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London Gigs Diary: 12-18 March 2012



LianneThis particular week of live music in London opens with a handful of shows by a several new acts that are sure to rise in stature as the year goes on. Lianne La Havas plays a headline show at the Scala on Tuesday, NZCA/LINES promote self-titled debut album at the Barfly on Monday while on the same night Michael Kiwanuka plays a free show at Rough Trade East.

Shows by Mark Lanegan at Shepherd’s Bush Empire and The Felice Brothers at The Macbeth on Tuesday provide live music of a more grizzled, lived-in nature on Tuesday.  Fellow American songwriter Damien Jurado also returns to London this week to play a full band show at Cargo on Monday, after the earlier solo gig he played at the Enterprise in January.

Later in the week sees a pair of gigs centred more around the worlds of orchestral and chamber music take place. The North Sea Radio Orchestra have built up a modest reputation over recent years for combining both the ancient and the modern on their three albums released to date, and they play a small show at Westminster Kingsway College on Thursday. Friday sees two highly-regarded figures of crossover contemporary classical, Nico Muhly and Owen Pallett, give the world premieres of their respective Cello and Violin concertos at the Barbican with the backing of the Britten Sinfonia (just one of several excellent contemporary events being hosted by the Barbican this year).

Friday also sees a number of gigs at the Southbank Centre in celebration of the 10th birthday of BBC 6music. Public Image Ltd, Gruff Rhys, Laura Marling, Anna Calvi and Beth Jeans Houghton are all scheduled to appear. The Royal Festival Hall also hosts two concerts by Joan Baez on Friday and Saturday – read what we thought about her show in Cambridge here. Finally, the QEH has two stand-out jazz concerts this week – the Neil Cowley Trio promoting latest album The Face Of Mount Molehill on Thursday and ECM-signed pianist Tord Gustavsen appearing on Sunday.

Elsewhere on Friday, Timber Timbre play a show at Islington Assembly Hall whilst Xiu Xiu promote 9th album Always in a show at Rich Mix in Bethnal Green.

Also taking place this week:

Diagrams – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen – 13th March

Megaphonic Thrift & Daniel Land – Buffalo Bar – 14th March

Veronica Falls & Male Bonding – Scala – 14th March

Inspiral Carpets – KOKO – 16th March

Caro Emerald – Roundhouse – 16th March

An evening with Jah Wobble – Vortex – 16th March

Blanck Mass – The Nest – 16th March

Debukas – KOKO – 17th March

Tall Firs – Upstairs at the Garage – 17th March

Icarus Line – Windmill – 17th March

Just announced:

Santigold – Heaven – 26th April

Ben Kweller – Water Rats – 9th May

Ian McCulloch – Union Chapel – 12th May

Beach House – Village Underground – 24th May

Kathryn Williams – Union Chapel – 29th May

Brian Jonestown Massacre – Shepherd’s Bush Empire – 7th July

Grimes – Heaven – 5th September

Radiohead – O2 Arena – 8/9th October

Dead Can Dance – Royal Albert Hall – 26th October

The Civil Wars – Roundhouse – 6th November

Andrew Bird – Roundhouse – 8th November



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