London Gigs

London Gigs Diary: 1-7 October 2012

This Week

This week sees Nas return to the capital to play three surprisingly small shows across. But this intimacy comes at a price – tickets are an eye watering £32 for the shows at Village Underground, XOYO and Under The Bridge.

Elsewhere Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble call in at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday. Unlikely as it sounds, German trio Brandt Brauer Frick’s first
album You Make Me Real merged techno with classical music, blending lush pianos
with warm synth bass.  They’ve now swelled to 10 members, rebranded at the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble and ditched the computers to play their handcrafted grooves completely live.

Jesca Hoop plays at the Borderline on Tuesday. The Californian may have been taken under the wing of Guy Garvey and made Manchester her home these days, but that’s done little to change her other-worldly vocals. Tom Waits’ former nanny will play tracks from her recent third album, The House That Jack Built.

Over in east London, Scandinavian duo Nude On Sand will bring their understated blues, spoken word and fragmented pop to Café Oto on Monday.  Singer/songwriter/artist Jenny
Hval and guitars Havard Volden promise to “rip apart the idea of how a guitar/voice
duo should sound”.

Here’s our pick of the best of the rest…

Monday 1 October

Shonen Knife – Cargo

Nude On Sand – Café Oto

Echo Lake – Lexington

The Hysterical Injury – Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen

Tuesday 2 October

Aiden Grimshaw – Scala

Jesca Hoop – Borderline

Nas – Village Underground

Wednesday 3 October

Richard Hawley – Brixton Academy

Tori Amos – Royal Albert Hall

Man Like Me and Mike Skinner – Electric Ballroom

Thursday 4 October

The Temper Trap – Hammersmith Apollo

Claudia Aurora – Green Note

Ultrasound – Scala

Lisa Marie Presley and Ed Harcourt – Bush Hall

Friday 5 October

The Lovely Eggs and Shrag – London Palladium

The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble – Queen Elizabeth Hall

Jacques Greene – XOYO

Filthy Dukes and Ylhscd – 93 Feet East

Saturday 6 October

Soap&Skin and Ghost Poet – Royal Festival Hall

Sunday 7 October

Serj Tankian – Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Cheryl Cole – 02 Arena

Just Announced

Award-winning music director Woodkid, or Yoann Lemoine to his mum, is best known for producing videos for the likes of Moby, Mystery Jets, Katy Perry, Lana Del Ray, Drake and Rihanna, but he’ll soon be taking centre stage himself.

Legend has it that he was inspired to try life on the other side of the lens after guitarist Richie Havens gave Lemoine a banjo during a video shoot.  His debut EP, Run Boy Run, showed he’s not left his eye for breath-taking visuals behind. His only UK show of the year, to mark the release of his first album, The Golden Age, will be in the grand setting of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, on 15 November. See the video for Iron here.

Beak>, featuring Geoff Barrow of Portishead, have announced they will play a second show at Lexington on 22 November after a first, the night before, sold out. The band will again be hand-picking their support acts, so expect a genre-bending night of music.

Mercury-nominated Jessie Ware will take to the road for a full UK tour next spring, following a string of sold out dates in November. It kicks on in Cambridge on 6 March, and calls in at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 13 March.

Fierce Panda/Label Fandango signing Dingus Khan have announced their first headline tour. Channeling the energy of the late Dananananaykroyd, the Essex eight-piece boast three drummers, three bassists, and an electric ukulele and make a helluva noise. They’re supporting Underworld at the Scala on Wednesday, but will be back in London, at Dingwalls, on 31 October. See the video for Made a List here.

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