Announcement Of The Week
The Barbican has announced line-up details for this year’s Transcender. The four-show programme of transcendental and hypnotic music from across the globe, this year takes place on 29 September – 2 October. Highlights include a Moroccan double-bill showcasing contrasting exponents of the country’s rich spiritual traditions, featuring Marouana Hajji and the Master Musicians of Jajouka; a special performance by James Holden and Maalem Houssam Guinia and a La Monte Young tribute by Etienne Jaumet and Sonic Boom. Elsewhere, Texan duo Stars of The Lid perform a set of new material and old favourites, and Iranian singer Parisa plays alongside Meshk Ensemble, one of the world’s finest Whirling Dervishes groups.
Gigs Of The Week
When releasing her debut album, Warpaint bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg said that her first record was never intended to be more than a set of demos, recording during downtime after the band finished touring their second album. These demos, however, gradually spiralled into the wonderfully soulful, dark pop and new wave synth attacks of Right On!, which she brings to the Village Underground on Tuesday 5 April.
Coves are one of those gems of a band who put on such an absorbing live show, it’s like the rest of the world stops while they play. The duo create a woozy, psychedelic, raucous brand of shoegaze, which nods towards the likes of The Raveonettes, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Crystal Stilts. Their second album, Peel, was released last week and will be officially launched with a show at The Victoria, in Dalston, on Wednesday 6 April.
Weezer’s 10th studio album was released last week. 10th! The White Album sees Rivers Cuomo and co continue the return to form heralded by their last offering, Everything Will Be Alright In The End. An upbeat, riff-heavy collection of their trademark pop rock, expect them to create quite a racket at Brixton Academy on Tuesday 5 April.