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Howdy folks! This week has been pretty awesome for gigs – with an intense set from Sleigh Bells on Monday and a stellar performance from The National on Wednesday, which ended with an unamplified acoustic rendition of Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks.

There’s a few new gigs to add to the list this week, and the most notable one is probably the upcoming tour from White Lies, whose music is gloomy yet upbeat and sounds like a cross between Joy Division and Interpol. I’ve not seen them live before but I’ve been reliably informed they put on an impressive show.

If you fancy some old-school ska-punk to reminisce about the “good ol’ days” of the 90s music scene then tickets go on sale today for Reel Big Fish‘s UK tour.

As always, hit the link for the full up-and-coming gig listings. Enjoy your weekends!

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Afternoon folks! Tomorrow is the LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip gig up in Sheffield, which I’ll be going to and am getting insanely excited about. It should make for a cracking night!

There’s really not a huge amount of new live music that I’ve found to report about this week. The most notable bit of info is that tickets for the NME Awards Tour 2011 go on sale today, and I must say that the line-up is looking pretty special: Crystal Castles, Magnetic Man, Everything Everything and The Vaccines all on one stage at various locations across the UK in February next year, and I imagine tickets for these gigs will sell out quite quickly.

Esoterica are a relatively unheard of and underrated band hailing from Surrey, whose vocals and prog metal tendencies draw instant comparisons to the likes of Maynard James Keenan of Tool and A Perfect Circle fame. They’ve recently added a new London date to the end of their UK tour in December.

As always, hit the link for the full up-and-coming gig listings. Enjoy your weekends!

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Afternoon guys and gals, it’s Friday again which means it’s time for the fortnightly lowdown on forthcoming gigs. November is shaping up quite nicely for live music – so far I’ve got tickets to see !!!, LCD Soundsystem/Hot Chip and Sleigh Bells, all of which should be pretty awesome.

Here’s my highlights of the new gig listings this week:

Fear Factory are predominantly an industrial metal band, who formed in the late 80s but then decided to go their separate ways in 2006 to work on individual projects. They have since re-formed, releasing their seventh studio album, Mechanize (not on Spotify yet :( ), earlier this year and will be playing a handful of UK gigs in December.

American indie rockers Band of Horses, whose 2010 album, Infinite Arms, is absolutely sublime will be hitting stages in the UK in January/February time next year.

If you fancy something a little more upbeat and live in the Bristol area, then you can catch Penguin Prison at Start the Bus in November or Metronomy at Thekla in January.

Cheers!

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Howdy folks! The weekend is here and tomorrow night a few of us will be in attendance at the MF Doom gig in Bristol, which I’m rather looking forward to.

If you fancy re-living the ska punk days of the 90s, Less Than Jake will be performing in London, Birmingham and Bristol, as well as a few other locations around the UK.

Dare I say it, Christmas is fast approaching and the O2 Academy Brixton will be host to this year’s Soulwaxmas, which is sure to be a sell-out event – so get your tickets in quick!

There’s plenty of new music on the horizon for the new year that is slowly looming upon us, including Scottish post-rockers Mogwai, and The Go! Team, who will also be releasing a new album, the first since 2007’s Proof of Youth.

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Howdy folks, and happy binary Friday (for those of you who are geeky enough to know what that means)! Another fortnight has passed, which means that it’s time for the lowdown on the best live music coming to a stage near(ish) you.

Giants of the dance world, Faithless, will be hitting some of the larger venues around the country in December, after returning with their sixth album, The Dance, earlier this year.

A couple of smaller bands that have been doing the rounds lately in the blogosphere are Sleigh Bells and Warpaint, and you can catch them both at some of the smaller gig venues in Bristol and London later this month and in November.

Hit the link to see the full gig listing…

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G’day chaps and chapettes! I have a confession to make. It seems that when I was transferring all the gigs into the new format I inadvertently missed a whole bunch of them out. But fear not, for I have now added them to the list, along with a load of fresh new ones!

As promised earlier in the week, there are a selection of upcoming Abe Vigoda gigs. Unfortunately, I won’t be able make it to any of them though. One gig I am going to, however, is LCD Soundsystem / Hot Chip in Sheffield. Tickets for that one are now sold out I think but (at the time of writing this) they are still available for the London and Cardiff gigs.

About 10 or so years ago I went through a massive phase of listening to the first three Deftones albums constantly. It was borderline obsessive. Since then I’ve kind of lost touch with their music but I’ve been reliably informed that their recent stuff is excellent, so will have to give it a listen at some point.

Holy Fuck are one of our personal favourites here at Spotisfaction Towers. Their two albums are superb and judging from the reviews I’ve read, their live shows aren’t too shabby either. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to catch either the Bristol or Birmingham gigs.

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Howdy folks. The weekend is finally upon us and I’m off to see Muse in Manchester tomorrow, which I’m rather looking forward to. I’m hoping that they’ll play a lot of their older (and better, in my opinion) songs rather than the Queen/Blondie tributes that they seem to be churning out lately, but somehow I doubt that’ll happen. I can but hope…

Anyways, this week the Gig Rig has evolved and has taken on a brand new look, which we’re hoping you’ll agree is a big improvement. Here’s my highlights for the new additions:

Rodrigo Y Gabriela will be playing 5 gigs at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London later on this year. If you’ve not heard their music before then I urge you to give it a listen because it is utterly brilliant. They produce sounds with acoustic guitars that I didn’t even realise were humanly possible!

Following the release of their much anticipated self-titled album later this month, Interpol will be embarking on a brief UK tour at the end of November. They’re one of those bands that has the unique capacity to make music that is both gloomy and uplifting at the same time.

Hit the link to see the full listings.

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Bonjour amigos!

