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London Gigs Diary: 5-11 September 2011



Shonen Knife Scala in King’s Cross has a string of awesome gigs this week. Canadian Domino-signings Austra are enjoying increasingly larger venues as they graduate from the likes of Corsica Studios and Cargo, having released one of this year’s most promising debut albums, Feel It Break. Catch their female-led electro-soul on Tuesday.

Then on Wednesday it’s Clap Your Hands Say Yeah who, with third album Hysterical ready for release, will be bringing their brand of indie rock to London. Thursday sees Kurt Vile And The Violators, supported by Woods. But perhaps most excitingly, Sunday offers up Japanese all-female punk-popsters Shonen Knife (pictured) who are incredibly celebrating their 30th anniversary. Rest assured, they will be nothing other than pure fun.

Scala wins. More details here.

Gigs Of The Week: 5 – 11 September 2011

The Drums – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen/Lexington/XOYO, London – 5/6/7 September

London welcomes back the stage antics of theatrical skinny indie Brooklyn boys The Drums with a trio of intimate gigs in the city as their second album Portamento goes on sale this week. Choose your venue.

More details here.

Joan As Policewoman – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London – 9 September

Joan Wasser completes her UK tour this week with a night in London. With third album, The Deep Field, cementing her position as one of the most intriguing female singers around, and recent singles The Magic and Chemmie providing two of the most captivating songs of the year, laced with sensuality and soul, she’s always a good live prospect.

More details here.

John Grant & Midlake – Royal Festival Hall, London – 7 September

The love affair carries on between John Grant and Midlake, his Bella Union labelmates and collaborators on last year’s slow-burner masterpiece The Queen Of Denmark. Having supported them, Grant now gets to use Midlake as his live backing band at his own show at the Royal Festival Hall. It’s been a long year for him in which he’s come a long way and deserves every bit of this success.

More details here.

Also Recommended:

Grouplove – XOYO, London – 5 September

Snow Patrol – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London – 5 September

Austra – Scala, London – 6 September

Blonde Redhead – Union Chapel, London – 6 September

Rainbow Arabia – Shacklewell Arms, London – 6 September

Teebs + Jeremiah Jae – Corsica Studios, London – 6 September

Mara Carlyle – Green Note, London – 7 September

Big Deal + Weird Dreams + Netherlands – Tamesis Dock, London – 7 September

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Scala, London – 7 September

Chairlift – Shacklewell Arms, London – 7 September

Laki Mera  – various venues, London – 7-11 September

Public Enemy – Forum, London – 8 September

Kurt Vile + Woods – Scala, London – 8 September

Toots And The Maytals – Brixton Academy, London – 9 September

DJ Yoda – Roundhouse, London – 10 September

Shonen Knife – Scala, London – 11 September

Just Announced:

Neon Indian – Heaven, London – 16 November

Two years on from debut album Psychic Chasms, the electronic wonderland created by Neon Indian returns on follow-up Era Extraña later this year. This night at Heaven will be his biggest London show to date.

More details here.

Summer Camp – Efes, London – 17 November

After what seems like forever, Summer Camp are finally ready to release their first full album, Welcome To Condale. The pop nostalgic boy/girl duo will play this tiny gig as part of a nationwide tour that’ll also find them popping in to venues in Lancaster, Liverpool, Newcastle, Leeds, Southampton, Oxford, Canterbury and Brighton.

More details here.


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