BY ED GIBBS
Monday 4 March
Controversial, tongue-in-cheek and irreverent, Ghanian Afrobeat duo Wanlov the Kubolor and M3NSA – otherwise known as FOKN Bois – prepare to unleash all manner of wry views on the Hoxton massive. The pair are known for their lively banter and delivery – check out new release Afrobeats LOL for a flavor of the latest from them – and will no doubt leave a lasting impression.
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
2-4 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
020 7613 0709
Tuesday 5 March
Peter Bjorn and John
The Swedish trio – best-known for their deliciously whistling breakout hit Young Folks – return with a new album due this autumn. It’s their eighth, and it’s said to be darker and stripped back, in a deliberate return-to-basics move. Peter will be commenting on the world today, Bjorn addressing relationship issues, and John mining existential angst and the dark corners of the mind. Whatever they wind up playing tonight, it’ll no doubt be intriguing and, at times, gloriously familiar.
20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5 1RD
020 7619 6720 / 0844 847 1678
Wednesday 6 March
Simbi Ajikawo may be one of the most dynamic MCs around, yet the Islington native has had to work far harder than most to get the recognition she deserves. With her fine new long-player Grey Area just out, she returns with this low-key headliner before a clutch of dates overseas. Kendrick Lamar is a believer, and so are we. You can get acquainted with her expansive body of work – which blends neo-soul, funk and alt-pop with hip-hop and grime – via the usual online portals. This lady is the real deal.
Bowling Green Walk, 40 Pitfield Street, London N1 6EU.
020 7729 2202
Thursday 7 March
The Brooklyn duo bring their dreamy pop-rock vibes to Stokie’s Waiting Room for one night of sweet, sweet sounds. Expanded to a five-piece for live work, founder Paul Hammer (son of music legend Jan Hammer) continues to mine the sonic expanses of his mind to infectious effect. These days, vocalist Lauren Zettler is Hammer’s muse and partner in crime. This show is likely to fill up quickly, so arrive early and grab yourselves a good spot.
The Waiting Room
175 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0LH.
020 7241 5511
Yep, you read that right. Foals are playing this special show to mark the release of their ambitious new albums, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (released in two parts – the second appearing in the autumn). Tickets for the gig will be snapped up in a flash, so the Oxford band has devised a neat purchase device: pre-order the new LPs (their fifth and sixth) to get access to purchasing seats. Sounds easy, right? Jeremy Pritchard, of Everything Everything, will be joining the band to assume touring duties on bass on their 2019 dates. Mayhem will no doubt ensue.
EartH, 11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington, London N16 8BH
020 7422 7505