Behemoth @ The Forum, 9/12/2014
I know this is supposed to be an indie music website, and as such you would think that would discount any metal coverage, but let’s not be pedantic. Awesome music is awesome music. Polish blackened death metal trio Behemoth are immense. Theatrical, bludgeoning, and melodic. Their latest album The Satanist is so undeniably awesome that even Pitchfork love it, the cranky buggers! Tickets here.
Godflesh @ The Garage, 10/12/2014
Justin Broaderick of Godflesh is a man with quite a CV. A member of pioneering grindcore band Napalm Death in his teens, he left them as quickly as he joined, and created Godflesh, a pioneering band of industrial metal. When he got fed up of that, he formed Jesu, a pioneering post-metal band. It’s safe to say that he is a pioneer! He has recently returned to his Godflesh project and released a new record, A World Lit Only By Fire. It’s fairly ferocious. Tickets here.
Young Fathers @ XOYO, 10/12/2014
I love this picture. Look how unimpressed Scotland rap trio Young Fathers look at their Mercury Music Prize. Beautiful. Their debut LP Dead has been rightfully lauded all over the shop this year, and their live show is apparently something to behold. This gig is sold out. Queue outside in the cold hoping for a ticket at the door? You know it makes sense.
Beans on Toast @ Electric Ballroom, 11/12/2014
Anyone who goes by the num de musique of Beans On Toast has got to be a down to earth type of character. Beans is as gritty and as fun as it gets. Plaintive, joyful, and yet melancholic acoustic singer/songwriter tunes dealing with everyday humdrum. On an epic scale. Tickets here.
Run The Jewels @ Koko, 12/12/2014
I first happened across New York hip hop duo Run The Jewels, earlier this Autumn when I stumbled onto their collaboration with the great Zack de la Rocha “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)”. It’s a fairly anarchic, incendiary, blast of retro hip hop action. There’s a bit of a surge of old school, and damn fine, hip hop recently, and Run The Jewels are at the forefront. Tickets here.
Public Image Ltd @ Indigo at the O2, 13/12/2014
I’m not sure if John Lydon has become a parody or is just sticking to his guns. Sometimes I cringe when I see him and here his punk rhetoric in a similar manner to how I cringe when I see Robert Smith’s eyeliner. But then Lydon comes out with some filthy, dirty truth and I admire his truth, bravery, and honesty. At any rate Public Image Ltd fucking rock. Check them out. Tickets here.
Lucy Cait @ Amersham Arms, 14/12/2014
Lucy Cait’s shtick is delicate, unassuming folk. However, she performs with deft skill and an underlying confidence that is spellbinding. Her single “Brother” is a beauty, but the studio version pales comparison to the live experience. Go see her. Now. Tickets here.