You’re just about to finish your second four-day week, meaning you should have loads of spare energy. Great, huh? Go and use it all up by checking out these five great gigs. Afterwards, you’re allowed a lie-down, but only a quick one.
Born Ella Yelich-O’Connor in New Zealand, Lorde has been gaining a rapidly increasing following since she released ‘The Love Club’ EP in 2013 and revealed a deft talent for vocal acrobatics and opulent melodies. Single ‘Royals’ hit the top spot in the UK and US, and her debut album ‘Pure Heroine’ also did pretty well when it was released last year. Young Yelich-O’Connor has even performed at US mega-festivals Coachella and the South American leg of rock-heavy Lollapalooza, so she should be in fine form to nail this big Brixton show.
So, if we’re being honest, the Kaisers’ 2011 album ‘The Future is Medieval’ was a bit of a damp squib and their latest effort, ‘Education, Education, Education & War‘ was kinda disappointing, too. But hey, this hasn’t stopped the Chiefs going like a jumped-up jackhammer when playing live. Ricky Wilson (somehow) remains a constant ball of energy on stage, commanding the crowd like a ringmaster – especially when he makes them carry him to the mixing desk and back.
US rapper Freddie Gibbs is hot property at the moment. His brand of low-slung hip hop has attracted a lot of attention, including that of acclaimed producer and beatmaker Madlib, who collaborated with Gibbs to create the newly released ‘Piñata’ album. Bulging with impressive cameos (Raekwon, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown), the album is sure to catapult Gibbs further into the big league. Watch him do his thing at Shoreditch club XOYO.
US soul-jazz singer Porter has had critics, fans and musicians raving thanks to his stunning Grammy-nominated debut ‘Water’, but he’s the real deal live too. He returns to London to perform at Bluesfest for the second year running, playing from his third album, ‘Liquid Spirit’. Porter’s style combines the deep soulfulness of John Lucien, the hipness of Kurt Elling and the streetwise lyrical style of Gil Scott-Heron in his prime, bringing an earthy emotional power to all that he sings, which should send shivers down more than a few spines at the Royal Albert Hall.
What happened to Los Campesinos!? They used to be a sly, shy, twee, slightly nerdy indie-pop band known for arch, referential song titles – ‘Knee Deep at ATP’, ‘We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives’ – but their latest record, ‘No Blues’, is packed with epic, chest-thumping, air-punching, shout-along indie rock. Hear them play from it at a Tooting boozer.