Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: David Coulter; Chalk Hill Blue; Gaika; Raheem
24 October, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab
Hannah Peel and Will Burns
MUSICIAN, artist and composer David Coulter presents the world premiere of his re-interpretation of Tom Waits’ darkest, boldest record, 1983’s Swordfishtrombones, with guests including Matthew E White, Nadine Shah, Soap&Skin, Dorian Wood and Lisa O’Neill at Barbican on Oct 28. Coulter has worked with Waits as well as other artists such as Gorillaz, Kronos Quartet, Marianne Faithfull and The Pogues. He is joined on stage by members of Polar Bear, The Invisible and more.
• The Jazz Cafe recognises Black History Month on Oct 28 with a trio of spoken-word artists. Poet Carl Hancock Rux will be joined by a small band of musicians to perform his songs and poems from his acclaimed recordings. Joining him is British poet Joshua Idehen and Confucius MC.
• Poet Will Burns and electronic composer Hannah Peel – who has just been nominated for an Emmy Award for her score for Game of Thrones: The Last Watch – will bring their collaborative project Chalk Hill Blue to Milton Court Concert Hall on Oct 26.
• Go from Kentish Town to Cuba with a special showing of The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon, an immersive screening with Cuban dancers, at The Forum on Oct 27.
• More than 20 years after first forming, Third Eye Blind are still breaking their own attendance records. They bring their Summer Gods tour – their largest to date – to The Forum tomorrow (Friday). New album, Screamer, was released on October 18.
• British artist Gaika’s headline Roundhouse Rising show on Oct 29 promises to be an audio-visual spectacular as he expands on his blend of grime, dancehall and R&B-infused electronic music with the help of a 10-piece jazz ensemble led by composer Jason Yarde.
• Scottish singer-songwriter Katherine Aly (Lilac Melt) has attracted critical acclaim with her dreamy tunes and collaborated with countless UK bands and singers. She plays The Dublin Castle tomorrow (Friday). With support from D-Kel & Los Bandidos.
• In the 1980s Wendy May’s Locomotion club set up home at Kentish Town’s Town and Country Club (now The Forum) – a haven of ‘60s soul and original R&B. It is taking over 229 with Buddy Curtess And The Grasshoppers and The Fay Hallam Group tomorrow (Friday).
• Noughties neo-soul singer Raheem comes to the Jazz Cafe on Oct 25-26.
• Irish poet and performer Sinead O’Brien headlines this Roundhouse Rising and Great Escape show on Oct 26 with her fusion of spoken lyrics and art rock. She is supported by emerging indie band Weird Milk and London singer and rapper R.A.E (Rising Above Everything).
• LA’s Chromatics stop off at The Roundhouse on Oct 27 as part of their first tour in more than five years. The night features films directed by Johnny Jewel mixed live by video artist Danny Perez (Antibirth, Panda Bear).
• Indonesian experimental band Senyawa make their Barbican programme debut at LSO St Luke’s on Oct 27. NY-based artist and multi-instrumentalist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe supports.
• American musician Willy Porter (above) has shared the stages with music icons Jeff Beck, Tori Amos, and Paul Simon, carving out a successful solo career as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. He plays The Green Note on Oct 27 in support of new acoustic EP Mnemonic.
• Experimental drone metal band Sunn O))) headline the Roundhouse on Oct 28 with Life Metal, their first new studio album in four years. The band’s latest line-up features composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, a frequent collaborator with the late Jóhann Jóhannsson, Tim Midyett, a heavyweight of the Seattle post-hardcore scene, and Anthony Pateras.
• Madruga (above), one of Norway’s most successful bands, return after a 10-year hiatus to play their only UK show at Islington Assembly Hall on Oct 28.
• Mk.gee (above), the project of New Jersey native Michael Gordon, comes to St Pancras Old Church on Oct 28.
• Dead Naked Hippies launch new single Eyes Wide at The Social tomorrow (Friday) with support from fierce garage punk rockers Sit Down and new fuzzy psychers Mangö.
• UK hip-hop heavyweights, Rodney P, Blak Twang and TY, perform tracks from their new collaborative record The Kingdem EP at Islington Academy on Oct 29.
• Manchester’s Happy Mondays perform in their classic band line-up – frontman Shaun Ryder, Bez, Rowetta, Gary Whelan, Paul Ryder, Mark Day and Dan Broad (MD/guitar/keys) – at The Roundhouse on Oct 31 as part of their Greatest Hits tour. Support from DJ and producer, Jon Dasilva.
• Notable gigs this week: The Rifles + The Moons + The K’s, Roundhouse; Only Sun (above), Camden Assembly (Oct 26); Friendly Fires, Roundhouse (Oct 30).