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)

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