this week: 2013/05/13 - 2013/05/19

2013/05/13 | hiss golden messenger - william tyler | cafe oto, 18-22 ashwin street, dalston, london E8 3DL | 8pm | £8 £10 | www.cafeoto.co.uk

"From a very young age Nashville guitarist William Tyler has been as much prized for his dexterity & subtlety as he has been for his ability to coax wilder passions from his guitar, see: his long-term role in Lambchop and his touring role as part of the now-layin’-low Silver Jews. And yet the vital, incandescently beautiful solo guitar record he released in 2010, ‘Behold the Spirit’ was a revelation, Pitchfork called it “arguably the most vital, energized album by an American solo guitarist in a decade or more.” 

With his forthcoming 2013 release on Merge, ‘Impossible Truth’, he has cracked open another beautiful world for guitar-heads to immerse themselves, a joyous ecstatic recording flecked with pedal steel and brass, recorded by Lambchop colleage Mark Nevers."

"Drawing from the deep well of traditional and vernacular Southern song that Taylor has explored and documented as a practicing folklorist, as well as the more alchemical strains of 1970’s country- rock, dub music, and kosmische music, “like Van Morrison circa Astral Weeks, Hiss Golden Messenger confounds traditional-music genre expectations” (according to The Huffington Post.) Distinguished by their fascinatingly ambiguous conjuring of spiritual–and often specifically Biblical– concerns and characters, as well as a taut lyricism informed by writers as disparate as Ronnie Lane and Lew Welch, Taylor’s unabashedly ardent songs rank among the most exquisitely crafted and eloquent of his generation."

2013/05/13 | dirty beaches - femminielli - plantagenet 3 | bethnal green working men's club, 44-46 pollard road, bethnal green, london E2 6NB | 8pm | £6 | www.upsettherhythm.co.uk

2013/05/14 | daniel higgs | st margaret's house chapel, 21 old ford road, bethnal green, london E2 9PL | 2 sets 7pm and 9pm | £10 each | www.upsettherhythm.co.uk

"Not sure what you know about Daniel Higgs (known here as Daniel Arcus Incus Ululat Higgs, Interdimensional Song-Seamstress, or so Ancestral Songs says), but he’s the frontman of the band Lungfish, a prestigious tattoo artist – word is that he decides what gets inked on you – and an expert at disarming social constructs with a preternaturally lucid cosmic blush, one in tune with itself and higher powers you can’t even see, one lit up to infuriate squares and business hippies all over the place. Imagine a man with such magnetic patience that he has been able to weather the world coming to him; put the beard on him, and you’re imagining Higgs." Dusted magazine, 2007

2013/05/15 | junko & michel henritzi - shinichi isohata - a qui avec gabriel | cafe oto, 18-22 ashwin street, dalston, london E8 3DL | 8pm | £8 £10 | www.cafeoto.co.uk

"Junko is one of Japan's foremost improvising vocalists and a member of long-running free-noise unit Hijokaidan (trans. Emergency Staircase). Michel Henritzi is a French guitarist and Member of Dustbreeders (noise unit with Yves Botz & Thierry delles) and Howlin’Ghost Proletarians (guitar duo with Fabrice Eglin). He runs the labels A Bruit Secret and Turtles’Dreams and has a long association with a number of musicians from Japan having played with Tetuzi Akiyama, Rinji Fukuoka, Jojo Hiroshige, Junko, Kumiko Karino, Masayoshi Urabe, Chie Mukaï, Tamio Shiraishi, Yukiko Nakamura, Fumio Kosakai, Masafumi Ezaki, Taku Sugimoto and many more."

2013/05/16 | white fence - mikal cronin - purling hiss - jacco gardner - the pheromoans | the dome, 178 junction road, tuffnel park, N19 5QQ london | 6pm | £10 | www.upsettherhythm.co.uk

2013/05/16 | slum village – dj snuff | cargo, 83 rivington street, shoreditch, london EC2A 3AY | 7:30pm | £17,5 | www.cargo-london.com

2013/05/18 | the residents - clinic | barbican center, silk street, london EC2Y 8DS | 8pm | £15 £25 | www.barbican.org.uk

2013/05/19 | jessika kenney & eyvind kang - keiko higuchi | cafe oto, 18-22 ashwin street, dalston, london E8 3DL | 8pm | £8 £10 | www.cafeoto.co.uk

"one of the best modern examples of a minimalist tradition that evidently stretches back into the mists of time, but came to a head from the early-60s-onward with the popularity of Indian masters like Pran Nath and Ravi Shankar, and the emergence of modern composers such as LaMonte Young, Marian Zazeela and Charlemagne Palestine; not so much in the actual style (…), but in the way Kenney and Kang stretch into the past and across borders to create arresting “new” drone and vocal music." The Quietus, 2011

2013/05/19 | carter tutti play "chris & cosey" - excepter - mika vainio | heaven, under the arches, off villiers street, london WC2N 6NG | 5pm | £15 | www.heaven-live.co.uk

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