no-fi DIY sound. In 2015, after ten years and three records together, culminating in a chaotic sold-out final show at The 100 Club, as reported by The Guardian, the group disbanded and Gonzalez set his sights on an entirely different approach to songwriting – “I wanted to completely indulge myself with the experimentation that I had previously kept to my bedroom demos.”

Without letting go of his fascination with ‘Beatlesesque’ melodies, Gonzalez taught himself piano by learning to play Stevie Wonder and Al Green songs, “which all have chord structures I’d not paid much attention to previously. There’s also a lot of emphasis on the bass notes and rhythm of the bass”. He began writing songs harking back to mid 70’s singer-songwriters such as Emmitt Rhodes, whilst maintaining those elements of soul and funk via Sly And The Family Stone and Donny Hathaway. A summer revisiting early electronic music (White Noise, Mort Garson) encouraged Gonzalez to invest in analogue Korg synthesizers, on which he wrote Excellent Musician. Although he made a conscious retreat from punk music, Gonzalez maintains his work is “still defined as angry music; anger is still an energy” but contends that “whilst I’m proud of what I did with Let’s Wrestle, I hate bands that regurgitate the same sound over various LPs – I knew something had to change for me to want to try music again.”

LICE

LICE have been establishing themselves in Bristol’s tight-knit artistic community for the last year, playing a number of incendiary DIY shows including a Halloween gig in a 13th century crypt. They’ve also played support shows for The Fat White Family and The Fall. 

This Spring they will play a string of shows which includes their first headline show in London at The Windmill on June 8th  and support slots for both The Rebel and HMLTD

FACTORY SECONDS

Factory Seconds is a band from London generating '80s inspired melancholic indie pop from a unit in an old factory.

Popular Culture is a regular monthly clubnight from Rockfeedback.

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Popular Culture: Wesley Gonzalez / Lice / Factory Seconds

30 Jun 2017

The Finsbury

336 Green Lanes
London
N4 1BY

8pm

£5

THE DREAM SYNDICATE

We are thrilled to present an intimate show from The Dream Syndicate. Speaking about their new album, Steve Wynn said: 

It feels like the perfect mix of everything we loved and everything that followed in the wake of what we did and what we loved. It sounds like everything that I loved about the Dream Syndicate and yet sounds unlike any other record we made. It's what we did but it's also what we do. Dennis, Mark, Jason, Chris and I set the bar high. It's the way it had to be. And you know what? We cleared that bar with room to spare. And that's why it's a finished record and will be available to listen by more people than just ourselves. We couldn't be happier.

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The Dream Syndicate

30 Oct 2017

+ special guests

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£17.50

GIRLPOOL

Life has been a whirl for Girlpool since the release of their acclaimed 2015 debut Before the World Was Big. Shortly before the record came out, Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker relocated from their hometown of Los Angeles all the way across the country to Philadelphia, where they quickly became embedded in the local D.I.Y. scene. “Before BTWWB, I was just out of high school, living in my old neighborhood,” recalls Cleo Tucker. “Then we started touring in a way we’d never done before. I really started to experience the duality that was beginning to exist in my life: tour/not on tour.” After a chaotic and informative year spent floating around the East Coast, both bandmates moved home to California at the start of 2017. Girlpool have been seemingly everywhere at once, exploring all the world’s offerings with open minds and notebooks. All the lessons they learned, about the earth and about themselves, are gathered together in their sophomore record and ANTI- debut, Powerplant.

IAN SWEET

“I have a way of loving too many things to take on just one shape,” Jilian Medford sings over and over again on the title track of the Brooklyn-based band IAN SWEET’s debut album, Shapeshifter, repeating it like a mantra. This is Medford’s thesis statement, a narrator to carry us through Shapeshifter, which is above all else a meditation on loneliness and displacement. It’s about losing love and your sense of self in the process, about grabbing at the little things in life that bring joy when nothing else is going according to plan. It’s also an ode to the bandmates, and the friends, that see you through.

IAN SWEET started in 2014 with a string of text messages. Medford was a few days away from embarking on her first tour when the driver and drummer she recruited cancelled. Medford sent IAN SWEET drummer Tim Cheney -- whom she barely knew -- a series of desperate messages, asking if he knew how to drum and whether or not he would be willing to take two weeks off of life to go on tour. Cheney responded soon after with a simple: “Yes.”

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Girlpool / Ian Sweet

07 Sep 2017

Village Underground

54 Holywell Ln
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£13.50

NOGA EREZ

Every so often an artist emerges who completely changes the game. Meet renegade experimentalist Noga Erez. Born and living just outside Tel Aviv, Erez's freewheeling songs are energised by the politics that surround her, but are also anchored in a desire to make as many people as possible feel.

This is politically charged pop exploded out onto a universal stage. Inspired by strong artistic figures such as Björk and MIA, as well as everyone from Frank Ocean to Radiohead to Kendrick Lamar to FKA Twigs, Erez is the definitive sound of the world we live in today. For Erez, music is at its best when it allows for both presence and absence. "I have this idea of giving people moments of thought and inspiration, and at the same time giving moments of escapism and fun."That is, after all, what all music should do, and what Noga Erez is here to fearlessly master.

