Allo Darlin’ @The Scala 25/11/2014
The half Kentish/half Australian Allo Darlin’ have their biggest headline gig ever at the Scala this week, bringing their own brand of wistful indie pop punk to the capital. Their third LP We Come From The Same Place was released in October via the ever reliable Fortuna POP! and on it you will find some of the most breezy and yet touching tracks of the year. Get a ticket here.
Mac DeMarco @The Forum 25/11/2014
DeMarco is only 24 but is already on his fourth album. This kind of jerk like productivity is the kind of thing that makes the rest of us feel like failures. Must try not to begrudge him his success! His brand of lo-fi jangle pop will be all over The Forum this week, but it’s sold out. So you’ll have to wait till next time to catch him. Losebag.
Nothing @Birthdays 25/11/2014
Philadelphia (hmmm) based four piece Nothing successfully mix a My Bloody Valentine shoegaze aesthetic with the brutality of Deftones. It’s bound to be quite ferocious live. I’d recommend strapping on those leopard print roller skates you won by sending incendiary letters to soap obsessed magazines and getting on down to Birthdays to check them out. Tickets here.
The National @O2 Arena 26/11/2014
It took me ages to get into Ohio’s The National. I’d heard their song “Fake Empire” on an advert somewhere, listened to the rest of their discography, and promptly did not get what the fuss was all about. However, patience is a virtue and after sporadically listening to their sombre and tense indie rock over the last few years, they have set up camp in my subconscious. Tickets here.
Parquet Courts @The Laundry 27/11/2014
So damn cool it must chaff this Brooklyn post-punk band to even be seen in public. Their three albums released to date have been uniformly adored by the never biased music press, and, I must admit, their repetitive, hip and sardonic take on post-punk gives the genre a pretty damn cool update. Contact the venue for tickets.
Perfume Genius @Islington Assembly Hall 27/11/2014
I don’t really know what to make of indie popster Perfume Genius. I always take this as a good sign. Obviousness is downright boring. I don’t even really know what else to say. Has to be heard and seen to be believed. Contact the venue for tickets.
Arca @Institute of Contemporary Arts 27/11/2014
It’s been a speedy rise for Venezuelan producer Arca. Released three EPs in 2012, lent production to Kanye’s Yeezus album in 2013, debut album Xen came out this year, and will be acting as producer on Bjork’s ninth album. Phew. Pity it’s sold out. Might get some tickets at the door.
Mastodon @O2 Brixton Academy 28/11/2014
I’ve seen Mastodon a bunch of times live. They fucking rocked each and every time. Their latest sludge/pop album Once More Round The Sun is both catchy and unrelenting. See them in their natural habitat. I implore you. Tickets here.
Pulled Apart By Horses @Heaven 28/11/2014
Leeds’ alternative rockers Pulled Apart By Horses decided to get a little expansive on their last album, Blood. They caught some flak for it, but you’re always damned if you do or damned if you don’t. Their live show is pretty explosive. Do it. You know you want to. Support from Menace Beach and TRAAMS. Tickets here.
Morrissey @O2 Arena 29/11/2014
Erstwhile Smiths frontman Morrissey was heckled in Poland recently and promptly stomped off stage like a child that’s been told off. Still, despite his infantile tendencies, Morrissey is one of the greatest living songwriters on the planet. Hopefully he can stand the rest of us plebians for the duration of his set in London. Tickets here.