It’s quality not quantity this July at The Lexington, we’ve only got a handful of shows to shout about but they’re all well worth the trip upstairs to our cool, air-conditioned land of music. Plus, get down early to a gig and enjoy some of our summer drinks deals!
+ The Kindling
Wednesday 12th July
“Nadine Khouri is a musician and songwriter currently based in London. Influenced by dream-pop, film soundtracks and spoken-word, her sound has been described as a “music born of perennial outsider-status.”
Recorded live with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey) at Toybox Studios in his hometown Bristol, her new album ‘The Salted Air’ is a haunting and atmospheric collection of poetic meditations on loss and transformation.
+ Boom Boom Kid + Nekra
Thursday 13th July
Summer Punk Special featuring London’s The Restarts plus Boom Boom Kid from Argentina. He comes backed up by members of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs and first on Nekra – One of the new wave of London hardcore bands for 2017 featuring members of Self Defense Family, Frau and Sarcasm.
The Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra
+ The Indelicates
Monday 17th July
The Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra was formed in 2007 by composer and arranger Martin White, known for his work as Dave Gorman’s trifle-obsessed sidekick on Absolute Radio, as well as his accordion-playing appearances on BBC2’s The Culture Show. Along with writing and producing partner Danielle Ward, he founded the live orchestral karaoke night Karaoke Circus and co-wrote the musicals Gutted, and Psister Psycho. In addition to two albums and five EPs, Martin and The Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra have contributed arrangements and live backing to such acts as Jarvis Cocker, Neil Hannon, Luke Haines, Amanda Palmer, Scroobius Pip, D:Ream, and Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine. Members of the orchestra include Rhodri Marsden (Scritti Politti), Steve Pretty (Hackney Colliery Band), Nathan Thomas (My Life Story), and comic piano virtuoso Jeremy Limb.
+ Mary Epworth + Laucan
Tuesday 18th July
Cosmo Sheldrake is a 25 year-old multi-instrumentalist musician, composer and producer. He regularly performs on banjo, loop station, keyboards, double bass, drums, penny whistle, sousaphone, accordion and many more. He is an inspirational singer and improviser, and much of his work is concerned with play, nonsense and the sonorous environment.
+ Giant Party + Ghost Suns
Wednesday 19th July
They describe their music as “doom pop”, which is another way of saying lying in the sonic waters between The National’s brooding indie rock, Wild Beasts’ spiraling pop-rock, and Daughter’s haunting soundscapes. Their debut EP, Sermons, is evidence of the band’s varied and engrossing sound, which is highlighted by frontman Theo Tobias’ spectacular vocals. Usually it is the instrumentation that takes a song to its emotional and atmospheric heights, but Tobias’ crooning style gives each song an added depth while penetrating deep into one’s soul.
Skinny Girl Diet
+ The Franklys + Fightmilk + Guttfull
Thursday 20th July
“At last, real girls, young and believable, singing in their own voices.” – Viv Albertine (The Slits)
“Skinny Girl Diet are what Hole might have sounded like had Courtney Love hailed from Wood Green rather than Portland” – The Guardian
“London’s most badass girl gang” – Dazed
+ The Mantis Opera
Friday 21st July
Snarling post-punk from London
Sunday 30th July (rescheduled from 5th July – tickets still valid)
Queen Kwong is the brainchild of LA based musician Carré Callaway. Her rawness and charisma remind me of a young Iggy Pop or Patti Smith at the peak of their careers. Queen Kwong’s volatile stage persona, no doubt sits in the lineage of such primal and visceral acts as The Stooges, Nirvana, Swans, even Queens of the Stone Age.