AADAE

Growing up in Peckham, Aadae’s strict Nigerian-Christian upbringing didn’t leave much space for frivolous pursuits but when she wasn’t holed up in church, she would rifle through her dad’s record collection and sing with her brother and sister at home. “My mum was religiously strict,” she explains, “But weirdly, and against Nigerian norms, she encouraged us in music. In her mind I think it acted as a distraction from gangs, gun and drug culture.”

Aadae credits the records she found at home with the bulk of her musical education, influences ranging from the Yoruba gospel, reggae, 90s Afro-juju and 70s Afrobeat she found there to the pristine pop of the odd Abba single. Later, she discovered UK funky house, neo-soul and early jazz, and more recently, genre-straddling artists like MIA, Santigold and Little Dragon have all had a noticeable impact on her style. Tony Allen and Fela Kuti remain huge influnces.

“I describe my sound as a pop-lover’s take on the classic afrobeat form,” Aadae says. “It was always important to me that my music told my story. Whatever I do has to represent my British upbringing as well as my Nigerian heritage.”

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Noga Erez / Aadae

13 Jun 2017

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The Pickle Factory

13-14 The Oval
London
E2 9DU

8.00pm

£7.50

FATHER JOHN MISTY

Since 2012, Father John Misty aka Josh Tillman has unexpectedly emerged as a singular (if not undeniably, um, idiosyncratic) voice. Whether by virtue of his lyrics, which routinely defy the presumed polarities of wit and empathy; his live performances which may perhaps be described best as “intimately berzerk," or the infuriating line he seems to occupy between canny and total fraud online or in interviews, Father John Misty has cultivated a rare space for himself in the musical landscape - that of a real enigma.  Pure Comedy sees Tillman at the height of these powers: as a lyricist, and equally so a cultural observer - at times bordering on freakishly prescient.  Tillman’s bent critiques, bared humanity and gently warped classic songwriting are all here in equal measure and - at 75 minutes - there’s a veritable fuck ton of it.  The album navigates themes of progress, technology, fame, the environment, politics, aging, social media, human nature, human connection and his own role in it all with his usual candor, and in terms as timely as they are timeless.

Father John Misty will also play Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on 7 November.

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Father John Misty

08 Nov 2017

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Hammersmith Eventim Apollo

45 Queen Caroline St
London
W6 9QH

7.30pm

£25 - £30

SOLD OUT

BEACH FOSSILS

The long-awaited return of Brooklyn’s Beach Fossils, Somersault showcases a band in bloom. Charting into new musical territory with a refined songwriting style, it's an album that captures flashes of life in New York grounded in personal experience.

As the band’s first release on Dustin Payseur’s new label Bayonet Records, which he co-owns with wife Kate Garcia—the group made the most of their newfound independence, investing ample time in expanding its range both musically and lyrically. While Payseur handled the bulk of the songwriting duties in the past, Somersault is a true collaboration between the founding member and bandmates, Jack Doyle Smith and Tommy Davidson. Augmented with more complex instrumentation, including string arrangements, piano, harpsichord, flute, and sax, the new songs offer multi-layered pop guided by sharp, poignant, and honest lyrics.

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Beach Fossils

30 Aug 2017

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Oslo

1A Amhurst Rd
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£12

COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS

Due to demand, Courtney Marie Andrews will now play two shows at Bush Hall this September. 

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

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Courtney Marie Andrews

05 Sep 2017

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Bush Hall

310 Uxbridge Rd, Shepherd's Bush
London
W12 7LJ

7.30pm

£12.50

SOLD OUT

FATHER JOHN MISTY

Since 2012, Father John Misty aka Josh Tillman has unexpectedly emerged as a singular (if not undeniably, um, idiosyncratic) voice. Whether by virtue of his lyrics, which routinely defy the presumed polarities of wit and empathy; his live performances which may perhaps be described best as “intimately berzerk," or the infuriating line he seems to occupy between canny and total fraud online or in interviews, Father John Misty has cultivated a rare space for himself in the musical landscape - that of a real enigma.  Pure Comedy sees Tillman at the height of these powers: as a lyricist, and equally so a cultural observer - at times bordering on freakishly prescient.  Tillman’s bent critiques, bared humanity and gently warped classic songwriting are all here in equal measure and - at 75 minutes - there’s a veritable fuck ton of it.  The album navigates themes of progress, technology, fame, the environment, politics, aging, social media, human nature, human connection and his own role in it all with his usual candor, and in terms as timely as they are timeless.

Due to huge public demand, Father John Misty will now play two shows at Hammersmith Eventim Apollo. Tickets for 8 November are also available now.

Tickets for 7 November are now sold out.

Father John Misty

07 Nov 2017

+ Weyes Blood

Hammermith Eventim Apollo

45 Queen Caroline St
London
W6 9QH

7.30pm

£25 - £30

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TEN FÉ

With two lead singers and songwriters, each with their own distinct voice and songwriting style - and after the long journey the two have been on together - it is perhaps of little surprise that Ten Fe’s debut album ‘Hit The Light’, due out early 2017, is characterised by its diverseness. Each track on ‘Hit The Light’ stands independently, whilst the overall experience is balanced by the accomplished interplay between style and song. Their mix of Americana with darker, driving electronics, and vocal harmonies make the London band a genuinely exciting prospect. With Ewan Pearson’s (Jagwar Ma, M83, The Rapture) production underscoring the forthcoming LP, and its trademark pulsating electronic grooves, Ten Fé have created an album that is fluid and varied.

