Weekly Gig Guide: 18-24 July
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Between the soulful punk licks of Sheer Mag, the poetic spittin' of Novelist and the groovy techno of La Fleur, we wouldn't blame you for feeling a bit overwhelmed when you flick through this week's gig guide. London has once again brought us sick shows from every corner of the music sphere, and you know what we say to that? Experience it all, baby.
Moth Club and Meatbodies' psychedelic garage go hand in hand. It'll be like living out a poetic juxtaposition, except in this poem you're ringing post-mosh sweat out of your t-shirt while you're surrounded by decadent glittery walls. If this sounds like your idea of fun, then you'd better get down and enjoy the tunes of the lo-fi fuzz generation. Expect catchy hooks, ridiculous guitar solos and slow, chuggy endings. It's all in a night's work for these dudes.
Croydon seems like the biggest trek even if you live South, but trust us when we say this gig is defs worth going to Zone 5 for. Shift K3Y is one of the most innovative electronic and pop artists in the UK right now, and you'd be silly to miss this super-stacked show with special guests George Cosby and FTSE. Need more convincing? They're playing alongside a 15-piece orchestra. We weren't kidding when we said this was gonna be something special.
You might recognise Chris Baio from his main gig playing bass for Vampire Weekend, but this guy's got a few more tricks up his sleeve. Since 2015, he's been releasing solo music under the name Baio, and his upbeat electro pop and electronic grooves are so catchy that you'll be thinking 'Vampire Weekend, who?' So, do the right thing and grab a bite upstairs at The Waiting Room and then head down to the basement to cut some wild shapes.
No need to keep rubbing your eyes, mate, you read this right - Novelist is headlining a tiny show for £8. Usually you can find the grime MC kicking it in Lewisham or headlining massive shows at Brixton Academy, but for this special night, you can catch him in a 300-cap room. Hungover Jams are throwing their summer special, which even includes an open mic segment. We can promise you one thing – it's gonna be lit.
Sheer Mag are like none of your classic punk bands - this quintet is straight out of the Philly DIY scene and by word of mouth alone they’re heading straight for the huge halls of Islington. Thanks to their fearless vocalist Christina Halladay, Sheer Mag have got this whole misfits-punk-with-the-soul-of-Otis Redding-thing going for them. And you know what we say to that? Fuck yeah. Grab your ticket and spread the word.
As if we needed any more reason to love Canada, it goes and gives us industrial synth pop songstress Xarah Dion. She's been a ringleader in the Montreal electronic scene for over a decade now, and if you're a fan of New Order or Cocteau Twins - or even better yet, both - then you're no doubt going to love this gig. Expect to see strange visuals, dancing lights and Xarah Dion just losing it to the music. You can't really beat this for under a tenner, so don't miss out.
Laura Mvula is a key-tar-toting soul queen. After erupting onto the scene with 'Green Garden', she's been been lavishing in 60s pop, jazz and classical arrangements that make genre lines utterly redundant. Barbican shows are always special, and for this one she’s worked with the London Symphony Orchestra. This gig's unsurprisingly sold out, but don't worry - we've seen lots of re-sales on the FB event. Enjoy.
We first heard IAMDDB after she laid a warm neo-soul take on one of Flying Lotus’ skipped beats. Her woozy trap productions match her laid-back and smooth af vocals, making for the perfect gig to ease you into your weekend. Her self-labelled 'urban jazz' has seen her grace Radio 1 playlists and even perform for the president of Angola all by the age of 20 - which is vastly impressive. Tickets are only a fiver in, so you really have no excuse to miss it.
If you're not familiar with Fluffer Pit Parties, let us right your wrongs: they're indie all-dayers in secret warehouse locations with bands playing on a 360-degree stage. They've gone and booked an amazing lineup that includes sets from indie babes JAWS, Northern punks PINS, Spectres and many more. The location hasn't yet been revealed, but we know it's gonna be in Dalston - so get yourself down there, scoff a Voodoo Rays slice or two, and party on.
It's about damn time we learn from our (current) EU party pals and enjoy some stomping techno and house on a Sunday. Swedish DJ La Fleur is taking a night off from her Ibiza residency and heading to Kamio for an afternoon of playing her soulful house grooves and techno beats. And with a perfectly wholesome midnight curfew, you don't even have to worry about yawning at your desk Monday morn. Don't pass this up.
James Vincent McMorrow is just a bag of surprises. The Irish singer traded in folk for pop and electronica, which he blends seamlessly together like Bon Iver on steroids. He's recently linked up with Drake's hitmaker Nineteen85 for his new record and is looking to release his best album yet. Head down to his three-night residency at Village Underground – just hurry up, because tickets are selling fast, and we don't wanna see you left in the dust.