It’s very much a case of new mixing with old this week in terms of London gigs.
Kelsey Lu has collaborated with several big names over recent years (Solange, Oneohtrix Point Never, Sampha & Florence Welch) but finally released her debut album Blood earlier this year. It’s an impressive piece of work from the classically trained cellist and she’ll be playing Kings Place on Tuesday. Japanese Television meanwhile are a new band that specialise in instrumental garage-surf-rock. They have released a few singles so far this year that have got them noticed on BBC 6 Music and they play a show at the Waiting Room on Monday. As always, Rough Trade East has a couple of shows worth checking out this week also. The Bella Union-signed Penelope Isles play on Monday and electro-pop duo IDER appear on Thursday.
At the other end of the spectrum London welcomes three experienced, much-loved artists towards the end of the week. Jenny Lewis promotes latest album On The Line at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Thursday, Lucinda Williams plays seminal album Car Wheels On A Gravel Road in full at the Barbican on Saturday and K.D. Lang appears at Hammersmith Apollo on Sunday. Also returning after some time away will be My Life Story who will be playing the Lexington on Wednesday ahead of releasing new album World Citizen in September.
Elsewhere, Advance Base (aka Owen Ashworth, formerly of Casiotone For The Painfully Alone) promotes Tomorrow’s Home Today, his new EP of Magentic Fields covers at Redon, transfixing Ukrainian folk ensemble DakhaBrakha appear at EartH on Thursday while Danny & Champions Of The World play one of the last high profile gigs at the much-loved Borderline (which will sadly be closing its doors later in the year).