Clash live picks including Gaz Coombes and Psychemagik...
The Growlers

The Growlers @ The Shacklewell Arms, London, Wednesday 24th April

Californian sunshine psychs The Growlers finally return to London for two sold out shows in Hackney’s dingy cave of love, the Shacklewell Arms. These vintage surf-poppers will undoubtedly brighten up the mould riddled walls with their brilliant ‘60s-inspired sound mixed with fuzzy garage and a bit of Vampire Weekend indie, which they’ve delightfully called ‘Beach Goth’. Think The Strokes meet The Beach Boys. This is the first UK visit since the release of third album ‘Hung At Heart’, with such tracks as the spooky, yes spooky, ‘Salt On A Slug’ and Buddy Holly peppered ‘Pet Shop Eyes’. At their night time spot at End of the Road a few years back, they were hammered, so who knows what Hackney will do to them. If you haven’t got a ticket, then you should be gutted!

Words by Gemma Hampson


The Staves @ Scala, London, Wednesday 24th April

The M25 and folk might seem like an odd match, but Watford’s The Staves have been orbiting the scene for a while now, with live appearances alongside Bon Iver, to name but one. Now the sororal trio are headlining in their own right and bring their pared down, uplifting acoustics to two sell out dates at Scala. Latest release ‘Dead & Born & Grown’ is sure to feature. Look out too for emerging talent Sivu in support. We staved in the door to be front of stage for this one, but may have to keep the noise down, as the sisters reduce their following to an awed hush.

Words by Adrian Cross


Gaz Coombes @ The Garage, London, Thursday 25th April

The seventh date in Gaz Coombes’ fourteen-date UK solo tour is taking place at London's The Garage this week. Ever the crowd pleaser, his solo shows are renowned for an overwhelmingly positive atmosphere, so in a festival setting we can only imagine the best. You can catch Gaz Coombes Presents... while they're playing at Hop Farm, Days Off, Deershed and Truck festivals.

Words by Finnola D’Albert


Psychemagik @ The Nest, London, Friday 26th April

Rated as last year's Star of the Year by Mixmag, Psychemagick have consistently filled floors with their psychedelic remixes of classic records, from the blissed-out dubby disco re-edit of Fleetwood Mac's ‘Everywhere’, to remixes of Talking Heads, Metronomy, Haim, or their own studio work. Joining Psychemagick to rock The Nest in Stoke Newington on Friday are DFA Records stalwart The Juan MacLean and bass-heavy, deep garage vibes from Wolf Records' Medlar.

Words by Michael Parker


Sundance London @ O2 Arena, London, Thursday 25th-Sunday 28th April

Now in its second year, Robert Redford brings the best of his influential film festival to the O2 Arena. The programme is loaded with shorts and indie cinema, including Shane Carruth’s breathtaking ‘Upstream Color’, while the music strand is dominated by gigs from Gregg Allman and John Paul White of The Civil Wars, Peaches and British Sea Power. Our pick of the fringe events includes composer David Arnold, and a music showcase featuring the magical Public Service Broadcasting, Luls and Mt Wolf.

Words by Kingsley Marshall


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