I think you’ll agree that the new site design is looking pretty darn sexy, so massive kudos to Dave for the relentless effort he’s put in to make Spotisfaction what it is.

With the festival season now starting to draw to a close, there promises to be a feast of live music on offer over the coming months. Here are some of my highlights from this week’s findings:

All you good folks of London Town need to book Friday 19 November into your diaries and head on over to the Coronet because this is gonna be an evening you won’t want to miss! Not one, not two but FIVE awesome artists in the form of Caribou, Four Tet, James Holden, Nathan Fake and Rocketnumbernine will be pumping out the finest abstract IDM tunes known to man.

Following the success of their fifth album, High Violet, which was released earlier this year, The National will be playing a handful of UK gigs towards the end of November. Some of us here at Spotisfaction are heading down to the O2 Academy Bristol gig to absorb the atmosphere and kick back with some quality music, so we’d love to see you guys there!

If JamesTAE’s review of Foals‘ second album, Total Life Forever, gave you the urge to see them live then it just so happens that you’re in luck! They’ll be on a nationwide tour in a couple of months, kicking off in late October in Leeds and finishing off in mid November in London. Not one to be missed!

Hit the link for this week’s listings.

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Well it’s Friday again, which can only mean that it’s time for another instalment of the Gig Rig, after scouring pages of t’interweb to find the finest selection of live music coming to a town near you. Highlights this week:

Booka Shade
will be playing a one-off gig at the HMV Forum in London to make amends for their performance at the Lovebox festival, which had to be cut short due to crowd control problems. Tracks from the German duo’s latest album, More!, have been featured in a number of playlists recently, and for good reason (it’s frackin’ awesome)!

Another artist who has been blogged about numerous times is Karin Dreijer Andersson (aka Fever Ray), who is also well known as vocalist for The Knife and her collaborations with Röyksopp. Her live performances are renowned for being a little on the theatrical and wacky side, and are sure to be quite an experience.

Placebo
are currently on a worldwide tour playing at various music festivals across the globe, and will be stopping off in London on their travels. I’ve found that some people seem to have an irrational hatred of the band, but personally I love their music and would love to see them live.

If shoegaze/post-rock is more your cup of tea (and you’re in the London area) then I can thoroughly recommend This Will Destroy You and Red Sparowes.

Hit the link for this week’s listings.

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Howdy folks, and merry Friday to one and all!

Monday’s feature, Tomorrow’s Sounds Today, included reviews for the latest releases from I Am Kloot and Lissie, both of whom have gigs coming up at Thekla in Bristol in September and October respectively. If you liked what you heard then why not check them out live.

In the run up to their appearance at V Festival and following the success last year of their latest album, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, Kasabian will be performing a one-off gig at the O2 Academy in Brixton. Definitely worth a look-in if you live in the London area.

Fenech-Soler
and Hurts are two artists that make an appearance on Kitsuné Maison Compilation 9: Petite Bateau Edition, the latest instalment from the French electronic music label Kitsuné. They have already had a decent amount of airtime on the radio and with a bit of luck will be destined for great things.

As always, hit the link for listings.

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Love live music? Yep, we do too, so we thought we’d bring you a selection of the finest musical extravaganzas that will be taking place over the coming months. New gig listings will be posted on a fortnightly basis, or more frequently if there is a need for it. If there are any gigs that have escaped our attention and that you think deserve a mention, then just drop me an e-mail (fozz@spotisfaction.com) and we’ll get the details posted.

Muchos amores
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[±] Black Mountain

    O2 Academy Oxford, Sat 04/09/10 @ 18:30


[±] Crystal Castles

    Roundhouse, London, Fri 15/10/10 @ 19:00

    Anson Rooms, Bristol, Sun 17/10/10 @ 19:00


[±] Doom

    O2 Academy Brixton, London, Thu 14/10/10 @ 19:00

    O2 Academy Bristol, Sat 16/10/10 @ 19:00


[±] Eels

    O2 Academy Birmingham, Thu 26/08/10 @ 19:00


[±] Errors, Twilight Sad

    XOYO, London, Thu 07/10/10 @ 20:00

    The Fleece, Bristol, Sun 10/10/10 @ 20:00


[±] Groove Aramada

    O2 Academy Bristol, Tue 12/10/10 @ 19:00

    O2 Academy Birmingham, Thu 14/10/10 @ 19:00

    O2 Academy Brixton, London, Fri 15/10/10 @ 19:00

    O2 Academy Brixton, London, Sat 16/10/10 @ 21:00


[±] Los Campesinos!, Frankie & the Heartstrings, Johnny Foreigner, Wichita

    The Relentless Garage, London, Thu 15/07/10 @ 19:00


[±] Maybeshewill

    O2 Academy Birmingham, Thu 26/08/10 @ 19:00


[±] Mr. Scruff

    Koko, London, Sat 23/10/10 @ 21:00

    O2 Academy Bristol, Sat 30/10/10 @ 22:00


[±] Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

    The Croft, Bristol, Sun 10/10/10 @ 20:00


[±] School of Seven Bells

    Thekla, Bristol, Sun 18/07/10 @ 19:30

    Scala, London, Tue 20/07/10@ 19:30


[±] Sia

    Troxy, London, Wed 06/10/10 @ 19:00


[±] Trentemøller

    Roundhouse, London, Sun 24/10/10 @ 19:00


[±] Two Door Cinema Club

    O2 Academy Oxford, Fri 24/09/10 @ 18:30


[±] Wolf Parade

    Thekla Bristol, Sat 11/09/10 @ 19:00


[±] The xx

    Somerset House, London, Tue 13/07/10 @ 19:30


[±] Yeasayer

    Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, Wed 25/08/10 @ 19:00

    Roundhouse, London, Thu 21/10/10 @ 19:30