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Troxy, June 29
No-one saw this one coming, but it makes a weird kind of sense: Franz Ferdinand have joined forces with Sparks for a joint record and tour as FFS. Alex Kapranos and his Glaswegian indie four-piece have always teetered (glamorously) towards the suaver side of rock ’n’ roll, so they should make a great pairing with the Mael brothers, America’s glam-pop eccentrics-in-chief. This show in Stepney is their only English date for now.
Bloomsbury Theatre, Oct 7
The affable Geordie stand-up – star of BBC Two’s ‘Hebburn’ and regular of ITV2’s ‘Celebrity Juice’ – embraces the terrifying prospect of adulthood in his new tour show. Ramsey’s a warm, friendly comic. An hour in his company is very pleasant indeed. But the question remains: will this show be better than that time he became a viral Twitter star when he managed to get a pizza delivered to a moving train?
Electric Ballroom, May 20
Surf-popping Los Angelenos Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno deliver a set full of groovy, pre-loved licks and lo-fi, sweetly melodic fuzz at their first UK gig in a few years. It’s all in aid of their new album ‘California Nights’, which builds on the mellow dream-pop influences that Best Coast picked up for LP two.
Village Underground, May 20
Texan singer-songwriter Bridges has been picking up all sorts of praise recently for his ultra-retro rock ’n’ soul songs, which he sings in a gorgeous voice reminiscent of Sam Cooke. This is only his second London gig, and it’ll sell out well ahead of time.
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Sep 8
On record, this long-haired Kentucky quintet create stunningly dreamy Americana: sweet, soulful, drenched in reverb and led by the exquisite voice of Jim Jones. Live, they do the same but also rock like muthas. Catch them here following the release of their eighth album.
O2 Academy Brixton, Sep 18
On previous visits to London the Trailer Park Boys (stars of the Canadian mockumentary series of the same name, which streams on Netflix in the UK) have sold out the Kentish Town Forum and Hammersmith Apollo. Now Ricky, Julian and Bubbles (aka John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells and Mike Smith) get up to more stoner shenanigans in sunny Brixton.
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