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London Gigs Diary: 13-19 August 2012



Afghan-whigs-600x300Earlier this year The Afghan Whigs reunited to headline one night of ATP’s London I’ll Be Your Mirror event. We were impressed – describing them as “a supremely tight and imposing band able to sustain a tremendous level of intensity” – and they return to the capital on Sunday to play a show at KOKO. Expect to hear smouldering versions of songs from classic albums like Gentleman, 1965 and Congregation.

It’s the standout show of a quieter week on the gig front. Elsewhere, Lower Dens play from eye-catching second album Nootropics at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on Thursday and earlier in the week the same venue plays host to shows by the returning Violens on Tuesday and White Rabbits on Monday (read what we thought about the latter’s show in London earlier this year).

James Yorkston plays a show at Rough Trade East on Monday ahead of the release of fine latest effort I Was A Cat From A Book while Spector promote their debut album Enjoy It While It Lasts with a show at the same venue on Wednesday. Purveyors of electrified, harmony-rich Americana Grant Lee Buffalo appear at the Forum on Tuesday and similar musical offerings can be found at the Lexington on Friday in a show by Joe Pug and ex-Grand Drive man Danny George Wilson.

Finally, there are two smaller shows worthy of singling out. The History Of Apple Pie return to London on Wednesday to play their hazy, guitar-strewn songs at Birthdays and the following evening the same venue welcomes Electricity In Our Homes, fresh from releasing a double A side single on Tim Burgess’ O Genesis label.



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