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Top ten London gigs in January

Start the year with some seriously good live music – here are our picks of January’s gigs

1/10

Alt-J

Sat Jan 24 2015. The O2.

The symbol-named, Mercury-winning trio from Leeds ply their reverb-smothered, off-kilter indie that echoes Yeasayer and Jeff Buckley. Some find it utterly enchanting, others favour the term 'snoozefest', but whichever side of that fence you're on it's hard to deny they're a pretty big deal nowadays – as proved by these huge gigs, at which they'll perform songs from their new album 'This Is All Yours'.

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2/10

Neneh Cherry

Wed Jan 28 2015. Electric Ballroom.

Late-’80s superstar Neneh Cherry is back in the game, creatively revitalised by a recent collaboration with Scandinavian avant-jazz band The Thing. Tonight she's singing songs from her first solo album this millennium, a collaboration with the brilliant electronic duo Rocketnumbernine (and produced by Four Tet).

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Five things you didn’t know about Neneh Cherry

3/10

Jessie Ware

Thu Jan 29 2015. O2 Academy Brixton.

A silky-voiced London singer who's tapped straight into the UK bass scene, Ware has collaborated with some of the smartest cats out there including Sampha, Joker, SBTRKT and Julio Bashmore. Her smooth R&B debut, 'Devotion', was one of Time Out's top ten albums of 2012, and the follow-up 'Tough Love' is sounding pretty special too.

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Jessie Ware interview: ‘My sound man tells me to shut up’

4/10

Mark Lanegan Band

Wed Jan 28 2015. O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

The grizzled grunge wildman makes a welcome return, dropping in with his band to play songs from his new 'Phantom Radio' album. As well as a synthpoppy new wave influence, the fresh material shows off Lanegan's throaty vocals and hard-rocking roots to fine effect, and should make for a kickin' live show.

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5/10

Orlando Julius/The Heliocentrics

Thu Jan 22 2015. 229.

Hi-life saxophonist Julius is as close to a living legend of Nigerian music as it's possible to get. Busting out groovy explorations from his new album 'Jaiyede Afro', he's backed here by brilliant, expansive, Sun Ra-influenced jazz collective The Heliocentrics: an unbeatable combination.

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6/10

Bonnie Dobson

Fri Jan 23 2015. Water Rats.

'Morning Dew' became one of the greatest pieces of ’60s folk music when it was recorded by this Canadian singer, going on to be covered by the likes of The Grateful Dead. Dobson stopped performing 20 years after moving to London in 1969, but appears to be back for good now after being persuaded by Jarvis Cocker to play his Meltdown festival in 2007.

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7/10

Alice Russell

Fri Jan 30 2015 - Sat Jan 31 2015. Jazz Cafe.

This fine-voiced, intense UK soulstress fronts the Quantic Soul Orchestra and Bah Samba, and is in general puzzlingly undersung. Tonight she plays from her most recent album 'To Dust'.

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8/10

Nils Lofgren

Wed Jan 14 2015 - Thu Jan 15 2015. Union Chapel.

Trad blues-rock from this American virtuoso guitarist, who's been a sideman for both Springsteen and Neil Young as well as conducting an extensive solo career.

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9/10

Lambchop

Fri Jan 30 2015. Barbican Hall.

Laconic, cap-sporting Kurt Wagner and his magnificent abstract/orchestral country-pop outfit return for more gently lachrymose, sweetly philosophical and frequently plain funny fare, centred on Wagner's cracked and whispery, tender croon. Lambchop shows always promise an hour or so of sheer loveliness, but here they're playing their 'Nixon' album all the way through, making this a particularly special one.

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10/10

Hozier

Sat Jan 31 and Mon Feb 2 2015. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire.

Young and brooding Dublin singer Andrew Hozier-Byrne – who's rapidly rising and starting to sell out venues astonishingly quickly – juggles folk, soul and blues.

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Comments

10 comments
Penty
Penty

Hi, nice web site but this is a bit confusing as i'm trying to find out what is on in May 2015

chris d
chris d

TODAY IS APRIL 8TH. YOUR WEBSITE IS SHOWING THE TOP TEN GIGS IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR!!! GET A GRIP FOR CHRIST'S SAKE.

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Richard
Richard

when I look for a concert on Friday night - I would have to trawl through 86 pages! Ok maybe the old gig guide could have been improved but this new version is much much worse

Dave
Dave

A mess and seemingly tilted towards certain venues.

lol
lol

I agree,this new format makes it impossible to find out about the gigs in London.The old way was better and didn't need changing

Charles
Charles

Completely agree with Jack. This site used to be perfect for finding all sorts of gigs, now it's just useless.

jack
jack

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THIS SITE ??????? IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND DAILY MUSIC LISTINGS. where are upcoming shows ????? why can't u go back to old format that actually had useful information. tempted to no longer bother with timeout !!!!!! ps. the title sats 10 shows but lists seven !!!!!