Gig Guide: Jan 16–22

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January may be bleak as hell, but our gig guide this week is colourful in ways you can't imagine. If you don't believe us, just ask your inner 14-year-old diva when you find yourself at the JoJo gig in Camden. Or you could do the complete opposite and get down to see Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs play a raging grunge set at The Lexington. You know, since variety is the spice of life and all.
Monday 16th
Formed by three Minneapolis high school friends, Night Moves have been makin' moves since their acclaimed debut album 'Colored Emotions' was released in 2011. After being signed to Domino, their album got a 'facelift' and was re-released in all its cosmic country and dream pop glory. Come along and melt at those tight harmonies in 'Denise, Don't Wanna See You Cry'. We promise you won't regret it.
Denise, Don’t Wanna See You Cry
Night Moves
Tuesday 17th
If you were anything like us, you were definitely singing ‘Too Little, Too Late’ into a hairbrush in front of a mirror at some point in your life. After being out of the game for a decade, JoJo made a triumphant return in 2016 and is back to play all her sweet pop hits in London. Get on down and relive your best teenage MTV moments all over again.
Leave (Get Out)
Wednesday 18th
Between being a legal aid in UN war crime tribunals and writing songs at home, Dutch native Annelotte de Graaf (aka Amber Arcades) has been making waves in the sun-tinged indie scene. It wasn’t until she flew to New York to meet producer Ben Greenberg that she started releasing music in a professional capacity – and we're so glad that she hasn't stopped. Get lost in her sweet, inviting voice and bob your head to breezy guitars.
Fading Lines
Amber Arcades
Stepping out of his home in North Wales for a few shows is kraut-extraordinaire R.Seiliog. Between himself and a small, tightly-knit band, prepare for 45 minutes of electronic ripples, skittering beats and lone guitars that lie somewhere between a Hookworms and Dan Deacon show. Midweeks in January just shouldn’t have to be spent outside.
Thursday 19th
This special show not only boasts the punchy post-punk of London trio Shopping, but it's also the first leg of DIY Space's monthly benefit shows in support of refugees, hate crime victims and trans-health. If you're short on funds yourself, no one will be turned away at the door for lack of money. So, put your money where your punk is, and get down for a great cause to help those who need it while you watch some A+ bands. Win/win.
Wind Up
There's no doubt Iceland has been producing some of the most interesting electronic pop in recent years. Emerging in 2011, Samaris' unique blend of atmospheric, percussive beats has been likened to the haunting vocals of Bjork and trip-hop of Massive Attack. You might not understand the lyrics (unless you're fluent in Icelandic) but we guarantee you'll be swaying to these brooding, sprawling sounds.
Góða tungl
Somewhat of a hometown show, Zola Blood are heading to our fave Hackney party space The Pickle Factory to play their new album live. This four-piece has created a sound that blends bits from indie, electronica and straight-up pop and stand out track 'Islands' is a great place to start with them. They're only up the road in Hackney Wick, but you can bet they're gonna bring it. See you there!
Zola Blood
Friday 20th
When you see the word 'metal', the first thoughts that pop into your head are probably sweaty dudes, ill-placed facial hair and guyliner – and we don't blame you. Oathbreaker, however, are an exception to the rule: they're female-fronted, eclectic in style and delivery, and have turned even the staunchest anti-metal heads into fans. Creating a sound that can only be described as a dramatic play with conflict, climax and resolution, you'd be hard pressed to find a more refreshing heavy band atm.
Needles in Your Skin
Saturday 21st
No, that isn't a typo – this band are really called Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs. That's Pigs seven times. It's safe to say these guys don't like cops, but they channel that energy perfectly into their roaring and ripping grunge riffs. They're launching their album this Saturday at The Lexington and we expect nothing less than a rager of a set. Go on, you deserve to bang your head to shake off the January blues.
Sweet Relief
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
Sunday 22nd
Scottish singer/songwriter King Creosote, aka Kenny Anderson, has been in the music game for over a decade now. He's gone from strength to strength with each release, which has seen him sell out the Barbican Centre. Don't fret though – there are still re-sales floating about. If you can get your hands on a ticket, expect soaring rich folk textures, classical nods and even a cheeky bagpipe or two.
A Prairie Tale
King Creosote
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