Sometimes, it’s easy to be spoiled for choice when it comes to live shows. So, what better way to decide exactly who to see during the next seven days than by browsing a list of the top gigs set to take place this week, as chosen by DICE? Here, they offer up a hand-picked selection of their hottest gigs this week. And don’t forget: DICE is the only app which gives you access to the best live music with absolutely no booking fees. Isn’t that lovely, ey?
Check out DICE’s top choices for this week, including shows with Christopher Owens, Savages and Courtney Barnett…
Leaving Girls behind him, Christopher Owens has crafted a sound that is well and truly his own. With floating guitar lines and breezy vocals, the American impressed with his debut solo LP Lysandre, a personally intimate record that was both lyrically relatable and expressive. Returning this year with a surprise third album, Owens went back to his roots. Channeling a sound reminiscent of Girls circa 2009, the enigmatic solo artist crafts love soaked 70s guitar anthems that you need to catch live.
It’s time to pay attention. A standout artist in the current crop of uber cool songstresses, NAO has been picking up fans across the globe. With a sound that jumps between nu soul and R&B, the Hackney born solo artist is set to be the next big thing. Releasing a couple of EPs and after collaborating with revered producer A. K. Paul, NAO will be dominating charts with her super slick tunes. Billionaire has already burnt a hole in the Beats 1 playlist, and her confidence on stage alludes that there’s plenty more where that one came from. With an enviable style, a voice that’ll have you so captivated you’ll forget to breath, and with more charm and sass than Beyoncé, NAO is a name you won’t get a chance to forget.
A crushing blow of nihilistic delivery, antagonising stage presence, and violently passionate performance, a Savages live show is one you’ll leave a different person, soaked with sweat and set with a new belief in the power of four vehement musicians. Releasing their debut album Silence Yourself in 2013, it picked up critical acclaim and devoted fans in an instant with its seething and striking vocals, harrowing guitar lines, deep driving bass, and a rhythm section that defies the laws of physics. Announcing new album Adore Life, due early next year, and bringing their must see live show to the Tufnell Park Dome for this incendiary night, missing this gig is just not an option.
When Copenhagen’s Iceage released their debut New Brigade, a fierce and unrelenting record full of youthful impatience and contempt, they snatched international attention. Not to say age has calmed them, but their newest release, third album Plowing Into The Field Of Love, marked a more mature and developed take on songwriting with thick melodies and interwoven dark sentiment. Live, they are still a commanding force who we guarantee will disseminate this ATP pop-up with venom. Be in the crowd as it all beautifully falls apart.
Berlin based musician and performance artist Peaches is no stranger to controversy, and new song Dick In The Air is her perfected blend of tripped out electronic beats and imagination fuelled production over raunchy lyrics with self-assured delivery. Best known for her extravagant costumes, wild antics on stage and even wilder crowds, not to mention her usual array of props and pranks. A Peaches show is about as far from a regular gig as you can get, it’s a festival of the fantastical. Announcing a rare show at Manchester’s Islington Mill ahead of the release of her new album Rub which features Feist and Kim Gordon amongst others, this is a chance to crush to new material as well as classics like Fuck The Pain Away and Tent In Your Pants.
SHE MAKES WAR
Multi instrumentalist She Makes War is a pioneering revelation that will blow you away. Balancing solo a capella loops and spellbinding vocals over a jagged indie rock underlay, the female songstress has the stunning abilities to swoon whatever audience is put in front of her. Drawing mainly from her stunning debut LP Disarm and her forthcoming album Direction Of Travel, Laura Kidd’s live show at The Castle Hotel will be life affirming. Do not miss it.
Renowned for destroying live shows, your favourite Birmingham indie brat heroes are returning to Manchester for this Sound Control gig. Creating hypercolour indie that’s as Lightning Seeds and Kula Shaker as it is Wolf Alice or Peace, Superfood take in all the best bits of the six-string and turn it into a gig you’ll never forget. With the hope of new material from the storming quartet, this show looks set to be huge. Manchester, get these tickets snapped up before you miss out.
In 2007 they said they’d never make a new album, but never ones to adhere to the conventional, Ash changed their mind. Tim, Mark, and Rick released seventh record Kablammo this summer, their first since Twilight Of Innocents. With tracks like lightning first single Cocoon and the driving force of Let’s Ride, the County Down trio have released a record fresh with the kind of riff flaunting guitar pop we’ve come to adore. While we’re already mouthing classics like Girl From Mars, Shining Light, and Burn Baby Burn, this show at Bristol’s Bierkeller will also mark a chance to experience new material and see one of UK’s defining indie bands deliver a slamming set.
It’s impossible not to love Melbourne’s Courtney Barnett. With intelligent, self-deprecating, and witty lyrics, intricate meshes of guitar, and one incredible haircut, she stole the attention of everyone from Pitchfork to BBC Radio 1 last year. Releasing her debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, Miss Barnett sold out shows across the UK, delivering blistering sets of instant and addictive garage rock with a smile. From lightning bolt, full throttle stream of consciousness Pedestrian At Best, to the reflective and incredible Depreston full of idiosyncratic lyrical talent, her record is wall to wall brilliance. Not only is she inspiring and breathtaking, but she nails it live.
Sharing his self produced Raw, Vol. 1 earlier this year, Azekel quickly established himself as one of the most exciting prospects in R&B. Drifting dreamy lyrics over neatly knitted beats, the London multi-instrumentalist carves out music that will put the chilled out vibes into any situation. With a new EP around the corner, now is the perfect time to catch the swooning songwriter at Start The Bus. You won’t regret it.