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Top ten London gigs in April

Check out the cream of the capital’s gigs taking place this spring


Bo Ningen

Critics' choice

London-based psych rockers Bo Ningen are a ferocious live act who draw on the Japanese freak-out legacy of Flower Travellin’ Band and play hard, psychedelic rock with febrile energy. They’ll be making huge amounts of of noise and contorting themselves on stage to play from their awesome third album ‘III’ (and maybe some new stuff too) at this London show.

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Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 01 Apr 2015

Fuse ODG

Critics' choice

British-Ghanaian Afrobeats and dancehall don Fuse ODG (aka Nana Richard Abiona) is the UK’s chief ambassador for Azonto. If you’re unsure what that is: it’s a Ghanaian dance that involves bendy legs and fluid arms and hips. Check out some vids on YouTube so that when Fuse shouts ‘Azonto all on da floor’, you’ll know how to get down.

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Koko Thursday November 26 2015

Nadine Shah

Critics' choice

A childhood spent on the stormy coast of north-east England seems to have bred a glowering intensity in Nadine Shah, or rather in the dramatic gothic ballads she writes and performs. Sometimes singing solo behind a piano and sometimes backed by minimal, Bad Seeds-style alternative rock, Shah began her career as a jazz vocalist – hence the superb vibrato that’s one of the many great things about her debut album ‘Love Your Dum and Mad’. She launches the follow-up, ‘Fast Food’, in London tonight.

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Oslo Thursday October 1 2015

Matthew E White

Critics' choice

Groovy indie dude White won plenty of praise in 2013 for his album ‘Big Inner’, an intimate LP which sounded like TV On The Radio injected with country, funk and soul. He’s back in London to sing songs from the follow-up, ‘Fresh Blood’. This’ll be a treat.

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Village Underground Monday April 20 2015 - Tuesday April 21 2015

Jon Hopkins

Critics' choice

With his latest album ‘Immunity’ shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, electronica producer Jon Hopkins has come a long way since his days playing keyboards for Imogen Heap. He’s now collaborated with Brian Eno and King Creosote, both self-professed fans of Hopkins’s lush, melodic electronics tones that sway from gentle dancefloor excursions to blissed-out headphone fodder. Tonight he performs his acclaimed live audiovisual set.

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O2 Academy Brixton Friday April 24 2015


Critics' choice

Do you like Morrissey? What about traditional Mexican music? If the answer to both is a big old ‘¡Sí, señor!’ then you're in luck tonight. At this concert as part of La Linea festival, a band of Mexican musicians (led by Camilo Lara and Sergio Mendoza) will be reinterpreting the Pope of Mope's songs – and translating his sacred lyrics into Spanish, of course. We can’t wait to hear ‘Este Hombre Encantador’.

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Barbican Centre Saturday April 25 2015

Sharon Van Etten

Critics' choice

The Brooklyn singer-songwriter showcases her subtle, elegant, tender and true songcraft. Having followed up her 2012 breakthrough album ‘Tramp’ with a top-class fourth called ‘Are We There?’, SVE is wowing bigger crowds than ever nowadays – grab a ticket quick if you want to see what all the fuss is about.

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O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Wednesday April 29 2015


Critics' choice

Featuring two original members of desert blues legends Tinariwen, Terakaft boast the same rolling grooves, mesmeric rhythms, and Tamashek-sung tales of exile, violence and loss. Amazingly, though, they arguably up the ante on their Saharan cousins when it comes to energy and intensity.

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Rich Mix Wednesday April 29 2015
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