Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Cuban Brothers; Loud Women Fest; Skids’ Richard Jobson
14 September, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
The Cuban Brothers. Photo: http://thecubanbrothers.com
THEY have been a staple of celebrations, parties and festivals for 20 years – the caricature Cuban Bros and their funk-fuelled tunes, faux accents, cheeky asides and b-boy action have been honing their entertainment skills for two decades. Now, the Cuban Brothers celebrate their 20th anniversary with the release of new album, La Familia, and a celebratory show at The Forum on Sept 15 with guest appearances from Norman Jay, DJ Yoda, BABY BAM (Jungle Brothers, Eva Lazarus, Reeps One and DJ Russ Cuban.
• Strokes founding member and acclaimed guitarist Albert Hammond Jr plays the Electric Ballroom on Sept 14 following the release of his third album, Francis Trouble, earlier this year.
• Expect Tufnell Park to be a little bit noisier than usual on Saturday (Sept 15) as Loud Women Fest brings 21 acts to Tufnell Park Dome and Boston Music Room in a celebration of punk, indie-pop, alternative music and more by women and non-binary musicians from the UK’s underground scene. Amongst the acts on the line-up are Petrol Girls, She Makes War, Zand and Dream Nails.
• Camden folk poet Beans On Toast brings his tour to Islington Assembly Hall on Sept 14. He shares the bill with Santa Cruz Americana band The Devil Makes Three.
• Skids frontman and film director Richard Jobson reads passages from his acclaimed new sci-fi novel, Speed Of Life – dubbed a love letter to David Bowie – with a musical landscape provided by Filthy Tongues Maestro Martin Metcalfe at The Water Rats on Sept 20. Richard and Martin will also perform some unplugged songs from the Skids’ back-catalogue, plus a few co-written works from the recent UK top 30 Skids LP, Burning Cities.
• Jermain Jackman, winner of the third series of TV talent show The Voice, will perform live at the launch of 100 Wardour St’s Soho SoulTown’s autumn series on Sept 18. The series will take place every Tuesday with a different live act.
• Scottish musicians Jenny Sturgeon and Inge Thomas bring their bird-inspired project, Northern Flyaway, to Cecil Sharp House on Sept 19.
• To coincide with the Cherry Red Records’ 2CD anthology, Flying Saucer Attack: The Complete Recordings 1977-1979, Scottish 70s punk/new wave band The Rezillos celebrate their debut 1978 album, Can’t Stand The Rezillos, by performing it in full for the first time ever at 229 on Sept 15.
• Bilingual singer Cuco aka Omar Banos plays his debut London show at Camden Assembly on Sept 18.
• Rising R&B soul singer James Vickery plays Jazz Cafe on Sept 17.
• Country star Catherine McGrath plays Scala on Sept 18.
• Notable gigs this week: Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs, The Black Heart; Sports Team, Scala (Sept 19); The Plastic Other, Hope and Anchor (Sept 20).