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NOVEMBER 2014 ISSUE 21 // FREE


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WELCOME iamamiwhoami

You know what? Over the entire life of this magazine I've been trying to locate some Alphabetti Spaghetti to make the 'Penny For Your Thoughts' title from. We've had so many other things; cookies, beans, pins, we've even drawn on the walls. But living in central London and only having access to tiny shops with their shameful range of canned goods meant it was ever elusive. This month marks the end of my quest though, as alongside some fantastic words from Karen Piper the

tomato soaked title sits proudly. They really need to up their game when it comes to the shape of the letter ‘N’ though. These trivial things aside, November marks another month jam packed full of gigs, and exciting releases as everyone prepares for the winter months. Of course it's also the start of mulled wine season, and for that, we're endlessly grateful.

STAFF ON REPEAT the tracks we can’t stop listening to this month JESS: CHANCE THE RAPPER - NO BETTER BLUES DAVE: DEAD TIMES - BETTER OFF LOKI: SPECTRES - SEA OF TREES DANNY: VIET CONG - CONTINENTAL SHELF CHANCE THE RAPPER

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the lost brothers

lykke li

motopony

st pancras old church wed 12 nov

eventim apollo hammersmith thu 13 nov

dingwalls fri 14 nov

ballet school

broncho / purple

banks

the lexington wed 19 nov

shacklewell arms fri 21 nov

O2 academy brixton sun 23 nov

joey bada$$

the national

walking on cars

O2 shepherd’s bush empire tue 25 nov

the O2 wed 26 nov

dingwalls thu 27 nov

warpaint

breton

say lou lou

eventim apollo hammersmith sat 29 nov

heaven tue 2 dec

heaven thu 4 dec

‘68

samaris

ivy and gold

borderline sun 7 dec

hoxton square bar & kitchen mon 8 dec

roundhouse studio theatre tue 9 dec buy tickets at livenation.co.uk


CONTENTS 06. ON THE STEREO

LONDON IN STEREO IS:

11. NEW SOUNDS

Editor: Jess Partridge jess@londoninstereo.co.uk

13. TALES FROM THE CITY

Deputy Editor: Dave Rowlinson dave@londoninstereo.co.uk

14. TONY ALLEN

Sub-Editor/Sales: Loki Lillistone loki@londoninstereo.co.uk Staff Writers: Danny Wright Gemma Samways Jack Urwin

18. ALBUM REVIEWS 24. IAMAMIWHOAMI

Photography: iamamiwhoami: John Strandh Tony Allen: Bernard Benant

30. EVENTS 35. GIGS OF THE MONTH

Penny For Your Thoughts: Karen Piper

41. LIVE LISTINGS

Contributors: Rob Leedham, Thomas Hannan, Lauren Down, Henry Wilkinson, Amy Gravelle, Francesca Baker, George O’Brien, Lee Wakefield.

59. LIVE REVIEWS 61. PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

“Damon is family. I cherish him because he made me enjoy playing music again.” - Tony Allen

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ON THE STEREO WITH

TINASHE FEAT. DEV HYNES BET

We could discuss the way DJ Dahi turns pops, snaps, and gelatinous gurgle into the sound of sensuality, and we should. We could marvel at the lightning-strike Dev Hynes guitar solo that appears out of nowhere to close Bet out, and, of course, we will. But let's not forget the young visionary riding atop the ripples, running shit like Poseidon. Tinashe sings, "I'ma be around forever always”. Given the quality here, don’t bet against her. Chris DeVille

JAWBREAKER REUNION

STRAIGHTEDGE REVENGE

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Jawbreaker Reunion was born in the basement of a dorm room at Bard College, and their music shares all of the exhilaration and restlessness that comes from that kind of environment. Their debut album is ferocious, smart, and empowering — but most importantly, hyper-self-aware. Straightedge Revenge tackles anxiety head-on, using JBR’s brand of slumber party punk to take on some serious issues while still being a hell of a lot of fun to listen to. James Rettig


YYU (photo: Desiree Monique)

YYU

CHUMPED

YYU's first album TimeTimeTime&Time sounded like a footwork producer remixing a folk album, but it was all Ben Straus, a songwriter who balances virtuosic guitar work with hypnotically repetitive beats. His newest, Room Music, lowers the bombast in exchange for an intimacy approaching Animal Collective's Sung Tongs, with the aquatic Wish as its gentle peak. Miles Bowe

Naming your pop-punk song after a hip-hop radio station’s annual stadium show is cheeky. Hot 97 Summer Jam is no joke, though. Anika Pyle sings “I’m looking at you, you’re looking through me”, communicating a self-doubt that belies her obvious musical assurance. Summer’s long gone, and this remains a jam. Chris DeVille

WISH

COMMUNIONS

HOT 97 SUMMER JAM

CHUMPED

Copenhagen’s Communions have a catalog that is exactly two 7”s deep, but those two 7”s suggest a classic LP down the road. So Long Sun feels like an early Stone Roses jam — spindly guitars, baggy rhythms, acid-soaked melodies, transcendent bliss. Its title is a misnomer, though: this thing is blindingly bright, and, if anything, rising. Michael Nelson STEREOGUM ONLINE: stereogum.com @stereogum // facebook.com/Stereogum

photo: Rebecca Reed

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10.11.14


SOUNDCRASH NOVEMBER 2014 SHOWS RONI SIZE REPRAZENT

VILLAGE UNDERGROUND - 06 NOV

GOGO PENGUIN RICH MIX - 7 NOV

FLYING LOTUS

THE ROUNDHOUSE - 7 NOV

JAZZANOVA + THE HERBALISER (BOTH LIVE) JAZZANO THE FORUM - 8 NOV

DIZRAELI AND THE SMALL GODS JAZZ CAFE - 13 NOV

SUBMOTION ORCHESTRA THE FORUM - 14 NOV

VENETIAN SNARES + BOXCUTTER THE LAUNDRY LAUND - 15 NOV

GILLES PETERSON + HOMEBOY SANDMAN + FLAKO + DIGGS DUKE + WYLES & SIMPSON + DORIAN CONCEPT KOKO - 15 NOV

TINARIWEN

THE ROUNDHOUSE - 16 NOV

DELS

ELECTROWERKZ - 19 NOV

TONY ALLEN

VILLAGE UNDERGROUND - 20 NOV

ANCHORSONG + CLAP! CLAP! OSLO - 21 NOV

MOS DEF

THE FORUM - 22 NOV

DAEDELUS + DARK STAR S THE SCALA - 28 NOV

BONOBO

ALEXANDRA PALACE - 28 NOV

THE RESONATORS + VADIM + RAGGA TWINS JAMM - 29 NOV

JAGA JAZZIST

UNION CHAPEL - 29 NOV MORE SUCH AS FLYING LOTUS (BRIXTON) / JON HOPKINS (BRIXTON) / GOGO PENGUIN (UNION CHAPEL)+++ AT:

W W W. S O U N D C R A S H M U S I C . C O M


NEW SOUNDS

by Gemma Samways

SYLAS

Why bother paying for PR, when one of the biggest influencers in the industry is already singing your praises for free? It’s this enviable position that Brian Eno-endorsed outfit Sylas have unwittingly found themselves in. The story goes that the Music For Airports-maker met one half of the production duo at a singing group in London, and was blown away by – what he has described as – “the most beautiful voice”. A few years on, he’s now luring journalists to his private studio to hear their work, and acting as consultant on their self-titled EP. It isn’t difficult to see what drew Eno in. Signed to the same label that put out SOHN’s debut single, Sylas explore a similar sub-strand of brooding electronic pop, albeit one of a noticeably gloomier hue.

On EP-opener Shore the pair summon a soulful groove from bubbling percussion and warm layers of synths, then rapidly snatch away any sense of comfort with disquieting lines like, “Daughter, you’re screaming in your mouth”. Hollow is even more ominous. Redolent of James Blake or Darkside, it sets ambient pad sounds colliding against cold, pitch-shifted vocals, that warn, “Once I give into this apathy, the vultures will wait on me”. It's meticulously-layered, skillfullyrendered compositions like these that suggest they’re talented and imaginative enough to sustain our attention for some time to come. With or without Brian Eno’s support. LISTEN TO: HOLLOW ONLINE: @syyylas LiS 11


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TALES FROM THE CITY by Terror Pigeon

I've been to London twice. The first time was chill. There was an old school spot light at the show, and a dude whose job it was to illuminate me as I scampered up and down the venue's elaborate duct work. I felt very rock star. We played with a dope boy band that wasn't famous. I can't remember their name. My second visit to London was more dire. I was shitty at having money then and had to spend maximum wallet on plane tickets. Between JFK and our first show two days in, my life partner / deodorant sharing brother homie Tyler and I had $20. We arrived at one of London's impressively far away airports late at night. We went straight to Pickadeli and set up camp for the night. I say camp cause we used the parachute we throw on the audience at the end of our show as a makeshift bed thing when we're spending the night in a train station, airport or mini golf course. London train station cops were surprisingly chill about our fort, paying us no mind as we quickly

discovered that London in the fall means ‘harshest winter imaginable at the North Pole’. Spirits were fading fast. In situations where I've ruined everything I find it's best to offer atonement in treat form. I located the only open restaurant and perused their dessert menu. Everything cost at least twelve cursive L's which was ruffly 3,000 American dollars. Luckily a friendly boy named Toby accepted the meager bills and coins my $20 had converted into. We sat huddled together in the train station, too cold to sleep, eating tiny pieces of brownie, hoping to make it last longer. Then Toby showed up with some mother fucking complimentary tea. Toby rules! Where ever you are Toby I fucking love you! The tea warmed us up, giving us the strength to fight off the pack of wolves that had been stalking us. "Not this time wolves" we yelled. Terror Pigeon release Live It Up Before You Die It Up! November 24th via In Stereo Records / Fierce Panda.

