Cloud Nothings @Electric Ballroom 1/12/2014
Cleveland, Ohio. What is in Cleveland, Ohio? I have no idea. I’ll have to ask our esteemed contributor Amanda-Gaye Smith. She knows all when it comes to Ohio. All I know is that the fuzzy indie lo-fi of Cloud Nothings hails from The Forest City, and they will grace London with their fun times this week. Get your tickets here.
Sinkane @Oslo 1/12/2014
Sinkane is cool. That is without doubt. He blends krautrock, Sudanese pop, reggae, funk, and rock. That is a heady brew. Sounds like the music that the coyote voiced by Johnny Cash in The Simpsons listens to. Check him out at Oslo this week. Contact the venue for tickets.
Iceage @100 Club 2/12/2014
Danish punks Iceage are unnerving. Like a horror film you watch as a child, they stick with you long after you stop listening. Even with their forays into cow-punk on their most recent record Plowing Into The Field Of Love, vocalist Elias Bender Ronnenfelt manages to keep things tense with his drunken, slurred delivery. The bugger is sold out. Turn up at the venue and you might snatch a spare.
The Wytches @The Scala 3/12/2014
I once got absolutely smashed in London and got the last train home (to be fair, I’ve done this more than once). I ended up in Peterborough of all places. In the dark it seemed a rather morose and dank place, but perhaps that was due to my impending hangover and the fact that it was 4 am and I was 40 miles from home. The Wytches seem a suitable product of this environment, as they plow their way through gothic surf rock. Creepy. Contact the venue for tickets.
Talib Kweli @The Garage 3/12/2014
What’s not to like about Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli? He doesn’t vote because politics is an illusion, decries the prison industrial complex, and questions racial stereotypes and police brutality. He also has tunes up the ying yang. Get a ticket here.
Sun Kil Moon @St. John-at-Hackney Church 3/12/2014
American folk artist Sun Kil Moon (Mark Kozalek to his mother and The War On Drugs) is frank. Sometimes brutally so. Witness some lyrics from his most recent record Benji: “Carissa burned to death last night in a freak accident fire, In her yard in Brewster her daughter came home from a party and found her”. Bloody hell. Live, his music is unnerving and spellbinding. Get tickets here.
The Pictish Trail @Purcell Room 4/12/2014
Johnny Lynch (aka The Pictish Trails) is a bit of an underground legend in Scotland. He ran DIY label Fence Records until last year, and over the last ten or so years has released a succession of pretty amazing alt-folk records. Plus, he obviously has Irish roots, and that puts him in Overblown’s good books. Buy tickets here.
Smashing Pumpkins @KOKO 5/12/2014
I saw The Smashing Pumpkins in 2008 (I think) in Dublin and they were pants. Total pants. However, rumour has it that Billy Corgan is reinvigorated, and 2012’s Oceania showed a resurgence in his once formidable songwriting prowess. Hopefully this is continued with the upcoming Monuments to an Elegy. At any rate, the chance to see him at KOKO cannot be missed! It’s sold out. Try and rustle up a ticket at the door.
Metronomy @Alexandra Palace 5/12/2104
Devon’s Metronomy don’t like waist coats. Founder Joseph Mount claims there has never been a good band that wore waist coats. Silly Joseph. The fact is that there has never been a good band that hasn’t worn waistcoats. Go check them out live and heckle them about the waist coat debacle. Do it! Tickets here.
Julian Casablancas and the Voidz @The Coronet 7/12/2014
Where I grew up in Cork, there was this kid. Well he was a teenager, but he was younger than me. He was dedicated to thrash. He wore the skinny jeans, the 80s thrash metal tees, had the big Metallica hair, and the hi tops to match. We called him “Thrash Kid”. Julian Casablancas is like the punk version of Thrash Kid. Got to admire his dedication. Go check out his new band The Voidz and their schizo punk. Tickets here.