Gig Guide

Akala – XOYO – Monday 03/06/13 – £12.00
Politically ranty British rapper, now playing with full band
 
The Stone Roses – Finsbury Park – Saturday 08/06/2013 – £60 *
Found myself with a spare ticket for this – anyone?
 
Jurassic 5 – Brixton Academy – Thursday 13/06/2013 – £32
The absolute kings of live hip hop.  Fucking pricey though.
 
Melt Yourself Down – Elekrowerkz – Tuesday 18/06/13 – £10 *
Madness that is funky and jazzy  but not jazz-funk.  “Like two flies having an argument on speed” – Patrick McLennan
 
Damo Suzuki and friends – The Social – Tuesday 25/06/13 – £10
Legendarily bonkers frontman of Can.  Friends include the brilliant Andrew Weatherall.
 
Bizarre Ride Live (The Pharcyde) – Highbury Garage – Friday 28/06/13 – £18.50
Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde performed in full with all sorts of crazy shit involved
 
Midnight Juggernauts – Hoxton Bar and Kitchen – Monday 08/07/13 – £10
Aussie Electro-Psych-rockers
 
Portico Quartet / Funkineven / Gilles Peterson – XOYO – Friday 12/07/13 (9pm-3am) – £12.50 *
The blurb says “deeper sounds across the electronic spectrum”. I say “PORTICO QUARTET LIVE YES PLEASE”
 
Japandroids – Dingwalls – Wednesday 17/07/13 – £13 *
Angsty-punky- Canadian duo. I’m far too old to like them but I do anyway.  
 
Open East Festival – Olympic Park – Sat-Sun 27-28/07/13 – £10 per day *
Toots and the Maytals, The Waterboys, Seun Kuti, Armadou & Mariam, Wire
A music line up that makes me giddy, plus all sorts of foodie foods.
 
Standon Calling Festival – Hertfordshire – 02/08/13 – 04/08/13 – £99 *
De la Soul, Band of Skulls, Digitalism, Toy, Greg Wilson, Simian Mobile Disco … loads
You’re either already going to this, or I’ve been hassling you to go.  I’m right to do this, you should go.  It’s just a brilliant festival.
 
Visions Festival – Hackney – Saturday 10/08/13 – £22.50 *
!!!, Cloud Nothings, The Soft Moon, Iceage, Still Corners
Multi-venue festival in Hackney.  Guaranteed to be brilliant.
 
End of the Road Festival – Dorset – 30/08/13 – 01/09/13 – £165 *
Sigur Rós, David Byrne & St Vincent, Belle And Sebastian, Efterklang, Eels, Poliça, Daughter, The Walkmen, Warpaint, Dinosaur Jr.
Intimate festival in a forest with an amazing line up
 
Ringo Deathstarr – The Lexington – Sunday 08/09/13 – £10
Noisey shoegazers from Texas.  Utterly derivative, but derivative of my favourite things
 
Junip – Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Wednesday 18/09/13 – £16
José González’s band – Swedish folk-psych-grooves with the world’s mellowest voice
 
Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia – Sat-Sun 27-28/09/13 – £40 for 2 days
Moon Duo, Dead Meadow, The Besnard Lakes, Hookworms, Psychic Ills, The Oscillation, Peaking Lights Sound System
This looks  supremely fucking amazing.  Does anyone know someone in Liverpool who’d  be happy to accommodate?

Gig Guide

A Place to Bury Strangers – Dingwalls – 17/09/12 – £10
Noisy waves of guitar, feedback squeals, distant echoed vocals and electronic beats
Choir of Young Believers – Cargo – 26/09/12 – £8
Danish indie anthems.  Relaxed harmonies and melancholy mumblings  
Van She – The Old Blue Last – 09/10/12 – Free
Aussie indie-electro-popsters.
Turbowolf + Black Moth – The Garage – 10/10/12 – £9
Classic garage rock.  Moshpit guaranteed
Tamaryn – The Lexington – 15/10/12 – £10
Dreamy New Zealand shoegazers
Portico Quartet – Roundhouse – 18/10/12 – £16
Jazz but not just jazz
Teeth of the Sea – The Lexington – 19/10/12 – £8
Heavy psychedelic weirdo-rock
Zombie Zombie + The Oscillation – The Lexington – 24/10/12 – £8
Krautrock shoegaze techno and other words
Digitalism – Xoyo – 26/10/12 – £12.50
Techno party anthems.  But not shit.
Godspeed You Black Emperor – The Forum – 04&05/11/12
The masters of terrifying post-rock.  This one is sold out but I might try getting a ticket outside
Moon Duo – Corsica Studios – 14/11/12 – £10
Minimal repetetive psych-grooves

Gig Guide

Emeralds – 25/09/11 – Union Chapel, Islington – £12.50
Amazing ambient-psychedelic-guitar-based-drone-noise. This one is sold out but I have some tickets, that I need people for. Who wants to go? You?
http://www.songkick.com/concerts/9353418-emeralds-at-union-chapel

Nedry – 07/10/11 – The Shacklewell Arms – £6.50
Indie-folk via dubstep.
http://www.songkick.com/concerts/9771788-nedry-at-shacklewell-arms

Kyla La Grange – 13/10/11 – Hoxton Bar and Kitchen – £8.50
80’s style power balladry with hints of Arcade Fire and Fleetwood Mac.
http://www.songkick.com/concerts/9761433-kyla-la-grange-at-hoxton-square-bar-and-kitchen

Ultrasound – 18/10/11 – The Borderline – £10
Underrated and underappreciated 90’s alt-rock types
http://www.songkick.com/concerts/10315548-ultrasound-at-borderline

Tinariwen – 26/10/11 – Koko – £22.50
The best band to ever come out of the Sahara
http://www.songkick.com/concerts/8170421-tinariwen-at-koko

The Early Years – 02/11/11 – CAMP Basement – £7
Indie anthems via Krautrock and psychedelia. This is their first gig for 3 years; a band I’m really excited to see back
http://www.songkick.com/concerts/10394088-early-years-at-camp-basement

Washed Out – 15/11/11 – Heaven – £10
Chillwave with an epic pop twist
http://www.songkick.com/concerts/10373153-washed-out-at-heaven

The Besnard Lakes – 22/11/11 – Scala – £14
Canadian indie-rock. Beach-boys harmonies with waves of distortion. Clashes with the gig below – decision is difficult.
http://www.songkick.com/concerts/9599453-besnard-lakes-at-scala

Akala, Billy Bragg, Sound of Rum – 22/11/11 – Kentish Town Forum – £15
Billy Bragg takes Glastonbury’s Left Field on tour. Will probably involve some lecturing.
http://www.songkick.com/concerts/10334188-akala-at-hmv-forum

Gang Gang Dance – 23/11/11 – ULU – £12.50
Freaky psychedelic indie-electro.
http://www.songkick.com/concerts/10268783-gang-gang-dance-at-university-of-london-union

Alabama 3 – 02/12/11 – Kentish Town Forum – £20
Self described as “Sweet pretty country acid house gospel music” – their gigs in the mid-00’s are some of the best I’ve ever been to
http://www.songkick.com/concerts/9268831-alabama-3-at-hmv-forum

Malcolm Middleton – 07/12/11 – The Shacklewell Arms – £14.50
Scottish miserablism from former Arab Strap man. In my opinion Britain’s current best songwriter (probably).
http://www.songkick.com/concerts/10308653-malcolm-middleton-at-shacklewell-arms