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TONY ALLEN

WORDS: THOMAS HANNAN PHOTOS: BERNARD BENANT


“All day I’ve just been yap, yap, yap,” exhales 74-year-old Tony Allen after our interview. He’s pleasant company, but doesn’t like talking to journalists. Or writing lyrics. Or singing. Allen – who along with Fela Kuti in Africa 70 pretty much invented the entire genre of Afrobeat – would rather be playing drums. “I didn’t want to sing on this album,” he tells me. “I wanted to make it instrumental; it would have the same strength. Playing and singing together, it’s complicated. My drumming is already complicated. I don’t want to do the job of two people.” Allen’s drumming isn’t just complicated, it’s bewildering. But luckily the man Brian Eno once described as “the greatest drummer ever” isn’t short of folks to lighten his load. Guests appear throughout his excellent Film Of Life album, with sonic compadre Damon Albarn receiving particularly lofty praise. “Damon is family. I cherish him because he made me enjoy playing music again. He’s the one guy, apart from Fela Kuti, I’ve worked with for fifteen years. He has it – he has what I’m after, what will make me be on. I like to play with others - I bore myself. I don’t want to eat all the cake. I want to share my cake.” It isn’t just collaborating that keeps Allen’s music fresh. One of his greatest influences seems to be himself, in that he doesn’t want to replicate anything he’s done before. “It’s five years since my last album. I can’t afford to rush; they start to look like each other, every time the same. I challenge myself to make patterns that don’t look like other drumming. I want to cut the monotony of thinking Afrobeat should be a certain way. I’m trying to make music that stretches, without an end. It’s a spiritual business.” If Tony Allen were a slightly worse drummer than he is, he’d remain one of the greatest. I wonder what motivated him to ascend from merely being a good drummer to being a brilliant one. “All of the ‘good’ drummers who were playing, I passed through those styles, and

they never did,” he replies in a voice more humble than that makes out. “Everyone copies Western drumming when they start. How long are we going to do that? I wanted to put my own thing down for people to follow.” While never struggling for rhythmic inspiration, lyrical muses are something Allen finds harder to come by. When they hit however, they hit hard. Describing the story behind Boat Journey, which details the plight of refugees, he imparts: “I was watching the news and saw human beings dying. Who wouldn’t feel this? The situation at their place is so bad that what they’re trying is the only solution. Boats capsize, hundreds lose their lives, and the ones who arrive get caught. Is jail preferable to being at home? There’s a reality there, and I feel for them. I said, ‘let me sing about that, otherwise, I don’t want to sing.’ I came from there too; the situation was bad when I left Nigeria. Music was dead because of the Army. When you go out in London, you see people going to clubs – it’s rocking. That’s how Lagos was before, until ’77. Then it started diminishing, and soon it was finished. Before it was running fine, and there wasn’t even any oil – it was running on agriculture. There was light, water, roads, and when they wanted to make a slum clearance in Lagos they would provide a brand new town all ready for everybody from the slum. Today they clear you out to build a road, and you find yourself under a bridge. There’s a lot of money now, because of oil, and the more they have the worse the country becomes. That’s why I sang N.E.P.A in ’84 - ‘Never Expect Power Always’. It’s still true.” Film Of Life is out now on Jazz Village. Tony Allen plays Village Underground November 20th LiS 15


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ALBUMS

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HOOKWORMS THE HUM Weird World November 10th

RECORD OF THE MONTH HOOKWORMS // THE HUM

Stand Out Tracks: The Impasse Radio Toyko Beginners Off Screen

There is this moment in between the opening binary electronics of The Impasse and the primordial punk that soon follows where Hookworms seem to take a collective @HOOKWORMS breath. It feels as though - in this briefest of silences - the facebook.com/Hookworms Leeds five-piece are taking stock of mounted expectations, squaring up to any boundaries laid by debut album Pearl Hookworms play Tufnell Mystic and, by way of the most unforgiving wall of noise, Park Dome October 28th saying “fuck that”. Thirty seconds into their new album The Hum and Hookworms have already obliterated any previously set parameters and have pushed their brand of wild psychedelic abandon into more driven, intense and direct territory. That's not to say there isn't a heavy dose of Spaceman 3-era garage psychedelia present in everything they touch, more that the new unrestrained Hookworms aren't afraid to dive headfirst into the hardcore roots and raw punk energy that helped shape Pearl Mystic (but by no means defined it). Of course it's not just their recent single that bears witness to this fiercer sound, indulgent six-minute highlight Beginners does a particularly spectacular job of elevating the tape-delayed product of MJ's emptied lungs above the swirling mass of reverb before carrying his words off on waves of screaming organ keys. Much like its predecessor, The Hum offers up serene, instrumental-only respites in the form of iv, v, and vi but it's in Radio Toyko and On Leaving that Hookworms find a new way to temper those blistering, eviscerating slabs of frenzy – this time with something tantamount to pop. Or at least, as pop as Hookworms could ever be. Feeding Motown melodies into droning motorik rhythms and leaning on these hulking blues guitars, album closer Retreat is the ultimate culmination of an altogether more upbeat Hookworms and provides the perfect sign-off for a relentlessly unapologetic record; MJ howling - as if finally coming up for air - “you got this impasse in the wind”. Yeah you do. Lauren Down


ALEX G DSU

Lucky Number // November 10th How Alex G got here is something of an enigma, his sudden rise from small-time, lo-fi nobody to Pitchfork wonderboy both baffling and deserved. Picked up stateside by the formidable Orchid Tapes - whose founder Warren Hildebrand is himself responsible for one of 2014’s most stunning releases under the Foxes In Fiction moniker - it’s heartwarming to see so many now paying attention. And rightly so, for DSU is a modern masterpiece of songwriting. While the Philadelphian favours substance over style, his production is not too basic as to render it abrasive; rather cementing each track as a considered, impressively constructed achievement of its own. Offering something new with every listen, DSU may well be the year’s most genuinely exciting and, ultimately, rewarding album. Jack Urwin

GIRLPOOL

GIRLPOOL EP Wichita // November 17th In an industry that portrays young women as either hyper-sexualised or absurdly wholesome, LA duo Girlpool are a heartening anomaly. Attacking gender stereotyping, racial inequality and ‘slut-shaming’ – plus some terrifically skeezy-sounding exes – teenagers Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad display precisely zero interest in perpetuating patriarchal myths, and zero fear in calling out societal injustice for the bullshit it is. There’s bravery in the way their ideas are presented here, too. Choosing lo-fi production values, and a minimal palette of guitar, bass and brilliantly bratty harmonies, the pair purposely avoid diluting or obscuring their message. Ranging from the Sleater Kinney-ish punk of Blah Blah Blah to the rickety blues of Jane, this is a doozy of a debut, and one that might even mobilise the masses. Gemma Samways

KRILL

LUCKY LEAVES Steak Club // November 17th “Whenever I have a good time, I just miss my suffering” Krill’s lead singer Jonah sings in a nasal drawl on Oppressor. On Boston band’s third album (making its way over to our fair shores only a year after its original release) it’s hard to discern whether they are having a damn good time goofing around or communicating a tormented and tumultuous existence. The dozen strong collection of disorientating and obscure quirk rock tunes flutter with wry and lightly impudent observations on life, lust, grit and grime. Capering through pitch shifting melodies, shuffling percussion tangles with snarling riffs and chords, making it a raw and disturbing parcel of irreverent sketches. A deviant and oddball album, and so much the better for it. Francesca Baker LiS 19


DEERHOOF

LA ISLA BONITA Upset The Rhythm // November 3rd Deerhoof’s twelfth record was reportedly laid to tape amid heated arguments over whether it should sound more like Joan Jett or Janet Jackson. It appears they never came to an agreement, with La Isla Bonita being as much of a twisted rock album as it is an exercise in twitchily-wrong pop. This charming LP finds the San Francisco quartet indulging both their most accessible (the lilting bounce of Paradise Girls) and outré tendencies (as on the semi-dub ballad Black Pitch), coalescing to make their Upset The Rhythm debut arguably their finest LP since 2007’s excellent Friend Opportunity. There’s weight in the argument that perhaps nobody needs all twelve Deerhoof albums, but if you find yourself in possession of none, this is a recommended remedy. Thomas Hannan

KORALLREVEN

THE WHARVES

Cascine / Sony // November 4th

Gringo Records // November 3rd

If you’ve been patiently yearning for Korallreven’s second full length offering for longer than you care to admit, I feel your pain. An Album By Korallreven was a blissful exploration of understated grooves and sumptuous electronica, and in Second Comin’, the Swedish duo have taken a firmer grip of the dance floor. Of course, it has been threatened on occasions in the past, but tracks such as The Highest State Of Grace and Spirit Away take the bashful flirting with the disco ball to fourth base, armed with strobes, sucker-punching synths and glittering production. If the first record is treasured for its seamless construction, Second Comin’, it could be argued, feels a smidgen disjointed in that department – it’s likely, however, that you’ll be dancing far too hard to care. Lee Wakefield

Another day, another “quirky” London based band comes strutting around the corner trying to grab our attention, but quite frankly, why should we give a damn? Well not only does The Wharves’ debut record At Bay piece together reverberated 60s girl group concepts of yesteryear, but the haunting vocal twists that build up to witchy crescendos manage to keep things stimulating enough for a sound that, on the face of it, feels outwardly nostalgic. Left, Right And Centre and The Grip hold enthralling drum rhythms and thrilling choral narratives, but for a debut the songs tend to meld into one, and maybe lack the depth for anything greater than a friendly introduction to the band. Having said that, there’s no doubt that The Wharves have potential for greater exploration in the future. Amy Gravelle

SECOND COMIN’

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AT BAY


DEPTFORD GOTH SONGS

37 Adventures // November 3rd Simply calling your album Songs makes sense for the open-hearted yearning of someone like Deptford Goth. Even more so than the diary-like Life After Defo, here Daniel Woolhouse sings tenderly of love and relationships like he’s only talking to you. While it perhaps lacks that debut’s fluency, it makes up for it in heart and joy. The gentle heartstring pulls of Do Exist and the life-affirming beauty of Two Hearts mean this is a more blissful opus to relationships. Repeated listens also reveal an artist opening up – the spaces in the sound filled by a confidence in Woolhouse’s own voice. It makes for an album that looks outwards rather than inwards, one that reveals a belief that everything will be okay in the end. As he sings on The Lovers “Love stays, everything goes”. Danny Wright

LES SINS

MICHAEL Company Records // November 3rd The music of Chaz Bundick has continued to evolve since making waves with those first glitch pop tones back in 2009. Whether with lo-fi acoustic, afro-beat or r‘n’b, the Toro Y Moi moniker has consistently expanded and resisted expectation. In a funny way then, his debut release as Les Sins offers the chance to start afresh while also reverting back to his laptop based roots. A playful record from start to finish, Michael pogoes its way gleefully through a universe of displaced dance music influences. Like a shape shifting Chad Valley he tries his hand at it all – from the Chromeo lacquered funk of Why to the Zomby-fied house sound of Call – and more often than not comes out smiling. Henry Wilkinson

DEMS

MUSCLE MEMORY Sew In Love Records // November 3rd From its bare piano-lead beginnings to the dark twisted eeriness of album closer Night Tales, Dems’ Muscle Memory is as thought-provoking as its particularly unsettling artwork. The South London trio adopt wonderfully weird electronic accompaniment with FX-laden guitar lines for a soaring falsetto to shine above, sitting them somewhere between Foals and SOHN. Lioness stands-out, as twitching vocal alterations - a cleverly utilised technique throughout the ten-track - bring further elements of discomfort before the track builds to its whirring, dance-rhythm climax. Never Have Never Will is a slowed-down sparse highlight too, which washes over with effortless beauty. Stunning at times, Muscle Memory has definitely been worth the wait for fans of this under-rated outfit, who join the growing rank of impressive British synth-led alt-poppers. George O’Brien LiS 21


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iamamiwhoami words: rob leedham photography: john strandh


The Internet turned 25 this year and still very few musicians have figured out what to do with it. That makes Jonna Lee more than a little bit special. As the front-person for iamamiwhoami, she has created something entirely unique. An audiovisual extravaganza that was born five years ago through YouTube. “At that time, it wasn’t an arena for art or creatives,” explains the Swedish songwriter. “There were good music videos there, but people were using YouTube more for consumption like watching fun clips of drunk Russians. So putting something that has a high artistic value on there was kind of an experiment to see if it would stand out.” Even without the mystery of being posted from an anonymous account, you figure that iamamiwhoami’s channel would have found an audience. It’s not everyday you see a woman clad in tar-black paint and licking white goo from a tree trunk in pristine high definition. What’s more surprising is the scale of its success: 31 million views and counting. That's enough people to form a community, enough to fund a new album: BLUE. And so the third iamamiwhoami record was paid for by fans and created with complete independence. The process starts off with lyrics and script before expanding into all manner of mind-boggling imagery. Along the way, Jonna, Claes Björklund and her other collaborators control its production, manufacturing and distribution. If this process strikes you as a tad intense, then you’d be utterly correct. “It’s all we talk about, it’s all we think about, it’s all we do,” she reveals. “...My whole life is on the internet.” Watch the video for BLUE’s fountain and you’ll see why. Gorgeous aerial shots of coastline vistas are married to a semaphoreindebted dance routine that Lee performs while dressed in a see-through plastic body suit. It’s like a Kate Bush video with the surrealism amped up to eleven. Amazing, in other words. “Water is a symbol for the online world that we live in,” says Lee. “I feel like I started in the physical era and my head in this new world is like being stuck in water. Wanting to grasp these new opportunities of being a digital artist.” BLUE follows on from Jonna’s Kin and Bounty as a record with a distinct theme. It’s these epic visions of what pop should be that have allowed her to build such an adoring fanbase. One that documents her every artistic turn on an encyclopedic wiki website - even that time she performed at Way Out West festival on a bed of toilet paper.

