We do love you guys. Very much. Not only do you read our purdy li'l ol' website, engage in gentle banter with us and remind us that we're not alone out there in this big scary blogiverse thing, but you also occasionally remind us of gigs we should be at / telling you about. Like Sufjan Stevens bringing Illinois to London at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on 17th October. Mr Pollo, whoever you are, we humbly salute you. Check out his (Sufjan's not Pollo's) beautiful recent live performance at KEXP here.
Somewhat unsurprisingly no one wrote to tell us that Feeder were playing, but they are anyway. Tickets going fast for their Hammersmith date on the 5th December, so if you want 'em, hurry up. Pushing The Senses may be a little, shall we say, glum, but if they stay away from too many of the ballads they can rock out with the best of them.
If you can't get Feeder tickets, have no desire whatsoever to get Feeder tickets then Mercury Nominees and serial cross dressers Antony and his Johnsons, are at Shepherd's Bush the same night.
Patrick Wolf, still on police bail for a somewhat absurd charge of burglary (surely the Feds have better things to be doing with their time), has announced a Samhain Spooktacular at the Scala on Samhain. That's Halloween all you non Pagan folks out there. An evening of lycanthropy, gentle pop folk and some pretty stunning sounding visuals awaits.
And finally one more bank holiday option for you. Tickets have just gone on sale for the TDK Cross Central August Bank Holiday Weekend: Saturday 27th (5pm - 5am) & Sunday 28th (3pm - 6am), Kings Cross Freight Depot, York Way, London N1. As the press says: London's only true music, film and art event with a licence no-one can beat from dusk till dawn... and not a muddy field or tent in site. Expect sets from Goldfrapp, The Magic Numbers and Grace Jones along with Mylo, The Bees, The Others, Francois F, Soul ll Soul, Kano, Four Tet, Felix Da Housecat, Gilles Peterson, Tiefschwarz, Jamie Lidell, Mr Scruff, Vitalic, and DJ Format. Alternatively hold a BBQ in the rain.