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Live Jazz At The Rabbit

  • Free

Jazz music sessions in the cocktail bar featuring a variety of instrumentalists every week.

  1. The White Rabbit 125 Stoke Newington Church St, N16 0UH
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Thu Dec 18
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Little Havana

At this weekly Friday night session at Floridita, visiting Latin American bands and musicians play live Latin jazz, salsa, merengue and other hot grooves, followed by DJs until 3am.

  1. Floridita Wardour Street, W1F 0TN
  2. Fri Apr 25 - Sat May 31
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Pop Up Hot Belgian Swing And Fodder

  • Free

Rustic traditional home made Belgian fare and swing music, in celebration of the Belgian Gypsy Swing guitar master Django Reinhardt.

  1. Le QuecumBar 42-44 Battersea High St, SW11 3HX
  2. Wed Apr 30
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Marlena Shaw

  • Critics choice

A five-night residency for the jazzy diva to perform 'California Soul', 'Liberation Conversation' and 'Woman Of The Ghetto'. She sang at the legendary Harlem Apollo at the age of ten, sang in Count Basie's band for four years and was famously sampled by Blue Boy for their 1997 hit 'Remember Me'.

  1. Ronnie Scott's 47 Frith Street, W1D 4HT
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sat Apr 26
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Desertfest

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The capital's premier (and only) festival of stoner rock and doom metal returns. It's run by the promotion company Desertscene, who have been putting on heavy, heavy music in the capital since 2009, and has a sister event in Berlin. This year's Camden line-up features a host of hairy, guitar-wielding legends, including Boris (the Japanese avant-metal legends, not the mayor), recently reunited stoner heroes Spirit Caravan, Norwegian metalcore dudes Kvelertak and Scots doomwreakers

  1. The Black Heart Greenland Place, Camden, NW1 0AP
  2. Fri Apr 25 - Sun Apr 27
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Fuck Buttons + Mount Kimbie

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Two superb electronic music duos become one double-headed monster, co-headlining a gig to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the online music shop Bleep. Mixing up terrifically, thrillingly abrasive electronic distortion with sublime melodies and psychotropic post-house, Fuck Buttons formed to make one soundtrack in 2004 and have since released three extraordinary albums. The latest is called 'Slow Focus', and has reached a far bigger audience than ever before after two of the

  1. Barbican Hall Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8BS
  2. Fri Apr 25
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Jazz Skool

  • Free

The Jazz Skool quintet play hard bop, cool and soul jazz classics every Thursday night.

  1. Oui Madame 182 Stoke Newington Rd, N16 7UY
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Thu Jun 19
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Damon Albarn

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The multitalented Blur and Gorillaz man, Africa Express instigator and all-round melancholy musical geezer goes solo, performing songs from the first Damon Albarn album 'Everyday Robots'. Tickets for these warm-up shows before he goes on a festival-headlining tour in the summer have sold out, but we have a pair of tickets for each gig to give away – enter our competition here. Want more?Read our interview with Damon Albarn

  1. Queen Mary, University of London 321 Mile End Rd, E1 4NS
  2. Wed Apr 30 - Thu May 1
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Fletch's Brew

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Hard-hitting, drum-led modern jazz from sticksman Mark Fletcher, exploring a fusion-edged mix of classics from the likes of Weather Report, Pat Metheny and Michael Brecker. The band also features keyboardist Jim Watson and trumpeter Freddie Gavita.

  1. Ronnie Scott's 47 Frith Street, W1D 4HT
  2. Sat Apr 26 - Sun Apr 27
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Jacques Greene + Koreless

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Top Montreal talent Jacques Greene may keep a low profile, but his kaleidoscopic productions – which take in techno, electronica, dubstep, bass and plenty more – are big enough to make anyone sit up and take note. Tonight he plays a double bill with Young Turks-signed Glaswegian producer Koreless, who makes beautiful, life-affirming electronica that flows between lush, post-club tracks and ethereal psychedelia. Turin musician Daniele Mana performs a support set as Vaghe

  1. St John-at-Hackney Church Lower Clapton Rd, E5 0PD
  2. Thu Apr 24
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Trash Tuesday

  • Free

New York-styled open mic session for cabaret, musical and jazz singers.

  1. Cellar Door Zero Aldwych, WC2E 7DN
  2. Tue Apr 29
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Toy

  • Critics choice

Scowling like the Stones and riffing like the Stooges, burning through OMD-like synth ballads, krautrock grooves and Hawkwindian chugs with the same ferocity, and taking tips from the psych-noise rush of My Bloody Valentine and Ride along the way, Toy are one of London's best young bands. Catch them tonight as they play from their new album 'Join the Dots' and their 2012 debut.

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Sat Apr 26
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Brody Dalle

  • Critics choice

Best known for being the guitar and voice of The Distillers and Spinnerette (and, with Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age, half of our favourite rock couple), the amazing Brody Dalle plays material tonight from her upcoming solo debut.

  1. Rough Trade East Dray Walk, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sun Apr 27
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Ben Harper

Fresh from a collaboration with Delta blues legend Charlie Musselwhite, American singer Harper returns to the UK for a solo tour. His output ranges from Mississippi roots music to soul and gospel via out-and-out pop and R&B.

  1. London Palladium 8 Argyll Street, W1F 7TF
  2. Sun Apr 27
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