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What’s so inspiring about the bizarre, beguiling world of Jonna Lee is that those who follow it have bought wholesale into the project. They have made it more than the sum of one Swede’s escapist fantasies, and that’s a lot to take in. Especially when you’re dedicating three years of your life to each new creative cycle. “I’m constantly affected by how we’re received,” says Jonna. “I feel overwhelmed a lot of the time. I keep my expectations low, but the fact that it’s growing and a lot of people are very emotional about it.” Much like FKA Twigs’ cinematic vision of love and loneliness, iamamiwhoami can’t be embraced from a distance. It’s not a free download to your iPhone or a surprise release you can inhale and be done with. What’s required is your time, and that’s an investment that could be repaid with a funeral pyre. The project’s first ‘gig’ was streamed live on YouTube and saw one lucky fan seemingly burned alive in a coffin. This is how Lee interacts with her fans, with symbols instead of selfies. She doesn’t engage with Facebook or Twitter, everything that’s meant to be said is already there on YouTube. “We’re communicating in real-time with people that follow the project,” says Jonna. “I’m very aware of what people are experiencing. If you play a concert you get the same reaction, but verbally instead of emotionally.” It’s these contrasting extremes that make iamamiwhoami an ongoing fascination. Despite being made possible by technology, its videos are exclusively set in woodland and by waterfalls - places that have been left untarnished by Buzzfeed and Tinder.

Likewise for all the weighty subject matter Lee addresses, she’s got a wicked sense of humour. One of the most enduring moments of her debut live show was a lingering shot of someone dry-humping the forest around them. More seriously, you have to wonder whether Jonna has outgrown the album format. Especially since her music is just the foundation of what she does. “In my world the songs and videos are never separated,” she replies. “Some people don’t really care about the visuals. People have told me straight up that, ‘I’m not interested.’ I’m a very visual person but others are not.” Sometimes, it seems like you’ve got to wait for the world to catch up with your ambition. Make no mistake, Lee is a trailblazer through and through. In another 25 years, she may well be a curio. A quaint vision of the future when today’s record-tour-repeat cycle is obsolete. For the moment, she feels like a vital signpost towards what it could be. If only Jonna could explain what exactly she does for a living. Songwriting? Directing? Something else entirely. “I try to avoid that question,” she replies. “I find it very hard to explain.” One day soon, we’ll have an answer.

BLUE is released November 10th via To Whom It May Concern iamamiwhoami’s videos can be seen on YouTube at: youtube.com/iamamiwhoami A London show is set to be announced soon.


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EVENTS

a selection of new stuff we’re excited about: INDEPENDENT LABEL MARKET London’s Indie Label Market has become a mainstay of our music calender since 2011, bringing the best in independent labels together under the same roof, kind of like a farmer’s market for music. As people swarm throughout the stalls, searching for Christmas gifts, one-offs, and beautifully inventive releases you couldn’t even dream up, you’ll see just how much life and imagination there is left in this inspiring scene. There’s surprises at every corner, special appearances from bands, label bosses, cakes and mulled wine. Each of these biannual events has something new to offer, the perfect place to discover your new favourite band, and maybe even unearth some old ones too. With such a fantastic array of labels setting up shop, make sure you start saving now.

photo: Abi Dainton

November 29th // Old Spitalfields Market @IndieLabelMkt // independentlabelmarket.com

WINTERVILLE Okay, so this alternative winter wonderland starts in December, but we’re already getting excited to be at Winterville, a festive town taking over East London’s Victoria Park. Plus, we want to make sure you get those ice-rink tickets booked. Running for almost the entirety of December and boasting amongst other attractions a giant Ferris wheel, 600 square metres of ice rink (and a roller disco for those who prefer skates with wheels), a load of bars, an on-site pub, street food traders (hello Voodoo Rays), a craft beer area, a Christmas market and absolutely tons more. The thought of being wrapped-up warm, drinking hot booze and strolling round our favourite London park with all this going on is more than enough to banish any of the Grinch-like tendencies which can hit in December. December 2nd-31st // Victoria Park, E3 5TB Free entry with some events bookable in advance. @WintervilleLDN // winterville.co.uk LiS 30


LUCKY CHIP COMES TO DALSTON

photo by Hamburger Me! blog / @HamburgerMe

Exciting times ahead for Lucky Chip and anyone that treasures some of London’s very best burgers; the Lucky Chip van is heading to Dalston, opening five evenings a week and bringing a whole ton of fun with it. The guys spoke excitedly about the new burgers and specials that they’ll be serving, as well as the brand new soundsystem installed to keep us all dancing. Plus, get November 7th in your diary now, because they’re throwing a huge bonfire party with, get this, 300 free burgers and BYO fireworks. How’s that for a welcome to Dalston? Opens Oct 28th // Abbot Street, Dalston, E8 2JP @LuckyChip // lucky-chip.co.uk

JA JA JA FESTIVAL

Emiliana Torrini

Over the last five years the wonderful people at Ja Ja Ja have ensured we’ve seen so many of our favourite Nordic acts hit London. Working tirelessly to curate the best live events, we’re delighted that once again they’ll be hosting a festival packed with the best Nordic music, food and film - including a very special showing of Björk: Biophilia Live. For three days the likes of When Saints Go Machine, Emiliana Torrini, Highasakite and many more will grace the stages of two great venues. So come and soak up this beautiful culture. Nov 13-15th // The Great Hall and The Lexington @jajajanordic // jajajamusic.com/festival

NIGHT TALES Old Street will see a huge transformation this month as Night Tales’ spectacular set-up appears in all its two-tier, cosy-seating, wild-garden, log-fire-warming, concept-bar-building glory. In what’s bound to be one of our favourite winter hangouts, every stop has been pulled out to create a truly unique and magical space to hide out in during frosty winter times. With so much of our favourite food and drink (Patty & Bun burgers, Morty & Bob’s grilled cheese goodness, Yum Bun’s delicious steamed buns) we’ll never want to leave. Opens Nov 14th // 288-299 Old Street // EC1V 9DP @nighttalesLDN // facebook.com/nighttalesLDN LiS 31


MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND TUES 28 OCT VILLAGE UNDERGROUND

ATTAQUE TUES 13 NOV SEBRIGHT ARMS

MELANIE DE BIASIO MON 24 NOV VILLAGE UNDERGROUND

HOLLYSIZ THURS 4 DEC ELECTROWERKZ

HOOKWORMS TUES 28 OCT THE DOME

POST LOUIS MON 17 NOV SEBRIGHT ARMS

PCPC TUES 25 NOV ELECTROWERKZ

CLOUD CASTLE LAKE TUES 9 DEC BIRTHDAYS

MONEY WED 29 OCT CHATS PALACE

ALEX G WED 19 NOV SEBRIGHT ARMS

TROVES TUES 25 NOV WAITING ROOM

THE GARDEN THURS 11 DEC BOSTON ARMS

ASAF AVIDAN FRI 31 OCT & SAT 1 NOV ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL

WHITE LUNG WED 19 NOV BARFLY

CURTIS HARDING WED 26 NOV ELECTROWERKZ

ROSIE LOWE TUES 2 NOV CONCRETE

KING TUFF THURS 20 NOV HOXTON SQ BAR & KITCHEN

THE NATIONAL + WILD BEASTS WED 26 NOV THE O2

GLASS ANIMALS TUES 10 MARCH O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE

D.D DUMBO SUN 9 NOV ST PANCRAS OLD CHURCH

MO KOLOURS THURS 20 NOV CORSICA STUDIOS

PARKAY QUARTS THURS 27 NOV THE LAUNDRY

COMMUNIONS MON 10 NOV SEBRIGHT ARMS

NIMMO THURS 20 NOV ICA

ZOLA BLOOD TUES 2 DEC THE LEXINGTON

BLACK BANANAS TUES 11 NOV 100 CLUB

DEERS MON 24 NOV THE LEXINGTON

ALPINES WED 3 DEC OSLO HACKNEY

FUTURE ISLANDS TUES 31 MARCH ROUNDHOUSE LA FEMME THURS 21 MAY KOKO

PARALLELLINESPROMOTIONS.COM


GIGS OF THE MONTH

OUR PICK OF THE BEST LONDON SHOWS HAPPENING THIS NOVEMBER

SHACKLEWELL ARMS GIRLPOOL // OSCAR

Raw stripped back rock with witty, gritty lyrics and an ear for melodies.

17/11/14 FREE @Shacklewell Arms DALSTON KINGSLAND/JUNCTION

BRIXTON WINDMILL

CORSICA STUDIOS

Post punk pop from Seattle, brilliant fun.

Cerebral sounds, a whirlwind of influences combine to create something amazing and unique.

TACOCAT

08/11/14 £TBC @windmillbrixton

ADULT JAZZ

11/11/14 £9adv @Corsica_Studios

BRIXTON

DEERS

ELEPHANT AND CASTLE

02 SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE JOEY BADA$$

Still at the top of his game 15 years after his debut mixtape, part of the American hip-hop landscape. 29/11/14 £16adv @o2sbe

SHEPHERDS BUSH

THE LEXINGTON DEERS

Madrid’s coolest; laid-back fuzzy indie-pop at its best. Deers have emerged as one of the year’s finest new bands. 24/11/14 £7adv @thelexington

ANGEL

POWER LUNCHES SHIELD PATTERNS

Manchester based duo, making dark-edged, hook-filled music to dance to.

28/11/14 £6adv @powerlunches DALSTON KINGSLAND/JUNCTION LiS 35


SERVANT JAZZ QUARTERS GREYLAG

A Portland trio with an ear for a beautiful melody and a moody edge.