DBFC

DBFC mean every word. Striking out at the cynicism of the everyday, the duo – Manchester born David Shaw and Parisian Dombrance – seem able to cut straight to the heart of the matter. “What we sing about is the universal theme, which is love,” David explains. “As corny as it sounds, that’s in fact what we’re talking about: tolerance and love.”

CONFIDENCE MAN

Australian four-piece Confidence Man reveal their highly anticipated debut single ‘Bubblegum’. ‘Bubblegum’ is a joyful slice of imperfect pop, with flirty flutes, baggy grooves and sassy vocals leading Confident Man’s stand-out debut track. Their ecstatic live show has started turning heads, landing the band a national support slot with Chairlift and Aussie festivals including the coveted triple j unearthed spot on the Laneway Festival Brisbane bill.

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PIAS Nites: Ten Fé / DBFC / Confidence Man

17 May 2017

Corsica Studios

4/5 Elephant Rd
London
SE17 1LB

7.30pm

£8

ADAM TORRES

There’s a little light on / Buried in my lonely blood moon heart / Sometimes I rely on / And carry through the dark / But all my skin has turned to salt / All my bones have turned to dust / Can you hear at all / Where I’m calling from – “Where I’m Calling From”

In 2006, 20-year-old Adam Torres released his debut album Nostra Nova. The album’s 11 songs are idiosyncratic and varied – as are many great songs – with each existing as its own little world. It’s influenced by the works of visual artist Adolf Wolfli and C.G. Jung, and it’s the sound of Torres making something beautiful. With many truly breathtaking moments throughout, it feels full of promise, and is simultaneously weathered and young. A DIY self-release, Nostra Nova found deep, long-lasting roots within the small Athens, OH community at the time, but didn’t resonate farther until much later.

In 2015, Nostra Nova saw a small reissue. Called a “cult classic” by The A.V. Club, the album finally achieved its due, earning additional praise from Stereogum, VICE, Popmatters, All Music Guide, and Flavorwire, which wrote of Torres as, “…someone who was, at an early age, able to connect his own odd experiences to the concept of life itself in an almost innate way.”

New album, Pearls To Swine was recorded over eight days in January at Austin’s Cacophony Recorders, which overlooks the Colorado River valley. Working alongside co-producer and mixer Erik Wofford (Bill Callahan, Black Angels, M. Ward, Okkervil River), Torres chose the analog route, recording and mixing directly to tape to allow for more finality and less overthought. This method in turn lends a natural, warm, and almost magical realism atmosphere to the songs – like a high-stakes live show captured in a fantastical setting. The core rhythm was captured live and augmented by a few overdubs, and Torres is joined on the album by the players in his band: Thor Harris (of Swans; on conga drums, vibraphone, and percussion), Aisha Burns (violin), and Dailey Tolliver (bass/piano), with drum kit performances by Matthew Shepherd and Rodolfo Villareal III.

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Adam Torres

23 Aug 2017

+ special guests

Sebright Arms

31-35 Coate St
London
E2 9AG

7.30pm

£8

WAXAHATCHEE

Out in the Storm, Katie Crutchfield’s fourth album as Waxahatchee and her second release with Merge, is the blazing result of a woman reawakened. Her most autobiographical and honest album to date, Out in the Storm is a self-reflective anchor in the story of both her songwriting and her life. As Crutchfield prepared for the release of her Merge debut Ivy Tripp, she found herself depleted emotionally and professionally amidst the dissolution of a noxious relationship. “Ivy Tripp doesn’t really have any resolution. It’s a lot of beating around the bush, and superficially trying to see my life clearly, but just barely scratching the surface. Out in the Storm digs into what I was going through without blinking. It's a very honest record about a time in which I was not honest with myself.” After much self-examination, Crutchfield found renewed energy and support from her bandmates. With these strong women surrounding her, she found the strength, clarity, and poise to overcome the emotionally taxing Ivy Tripp tour in an explorative space that would result in Out in the Storm.

ALLISON CRUTCHFIELD AND THE FIZZ

The debut full-length by Allison Crutchfield titled Tourist in This Town sonically pulls back the curtain on her life and places Crutchfield center stage, fully revealing her power, conviction, and grace. The Alabama native has immersed herself in music since her teenage years, forming notable bands such as P.S. Eliot and Bad Banana (both with her twin sister Katie of Waxahatchee). In 2012, she co-founded Swearin’—the band in which she would truly begin to formulate and understand her full potential as a songwriter—and in 2014, she recorded and released her first solo EP Lean In To It. Her debut album is an accomplished work that integrates her past musical experiences with a pronounced growth in arrangement and

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Waxahatchee / Allison Crutchfield

04 Sep 2017

+ special guests

The Garage

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

7.30pm

£14

SOLD OUT

BILLY BRAGG - ROOTS, RADICALS AND ROCKERS BOOK LAUNCH

In conversation with Bob Harris, plus book signing

‘The story of the first DIY revolution: a perfect mix of author and subject’ – Jon Savage

Against a backdrop of Cold War politics, rock and roll riots and a newly assertive generation of working-class youth, the songwriter and political activist Billy Bragg charts the history, impact and legacy of skiffle - Britain’s first indigenous pop movement.

