Deer Tick | Islington Assembly Hall | 30 January 2018
Human attention spans are shorter than ever, shorter even than the average goldfish. And, into a world where the average person loses focus after eight seconds, Deer Tick released two albums simultaneously. That’s 20 songs spanning 71 minutes – and two very distinct moods. ‘Vol. 1’ was all acoustic guitars and intimate vocals, ‘Vol. 2’ gritty garage rock.
“Every album we’ve put out has had its manic moments in one way or another. I felt good enough about everything that I was writing to think that we could truly separate our two big interests: quiet and loud,” explained frontman John McCauley when the LPs dropped in September 2017.
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Lambchop have shared a reimagined version of ‘The Hustle’, a highlight of their 2016 album ‘FLOTUS’, to coincide with the announcement of an 11-date UK tour.
The trek includes a show at Islington Assembly Hall on 20 August and follows their sold-out show as a part of The Roundhouse’s In The Round series in January.
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Sheer Mag, who release their debut album next week ahead of a UK tour, have shared the video for ‘Suffer Me’.
The song, which addresses the 1969 Stonewall Riots, the LGBTQ+ community’s ongoing battles, and fighting for your rights, will no doubt be performed when the band play Islington Assembly Hall on 20 July.
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The Veils have announced their first UK tour since releasing the album ‘Total Depravity’ in August 2016.
The live dates include a show at Islington Assembly Hall on 19 September. Tickets are available here.
“We’re very excited to be touring the UK again, and playing Festival Number 6 in Portmerion is obviously incredible,” says frontman Finn Andrews.
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King King | Islington Assembly Hall | 29 November 2016
Photo credit: Laurence Harvey
Alan Nimmo is under strict doctor’s orders to look after his voice. But, just a few songs into King King’s enthusiastic London appearance, the natural showman just can’t resist leading an already fired-up crowd through the lung-bursting “wooah wooah” of a joyous ‘Rush Hour’.
And, despite the recent vocal condition that’s forced the frontman to postpone a series of UK dates, he’s having as good a time as the audience. Sure, Nimmo’s dance moves don’t rival those of the punter at the back who spends the entire two-hour show seemingly auditioning for ‘Saturday Night Fever’, but the Scotsman’s performance is no less energetic or committed.
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Okkervil River | Islington Assembly Hall | 10 November 2016
Will Sheff gets right to the point: he’s more than a little bummed about Trump’s victory and what it means for his country. And for the past 48 hours, since the news broke, he’s been looking forward to working through his feelings with us.
“I’m glad to be here with you,” the singer admits before plunging into almost two hours of deep soul-searching that feels almost as cathartic for his audience. Against the backdrop of uncertainty, confusion, anger, despair, and frustration, the impact of his already evocative music and lyrics is only amplified.
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Robin Trower | Islington Assembly Hall | 18 October 2016
Photo credit: Paul Clampin
“Is the best yet to come?” asks Robin Trower on ‘Where You Are Going To’, the title track of his latest album. Performed tonight with tenderness and restraint, it reflects on “how we have no idea how our lives might unfold”.
But for the next 90 minutes, the guitarist and his audience know exactly what’s coming: the highlights of a 40-year solo career, performed with feeling. Eschewing look-at-me showmanship and soulless technical precision for something far more important – a rich, emotional sound all his own – Trower’s personality bleeds into every note.
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