Gigs Of The Week
Indiepop spearheads Allo Darlin’ bow out this this week, with a handful of gigs to say cheerio, after eight years together. The Fortuna POP! signings released a further two albums since their self-titled debut in 2010, which firmly embedded them at the heart of the twee pop scene in London and beyond. Charming, tender, funny, tearful, their back catalogue is an endlessly listenable delight. They’ll be sorely missed, so expect emotional shows at the Moth Club (where they’ll be playing matinee and evening shows) on Saturday 10 December and the Scala on Sunday 11 December.
Mancunian singer/producer Shura (Denton) brings her bold, synth-laden debut, Nothing’s Real, to the Forum on Wednesday 7 December. She combines big hitting influences from the world of ’90s RnB, Cyndi Lauper and Blood Orange to craft a rousing, upbeat sound.
The Chemical Brothers bring their sixth Number 1 album, Born In The Echoes, to Hammersmith Apollo on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December. After two decades in the game, it’s fair to say they’ve not just mastered the art of the live show, but practically written the rule book, and with the luxury of the Apollo’s grandeur, expect something special from this rare, relatively small show.
Announcement Of The Week
Agnes Obel is clearly a grafter: just a day after she completed an extensive European tour – which included a sold out show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire – she announced a string of dates for 2017. The London show is scheduled for 4 June, at the Roundhouse. Her most recent album, Citizen Of Glass, has been her most successful to date, giving the Berlin-based Dane her first Top 30 record. Check out new single, It’s Happening Again, which is released later this month.