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May 28, 2012

Introducing: Shadowclub

It’s not very often we get tipped off about a hot band from South Africa. Until just now, we thought there wasn’t a great deal more than rugby and cricket that went on there (which is perhaps why they’ve been so strong at both pursuits historically), but low and behold, there is an indie scene nestled in the underground clubs of the nation’s larger cities.

Indeed, our friends Scoundrels have just been on tour over there for the first time (in an initiave to introduce international bands to the local market) and told us to check out Shadowclub, a rip roaring rock ‘n’ roll three piece from Johannesburg who opened up for them at the city’s Town Hall venue on 26 April.

Apparently, Shadowclub are a fairly big deal across SA – something that’s no doubt been aided by last year’s stadium support slots for none other than Kings Of Leon in Cape Town and Johannesburg, combined with a strong work ethic which has seen them trek across the country several times on their own steam.

Sound wise, this is unfiltered, dirty, foot-to-the-floor rock ‘n’ roll, no doubt inspired by the Followill clan’s earlier material (up to album no. 3, we’re guessing), Lou Reed, The Black Keys and Wolfmother – all of which we could see Shadowclub supporting and not bat an eyelid. It’s music for a night out on the tiles, rather than a period of introspection, we’d suggest, and we say three cheers to that. We also eagerly await the announcement of any European dates – which is something, according to a recent interview, they’re looking into.

Article source: http://laissezfaireclub.com/2012/05/introducing-shadowclub/

May 28, 2012

London gigs diary: 28 May – 3 June


Kyla La Grange plays her biggest headline show to date at Village Underground on Tuesday.

Monday 28 May

Japandroids @ Old Blue Last FREE
My Tiger My Timing @ The Lexington FREE
Girls @ HMV Forum
Nikki And The Dove + Duologue @ XOYO (rescheduled date)
Beach Fossils @ Water Rats
Admiral Fallow @ Cargo
Smoke Fairies @ The Tabernacle

Tuesday 29 May

Kyla La Grange @ Village Underground
The Hundred In The Hands + Young Man @ Madame JoJo’s (White Heat)
We Were Evergreen @ Bush Hall
Coves @ Power Lunches
The Crookes + China Rats @ The Borderline
Japandroids @ The Garage (Upstairs)

Wednesday 30 May

Broken Hands @ The Lexington
Willy Mason @ The Tabernacle
Reptile Youth + Paper Crows + Portasound + Black Hay @ Bull Gate (Club Killing Moon)
Islet + Trophy Wife @ Birthdays
Fractures @ Aces Eights Saloon Bar

Thursday 31 May

Alt-J (∆) @ Corsica Studios
Miike Snow + Alex Metric + Nikki And The Dove @ O2 Academy Brixton
Liam Bailey + Laura Welsh @ Notting Hill Arts Club (YoYo)
The Moulettes @ Bush Hall

Friday 1 June

Bob Mould + Cloud Nothings @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Saturday 2 June

Field Day Festival @ Victoria Park
Bushstock Festival @ Various Venues in Shepherd’s Bush
Brown Brogues + PINS @ Old Blue Last FREE
Cursive @ Cargo

Sunday 3 June

Wolf Alice + Shields + James Canty + Philipe Nash + Gabriel and the Hounds @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Communion)

Article source: http://laissezfaireclub.com/2012/05/london-gigs-diary-28-may-3-june/

May 26, 2012

Introducing: Jade Hopcroft

Despite the likes of Austin’s SXSW and Brighton’s The Great Escape being little more than industry piss ups, where buzz bands are more or less pre-determined, thus rendering the idea of walking into a venue and discovering an exciting new artist void at worst and unlikely at best, it’s refreshing to learn that this utopian notion remains possible.

Indeed, during The Great Escape a week or so back, we came across local folky singer-songwriter Jade Hopcroft, who captured our attention for a full thirty minutes during her set at Life by the seaside, where she opened the “Jeah” event (also featuring the likes of I Dream In Colour, Escapists, Draper, Dems and Worship) at around noon.

