Happy Blue Monday. It's January - everyone's moaning about the weather, the wait for payday, and how fat they are after Christmas. But it's not all shit - every week we bring you the best gigs and clubs in one swift article so you've always got something to grin about. And with no booking fees, we’ll save you a bit of cash too. In your face, winter.
Indie stalwarts The Maccabees are in the form of their life right now. Releasing new album Marks To Prove It last year, the London quintet have finally hit the big time. Building on their base of love soaked lyrics and euphoric guitars, the five piece scored their first number one with the stunning release. When they take to the stage at London's Brixton Academy you have to be there. Get these tickets bought and let The Maccabees take you on a journey. Do not miss it. Get tickets.
Over the last few years, SOPHIE has pretty much caused a pop music revolution. Skipping between never heard before genre's, the producer has made a name for himself by creating, glitchy, warped, and simply space age off-kilter pop music that has paved the way for a whole new collective of artists. After collaborating with the likes of Charli XCX, Diplo and Madonna, and having released his debut album PRODUCT this autumn, he plays this huge date at Village Underground. You can't miss it. Get tickets.
Newcomers Sweat are one of the most exciting dance-leaning indie troupes out there. Releasing their debut track Be Complete at the end of 2015, the London collective intricately layer americana riffs over club-infused bass, and add in a whole bunch of slinky synths ready for the dancefloor. After smashing a show at an abandoned house in Peckham, they play this date at The Waiting Room. Make sure you're there to witness it. Get tickets.
Clash called him "gloriously inventive" while Dummy reckon that while listening to his music "You can literally feel the sun on your face."Jodie Abacus' talent will keep you gripped with slick production full of 80s references and a delivery somewhere between Lionel Ritchie and Frank Ocean. Releasing his debut track I'll Be Your Friend earlier this year, he picked up over 100,000 plays in one week, hitting the top spot on Hype Machine and propelling himself to hot property in just seven days. Playing this date at Roundhouse Studio, it won't be long before he's playing the main room. Get tickets.
Stealing the attention of everyone with a pair of ears and a taste for straight to the gut, sucker punching indie rock, Dilly Dally are the band you need in your life. With a throat scratching delivery and a talent for riffs that would make J Mascis jealous, the Toronto quartet caused Pitchfork to compare lead singer Katie Monks to Kurt Cobain on new single Purple Rage, a rush of aggressive guitars that brims with the kind of teen angst you never grow out of. They released debut album Sore in October to a roar of praise. Make sure you’re at The Castle Hotel when they bring the walls down. Get tickets.
MINUS THE BEAR
Forming in 2001, Seattle quartet Minus The Bear have spent years honing an energetic take on indie rock, that sews brutal metalhead chords intro intricate guitar lines. Releasing Lost Loves in 2014, a collection of rare unreleased tracks, the five some proved that their sound is completely timeless. After recently celebrating 10 years of their critically acclaimed Menos el Oso, Minus The Bear take on Gorilla. You need to see it. Get tickets.
Crafting songs perfect for any 70's crime thriller, Seattle's Night Beats are a lo-fi trio putting the grungy edge back into to rock n roll . On new single Sunday Mourning, guitars swirl in a smoggy haze, carried by by the gentle chug of traipsing drums and lead singer Danny Lee Blackwell's nonchalantly executed vocal. Having recently signed to Heavenly Records, the three-some will be releasing new album Who Sold My Generation in January, just in time for you to catch them at Manchester's Soup Kitchen. You've got no excuse not to be at this gig. Get tickets.
MUTINY: CALYX & TEEBEE
This January, Motion welcome a take over from the very best of heavy-hitting drum and bass. Mutiny's very own Calyx & Teebee will lead the line with their high octane, warehouse prepped bass that's seen them release on the likes of the infamous RAM Records, Vision Records and Momentum. Not only that, Alix Perez, Ed Rush, S.P.Y. and many more pack out a stupidly heavy lineup. Get tickets.
Beach Slang are just one of those bands that you can’t not like. With pulse raising guitars and growling vocals, the indie slammers create euphoria inducing music that will tug on your heartstrings. After signing a deal with Polyvinyl, and announcing that they’ll finally be releasing their debut album in October, the quartet are about to explode. Don’t miss out when they take to the stage at The Hug And Pint. Get tickets.