Mos Def returns to London this Tuesday, prompting a typically enthusiastic response from hip-hop followers. An absence of studio work since the rapper’s forward thinking full-length ‘The Ecstatic’ in 2009 has created an air of excitement for new material from his on-the-drawing-board 'Yasiin Bey Presents' LP. The Coronet is set to fill to capacity. Considering the string of festivals and international appearances confirmed for Mos Def over the summer, wishes for some unreleased gems to sink our teeth into may well be granted.
Words by Charlie Wood
My Vitriol apparently played their first-ever gig at Heatham House Youth Centre in Twickenham. Perhaps not the most groundbreaking gig the world has ever seen, but it did demonstrate one important thing to the hundred or so grungers present: shoegaze was exciting again. Having never released a second studio album, 2001's 'Finelines' remaining their sole effort, we’re hopeful that next week’s gig at London’s KOKO will be the start of something once more. Considering the current musical climate, a grungey nu-gaze album could be incredibly well received, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
Words by Finnola D’Albert
After 'An Awesome Wave' created, well, an awesome wave back in 2012, it’s time for Alt-J to take their lap of honour. Returning to where it all began, this show promises a rather understated celebration in the heart of Leeds. With quiet vocals and intricate melodies this may not be the wildest hometown gig, but we’re expecting it to be a special one.
Words by Ruth Offord
London-based DJ extraordinaire Erol Alkan will deliver his raucous mash-up of indie and electro to the Dutch capital this Friday. Alkan tops the bill at distinguished former printing warehouse Trouw nightclub, which is fast cementing a reputation for throwing some of the wildest dance events in town. Expect a riotous evening melding frenzied beats to the filthiest grooves by way of Alkan's mythical powers of musical alchemy.
Words by Benji Taylor
The constantly evolving musical journey of ex-The Mars Volta main man Omar Rodríguez-López continues this Sunday as his latest project, Bosnian Rainbows, hits the stage of London's 100 Club. Having drawn comparisons to Gang Of Four and Siouxsie And The Banshees circa 1979, this promises to be an incendiary night of potentially ear-blistering music guaranteed to pluck your progressive punk sweet spot. Bosnian Rainbows have been on the road continually since their inception 12 months ago so expect to see a band honed to near perfection. This is sure to be one of the last chances to catch them in such an intimate venue.
Words by James Appleyard
Trying to connect musicians by degrees of separation is a lot easier when you’ve got Nico Muhly as the missing link. It makes sense, then, that the 31-year-old composer should collect up some of his most frequent collaborators and cohorts for a three-day music marathon at London’s Barbican. Highlights include the Britten Sinfonia’s programme of works by Daníel Bjarnason, Bryce Dessner (The National) and Muhly himself, orchestrally accompanied performances from Villagers’ Conor J O’Brien and Glen Hansard of The Frames, plus a full performance of Philip Glass’s ‘Etudes For Piano’, drawn out over the course of the weekend.
Words by Sam Cleeve
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