In the east they’ve got local boys Theme Park, whose debut album finally comes out on Monday. They’ve already sold out a show at Heaven next month, and we’re predicting big things from this trio in 2013.
Across town, the Notting Hill branch hosts west Londoner Keaton Henson, who wowed us at the Freud Museum last week. His second album also hits the shelves on Monday and his appearance at the smaller, lesser played shop is apt, given his tour of teeny tiny museums and libraries.
For those of a folky or acoustic persuasion should check out two of our tips, Marika Hackman and George Ezra, who are both in town this week. We were at Marika’s single launch show in Dalston last year and her eerie, Nico-ish voice blew us away. She’s supporting the wonderful Ethan Johns at the Southbank’s Purcell Room on Monday while George, whose gravely, deep baritone impressed us when we saw him supporting Jesca Hoop last year, will be at the Book Club on Thursday.
Caitlin Rose will be putting in the hours this week, playing two shows – Dingwalls on Wednesday and the Windmill on Sunday – in support of her new album, The Stand In, which we awarded four stars. Likewise, Richard Thompson will be playing at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Monday and the Barbican on Tuesday.
Iconic jazz pianist Keith Jarrett will play a rare solo show at the Royal Festival Hall on Monday – it’ll be the master of improvisation’s first performance in the UK since 2008. The equally iconic Billy Bragg will showcase his forthcoming album Tooth and Nail with a show at the Lexington on Wednesday. Tickets sold out within minutes for a what promises to be an intimate glimpse at Bragg’s latest offering.
Here’s our pick of the rest…
Monday 25 February
Ethan Johns // Marika Hackman – Purcell Room
Richard Thompson – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Fidlar – Garage
Keith Jarrett – Royal Festival Hall
Keaton Henson – Rough Trade West
Theme Park – Rough Trade East
Tuesday 26 February
Little Green Cars – Hoxton Hall
Esben and The Witch – Scala
Jagwar Ma – Birthdays
The Wave Pictures // Tigercats – Barfly
James Blake – ICA
Wednesday 27 February
Billy Bragg – Lexington
Sky Ferreira – XOYO
Walk The Moon – Scala
CHVRCHES – ICA
Polly Scattergood – Sebright Arms
Thursday 28 February
Iceage – Electrowerkz
Jake Bugg – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Four Tet – Heaven
Mazes – Birthdays
George Ezra – The Book Club
Friday 1 March
Gallon Drunk – Lexington
NZCA/Lines – Old Queen’s Head
Kanye West – Hammersmith Apollo
Milky Wimpshake – Grosvenor, Stockwell
Saturday 2 March
Girls Aloud – 02 Arena
Sunday 3 March
Caitlin Rose – The Windmill
Paloma Faith – Union Chapel
All Tomorrow’s Parties will host the third I’ll Be Your Mirror festival at Alexandra Palace on 4-5 May. Yeah Yeah Yeahs will play and curate the Saturday, with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Black Lips, The Locust, Prince Rama, Anika and The Field among those already confirmed. Grizzly Bear take over on the Sunday, playing their biggest UK show to date. They’ll be bringing Tortoise, The Walkmen and Van Dyke Parks along – with James Murphy playing a DJ set.
After the success of Queen of Denmark, musicOMH favourite John Grant is set to release his second solo album, Pale Green Ghosts on 11 March. A show at Heaven has long sold out, but this week he announced a string of European dates, including one at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 15 May.
Alarm Bells, formed from the ashes of Dananananaykroyd, have announced their first single, Speeding Ticket, will be released next month, with a handful of live dates in support, including a free show at the Old Blue Last on 16 March.