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London Gigs Diary: 4-10 June 2012



Peaking-lights-600x300It’s another week in London that has a lot to offer on the gig front – not least on Wednesday which boasts an impressive pair of double-bills.

Arguably the best comes at XOYO where you can catch Wisconsin duo Peaking Lights play a show with support from Julia Holter. The former gained many admirers last year with their widely-lauded 936 album, whilst Los Angeles based Holter has released two wonderful albums in as many years in Tragedy and Ekstasis. Both arrive fresh from appearances at this year’s Field Day festival.

On the same night, just a short distance away Village Underground welcomes the return of Neon Indian with support from Chromatics (read our 5 star review of their debut album here). The previous night (Tuesday) sees Chromatics play their own headlining show at Madame Jojo’s.

Last weekend at I’ll Be Your Mirror, Australian trio Dirty Three showed that they have not lost any of their intensity or ability to thrill and they play a more intimate show at Cargo on Thursday. It provides another chance to experience latest album Toward The Low Sun in a live setting, as well as the enigmatic showmanship of frontman Warren Ellis.

Meanwhile, it’s also a good week in London for hip-hop shows. You can catch the return of Cypress Hill at the Forum on Tuesday, whilst hip-hop man-of-the-moment A$AP ROCKY plays a pair of shows at the Electric Ballroom on Tuesday and Wednesday. Finally, THEESatisfaction follow up their recent show at Madame Jojo’s with an appearance at Birthdays on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, Give You The Ghost the debut album by Minneapolis outfit Poliça has caused modest-sized waves over recent months and they play from it at two small shows at CAMP Basement on Wednesday and Thursday. Meanwhile, fellow Americans Friends follow up their last London show at XOYO with a date at Dingwalls on Wednesday in support of debut album Manifest! (you can also catch them play a free show at Rough Trade East on Monday).

Richard Hawley promotes current album Standing At The Sky’s Edge at the Forum on Friday, whilst on the same night Maxïmo Park appear at Heaven ahead of the release of fourth album The National Health.

Finally, music of a more international flavour can be found at Kings Place from Wednesday to Saturday as it hosts the Songlines Encounters festival.

Also taking place this week:

Tuesday

Steve Noble / Alex Ward / Oren Marshall – Cafe Oto

Wednesday

Esser – Shacklewell Arms

Lee Ranaldo & The Men – Scala

Wavves – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Crocodiles – Hotel Street

Thursday

Stealing Sheep / Sea Of Bees / Rough Fields – Lexington

O Children & Savages – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

2:54 – Scala

Saturday

Bass Clef – Shacklewell Arms

Just announced:

Saint Etienne – Palladium – 26th June (rescheduled date)

M. Ward – KOKO – 2nd July

Jonathan Wilson – Lexington – 18th July

The Necks – Village Underground – 17th September

Dirty Projectors – Roundhouse – 17th October

Dirty Three – Shepherd’s Bush Empire – 28th November



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