Best Live Show Today – Wednesday 21st November

One choice tonight: and thats because I’m going! It’s Sons & Daughters playing at the Islington Academy. It’s this superb quartet’s second appearance as ‘Best Live Show Toady’ in just three weeks! Should be great and judging by the reaction my ‘Gilt Complex‘ mp3 has had, a lot of you share my views! They are supported by the Victorian English Gentlemen’s Club, an act that has impressed live before, as support to both Dogs and the Grates.

Elsewhere, Biffy Clyro play Brixton and German electro funboys Digitalism haunt my old university union, KCL.

This vid is one of  Sons & Daughters finest moments, ‘Taste The Last Girl



Best Live Show Today…Monday 19th November

Today’s Best Live Show is surely the comeback of all comebacks in the form of former Orange Juice frontman Mr Edwyn Collins. The owner of one of the most easily-identifiable voices in all popular music, Collins suffered a cerebral hemorrhage in 2005. The record he was finishing before his illness has been recently released, entitled Home Again. Tonight’s show represents one of the first live performances since his recovery and should be pretty special. He’s playing at the Arts Theatre, WC2.

Elsewhere in town, Arcade Fire / Clinic continue at Ally Pally, Rilo Kiley (nifty website!)play Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Canadian indie-pop tarts Hot Hot Heat play Scala, and finally The Four Tops and the Temptations treat the Royal Albert Hall to some Motown classics.

Here’s Edwyn, though, at the height of his popularity:

Gorgeous GeorgePost Composed to ‘The Campaign For Real Rock‘ from Gorgeous George, Collins’ best-known record.
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Best Live Show Today…Sunday 18th November

Today is a Sunday, so London can be forgiven for being thin on the ground gig-wise today. The big kahuna is Arcade Fire / Clinic up at Alexandra Palace. Everyone knows everything about Arcade Fire so I will instead focus on their Liverpudlian nutcase support act Clinic. They have four albums under their belt, but still big-time recognition evades them. Big, elastic bass-lines hold together strangely English subject matters; almost a new generation Bonzo Dog Band. Oh, and make sure you stick around after Clinic have finished, apparently the headliners are pretty good.

Post composed to ‘Welcome‘ from Clinic’s second album Walking With Thee
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Best Live Show Today…Thursday 8th November

After the glut of super gigs yesterday, there is a slight lull in quality today. The National continue their stint at the Empire in Shepherd’s Bush, but tonight the honour goes to Foals, whose great debut 12″, “Live” contained that Skins-trailer hyped “Hummer“. Yes, they are an incredibly hype-y band, but they do have a great sound, and a couple of belting tracks. Just ignore the haircuts. Catch them tonight at Camden Barfly before they do a Bloc Party and become massive.

Foals - MathleticsPost composed to “Mathletics
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The Best Live Show Today…Wednesday 7th November

Stereo Total

Today is another huge chunk of aceness across London as sixteen-legged punk-funk wigout meisters !!! (Chk Chk Chk) hit Koko, indie critic darlings The National play Shepherds Bushs’ Empire and The Shins entertain the Apollo crowd in Hammersmith.

Beating all of these to the coveted ‘Best Live Show Today‘ title is Franco-German electro specialists Stereo Total whose “Paris to Berlin” LP has been one of my favourite underground selections of the year. Simultaneously suave and saucy they make great tunes in a similar mould to Miss Kittin / Peaches / Chicks on Speed… but with a strange 80s pop twist. They describe themselves as being 10% Amiga 8-bit sampling. For that reason alone go see ’em, at Metro on Oxford Street, £10.

Paris to BerlinPost composed to “I Am Naked
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Best Live Show Today…Thursday 1st November


Much more difficult choice today, quality gigs going on throughout London town including Animal Collective, Pet Shop Boys (as part of the WarChild thang at Brixton Academy) and PostPunk veteran Lydia Lunch as part of Wire magazine’s 25th celebrations.

However, the group I’ve picked tonight are a very special act from New Zealand that I have been LOVING recently. They are a boy/girl duet called The Brunettes and they make Spector-esque pop unheard since, well, Spector’s girl-group heyday. They’re playing at the Windmill in Brixton, a perfect little pubby venue, and it’s only a FIVER to get in as part of the “How Does It Feel To Be Loved” series of nights. If anyone is short of something to do tonight you could do so much worse than this. Go!

Structure and Cosmetics LPPost composed to “Brunettes Against Bubblegum Youth
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Best Live Show Today…Wednesday 31st October

 Sons & Daughters

A complete no-brainer this one, it’s another raid from over the border: Sons & Daughters tear up Rough Trade East, for free! The guest list is closed, but I guess if you mozy on down early you could get in.

Gilt Complex [7Post composed to “Gilt Complex” off the new LP, “The Gift” to be released January ’08.
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