Despite their tender years, London four-piece Goat Girl make music that sounds like they’ve been doing it for decades. Singer Clottie Cream’s drawling voice delivers lyrics with an almost audible shrug, backed by the band’s blend of idiosyncratic post-punk and good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll. Their debut album contains moments of pure brilliance, and moments that sounds like they were recorded during a walk around a derelict fun fair’s haunted house – which sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. No matter, Goat Girl are making music worthy of anyone’s attention, and their vignettes detailing the seediness of city life are even more visceral and startling seen live and up close.
14 May, Paradiso
The twice-yearly London Calling showcases bands from, erm, the world. Not just London then, but let’s let that work to our advantage by allowing it to host some of the finest talent you're likely to find all together in just one venue for quite some time. And this year’s edition really does have a cracking line-up of international talent, not only featuring bands that have built up a steady stream of hype in recent times – including Rolling Coastal Blackout Fevers and the brilliant Snail Trail – but also a few acts that you might not have heard but really should, including the glittering folk-rock of Australia’s Stella Donnelly and the motoric madness of Snapped Ankles, who as far as I can tell are attempting to pass themselves off as mythical creatures who emerged fully formed from the forest.
25 & 26 May, Paradiso
Does a club night count as a gig? Of course it does! And though DJ Seinfeld’s deep cuts and lo-fi house do indeed usually emanate from his decks, there’s a resonance of emotion in each beat which sets him apart from many of his peers. Both uplifting and heart-breaking at the same time, his music manages to deftly blend beats with pathos and, for want of a better word, hope. Joining him for this night is Clone label founder and record store boss Serge, and techno, house and disco DJ Fit Siegel.
4 May, Sugarfactory
Montreal post-punk band Ought have taken their tendency to sound a bit 80s to an extreme on new album ‘Room Inside the World’, which is to say, they’ve never sounded more like the bastard love child of Gang of Four, Joy Division and Talking Heads. Sounds awesome right? Yes, it is, and even more brilliantly Ought still manage to retain that indefinable quality that makes them, well, Ought. It’s not just singer Tim Darcy’s rat-a-tat delivery or lamenting lyricism, it’s that and much more. Live, that edge and tension so instrumental to what they do sounds even more thrilling.
7 May, Paradiso
You can’t accuse Nick Mulvey of being derivative. The singer picked up Latin-influenced guitar techniques in Cuba, studied ethnomusicology in London and was a founding member of post-jazz collective Portico Quartet. Latest album ‘Wake Up Now’ was written after he experimented with the hallucinogenic drug ayahuasca and became a father, and continues Mulvey’s experimentation with latino, folk and sprawling soundscapes. If that all sounds pretty esoteric, it is, but somehow Mulvey makes it work brilliantly.
27 May, Paradiso
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