This was no mean feat, having stumbled out of bed half an hour previously after a long night of ‘networking’. The cobwebs were removed quickly: like all good singers, Jade’s vocal was the highlight here, all Stevie Nicks ripping through “Rhianon” meets Laura Marling taking on “New Romantic”, it possessed that great head-turning, move-away-from-the-bar ability. What’s more, her songs appeared to be well-written, concise and memorable, with “The Game” and “Saint” (below) being two particular stand out moments (the latter’s chorus ingrained itself into our consciousness and didn’t leave for quite some time).

To date, Jade has slowly been establishing herself on the Brighton and London scenes, and we expect her name to appear in many more places before the year is up if she continues in this vein. First up, we’ve booked to her to play at the London leg of Jake Mattison’s “Sorrow” single launch on 7 June, where she’ll open things up at around 8pm, if you needed any further incentive to attend.

Article source: http://laissezfaireclub.com/2012/05/introducing-jade-hopcroft/

May 17, 2012

Jake Mattison: Video interview + live perfomance of “Sorrow”

After Jake Mattison‘s gig at a rainy Jubilee Square during Brighton’s Great Escape Festival last Thursday afternoon (10 May), our friends over at Beatwolf Magazine cornered him at The Mash Tun pub across the road for a chat about his influences and inspirations, the Manchester scene and touring with Emeli Sande last year, amongst a few other things.

Jake also performed a powerful, scruff-of-the-neck-grabbing version of his forthcoming debut single “Sorrow”, out on LFC Records in a few weeks, which left those in the room speechless. Check the interview and performance out above, and be sure to grab a copy of the 7″ vinyl on pre-order, because they’re flying out as we speak.

Jake’s next live shows are the “Sorrow” single launch parties on the 6th and 7th June, in Manchester and London respectively. Head over to our events page for further information and ticket details.

Article source: http://laissezfaireclub.com/2012/05/jake-mattison-video-interview-live-perfomance-of-sorrow/

May 13, 2012

London gigs diary: 14 May – 20 May


Haim play the last show of their current UK tour on Monday night at The Shacklewell Arms.

Monday 14 May

Haim @ The Shacklewell Arms FREE
The xx @ Electrowerkz
Andy Burrows @ Old Queens Head
The Front Bottoms @ Old Blue Last FREE
My Best Fiend @ The Lexington

Tuesday 15 May

The xx @ Chats Palace
Troumaca + The Night + Zena Kitt @ Hoxton Bar Kitchen (Gold Dust)
Icona Pop + Dante @ Electricity Showrooms (The Line Of Best Fit)
Israel Cannan @ Notting Hill Arts Club (No Quarter)
Lower Dens + Porcelain Raft @ Madame JoJo’s (White Heat)

Wednesday 16 May

Nikki The Dove + Elliphant @ XOYO
Willis Earl Beal + Gwilym Gold @ The Tabernacle
Oliver Tank @ The Lock Tavern FREE
Bleached + Mazes @ The Shacklewell Arms
Bear In Heaven @ Hoxton Bar Kitchen
Emma Louise @ Electricity Showrooms FREE

Thursday 17 May

St. Lucia + Foxes + Savoir Adore + Yadi @ CAMP (Popshop UK)
The Lovely Eggs + Yukon Blonde @ Old Queens Head FREE
Zulu Winter + Duologue @ Boston Arms
Spector @ Electric Ballroom
Emma Louise @ Notting Hill Arts Club (YoYo)

Friday 18 May

The xx @ Battersea Arts Centre
Mystery Jets + Slow Club + Theme Park + Peace @ O2 Academy Brixton
New Ivory + Swim Deep @ Old Blue Last FREE
Concrete Knives @ Koko (Club NME)
The Barker Band @ The Wheelbarrow FREE

Saturday 19 May

Lone @ Plastic People (Dollop)
I Dream In Colour @ The Borderline
Born Blonde @ 93 Feet East

Sunday 20 May

N/A

Article source: http://laissezfaireclub.com/2012/05/london-gigs-diary-14-may-20-may/

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