Weekly Gig Guide: 15-21 January
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This week our gig compass is pointing firmly east. From Kaleida's moody electropop in Hackney, to Gnarwolves' thrashy punk in Bethnal Green, to First Aid Kit's shimmering folk in Shoreditch, there's something on for everyone, so kick those January blues and get out there. After all, music is all we have, right? Damn right.
The London Afrobeat Collective are bringing in the new year with their broiling, bass-driven tunes, torn right from the handbook left behind by Fela Kuti. These lot really know how to throw a celebration, and this time, they're paying homage to funk legend George Clinton and the Parliament-Funkadelic Collective. Start your weekend off right with off-kilter renditions of P-Funk tunes - just make sure you have your dancing shoes on, 'cos you're gonna need 'em.
Brighton four-piece Muskets have never been known to do things in halves - from their energised live shows to their raucous brand of indie rock, these guys have been leading the DIY scene since they arrived. And in true DIY fashion, these lads are giving us the gift of music for the total cost of zero pounds. If you're a fan of Citizen or any grungey band that indulges in a bit of shoegaze, then march yourself down to Dalston this Monday.
Spector are one of these bands who you never think you'll miss until they go quiet. They haven't released a record since 2015, and we're desperately in need of our Spector fix, so if you're reading this, lads, please give us new tunes. Their back catalogue is a glorious journey in synth pop, dark wave and indie, and judging by this sold out show, it seems a lot of us are on the same page. Find a way in and sing along to All The Sad Young Men.
There aren't many sounds sweeter than the ones London-based duo Kaleida make; they're all about beautifully husky vocals laid over minimal electronic productions. Since 2014, they've put out two entirely self-produced EPs and their debut full-length record 'Tear The Roots', which is a collection of electropop songs that twist and twirl differently with each listen. If you fancy feeling like you're floating through space, then you'd better find yourself at Oslo this Wednesday.
There’s definitely something in the water in Scandinavia - their folk pop offering to the world is rivalled by none, an argument very much supported by the output of First Aid Kit. The Swedish sisters have been making waves in folk since 2008, and now they're gearing up to the release of their fourth full-length record at Rough Trade East. Here they'll play new tunes, sign some records and maybe even answer a question or two. It's unsurprisingly sold out, but we know you'll find a way in.
The Go! Team have been brightening the harsh winter cold with bells and whistles for over a decade now, and they're showing no signs of stopping. Brighton whizz-kid Ian Parton has always kept the lineup rotating, with members from Deerhoof, Chuck D and various bedroom artists all having a go at their infectious indie pop tunes. Sack off your post-work drinks this Friday and light up your weekend right.
The problem with young, talented artists is that we keep getting older but they stay the same age, prompting all kinds of thoughts a la, 'wtf have I done with my life?' So, lets talk about Oshi, the 17-year-old producer that has garnered fans from all your faves, including our Lorde and saviour herself. His chopped up trap beats, heavy bass lines and experimental pop melodies are the ultimate dance-floor fillers, so you know where to be this Friday.
The weekend is finally here - time to forget about how crap it is being back at work and how broke you are. Luckily for us all, Gnarwolves are here to save the day in the form of a perfectly affordable party punk gig. The Brighton-based trio have been storming the melodic punk scene since 2011, and for only a tenner, you too can mosh all the stress away at the Old Blue Last - we strongly recommend it.