CSS have been accused of riding the merit of their first record by those who have not given ‘Donkey’ and ‘La Liberacion’ their full attention. Incidentally, this does point out the strengths of their self-titled, lo-fi, hook-happy debut. A set which spans their three records can be expected, along with some new material from forthcoming fourth album ‘Planta’. An intimate setting, a band four albums tight and a front woman who moves as though she invented sex suggests that this is definitely a show that shouldn’t be missed.
Words: Bill Williams
Acclaimed German electronic innovators Modeselektor touch down at Camden’s Roundhouse this Friday for what's being touted as their only London gig of 2013. Known for their rambunctious blend of glitch, IDM and techno, and their collaborations with everyone from Thom Yorke to Busdriver, the pair's live show will be preceded by an early-evening screening of their new feature-length documentary film 'We Are Modeselektor'. A 72-minute “post-German reunification movie”, the documentary details the duo's origins and journey to success. What's more, the pair will be bringing their Monkeytown Records label roster with them to the capital, with support from Apparat, Mouse On Mars and Siriusmo all confirmed.
Words: Peter Adkins
The subversive outsider sounds of The Residents come to London's Barbican this week as the mysterious trio bring their appropriately-named 'Wonder Of Weird' show to the capital. Having recently ditched their trademark eyeball masks to reveal their real identities as Randy, Chuck and Bob, The Residents preside over a 40-year career that's seen them work in the fields of multimedia, copyright-challenging plunderphonics and proto-sampling, Beefheartian art rock, electronica and faux ethnologies. All of that makes predicting what their Barbican show might sound like completely impossible, but it's safe to assume it will be very strange indeed.
Words: Mat Smith
For indietronica fans of a certain age, The Postal Service reunion represents something of a dream come true. It’s been 10 years since the release of their sole album ‘Give Up’, and although their sales have long since reached platinum status, Ben Gibbard still seems reticent to elaborate on the possibility of a follow-up. Two new tracks have emerged, alongside the de rigueur anniversary reissue, but that aside, all seems quiet. Instead, content yourself with old favourites and heart-warming sing-alongs as the OC generation relives its youth – bleeps, whirrs and sensitive wordsmithery never sounded so good together.
Words: Will Fitzpatrick
Good news for noise junkies of south London: this week sees the arrival of sludge icons Melvins for two very special shows at the ace space which is Brixton's Electric. Sunday will see the band perform 1992's 'Lysol' and the following year's masterpiece, 'Houdini', back to back. In the same vain, Monday will deliver 1991's 'Bullhead' then 1994's stomping 'Stoner Witch'. Influencing a host of bands such as Tool, Green River and of course Nirvana, Melvins' mix of Sabbath riffs, quirky humor and punk attitude will guarantee the best weekend option for those who like their music with more bite.
Words: Sam Walker-Smart