17/11/14 £7adv @ServantJazz DALSTON KINGSLAND/JUNCTION

ROUGH TRADE EAST

OSLO

Bewitching brilliance from the Houndstooth signed duo, odd-pop at its best.

Psychedelic-tinged and grungeinfluenced, with fantastic lyricism.

18+

12/11/14 7pm FREE @RoughTrade

WAMPIRE // TOPS

LIVERPOOL STREET

HACKNEY CENTRAL

THE GOOD SHIP

O2 ISLINGTON ACADEMY

BEYOND THE SUN // HAPPY GRAVEYARD ORCHESTRA

Y.O.U

A mixture of 80s synth pop, nu disco and house. Perfectly pop. 27/11/14 FREE @O2Islington

24/11/14 £8.50adv @OsloHackney

New York style punk rock & blues. 28/11/14 £5adv @thegoodshipNW6

KILBURN

ANGEL

BORDERLINE

DEAF SCHOOL // EIGHTEEN NIGHTMARES AT THE LUX A rich mix of remarkable tunes, intelligent lyrics, sharp arrangements and high-end musicianship 20/11/14 £16adv @theborderline

TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD

THE DOME

PERFECT PUSSY // JOANNA GRUESOME Pure energy, punk with passion, and brilliantly fun. PERFECT PUSSY (photo: Rachel Lipsitz) LiS 36

06/11/14 £8.50adv @DomeTufnellPark

TUFNELL PARK


FABRIC

DANIEL AVERY // JIMMY EDGAR // XOSAR // LIVITY SOUND // SHED // PEVERELIST Daniel Avery's second Divided Love night, bringing us the best music to dance to. 14/11/14 £14adv @fabriclondon

FARRINGDON

WAITING ROOM

WIFE // HAXAN CLOAK DJ Wife is the stunning project of multiinstrumentalist James Kelly, and it's brilliant. 20/11/14 £8adv @WaitingRoomN16

DANIEL AVERY

DALSTON JUNCTION/ KINGSLAND

THE FINSBURY

HE GHOSTS // HERO FISHER // COCOA FUTURES

13/11/14 £5adv @TheFinPub MANOR HOUSE

Dreamy synth pop, that has a tinge of nightmare in the best way.

100 CLUB

STRONGROOM

This rap group have a reputation for the most incredible live shows. A definite must see.

Fuzzy, trippy pop from Brighton.

CLIPPING

10/11/14 £10adv @110clubLondon

TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD

12/11/14 FREE @StrongroomBar

LIVERPOOL STREET

THE LOCK TAVERN

THE FORUM MOS DEF

A celebration for this legendary rapper, expect special guests and a spectacular show. 22/11/14 £25.50 @TheForumHQ

TUSKS // ELLA FRANK

KENTISH TOWN

CHLOE BLACK // DAMON VALENTINE

Deep vocals and arrangements with flair, Chloe Black is a newcomer destined for big things 06/11/14 FREE @thelocktavern

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THE NOTWIST

WAMPIRE & TOPS

MON 24TH NOVEMBER | OSLO

WED 29TH OCTOBER | OVAL SPACE

ERLEND ØYE

MON 3RD NOVEMBER | O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE

THU 27TH NOVEMBER | ROYAL ALBERT HALL ELGAR ROOM

TUE 4TH NOVEMBER | SCALA

SASHA SIEM

PERFECT PUSSY

THU 6TH NOVEMBER | THE DOME TUFNELL PARK

THE RAVEONETTES FRI 7TH NOVEMBER | HEAVEN

THU 27TH NOVEMBER | ST PANCRAS OLD CHURCH

ADRIAN CROWLEY

MON 1ST DECEMBER | VORTEX JAZZ CLUB

JJ

T T D OUOU

L D

TUE 11TH NOVEMBER | CAFE OTO - SSOOL WED 12TH NOVEMBER | VORTEX JAZZ CLUB

BEN FROST

THU 13TH NOVEMBER | ST JOHN AT HACKNEY CHURCH

CHRIS GARNEAU

FRI 14TH NOVEMBER | ST PANCRAS OLD CHURCH

OPEN MIKE EAGLE TUE 18TH NOVEMBER | OLD BLUE LAST

VIET CONG

OUT TUE 25TH SOLD NOVEMBER | THE FORUM

LUBOMYR MELNYK

BLACK LIPS

LUKE ABBOTT

MAC DEMARCO

TUE 18TH NOVEMBER | TOTAL REFRESHMENT CENTRE

TUE 9TH DECEMBER | OSLO

ALICE BOMAN

TUE 9TH DECEMBER | THE LEXINGTON

DAWN OF MIDI

TUE 9TH DECEMBER | ELECTROWERKZ

YOUNG FATHERS WED 10TH DECEMBER | XOYO

EX HEX

TUE 10TH FEBRUARY | WATER RATS

THE WAR ON DRUGS TUE 24TH FEBRUARY | O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON


A LIVE NATION PRESENTATION IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE AGENCY GROUP

PLUS GUESTS

TUE 27 JANUARY 2015

LONDON EVENTIM APOLLO HAMMERSMITH

TICKETMASTER.CO.UK | LIVENATION.CO.UK THISISFIRSTAIDKIT.COM

NEW ALBUM ‘STAY GOLD’ AVAILABLE NOW


WEDS 05 NOV 7PM 14+ £16 ADV

SUN 23 NOV 7PM 14+ £10 ADV

THURS 06 NOV 7PM 14+ £10 ADV

TUES 02 DEC 7PM 14+ £8 ADV

THE TREACHEROUS ORCHESTRA ANTI-PASTI

FRI 07 NOV 7PM 14+ £12 ADV

RUARRI JOSEPH LILY & MEG SAT 08 NOV 6.45PM 14+ £8 ADV

BAMBOO VIPERS THE TOUCH & RADIO RADIO + INDIA MILL SUN 09 NOV 7PM 14+ £15 ADV

NICK HARPER

MON 10 NOV 7PM 14+ £10 ADV

STOOSHE

SAT 15 NOV 7PM 14+ £15 ADV

SHAM 69 16 GUNS

MON 17 NOV 7PM 14+ £10 ADV

EOFE + VIX + THE FUSE + POLKADODGE WED 19 NOV 7PM 14+ SOLD OUT

BAHAMAS

THU 20 NOV 7PM 14+ £16.00

DEAF SCHOOL EIGHTEEN NIGHTMARE AT THE LUX SAT 22 NOV 7PM 14+ £10 ADV

THE POPGUNS

LILYGREEN & MAGUIRE

FATHERSON SPECIAL GUESTS SUN 07 DEC 7PM 14+ £10 ADV

‘68 TROPHY SCARS

TUES 09 DEC 7PM 14+ £10 ADV

RAGING SPEEDHORN SWORN TO OATH WED 10 DEC 7PM 14+ £13.50 ADV

ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER’S BARNSTORMER THURS 11 DEC 7PM 14+ £10 ADV

THE ROCKINGBIRDS SONIC JEWELS SAT 13 DEC 7PM 14+ £8 ADV

THE STEP NATHASSIA DEVINE SUN 14 DEC 7PM 14+ £12 ADV

AN ACOUSTIC EVENING WITH TONY WRIGHT

(TERRORVISION) CJ WILDHEART + CHRIS CATALYST WED 31 DEC 10PM 18+ £10 EARLY BIRD TICKET

THE CHRISTMAS CLUB’S NEW YEARS EVE PARTY


SATURDAY 1ST SATURDAY 1ST NOVEMBER NOVEMBER IAN MCNABB & COLD SHOULDER £17.50ADV / 7.30PM / 100 CLUB DAVE GILES £8ADV / 7.00PM / THE BORDERLINE MARK GARDENER (RIDE) + DEJA VEGA + WELCOME PARIAH £8ADV / 8.00PM / BRIXTON WINDMILL THE FUCKING CRAMPS £6ADV / 8.00PM / BUFFALO BAR LAURENT GARNIER + GUILLAUME & THE COUTU DUMONTS + ALEX JONES + MARTYN + DEXTER £21ADV / 11.00PM / FABRIC SCREEN DAZE + QUIET QUIET BAND + LIME £5ADV / 7.00PM / THE FINSBURY ASAF AVIDAN AVIDAN £22.50ADV / 7.30PM / ISLINTON ASSEMBLY HALL ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL JAWS + DEERS + SPRING KING + BLESSA + MENACE BEACH + BLOODY KNEES £15ADV / 3.00PM / THE LAUNDRY

BISONBONASUS + LUNCH MONEY LIARS £5ADVOUT / 7.00PM SOLD / 8.00PM / VILLAGE UNDERGROUND SERVANT JAZZ QUARTERS

SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO (LIVE) £13.50ADV / 7.30PM / XOYO SUNDAY 2ND 2ND NOVEMBER NOVEMBER SUNDAY LUNA ROSSA + SEA OF GREEN £12ADV / 7.00PM / THE BORDERLINE PEGGY SUE AND THE CHOIR OF ECHOES + COSMO SHELDRAKE + DEEP THROAT £12ADV / 6.00PM / BUSSEY BUILDING PIRUPA + CORMAC + JACOB HUSLEY + PETER PIXZEL £7ADV / 11.00PM / FABRIC LINDSEY WEST + GITTA DE RIDDER + BLANK JACK DAVY + MISTER COOK FREE / 7.00PM / THE FINSBURY M&A + JAGGA + SA$$ FREE / 7.30PM / HOXTON SQUARE BAR & KITCHEN THE WAVE PICTURES £12.50ADV / 8.00PM / THE LEXINGTON

THE DATSUNS £13ADV / 8.00PM / THE LEXINGTON

FALSE HEAD + VANT + EXS FREE / 8.00PM / THE LOCK TAVERN

HAWK + SHIFTWORK + VENN £5ADV / 9.00PM / THE NEST

HAUS + BLACK HONEY + FELT TIP + FRACTURES + ELIZA SHADDAD + LA SALAMI + BROOKE BENTHAM £7ADV / 7.00PM / NOTTING HILL ARTS CLUB

MØ £13.50ADV / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE POLYMATH + BATTLESHIP GREY £5ADV / 7.30PM / POWER LUNCHES LA LUZ + THEO VERNEY £8ADV / 8.00PM / THE SHACKLEWELL ARMS

ASIA £25ADV / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE UNKLE BOB £7ADV / 8.00PM / SEBRIGHT ARMS


LOS PEPES + SCRAPS + PAPERJETS £4ADV / 7.00PM / THE WAITING ROOM

GAP DREAM £8ADV / 8.00PM / THE WAITING ROOM

MONDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

TUESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

BUCK 65 £12ADV / 7.30PM / 100 CLUB

NEW STREET ADVENTURE £5ADV / 7.30PM / 100 CLUB

NIK VOID & KLARA LEWIS £9ADV / 8.00PM / BIRTHDAYS

MIDNIGHT BONFIRES £4ADV / 8.00PM / BUFFALO BAR

MAXIM + DROPKICKS + BLANK FICTION TBC / 7.00PM / THE FINSBURY

ROSIE LOWE £10ADV / 7.30PM / CONCRETE

LAYLA £7ADV / 7.30PM / THE LEXINGTON

HAPPYNESS + THE MAGIC GANG + BISON BONASUS £8ADV / 7.30PM / ELECTROWERKZ

ERLEND ØYE + THE WAVE PICTURES £17.50ADV / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE

JOHNNY STEWART + MCCREI + FREYR FREE / 7.30PM / THE FINSBURY

NAMVULA £5ADV / 7.30PM / OLD QUEENS HEAD

SHABAZZ PALACES + OPEN MIKE EAGLE £12.50ADV / 7.30PM / THE LAUNDRY

KILL IT KID + THE BLACK WATERSIDE £12ADV / 7.30PM / OSLO

KLAXONS + THUMPERS £16ADV / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE

TIM WHEELER FREE / 7.00PM / ROUGH TRADE EAST WAKEY! WAKEY! + CASEY SHEA £11ADV / 7.30PM / SCALA TWELFTH DAY £9.50ADV / 7.30PM / SERVANT JAZZ QUARTERS WHITE LUNG SOLD OUT / 7.30PM / THE SHACKLEWELL ARMS THE DØ £13.50ADV / 7.30PM / VILLAGE UNDERGROUND

FLYTE £9ADV / 7.30PM / OSLO JEFF TWEEDY + ARC IRIS £27.50+ADV / 7.00PM / PALLADIUM BLACK LIPS + PLAGUE VENDOR £15ADV / 7.30PM / SCALA THE MISPERS £8.50ADV / 7.00PM / SEBRIGHT ARMS JAMES FROST £6ADV / 7.30PM / SERVANT JAZZ QUARTERS SEBASTIEN TELLIER SOLD OUT / 7.00PM / VILLAGE UNDERGROUND


INDIANA £10ADV / 9.00PM / XOYO

ASYLUMS £5ADV / 7.30PM / THE WAITING ROOM

WEDNESDAY 5TH NOVEMBER

THURSDAY 6TH NOVEMBER

SAINT MOTEL £10ADV / 7.30PM / 100 CLUB

ANTI-PASTI £10ADV / 7.00PM / THE BORDERLINE

THE TREACHEROUS ORCHESTRA £16ADV / 7.00PM / THE BORDERLINE

NO CARS + ONLY WOLF TBC / 7.00PM / THE DALSTON VICTORIA

GLASSMAPS TBC / 8.00PM / BUFFALO BAR

SOCIAL SKILLS + RJMARKS + NETSUKE £5ADV / 7.30PM / THE FINSBURY

THE DISTRICTS £11ADV / 8.00PM / HOXTON SQUARE BAR & KITCHEN

RUMER £25ADV / 7.30PM / ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL

THE HEARTBREAKS £10ADV / 8.00PM / THE LEXINGTON

NETSKY £16.50ADV / 7.30PM / KOKO

TERROR + COMEBACK KID + STICK TO YOUR GUNS + OBEY THE BRAVE £15ADV / 5.00PM / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON

LONGFELLOW TBC / 7.45PM / THE LEXINGTON

THE WAR ON DRUGS + STEVE GUNN SOLD OUT / 7.00PM / ROUNDHOUSE THE KITE STRING TRIANGLE SOLD OUT / 8.00PM / THE SHACKLEWELL ARMS SOAK £12.50ADV / 7.00PM / ST GILES IN THE FIELDS AMBER RUN + FYFE + KIMBERLY ANNE + PIXEL FIX SOLD OUT / 7.30PM / ST STEPHENS CHURCH YAMA YAMA + ANIARA FREE / 8.00PM / STRONGROOM MELT YOURSELF DOWN + JAMES CHANCE £12.50ADV / 7.00PM / VILLAGE UNDERGROUND

CHLOE BLACK + DAMON VALENTINE FREE / 8.00PM / THE LOCK TAVERN YUNGEN £8.50ADV / 7.00PM / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON FUTURE ISLANDS SOLD OUT / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE DEMOB HAPPY + THE MICRODANCE + STEALING SIGNS FREE / 7.30PM / OLD QUEENS HEAD JOSH PYKE £12.50ADV / 7.30PM / OSLO JOHN WALL + NEW SOUND COLLECTIVE + MARK WAGNER £5OTD / 7.30PM / POWER LUNCHES


GRUMBLING FUR PERFORM MARK TITCHNER’S ‘ROSE’ £12ADV / 8.00PM / ROUNDHOUSE

LIVINGSTON + MNRS £10ADV / 7.30PM / HOXTON SQUARE BAR & KITCHEN

TESSERACT + ANIMALS AS LEADERS SOLD OUT / 7.30PM / SCALA

THURSTON MOORE £17.50ADV / 7.00PM / ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL

TINA ARENA £32.50ADV / 7.30PM / ST JOHN AT HACKNEY CHURCH

THE WANDS + EARLY GHOST + PARLOUR £10ADV / 8.00PM / THE LEXINGTON

BILLY LOCKETT £13.20ADV / 7.30PM / THE TABERNACLE

ASLAN FREE / 8.00PM / THE LOCK TAVERN

PERFECT PUSSY + JOANNA GRUESOME £8.50ADV / 7.30PM / TUFFNEL PARK DOME

MONSTER TRUCK + THE GRAVELTONES £13.50ADV / 6.00PM / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON

RONI SIZE REPRAZENT SOLD OUT / 7.30PM / VILLAGE UNDERGROUND MNEK £12ADV / 7.30PM / XOYO FRIDAY 7TH NOVEMBER TOBACCO £7ADV / 8.00PM / BIRTHDAYS RUARRI JOSEPH + LILY & MEG £12ADV / 7.00PM / THE BORDERLINE BOYS NOIZE + UNTOLD + JACKSON & HIS COMPUTER BAND + ILLUM SPHERE + JON K £24ADV / 11.00PM / FABRIC VELVET MORNING FREE / 7.30PM / THE FINSBURY THE EPISODES + WINTERS ISLAND £5 / 7.30PM / THE GOOD SHIP THE RAVEONETTES + LOOM £15ADV / 7.00PM / HEAVEN

SPOON + HAMILTON LEITHAUSER £22.50ADV / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE HABITATS + THE NEW UNION FREE / 8.00PM / THE OLD BLUE LAST RHODES £9ADV / 7.30PM / OSLO SANGO + SIVEY £13.50ADV / 7.00PM / OVAL SPACE ACRE + MOKADEM + HERMAN BRAHNS + E.M.M.A. + PARRIS + ETCH £3OTD / 9.00PM / POWER LUNCHES GOGO PENGUIN + MAMMAL HANDS £15ADV / 8.00PM / RICHMIX FLYING LOTUS SOLD OUT / 7.30PM / ROUNDHOUSE ACID BABY JESUS £8ADV / 8.00PM / THE SHACKLEWELL ARMS OK JONES + MIA CLEMENTINE £3ADV / 11.00PM / THE WAITING ROOM


SATURDAY 8TH NOVEMBER THE HAWKLORDS £17.50ADV / 7.30PM / 100 CLUB

THE NUMBER ONES + PRIMETIME + THE SPLITS + PERSONNEL £6OTD / 1.00PM / POWER LUNCHES

BAMBOO VIPERS + JACKKNIFE + INDIA MILL + THE TOUCH + RADIO RADIO £8ADV / 6.30PM / THE BORDERLINE

FAUSTEN + STORMFIELD + NONIMA + CURSOR MINER + SHELLEY PARKER + SCANONE TBC / 7.00PM / POWER LUNCHES

TACOCAT TBC / 8.00PM / BRIXTON WINDMILL

MUCK AND THE MIRES + THE YOUTH £7ADV / 8.00PM / THE SHACKLEWELL ARMS

TRANS AM + AKDK £10ADV / 8.00PM / ELECTROWERKZ

BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE + STEPHEN O'MALLEY £14.50ADV / 7.00PM / ST JOHN AT HACKNEY CHURCH

MARGARET DYGAS + SONJA MOONEAR + VINCENT LEMIEUX £20ADV / 11.00PM / FABRIC WHISKY STAIN + LONG TEETH + JACKSON'S WAREHOUSE + THE JUNKLE £5ADV / 7.30PM / THE FINSBURY JAZZANOVA + THE HERBALISER £17.50ADV / 7.30PM / THE FORUM J U D A S + FREDDIE CALLS £5 / 7.30PM / THE GOOD SHIP NIGHT SLUGS £10ADV / 10.00PM / THE LAUNDRY BABYMETAL £28.50ADV / 6.30PM / O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON LA COKA NOSTRA £16ADV / 6.30PM / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE SOLD OUT / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE JOHN TALABOT + BICEP + PIONAL SOLD OUT / 10.00PM / OVAL SPACE

SOUND OF YELL £10ADV / 8.00PM / VORTEX JAZZ BAR SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO £13.50ADV / 9.00PM / XOYO SUNDAY 9TH NOVEMBER NICK HARPER £15ADV / 7.00PM / THE BORDERLINE DANIEL + CORMAC + JACOB HUSLEY £7ADV / 11.00PM / FABRIC GENERATE LIVE + HOLLY PETRIE FREE / 7.30PM / THE FINSBURY JAKE CLEMONS £14ADV / 7.00PM / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE £20ADV / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE MISTER SUNDAY £10ADV / 4.00PM / OVAL SPACE TAMIKREST £17ADV / 7.30PM / SCALA


D.D DUMBO £7.50ADV / 7.30PM / ST PANCRAS OLD CHURCH MONDAY 10TH 10TH NOVEMBER NOVEMBER MONDAY

COMMUNIONS £5ADV / 7.30PM / SEBRIGHT ARMS KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD SOLD OUT / 8.00PM / THE SHACKLEWELL ARMS

CLIPPING £10ADV / 8.00PM / 100 CLUB

TUESDAY 11TH TUESDAY 11TH NOVEMBER NOVEMBER

THE MISPERS + JOSH FLOWERS £8.50ADV / 7.30PM / BASEMENT

BLACK BANANAS £8.50ADV / 7.30PM / 100 CLUB

YUMI ZOUMA £7ADV / 7.30PM / BIRTHDAYS

THEO ALTIERI + FIREWOOD ISLAND TBC / 8.00PM / BUFFALO BAR

STOOSHE TBC / 7.00PM / THE BORDERLINE

LUKE ABBOTT + KAREN GWYER + LAURA CANNELL SOLD OUT / 8.00PM / CAFE OTO

ADAM BOMB £5ADV / 8.00PM / BRIXTON WINDMILL CATE FERRIS + VERA JONAS + CHAZ THOROGOOD + PAUL FREELAND £5ADV / 7.30PM / THE FINSBURY GERARD WAY SOLD OUT / 7.00PM / KOKO ED SCHRADER'S MUSIC BEAT + SEX HANDS + DOG CHOCOLATE £5ADV / 8.00PM / THE LEXINGTON B. DOLAN + SCROOBIUS PIP + WARRENPEACE £12ADV / 7.00PM / THE NEST SAM CALLAHAN £15ADV / 7.00PM / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON ALEX CLARE £20ADV / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE THE ASTEROIDS GALAXY TOUR £14ADV / 7.30PM / OSLO

