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London Gigs Diary: 21 – 27 February 2011



DELS picture The Roundhouse is playing host to all sorts of music business related shizzle this week. There’ll be music provided by a 12Tone vs Roundhouse Records night featuring United Vibrations and Tres B (23 Feb), an Eat Your Own Ears night featuring Prizes, Ghost Eyes and Teeth Of The Sea (24 Feb) and a gig by Ninja Tune-signed rapper DELS (pictured) (26 Feb). Plus on Saturday, Un-convention offers a whole day of debates, workshops and masterclasses.

More details here.

P J Harvey – Troxy, London – 27, 28 Feb

We all knew something special was coming our way from P J Harvey after her incredible-for-all-sorts-of-reasons appearance on The Andrew Marr Show last year. Little did we know her eighth album, Let England Shake would land on us and receive the kind of rapturous acclaim it has done. Polly Jean will be in town for these two dates with a band that will include Mick Harvey, John Parish and Jean-Marc Butty.

More details here.

Efterklang + Vincent Moon’s An Island – Scala, London – 27 Feb

Last year’s label change took Efterklang from The Leaf Label to 4ad, with the resulting Magic Chairs album shifting them towards a lush cinematic sound. Building on that, their support act for their current tour is a film. Titled An Island, it was made with Parisian indie music filmmaker Vincent Moon (he made the ATP documentary and The National’s A Skin, A Night), it’ll be played before the Danish band come on. Filmed on an island in the Danish countryside, it’ll be interesting to see how it affects the pre-gig atmosphere.

More details here.

Also Recommended:

Venetian Snares + iTAL tEK – XOYO, London – 23 Feb

Cold War Kids + Wye Oak – Koko, London – 23 Feb

Clock Opera + May 68 – XOYO, London – 24 Feb

Cloud Nothings – CAMP Basement, London – 24 Feb

Emily Barker & The Red Clay HaloSt Giles In The Fields, London – 24 Feb

We Are Scientists – The Bull And Gate, London – 24 Feb

Jamie Woon – Scala, London – 24 Feb

Mogwai – Brixton Academy – 25 Feb

Juan MacLean + Matias Aguayo + The Hundred In The Hands – Queen Elizabeth Hall Front Room, London – 25 Feb

Sea Of Bees – Westminster Reference Library – 26 Feb

Ne-Yo – O2, London – 26, 27 Feb

British Sea Power + Bo Ningen – Forum, London – 27 Feb

Just Announced:

tUnE-yArDs

Ignore all that upper/lower case silliness. Merrill Garbus, the genius behind Tune-Yards is on record as saying she doesn’t care how you write it. It’s a carefree attitude that touches on everything she does, which is all about providing as much fun as possible for her listeners. With her second album of experimental funk/soul/pop w h o k i l l scheduled for release in a couple of months, it’s actually in the live setting that Garbus comes into her own, her charm and talent winning over anyone who gets to see her. Her UK tour begins at Scala on 8 June.

More details here.

Sufjan Stevens

It’s been five years since Sufjan Stevens last toured the UK, but he’s planned an extensive trip over to Europe following last year’s release of The Age Of Adz. You can still hear that album streamed in full over at his bandcamp page. Tickets for his two shows at the Royal Festival Hall (12, 13 May) go on sale on 2 March.

More details here.

Glasvegas

With the release of comeback single Euphoria, Take My Hand, the effect of having megapower producer Flood on board is obvious. Glasvegas have the stratosphere in their sights and getting U2 ’s engineer/producer on board may help them get there. With their mood-swinging second album Euphoria /// Heartbreak \\\ looming on the horizon, Glasvegas are going to be doing a lot of touring. They'll be at Heaven on 3 March and back in town again to end a lengthy UK tour with two nights at the Forum on 11 and 12 May.

More details here.



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