Roots, Radicals & Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World is the first book to explore this phenomenon in depth – a meticulously researched and joyous account that explains how skiffle sparked a revolution that shaped pop music as we have come to know it.

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Billy Bragg - Book Launch

10 May 2017

Cecil Sharp House

2 Regent's Park Rd
London
NW1 7AY

7pm

£10

Popular Culture and RFB presents

THE ORIELLES

Once the best-kept musical secrets in and around their native Halifax, the teenage trio are poised to charm their way beyond UK borders courtesy of their debut release for Heavenly Recordings, “Sugar Tastes Like Salt”, an eight-minute burst of spatial-funk that in part recalls both ESG and fellow Northwest pioneers A Certain Ratio.

Spurred on by repeated whispers about “one of the most exciting local bands of recent years” from various respected musical contacts in the north, Heavenly Recordings head-honcho Jeff Barrett caught The Orielles supporting label-mates The Parrots and immediately signed them in the autumn of 2016.

Despite their youth, the band, who met at a house party and bonded over their shared love of US bands from the ‘90s, have found their feet playing live for the last few years around the north of England.

HONEY LUNG

Honey Lung released their debut 'Kind of Alone' EP last year, combining influences from Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine with Yuck and War on Drugs.They received plays and praise from BBC Introducing in Devon, London and BBC Radio 1, and performed a live session for John Kennedy's Xposure Show on Radio X. Huw Stephens has recently tipped them as one of the acts he's excited about for 2017. As their sound has developed, they've gained a new member in 2017. Adding further traction to their formidable live show, that has already seen packed shows at Brighton's Green Door Store, Camden Assembly and a sold out show at The Social.

FUR

Since releasing singles ‘Creature’, ‘One and Twenty’ and ‘Eyes’ FUR – Will Murray, Harry Zwaig, Will Tavener and Flynn Whelan have burst into the Brighton DIY scene, infusing indie rock with influences similar to early 60’s music, which prove to be melodic and guitar driven at the best of times.

FUR are well recognised for their ability to work in a poetic style whilst providing love songs that reflect the embodiment of heartbreak in youth culture and music.

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Popular Culture: The Orielles / Honey Lung / Fur

26 May 2017

+ more

The Finsbury

336 Green Lanes, Harringay
London
N4 1BY

8pm

£5

PEAKING LIGHTS

Peaking Lights is Aaron and Indra from Rah Dunes and Numbers duo project. Floating electronic pulses, controlled feedback, tape loops, organ, synth, guitar, and vocal harmonies layered into waves of four track noise pop goodness. The perfect soundtrack to walking in mysterious places, haunted neighborhoods, lost river banks, and bike rides at night. 

Peaking Lights 5th album titled "The Fifth State Of Consciousness", a double LP produced in Peaking Lights Dreamfuzz studio over the last two years is both a departure from the new and a return to the old with a whole new twist on the psychedelic dub-pop they've become know for. The Fifth State Of Consciousness is an exciting listening experience invoking a story of overcoming the shadow to rise above and painted with otherworldly sounds. Peaking Lights – The Fifth State Of Consciousness will be released early summer 2017

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VACTROL PARK

Vactrol Park is an honest outpouring of thematic obsession, a celebration of championed studio components and the mastery of their nuance, an avant garde collaboration between Kyle Martin (Land of Light, Spectral Empire) and Guido Zen (Gamers in Exile, Brain Machine). Simply entitled "I" (the first of a 2 part series), this debut EP opens the door to a world of ebb and flow, layers of oscillation falling in and out of sync, keeping us on the brink of vertigo and, as cliché as it may sound, we find solace in its chaos.

Peaking Lights / Vactrol Park / Emotional Response Records DJs

26 Jun 2017

+ special guests

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St
London
E9 6NU

7:30pm

£11

HENRY GREEN

Bristolian singer-songwriter Henry Green returns in September for his biggest London headline show yet at The Lexington.

Having sold out St Pancras Old Church in February, he continues to support his latest EP, Real, which was received with acclaim from the blogosphere. Featuring hit songs Closer and More Than This, Green blends inventive arrangements with sultry, androgynous vocals.

Green first broke onto the scene 3 years ago, supporting the likes of Nick Mulvey, London Grammar and Phoria and being remixed by Kygo. While his cover of MGMT's Electric Feel remains a staple of his live set, it's his own songwriting that has come to define his artistry, and with 6m+ streams on Spotify, his talents are not going unnoticed.

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Henry Green

14 Sep 2017

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7:30pm

£9

CROOKED COLOURS

Crooked Colours are a live electronic trio, creating music that has one foot in the indie world and one foot in a darker electronic realm. Comprising of Phil Slabber, Leon Debaughn and Liam Merrett-Park, their sound has often been compared to a combination of English indie-rock foursome Alt-J and US electronic duo Crystal Castles.

To date the band has played at St Jerome’s Laneway, Groovin The Moo, Parklife, Wonderland & Southbound Festivals as well as supporting bands RÜFÜS and San Sisco on their national album tours. The band was also invited to showcase at CMJ Music Marathon in New York and Culture Collide Festival in Los Angeles in 2015.

After break out hit singles ‘Come Down’, ‘Capricious’ & ‘Another Way’ all of which reached number one on hype machine as well as rotation on triple j locally, the band decided to take a step back to focus on writing their debut album. Now after 18 months in the making, Crooked Colours are proud to announce the completion of this record with the first taste ‘Flow’.

