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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Toothless at the Lexington; Nick Hornby chats to Doc Brown; Mac de Marco at Nambucca

23 February, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab

THERE are three days left to nominate a departed musical figure or London place that has influenced the city’s musical landscape to be immortalised with a blue plaque in their name. To mark BBC Music Day 2017, BBC Radio London will unveil an official Blue Plaque to commemorate the chosen singers, musicians, song-writers or producers from any genre of music or significant locations which have played a big part in London’s musical heritage. The plaques will be unveiled on June 9. Tweet ideas to @BBCRadioLondon, post on Facebook or email Nominations close at midnight on Sunday (Feb 26).

• Howling Bells, Rozi Plan, Tusks and Glass Maps lead a special fundraiser for charity Hand In Hand For Syria, which provides aid within Syria, at the Lexington on Feb 26. Tickets cost £10 and £15 and you can donate a maximum of £10 by texting HIHS10 followed by any amount between £1 and £10 to 70070.

• Nick Hornby hosts his second night of music and conversation at Spiritland on Feb 27, this time in conversation with Ben Bailey Smith, aka rapper, actor and author Doc Brown.

Mac de Marco plays a solo acoustic gig at Nambucca on March 1.

• Moscow-born singer Daria Kulesh launches album Long Lost Home, about reconnecting through music with her grandmother’s estranged family in Ingushetia (in south Russia), at Cecil Sharp House on Feb 23.

The Lockside Lounge’s latest club night, Slipped Disco, launches on Feb 23 with Justin Robertson (Deadstock 33s) and Ben Osborne (Big Chill/ Noise of Art).

• Thanks to Smash Hits song sheets, I will forever remember the lyrics to countless songs. Tanita Tikaram’s 1988 hit, Twist In My Sobriety, is still in my mind. The singer plays Barbican on Feb 24.

Toothless, aka Ed from Bombay Bicycle Club, plays The Lexington on March 1 with support from Liz Lawrence and Chelou.

• Blair Dunlop performs a stripped-down version of his favourite tracks from his last three albums at Cecil Sharp House on Feb 25.

Sean Taylor launches new album Flood & Burn at The Green Note London Sunday, February 26.

• Notable gigs this week: St Pancras Old Church (March 1); Lucy Spraggan, Koko; The Handsome Family, Union Chapel (March 2).


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