ADULT JAZZ + G●BOP ORCHESTRA £9ADV / 7.30PM / CORSICA STUDIOS SLOW CLUB £12.50ADV / 7.00PM / ELECTRIC BRIXTON TOM BRIGHT + VICTOR & THE RAIN DOG + LAWRENCE ILLSLEY £5ADV / 7.30PM / THE FINSBURY WILD CHILD £12ADV / 8.00PM / HOXTON SQUARE BAR & KITCHEN B. DOLAN + SCROOBIUS PIP + WARRENPEACE £12.50ADV / 7.00PM / THE NEST ELUVEITIE + ARKONA + SKÁLMÖLD £18ADV / 7.00PM / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON LYDIA LOOP TBC / 7.00PM / POWER LUNCHES FRANCOIS & THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS £12.50ADV / 7.30PM / SCALA


THE KITE STRING TRIANGLE FREE / 8.00PM / THE SHACKLEWELL ARMS

THE LOST BROTHERS £9ADV / 7.00PM / ST PANCRAS OLD CHURCH

KATE TEMPEST + RAG 'N' BONE MAN £14.50ADV / 7.30PM / VILLAGE UNDERGROUND

TUSKS + ELLA FRANK FREE / 8.00PM / STRONGROOM

NICK GARDNER £10ADV / 8.00PM / XOYO WEDNESDAY 12TH WEDNESDAY 12TH NOVEMBER NOVEMBER BAXTER DURY £10ADV / 7.00PM / 100 CLUB IAN SIEGAL & JIMBO MATHUS £15ADV / 7.00PM / THE BORDERLINE

LUKE ABBOTT + JACK WYLIE £11.50ADV / 8.00PM / VORTEX JAZZ CLUB LIFE + STORMS £7ADV / 8.00PM / THE WAITING ROOM KATE BOY £8ADV / 7.30PM / XOYO THURSDAY 13TH THURSDAY 13TH NOVEMBER NOVEMBER

TY SEGALL SOLD OUT / 8.00PM / ELECTRIC BALLROOM

ELECTRIC MARY + KYSHERA + BROKEN CHORDS £10ADV / 7.00PM / THE BORDERLINE

LISA MITCHELL £7ADV / 8.00PM / THE ISLINGTON

LYKKE LI £33.25ADV / 7.00PM / EVENTIM APOLLO

PHOX £9.50ADV / 7.30PM / THE LEXINGTON

THE GHOSTS + HERO FISHER + COCOA FUTURES £5ADV / 7.30PM / THE FINSBURY

RICH ROBINSON + FEDERAL CHARM £22ADV / 6.30PM / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON LA ROUX + MEANWHILE SOLD OUT / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE TRAMPOLENE + GET HOT £7ADV / 7.15PM / QUEEN OF HOXTON 18+ FREE / 7.00PM / ROUGH TRADE EAST JORDAN HUNT £5ADV / 7.30PM / SERVANT JAZZ QUARTERS IMMIGRANTS + MOLLY WAGER + SKY BETWEEN LEAVES £5ADV / 8.00PM / THE SHACKLEWELL ARMS

WHITE RHINO + PISTOL KINGS £5 / 7.30PM / THE GOOD SHIP EAST INDIA YOUTH + GRUMBLING FUR + PANES £8.50ADV / 7.00PM / HEAVEN DIZRAELI AND THE SMALL GODS £12.50ADV / 7.00PM / THE JAZZ CAFE ASBJØRN + DEATH HAWKS + LOW ROAR + SUMIE £10ADV / 7.00PM / THE LEXINGTON STRANGE FRIENDS - / 8.00PM / THE MILLER


LEVELLERS £25ADV / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE SOLEMN SUN £9ADV / 7.30PM / OSLO HERCULES & LOVE AFFAIR £15ADV / 9.00PM / OVAL SPACE THE LOWEST GORM + MARSHSTEPPER £7ADV / 8.00PM / POWER LUNCHES THE BLACKOUT £14ADV / 7.30PM / SCALA ATTAQUE £6ADV / 7.30PM / SEBRIGHT ARMS PETE GREENWOOD + PEPE BELMONTE £5ADV / 7.30PM / SERVANT JAZZ QUARTERS BASS DRUM OF DEATH £9ADV / 8.00PM / THE SHACKLEWELL ARMS LISA MITCHELL £7ADV / 8.00PM / THE SLAUGHTERED LAMB BEN FROST + TONY CONRAD + JOHN CHANTLER £15ADV / 7.30PM / ST JOHN AT HACKNEY CHURCH THE GROWLERS + PINS £13ADV / 7.30PM / VILLAGE UNDERGROUND FRIDAY 14TH FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER NOVEMBER JAMIE T SOLD OUT / 7.00PM / ALEXANDRA PALACE THE XCERTS £8.50ADV / 8.00PM / BOSTON MUSIC ROOM MOTOPONY £10ADV / 7.00PM / DINGWALLS

JOYCE MANOR + CHEAP GIRLS £10ADV / 8.00PM / THE DOME BAND OF SKULLS + BO NINGEN + DZ DEATHRAYS £23ADV / 7.00PM / EVENTIM APOLLO DANIEL AVERY + JIMMY EDGAR + XOSAR + LIVITY SOUND + SHED + PEVERELIST £14ADV / 11.00PM / FABRIC ORPHAN COLOURS + THE FLEAS + BLACK RIVER WILD + CHAIR FARM SOCIAL £3ADV / 7.30PM / THE FINSBURY SUBMOTION ORCHESTRA £15.50ADV / 8.00PM / THE FORUM THE MAJESTIC + L.E.A £5 / 7.30PM / THE GOOD SHIP LARA SMILES + KATE MILLER FREE / 7.30PM / HOXTON SQUARE BAR & KITCHEN RYTMEKLUBBEN + BLAUE BLUME + FUFANU + NILS BECH + NOAH KIN £10ADV / 7.00PM / THE LEXINGTON EXAMPLE + FEED ME £29.10ADV / 7.00PM / O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON TRUCKFIGHTERS + WHITE MILES + WITCHRIDER £13ADV / 6.00PM / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON BOY & BEAR £12.50ADV / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE SHAKKA SOLD OUT / 7.30PM / OSLO SLOW DOWN, MOLASSES + TRUST FUND £5ADV / 8.00PM / SEBRIGHT ARMS


BRASS MASK + SNACK FAMILY £5ADV / 7.30PM / SERVANT JAZZ QUARTERS CHRIS GARNEAU £10ADV / 7.30PM / ST PANCRAS OLD CHURCH WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS £12.50ADV / 7.30PM / VILLAGE UNDERGROUND GAISER + AMBIVALENT £10ADV / 11.00PM / VILLAGE UNDERGROUND

COCKNEY REJECTS £18.50ADV / 7.00PM / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON MARLYA RODOWICZ + SYLWIA GRZESZCZAK + ENEJ £25ADV / 6.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE EAGLES FOR HANDS £10ADV / 7.00PM / OSLO KELE £17.50ADV / 8.00PM / OVAL SPACE

CHAD VALLEY SOLD OUT / 8.00PM / THE WAITING ROOM

USA NAILS + DEATH PEDALS + COP TBC / 8.00PM / POWER LUNCHES

SATURDAY 15TH SATURDAY 15TH NOVEMBER NOVEMBER

CIRCUITS WITH STROBES + SHIVER £5ADV / 7.30PM / SERVANT JAZZ QUARTERS

JAMIE T + SLAVES SOLD OUT / 7.00PM / ALEXANDRA PALACE SHAM 69 £15ADV / 7.00PM / THE BORDERLINE BASTARDS OF YOUNG + DEAD FLOWERS + LOWPINES + UNCLE LUC £6ADV / 6.00PM / BRIXTON WINDMILL LOCO DICO + GUTI + HECTOR + TERRY FRANCIS + MARCEL FENGLER + KINK £23ADV / 11.00PM / FABRIC PHOBOPHOBES + JLYY + SSERPRESS TBC / 7.30PM / THE FINSBURY GILLES PETERSON + HOMEBOY SANDMAN + FLAKO £19.50ADV / 9.00PM / KOKO VENETIAN SNARES + BOXCUTTER £15.50ADV / 10.00PM / THE LAUNDRY

THE COATHANGERS + SKINNY GIRL DIET + ABJECTS + TESS PARKS £8ADV / 8.00PM / THE SHACKLEWELL ARMS SUNDAY 16TH 16TH NOVEMBER SUNDAY NOVEMBER HERONSHAW + STRIKE + SOLOMAN DENT + NADIA RAE FREE / 7.30PM / THE FINSBURY GARETH GATES £17.50ADV / 7.00PM / ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL GANG + THELIGHTSHINES FREE / 8.00PM / THE LOCK TAVERN FRANCESCO DE GREGORI £37ADV / 7.30PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE TINARIWEN £29.50ADV / 7.00PM / ROUNDHOUSE


MONDAY 17TH 17TH NOVEMBER NOVEMBER MONDAY EOFE + VIX + THE FUSE + POLKADODGE £10ADV / 7.00PM / THE BORDERLINE MARTIN BROAD + RICHARD MAULE + BRIAN GROGAN £5ADV / 7.30PM / THE FINSBURY CAITLIN PARK FREE / 7.30PM / THE ISLINGTON ANASTACIA + FYRE! £35ADV / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE GEMMA HAYES £15.50ADV / 7.30PM / OSLO

KATE MILLER + KATARINA GUNNERHOLM + DECLAN GUCKIAN £5ADV / 7.30PM / THE FINSBURY AMATORSKI + U.V. £6.50ADV / 8.00PM / HOXTON SQUARE BAR & KITCHEN WE WERE EVERGREEN + ETCHES £12ADV / 7.00PM / ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL ZOLA JESUS + WIFE £20ADV / 7.00PM / KOKO THE NIGHT VI + ROBYN SHERWELL £6ADV / 7.00PM / MADAME JOJO'S

ALEX G FREE / 7.00PM / ROUGH TRADE EAST

DARIUS RUCKER SOLD OUT / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE

ARIEL PINK £15ADV / 7.30PM / SCALA

OPEN MIKE EAGLE FREE / 8.00PM / THE OLD BLUE LAST

POST LOUIS £6ADV / 7.30PM / SEBRIGHT ARMS

GIRLPOOL FREE / 6.00PM / ROUGH TRADE WEST

GREYLAG £7ADV / 7.30PM / SERVANT JAZZ QUARTERS

THE DRUMS + BEVERLY SOLD OUT / 7.30PM / SCALA

GIRLPOOL + OSCAR FREE / 8.00PM / THE SHACKLEWELL ARMS

TORI FREESTONE TRIO + METAMORPHIC £6ADV / 7.30PM / SERVANT JAZZ QUARTERS

TUESDAY 18TH TUESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER NOVEMBER FANTASMA £13.50ADV / 7.30PM / 100 CLUB TRAPT + DEATH VALLEY HIGH £15ADV / 7.00PM / THE BORDERLINE KING CHAMPION SOUNDS + ARNDALES + INTERROBANG TBC / 8.00PM / BUFFALO BAR