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Crooked Colours

18 Oct 2017

+ special guests

The Pickle Factory

13-14 The Oval
London
E2 9DU

7:30pm

£7.50

OSCAR JEROME

25 year old self made artist Oscar Jerome has been honing his craft as a musician and writer since a young age. He has worked as vocalist, guitarist and composer with countless acts and grown through the thriving South London music scene since he moved there 6 years ago.

In his solo project Jerome brings all of his influences together, sighting artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, George Benson, John Martyn, The Clash, Ali Farka Toure and Jay Dilla. Oscar’s song writing is motivated by politics, spirituality within music and life experiences. His creative vision is to always make music with sincerity and pay homage to his countless inspirations.

With an acclaimed live show that has taken in Boiler Room, Jazz Cafe, Worldwide Awards Afterparty, Clore Ballroom, Love Supreme Festival, Bussey Building, Brainchild Festival amongst others, Oscar Jerome is well on his way to becoming a major draw.

EMMA-JEAN THACKRAY

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

Oscar Jerome / Emma-Jean Thackray

24 May 2017

Archspace

TripSpace Projects, 339-340 Acton Mews
London
E8 4EA

7:30pm

£7

JUNUN

‘Junun slots neatly into a lineage of musical artefacts capturing the raw activity of cultural exchange, from Buena Vista Social Club to Africa Express.  But instead of playing up its audacious collisions – east meets west, Israel meets Islam - these 13 songs feel more about natural chemistry and mutual understanding than grand statements… A fine entry point into the rich mystery of Sufi music, and a beautiful audiovisual document shot with a keen eye and a steady hand.’ – Uncut

‘Joyous and hypnotic.’ – Observer

‘Radiohead’s guitarist joins the Israeli musician and poet on a journey into Sufi devotional music.  Ecstatic, brassy and hypnotic, it’s border-crossing at its best.’
Sunday Times – Albums of the Year

‘A beautiful record, both impeccably studied and totally opulent.’ – NME

‘An exotic, often rapturous reading, of Tzur’s Sufi-meets-Hebrew song forms.’ – Mojo

BABA ALI

Baba Ali was part of electronic duo ​Voices of Black from 2009-2015 and signed to underground dance label Wolf + Lamb records in 2009. The DJs/producers subsequently toured Europe, Latin America and the US.

Baba is now pursuing a solo career as a recording and visual artist/performer with the debut solo ‘NOMAD’ EP out early 2017.

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JUNUN featuring Shye Ben Tzur & the Rajasthan Express / Baba Ali

11 Jun 2017

Rich Mix

35-47 Bethnal Green Rd
London
E1 6LA

8.00pm

£15

MAUNO

If boredom really does breed creativity, then Nova Scotia weirdo pop-rock sophisticates mauno must be four intensely bored individuals. “Halifax is a weird little town,” says frontman Nick Everett of the Canadian peninsula they call home, where life unfolds in a slow-drift of tiny moments never more than a stone’s throw from the sea. “At times, it’s really boring, which I find useful for writing songs—not being distracted. I arrived here on a failed hitch-hiking trip and just keep getting drawn back.” rough master, the group’s smart, intricate new album, has at least this in common with the city where it was forged. Full of familiar and charming shimmery guitar—and less-familiar, somewhat absurd stories written over rueful meals in empty apartments—rough master is a record you too will just keep getting drawn back into.

Formed in September 2014, mauno – pronounced mao-no, and named after bassist Eliza Niemi’s adamantly unmusical Finnish grandfather – have a wandering sound that refuses to be pinned down. Over the course of rough master it strays from twisting grunge-pop on ‘Again’, to a breezy lilt on ‘champs’, to piano ambience (‘pulses’) and string-accompanied haze (‘reeling’) elsewhere. But then, what do you expect when Eliza has a background in classical cello and old R&B, while Nick boasts a record collection jammed with choral and folk? The result is an album that sounds like a windows-rolled-down summer road trip with the cast of Seinfeld. Elaine doesn't want to listen to music, George is very focused on the road, Kramer is sporadically buzzing through his iPod listening to half-songs from every genre possible, and Jerry is reading whilst eating spicy Cheetos. “It’s Seinfeld, but what the hell isn’t?” says Nick, adding they “pull a bit from everywhere.”

Completed by live drummer Adam White and live guitarist Scott Boudreau, mauno’s rough master is a journal of "the kind of music that's churning in our minds when we’re not focused on grocery lists.” Opener ‘reeling’ sets the tone: a gentle lament at growing old that descends into a loose yet lush release before the chaos of ‘manitoba’. ‘nothing’ meanwhile is “about moving on a beautiful, sunny day. You've bought pizza, a case of beer and everything's packed. As expected, none of your friends show up to help and you're left schlepping boxes alone all day, getting a bit too drunk,” the band explains.

STARCRAWLER

Starcrawler are a Los Angeles rock & roll band formed one year ago when Arrow de Wilde first met Henri Cash on the high school yard in Echo Park. The rhythm section of Austin Smith and Tim Franco, found on the streets of Hollywood, soon followed. They play rock & roll music heavy and loud, and their incendiary performances resemble the the children of the Cramps, the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, and Alice Cooper.

