Blimey – the sun is actually out and it looks like it might stay that way (for at least an hour before the rain hits). But who needs good weather when you’re got all these amazing gigs to enjoy? There were some cracking shows announced this week, including a big one from Caribou that’s on sale right now. For the rest, get up nice and early tomorrow morning and get buying!
Recently ‘consciously uncoupled’ Chris Martin and his galaxy-conquering pop-rockers are back, playing a six-date world tour to launch their new album ‘Ghost Stories’. The record’s not exactly a crowd-pleaser, taking the band’s sound in a downbeat electronic direction, but Coldplay can always be counted on to put on a spectacular and impressively staged live show, so – though it still galls us slightly to say it – this is a must-see.
Dan Snaith’s psychedelic pop/alt rock/electronica project Caribou has finally allowed him to receive the massive props he deserves. We all obsessed over the beautiful, tripped-out grooves of 2010’s ‘Swim’, before Snaith went on to produce an equally great techno album as Daphni. Along the way he’s proved his stamina as a DJ and heroically raged against ‘the EDM barf explosion’. Now Snaith’s finally back with a new Caribou record, ‘Our Love’, and we’re stoked for this London launch show, complete with a support set of brilliantly woozy R&B by rising star (and fellow Canadian) Jessy Lanza. Don’t miss it.
The former Smiths (and Cribs) guitarist takes a break from groups to tour his first solo effort ‘The Messenger’ and its still-to-be-named sequel. It’s a shame his scraggy Mod ’do is standing firmly in the way of his becoming cool again, as his new stuff’s pretty good – as you’d expect from a man with Marr’s experience.
These Mancunian lads play catchy-like-the-clap, vaguely indie pop-rock that sounds like Luke from The Kooks jamming with The Big Pink and U2’s The Edge. They’ve been phenomenally successful, gigging hard and playing increasingly huge venues – despite the credibility-busting fact that lead singer Matt Healy is the son of ‘Loose Women’s Denise Welch and Tim Healy off of ‘Auf Wiedersehen, Pet’.
It’s been ages since Mystery Jets have played a headline London gig, so it’s great to have them back here topping the bill at a well-deserved birthday bash for London indie mainstay Transgressive. The boys from Eel Pie Island will be breaking out fantastic indie pop tracks from their four-album back catalogue, including rarely heard early material (and some new material too), with further live performances by folk-pop favourite Johnny Flynn (with his band The Sussex Wit) and rising, harp-plucking singer-songwriter Marika Hackman.
Breezy beat-popper Croll headlines with tracks from his debut album ‘Sweet Disarray’. Check out his moreish single ‘From Nowhere’, which aptly propelled him from obscurity into the big league last year.
The throaty pop belter has managed to beat off breast cancer for the second time, and is coming back to London to have a shot at rebooting her music career too. Impressively, Anastacia even managed to record a new album during her illness. It’s called ‘Resurrection’, which is what her name means in Greek, and purportedly revives the ‘sprock’ sound (‘soul/pop/rock’, obviously) of classic hits like ‘I’m Outta Love’. And if you’re really lucky she might play her cover of ‘Wonderwall’ too…