COLIN STETSON + SHABAKA HUTCHINGS + LEAFCUTTER JOHN £14ADV / 7.30PM / ST JOHN ON BETHNAL GREEN VIET CONG + GREAT YTENE £8ADV / 7.30PM / TOTAL REFRESHMENT CENTRE BOB MOULD SOLD OUT / 7.30PM / VILLAGE UNDERGROUND


SUPERMUNDANE FREE / 8.00PM / THE WAITING ROOM MARIKA HACKMAN £10ADV / 8.00PM / XOYO WEDNESDAY 19TH WEDNESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER NOVEMBER THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM + DEER TICK £26ADV / 7.00PM / ALEXANDRA PALACE WHITE LUNG £8ADV / 7.30PM / BARFLY STEVE HAUSCHILDT + TORN HAWK £8ADV / 8.00PM / BIRTHDAYS BAHAMAS £12.50ADV / 7.00PM / THE BORDERLINE GLASSMAPS TBC / 8.00PM / BUFFALO BAR JUSTIN CURRIE + ELLA THE BIRD £23ADV / 7.30PM / BUSH HALL DELS SOLD OUT / 8.00PM / ELECTROWERKZ CIRCA WAVES + PUBLIC ACCESS T.V + BLOODY KNEES £10ADV / 7.00PM / HEAVEN CHRISTOPHER OWENS £15ADV / 7.00PM / ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL BALLET SCHOOL £8.50ADV / 7.00PM / THE LEXINGTON JACK WHITE £35ADV / 6.30PM / THE O2 NINE BELOW ZERO £15ADV / 7.00PM / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR + BERNIE MARSDEN £20ADV / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE SAVAGES & BO NINGEN £15ADV / 8.30PM / OVAL SPACE STREET EATERS + ACTUAL CRIMES + LIKE HELL + LOWER SLAUGHTER £5OTD / 7.30PM / POWER LUNCHES THE VOYEURS £8ADV / 7.30PM / RED GALLERY OUGHT + VIET CONG £12ADV / 7.30PM / SCALA ALEX G + GIRLPOOL £6ADV / 7.30PM / SEBRIGHT ARMS ALPHABETS + MUSSON/MWAMBA £6ADV / 7.30PM / SERVANT JAZZ QUARTERS 2:54 + LSA SOLD OUT / 7.00PM / ST PANCRAS OLD CHURCH MARTIN CALLAGHAN + THE GENTLE GOOD FREE / 8.00PM / STRONGROOM WE THE WILD TBC / 8.00PM / THE WAITING ROOM KRIS BOWERS + PETER EDWARDS £15ADV / 7.00PM / XOYO THURSDAY 20TH THURSDAY 20TH NOVEMBER NOVEMBER VIC GODARD & THE SUBWAY SECT £10ADV / 7.00PM / 100 CLUB DEAF SCHOOL + EIGHTEEN NIGHTMARES AT THE LUX £16ADV / 7.00PM / THE BORDERLINE


CHET FAKER SOLD OUT / 8.00PM / THE CORONET

TRAMPLED BY TURTLES £13ADV / 7.30PM / SCALA

MO KOLOURS £6.50ADV / 7.30PM / CORSICA

HANDSLEY + SUTHERLAND + WATANABE & JULIE KJAER QUARTET £6ADV / 7.30PM / SERVANT JAZZ QUARTERS

THE MILK £13.50ADV / 8.00PM / THE DOME THE ORWELLS £12.50ADV / 7.00PM / ELECTRIC BALLROOM LUNACRE + MONA LISA VITO TBC / 7.30PM / THE FINSBURY THE MISPERS + GUTSHOT FOR BROADWAY + GUTSHOT FOR BROADWAY £8.50ADV / 8.00PM / THE FLYOVER KING TUFF £8ADV / 8.00PM / HOXTON SQUARE BAR & KITCHEN NIMMO £8.50ADV / 7.30PM / ICA ADAM ANT + TELEGRAM + BRANDY ROW £35ADV / 7.00PM / ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL CHEATAHS £7.50ADV / 7.30PM / THE LEXINGTON THRESHOLD £15ADV / 7.00PM / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON BELLOWHEAD £18.50ADV / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE PAUL THOMAS SAUNDERS £10ADV / 7.30PM / OSLO EMBARKER + DEAD GUM + KOSTIS KILYMIS + AUTOTISTIKA £6ADV / 8.00PM / POWER LUNCHES

SKIES TBC / 8.00PM / THE SHACKLEWELL ARMS PAPER AEROPLANES £15ADV / 7.00PM / UNION CHAPEL TONY ALLEN + AZIZ SAHMAOUI & THE UNIVERSITY OF GNAWA £18ADV / 7.30PM / VILLAGE UNDERGROUND WIFE + HAXAN CLOAK DJ £8ADV / 8.00PM / THE WAITING ROOM FRIDAY 21ST FRIDAY 21ST NOVEMBER NOVEMBER CARL BARAT AND THE JACKALS SOLD OUT / 7.30PM / 100 CLUB JULIO BASHMORE £15.50ADV / 10.00PM / AIRSPACE ROMEO'S DAUGHTER £12.50ADV / 7.00PM / THE BORDERLINE HEY COLOSSUS + KHUNNT + BLOWN OUT + OHHMS £6ADV / 7.30PM / BRIXTON WINDMILL TOVE LO £12.50ADV / 7.30PM / ELECTRIC BALLROOM BLACK COFFEE + WBEEZA + MOXIE + ALEXANDER NUT + ELIJAH & SKILLIAM + LOGOS £13ADV / 11.00PM / FABRIC SPRINGH TBC / 7.30PM / THE FINSBURY


ALPHABETIC + DISASTER ARTIST FREE / 8.00PM / HOXTON SQUARE BAR & KITCHEN ADAM ANT + NIGHT ENGINE + FJORKRA £35ADV / 7.00PM / ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL GUM TAKES TOOTH £4ADV / 8.00PM / THE LEXINGTON SHAM 69 + ANGELIC UPSTARTS + CRASHED OUT £19.50ADV / 6.00PM / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON CARTER THE UNSTOPPABLE SEX MACHINE + SULTANS OF PING + FRANK AND WALTERS SOLD OUT / 6.30PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE

PROJECTED IMAGES TBC / 7.30PM / THE FINSBURY MOS DEF £25.50ADV / 8.00PM / THE FORUM ADAM ANT + THE COMPUTERS + THE SAVAGE £35ADV / 7.00PM / ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL HELEN LOVE + THE LOVELY EGGS + THE SCHOOL + THE FIREWORKS + HYPERBUBBLE + TYRANNOSAURUS DEAD + THE WOLFHOUNDS SOLD OUT / 3.00PM / THE LEXINGTON TOYAH + SPIZZENERGI + THE JELLY FIENDS + THE TUESDAY CLUB £20ADV / 6.00PM / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON

ANCHORSONG + CLAP! CLAP! £12ADV / 7.00PM / OSLO

JOHN SMITH £17.50ADV / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE

TODDLA T + MIKE SKINNER + LIL SILVA + NEEZY THE DRIVER £12.50ADV / 9.00PM / XOYO

BULLET PROOF LOVERS + STINGIN' NETTLES + KAD + SLY PERSUADERS TBC / 8.00PM / POWER LUNCHES

SATURDAY 22ND NOVEMBER SATURDAY 22ND NOVEMBER

TINY BEAST £5ADV / 12.00AM / VORTEX JAZZ BAR

STRANGER (COLE) & PATSY £20ADV / 7.30PM / 100 CLUB TRUMMOR & ORGEL + ST DELUXE + THE LORDS OF THYME + BALDUIN + SUNHOME £10ADV / 4.00PM / BRIXTON WINDMILL MIKE SKINNER TBC / 9.00PM / THE DALSTON VICTORIA MOVE D + BABY FORD + MAGIC MOUNTAIN HIGH + VATICAN SHADOW + RON MORELLI £20ADV / 11.00PM / FABRIC

SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO £13.50ADV / 9.00PM / XOYO SUNDAY 23RD 23RD NOVEMBER SUNDAY NOVEMBER SHEMEKIA COPELAND £17.50ADV / 7.30PM / 100 CLUB LILYGREEN & MAGUIRE £10ADV / 7.00PM / THE BORDERLINE NORTHCOTE £7ADV / 8.00PM / BRIXTON WINDMILL


ANTONIO DE ANGELIS + CORMAC + JACOB HUSLEY £7ADV / 11.00PM / FABRIC ADAM ANT + THE CAEZARS + VIVA LE PINK £35ADV / 7.00PM / ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL

TUESDAY 25TH TUESDAY 25TH NOVEMBER NOVEMBER ELYAR FOX £12ADV / 7.00PM / THE BORDERLINE RAG N BONE MAN £7.50ADV / 7.30PM / CORSICA STUDIOS

BETH ROWLEY £14ADV / 7.30PM / THE LEXINGTON

PCPC (PARQUET COURTS + PC WORSHIP) £9ADV / 7.30PM / ELECTROWERKZ

BANKS £21.50ADV / 7.00PM / O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON

ME FOR QUEEN + HIS NEW ATLAS + SANARME £5ADV / 7.30PM / THE FINSBURY

MONDAY 24TH 24TH NOVEMBER NOVEMBER MONDAY FARO TBC / 7.30PM / THE FINSBURY KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD £9.50ADV / 8.00PM / HOXTON SQUARE BAR & KITCHEN DEERS £7ADV / 7.30PM / THE LEXINGTON IMELDA MAY £29.50ADV / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE WAMPIRE + TOPS £8.50ADV / 7.30PM / OSLO ALLO DARLIN + TIGERCATS + MAKING MARKS £13.50ADV / 7.30PM / SCALA HONNE £6ADV / 8.00PM / SEBRIGHT ARMS KAHLO TBC / 7.30PM / SERVANT JAZZ QUARTERS MELANIE DE BIASIO £14ADV / 7.30PM / VILLAGE UNDERGROUND

MAC DEMARCO + WAMPIRE + JUAN WAUTERS SOLD OUT / 7.00PM / THE FORUM THE VASELINES + SCHWERVON! £13ADV / 8.00PM / THE GARAGE JOHN MOORE £10.50ADV / 8.00PM / THE LEXINGTON GOLDEN FABLE + HUGH £6ADV / 7.00PM / MADAME JOJO'S MAD CADDIES + JAYA THE CAT £17ADV / 7.00PM / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON JOEY BADA$$ £18.50ADV / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE MIGHTY OAKS TBC / 7.00PM / OSLO JAMES BAY SOLD OUT / 7.30PM / SCALA ALEX HIGHTON + RALEGH LONG + PAPERNUT CAMBRIDGE £8ADV / 7.30PM / SERVANT JAZZ QUARTERS


TROVES £5ADV / 7.30PM / THE WAITING ROOM

ROTIFER + JOHN HOWARD + MEL MAYR £8ADV / 7.30PM / SERVANT JAZZ QUARTERS

WEDNESDAY 26TH WEDNESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER NOVEMBER

