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Releasing debut single Hungry Heart on Fat Possum, Q Magazine called them “A mix of Spacemen 3-style noise and ominous Doom-rock riffs”, while NME have been fans since day one. The London trio mixes spacious swirling psyche guitars with a backbone rhythm section that’s as solid as mountain. And in the mix of it all, there’s a seething chaos and a promise that with this band, anything could and will happen. After selling out tons of shows across the UK this year, YAK are about to release new EP, and you can expect that they'll be on storming form when they take to the stage at Moth Club. Book now.
On November 17th, Eat Your Own Ears welcome the one and only Floating Points to Islington Assembly Hall. The Ninja Tune affiliate has rapidly become of the most respected and sought-after producers in the game through his unmissable slots on NTS and his incredible releases; "King Bromeliad", "Nuits Sonores" and "Myrtle Avenue" to name just a few. What's more, he's an incredible DJ - captivating crowds for hours with mesmersingly uplifting sets and an unrivaled ability to fill the room. Book now.
JME & Oneman
As ever, XOYO's Loves series has landed with a bang. The East London tastemakers are welcoming the front-runners of electronic music in 2015, with DJ Koze, Baauer, PC Music and many more being recruited. On Tuesday 17th November, they welcome the one and only JME. As the spearhead of Boy Better Know, JME is one of grime's most instrumental figures, and recent bangers That's Not Me, Man Don't Care and Don't @ Me have catapulted the London MC into a new realm. He'll be bringing his full-throttle grime showcase to the stage alongside one of the UK's greatest selectors, Oneman. Capable of dipping his toe in everything from strip-club rap to carnival prepped bangers, Oneman is a must for anyone who hasn't seen him live. Book now.
With the psych-pop prog of Ariel Pink or early Unknown Mortal Orchestra, former Late Of The Pier front man Sam Eastgate has been reborn as LA Priest. The Guardian called him a genius, while NME gave his debut album, the gloriously imaginative Inji, a massive nine out of ten. With slick bass, pulsating samples and a yearning delivery as sexy as it is playful, Eastgate has been whipping crowds around the UK all summer with his scintillating live performance and silky suits. Playing this date at Heaven you need to get in the frenzy. Book now.
The Japanese House
Newest club night on the East London scene Slacker is back and bringing a big new star to the stage of Dalston's Victoria. With twisting, slicing, and totally breathtaking dream pop, Londoner Japanese House has been picking up love across the board from The Guardian to BBC Radio 1. New single Cool Blue breezes through headphones with the lush vocals of Imogen Heap and the glitching romance of The Postal Service. Support comes from Nimmo whose music is dark, glistening, deeply infectious, and laced with potent lyricism and disturbingly perfect human undertones. This is a massive night. Book now.
DICE Live Award
We launched the DICE Live Award in 2014 to honour the best Emerging Live Act in the UK and Ireland. Doing away with the pomp and fanfare of a traditional awards ceremony, last year’s inaugural party saw winners Wolf Alice beat off competition from Slaves, Royal Blood and Rag’n’Bone Man to take home the trophy and have an epic 2015. Nominees this year are the unrelenting Girl Band, indie sweethearts The Big Moon, soul-pop hero Jack Garratt and the incendiary Little Simz. The award is voted for by a panel of 100 journalists, promoters, broadcasters, and venues and the winner will be announced on the night. First act announced is The Big Moon who will be playing live on the night. There might also be some free booze. Book now.
Disorientating and challenging, but addictive in their ingenuity and originality, Everything Everything continue their legacy as one of the most exciting bands in Britain with the release of new album Get To Heaven. With flitting samples and an instant falsetto, their art-indie explodes through headphones with a dizzying euphoria that only grows when this quartet take stage. Playing Manchester Apollo this November we can’t wait to hear three and a half thousand people try and hit those high notes. Book now.
One thing the Eton Messy boys have already mastered at their young age, is throwing parties. From boat parties on the Thames to Mediterranean takeovers, the Bristol based tastemakers are nailing it. On 21st November, they are set to dominate Antwerp Mansion in Manchester, and you can't afford to miss it. Ever the ones to pull out special guests and the most outrageous lineups, you can guarantee this is gonna be incredible. The Eton Messy tour has landed, get on board. Book now.
