This week is headed up by two small gigs featuring artists who have played far bigger venues in their careers. Jarvis Cocker is at the Moth Club in Hackney (playing in a band featuring Serafina Steer and others) on Tuesday for the enigmatically titled JARV night. Jack White meanwhile promotes new album Boarding House Reach with a very intimate show at the Garage on Wednesday.
Thursday meanwhile is the current leader in the race to claim the title of ‘most clashiest gig date of 2018’. Quite simply, there’s stuff happening all over London. At the Shepherd’s Bush Empire Calexico will play from excellent latest album The Thread That Keeps Us. On the same night Charlotte Gainsbourg appears at Village Underground in support of last year’s Rest album, and Belgian rapper Baloji celebrates the release of new album 137 Avenue Kaniama with what will surely be a high energy show at Omeara.
As if that wasn’t enough Thursday is also Piano Day, the annual event launched by Nils Frahm back in 2015 to celebrate all things piano (it takes place on 29th March each year – the 88th day of the year – to represent the 88 keys on a piano). Milton Court hosts an impressive line-up featuring Poppy Ackroyd, Marina Baranova and Florian Christl. Another Piano Day event takes place at Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green where you’ll find David Moore from Bing & Ruth (we saw him play a wonderful show at LSO St Lukes last year), Andrea Belfi and Sebastian Plano all appearing. Finally, Café Oto is the setting for the first show in over 40 years by psychedelic folk trio Tony, Caro & John. Support comes from Olden Yolk, who also appear the night before at the latest ‘Rough Trade Recommends’ night at Rough Trade East. Meggie Brown and Marine are also on the bill and entry is only £5.
Elsewhere, there are other notable shows scattered throughout the week. Fatoumata Diawara promotes forthcoming album Fenfo at a show at the Jazz Café on Monday, Brigid Mae Power is at Servant Jazz Quarters on Tuesday, Rae Morris appears at Heaven on Tuesday and American producer Nosaj Thing plays Village Underground on Saturday.
There’s also the last Daylight Music show of the current season at Union Chapel on Saturday. It takes place from noon till 2pm and entry is on a pay-what-you-can basis. It’s another Piano Day-themed show (two days later than the others) with Xenia Pestova, Sarah Nicolls and Eliza McCarthy all playing. Daylight Music shows are reliably excellent, family-friendly events that all live music lovers in London should experience and support (you can also get hot drinks and delicious snacks from the café).
Somerset House shared the names of the artists that will be appearing at this year’s Summer Series. Taking place from 5th to 15th July, this year’s event will feature the likes of MGMT, Sigrid, The Roots, Metronomy, De La Soul, Róisín Murphy and more. You can find the full line-up here.
In other news, Thom Yorke announced a show at the Roundhouse on 8th June and Franz Ferdinand will also play the Camden venue later in the year, on 26th and 27th September. Two noteworthy full-album shows were also announced this week. Bloc Party will play their debut Silent Alarm at Alexandra Palace on 24th October and Animal Collective will play their Sung Tongs album at the Troxy on 12th June.
In smaller, but no less significant news Alexis Taylor appears at Omeara on 20th April in support of new album Beautiful Thing, Barbarossa plays from forthcoming album Lier at the Islington on 19th April and Okkervil River promote new release In The Rainbow Rain at Koko on 10th October.