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London Gigs Diary: 23-29 September 2013



24_vieux_farka_toureAfter a sell-out show in 2012, Vieux Farka Touré (pictured) – the ‘Hendrix of the Sahara’ – returns to the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Tuesday. We loved his recent album, Mon Pays, calling it “simultaneously vibrant and contemplative”.

After a six year wait Younghusband finally released their debut album Dromes earlier this month, through Sonic Cathedral. As with just about everything SC release, we enjoyed it, likening it to Stereolab, Spiritualized and Spaceman 3. Catch them at the Lexington on Tuesday.

The brilliant, hyper-indiepop This Many Boyfriends will be gearing up for their second album with a show at the Sebright Arms on Saturday. At the same venue on Thursday you can catch the debut London headline gig of Vlks, who’ve previously supported The Wave Pictures and Still Corners. Amongst their number is former musicOMH features editor Ben Hogwood…

Monday 23 September
Cloud Control – XOYO
Roy Harper – Rough Trade East

Tuesday 24 September
Vieux Farka Touré – Queen Elizabeth Hall
Fleetwood Mac – 02 Arena
Young Husband – Lexington
Manic Street Preachers – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Coves – Madame JoJo’s
The Leisure Society – Social

Wednesday 25 September

James Blake – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
65daysofstatic – Scala
Kitty Daisy & Lewis – 229
CHVRCHES – Birthdays
Of Montreal – Electrowerkz
Pixies – Roundhouse

Thursday 26 September
Vlks – Sebright Arms
David Cronenberg’s Wife – Buffalo Bar
Frankie And The Heartstrings – 229

Friday 27 September
Deptford Goth – Union Chapel
Merz – Hoxton Square Bar + Kitchen
The Flatmates – 229

Saturday 28 September
The Primatives – 100 Club
This Many Boyfriends – Sebright Arms

Sunday 29 September
Young Marble Giants – Union Chapel
Shonen Knife – Dingwalls

Just announced

VV Brown‘s rather fine new album Samson & Delilah sees her a take a darker, electro sound than the bright and breezy pop we were used to. We liked the Dave Okumu-produced work, saying: “Samson & Delilah features a kind of pop that you rarely hear anymore. It often brings to mind Grace Jones and the otherworldly oddness of Kate Bush.” She’ll be airing it on a tour that kicks off at Electrowerkz on 17 October.

The brilliant Daylight Music is back after a summer break. The free shows at the Union Chapel, on Saturdays from 12-2pm, are always a delight, and the programme just announced includes Laetitia Sadier on 19 October, London Tango Orchestra on 30 November and Trans-Siberian March Ban on 7 December.

Euros Childs‘ new album, Situation Comedy, is set to land on 21 October, when he’ll embark on a lengthy tour, including the Boston Arms on 1 November.


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