Gigs Of The Week
Dutch Uncles’ tour stops off at the Village Underground on Tuesday 13 March. Over the last few years the Mancunians have earned a reputation for consistently upping their game, forging a trademark sort of upbeat art-rock indie sound. Expect plenty from new, fifth album, Big Balloon – an 80s-infused collection with some big hitters that will no doubt sound incredible in the arches of VU.
Detroit’s Frontier Ruckus bring their fifth record, Enter The Kingdom, to town this week, with a show at The Windmill on Wednesday 15 March. Frontman Matthew Milia’s tales of American suburbia are delivered with a wry smile; a kitchen sink melodrama backed by hum along tunes and lush harmonies. Well worth a trip to Brixton.
If folk is your bag, Café Oto has a dreamy weekend lined up for you. Stick In The Wheel will be launching their latest album on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March. A collaborative ‘field recording’ project, it sees them hook up with some of the biggest names in English folk music. They’ll be bringing many of those names down to Dalston for the launch gigs, so expect to hear Martin Carthy, Jon Boden of Bellowhead, Fay Hield, Jack Sharp and more. Buy a ticket for the individual evenings or a pass to get into both.
Announcement Of The Week
That time of year, when every music fan in the country seems to pack themselves off to Brighton for the weekend, is fast approaching. The Great Escape have just made their first announcements for this year’s festival, set to take place on 18-20 May. This year expect ‘spotlight’ shows from Rag n Bone Man and Slaves (although these have both already sold out) as well as appearances from squillions of acts at venues across Brighton, including electro-acoustic vocalist Douglas Dare; Tottenham MC Abra Cadabra; West-African funk/soul/electro mash up Ibibio Sound Machine; LA dream-pop outfit Mystic Braves and whimsical pop brothers Parekh and Singh. Phew! Tickets for the whole weekend are £60. Day tickets range from £35-£42.