As you’ve probably noticed, we at Time Out like to keep you on the ball. For some reason, Friday morning is when loads of big tickets go on sale – so here’s our weekly round-up so you’re good and ready with your debit card tomorrow. This week we’ve got everything from London indie heroes Bombay Bicycle Club to glam-rocking ’tache fans Sparks, plus loads more great music. Here goes…
My, haven’t these four young men come a long way? It seems only yesterday that they were fresh-faced 16-year-olds bashing out melodic, winsome indie at Nambucca. Now they’re following an adventurous Number One record, ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’, with their biggest hometown show ever at Earls Court (capacity: a cool 20,000).
There may only be two of them, but this duo from Ohio – Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney – have had no trouble filling increasingly larger venues on every visit to London with their down-dirty nu-blues, spiked with vintage soul, rock and hip hop. Here, playing from their latest album ‘Turn Blue’, they endeavour to conquer the mighty O2 arena for the third time.
The hugely influential New York band return after a long dormancy. Now a three-piece after the departure of imposing bassist Carlos D, they should play plenty of doomy, potent, gloomily swirling early noughties favourites tonight such as ‘PDA’ and ‘Evil’, as well as new stuff from their long-awaited fifth album ‘El Pintor’ (see what they did there?).
The Dreijer siblings return, bringing their twisted and pulsating electronica to London for another date on their ‘Shaking The Habitual‘ tour. Their date at the Roundhouse last year split opinion for featuring almost no live music; instead the band and their dancers hosted something resembling a mass aerobics class-slash-rave. Space cults, gender politics, glitter and drums also featured heavily. Will they revive that here or do something completely different? As ever with The Knife, it’s hard to be sure – but chances are that whatever they do, it’ll be spectacular.
Having treated London to all 21 albums over 21 nights a few years back, the beautiful Mael brothers continue to twist the live experience. Their LA glam rock project returns, this time with the tantalising promise of a full performance of classic leftfield album from 1974, ‘Kimono My House’, accompanied by the 35-piece Heritage Orchestra, plus other tracks from their incredible catalogue of quirky, hyper-literate pop.
Does the name ring a bell? If not, the voice should: young singer Glynne sang on Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’ and Route 94’s ‘My Love’, meaning she had two Number One hits before she even released a solo single. Not bad, eh? Catch her live tonight as she shows off her own stuff and hopefully cracks out those two big hits too.
Already on sale this week:
The National at The O2, Sebastien Tellier at Village Underground, Jackson Browne at Royal Albert Hall, Zola Jesus at Koko, Melt Yourself Down with James Chance at Village Underground and lots more.
For the rest of this week’s big live music announcements, check our weekly ‘Just announced‘ page