Archive for January, 2013

London gigs diary: 28 January – 3 February

THUMPERS launch their debut single, “Dancing’s Done”, on Thursday at Trinity Centre.

Plenty on this week, as usual – straight away Monday night serves up two free shows in Dalston, Dems and Only Real, that are worth your attention. Akira Records’ debut singing, Reuben Hollebon, plays for them at Old Queens Head on Tuesday night with some promising acoustic artists in support. Wednesday night’s particularly busy, with 2008’s best band Smokey Angle Shades making their comeback proper at The Shacklewell Arms, and JAWS, who released one of our favourite tracks of last year (“Toucan Surf”) headlining a free show at Old Blue Last for the Hello 2013 series. The KIDS night at St Moritz is also worth checking out, with La Shark and Northern Irish brother-sister duo Southern on the bill. THUMPERS launch their paradYse released debut single with a BYOB gig at Trinity Centre, E8, on Thursday evening, with Music Week Breakout offering a blockbuster lineup over at Barfly, including Milo Greene and KHUSHI. Canadians METZ (Sub Pop) headline two nights at Birthdays on Friday and Saturday, and if you can’t get into that you could do much worse than head over to The Borderline to see a bill comprised of four up-and-comers on the indie/folk circuit on Saturday evening. And that’s not to mention the return of Communion on Sunday…

Monday 28 January

Dems @ Birthdays FREE
Only Real @ The Shacklewell Arms FREE
The History Of Apple Pie @ Rough Trade East
Biffy Clyro @ The Borderline (XFM)

Tuesday 29 January

Reuben Hollebon + Matt Belmont + Allman Brown @ Old Queens Head (Akira)
The Ruby Suns (NZ) @ Sebright Arms
Goaler’s Daughter + Good Dangers @ The Lexington

Wednesday 30 January

Smokey Angle Shades @ The Shacklewell Arms
JAWS + Superfood + Crash And The Coots + Deathbeams @ Old Blue Last FREE
La Shark + Southern @ St Moritz (KIDS)
Troumaca @ Birthdays FREE
Malpas + Hollow Giants + Prisms @ Bull & Gate (Club Killing Moon)
Tropics @ The Waiting Room

Thursday 31 January

THUMPERS + Plaitum @ Trinity Centre
Milo Greene (US) + KHUSHI + Echotape + Blaise + Kimberly Anne + Leanne Robinson @ Barfly (Music Week Breakout)
Arlissa + Night Engine @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Black Cab Sessions)
Amusement + Carousels @ Old Blue Last FREE
Emperor Yes @ The Slaughtered Lamb
Passenger @ Rough Trade West (13:00) FREE
Passenger @ Scala
Polly Scattergood @ The Shacklewell Arms

Friday 1 February

METZ (CA) + The Wytches + Crushed Beaks @ Birthdays
Indians (DK) @ The Lexington
The Ghosts @ Koko (Club NME)
Amusement Parks On Fire @ O2 Academy 2 Islington

Saturday 2 February

METZ (CA) + Fair Ohs + The Wytches @ Birthdays (2nd night)
Roo Panes + Escapists + Winterhours + Casablanca @ The Borderline
Misty Miller @ Paper Dress Vintage
Tourist + Halo Halo @ The Nest FREE before 22:30

Sunday 3 February

Josh Weller + The Daturas + Natasha Haws + Garda (DE) + Alex Vargas + Lowell (CA) @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Communion)

London gigs diary: 21 January – 27 January

Los Angeles’ Milo Greene play their debut London shows this week at St Pancras Old Church.

2013’s now officially up and running in terms of London gigs – this week sees a slew of great shows it’ll be well worth braving the biting temperatures for. LA’s Milo Greene are in the UK for the first time ever, and the buzz around them has been so much they’ve had to add a second date at St Pancras Old Church (they’ll headline there on both Wednesday and Thursday). Thursday night is sure to have many of us scratching heads and throwing dice; highlights there include the exceptional Daughter playing at Hackney Empire, Paul Banks showcasing his solo material at Koko and Cavan, Ireland’s teenage rock ‘n’ roll prodigies The Strypes headlining a free show at Old Blue Last. Elsewhere, The BlackWhite’s promising demos should entice a crowd down to their gig at Notting Hill Arts Club on Tuesday, and the annual XFM X-Posure All-Dayer takes place at Barfly on Saturday featuring a whole host of ones to watch for ’13.

Monday 21 January

Gibson Bull + Norma Jean Martine (US) + Sophie Ramsay @ Blacks (Society Of The Golden Slippers) FREE (GL)

Tuesday 22 January

Blood Red Shoes + Rolo Tomassi + Wet Nuns @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Toro y Moi (US) @ Village Underground
The BlackWhite @ Notting Hill Arts Club
Early Ghost @ Power’s Bar FREE

Wednesday 23 January

Milo Greene (US) @ St Pancras Old Church
Ofei + Jade Hopcroft + Alex Burey @ Sevilla Mia (Pull The Plug) FREE (GL)
Syron + San Zhi + Brolin @ Old Blue Last FREE
Findlay + The Death Rays Of Ardilla @ St Moritz (KIDS)
Gentlemen @ The Shacklewell Arms FREE w/ TICKET
Swiss Lips @ Notting Hill Arts Club FREE before 23:00

Thursday 24 January

Milo Greene (US) @ St Pancras Old Church (2nd night)
The Strypes (IE) @ Old Blue Last FREE
Daughter @ Hackney Empire
The Soft Pack (US) + Novella + Primitive Parts @ Cargo
Paul Banks (US) @ Koko
Hudson Taylor (IE) @ Barfly
Emily And The Woods + Ebony Day + Pete Roe + Die Mason Die @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (Smashing Blouse)
The Wolfnotes @ The Sebright Arms

Friday 25 January

Halflight @ Barfly
Sons And Lovers + China Rats @ Koko (Club NME)
Rook And The Ravens + Van Susans + The Shoestrung @ The Borderline

Saturday 26 January

Little Barrie + Wolf Alice + Drenge + Temples + LULS + This Many Boyfriends + Nadine Shah @ Barfly (XFM X-Posure All Dayer)
Burial Club @ Underbelly

Sunday 27 January

My Bloody Valentine (IE) @ Electric Brixton

Introducing: The Vestals

South Wales’ The Vestals seem to be the latest in that line of bands who have seemingly appeared ‘from nowhere’. Indeed, as recently as late December, we in these parts were not overly familiar with their work, but now, in mid January, they seem almost inescapable.

There’s probably a good reason for this, and we’re going to suggest it’s the direct fallout from two absolutely mesmerising tunes, which have just been posted online and will make up their debut, double A-side single, which is to be released by our close acquaintances at Killing Moon on 11 February.

It’s dreamy, electro infused indie-pop that will remind many a music fan of why they fell in love with recorded sound in the first place. As for reference points, we can hear everything from early Ash to Placebo to Death Cab, and when this is channeled through some watertight pop writing, the result is a very powerful one. “Perfect Pain” is the big one here, displaying a dab hand around a nifty chorus and an intensity that never once wanes during its 4-minute duration.

Already this year the band have appeared at Artrocker’s New Blood Festival and confirmed a tour with Pure Love, as well as a launch for the aforementioned release at The Social on Saturday 16 February. 2013 is set to be a great year for music by all accounts, with new and ‘returning’ artists alike, and with these guys set to star in the limelight, it just got a little better.

Past LFC performance