Words by Ian Pennington
We’re due for a gloomy week outside, so what better use of your time than a pilgrimage to one of your many local music sanctuaries. Here is a selection of the holiest offerings for you.
Begin the week on Monday 6th with a class in lo-fi indie melodies. Today’s lesson is The History of Apple Pie, and your exam hint is to think along the lines of Dandy Warhols.
Scotch singer-songwriter James Yorkston parachutes into Deaf Institute with his new material on Tuesday 7th. Expect a duo show with Jon Thorne on double bass from the early member of folky label Fence Collective.
Wednesday 8th is one of those colourful palettes with almost too much choice. We’ve narrowed it down to a trio of picks here. Post-rocking in the shade of high pitched hammers and reverb soaked melodies, Tall Ships are due at Soup Kitchen.
Notting Hill vocalist Shakka drops into Soup Kitchen on Thursday 9th. Then head to Joshua Brooks later on for the PurpleSky clubnight at Joshua Brooks. Both will be tuning into the tones of hip hop and rap, with the latter pledging more leftfield selections.
Clint Mansell is loitering on the wrong side of a sold out sign, but there are a trio of other Friday 10th offerings worth your time. For one, Johnny Greenwood’s similarly classically focussed show at Albert Hall will see the Radiohead guitarist surrounded by the London Contemporary Orchestra.
Elsewhere, reformed funky soul legends Cymande bust a groove to Band On The Wall, while the Psychotic Reaction festival tears through Oldham Street at both Gullivers and Castle Hotel. The Watchmakers headline that one.
It continues to be a good week to head to Soup Kitchen, as on Saturday 11th the R&S Records affiliates Cloud Boat return to the city.
Jolly indie mouthful Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – these days essentially a solo venture for founder Alec Ounsworth – climb the student union stairs (or take the lift) to Academy 3 on Sunday 12th, which is a convenient place to round up this bulletin.