BATSCH

Batsch are an indie pop quartet based in Coventry, England. Their smart, groove-oriented dance-pop takes nods from classic art rock like Talking Heads as well as modern contemporaries, such as Little Dragon and Dutch Uncles. The band formed in 2013 but the collaborations of singer/guitarist Mason Le Long, bassist Joe Carvell, drummer Matt Rheeston and keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Andy Whitehead date back further. A previous incarnation of the band, DON'T MOVE!, released its only album, 'The New Pop Sound', on Tin Angel Records in 2009. All four members have also toured extensively with other artists, including Laetitia Sadier, Marker Starling, Devon Sproule and Nicholas Krgovich, many of whom are also on Tin Angel's roster, putting Batsch at the epicentre of the British label's cult international scene.

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Mauno / Starcrawler / Batsch

17 May 2017

Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston
London
E8 2EB

7:30pm

FREE

STARCRAWLER

Starcrawler are a Los Angeles rock & roll band formed one year ago when Arrow de Wilde first met Henri Cash on the high school yard in Echo Park. The rhythm section of Austin Smith and Tim Franco, found on the streets of Hollywood, soon followed. They play rock & roll music heavy and loud, and their incendiary performances resemble the the children of the Cramps, the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, and Alice Cooper.

In the spring, their single Ants will be released on Rough Trade Records worldwide alongside the B-Side Used to Know. The song, written days after they first played together and recorded with producer Steven McDonald (Red Kross), was quickly discovered by London DJ Matt Wilkinson and debuted on Apple Beats One radio just as the band was playing their first few shows. The DJ loved it so much, he played it twice in a row. Soon after, it found it’s way to Sir Elton John who spun it on his “Rocket Hour” radio program, as well as to Zane Lowe who played it to further accolades. The song, documenting the unhinged beginnings of the group taking their first steps into the public eye, has already found its way into a UniQlo commercial and it's forthcoming release on Rough Trade will bring the band overseas to the UK for the first time. Concurrently, Starcrawler has spent the last few months with famed producer Ryan Adams at his Hollywood studio Pax Am completing their first full length LP due out later this year. The record hits hard like the classic debuts of so many of the greatest bands; 10 songs in under 30 minutes. Building on the groundswell of attention and hype already surrounding them, 2017 promises to be a very big year for Starcrawler. The band consists of Arrow de Wilde on lead vocals, Henri Cash on guitar, Austin Smith on drums, and Tim Franco on bass. 


YASSASSIN

Although London was the city in which five-piece-firehouse Yassassin all met, their members are originally from all over the world. A playful entity that criss-crosses back and forth from Sweden, Australia, Italy and finally touching back down in the UK, Yassassin’s magnetic musical paths and ambitions drew them to the capital and to each other. Having been friends for several years whilst all in different bands (The History Of Apple Pie, LUST, Bonfire Nights, Loaded), pushing and pulling their shared and separate loves into one project seemed like a natural next step. This is a pack mentality: name patches tacked to the back of jackets, doing the things they love best with the people they love best.

The band’s no filler, all killer formula is dynamically bulletproof. Inspired by a combined love of Le Tigre, PJ Harvey and The Breeders, Yassassin pride themselves on making energetic dance-on-the-table indie rock ‘n’ roll. Melodic, catchy pop perfection is personified through ramblingly loud guitars, trembling bass lines and drums that barge their way into your bones with or without your permission.

WEIRD MILK

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

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

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Starcrawler / Yassassin / Weird Milk

16 May 2017

Thousand Island

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

7.30pm

£5

CHASTITY BELT

Chastity Belt is a rock band consisting of four friends - guitarists Julia Shapiro and Lydia Lund, bassist Annie Truscott, and drummer Gretchen Grimm. They met in a tiny college town in Eastern Washington, but their story begins for real in Seattle, that celebrated home of Macklemore and the Twelfth Man. Following a post-grad summer apart, a handful of shows and enthusiastic responses from the city’s DIY community led them, as it has countless others, into a cramped practice space. They emerged with a debut album, No Regerts, sold it out faster than anyone involved thought possible, and toured America, a country that embraced them with open-ish arms.

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.

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14 Sep 2017

The Garage

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

7.30pm

£11

KAN WAKAN

Kan Wakan is Gueorgui Linev, the producer, film composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist whose music dissolves the genre-breaking electronica of Massive Attack, Cinematic Orchestra, Bonobo and Zero 7 into a bottomless sea of 20th century minimalism, psychedelic soul and ambient atmosphere.

It’s been two years since the release of the highly acclaimed “Moving On”, which was followed by extensive touring and performances with the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Royal Blood and Lianne La Havas. Kan Wakan then spent the following 2 years immersed in studio work, producing different projects, scoring for film and television and in the wee hours of the night, tirelessly shaping his follow up album which is to become his most adventurous and challenging creative work to date.

Fall of 2016 saw the release of 2 new singles from the forthcoming album with“Molasses” and “I Would” both garnering positive reviews, charting in the top 5 of Hype Machine and receiving significant radio support from BBC Radio 1, 2, 6 in the UK.  In the US,  debut single “Molasses” charted in the Top 100 CMJ on college radio, was named in LA’s KCRW as“Top Tune Of The Day” and has been licensed in Oprah Network’s “Queen Sugar” season 1 finale.

