We are in the dog days of August, yet London still offers many and varied live music entertainments – with an especially strong female showing this week.
Heading the list, Canadian Basia Bulat brings her haunting third album, Tall Tall Shadow – due for release on 30 September – to Servant Jazz Quarters on Tuesday. If you’re after something a bit noisier to get you through those midweek blues, She Makes War play at the Amersham Arms on Wednesday.
Café OTO has its usual array of mind bending sounds, with Ilian Volkov Summer Strings Ensemble certain to be a highlight on Sunday, while the bonkers Shonen Knife will be cooking up a barbecue in Brixton, at the Windmill on Saturday.
Monday 12 August
Laura Marling – Royal Albert Hall
Tuesday 13 August
Bat For Lashes – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Basia Bulat – Servant Jazz Quarters
Wednesday 14 August
She Makes War – Amersham Arms
Okkyung Lee – Café Oto
Shudder Pulps + Tyrannosaurus Dead – Birthdays
Rose Elinor Dougall + Joseph Coawrd – Shacklewell Arms
Thursday 15 August
Martha Wainwright – Union Chapel
Friday 16 August
Mylo – XOYO
Saturday 17 August
Shonen Knife – Windmill
Sunday 18 August
Ilian Volkov Summer Strings Ensemble – Café Oto
The ever understated Paloma Faith will unleash her inner diva with a show at the Barbican on 24 October, when she’ll be accompanied by the 42-piece Guy Barker Orchestra. The show promises orchestral arrangements of her own work “intermingled with classic jazz ballads”.
Nine Inch Nails are set to play a very intimate show at the Scala on 20 August, ahead of the release of their new studio album, Hesitation Marks, out on 2 September.
Spectrals will bring recent album Sob Story to the Lexington on 8 October.
It’s been a busy few months for musicOMH favourite Nick Mulvey, and things aren’t slowing down any time soon. He’ll soon be on the road supporting Laura Marling (including a show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 3 October) and straight after that he’s flying solo, with a short headline tour, taking in XOYO on 11 November.