Top ten London gigs in March
Check out the cream of the capital's gigs taking place this spring
Beautiful Parisian lady Melody Prochet sings in a delicate Beach House style, backed by reverb-soaked guitars, jazz rhythms and retro psychedelic Korg lines.
Aussie songwriter Barker's band's excellent breakthrough album 'Despite the Snow' combined slide, fiddle, honeyed vocals and lonely piano on countrified tales of love and redemption, and furnished the theme tune to Kenneth Branagh's 'Wallander', not to mention their outstanding performing at the Olympic opening ceremony.
The dark Brazilian beatmaster, raised and nurtured by and still signed to Ninja Tune, performs his 'ISAM' project – combining a new, more electroid/dubstep-influenced sound with a stunning visual show to rival Etienne de Crecy's 'Cube' tour. Prepare to have your mind blown into teeny-tiny bits.
Top US pianist Mehldau is almost as well known for his archly philosophonical sleevenotes as for his highly classical, Bach-influenced style of composition and improvisation. His Bill Evans-ish style has produced wonderfully oblique takes on Nick Drake, Radiohead, Soundgarden and a disturbingly good version of Oasis's 'Wonderwall'.
Recreation-focused electro groovers TP, who are led by twin brothers Miles and Marcus Haughton, continue to rise in cultish status.
Washington go-go pioneers return to London after more than twenty years, having recently been sampled by Time Out's album of 2012, Kindness' 'World You Need A Change Of Mind'.
South London hip hop hero, one time Mercury nominee and cheese on toast fan Rodney Smith takes his brand new Big Dada EP 'Banana Skank' on the road, no doubt with tracks from his last LP '4everrevolution' too.
Prolific Shaffer Chimere Smith was initially best known for writing tunes for the likes of Beyonce, Britney, Whitney and Usher. But following his first UK number one single back in 2006, he's remained a contender for pole position with slick R&B cuts from five album's worth of material, 'R.E.D.' being the most recent.
Still as thrillingly doomy and apocalyptic as ever, the Joke return to the fray, boasting original members Youth, Jaz Coleman, Geordie Walker and Paul Ferguson.
Having stormed Brixton this time two years ago, Brett Anderson's glammy, Bowie-adoring Britpoppers – made cover stars by Melody Maker back in the day, before the release of their first single – return for a one-off Ally Pally show to preview cuts from their forthcoming brand new album, which they recorded with long-time producer Ed Buller.
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