2017 will mark a new chapter for the LA-based Bulgarian-born musician who was recently named in the LA Weekly as "one of the top 10 young songwriters in Los Angeles".  Having produced and worked with the likes of Moses Sumney, Thundercat, Tosin Abasi, and scored critically acclaimed feature film “Dead Draw”, it was time to incorporate a few collaborations of his own. With triple LP ‘Phantasmagoria’ soon on the way, Kan Wakan’s upcoming work incorporates guest vocalists and collaborations into an immersive melding of organic and electronic production mixed in with the orchestral flourishes of the Sofia Philharmonic orchestra.

YOKE LORE

Brooklyn project Yoke Lore is the new musical venture of Adrian Galvin, previously of Yellerkin and Walk  the Moon. Yoke Lore layers the harmonies of Panda Bear, the soulful beats of M83, and the modern pop of Blackbird Blackbird to tell “the stories of how we are bound.” Galvin’s songs start with the folksy timbre of a banjo and add echoing waves of vocals and percussion to create unforgettable pop music with tactile sincerity and conviction.

PARA ALTA

Four lads from Hartlepool, Para Alta released debut single I Get Mine in 2016, an ode to trying to break free from the shackles of your hometown history. Fast forward a year and the band have three more releases under their belts via Kissability, fans in DIY, The Line Of Best Fit, and Spotify, and they've make the schlep down the A1 to call London their new home. With anthemic indie choruses and lashings of searing guitars, they've already built themselves a banging live show. Move over Mariah, Para Alta are your new favourite heartbreakers.

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Kan Wakan / Yoke Lore / Para Alta

23 May 2017

The Victoria

451 Queensbridge Rd
London
E8 3AS

7.30pm

£8

[PIAS Nites] present

CHAMPS

Isle of Wight’s CHAMPS mark a long awaited return with this show.A love of alt pop coupled with melodic heartbreak, passionate and persuasive harmonies was a recurring theme on both debut album Down Like Gold and 2015’s VAMALA resulting in plenty of praise and several play-listed tracks. The interim has seen the brothers, Michael and David Champion embark on a new journey, writing and demoing whilst looking to re-enter the studio and begin work in earnest on new material, the first fruits of which will be unveiled over the coming weeks.

GEOWULF

Geowulf are Star Kendrick (vocals) and Toma Banjanin (guitar/production) originally from Australia but now based between London and Berlin, the duo racked up in excess of 1.5 million Spotify plays with their debut track, last summer’s Saltwater. Armed with shimmering harmonies, decadent electronics, and reflective melodies the pair now signed to burgeoning London-based 37 Adventures follow a handful of previous London shows with this appearance

CUT_

The Dutch duo CUT_marked their arrival with last year’s utterly perfect and enchanting flip of Stromae’s Papaoutai. their electronica rework quickly went viral, becoming a massive streaming success and picking up support all over Europe. Having caught the attention and consequently signing an international deal with the [PIAS] label, the band retreated to the studio to work on new material and single Tune In Tune Out is the first of the new tracks to emerge.

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[PIAS Nites]: Champs / Geowulf / Cut_

20 Apr 2017

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd
London
N1 9JB

7.30pm

£6

The best new music from france in partnership with Oui Love. May's line-up features:

FAUNA TWIN

Parisian singer-songwriter Claire Jacquemard & North Wales’ Owain Ginsberg (leader of “Hippies Vs Ghosts” and “We Are Animal”). They’ve just put the finishing touch to their debut EP, the epic “The HYDRA EP”, which will be out in October with a string of shows around Europe. Fauna Twin’s debut album is scheduled for release in 2017.

FISHBACH

At age 25, Fishbach, has already been hailed the "dark pearl" of the new French scene, getting an impressive media coverage in her home country. Her strange and mesmerizing voice bears similarities with French female singers from the 80s (Desireless or Catherine Ringer from Les Rita Mitsouko) and her music is a peculiar mix of intimate synthwave and grandiose mainstream pop - think The Chromatics meets Kate Bush.

KILLASON

Hip hop energy music. He sounds like an English rapper, easily aligning English punch-lines, however he is french.

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Oui Love: Fish Bach / KillASon / Fauna Twin

17 May 2017

Birthdays

33-35 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BJ

7.30pm

£6

BABA ALI

Baba Ali was part of electronic duo ​Voices of Black from 2009-2015 and signed to underground dance label Wolf + Lamb records in 2009. The DJs/producers subsequently toured Europe, Latin America and the US.

Baba is now pursuing a solo career as a recording and visual artist/performer with the debut solo ‘NOMAD’ EP out early 2017.

DEEDS

Combining motoric beats with rapturous melodies, North East London Boy / Girl duo Deeds make a fervent, synth heavy mould of electronic music. Influences range from electronic film scores, Ambient and Synthwave music, through to Post-Punk and House. Debut release on London label Snap, Crackle & Pop features remixes from Swedish electronic favourite "The Field" and San Francisco's Dark Entries and Honey Soundsystem collaborator "Bezier".

BYFYN

BYFYN is South East London based producer and singer Ellie Isherwood. Gaining influence from artists such as Grimes, Fka Twigs and Animal Collective, she fuses Ambient Electronic with SynthPop to make an atmospheric, yet catchy sound. BYFYN's live band consists of Sam Hatchwell and Chris Martin.

