Monday 19th January
Greg Dulli/Mark Lanegan, Union Chapel, London
For fans of the drug-n-whisky soaked darker side of life this intimate venue should be the perfect place to catch the full intensity of this bad boy duo’s melancholic rumblings.
15-piece Californian band/orchestra/whatever headline with their sunny but diverse indie pop. Plus cool electro pop from We Have Band.
Tuesday 20th January
Kasms, White Heat, London
Noisy and shambolic guitar sounds from these metal-tinged black-haired Londoners.
Wednesday 21st January
Wire, Cargo, London
Sometimes gigs from old favourites can be a risky business, often liable to disappoint when your heroes have become sad old has-beens. With any luck these late 70s punk stalwarts were too cool to age badly and this should be a great gig.
Little Joy, Dingwalls, London
Strokes drummer Fab Moretti becomes a front man on this side project. Expect New Yorkey, indie-pop in a similar vein to, um, The Strokes via Brazil.
Thursday 22nd January
La Roux, Cockpit, Leeds
She’s in Issue 10 so she must be pretty good but don’t just take our (and every other music journalist in England’s) word for it. Check out her fun dance pop live.
Friday 23rd January
Sky Larkin, Barfly, Cardiff
Cute but clever indie rock from Leeds with a definite off-beat edge.
David Grubbs, The Croft, Bristol
Once the founder of 80s punk metallers Squirrel Bait, David Grubbs now plays grungy post-rock as a solo concern.
Saturday 24th January
James Yuill, The Macbeth, London
Think Jose Gonzalez without the advert but with plenty of electronic sounds to accompany the quiet and introspective acoustic numbers.
Of Montreal, Digital, Brighton
Much loved indie pop, spreading a little happiness whilst supporting Franz Ferdinand on their latest tour.
Sunday 25th January
Le Corps Mince de Francoise, Library, Lancaster
Daft Finnish pop in the same vein as CSS, Chicks on Speed and others of that ilk. Crazy make up and fun party girls = a great end to the weekend.
Barfly, David Grubbs, Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, James Yuill, Kasms, La Roux, Le Corps Mince de Francoise, Listings, Little Joy, Musician, Of Montreal, Sky Larkin, Still Flyin', Stricken City, We Have Band, Wire