Gigs of The Week
Savages are set to play the looming main space at Roundhouse this week, following the release of their second album, Adore Life. We loved it, awarding it four-and-a-half stars when we reviewed it back in January. Support for their shows, on Thursday 17 March, comes from some time collaborators, Bo Ningen. So expect a loud, intense show.
Cate Le Bon kicks off the week with a show at Homerton’s teeny and lovely Chats Palace. Her fourth studio album, Crab Day, is scheduled for release next month. It’s brilliantly bonkers, and she’ll be playing it in full at this show, on Monday 14 March, with Los Angeles “semi-experimental, semi-improvisational music ensemble” Banana.
The Convergence festival continues into its second week of gigs and talks, with highlights including Syria’s premier party-starter Omar Souleyman (16th, KOKO), a night of “audio visual stimulation” from frenzied Baltimore electrogeek Dan Deacon (17th, Village Underground) and a solo show from the unearthly and enchanting Anna von Hausswolff (18th, St John on Bethnal Green). The daytime sessions programme is well worth a peek, too.
The wonderful Field Music returned with a new album, Commontime, last month. It maybe their most accessible record to date but it’s got the Brewis brothers’ stamp all over; it’s another fascinating collection of funky, industrial, wonky pop. See them at Islington Assembly Hall on Friday 18 March.
Announcements of The Week
Cyndi Lauper is set to follow up the release of her new album Detour, on 6 May, with her first UK tour for five years. Her 11th studio album will see Lauper take on country classics from the 40s, 50s and 60s and features guest appearances from stars of the scene, including Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss and Willie Nelson. Catch her at Hammersmith Apollo on 30 June.
The first names have been announced for this year’s Guy Garvey-curated Meltdown Festival, at the Southbank Centre. The Elbow frontman’s line-up includes an exclusive appearance by Josh T Pearson’s Lift to Experience – their first show in 15 years. Others on the bill include I am Kloot, Femi Kuti, Laura Marling, The Staves, Connan Mockasin and This Is The Kit. Look out too for a one-off concert launching Refugee Week at the Southbank Centre; The Boat We’re In will feature Robert Plant, Nadine Shah, Nick Mulvey, Josephine Oniyama and Garvey himself. Meldown takes place on 10-19 June 2016.
Serious Space Shoreditch returns for a second outing in May, with six nights of music live from Rich Mix. A curious mix of new artists and those presenting new work, its headliners include Moon Hooch, Becca Stevens, Native Dancer featuring The Light Surgeons, Moh! Kouyate, Nik Bartsch and OY and Kneebody. Tickets are £15 for each show, from 16-21 May 2016.