© Marie Roux
Time Out says
Posted: Sat Jan 5 2013
This large, open space, which opened in 2008 and is tucked away down a side street behind Kingsland High Street, provides a fine home for a wide range of experimental music – including free improv – that exists well outside the mainstream. Operating as a relaxed, light and airy café during the day and a live music space in the evenings – pretty much seven days a week – it's supported by leftfield music mag The Wire, which also programmes many of the events. There's a strong emphasis on the more out-there of underground Japanese artists, but you can expect to encounter everything from Norwegian improv/free jazz/psych-rock power trio Bushmen's Revenge to a talk by minimalist composer Terry Riley.
What's on at Cafe Oto
The visual artist and composer from America explores connections between sounds and visual effects in collaboration with the Korean cellist.
The singer-songwriter pairing of Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang, both ex-members of Galaxie 500 and who are based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, performs their folk-pop originals.
Rock 'n' roll
Experimental rock by the outfit led by American guitarist Grubbs.
- Critics' choice
The Denovali record label brings its experimental music festival, which has run in Essen, Germany since 2007, to London once again. It comes with a mouth-watering avant-garde line-up featuring everything from classical minimalism to post-rock to meta...
Jazz and experimental, Punk and hardcore, Folk
An unorthodox guitarist who straddles country and western, freeform jazz, noise-rock and bluegrass styles.
Jazz and experimental
The three-piece group, led by the bass player, perform experimental music.
Pop and rock, Folk
- Critics' choice
Beauteous-voiced Brooklyn guitarist/songstress – equal parts Sandy Denny and Hope Sandoval – headlines, airing the haunted and ethereal, bone-simple yet compellingly dramatic alt folk of her recent, self-titled, fifth album.