Coming straight outta Brooklyn, Dyme-A-Duzin makes his second UK appearance at the Barfly in Camden on April 15th. With backing from 1Xtra's Semtex, the 20-year-old MC, who also fronts the hip hop/jazz collective known as Phony Ppl, brings his unique blend of golden age-indebted rap and youthful "swank" to fans across the pond. Fresh off performances at SXSW and the release of his well-received 'A Portrait of Donnovan' mixtape (which boasts collaborations with Pro Era's Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly and the late Capital STEEZ), the show promises to be young Dyme's coming-out party in the Big Smoke.
Words by Andy Bustard
Time for those who ache after a little more than thundering guitars and drums to have some fun. Mercury nominated boys Portico Quartet return from the shadows to deliver their cinematic textures, and no better venue for it. A boiling pot of influences, these highly skilled musicians make a haunting noise which will appeal to both fans of Burial, Bon Iver and even Warp Records. With a new double album to promote, and stonking support in the form of Micachu and Anchorsong this promises to be a truly unique night, far different from your usual leather jacket and spilt pint fare. Don't miss out.
Words by Sam Walker-Smart
For all the multi layered harmonies and rich instrumental texture, Fossil Collective are in fact a humble duo from Yorkshire. Having just kicked off their first UK headline tour, they are set to play London’s Borderline on 17th April. Influences from the record collections of band members David Fendick and Jonny Hooker create a wash of timeless colour, intensified by splashes of a more contemporary sonic. A glint of rock glimmers through ethereal melodies in a style not dissimilar to Band of Horses and Local Natives, while more obvious comparisons can be drawn with Bon Iver and early Coldplay. Freshly released debut album ‘Tell Where I Lie’ holds promise of an understated but glorious live performance, befitting a time of admiration for the gentle, woodier tones of folk-pop.
Words by Jess Denham
So it may seem, the beginning of spring has finally arrived. Meaning that we’ve only a couple of months to wait for the British summer time to come along, bringing a host of music festivals and residential parks full of overheated picnic seekers. As the climate begins to change, it seems that there’s no better way to welcome the changing of the seasons than with a small-scale UK tour from Bristol’s The Other Tribe. Having filled many a dance floor in 2012 with their radio-friendly single ‘Skirts’, when the time comes for The Other Tribe to play at East London’s XOYO the band’s electro vibes are sure to go down as a treat.
Words by Jonathan Hatchman
When Tim Booth isn't messing about on a trailer with Peter Kay for Comic Relief 2013 he is busy fronting James, and has been on and off since 1982. Part of mainstream music culture ever since their massive breakthrough singles 'Sit Down' and 'Come Home' and accompanying album 'Gold Mother', both single titles even seemed to adorn almost every baggy t-shirt sold in the UK in 1990. The band released mini studio albums 'The Morning After’ and ‘The Night Before' in 2010 to critical acclaim. For these two London dates they are joined by the equally legendary Echo and the Bunnymen – it will be well worth seeing these two bands perform a victory lap, and to see some of Booth's bizarre stage moves.
Words by James Young
Are Counting Crows cool? Were they ever? Does it matter? Much has gone on since the rootsy Californians burst onto the UK consciousness 20 years ago with the hugely successful ‘August And Everything After’ LP: another five albums (the most recent, 2012’s ‘Underwater Sunshine’, was all covers, flitting from Teenage Fanclub to Madonna) while Adam Duritz swung from a string of celebrity girlfriends to more recent struggles with prescription drugs. Whatever you think of their recorded music they’re a likeable live band, encouraging bootleg tapings, frequently freshening up the set-list and even messing with the support/headliner format during a recent tour with Michael Franti. Don’t be surprised if their also thoroughly agreeable support act, Lucy Rose, gets dragged up for a duet at some stage, then.
Words by Si Hawkins