DUMB @ Old Blue Last, London 21/10/2014
Part of the recent resurgence in guitar centric indie bands (see Peace, JAWS, Swim Deep), DUMB are an uptempo, good time band heavily indebted to 80s and 90s American alternative rock. They released their debut EP Chew Me Up, Spit Me Out in August to much acclaim from all the usual suspects. Their gig at the Old Blue Last is FREE. Do it.
Gregory Alan Isakov @ Bush Hall, London 21/10/2014
Folk musician Gregory Alan Isakov is an interesting guy. Speaking to him earlier in the year, he told me all about how he balances his love of horticulture with his music endeavours, all of which are run from his self owned label Suitcase Town Music. As much folk is wont to be, his music is obsessed with places and movement and this is reflected in his song titles (Amsterdam, Big Black Car, If I Go, I’m Going). His music is homely, but never saccharine. Buy tickets here.
Agnes Obel @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London 22/10/2014
Some weeks there’s just too much epic gigs on. How’s a guy to make it to everything? Agnes Obel hails from Denmark and creates an atmospheric, melancholic, piano centred indie folk amalgam. Yet another musician I passed up on seeing once upon a time, don’t make the same mistake I did. Buy tickets here.
Jake Bugg @ Union Chapel, London 22/10/2014
Surely I don’t need to give Jake Bugg an introduction. The special thing about the pop folk everyman’s gig at Union Chapel is that it will be a delightfully intimate gig after his epic gig at Alexandra Palace the night before. Buy tickets here.
Wolf Alice @ Heaven, London 23/10/2014
There’s a lot of talk about rock needing to be saved, and recent chart toppers Royal Blood being the ones to do it, but with bands like Wolf Alice sporting melody, chunk, without resorting to played out riffs, who needs Royal Blood? Keep an eye out for an upcoming debut album announcement. Unfortunately, the gig is sold out. But you’re resourceful people. Get it sorted.
Sleaford Mods @ 100 Club, London 23/10/2014 and 24/10/2014
There’s a reason the Sleaford Mods have been getting so much press of late, and it has something to do with them being the tits. Their electro punk diatribes run the gamut of topics from politics, to music trends, to bowel movements. I saw them live in The Lexington a couple of months back and they were incendiary. Once again, tickets are sold out, but if you don’t have any, make sure you catch them when they are back in London to support The Specials next month.
Childhood (supporting Johnny Marr) @ 02 Academy Brixton, London 23/10/2014
Childhood are a much better reason to go to see Johnny Marr than the hope he’ll play some Smiths songs. They bring a melody heavy sun kissed Madchester vibe that occasionally descends into wall of sound shoegaze soundscapes. Their tour supporting slot on tour with Palma Violets this year was pretty special and I was lucky enough to catch up with them in Club 85 in Hitchin. Buy tickets here.
The Antlers @ Hackney Empire, London 24/10/2014
Based in Brooklyn, The Antlers are a dreamy indie rock band who attempt to caress you with melody, rather than smack you right in the face with it. Five albums deep into their career, they’re currently on the crest of a wave following the release of the critically acclaimed Familiars. There’s still some tickets available here. Hurry, they’re selling fast, you better catch the deer by the antlers! Christ.
St. Vincent @ The Roundhouse, 25/10/2014
Fresh from helping induct Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, St. Vincent is bringing her oddly infectious electro art rock to the epic confines of The Roadhouse next Saturday. If I wasn’t heading to Ireland that day, I would be there gan dabht. Tis a pity it’s sold out. Hide out behind the gig, and sneak in when they throw out the riff raff. Solid advice.