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january gig guide

So, January, yeah. Rubbish, isn’t it? Dark, cold, still bloated from Christmas, the annual humiliation of failing to keep your resolutions for longer than a fortnight, nothing to do…wait! Nothing to do? The gig year doesn’t usually heat up properly until March or so but there’s plenty worth seeing. We’ve trawled the listings to pick out something to warm your cockles for every black, freezing night of the month, starting tonight!

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Lail Arad + The Momeraths + Jason Steel
Witches Hat Club @ The Slaughtered Lamb, London

£4 adv/£6 doors | 8pm

Expect to hear more about Lail Arad in the lead up to the release of her debut album, Someone New, on French label Notify. Armed with a clutch of songs both funny and poignant, she’s a talent waiting to be properly discovered.

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The Kittiwakes + Emily Barker
Come Down & Meet The Folks @ The Stag’s Head, Hoxton, London

FREE  | 4pm

UK trio The Kittiwakes specialise in thrilling traditional folk, so expect plenty of banjo, accordion, violin and mandolins as they romp through tunes from their debut album Lofoten Calling, a concept record about “the people, wildlife, landscape and folklore of the Lofoten Islands, the north western archipelago in arctic Norway”. Support comes from the equally wonderful Emily Barker, performing tonight as a duo rather than with her full band The Red Clay Halo.

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Emaline Delapaix Trio + Laura Swain + Icons Of Elegance
Electroacoustic Club @ The Slaughtered Lamb, London

£5 | 7:30pm

Australian folk-pop singer-songwriter Emaline Delapaix travels over from her home in Canada, where she lives in a cabin on an island, to perform as her celebrated trio, featuring Teresa Morini on guitar and upright bass and Nihan Demirkapi Radford on cello. On tour around the UK from now until February 24.

FREE MP3: Emaline Delapaix, ‘Between Breeding Seasons’ [demo, via Last.fm]

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Martha Wainwright
Jazz Café, London

£20 | 7pm

Canadian folk-rock goddess, and brand new mum, plays the first of two consecutive dates in the intimate, 350-capacity Jazz Café. She’s more used to playing places like The Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall these days, so shows of this size are a rare treat.

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Trash Kit + Sticks + Bird Names
Tatty Seaside Town @ Hector’s House, Brighton

£4 | 8pm

Expect lo-fi, beat-happy power-pop sounds from this London-based trio who are starting 2010 off with a bang. They’ll be supporting MEN (Jan 19 only) and Vivian Girls in London later this month, and tUnE- yArDs at Cargo on February 15.

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Wetdog + Black Mamba Beat! + Human Race + Pissinboy
Bardens Boudoir, London

£3 | 8pm

Hard-to-pin-down sounds from this thrilling all-girl trio, who will no doubt be playing tracks from their fun and spook-filled second album Frauhaus!, released in November, which made #88 in our readers poll of 2009’s best albums.

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Goldielocks + friends
Pure Groove Records in-store, London

FREE | 7pm

Slick grime and dubstep from talented Croydon-based artist and producer who celebrates the release of second EP I’m Not Her in February on her own label Gut Instinct. Preview snippets from the EP on YouTube.

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Rios, Leeds

£12.50 | 8pm

The first night of a nine-date tour, infamous American heavy metal quartet Kittie return to the UK to play some tracks from their recent offering In The Black, arguably their best to date with new recruit Ivy Vujic replacing former bassist Trish Doan.

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Haunted Stereo presents Le Plat du Jour + The Lasting Days + Pete Lyons + Lampwick
Hamptons, Southampton

FREE | 8pm

Curated by recent Wears The Trousers Records contributors Haunted Stereo, this free event is described as “a night of fun stomping music with their favourite local and further afield bands”. Headliners Le Plat du Jour, aka Tallie Kane and Higgy, play an impressive range of instruments between them, so expect to hear clarinet, violin and banjo alongside the scuzzy electric guitar that provides the backbone to their songs.

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MEN + Pens
Hoxton Bar & Grill, London

£8.68 adv/£10 door | 8pm

MEN are the latest musical outlet for Le Tigre alumni JD Samson featuring Ginger Brooks Takahashi (who you may recall from her 2003 collaborative album with Mirah) and Michael O’Neill. Together they play arty electro music about contemporary issues that’s guaranteed to get even the Hoxton crowd dancing. Support comes from the excellent Pens.

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Comanechi + Divorce + Your Loyal Subjects
Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh

£5 | 8pm

Gorgeously noisy girl/boy duo Comanechi, who made a splash back in 2007 with their debut single ‘My Pussy’, play the second of two consecutive nights in Scotland, promising plenty of the thrashy indie punk they offered on the recently released album, Crimes Of Love. They play an HMV showcase at The Borderline in London on February 12 with The Soft Pack and O’Children.

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I Blame Coco + 60 Watt Bayonets
BBC Introducing Live @ Oakford Social Club, Reading

FREE | 7pm

Whether you think Coco Sumner is poised for greatness because or despite of her obviously privileged background – she’s the daughter of Sting and Trudie Styler – her electro dance and husky vocals are hard not to enjoy. Her debut single, ‘Caesar’, is released through Island Records on January 31, and features a chorus cameo from no less than the very fabulous Robyn. Video here.

