Beck invites Jarvis Cocker and Franz Ferdinand to perform 'Song Reader'...

OFWGKTA @ The Forum, London, Monday 1st

Odd Future are back, performing as a collective for the first time on these shores since their Reading and Leeds shows last August. At the Reading show they just wouldn’t stop, prompting the festival to pull the plug. And fans at this sold-out show can be sure to expect another vigorously committed performance. This is their last scheduled show as a group before the motley crew jets off for festivals abroad. You can also catch former Clash cover star (and designer) Tyler, The Creator at T In The Park in a couple of weeks.

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The Smashing Pumpkins @ O2 Academy, Glasgow, Tuesday 2nd

The mammoth task of reissuing The Smashing Pumpkins’ whole back-catalogue continues this month with the release of 1996 compilation ‘The Aeroplane Flies High’. Ahead of the release of the deluxe, remastered set, and fresh from their Glastonbury performance, the band heads north to give the Scots a slice of the action. Opening for the rock heavyweights are Californian trio Beware Of Darkness.

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Beck: Song Reader Live @ Barbican, London, Thursday 4th

Genre-defyer, multi-instrumentalist, master-sampler. Beck is many things, and let it never be said that this man doesn’t know how to mix it up. His last release, ‘Song Reader’, took the form of sheet music, and Beck invited fans to send in their own interpretations. This week he’s lined up an all-star cast to perform the album at London’s Barbican. Bringing the pioneering project to life, Beck will be joined by Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand, Beth Orton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Joan As Police Woman - we could go on, and on, and on. Seriously.

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Pissed Jeans @ Electric Ballroom, Friday 5th

Rounding off a week in gigs, Pissed Jeans provide the perfect respite from a hard week at the office. Shed your shirt and tie, don some ripped-up denims, and jump straight into the mosh pit at Camden’s Electric Ballroom. Joined by Hookworms and Sauna Youth, the trio of punk bands promises to be loud and lairy. Although hopefully not quite as severe as the band’s video for ‘Bathroom Laughter’...

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Words: Emily Anderton

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