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'.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.