April is exceptionally busy at The Blue Moon on Norfolk Street. Our top recommendation is former Wooden Arms frontman Alexander Carson (30th). Carson’s solo work is reminiscent of early Benjamin Clementine and Rufus Wainwright and is more of a candid, confessional singer/songwriter sound than Carson’s characteristic classical timbre. We also can’t wait for Malena Zavala (25th). Her warped and beguilingly melancholy guitar pop promises to spellbinding evening.
The Blue Moon hosts a great day-time event of fuzzy guitars and pop on the 20th, featuring Schande, Doyouthinkhesaurus and Casey Tufnell. Canada’s Rare Americans (11th) are catchy with a slanted take on story telling. David Thompson Broughton (15th) has a thoroughly modern take on music, somewhere between folk and avant-garde, his live performances are not to be missed.
After some time away and a relocation to LA, Luke Sital-Singh is back with a new record this month. He brings said record and his deft ability to craft songs with a mesmerizing, piercing emotional quality to The Portland on the 15th.
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs are simply amazing, no wonder then that their show on the 9th has sold-out. However if you can get hold of a ticket, you’re in for a night of noise-rock and chaos. Elsewhere at The Portland the super group consisting of members from Lush, Elstaics and Modern English Unite, Piroshka play on the 5th. The Xcerts return on the 8th, supported by the exciting Paris Youth Foundation. Bloxx (19th) with their ability to write an indie banger, could soon be your new favourite band.
Witty and dry, sardonic yet never cynical, melodically infectious yet edgy sing along songs, Half Man Half Biscuit return to the Cambridge Junction this month (5th). The Junction’s line up this April kicks off with a frantic double bill of Drenge and their anthemic tilted grunge (complete with new album) paired with the dark yet moreish surf rock of The Wytches on the 1st. Other Cambridge Junction recommendations include Teleman 23rd, Benjamin Francis-Leftwich (2nd) Wilko Johnson (25th) and Skinny Lister (10th).