Gig: Four Tet
Four Tet is an odd one to surmise, his own particular blend of musical magpie-ism taking him through hip-hop, indie, dance, funk, pop, you name it, which he then distills into his own abstract-ish live electronica.
Danceable indie, or indie-ish dance, but more far-reaching than both of those sound. You follow?
The south London-born Tet, aka Kieran Hebden, started out in post-rock outfit Fridge, making a clutch of recordings, before then realising that there was more to music than just guitars and embarking on tearing up the template and genre-based approach for a style that was more ambitious and unexpected. How so?
His first single as Tet, Thirtysixtwentyfive, was thus named because that is how many minutes and seconds it ran to.
It wasn’t playlisted on Radio 1. This ‘create what I want’ stance has stuck.
So while he opened for Radiohead on their 2003 tour (forming a strong bond with Thom Yorke and the boys) and has remixed for the likes of alt-folk duo Tegan and Sara and tea cosy fan Badly Drawn Boy, he also likes to attempt the less conventional, such as performing an improvised gig, as he did in London and Paris in 2005 with jazz drummer Steve Reid.
Despite – or perhaps because of – his mantra, he’s put together a sterling career that’s seen him release a sixth album, Pink, last August, which was yet another post-rock-meets-electronica record that received universal critical acclaim.
Taking to the stage at Heaven you can guarantee he’ll delve into every corner of his impressive body of work, and the show will be totally captivating.
Heaven, WC2N 6NG
Thurs, Feb 28 | Doors at 7pm | £15.50
Tube | Embankment
Gig: Of Monsters and Men
Nu-folk has swiftly become a dirty word, but Icelandic alt-folk popsters show it shouldn’t be so.
Debut My Head Is An Animal hit number three on the UK charts, and is laden with offbeat yet catchy-as-fuck kookiness that’s seen them line up this trilogy of west London shows.
Sure to be all over the festival scene this summer.
Mar 5-7. 7.30pm £16
Shepherd’s Bush Empire W12 8TT
Tube | Shepherd’s Bush
Club: The date 1st birthday – Tony Humphries
“I like to stay two or three weeks ahead of the competition,” says house music legend Tony Humphries of his remarkable ability to stay ahead of the curve.
He’s toured and held residencies the world over, worked with some of the biggest names in the biz, and plays a very special five-hour set here.
Sat, Mar 2. 9.30pm-5am £18+
The Loft Studios 77-87
Scrubs Lane, NW10 6QU
Tube | Kensal Green
Club: Electric minds – dimensions warm up
Electric Minds and Broken & Uneven teamed up for last year’s The Hydra, a series of 12 events staged across London, and they’re back for a new run of top parties in 2013.
First up is house producer Motor City Drum Ensemble, with Efdemin and Dolan Bergin, at this Dimensions Festival warm-up event.
Sat Mar 2. 10pm-6am £12.50
A secret London location TBC
Gig: Moxafrica – fundrasing show
Rock critic and author Neil McCormick puts on this fundraising show in aid of Moxafrica, a charity supporting Africans with tuberculosis.
David Gray, Aussie Gabriella Cilmi and The Magic Numbers have all signed up, with special guests and the chance to win a pair of Bono’s sunglasses. Remember to give generously.
Weds Mar 6. 7pm £30
Islington Assembly Hall Upper Street,
Tube | Highbury & Islington
Club: DJ Sneak album launch
House pioneer DJ Sneak, who’s been defining and re-defining his genre for 15 years, plays this extra-special show to launch the album I’m A House Gangster.
He began DJ-ing in 1983, has influenced everyone from Daft Punk to Armand Van Helden, and this is the only place outside of the summer fests to see him in London this year.
Fri Mar 1. 10pm-7am £10+
Egg 200 York Way, N7 9AX
Tube | King’s Cross
Gig: Melody’s Echo Chamber
Parisian songstress Melody Prochet is a purveyor of blissed-out dreamy-pop sounds spiked with psychedelic retro flourishes and shoegaze’s laid-back cool.
Her self-titled debut was released last autumn to critical fanfare when she played a show-stopping gig at Cargo.
If you missed her then, don’t be a fool a second time.
Tues, Mar 5. 7.30pm £10
Pentonville Rd, N1 9NL
Tube | King’s Cross
Festival Watch: Bilbao BBK Live
This ace festie, on a hill overlooking the northern Spanish city of Bilbao, celebrates its eighth year with a great line-up.
Headliners are electro-kings Depeche Mode, southern rockers with the flaming loins Kings of Leon and San Fran punk rockers Green Day.
There’s also Biffy Clyro, Editors, Fatboy Slim and more, including loads of ace homegrown acts. Top quality fun in the sun.
Kobetamendi Park, Bilbao, Spain.
Jul 11-13. £90 (including camping and booking fee)
Photos: Jason Evans