It’s a busy week at Rough Trade East, with instore gigs from Breton on Monday, Maxïmo Park on Tuesday, Seth Lakeman on Wednesday afternoon (followed by a show at St James’s Church, Piccadilly in the evening) and The Family Rain on Wednesday evening.
Elsewhere, musicOMH favourite East India Youth brings his debut album Total Strife Forever to the Lexington on Thursday. We gave the record four-and-a-half-stars, calling it a “stunningly exquisite work”. He’ll next be supporting Wild Beasts on tour.
We gave the same score to Fuck Buttons‘ (pictured) last album, Slow Focus. “An electronic force to be reckoned with”, we said. See for yourself at the Forum on Friday; it’s their biggest London show to date.
It’s been a whirl wind 12 months for Tom Odell. Winning the BRITs Critics Choice award last year saw him go from performing at pub open mic nights to playing at Brixton Academy, where he’ll be on Saturday.
Monday 3 February
dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip – Koko
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Electric Ballroom
Matthew And The Atlas – Lexington
Breton – Rough Trade East
Maxïmo Park – Sebright Arms
Tuesday 4 February
London Grammar – Troxy
Cymbals – Electrowerkz
Kevin Devine – Lexington
Fear Of Men – Jazz Cafe
Wednesday 5 February
Anamanaguchi – Heaven
Phoenix – Brixton Academy
Seth Lakeman – St James’s Church, Piccadilly
David Gray – Emmanuel Centre
We Are Scientists – Barfly
Thursday 6 February
John Newman – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Indiana – Oslo
Thurston Moore – Forum
East India Youth – Lexington
Fimber Bravo – Cafe OTO
Phoenix – Brixton Academy
Childish Gambino – KOKO
Friday 7 February
Bill Callahan – Royal Festival Hall
Fuck Buttons – Forum
Suzanna Vega – Barbican
Gabby Young and Other Animals – Under The Bridge
Cate Le Bon – Islington Assembly Hall
Joanna Gruesome – Power Lunches
The Black Tambourines – Dublin Castle
Saturday 8 February
Anna Calvi – Troxy
Tom Odell – Brixton Academy
David Brewis of Field Music is dusting down his solo project, School Of Language, for a return this spring. The Brewis brothers take a curious approach to side projects, employing each other to form their backing bands, so don’t be confused to see Peter on stage when they play at the Lexington on 23 April. The LP, Old Fears, is set for release a couple of weeks before, on 7 April.
Scott and Charlene’s Wedding are set to return to our shores in May. Led by New York resident, Australian Craig Dermody, the lo-fi scuzz rockers impressed us at the Shacklewell Arms last summer, so we’ll be looking forward to their gig at the Lexington on 16 May.
Atlanta’s Black Lips have also recorded a new album. Underneath The Rainbow will hit the shelves on 17 March, and then they’ll kick off a European tour, taking in Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club on 4 June.