London Gigs

London Gigs Diary: 12 – 18 September 2011

A new concept on the London one-dayer scene is being tested out this Saturday as Sound Tracks Festival has a go at joining up venues near to stations strung out along the East London line. The intimate venues chosen are Cafe Oto in Dalston which will feature acts including the double-drums of Shabaka And The Sons Of Kemet and Elan Tamara, Shoreditch’s Concrete which will host Fantastic Mr Fox and Age Of Consent, and at the other end of the commute, the Amersham Arms down in New Cross.

Later on, the music continues with DJ sets in Concrete, the Amersham Arms, and added venues Dalston Eastern Curve Gardens and the New Cross Inn. To keep people enamoured with the idea while stuck on an alcohol-free transport system, the London Overground trains will host the Travelling Stage with acts playing short sets on the journeys between venues.

It’s a risky set-up in a city that hosts numerous walkable one-dayer events, but its brave and experimental selection of artists, together with a well-worth-it advance price of £12.50 suggest it’ll be worth going along for the ride.

More details here.

Gigs Of The Week: 12 – 18 September 2011

Marques Toliver – Tabernacle, London – 13 September

Violin at the ready, this recent Bella Union signing from South Daytona is back in the UK for a one-off gig. He’s already impressed with four-song EP, Butterflies Are Not Free, released earlier this year, and an appearance on Later With Jools Holland, and following many years of career busking, and a summer of festivals, his live skills have been fine tuned. This occasional music venue near Portobello Road, complete with its excellent bar and café, should be a good location for him.

More details here.

Beirut + tUnE-yArDs – Brixton Academy, London – 16 September

In support of their third studio album, The Rip Tide, Beirut will be in town to showcase what is a fairly accessible development in their catalogue. They’ve already played in London once this summer, when they found themselves supporting Arcade Fire and Mumford And Sons to an audience of 50,000 in Hyde Park. This time they’re at the top of the bill, with Merrill Garbus’s tUnE-yArDs playing their second gig in two nights, following Thursday’s foray to the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. Two of the most visionary talents in music right now, this is a line-up that promises much, and will surely deliver.

More details here.

Also Recommended:

Waters – Old Blue Last, London – 13 September

Alexander Tucker + The War On Drugs – Cargo, London – 13 September

Handsome Furs + Little Scream – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London – 13 September

EMA – Cargo, London – 14 September

Crystal Fighters  – Shepherd’s Bush Empire – 14 September

Clock Opera – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London – 14 September

tUnE-yArDs – Hoxton Squar Bar & Kitchen, London – 15 September

Wise Blood + Cloud Boat – The Shacklewell Arms, London – 15 September

The Silver Seas – Islington Academy, London – 15 September

Jack Lukeman – McQueen, London – 15 September

The Bluetones – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London – 16 September

Tribes + Resonance – Village Underground, London – 16 September

Miles Kane – KCLSU, London – 16 September

Daedalus + Luke Vibert – Koko, London – 17 September

Just Announced:

Camille – Hackney Empire, London – 3 November

French singer Camille Dalmais has become synonymous with creative, risk-taking, adrenaline-fueled art-pop with her albums Le Fil in 2005 and Music Hole in 2008 confounding and exciting listeners in equal parts. Thankfully she’s coming back to find her way into our earholes again, with the release of Ilo Veyou on 24 October. This one night in Hackney is currently the only date she has lined up in the UK.

More details here.

Wild Flag – Lexington, London – 8 December

An all-girl indie rock supergroup, Wild Flag is made up of members of Sleater-Kinney, Helium and other bands that came out of the late ‘90s American garage-rock scene. Led by Carrie Brownstein, whose comic skills have been put to impressive use in Portlandia, a comedy tribute series to her native city in Oregon, recent video Romance carries on in the same light-hearted vein, and their music would appear to be in keeping with the sweet but jagged riffs that made their previous bands beloved to so many.

More details here.

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