Ah, it's another rubbish day outside so what better tonic could there be than to hear that the Polyphonic Spree are packing up their robes and heading back to London to play a show at Kokos on August 15th? Regardless of whether you buy into their sunshine and smiles (and we do) they're still one of the most enjoyable live bands around. Last time Londonist caught up with them our jaws were aching for days for smiling so much. Highly recommended.
And if 28 singing dancing loons in Camden isn't your cup of tea, maybe watching the 30 plus members of the Willard Grant Conspiracy try to fit into the Barfly on April 21st and 27th will be. Space is going to be even more limited than usual so worth bagging a ticket early if great doom laden Americana's your thing.
Dropping the numbers somewhat, a very lone Willy Mason will be busking in Camden next Monday (April 18) from 4 on Iverness Street, just round the corner from The Good Mixer. You can also catch him at ULU on the 21st.
There's another solo slot on the way as Lou Barlow takes time out from those rare Dinosaur Jr show (I knew we'd be able to get them back in here somewhere) to play out his excellent new solo album Emoh on May 29th at the Islington Academy.
Plum Promotions will be presenting a Drowned in Sound Breakthrough night this Monday, April 18, at the Marquee with ThisGirl, !Forward, Russia!, Peace Burial At Sea, and Termites. They describe ThisGirl as: contrary, baffling but most of all one of the most exciting muddles for those willing to dig a little deeper than just a surface sheen and catchy chorus. We're definitely interested.
Now, enough of all this new fangled stuff. Here's a couple of shows for the old rock fans amongst you. Diamond Head return to the Astoria on the 4th November. Diamond Head were for a time at the forefront of the NWOBHM movement and hugely influential on a young Metallica who have gone on to have some influence on pretty much every other rock band out there at the moment so depending on where you fall you'll either be packing up the fruit cart or digging out the denims.
For those of you who can genuinely remember buying their vinyl with shillings and pence then the return of pioneering art rockers Van Der Graaf Generator to the Royal Festival Hall on May 6th after 30 years will be sure to raise a smile. They'll also be playing material from their new album Present
And finally there have been a whole host more bands added to the O2 Wireless festival line up. Check out the site for full details.