Bill Ryder Jones
The former Coral guitarist’s new shimmering psych-folk style album Dawn, out on Domino last year, was described by reviewer Lee Zimmerman as “his most expressive effort yet, a sensual series of songs imbued with its own unique blend of atmospheric ambiance. Yet it requires those who hear it to lean in and listen in order to take full advantage of the aural enticement.” There’s nowhere better to lean in close and get to the heart of what makes these songs magic than live.
Slash and the Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators
The Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators tour continues this week. Stadium rocker Slash playing in the 5000 cap Eventim Apollo or the 2,100 cap Dome in Doncaster this week is surely the hottest ticket in the country. The tour is in support of Living The Dream album out last year. But there’s a healthy dig through his prolific solo back catalogue and the occasional Guns N’ Roses cover thrown in.
Diplo’s got a new EP coming out that’s a homage to his days cutting through the ranks on the London scene at places like Fabric and Notting Hill Carnival. Named Europa, the EP invites some of the hottest talent on the face of the earth into his LA studio and the results have been brilliant so far. The cut with Octavian guesting on it last week is a highlight. The night – at a 700 cap place no less - is said to include a starry line-up of guests brought on stage. Still tickets.
20 February – London, Night Tales (tickets)
International Teachers of Pop
Anyone remotely familiar with Fat White Family will likely have their eyes fixed on Adrian Moonlandingz’ band of the moment: International Teachers of Pop. When Adrian’s not making music for Lias Saoudi of Fat Whites to sing over in Moonlandingz – or in Eccentronic Research council – he’s teaming up with Dean Honer of Add N To (X) in this band. Honer’s productions have been prolific for years but most recently produced one of our favourite albums of last year TVAM. Adorning the electronic soundscapes they create is the naturally hook-laden pop vocal hooks slammed on by Leonore Wheatley. And thanks to their sharp, sardonic wit thread throughout their work, the three-piece can rightfully lay claim to making some of the most captivating electronic led pop around.
18 February - Newcastle The Cluny (tickets)
Tuesday 19 February - Manchester YES (tickets)
Wednesday 20 February - Bristol Exchange (tickets)
Thursday 21 February - London Oslo (tickets)
Friday 22 February - Sheffield Leadmill (tickets)
Saturday 23 February - Liverpool District (tickets)
It’s brilliant to see Massive Attack treating this latest tour, which is a 21st century anniversary tour in celebration of their seminal album Mezzanine, as a chance to tell the story of the band’s in the time since that release. The guest appearances by ‘Teardrop’ singer Liz Fraser and the covers of Bauhuas and Cure have been getting fans talking. But the overall reaction towards the show been so emotional and these gigs will likely go down in history as among the best the band’s ever done.
22 February, London – The 02 Arena (tickets)
New York art punk Bodega are the band lots of people who romanticise the New York alternative scene want to hear a band sounding like. There’s shades of various CBGB bands, Parquet Courts and aspects of the Strokes in there. But nostalgic as they may sound, their live shows have been so good, they're likely a reference point young bands forming now are referencing, meaning their influence could span decades. Bodega were one of our highlights at Trans Musicales festival in France late last year.