Deeds 'Disorder EP' is released via Juno on April 24

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Baba Ali / Deeds / Byfyn

26 May 2017

The Nines

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

7.30pm

£6

WILLIAM TYLER

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

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

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

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William Tyler

04 Jun 2017

Omeara

6 O'Meara St
London
SE1 1TE

7.30pm

£14

JOHNNY FLYNN & THE SUSSEX WIT

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

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

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

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

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

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Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit

17 Oct 2017

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Roundhouse

Chalk Farm Rd
London
NW1 8EH

7.30pm

£22.50

WEIRD MILK

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

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

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

SOCIAL CONTRACT

Social Contract are a 4 piece dream pop band from South London.

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Weird Milk / Social Contract

12 Apr 2017

Paper Dress Vintage

352 Mare Street
London
E8 1HR

7.30pm

£5

MEATBODIES

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

THEE MVPS

After a whole month in the van touring coast to coast across America, including stopping off for 16 shows at SXSW with the likes of SURVIVE, TELEVISION, Dead Meadow and Night Beats then taking a plane to another van to tour the UK with Pulled Apart By Horses and TIGERCUB. Thee MVPs refuse to take the foot off the pedal and will be playing select shows with LA mates Meatbodies before releasing two 45s as well an EP this year on Burger Records!

Thee MVPs fill the whole place with a pounding rhythm section, punch to the gut guitars and gusto-filled choruses that barely get contained by the spots they play in. As quick to play on the psych scene as well a punk rock show, the band hammer out some form of rock and roll that's caked in krautrock rust, protopunk grease and '77 powerpop spit. FFO - TRAAMS, King Gizz, Thee Oh Sees, The Damned, MC5 etc etc etc

DRAHLA

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

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

Meatbodies / Thee MVPs / Drahla

18 Jul 2017

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St.
London
E9 6NU

7.30pm

£12.50

DEEP THROAT CHOIR

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

VANISHING TWIN

Formed in 2015, Vanishing Twin came together to make an exploratory record that marries oblique English pop with a palette of arkestral sounds. Having previously released a string of conceptual cassettes under the name Orlando, founder Cathy Lucas (Innerspace Orchestra) named the group after her vanishing twin, an identical sister absorbed in utero, when they were both still a cluster of cells. 

BAMBOO

BAMBOO is a sublime new project from Nick Carlisle (of Peepholes, Don't Argue) and Rachel Horwood (of Trash Kit, Halo Halo). Their music is vivid and deeply poignant, locking into a magnetic attraction between Rachel's flawlessly resonant folk cadence and Nick's pristine synth pop production.

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Deep Throat Choir / Vanishing Twin / Bamboo / Simon Raymonde DJ / Midnight Chardonnay DJ

20 Jun 2017

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd, Kings Cross
London
N1 9NL

7.30pm

£11

Popular Culture presents

HUNCK

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

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

THYLA

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

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

DAMA SCOUT

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

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

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Popular Culture: Hunck / Thyla / Dama Scout

31 Mar 2017

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The Finsbury

336 Green Lanes
London
N4 1BY

8pm

£3

VALAIRE

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

LECTURES

A four-piece from Tunbridge Wells who filter an array of experimental impulses through the medium of popular song. The band have a keen interest in contemporary electronica, texture and ambient sound, all of which are incorporated into a rock band format and married to memorable melodies. It is pop music that is uncompromising , propulsive and cathartic

Upcoming five song EP 'Distraction Shades' holds a mirror to the band and showcases their artistic reach. This is exemplified in opener 'Entry Point' - a sparse, bouncy guitar-led track that struts along with confidence until finally slipping off into layers of texture and voice, allowing the kicked-up dust to gently settle.

Valaire / Lectures

21 May 2017

Birthdays

33-35 Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BJ

7.30pm

FREE

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Popular Culture presents

AMBER ARCADES

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

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

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

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

BRITAIN

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

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

DRAHLA

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

Friday April 28th. 8pm - 2am

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Popular Culture: Amber Arcades / Britain / Drahla

28 Apr 2017

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The Finsbury

336 Green Lanes
London
N4 1BY

8pm

£5

XYLOURIS WHITE

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

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

OLIVER COATES

Oliver Coates is a cellist, composer and producer based in London. He has performed solo shows in China, Russia, Brazil, Egypt and Australia, and made his New York debut at Le Poisson Rouge. He was the winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2011 and is an Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre. Two major commissions premiered in 2017: HELIOTONES, for girls' choir, flutes, cello and electronics, for Borealis Festival in March, and Shorelines, for string quartet and electronics, for Cryptic in May.

In 2016 Coates released a solo record, Upstepping, on PRAH, and a collaborative record, Remain Calm, with Mica Levi on Slip. He works closely with Levi, London Contemporary Orchestra, Elysia Crampton, Jonny Greenwood and the visual artist Lawrence Lek, for whom he has scored the award-winning video pieces Unreal Estate and QE3. He has also performed with Dean Blunt and will open for Radiohead on select 2017 arena dates. He has conceived and programmed the Southbank Centre’s long-running Harmonic Series and its first DEEP∞MINIMALISM festival in 2016, which featured Pauline Oliveros’ last public Tuning Meditation.

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Xylouris White / Oliver Coates

31 May 2017

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Oslo

1A Amhurst Road
London
E8 1LL

7.30pm

£14

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

MAMMÚT

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

PAVO PAVO

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

WILL STRATTON

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

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