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Live Music in East London this Week

Tuesday June 19
Brigitte

The French duo have gone down a storm at home, shifting over 400,000 albums, yet they have yet to play London. Until now. Armed with new long-player Nues (their third, the title meaning naked or bare), the songsmiths look set to leave the Garage crowd lost for words, French or otherwise. Dig their smooth, silky groove and allow yourself to get lost.
The Garage
20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 1RD
020 7619 6720 / 0844 847 1678
thegarage.london

 

Wednesday June 20
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto

Long-time collaborators Sakamoto and Alva Noto bring their unique blend of piano and electronica to the Barbican for one unforgettable night of music. Their past work includes the soundtrack to 2015’s The Revenant and, separately, the pair have worked with numerous talent, including Iggy Pop, Scanner, David Sylvian, Brian Wilson and, of course, David Bowie.
Barbican,
Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
020 7638 4141
barbican.org.uk

 

Image by Andrew Benge

Thursday June 21
Dead Naked Hippies

Distorted, Breeders-esque guitars and vocals (courtesy of charismatic front woman Lucy) make this Leeds three-piece one to watch.
There’s a clutch of great tunes to check out on their official site here. Live, they promise to be quite something. Get in early.
Sebright Arms, 31-35 Coate Street, London E2 9AG 
020 7729 0937 
sebrightarms.co.uk

Friday June 22
Meatraffle

Although it’s partially taken over by the World Cup, East London’s finest room still has plenty of music to savour in the days ahead. With more than a whiff of fellow south Londoners Alabama 3 in their DNA, these droll drivers against gentrification descend on Moth Club for one night of hypnotic grooves. To get plugged into their vibe, check out their excellent ‘Ndrangheta Allotment via YouTube. Oh, and did we mention it’s free? We’ll see you there.
Moth Club,
Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, London E9 6NU
020 8985 7963
mothclub.co.uk

 

Saturday June 23
Schonwald

Post-punk duos seem to be everywhere these days – but throw in Italy and synths into the mix and you’ve got something far less predictable. Expect to see local support out in force as well, particularly in light of the nation’s shocking absence from this year’s World Cup. Support comes from M!R!AM. Check out both via the links below:
SCHONWALD schonwald.bandcamp.com
M!R!M m-r-m.bandcamp.com 

Shacklewell Arms,
71 Shacklewell Lane, London E8 2EB.
020 7249 0810
shacklewellarms.com

Saturday June 23
Wolves in the Throne Room

Black metal was made for a room like the Garage, with its beer-soaked carpet and intense, muso-savvy vibes. Enter the Wolves from Washington state, here to unleash their unique brand of dystopian musings. Despite their tales of dread and wo, they’re celebrating 15 years in existence, so expect the unexpected at this birthday-ish show.
The Garage,
20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 1RD
020 7619 6720 / 0844 847 1678
thegarage.london

Nüwaved

Saturday would not be Saturday without a trip down to Shacklewell for some vintage retro beats. Tonight, an array of new wave delights awaits the patient and curious, as classics and deep cuts are intermingled side by side. Expect to hear sonic wonders from the likes of Blondie, Talking Heads, Bow Wow Wow, XTC, Tom Tom Club, Talk Talk and many, many more. The party starts at 11pm and lasts till 3am. Go wild.
Shacklewell Arms,
71 Shacklewell Lane, London E8 2EB. 
020 7249 0810 
shacklewellarms.com

Monday June 25
Gilberto Gil – Refavela at 40

The political activist brings his classic album to life, 40 years on, with his son Bem serving as musical director. Fusing African and Afro-Brazilian sounds and beats, Refavela remains an irresistibly funky career highlight. A true political animal (he even served as Minister of Culture for the Brazilian Government not that long ago), expect the man’s show to be a night of energy, bite and badass brass.
Barbican,
Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
020 7638 4141
barbican.org.uk

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