On sale tomorrow morning: George Ezra, Public Service Broadcasting, Sleater-Kinney, Above and Beyond and more
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Got anything planned for 9am tomorrow morning? You do now: you’re going to be clicking for gig tickets when they go on sale, primarily the great shows we’ve flagged up below. And then get ready for Round Two at 10am. For more top live music options, make sure you check out our ‘Just announced‘ page.
Brixton Academy, Feb 20 2015
Another peak for the Bristolian singer-songwriter: he’s announced a massive Brixton show to top off his meteoric year. Cradling his acoustic guitar like a lifeline while he sings his plaintive laments, Ezra is also blessed by top cheekbones and great taste in chunky knitwear. Even bigger things could still be in store.
PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
Roundhouse, May 7 2015
Sample-heavy soundscapes are this excellent London duo’s stock-in-trade. Using live guitar and drums, and sometimes piano and banjo, they create eerie, white-knuckle instrumentals with vocal tracks from old radio broadcasts, public information films and archive speeches. This new Roundhouse date is part of a tour in support of upcoming album ‘The Race for Space’, scheduled for release in February 2015, so expect to hear plenty of new material at the duo’s live show.
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Roundhouse, March 23 2015
Everyone reunites nowadays, so it’s no surprise to have Sleater-Kinney back – but few comebacks are so welcome and needed. The trio trash and swing with a two-guitar attack, and offer a sound that is growing more uncommon: not just unfiltered garage rock, but a headline act consisting entirely of women. Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein (raised to band-leading prominence by her interim career as the creator and star of ‘Portlandia’) and Janet Weiss have also quietly recorded a noisy new album. It’s called ‘No Cities to Love’ and it’s due early in the new year, so there’s fresh material to add to the set list at their first London show in just shy of a decade, but they’ll no doubt be dipping into the classics as well. We can’t wait for ‘One More Hour’.
ABOVE AND BEYOND
Brixton Academy, April 3-4 2015
After headlining SW4 festival in 2014, the eternally popular production trio are heading back to the capital for a Good Friday all-nighter, where they’ll turn the Brixton Academy into a day-glo heaven with their smooth, polished, euphoric house. The timing is perfect: you may well need the whole Easter weekend to come back down to earth.
Royal Albert Hall, May 14-18 2015
Slowhand returns for four nights of gruff blues-rock classics, to celebrate his seventieth birthday and 50 years since the first of his umpteen appearances at the Albert Hall. ‘Clapton is God’ was the slogan back in the ’60s, and although he’s far from infallible, it is starting to look like he might just carry on forever.
Village Underground, March 10 2015
Hotly tipped Hertfordshire boy David Rhodes sings big, epic pop ballads drenched in reverb. He’s been called the next Sam Smith, and if that’s anything to go by then it’s best to catch him on a small stage before he breaks out for real.