Saturday, May 1, 2010
First gig of the surprising early summer is The National at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday, 6th May. Their new album, High Violet, has been streaming on the NY Times Online in order to create a bloodbuzz for their fans that will be lucky enough to catch them at the famous theatre in London. The five piece band originally from Cincinnati, Ohio but came together as a group in the heart of Brooklyn, NY, are on the bill of many a festival this summer but have scheduled in this one off gig for their British fans. If anyone wishes to go with me please don't hesitate to call me as I am not brave enough to go it alone.
Swann, French singer Chloé Lenique, has been interning at Dazed and Confused for the past few months and has taken advantage of the London music scene playing a handful of intimate gigs. Her folk inspired love songs and delightful accent makes for an interesting live performances. With a great set in many iconic London venues such as the Lock Tavern (Camden) and The Good Ship (Kilburn) under her belt, and two more in the coming weeks, Chloé is sure to make a name for herself here before returning to Paris in the summer.
- 10th May : 93 Feet East (Brick Lane)
150 Brick Lane
- 21th May : The Constitution (Camden)
42 St. Pancras Way, Camden
The Brian Jonestown Massacre are renowned for on-stage brawls and bust ups, most famously the one that was caught on camera during filming of 2005's documentary DIG! which followed both BJM and the Dandy Warhols in a bid to become the better band. Anton Newcombe, lead singer, guitarist and song writer has come a long way since then but some say his new clean image taints the music BJM produced back in the 1990s. No doubt it will be showcase of new material, but here's hoping they throw a few classics into the mix in their set on 14th May at the 02 Shepherds Bush Empire.
Fm Belfast hail from Reykjavick, Iceland, and were formed after a humorous birthday present of a mix-tape turned out to be the soundtrack to the party. They will be playing at Madame Mo-Jo's off Regent St on the 18th May and again at the Stag and Dagger festival on the 21st. Don't miss out on their catchy electro beats and wacky lyrics combo.
I'm sure there a many more but assignments and deadlines will prevent me from going gig crazy until June.