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Laura Veirs & The Hall Of Flames
Arts Centre, Norwich

£10 adv/£12 door | 8pm

Laura Veirs is notorious for changing the name of her backing band every album. First there came The Tortured Souls, then Saltbreakers, and now we have The Hall Of Flames, who ably assist Laura in bringing to life the lush acoustic indie-folk of new album July Flame. Their 10-date UK tour kicks off on January 17 in Glasgow and culminates in a show at London’s Union Chapel on January 27.

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Chew Lips + Fenech-Soler
Koko, London

£5 | 8pm

An excellent chance to catch this South London trio before the electro-inspired dance-pop of their debut album Unicorn (out January 25 through super hip Kitsuné) propels them into the big time.

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The Berettas! + Bangers & Mash
The Garage, London

£5 | 8:30pm

The Berettas! have previously supported the likes of Pete Doherty’s Babyshambles and, er, Status Quo, but don’t hold that against them. Proud to call themselves an all-girl band, Lara, Kirsty, Debs and Sara offer a quality line in bluesy punk-pop that should sound right at home at The Garage.

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Anaïs Mitchell + Erin McKeown
Hanbury Ballroom, Brighton

£10 | 8pm

Don’t miss this fantastic double-headlining tour from these two very talented musicians, both signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe label. Going by Anaïs’s Twitter feed (“learning synth parts to erin mckeown songs. she is a ROCKSTAR”), expect some collaboration as well as some witty on-stage banter. This is the final date on a 10-city tour that kicks off in Belfast on January 14. Anaïs has also scheduled a couple of solo dates in Coventry and East Grinstead at the end of the month.

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Vivian Girls + Male Bonding + Trash Kit
Upset The Rhythm @ Trinity Centre Hall, London

£6.50 | 8pm

It’s no secret that we love the Vivian Girls, so recommending this show comes as naturally as breathing. If you don’t know what to expect by now, prepare to hear some brash shoegaze laced with punk and strung with girl-group harmonies. Vivian Girls are touring between January 14 and 18 with hugely promising UK band Veronica Falls (with an additional date at Hoxton Bar & Grill on Jan 26), with other shows and supports in between. Go and see them!

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Royal Festival Hall, London

£10–29.50 |  7:30pm

Grammy Award-winning Portuguese artist famous for reviving and reinventing the traditional genre of fado returns to the UK for a six-date tour. This is the second in a two-night run at the Royal Festival Hall. Expect to hear tracks from her most recent album Terra plus highlights from her back catalogue including Transparente, recently named as one of our albums of the decade.

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She Keeps Bees + Lulu & The LampshadesSECRET SPECIAL GUESTS!
The Allotment @ Black Heart, Camden, London

SOLD OUT | 7:30pm

One of our favourite gig promoters, The Allotment steps things up a gear after three fantastic lineups at the tiny Betsey Trotwood. This very special show features a headlining performance from Brooklyn duo She Keeps Bees with support from the excellent Lulu & The Lampshades and some top-secret guests. We know who they are, and we’re very excited. The Allotment will also be bringing us a rare London show from fellow Brooklyn act Scary Mansion in February. Represent.

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Alessi’s Ark + Treetop Flyers
Union Chapel, London

£8.50 adv | 8pm

Hailing from LDN’s own Hammersmith, the ineffably charming Alessi Laurent-Marke headlines this charity show in support of the Anthony Nolan Trust, raising money for leukaemia research. Alessi has a huge 32-date tour scheduled between now and April, starting off on January 13 with an 11-date tour with Sons Of Noel & Adrian and O Emperor, followed by an 8-date run with the lovely Rachael Dadd, and winding up with another 11 dates as the main support for Laura Marling. A new EP is in the works for 2010.

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Marina & The Diamonds
New To Q Sessions @ RoTA Notting Hill, London

£10 | 7:30pm

Here’s a lady who probably needs no introduction by now. Just announced as the runner-up in the BBC Sound of 2010 poll, Marina will be unleashing tracks from her debut album The Family Jewels (out February 15 through 679 / Atlantic) with all her characteristic fervour in this showcase sponsored by Q Magazine.

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Buffy Sainte-Marie
02 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

£17.50 | 7pm

Legendary artist, composer and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie returns to the UK for a six-date tour that starts in Basingstoke on January 24. Bringing her much-loved folk fusion to the Shepherds Bush Empire, this gig promises to be something very special with performances of material from recent album Running For The Drum and many of her classics.

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Judy Collins
Jazz Café, London

£21 adv | 7pm

There’s a number of reasons why Judy Collins is one of the world’s most renowned artists with a 30+ year career spanning folk, show tunes, pop and rock. Primarily it’s that incredible voice, but also because of her down-to-earth performance style. Expect lots of engaging chatter alongside some gorgeous renditions of her many hits.

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Charlotte Richardson Andrews and Alan Pedder


6 Comments so far
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Supporting Laura Veirs is The Old Believers and Cataldo! Two very great bands, one of them (The Old Believers) female fronted :)

Comment by S

Thanks for that additional info! Even more reason to go now :)

Comment by Wears The Trousers magazine

Judy Bloody Collins!

Comment by Lynn

There’s additional She Keeps Bees shows on the 31st Jan at the Old Blue last and the 9th March at the Lexington.

Just for the people who thought they might miss them as the 27th is sold out.

Comment by Woody

thanks Woody!

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