Death Cab For Cutie: I Need You So Much Closer

Death Cab For Cutie | Brixton Academy | 4 November 2015

Ben Gibbard really should know better. The quickest way to lose a UK audience is suggest they spend their beer money on anything other than beer – like the support band’s album.

But, one earnest misstep aside, Death Cab For Cutie’s London return is a triumph of rip-your-heart-wide-open proportions. It all begins – and ends – in a wall of guitar feedback, immediately making it clear that, on stage, this band from Seattle, Washington play with a ragged intensity not even suggested by their studio albums.

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Lonely The Brave victorious in Islington

Lonely The Brave are taking a break from the studio to embark on their biggest headline tour of the UK and Europe to date.

The trek, that will see them play in Britain, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands, includes a London stop, at Islington Assembly Rooms, on 24 November 2015.

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Ex Hex: There are colours that you can hear

Ex Hex | Scala | 2 November 2015

There are two types of new bands: those that imitate and those that assimilate. Ex Hex are definitely the latter: like all the best before them, the trio have processed their influences into a sound and identity all their own.

So their debut album, ‘Rips’, puts a unique spin on the power-pop formula. Clocking in at just 35 minutes, and relying on nothing more than guitar, bass, and drums, the focus is on the punchy songs themselves. There’s little time for rock star posing or musical heroics. And so it is on the Scala stage tonight.

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Turin Brakes bring ‘Lost Property’ to Union Chapel

Turin Brakes are back on the road next year in support of their forthcoming new album, ‘Lost Property’, due on 29 January 2016.

Olly Knights, Gale Paridjanian, Rob Allum, and Eddie Myer play London’s Union Chapel on 20 February as part of the extensive 21-date UK tour that also includes stops in cities like Leeds, Manchester, and Edinburgh.

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Bloc Party back in Brixton

The resurrected Bloc Party are back in Brixton early next year.

Their show, on 11 February 2016, is part of the NME Awards Tour 2016 and comes just days after the band release ‘Hymns’, their first full-length album since 2014.

Tickets for the show, with support from Drenge, Ratboy, and Bugzy Malone, go on sale on 6 November.

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It’s not too late for Shannon and the Clams at Oslo

Shannon and the Clams have unveiled their latest music video just days ahead of a show in London next week.

‘It’s Too Late’, featured in the clip directed by Ryan Browne, is taken from the  San Francisco Bay area band’s latest album, ‘Gone By The Dawn’.

The garage punk trio will be performing songs from it and their previous three albums I Wanna Go Home’, ‘Sleep Talk’, and ‘Dreams in the Rat House at Oslo in London on 11 November 2015.

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Brian Fallon & the Crowes flying to KOKO

Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem is returning to London – but this time as a solo artist.

“I’ve been waiting a long time to do this tour and I’m excited the opportunity has come to play these songs live for everybody there,” the singer and guitarist wrote on his website.

His show at Koko on 8 April 2016 will mark his first in London since The Gaslight Anthem played Shepherd’s Bush Empire in August, their second last show before going on an indefinite hiatus.

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