Two of the most positively received albums released over recent weeks have been UFOF by Big Thief and Designer by Aldous Harding and both play shows in London this week. Big Thief’s new album manages to be both fragile and hard-hitting and shows how Adrienne Lenker has now become a frontwoman of real note. They’ll be at the Roundhouse on Thursday (they’ve also announced a show at Hammersmith Apollo next year).
Aldous Harding meanwhile continues her rise to prominence with a show at EartH on Wednesday. Third album Designer is her best yet and she’s surely going to rise through London’s venues in a similar way to Big Thief (she has a show at the Roundhouse later this year).
Wednesday also sees two big names return to London. Saint Etienne play a special show at the Barbican where they’ll be playing their classic Tiger Bay album in full with the help of the London Contemporary Orchestra. We can’t wait to hear the likes of Like A Motorway and Hug My Soul.
The Raconteurs have announced they’ll be releasing a new album, Help Us Stranger, next month and they’ll be playing a show at the Electric Ballroom on Wednesday also. Listen to their new single below.
Two shows by lesser known bands take place on Tuesday. Americana outfit William The Conqueror promote their new album Bleeding On The Soundtrack at a show at the Lexington while Another Sky will be at the Sebright Arms, playing from their varied output to date, including new single The Cracks – listen below.
Other notable shows include Circuit Des Yeux playing Kings Place on Wednesday, Kero Kero Bonito playing the Electric Ballroom on Thursday and Primal Scream promoting their latest greatest hits album with a show at the Scala on Tuesday.
Finally – a reminder that All Points East starts on Friday of this week. Read more in our London 2019 festivals preview here.