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Alex Clare

Categories, Pop and rock

  • Critics' choice

What a glorious change of fortune. Having been hyped to the hills but with little chart success, blue-eyed soul singer Alex Clare moved to Israel in 2012 and gave up the biz. It was only then that his track 'Too Close' was featured on a worldwide Microsoft...

Alex Clare
  1. Mon Nov 10
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  3. £20
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Angie Stone

Soul

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Hugely respected US soul singer-songwriter (and sax player) Stone has worked with Mantronix, Lenny Kravitz and D'Angelo, among others. Her oeuvre provides a refreshing, rootsy and righteous change from the R&B/pop direction of most nu-soul.

Angie Stone
  1. Tue Apr 22
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  3. £26.50
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Asgeir

Indie rock, Folk, Electro

Bearded Icelandic folk singer Asgeir Trausti brings his finger-picked acoustic riffs and delicate falsetto to town.

Asgeir
  1. Wed Nov 26
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  3. £16
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Awolnation

Categories, Pop and rock

Gritty and groovesome electro-rock from Awolnation, the band led by Aaron Bruno from Under The Influence Of Giants, playing from their debut album 'Megalithic Symphony' and its forthcoming sequel.

Awolnation
  1. Fri May 30
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  3. £15
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Bellowhead

World, Folk

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Renowned duo Spiers and Boden and their excellent and exhilarating folk big band (there are 11 of them!) present an uproarious, brass-fuelled, funk-jazz-folk extravaganza. They're growing more popular every year, so join them tonight for a big old si...

Bellowhead
  1. Thu Nov 20
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, Shepherd's Bush, W12 8TT
  3. £18.50-£24.50
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Bipolar Sunshine

Categories, Music

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Stylish Mancunian Adio Marchant, aka Bipolar Sunshine, crafts heavily groovesome tunes that are as summery as his outfits. The synths shimmer, there are echoes of African rhythms and sweeping atmospherics throughout, and he's got a quick sing-speak flow...

Bipolar Sunshine
  1. Fri Oct 17
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  3. £12.50
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Blackberry Smoke

Classic rock

Flash back to the ’70s – when men were manly, faces were fuzzy and jackets were heavily tasselled – with this twangin' country-rock combo from Atlanta, Georgia.

Blackberry Smoke
  1. Sun Oct 19
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, Shepherd's Bush, W12 8TT
  3. £19
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Clean Bandit

Electronica, Pop, String ensembles, Garage

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Is there anything Clean Bandit can't do? The electronic pop troupe from Cambridge broke through spectacularly in January with 'Rather Be' – the most successful single of the year, and the first to stay at Number One for four weeks since 2011. It's a prime...

Clean Bandit
  1. Fri May 9
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, United Kingdom, W12 8TT
  3. £9.50
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Courtney Love

Grunge

The outspoken, self-styled Queen of Grunge, known for fronting scuzzy rock band Hole and for being Kurt Cobain's widow, plays a two-night run in Shepherd's Bush – her first UK tour since Hole visited these shores in 2010. Expect a potent but messy mixture...

Courtney Love
  1. Sun May 11 – Mon May 12
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  3. £26
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De La Soul

Hip hop

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Back in the ’90s, these Long Island Daisy Age hip hop veterans were a huge part of rap music's crossover to the pop-and-rock-crowd. The trio behind '3 Feet High and Rising' have only been playing sporadic live shows recently, so this is a welcome opportunity...

De La Soul
  1. Thu May 1
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  3. £22.50-£26.50
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Drive By Truckers

Country, Alternative rock, Indie rock, Rock 'n' roll

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Over for the night from Athens, Georgia, the soulful and rootsy southern indie rock quintet play from their hefty back catalogue, as well as songs off their new album, recorded in just two weeks.

Drive By Truckers
  1. Tue May 13
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  3. £21.50
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Echo And The Bunnymen

Categories, Pop and rock

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Sofa-lipped singer Ian McCulloch and his merry band of new wavers perform their long-life Scouse indie. They're still at it, with a new album on the cards for 2014, so new material is a given alongside 'The Killing Moon', 'Bring on the Dancing Horses'...

