Gig: The Postal Service

The Postal Service is Death Cab For Cutie’s Benjamin Gibbard and Dntel, aka Jimmy Tamborello, with Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis. They came together for the Postal project in 2003, with Gibbard and Tamborello swapping tapes in the mail to make Give Up, an astounding album, the success of which outdid all of their respective day jobs. Then they departed. It was a one-off, no follow-up, no more shows. ‘Til now. 

The trio have seen fit to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Give Up by re-releasing the album with a smattering of new tracks, off-cuts and studio side bits. A perfect reason to revisit this indie-pop classic.

More to the point, though, they are taking the album out on the road for a series of shows in the US (they stunned at Coachella) and here in Europe. The first show at Brixton Academy sold out in minutes, with a second selling just as strongly. They could have played a week here and still found long-faced fans walking the street outside looking for generous touts to share a ticket for less than a hundred quid. 

Both continued in their former bands. Gibbard’s Death Cab released four more albums and became an indie rock institution. Meanwhile, Tamborello experimented with all kinds of electronica on three following Dntel LPs and collaborated with a variety of other artists (Bright Eyes, Grizzly Bear) on remixes and other projects.

It is the opening chords of singles such as Such Great Heights, Against All Odds and new track A Tattered Line Of String that people will cram into this legendary Brixton hall to hear. Not many gigs are one-offs, really. These are. Be there and enjoy. 

Brixton Academy, SW9 9SL
Sun, May 19 & Mon, may 20 | Doors at 7pm |  £25+   
Tube | Brixton 

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Gig: Bob Mould

Icon Mould formed Hüsker Dü in 1979 and pretty much wrote the rule book for alt-rock with their 1986 Candy Apple Grey, influencing the likes of Kurt Cobain, Billy Corgan, et al. Last year’s solo LP Silver Age saw him rocking out on guitar after years experimenting with dance beats and electronica. Living legend. See Chatroom on P21. 

Tue, May 21. 7.30pm  £19.50  
Electric Ballroom 
184 Camden High Street, NW1 8QP 
Tube | Camden Town

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Gig: Lana del Rey

Her Fifties style, whispered vocals and bad girl nymph persona may be a bit falsified, but the result is catchy as hell and the girl known as Lizzy Grant to her ma is playing her biggest shows over here yet. Anyway, adopting a stage persona didn’t do Joanne Germanotta any harm (Lady Gaga to those not on first name terms).

Sun, May 19 & Mon, May 20. 7pm  £25+
Hammersmith Apollo 
45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH 
Tube | Hammersmith

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Hungry Kids of Hungary

The boys from Brisbane have been announced as the Manic Street Preachers’ support for their Sydney and Melbourne shows in the summer. Before then, the indie rockers travel over here to smash this London show, in support of their debut long player You’re A Shadow, which was out earlier this year.  

Gig: Tuesday May 21. 7.30pm  £6  
Water Rats 328 Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8BZ 
Tube | King’s Cross


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Club: Bugged out – Boys Noize DJ set

Hamburg’s Boise Noize graces this east London club with a special DJ set. The German label head, DJ and producer is a techno-electro magician, warping sounds into shapes the likes of which you’ve never encountered before. A festival main stage act in a tiny venue, all sweaty, up close and personal. Special. 

Friday May 17. 9pm-3am  £13.50  
XOYO 32-37 Cowper Street, EC2A 4AP 

Tube | Old Street 


Club: Rodigan’s Ram Jam

David Rodigan curates his signature night of dub, reggae and roots music, with established acts and leading lights coming together under one roof. There’ll be the likes of Toddla T Sound, Ms Dynamite, Melé, Dub Phizix & Strategy and Bitty McClean as well as a monster headline set by the main man himself.

Friday, May 17. 10pm-6am  £15.50  
The Forum 9-17 Highgate Road, NW5 1JY 
Tube | Kentish Town


Club: Bloodshake

This new weekly indie night is set to play all of your indie dance floor fillers as well as bring you a load of special guest record-spinners. Birmingham’s indie upstarts Peace played the launch night two weeks back, and this week Paradise plays a live set with BEAT taking over room two.

Fri, May 17. 10pm-4am  £5  
The Garage 20-22 Highbury Corner, N5 1RD 
Tube | Highbury & Islington 

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Festival watch: Soundwave

This Croatian beach party festival has the waves, the sun and the sand, as well as some serious tuneage to get down to.

There’s fast-rising Essex lad Lapalux, face-masked name-changer Doom (above), Californian sound sampler and turntablist DJ Shadow, the truly wonderful Cinematic Orchestra, and even Craig bleedin’ Charles off of Red Dwarf spinning the funky tunes – it’s a summer music fest where the weather is guaranteed to make it as much a holiday as a fest, with boat parties to boot.

Tisno, Croatia. July 18-22. £119 



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