Preview: Norwich full gig guide January 18-24
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Brighton's inexhaustible punk rock duo Blood Red Shoes return promising a more muscular and classic rock-informed sound and with hotly tipped support from Wet Nuns. Plus: Miguel, Kent Duchaine and an acoustic date from Dodgy.
Waterfront, January 19
Currently one of the hottest soul stars in the US, Miguel comes to Norwich as one of a handful of live shows in the UK. Where other artists similarly feted by in-the-know tastemakers — and mentioned in the same breath as other 2012 breakthrough artists like Frank Ocean — might have limited their UK appearances to trendy London clubs, Miguel is putting in the effort with a small selection of date at more out of the way venues, including his Norwich date.
The young R&B superstar's latest album Kaleidoscope Dream was released at the end of 2012. Debuting at No. 3 in the US Billboard 200, it has received much praise from critics and fans alike, with almost a quarter of million sales already. There's no doubt that 2012 was his breakout year stateside, following the promise on his 2010 debut album, All I Want Is You. He's not yet as well known over here, but expect that to change in 2013.
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Raised in LA, Miguel pursued an interest in making music from an early age and at 14 years old he was already songwriting and developing ideas. His sound is an assault of the senses beginning with his rich soulful and sweet vocal, combined with a fusion of electro-tinged R&B that has a hip-hop edge and all the balls of rock.
Support comes from young Manchester R&B singer Daley whose debut album Days and Nights was produced by Bernard Butler and who has previously supported the likes of Emeli Sande, Jessie J and Bobby Womack.
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t Further listening: www.officialmiguel.com
BLOOD RED SHOES + WET NUNS
Norwich Arts Centre, January 21
Brighton's inexhaustible punk rock duo Blood Red Shoes return promising a more muscular and classic rock-informed sound five years on from their frantic debut Box of Secrets.
Formed in late 2004 by Steven Ansell and Laura-Mary Carter — and taking their name from a Ginger Rogers/Fred Astaire musical, in which Ginger Rogers had turned a pair of white dancing shoes red with blood due to the amount of dancing she had done, they arrive promoting their third studio album, In Time to Voices, which has notably opened up their sound beyond their US underground punk influences
Carter said: 'With this album we totally threw out the rulebook of how we write and record. We decided we wanted to make a really ambitious record, not something which reflects our live show but something which is only limited by our imaginations and not by how many instruments we use onstage.'
Joining them for one of just two supporting slots are hell-raising duo Wet Nuns who it's fair to say had a massive 2012 and are being hotly-tipped by just about everyone. The purveyors of death-blues release a brand new EP Broken Teeth next month. And if they whet your appetite here, they'll be back again, headlining in their own right, on March 2.
t Further listening: www.bloodredshoes.co.uk
Norwich Arts Centre, January 22
American delta blues guitarist Kent DuChaine makes a welcome return. The Georgia-based guitarist has been playing authentic solo blues since 1968, with earthy, guttural vocals and superb crunchy guitar playing on his battered old National Steel guitar he calls 'Leadbessie'.
At the young age of six, Kent DuChaine learned to play the ukulele from his father. At 13, after getting his first electric guitar, he and a few of his buddies formed a garage band in his hometown of Wayzata, Minnesota.
After reading the liner notes of an Eric Clapton album, DuChaine checked out a Robert Johnson album from the local library. He never looked back. The music of the Mississippi Delta stole his heart.
As the reputation of the band spread, legendary songwriter and performer Willie Dixon embraced them. Dixon arranged a recording contract and a concert sharing the bill with Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker, the Howling Wolf and Margie Evans.
Deciding to go solo in 1982, he took 'Leadbessie' on the road, finally settling in the south eastern United States to be closer to the roots of the music he loved.
AN original and passionate interpreter of Delta blues he now has six solo albums under his belt, 44 plus tours overseas, and still manages to perform all over North America and Europe.
t Further listening: www.kentduchaine.com
Bicycle Shop, January 22
The sonorous, atmospheric swell of singer-songwriter Rozi Plain's home-built electric guitar coupled with her swooning vocal charm will be winning over an audience at the Bicycle Shop. Originally hailing from Winchester, Rozi moved base up to Bristol to form the Cleaner Collective with her brother Romanhead, and best pal Rachael Dadd. Exchanging demo tapes with Fence Records' King Creosote, Rozi and her friends soon found themselves entwined in the world of DIY lo-fi folk merchants, the Fence Collective, regularly performing at the label's legendary Home Game and Away Game events in Scotland, and playing genial host to any Fence performers travelling south. New album, Joined Sometimes Unjoined, Rozi's second solo release with Fence, follows two interim EPs Humans and See My Boat. It's boasts a warm, summer-sun blend of melody centred around Rozi's voice.
t Further listening: www.roziplain.co.uk
Norwich Arts Centre, January 24
After their hugely successful 2012 playing most of the major festivals promoting their critically acclaimed album Stand Upright In A Cool Place, the hazy, summery 1990s band return to Norwich for a special up close and intimate acoustic trio performance.
