Gigs Of The Week
Bluegrass ensemble Chatham County Line return to Bush Hall this week, to showcase their seventh album, Autumn. They’re a simple set up, playing traditional strings around a single microphone, drifting in and out as their songs demand. It’s stirring stuff; subtle but occasional flashes of improvised genius – a band that really comes to life on the live stage. See them on Thursday 26 January.
Nashville’s Lambchop perform as part of the Roundhouse’s In The Round series this week. The fully seated show will see the band dip into their 12 album-strong back catalogue, with a particular focus on their latest, Flotus (For Love Often Turns Us Still). That record, released last November, saw frontman Kurt Wagner turn everything he’s shared throughout his career on its head, instead surprising fans with a foray into the world of soul, hip hop, electronica and RnB. Catch them on Thursday 26 January.
Jóse González is set to perform with maverick orchestra The String Theory, at the Royal Festival Hall, on Tuesday 24 January. The collective brings together an unorthodox bunch of musicians from Berlin and Gothenburg. It’s the second time they’ve toured with Gonzalez – the first and last time was back in 2011.
Announcement Of The Week
The Barbican has announced details of its programme for March, and it’s looking great, with the likes of Sunn O))), Courtney Pine and Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali set to play. But we’re most excited about Room 29, which will see Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales premiere a project that’s been three years in the making. Both artists have been working on a song-cycle that concerning the goings-on in Room 29 of the Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood. Cocker’s words and Gonzales’s music – along with clips from classic Hollywood films and live dance – will combine in what sounds like an utterly bonkers and thoroughly fascinating concept show. Book now for 23-25 March.