RELICS + MORNING SMOKE FREE / 9.00PM / THE WAITING ROOM

RONIKA £6ADV / 7.00PM / ACE HOTEL

THE ORDINARY BOYS £12.50ADV / 8.00PM / XOYO

NORTHCOTE £8ADV / 7.30PM / THE BLACK HEART

THURSDAY 27TH THURSDAY 27TH NOVEMBER NOVEMBER

THE GETBADS £8ADV / 6.45PM / THE BORDERLINE

THE PROPER ORNAMENTS £9ADV / 7.30PM / 100 CLUB

GHOST CULTURE £6.50ADV / 7.30PM / ELECTROWERKZ

EUGENE HIDEAWAY BRIDGES BAND + MICKY MOODY & PAPA GEORGE £12ADV / 7.00PM / THE BORDERLINE

CURTIS HARDING £8.50ADV / 7.30PM / ELECTROWERKZ RALEIGH RITCHIE £10ADV / 7.00PM / HEAVEN JIM NOIR + GLITCHES £12.50ADV / 8.00PM / HOXTON SQUARE BAR & KITCHEN THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE + PS I LOVE YOU £12.50ADV / 7.30PM / ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL

DESPERATE JOURNALIST + MISCALCULATIONS + KEITH TOTP & HIS MUICASBB TBC / 8.00PM / BUFFALO BAR DOMINIC WAXING LYRICAL TBC / 7.00PM / THE DALSTON VICTORIA WALKING ON CARS £9ADV / 7.00PM / DINGWALLS MALLORY KNOX £13ADV / 7.00PM / ELECTRIC BALLROOM

WINTER MOUNTAIN £10ADV / 7.30PM / THE MILLER

THEE MVPS + TAMAN SHUD TBC / 7.30PM / THE FINSBURY

THE NATIONAL + WILD BEASTS £29ADV / 7.00PM / THE O2

JEANNERET + THE ENTERS £5 / 7.30PM / THE GOOD SHIP

THE QUIREBOYS + VARGAS BLUES BAND + PREACHERS SON £17.50ADV / 7.00PM / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON

COASTS + RACING GLACIERS £10ADV / 7.00PM / HEAVEN

ASGEIR £16ADV / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE

ARCA + JESSE KANDA SOLD OUT / 8.00PM / ICA SEAFRET FREE / 7.30PM / THE ISLINGTON


PERFUME GENIUS SOLD OUT / 7.00PM / ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL FINK + DOUGLAS DARE £17.50ADV / 7.30PM / KOKO PARKAY QUARTS (PARQUET COURTS) £18ADV / 7.30PM / THE LAUNDRY HOWLING BELLS £12ADV / 8.00PM / THE LEXINGTON LAKES DELAY + SHINRA MUSIC £4 / 7.30PM / THE MILLER THE DEFILED + AVATAR £12.50ADV / 7.00PM / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON BERNHOFT £13ADV / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE GABBY YOUNG & OTHER ANIMALS £12ADV / 7.30PM / OSLO CRAZY P £15ADV / 7.00PM / OVAL SPACE

BONOBO + GOLD PANDA SOLD OUT / 7.00PM / ALEXANDRA PALACE DIRTY HEADS + MAGNUS MAJOR £10ADV / 7.00PM / BARFLY WILLIE NILE BAND £16.50ADV / 7.00PM / THE BORDERLINE GARY NUMAN + GANG OF FOUR £36ADV / 6.30PM / EVENTIM APOLLO DJ HYPE + TC + HAZARD + DRUMSOUND & BASSLINE SMITH + PASCAL + A GUY CALLED GERALD £13ADV / 11.00PM / FABRIC DRACULA LEGS + DU BELLOWS + MOTH TRAPS + SUBURBAN 100 FREE / 7.30PM / THE FINSBURY BEYOND THE SUN + HAPPY GRAVEYARD ORCHESTRA + THE ELECTRICS £5 / 7.30PM / THE GOOD SHIP PULLED APART BY HORSES + MENACE BEACH £14ADV / 7.30PM / HEAVEN

LUBOMYR MELNYK £12.50ADV / 7.00PM / ROYAL ALBERT HALL

DEXTERS £10ADV / 7.00PM / ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL

MATTHEW EDWARDS AND THE UNFORTUNATES + TRENT MILLER £5ADV / 7.30PM / SERVANT JAZZ QUARTERS

BEARDYMAN £15ADV / 7.00PM / KOKO

SASHA SIEM £8.50ADV / 7.00PM / ST PANCRAS OLD CHURCH

GUSGUS £5ADV / 10.00PM / KOKO

FRIDAY 28TH FRIDAY 28TH NOVEMBER NOVEMBER

STANDARD PLANETS + COLIN POTTER + SHIFT WORK (OPTIMO) + SPEAK GALACTIC £7ADV / 7.00PM / THE LEXINGTON

GALLON DRUNK £10ADV / 8.00PM / 100 CLUB

MASTODON + BIG BUSINESS £25ADV / 7.00PM / O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON


ROSENDO £18ADV / 7.00PM / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON MORCHEEBA £25ADV / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE

TINA DICO £17.50ADV / 7.00PM / O2 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE BABA NAGA + RIDDLES + VIRGIN KIDS! TBC / 8.00PM / POWER LUNCHES

SHIELD PATTERNS £6ADV / 8.00PM / POWER LUNCHES

CASJA SILK + MOLLY BEANLAND £7ADV / 8.00PM / QUEEN OF HOXTON

IMAGINATION £5ADV / 8.00PM / QUEEN OF HOXTON

DIOS MIO £5ADV / 8.00PM / THE SHACKLEWELL ARMS

DAEDELUS + DARKSTAR £17.50ADV / 10.30PM / SCALA

JAGA JAZZIST £19.50ADV / 8.00PM / UNION CHAPEL

SPOTLIGHT KID £6ADV / 8.00PM / THE SHACKLEWELL ARMS

KIASMOS + DAUWD £15ADV / 10.00PM / VILLAGE UNDERGROUND

SATURDAY 29TH SATURDAY 29TH NOVEMBER NOVEMBER MOON SAFARI + LAZULI £20ADV / 7.00PM / THE BORDERLINE RESONATORS £12.50ADV / 8.00PM / BRIXTON JAMM WARPAINT £23.50ADV / 7.00PM / EVENTIM APOLLO CRAIG RICHARDS + JOY ORBISON + TAMA SUMO + TERRY FRANCIS + SLAM £20ADV / 11.00PM / FABRIC FEVER DREAM + BEING THERE + CASSELS + KID GLOVES FREE / 7.30PM / THE FINSBURY FIEND FATALE + JAGGED LITTLE THRILLS + SANTONICA £5 / 7.30PM / THE GOOD SHIP HOLLYWOOD UNHEAD + ICON FOR HIRE £16.50ADV / 6.00PM / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON

IRIANN JOYCE + HANNAH EVE + IONX £5ADV / 9.00PM / THE WAITING ROOM SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO £13.50ADV / 9.00PM / XOYO SUNDAY 30TH 30TH NOVEMBER SUNDAY NOVEMBER SPACE RITUAL £17.50ADV / 5.00PM / THE BORDERLINE RUSS YALLOP + PETER PIXZEL + CORMAC £7ADV / 11.00PM / FABRIC DATE + JOE MILES + THOM CHACON + ROBBIE CAVANAGH + YOUDID + CHRIS HORNSBY FREE / 7.30PM / THE FINSBURY RM HUBBERT £12.50ADV / 7.00PM / THE LEXINGTON ORGY + DEVIANT UK + STEREO JUGGERNAUT + VENTENNER £14ADV / 7.00PM / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON


SYLVAN ESSO Oslo // October 2nd “Looks like London are leading the field in these weird venues,” laughs Sylvan Esso’s Nick Sanborn. In fairness, they would know: he and Amelia Meath have already played the capital three times this year. Five months on, here they are, drawing a frenzied response from a sell-out crowd, and doing so with apparently effortless ease. Of course, the duo automatically gave themselves a huge head start when they created their deeply physical debut: songs like Play It Right and Dress practically jump out of the speakers and beg to be heard live. And while none of that kinetic energy is lost in translation tonight, what really makes Sylvan Esso such a ludicrously brilliant live proposition is the fact that the pair of them so patently love performing. They start with Hey Mami, perhaps the most perfect cross-pollination of Meath’s output with minimalist folk trio Mountain Man, and the experimental electronic compositions Sanborn makes as Made Of Oak. Beginning a capella, Meath lays down three-part harmonies which Sanborn loops over a slow handclap. Meath’s voice swoons uninterrupted over the jump-rope chant for a couple of verses, before Sanborn ushers in the jagged subs and hip hop beats, and the entire venue erupts. From here on in the duo do their damnedest to squeeze every last drop of energy from their album. For the serrated synth-pop of Dreamy Bruises Meath dances with her arms aloft and engages the audience in its call and response refrain, on Could I Be she’s body-popping, and during the frenetic

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pogo of HSKT she ducks and weaves her way through the flashing lights. Tellingly, they’re every bit as engaging when the tempo drops and it’s the most subtle song of the set that really stands out; juxtaposing the warmth of Meath’s voice against flickering electronics, splintered acoustic guitar samples, and a rusty, clanking beat, Come Down makes a spellbinding finale. Gemma Samways

CARIBOU KOKO // October 8th It takes so long to get out of KOKO that, as you snake up the stairs, staring back at the very place you’ve just been stood, you have time to reflect on the show. Now its starkly bare wooden floorboards and scattered empty plastic pint glasses. Ten minutes ago it was a seething dance floor as Sun blistered for over fifteen minutes, wave after wave of propulsive percussion rising up euphorically just as you thought it had finished. Tonight is a master class in transforming new album Our Love from a subtly shifting beautiful electronic wash into extended versions of songs that build up and engulf you until all you can do is dance. Can’t Do Without You and the irresistible Odessa are the highest of highlights yet, in truth, it’s a euphoric show from start to finish. Danny Wright LiS 59


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BY KAREN PIPER I’ve spent a long time with music industry ‘think pieces’ under my nose, but recently, the blog ‘The Music Industry has 99 Problems. And they are…’ was the last straw. My ‘thought’ here isn’t about this blog, or article or even the author (though as an established ‘thought leader’ this feels like a bit of a clickbait cop out of a blog post), but more on the fact that it’s 2014 and the last thing a rapidly changing industry needs is another think piece about these ‘rapid changes’ – calling them out as faults and ‘problems’ instead of identifying the reality and opportunities. If you were to follow the logic of this or other similar ‘think pieces’, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the music industry should be immune to the economic ebb and flow of supply and demand, technology and the restrictions of revenue streams. The fact that someone is playing a Telecaster at one end of the financial flow chart makes people forget that this is an industry - meaning it’s often unfair and devoid of creativity, it can be fast-paced and lucrative, but at the end of the day it’s a business and comes down to economics. That might be a real vibe killer if you’re stuck in the replacement cycle of 1990’s CD boom, but it could be exciting if you care about music, art, talent, innovation and the future… or, dare I say, the present. Imagine if these ‘strategists’ spent less time talking about the ‘good old days’, and more time working out how Nokia made the jump from paper to cellphones – uncovering all sorts of weird and wonderful ways to make sure we’re all listening to U2’s Songs of Innocence for many years to come. Oh. LiS 61


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