Weekly Gig Guide: 11-18 December
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We know, we know - it's right smack in the middle of the month, you've spent all your cash getting drunk the first weekend after payday, and you've got Christmas gifts to buy. But hey, a shakedown at a show will surely ease the pain - so close your banking app, forget the funds, and get down with anything from JME to Mogwai this week - lord knows you need it.
We're not sure what they put in the water in Scandinavia, but it's clearly doing something good as the place is a hotbed for some of the best alt-pop talent in the world. Since Avante Black released her first single last year, she's been bopping all over the music scene with her blend of pop, R&B and sleek electronic production. We can guarantee she won't be playing shows this intimate again, so get in there now and you can brag about how you saw her before she was huge.
We don't blame you for thinking of internet art, Japanese pop culture references, vapourwave beats, and copious amounts of weed when you think of Yung Lean. Such is the brand of the Sad Boy. But the kid has done a bit of soul searching since the recent death of his best friend, so expect to see a more earnest side to him, all supported by the fun trap beats he's renowned for. Tickets are sold out but it'll be worth tracking some down.
Not many bands can grip both the indie kids and punk kids quite like Cloud Nothings, but the Ohio four-piece has been shaking things up since 2009, with tunes that are equal parts cardigan-wearing indie and raucous punk. Joining them for this stacked double-header is The Hotelier, whose melodic tunes might make you shed a tear or five. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone we saw you cry.
If you don’t leave a Ho99o9 show with a ripped t-shirt and entirely drenched in sweat, did you even go? The rap-punk duo don’t do things in halves. Their raucous, gritty tunes are perfectly fitted to their high-energy live show, and they’ll make sure you don’t leave the venue without throwing down in the pit. If you’re a fan of the distorted, experimental Hip Hop of Death Grips, then you'd better be seeing yourself down to Camden for this one.
This Friday, head to the Roundhouse, close your eyes, and pretend you're in a gritty af Berlin club listening to hard electro. Facilitating your transportation will be Soulwax, the Belgian DJ duo that have been tearing up club floors since the mid-90s. Their pounding electro songs have cemented them as club giants, so wear your most stylish garms and prepare to get sweaty.
Scottish post-rock outfit Mogwai are here to prove once again that Scotland is the gift that keeps on giving. With over twenty years of music under their belt, they've dabbled in everything from expansive rock to their recent electronic leanings. Expect them to draw from their massive back catalogue, all while keeping it fresh and re-hashing some classics to suit their new sound. It's sold out, but there's a few re-sales knocking around the Facebook event.
Fancy something sugary sweet this Saturday? Then we'd highly recommend a trip to Omeara where Kero Kero Bonito are throwing the ultimate Christmas party. Here you can expect to sing along poorly to their bouncy J-Pop-inspired tunes, play with inflatable props in the crowd, and most importantly, shakedown like there's no tomorrow. If you’re into the kind of bangers made by PC Music, or just the general concept of fun, then don't miss this.
Just when Nilufer Yanya's year couldn't get any better, she went and got nominated for BBC's Sound of 2018, and, well, it couldn't be more deserved. The 22-year-old singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has been making waves since she released her debut EP 'Small Crimes' in 2016, which features a collection of soulful indie pop songs that are perfect for bopping your head to at Jazz Cafe. Go on, make it happen.
What better way to ease into Christmas than with the biggest grime turn up of the year? Stalwarts of the grime scene, SBTV have booked a stacked two-day festival with sets from JME, Frisco, Casisdead, Big Narstie, Paigey Cakey, Devlin, Kojey Radical... the list goes on. We know we don't have to tell you how lit this is gonna be, so just do ya thing and we'll see you down the front.