The shock of being back at work after the torpor of the Christmas holidays is a little bit like a cold that won't quite go away, you can't quite shift that nagging horrible feeling that's stopping you feeling 100 per cent. To blast away the last vestiges of evil, try these gigs:
As usual we've only listed gigs where tickets are still available as far as we know.
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Velvet Revolver, the band featuring Slash and the not-so-oblique namecheck to Guns N' Roses play at the carling Hammersmith Apollo. Tickets are still available and details are at the Carling Live website. Tickets are face value £29.50 before charges apply. Or you can take your chances in person at the box office.
If you like men who use their full titles and prefer your music to be bluesy but with a 21st Century twist, try Dr John, with Mr David Viner supporting, at the Barbican Centre. The last time we looked, the only tickets left were priced at £25. Seems a bit hefty but Dr John is legendary.
A more electronic night is promised at The Marquee (Leicester Square) where Death Disco club night at the Notting Hill Arts Club which is free if you get there before 8pm (doors at 6pm). If you get there after 8pm, entry is still only a fiver, which is still good value since you can continue to boogie until 1am. This week Death Disco features Lyca Sleep, Ariel, and the rather magnificent Redjetson.
Not a great day for gigs as far as we can see, but those with £12.50 burning a hole in their pocket and interested in seeing how Lightning Seeds front man and 'Three Lions' co-writer Ian Broudie is doing on his own should get down to The Enterprise on Haverstock Hill, NW3.
If you spent your last £12.50 on going to see Ian Broudie the previous night, you're in luck: the free monthly Club:Hedonistic is on this week, this time in the new venue of the Islington Bar Academy. A secret headliner band will be announced on the day, but also on the bill are Hedon (an interview with whom we'll be running soon), Echelon and We Will Be Pilots. Click the flyer on the left to enlarge it so you can actually read the details.
If you want to be 'ironic', you could, of course, go and pay good money to see Chas & Dave play at the 100 Club. Tickets are £17.50 on the door. Quite how going to see Chas & Dave play can be anything other than a spontaneous decision of a very, very drunk person is beyond us but should you want to buy tickets in advance, they're £15. Go to Club:Hedonistic instead. Please.