Top ten London gigs in September
Check out the cream of the capital's gigs taking place this autumn
Surf’s up! Cayucas are the new California boys making sunny, breezy surfer-dude pop that recalls The Shins and The Beach Boys. Their album ‘Bigfoot’ is just over half an hour of musical sunshine.
At 77, one of Canada's mightiest exports retuns to delight his huge (and still-growing) fanbase. His songbook – including all-time greats like 'Suzanne', 'Hallelujah' and 'First We Take Manhattan' – remains affecting and poignant, and even more so out of a dark bedroom and in a live arena.
Grime godfather Wiley – the original boy from Bow – takes to the stage to follow up his ninth album, 'The Ascent' (read our review). He'll be cooking up a tasty confection of slick MCing, rave beats and pop hooks for the faithful, including chart hits like 'Heatwave' and some darker, deeper stuff too.
Doug Martsch's cult guitar trio play London to show off their grungy, lurching post-hardcore. Although they probably peaked with 1999's 'Keep It Like A Secret', their recent material's been well worth a listen, and Martsch still has a beguiling way with transcendent guitar solos and melancholic college rock anthems.
This very exciting Canadian foursome bash out lo-fi garage-punk, which is getting gnarlier every time they release an album. They're here to promote their third album, 'Gravez', which is out only a year after the brilliant 'Tosta Mista'.
The Deptford-based post-dubstep producer – who was nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2011 after a year of collecting plaudits – returns. Blake is finally in possession of new material, which takes the shape of 'Overgrown': another album of moody, glitchily layered loops, jazzy piano chords and soulful, treated vocals.
Loose-limbed and witty hip hop with a conscious edge from the brilliant LA crew, best known for their freewheeling mid-'90s anthem, 'Drop.'
Despite denials and solo projects, the Mac are to return to these shores – still lacking Christine McVie, but otherwise with the classic line-up miraculously intact – for their first UK shows since they sold out Wembley in 2009. It'll be a greatest-hits set, which means 'Dreams', 'The Chain', 'Little Lies' and other glossy, West Coast, stone-cold, rock/pop classics. There's also the promise of three (yes, three) new songs, although reports of a new album are still just, er, rumours.
Atmospheric, downtempo R&B-influenced tunes from Deptford Goth, who'll be a big hit with James Blake fans. Despite the name, this rising producer is actually based in Peckham – and his sweeping synth tracks aren't all that gloomy. Read our review of his debut album 'Life After Defo' here.
Every year the lovely people at iTunes treat us Londoners to a seriously good series of free gigs, and they’ve gone and done it again. The ever-popular iTunes Festival rolls into town for its seventh run this September and is set to bring thirty nights of superb music to Roundhouse. Topping the bill so far is suit-and-tie-clad sexy-revivalist Justin Timberlake. Other acts already confirmed for the capital’s best free music event are our favourite French synthpoppers Phoenix, vet rockers Queens of the Stone Age and warbling sensation Jessie J.
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