London Gigs

London Gigs: 31 October-6 November 2016

Gigs Of The Week

Our Ezra Furman crush is no secret. The relentless urgency and irresistible hooks that swamp his music are impossible to shake from your head, and as a live proposition, he’s endlessly entertaining. His most recent album, Perpetual Motion People, was recorded with his current band, The Boy Friends, who will be accompanying him at the Roundhouse on Monday 31 October, as will Charlotte Church, whose Pop Dungeon project will act as support. We’re not sure we can handle it.

Is there a better pop star story that that of Heloise Letissier? A major name in her native France, her story is the stuff of cult legend; having fled Paris for London, she found solace at legendary Soho club, Madam JoJo’s, and the queens she found there who helped her to discover her own sexual identity…and her stage persona. She has since identified as pan-sexual, and her experiences feed directly into her music. Under the moniker Christine and The Queens, she dishes up intricate, bruising synth-pop. And how people have lapped it up – she’s playing two nights at Brixton Academy this week, on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 November.

Rough Trade’s 40th anniversary celebrations continue with an amazing double header at Islington Assembly Hall this week, as The Raincoats team up with Angel Olsen for a show on Thursday 3 November. Legendary post punks The Raincoats formed back in 1977 and recorded their first single for Rough Trade two years later. A further four album followed. The perhaps unlikely pairing with Angel Olsen came about after the band saw her play in Portugal, where they fell for her invigorating new album, My Woman.

The brilliantly spooky Let’s Eat Grandma play at Oval Space on Wednesday 2 November. The east London teenage duo live firmly in a world of their own, and their live shows offer an engaging glimpse into their twisted, warped fairytale land where anything can happen.

And finally, if you fancy something a little more soothing, you could do worse than checking out Arborist at The Betsy Trotwood on Friday 4 November. The brainchild of Northern Irish songwriter Mark McCambridge, their sound is a sort of timeless Americana; all atmospheric guitars and warm harmonies. If the name sounds familiar, it might be because none other than Kim Deal contributed backing vocals to their debut single last year.

Announcement Of The Week

Another dream double header is set to come our way in February, when Martha Wainwright and Ed Harcourt play at the Roundhouse. They’ll each play a solo set before coming together for a special, one-off collaboration on Wednesday 2 February.

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