End of a Tuesday is almost mid week, and since there's been a flurry of activity within the Londonist Music inbox, always a sure sign that the music world is shaking off it's fluffy winter feathers and gearing up for another year of doing damage to our collective eardrums, we thought it was time to catch up with a few friends hanging around various stages over the next few days.
It's a little late in the day but if you're anywhere near Little Portland Street this evening, we do urge you to drop into Health and Happiness at Social. Doors are at 7 and it'll cost you nothing more than what you spend at the bar. Reasons for going, other than a fine night out are performances from The Left Outsiders and The Dusty Sound System. To the undeducated, that's most of you and all of us, the first band contains Mark and Allison from Londonist uber-favourites ,The Eighteenth Day Of May, which this year will be a Thursday, and the latter will host an appearance from TEDOM front folker, Richard.
Tomorrow night at Legion, 348 Old Street, London EC1V, Absentee and the Archie Bronson Outfit will be playing whilst various members of the wondrously busy Duke Spirit will be spinning discs between sets. £3 8 til Late.
If you're a little further north you could do far worse than check out the next in line from the great Northern invasion, Little Man Tate, who'll be taking to the stage of the Islington Academy at 9pm. We're well aware that the unrelenting rise of the Arctic Monkeys this year will lead to new lows in muso band wagon jumping so we'll just say that we like their forthcoming debut single: the Agent, a little spikey and yet still melodic, a little bit Franz a little bit wahey, released February 20th. You can watch the video here. Then make yourown minds up.
For Thursday, it's south of the river at Jamm, 261 Brixton Road, where Criminal Records are showcasing: Spider Redundant, Kurtz (previously Giantkind), Kent Thompson, Underdog and our old buddies Kaibosh, from whom we expect grand things this year - Jim, are you listening? First band on at 7pm.
Ahead of their album launch, The Colonies will be playing a warm up support slot for Ivy York (and some others) as a duo at the West One Four, 3 Northend Crescent, West Kensington, W14. £6 on the door. The band are on at 8:15 armed with an acoustic guitar,trumpet, melodica and "a bunch of songs that we don't always play out as a full band". Trumpets are not the new rock'n'roll. Trumpets have always been rock'n'roll. Bands with trumpets are to be considered a good thing. Strange trumper aside over.
Another band who really cheered us up last year was Misterlee. The mysterious mister Lee and chums join the Winter Antifolk Festival at the 12 Bar club, Denmark Street, this Saturday. Opens at 7:00, £6 on the door and the line up includes (and you're going to have to do your homework on this one: Brother Clunk, JS, Albino, Larry Pickleman, Spinmaster Plantpot, Filthy Pedro (with thee intolerable kidd), Misterlee, David Cronenberg’s Wife, Leila Music, Paul Hawkins - JJ Crash will host, and later acts are currently being arranged.