Echo And The Bunnymen
  1. Sat May 17
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  3. £26.50-£57.50
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Embrace

Indie rock, Britpop

After an on-and-off career spanning more than 20 years, the post-Britpop indie boys have returned from a long hiatus with a new self-titled album. They'll play some of the new tracks alongside their arms-aloft hits – perhaps even their England World Cup...

Embrace
  1. Tue May 20 – Wed May 21
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  3. £21.50
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Fonseca

Pop, Rock 'n' roll

Juan Fernando Fonseca, a Colombian singing star who mixes rock music with vallenato and cumbia, hits town with some new songs up his sleeve.

Fonseca
  1. Fri Jun 20
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  3. £25-£30
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Future Islands

Electronica, Indie rock

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This agreeably odd Baltimore indie trio play melodic, fluid punk-funk and arty post-pop complete with synths, Antony Hegarty-style vocals and the odd birdsong sample. It's pretty fantastic stuff, so catch them live while they're in the UK to plug their...

Future Islands
  1. Thu Nov 6
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  3. £15
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Gary Clark Jr

Blues, Classic rock, Soul

Texan rock guitarist Clark plays really sultry soul and dirty Deep South blues. He's back after a sold out London stint in 2012.

Gary Clark Jr
  1. Sun Jun 1
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  3. £15
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Graham Parker And The Rumour

Pop, Singer-songwriter, New wave and post-punk

New wave singer-songwriter Parker reassembles the original line-up of his band for their first shows since 1981. They released an album last year called 'Three Chords Good', which was more of the same fine, Dylan-meets-Costello stuff as ever, so there'll...

Graham Parker And The Rumour
  1. Fri Jun 6 – Sat Jun 7
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  3. £31
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Ian Anderson

Prog rock

Jethro Tull's monopedal flautist frontman, still gamely piping away on one leg at the age of 65, reassembles his flute to play his band's lengthy prog hits. At least we can be reasonably sure that, with millions of albums sold and a lucrative salmon-fishing...

Ian Anderson
  1. Sat May 24 – Sun May 25
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  3. £28-£32
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Ian Hunter And The Rant Band

Categories, Pop and rock

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Joined by four-piece string quartet Oopsie Mamushka, former Mott The Hoople main man Hunter brings his magnificent poodle perm to the stage.

Ian Hunter And The Rant Band
  1. Sat Oct 4
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  3. £22.50-£25
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Incognito

Fusion, Funk

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Jean Paul 'Bluey' Maunick's jazz-funk fusioneers have now clocked up a remarkable 30 years on the London scene, and also enjoy superstar status overseas. Count on an immaculate performance tonight of their super-slick jazz, funk and soul grooves.

Incognito
  1. Sat Jul 12
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  3. £30-£35
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The Jayhawks

Categories, Pop and rock

The '80s alt-country rock quintet from Minneapolis play selections from their 2011 album 'Mockingbird Time' as well as cuts from their sizable back catalogue.

The Jayhawks
  1. Fri Jul 18
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  3. £25
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John Smith

Folk

An exciting, almost Nick Drake-like figure on the British nu-folk scene, Smith recasts the guitar as a percussive box, teasing hints of chords and beats from its wooden body. His bluesy roots songs may have the pop appeal of a Ben Howard or even a Jack...

John Smith
  1. Sat Nov 22
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  3. £17.50
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Jonny Lang

Blues, Classic rock, Gospel, Rock 'n' roll

Blues-rock prodigy 'Kid' Jonny Lang released a multi-platinum album at 16 and got nominated for a Grammy at 17. He's now in his 30s, still growling and string-bending and on his sixth studio album, 'Fight for My Soul'.

  1. Fri Apr 25
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, Shepherd's Bush, W12 8TT
  3. £24.50 & £27.50
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Kacey Musgraves

Country, Singer-songwriter

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Don't mind the Taylor Swift comparisons: although Musgraves, a singer-songwriter from Texas, is on the brink of country-to-mainstream crossover success, she sounds like she's aiming for Alanis Morrisette rather than T-Swizzle. She certainly hasn't left...

Kacey Musgraves
  1. Sun Jul 6
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  3. £20
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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Pop, Asian music

A singer, model and viral sensation from Tokyo, Kiriko Takemura has totalled millions of YouTube hits with her eccentric videos and infectious J-pop melodies.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
  1. Tue Apr 29
  2. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  3. £22.50
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