Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Ingrid Michaelson; Kristin Hersh; TaxiWars; The Regrettes
07 November, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab
SOME may say it’s too soon but, unless you’re in Camden Town where the Christmas lights are permanently on, November’s many festive switch-on events can bring some distraction from the cold evenings. Next Wednesday (Nov 13), is Northern Brights at Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, where the yard will be transformed into an enchanted winter forest with music from Spiritland DJs, London Gay Men’s Chorus and entertainment from singing game show Famous First Words, plus drinks, food and more. From 5.30pm, lights switched on at 7.15pm.
• Everyman King’s Cross and Spiritland have teamed up for a special screening of Shaft on Nov 13 followed by a set of stone-cold funk and soul from Anne Frankenstein at SUPERMAX until 1am.
• If you’re missing the escapades of Eleven and her crew as they battle creatures from The Upside-Down, singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson has the answer. Her songs have featured in Grey’s Anatomy and The Notebook, she has co-written with Cheryl Cole and has her own independent label Cabin 24 Records. Her visit to the Union Chapel on Nov 12, however, has an ‘80s focus, as her latest album, Stranger Songs, inspired by the Netflix cult hit TV show Stranger Things, reflects that era. Every song on the album features references to the show – one for the fangirls and boys out there.
• Celebrate all that is sweaty and rock at the newly revived Sniff The Glove (above) night at The Phoenix tomorrow (Friday). Expect the finest in rock, hair metal, glam and power ballads and dress up like a rock god.
• Former Throwing Muses frontwoman Kristin Hersh (above) stops off at the Jazz Cafe on Nov 10 in support of her latest album, Possible Dust Clouds, and the reissue of her remastered Crooked LP.
• TaxiWars is the result of a collaboration between dEUS frontman Tom Barman and saxophone player Robin Verheyen. See the results at The Lexington on Nov 12.
• Electropop songwriter Shura is joined by a line-up of friends including support from Rosie Lowe and Laura Misch, plus DJ sets from The Big Moon & Marika Hackman at the Roundhouse on Nov 14.
• Teenage LA power-pop quartet The Regrettes, led by 18-year-old frontwoman Lydia Night, play Islington Academy tomorrow (Friday).
• Celebrated Scottish band Goodbye Mr MacKenzie celebrate the 30th anniversary of their first album, Good Deeds and Dirty Rags, by playing it in its entirety alongside a selection of extra treats, at a special gig at Dingwalls on tomorrow (Friday) with support from The Cesarians and Seil Lein.
• Self-produced east London 19-year-old Leyma (above) brings his lo-fi alternative hip-hop to Camden Assembly tomorrow (Friday).
• Alt-punk outfit Nervus (above) support Ontario’s Pup (below) at the Electric Ballroom on Nov 11.
• Texan blues singer-songwriter “Sugaray” Rayford, known for his high-energy gigs, plays the 100 Club on Nov 11.
• Contrary to the name, Celtic Woman is not a single person but rather a cult collective, celebrating Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage while continuing its 13-year legacy of introducing some of the country’s most talented singers and musicians to the world’s stage. Playing traditional Irish classics, contemporary songs and originals, see them at the Palladium on Nov 12.
• Award-winning Danish folk duo Emma Elmøe and Villads Hoffmann’s music is inspired by the traditional dance music from their ancestors, classical chamber music and modern symphonic sounds, which they blend to create a rich and varied sound. They play The Slaughtered Lamb, Clerkenwell, on November 12.
• Last year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Musician Of The Year, Mohsen Amini, heads to King’s Place on Nov 13 with Scotland’s Talisk trio as part of their biggest tour to date.
• Notable gigs this week: Worry Dolls, Lexington (Nov 8); Palace, Roundhouse (Nov 9); Aurora, Roundhouse; Kelvin Jones, The Islington (Nov 11); The Midnight, Roundhouse; Mannequin Pussy, Boston Music Room; Larkins, The Garage (Nov 12); Ezra Furman, The Forum; Postcards & Pocketbooks, The Best of Bella Hardy (above), Kings Place; Declan McKenna, The Dome; Everyone You Know, Underworld (Nov 14).