They will be trying out some brand new songs as well as bringing out old friends from their extensive back catalogue. Expect the biggest cheers to go to their oldies though, such as Good Enough, In a Room and Staying Out for the Summer.
Support comes from Lisbee Stainton whose 2010 album Girl On An Unmade Bed led to widespread critical acclaim, national airplay and tours across the UK and mainland Europe supporting Joan Armatrading and Paul Carrack.
As one of the UK's brightest new songwriters, her latest album, Go, has seen her star continue to rise. As well as her own innovative Living Room Tour, which included a date on the nuclear submarine HMS Vigilant, Lisbee has also toured with the likes of Gretchen Peters and Seth Lakeman.
t Further listening: www.dodgyology.com
SOUNDS IN THE CITY
TWR! Live: feat. The Burning Crows + Wicked Faith + Soulborn + Blind Tiger + Enigma (rock) — Waterfront
Daniel P Carter (rock/DJ set/10pm) — Waterfront
Loki (rock/indie) — Brickmakers
We Ghosts (indie) — Brewery Tap
Salute To Kareem (Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute) — King Edward VII
Hard Rain (acoustic/rock) — Silver Road Cottage
SkaFace UK (ska/reggae) — Karma Kafe
Bare Feet Records Presents: feat. Heart Of A Dog + An Early Aeronaut + Jake Morrell Band (indie) — The Birdcage
The Gastric Band (blues/rock'n'roll) — Walnut Tree Shades
Bluemoon (rock'n'roll) — Arkwrights
Floating Greyhounds (rock) — Moles Rest
Music House: feat. Land Equivalents + Cineclub + Summer Soldier (acoustic) — Wensum Lodge
Norwich Folk Club: feat. John Ward + Mario Price — Christ Church Centre
Ale Worthy Beats: feat. Sure Delight — Rumsey Wells
Miguel + Daley (soul/hip-hop) — Waterfront
Bricktop All Dayer: feat. Agonyst + Shrapnel + Consecration + End Soteria + many more (metal/3pm start) — B2
Worlds Apart (rock) — Brickmakers
Four Play (blues/rock) — Walnut Tree Shades
The Burning Crows (rock/acoustic) — King Edward VII
The Indebtors (pop/rock) — Blueberry
Against All Odds (pop/rock) — Old Catton Maids Head
One Hand Clapping (pop/rock) — The Windmill
3 Up 2 Down (pop/rock) — Angel Gardens
Icarus Vision (rock) — The Stanley
Lowrider (rock'n'roll) — Arkwrights
Battle Of The Bands (local/competition) — Compleat Angler
Claire & Josie (pop duo) — Costessey Crown
Boogie Fever — Trowel & Hammer
Craig Powell — Kier Hardie Hall
Honey Bee — Golden Star
Tony Cann — Bread & Cheese
Lisa Marie — Heath House
Alan Ley — Quebec Tavern
Karen — Robin Hood
Pete Turner — The Champion
Hot Feet + Lauren Razavi (blues/folk) — Bicycle Shop
Len Black & The Uptown Boys + Dixie Mix (blues/jazz/6pm) — Wensum Valley Hotel
Lou & The Diamonds (60s/3pm) — Brewery Tap
Floating Greyhounds (rock/4pm) — Moles Rest
Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) — Brickmakers
Future of Music (5pm) — Silver Road Cottage
Blood Red Shoes + Wet Nuns (indie/rock) — Arts Centre
Decade + Neck Deep (pop-punk) — Blueberry
Jazz Jam: with Lee Vasey + Brendan Youngs + Ian Hireson — Silver Road Cottage
Jazz Jam: feat. Rich Buddie — Walnut Tree Shades
Brickie Sessions (open mic) — Brickmakers
Kent Duchaine (blues) — Arts Centre
Rozi Plain (singer-songwriter) — Bicycle Shop
Caligula (indie/rock) — Brickmakers
Julian Siegel (jazz) — Oaklands Hotel
Steve Cropper & The Animals (soul/blues) — UEA
The Joy Formidable + We Are Animal (indie) — Waterfront
Pure Acoustic (open mic) — Brickmakers
Acoustic Jam — Micawbers tavern
Open Mic — The Birdcage
Open Mic — Garden House
Dodgy (acoustic trio set) — Arts Centre
Firewire (rock) — Brickmakers
Neon Asylum (electronic) — B2
Honeydripper (blues/soul) — Walnut Tree Shades
The Grazing Saints + Milly Hirst + The Thinking Men + Golly Ghost (rock 'n'roll/blues/roots/acoustic) — