Yes, we know: it’s getting towards the end of the month, but payday is still a way off. But you should probably know that there are some pretty cool gigs coming up soon, and if you don’t buy tickets now they’ll probably sell out in advance. Therefore it’s worth dipping into the booze fund to book for these six big gigs going on sale tomorrow. Oh, and don’t forget to check out our just announced page for even more great shows announced this week.
Swedish pop singer Li comes to town, hoping to reconcile her maudlin latest album ‘I Never Learn‘ with the groovily melodic, sophisticated, synth-driven styles of her first two records. Live, Li is a magnetic presence who favours total immersion in her live shows, veering from wild banshee to vulnerable chanteuse. Don’t miss her.
You may know him as Troy from the brilliant US comedy ‘Community’ or as a model, screenwriter and stand-up comedian, but when it comes to hip hop Donald Glover goes by Childish (a name he got from the Wu-Tang Name Generator). His lyrics, however, are distinctly child unfriendly: they’re as witty and as unapologetically misogynistic as Kanye’s ‘Workout Plan’, but undeniably catchy. Tonight you’ll hear him drop tracks off his latest album ‘Because the Internet’ and his other full-lengths and mixtapes.
Norse space-disco warrior Todd Terje who continues his effortless, accidental domination of dance music with a set celebrating XOYO’s second birthday (as in, the second birthday since its refurb and reopening). Terje can always be relied upon to play a storming live set, reworking his numerous killer disco-funk cuts into dancefloor bangers, so this should be quite the birthday gift.
The popular US singer-songwriter (who’s mercifully abandoned the straw trilby that was threatening to become his trademark) returns to the UK in aid of a new album called ‘Yes!’. The show is billed as ‘An Evening with Jason Mraz’, which means relaxed strumming and possibly a bit of chat in the intimate setting of the Royal Albert Hall. Cosy.
Master tunesmith and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy brings his Grammy-winning alt country to London. He’s gearing up to release his first solo album ‘Sukierae’, although technically the ‘Tweedy’ on the bill tonight is a duo: Jeff will be accompanied on drums by his teenage son Spencer, as he plays a mixture of heartbreaking and soulwarming tunes in the grand old London Palladium.
The Springsteen-worshipping New Jersey punks bash out their Boss-influenced take on the emotional alt rock sound. At last, something to unite sulky teenagers and their dads!
Check out the rest of this week’s big live music announcements here.