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Best Live Music in East London

BY ED GIBBS

WEDNESDAY 22 AUGUST

Ron Gallo

A welcome return for the Heavy Meta former frontman of Philly outfit Toy Soldiers. Bringing his own unique brand of garage rock, the Nashville native will no doubt have plenty of supporters his house – his last gig in the East was at the Shacklewell Arms in April of last year, it went off, and we’ve been talking about him ever since. Now, Moth Club beckons. We’ll see you there.
Moth Club
Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, London E9 6NU.
020 8985 7963

mothclub.co.uk

 

THURSDAY 23 AUGUST

Indoor Pets

Having recently supported the likes of Slaves, Spring King, The Big Moon and The Magic Gang, the rebooted Indoor Pets are back, road-tested and ready for business. Expect to hear Radio 1 favourites So Soon and Barbiturates in the mix, as the four-piece take the stage at the Sebright with a renewed sense of purpose. Annie Mac will no doubt be watching. So will we. It’s bound to get loud. Hold tight.
Sebright Arms
31-35 Coate Street, London E2 9AG
020 7729 0937
sebrightarms.co.uk

Average Sex

Don’t be fooled by their headline-grabbing name: there’s nothing remotely ho-hum about this post-punk quartet. Fronted by French chanteuse Laetitia, the band have already drawn praise from The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess, who invited them to support him on tour. He also offered to produce their new EP Melodie, which they’ll no doubt be pulling out in force. They’re also due at the Sebright next week, and will be out of town at Festival Number 6 next month – but you can catch them here first, to hear what all the fuss is about.
The Old Blue Last
38 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3ES
020 7739 7033
theoldbluelast.com

 

FRIDAY 24 AUGUST

Muertos

Psychedelic, fang-tastic and oozing with monster licks, Muertos headline a night of garage fuzz. The band have a rather good debut LP to showcase, but there’s ample support to hook you in early – in the form of BBC Introducing favourites Deja Vega, the all-new Never Never Man and the Brighton-based organ-grinding trio Something Leather. Check out their wares online and get revved up. The night’s free and there’s some nifty DJ vinyl-spinning action going on in-between sets. What more could you want?
Shacklewell Arms
71 Shacklewell Lane, London E8 2EB
020 7249 0810
shacklewellarms.com

 

SATURDAY 25 AUGUST

Phobophobes

Both Clash and iD have sung their praises, and it’s easy to see why. Psych garage bands may be all the rage right now, but few feel as fresh and dynamic as this five-piece, made up of former members of Fat White Family and Meatraffle (who have graced our music pages in the past). They’ve been dubbed “Dirty psychedelia with an evil twist” and we think that’s an understatement. Strap yourselves in for one hell of a night as they return East.
Sebright Arms
31-35 Coate Street, London E2 9AG
020 7729 0937
sebrightarms.co.uk

 

Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire 

Relive the wonder of the poet laureate on screen, as he travels through Europe on a 20-city concert tour before wrapping in Jerusalem. Despite tour issues, Cohen is at the peak of his powers in this rarely seen doc from British filmmaker Tony Palmer (who had earlier attempted to capture Cream live and later, Eric Clapton, just months before the guitarist’s far-right sympathies for Enoch Powell came to light). With the holistic Cohen, Palmer’s on more solid ground. There’s Cohen’s own home movies and Vietnam War footage interspersed with that glorious music, revealing the man’s poetry and politics for all their worth. It makes for a unique and intimate view of a much-missed talent and tower of song. Well worth checking out.
Moth Club
Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, London E9 6NU.
020 8985 7963

mothclub.co.uk

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