JAMES YORKSTON

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SPECIAL GUESTS
The Luminaire
Monday 21 December 2009
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Sunday 20 December 2009
311 High Road London NW6 7JR

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JAMES YORKSTON is a singer / songwriter in the best folksy tradition, weaving together a seemingly effortless mix of sweet melodies, haunting lyrics, irreverent humour and the odd blast of harmonica.

Continuing the annual tradition, the Luminaire will play host to James in full Yuletide mode, with very special guests, hand picked by James to play alongside him for an evening of festive glad tidings to warm our wintry hearts.



The Temper Trap

SNOWMAN
Koko
Monday 21 December 2009
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1a Camden High Street London NW1 7JE

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The Temper Trap play London’s Koko in December after a string of sellout successes.

The Temper Trap’s atmospheric, captivating sound, created using grand guitars, pulsating rhythms and yearning vocals achieved rapturous acclaim at South by Southwest in March 2009. Expect an energetic live experience from this four piece from Melbourne.
Emerging from Melbourne in 2006, the success of their single led to the band being compared with the likes of Sonic Youth, TV on the Radio and Radiohead.



THE HORRORS

HTRK + LUNG ROTTER SEVEN
The Forum
Sunday 20 December 2009
9 - 17 Highgate Road London NW5 1JY

£14.50 ADV

Back with a new ethereal sound, THE HORRORS bring material from acclaimed Mercury Nominated second album Primary Colours (produced by Geoff Barrow of Portishead) to a live setting. Bringing to mind My Bloody Valentine, The Psychedelic Furs and The Jesus and Mary Chain and yet achieving a sound that is also contemporary and unique, their new album is sure to top the best-of lists for 2009. Faris and his impeccably dressed cohorts from Southend make their return in layer upon layer of distortion. As Drowned in Sound said recently, “All eyes are once again on The Horrors, and this time it’s not just the usual hyperbole prone culprits salivating in anticipation. Even typically level-headed critics are getting into a frothy mess.”



FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE

SPECIAL GUESTS
O2 Academy Brixton
Monday 14 December 2009
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Sunday 13 December 2009
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211 Stockwell Road London SW9

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Mercury Nominated Florence and the Machine plays the O2 Academy Brixton in December.

The buzz surrounding 21-year-old Florence Welch and her mutable band mates (The Machine) has grown in the past few months, with the Critic’s Choice Brit Award tipping her for the top in 2009.



Peaches

KAP BAMBINO
DRUMS OF DEATH (LIVE BAND)
HAWNAY TROOF
Koko
Sunday 13 December 2009
1a Camden High Street London NW1 7JE

£14 ADV

PEACHES is back, and will be playing London’s Koko as part of her European tour this December. On her new album ‘I Feel Cream’ Peaches does it again, this time producing, along with the likes of Simian Mobile Disco, Soulwax, Digitalism and Drums of Death, her most pop-sounding album to date. That’s not to say she’s mellowing or taking things easy. Far from it in fact, Peaches now seems as relevant to the musical landscape as ever before. The beats remain as harsh and uncompromising as ever but with a new-found melodic groove that has only been previously hinted at, with luscious synth-pop as on ‘Lose You,’ which sees Peaches deliver one of her most delicate and graceful vocal performances yet. Of course, she still retains that lyrical bite, which will be delivered in force on December 13th.



Friendly Fires

THE INVISIBLE (LIVE)
MICHAEL MAYER DJ (KOMPAKT)
JOE GODDARD (HOT CHIP) + DJ SET
MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE
SHITROBOT (DFA) + WILD GEESE DJS
The Coronet
Friday 11 December 2009
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28 New Kent Road London SE1 6TJ

EAT YOUR OWN EARS and BUGGED OUT! join forces again to promote a formidable FRIENDLY FIRES party, curated by the band to bring together their friends and favourite contemporaries for a special night in London’s Coronet Theatre.



Cass McCombs

SIAN ALICE GROUP
LEFT WITH PICTURES
The Lexington
Monday 30 November 2009
96-98 Pentonville Road London N1 9JB

£7.50 ADV

Domino resident CASS MCCOMBS possesses that rare ability to attack both the listener’s heart with melodies and textures, and head with its poetry and themes. In the greatest of American traditions, McCombs carries on transcending fad and fashion to ensure the art of songwriting lives on.



The Graham Coxon Power Acoustic Ensemble

GRAHAM COXON + ROBYN HITCHCOCK
MARTIN CARTHY + NATASHA MARSH
MAX EASTLEY
Barbican
Saturday 28 November 2009
Silk Street London EC2Y 8DS

£12 / 15 / 20 ADV

One of the finest guitarists and singer songwriters of his generation, Graham Coxon returns from the triumphant Blur reunion tour to produce a this special concert at the Barbican based around his recent critically acclaimed 7th solo album Spinning Top.



PORT O BRIEN

DEER TICK + DRY THE RIVER
Scala
Tuesday 24 November 2009
275 Pentonville Road London N1 9NL

£9 ADV

The rousing PORT O’BRIEN debut All We Could Was Sing was released to an ecstatic reception last year, with critics and fans alike swept away by their tales of the sea and music filled with joyous abandon. But while some of our favourite albums are informed by delirium and youthful adventure, others are informed by tragedy and the depths of heartache. Unexpectedly, Port O’Brien’s second album falls into this category.



Malcolm Middleton

CURLY HAIR
Bush Hall
Tuesday 24 November 2009
310 Uxbridge Road London W12 7LJ

£14.50 ADV

An intimate evening with Scotland’s second favourite arch-miserablist and ex Arab Strap vocalist. Hopefully uplifting, quietly depressing, Malcolm will perform a collection of comforting wintery acoustic songs about love, hate, death, and other stuff.
New album Waxing Gibbous out now on Full Time Hobby.



TOM BROSSEAU

BIRDENGINE + JOKER'S DAUGHTER
STOPMAKINGME (DJ)
BLACK CAB SESSION DJS
Cargo
Saturday 21 November 2009
83 Rivington Street London EC2A 3AY

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Born and raised in northern North Dakota, TOM BROSSEAU’s dense musical, cultural, and personal histories have helped him create music of great beauty, stillness, intimacy and celebration.

He’s toured with PJ Harvey and John Parish, writes songs referencing Vincent Price, appeared in the documentary film Largo (with Flight of the Conchords & more), records and performs with classical violinist Hilary Hahn, interviewed Miranda July, and made a fan of Natalie Portman who chose his song “Plaid Lined Jacket” for a compilation she curated.



The Dodos

MEGAFAUN
Scala
Sunday 15 November 2009
275 Pentonville Road London N1 9NL

£12.50 ADV

THE DODOS are a duo from San Francisco, who throw together a delightful mix of ephemeral psych-folk-pop. Singer and guitarist Meric Long’s fleeting, intricate and finely-tuned finger-picking is warm and focused, resonating under his refined lyrical hopscotch and drummer Logan Kroeber’s foot-stomping tom and-tambourine back beat. The propulsive results recall everything from John Fahey to the Akron/Family, and hones the callings of free-spirited, unhinged acts like Animal Collective.