If, like Londonist, you're incredibly impatient when it comes to visiting websites that are running v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y, added to which you have a memory like one of those thingummies through which you sift flour, then you may have tried to download the latest Warchild album on the day of release, only to be frustrated by the downloading experience. Well, this is just a little reminder for you that Help: A Day In The Life tracks are still available for download. It's also an opportune moment for us to remind you that the CD will be out next Monday, and you can pre-order it now. Check the War Child Music site for details.
Right, that done, here's a few gigs of note for the week to come:
The big news for us is that The Duke Spirit are playing a show at The Social on Little Portland Street tomorrow (Thursday) night. It's the final leg of the Pub NME tour and it's absolutely free. The Social's a tiny little venue, too tiny for the likes of The Duke Spirit, really, so we advise you to get there early doors (they open at 6pm) if you want to get in.
If you can't make it to that gig on time, there's ample consolation in the form of a band responsible for one of our favourite singles of the year so far, The Eighteenth Day of May. They're playing the Harvest Festival at The Spitz. As this is a Harvest Festival, your entry fee of a fiver is not enough, you have to bring food. Seriously. Check the Day's site for more details.
One for the nostalgists, The Water Rats hosts The Wood Children, 15 years after their last gig. Tickets are £6 in advance for that one.
Frog are up to their normal high standards, as they play host to Leeds band The Duels. As always, Frog takes place at the Mean Fiddler, 11pm-4am. Entry's a tenner without a flyer, but half that price with a flyer (unless you turn up after midnight, in which case it's £7).
Also playing on Wednesday, at The Spitz, are the Schla La Las. More details about that one to come soon so, as Shaw Taylor used to say, keep 'em peeled.