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Foals - Clash Gigs Of The Week 25/03/13

Beach House @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, Tuesday 26th March

ATP delivers more aural delights this month with shows from dream pop duo Beach House at the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on 25th and 26th March.

Since Beach House's launch into the sonic stratosphere in 2006 with their critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album; Legrand and Scally’s distinctive ethereal pop has seen their star continue to rise. 'Devotion' and 'Teen Dream' were both notably hit-heavy and now, following the success of 2012's 'Bloom', the duo are back in the UK to transport us straight to summer with their soothing, other-worldly sound. Watch this space.

Words By Becci Ride


Chapel Club @ Plan B, London, Tuesday 26th March

In the lead up to a busy summer and a new album release, Chapel Club will play a string of intimate UK dates, including a show that will see the East London outfit heading south of the river to Brixton’s Plan B. The quintet bring their dance-tinged new sound to the warehouse-style venue, in the lead up to the release of the band’s second album.

Expect to hear a selective showcase of new material, including loops and samples for new single ‘Good Together’ and ‘Sleep Alone’, as well as a handful of unreleased sounds from the band’s forthcoming album, and even reworked versions of debut album singles such as ‘The Shore’ and fan-favourite ‘All The Eastern Girls,’ perhaps. With an updated electro-element and tropical vibe, adjacent to the brooding, guitar-led original recording.

Words by Jonathan Hatchman


Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ O2 Academy, Brixton, Wednesday 27th March

Still riding after one average and two terrible albums since 'Howl' way back in 2005, swamp rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's seventh album landed just days ago, and fans can see how the new material fares at the Academy in Brixton on Thursday. New record 'Specter At The Feast' harks back to the quasi-spiritual Southern roots elements of 'Howl', a blues smokehouse in which the band hung their fuzzy rock 'n' roll sound to cure. Among the expected rebellious, sludge rock clarion calls there are tracks of intimacy and occasional genuine mournfulness too, drawn from the sudden loss of founder member Robert Been's father, Michael Been - himself an ex-rocker and sound engineer for the band since the beginning - from a heart attack in 2010. Even so, BRMC over the Academy's rig will doubtless be audible north of the river.

Words by Michael Parker


East Not East @ Shacklewell Arms, Thursday 28th March

East Not East returns with its blend of livid new bands and weekend promise, this month Clash will transform Good Friday into Fucking Excellent Friday as Typesun and Young Wonder go head to head on our stage for your dancing pleasure.

Expect weekend tunes on a Thursday and no work on the following day so praise Jesus, his untimely death and him rolling a large rock around on the Monday as well. It's holiday time!

Words by Matthew Bennett


Foals @ Royal Albert Hall, Thursday 28th March

Foals are set to round off their whirlwind UK tour with a highly anticipated sold-out show at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday. Indeed, such was the demand for tickets that a rare matinee performance has also been added on the same day to satisfy demand (for which there are still tickets, fans!).

Time will tell if they have enough energy to play such a large, demanding venue twice in 12 hours, but expect plenty of material from third album ‘Holy Fire’, a taut, blistering performance and perhaps a bit of mouthing off from frontman Yannis Philippakis, who was brilliantly quoted this week saying "We're bored of seeing some dude from the '90s headline festivals". Amen. Gig-goers are also in for a treat with support from Danish trio Efterklang, whose wide-eyed fourth album ‘Piramida’ charted at number 20 in Clash's albums of 2012.

Words by Laura Foster


Suede @ Alexandra Palace, Saturday 30th March

What does a grandiose record produced to such great heights need in order to be celebrated effectively? A grandiose venue where it can reach the heights it scaled on said record, of course.

With Suede choosing to play a very small selection of dates instead of a full scale tour in support of the album, you can bet your house that they will be as fresh and exciting as they ever have been. The show promises to be a spectacle of the epic, with support coming from Spector and psych-pop outfit Temples.

Words by Bill Williams


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