Gigs Of The Week
When Sam Beam – perhaps better known as Iron and Wine – and Jesca Hoop joined forces earlier this year to release Love Letter For Fire, we knew it was going to be something special. A delicious campfire of a record, it’s full of warm, folk-tinged, mostly acoustic songs that serve as a platform for the duo’s extraordinarily touching vocals. They play at the Union Chapel – surely a dream venue for this record to play out – on Thursday 1 September.
There will be a fair amount of anticipation around The Shins’/ show at The Village Underground this Friday 2 September; the band recently announced that they’ve wrapped up their fourth album, which is set for release early next year. So there’s a reasonable chance a fair few will be aired at the show. Singer James Mercer reckons he’s at his lyrical and song writing best, so we’re keen for an early glimpse.
Loud Women Fest pretty much does what it says on the tin; Tottenham’s T Chances hosts an impressive 25 acts on Saturday 3 September – all of which are female-fronted. Acts include Desperate Journalist, LIPS Choir, Petrol Girls and Ethical Debating Society. It promises to showcase the best emerging female talent.
Announcement Of The Week
The wonderful Keaton Henson is set to release his third studio album, Kindly Now, on 16 September. Henson’s is a voice that stabs instant goose bumps into its listeners. His last record, Birthdays, thrust him into the limelight, exposing him to a wider audience, and its follow-up sees the infamously shy singer coming to terms with having to put himself on display in order to make the music he loves. He’s clearly getting there, as he’s set to play the London Palladium on 18 November.