Hell is For Heroes | Mon 19 Feb | O2 Institute | £22.50
British post-hardcore underdogs Hell is For Heroes return to celebrate the 15 year anniversary of their “rock saviour” debut, ‘The Neon Handshake’ – an album that’s since earned cult status in the pantheon of underground English rock. Taking the garage-racket of DC hardcore bands like Rites of Spring, stuffing it full of undeniable earworms and radio-friendly sledgehammer riffs, ‘Handshake’ is a totem of its time. See our full preview here.
Laura Misch | Tue 20 Feb | Hare & Hounds | £8
Saxophonist, producer and singer-songwriter Laura Misch is another outstanding new-generation jazz artist; exploring the spaces between analogue noise and electronically-manipulated sound, she turns the limitations of her one-woman live setup into a head-dazzling advantage. Following support slots for big names like living legend Roy Ayers, there’s no telling what heights she could rise to. skiddle.com
Wiley | Thu 22 Feb | O2 Institute | £19.50
Wiley’s last record, ‘Godfather’, found him embracing his long-held nickname as the godfather of grime, and erroneously announcing his retirement (not for the first time). But as the most tireless producer in the scene, Wiley’s earned as long a victory lap as he wants, with his double-time rapping and harsh, synthy beats still delivering the same energy and drive with charisma aplenty: as the man says, he calls the shots. See our full preview here.
Husky Loops | Thu 22 Feb | The Flapper | £7
Dancey punks Husky Loops are like a raw, electronics-free incarnation of the Faint, with a healthy dose of old Queens of the Stone Age and the chugging basslines of Death From Above 1979 thrown in for good measure. But there’s something else going on in these abrasive post-punk jams: a taste for the unexpected, a tendency to swerve left just when you think you’ve got the song pinned down. Ones to watch. seetickets.com
Delta Autumn | Fri 23 Feb | Dark Horse | Free
With their debut EP ‘∆utumn’ under their belt, local glitchy-jazz weirdos Delta Autumn have a stellar calling card for their particular brand of synthy, prog-tastic fusion. That said, the band barely stay still for 30 seconds, let alone the stretch of an EP, so it’s still as hard as ever to define exactly what the hell Delta Autumn are. Whatever it is, though, we want to listen to it. www.darkhorsemoseley.co.uk
Roni Size | Sat 24 Feb | O2 Institute | £19
The legendary drum and bass pioneer returns to the city to give the Institute’s PA a thrashing, revisiting his undisputed classic, ‘New Forms’; an album that signalled a revolution in dance, mixing ballsy cerebral hypnotism with deep-forged monster bass riffs. Size’s live presentation of the album in a dazzling cacophony of multimedia effects is straight-up unmissable – see our full preview here.
Puma Blue | Sat 24 Feb | Sunflower Lounge | £7
Another week, another jazz-infused, slow-burning R&B crooner; you’d be forgiven for overlooking Puma Blue’s smoky, intricate songs in our current glut of South London talent, but Mr. Jacob Allen is worth a proper appraisal. There’s something undeniably Buckley-esque in that voice, and in his heightened sense of restraint: he’s holding so much back that he’s practically a compulsive hoarder. seetickets.com
Jamie Lenman | Sun 25 Feb | O2 Institute | £15
Pop-rock mastermind Jamie Lenman’s found himself again, along with the swinging riffs and roaring vocals that make him a fearsome onstage presence, as well as a criminally underrated linchpin of the UK post-hardcore scene. New album ‘Devolver’ does pretty much everything right: filthy, hard-edged, funny and melodic at once, brimming with Lenman’s new-found freedom to do exactly what he wants. See our full preview here.
Published on: Sat 10 Feb 2018