Nathan Williams is back with a brand new album packed full of his additive-fuelled brat punk. First offering My Head Hurts got a Beats 1 premiere from Pete Wentz and it’s classic Wavves; instant, addictive, brash and brilliant. While Wavves’ career has often been something rocky with members leaving, performances falling apart, and a press spotlight as fast to brighten as burn, Williams’ talent for writing hook full choruses has always shone through. Back in the UK and playing this date at Sound Control, throw caution to the wind, grab a ticket, and get ready for a show we guarantee you’ll remember. Book now.
Last we heard from Kurt Vile he was in studio, working on his sixth album, a follow up to 2013’s stunning Wakin On A Pretty Daze and his It’s A Big World Out There (And I Am Scared) EP. The singer-songwriter has steadily won a growing fan base over the last seven years with his blissed out, reflective, and heartwarming indie rock. Live, he’s charming and magnetic, and playing with his band The Violaters they release an encapsulating wave of thick, careening guitars. Playing this November date with support from Waxahatchee whose indie folk will hit direct to your gut, and with the promise of new material from Vile, it’s not a show to miss. Book now.
With swooning vocals and sun kissed melodies, Ducktails create the perfect music to lose yourself to in a dream world far away from the daily grind. Initially a solo project by Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondaline, the four-piece released their fifth album St. Catherine back in July, which was jammed full of luscious 60s tinged soundscapes. It's woozy, psychedelic pop that clings on to those long summer nights and gloriously cold beers. Get yourself familiar with the new album, and then get your ticket bought and escape on Mondaline's chill-wave voyage. Book now.
“A Los Campesinos! concert is not a place to bring a loved one. This is a place for mourning and sadness, it’s a pit of despair,” proclaims Gareth Campesinos! on live album A Good Night For A Fist Fight. And he’s not wrong. Family Campesinos! have spent the last eight years specialising in failed romances, late night losses, heart swells and heart aches. Maturing from breakout hit You! Me! Dancing to the destructive likes of The Sea Is a Good Place To Think Of The Future or the pure pop perfection of Avocado, Baby, their back catalogue has surely sound-tracked a thousand break ups. Book now.
When it comes to electronic music, The Orb are right up there with Kraftwerk and Brian Eno as some of the most instrumental figures behind the genre and its varied sub categories. Fusing elements of house with more traditional electronica, the London duo create sonic waves for 7am listens when the sun is rising and your energy levels are waning. With their catchy vocal loops and dream like soundscapes, seeing these ambient house pioneers is a must. Don't miss out when they take to the stage at Thekla. Book now.
In:Motion and The Blast have joined forces with one of the UK's greatest champions of new music, Black Butter Records. Having housed everyone from Clean Bandit to Rudimental, it's safe to say Black Butter know talent when they see it. And their centre-piece, Gorgon City, are set to lead the line on November 21st when they take over Motion in Bristol. From "Ready For Your Love" to "Go All Night" with Jennifer Hudson, the young duo have got bangers for days. With the sky now the limit for Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson-Scott, you'd be mad to miss this. They'll be joined by house music's young prodigy, Karma Kid as well as the hotly-tippd NVOY, Black Butter's residents, Klose One, DJ Die and many more. Book now.
On their debut album If You Leave, Daughter delivered a heavy blow of heartache lyrics that ripped into your stomach and left you empty, completely consumed by their eloquent and all too relatable creations. Add to that an innate talent for huge crescendos that broke into the barest breaths and glorious production that saw every sound hanging in the air, and you had a record as utterly addictive, exhilarating, damaging and perfect as love itself. Returning for a series of small shows and with the promise of a new record, we know this will be one exceptional evening of catharsis. The London trio are as compelling live as on record. Book now.
Ever since Talib Kweli's explosive Black Star project with Mos Def in the late 90's, the Brooklyn born rapper has gone on to produce some of the most influential and thought-provoking lyricism hip-hop has ever heard. With ten game-changing albums under his belt and collaborations with Kanye West, Pharrell, Mary J Blige and Kendrick Lamar in his locker, Kweli is simply an unstoppable hip-hop force. November 18th gives you the chance to see Jay Z's number one lyricist take on The Marble Factory. Book now.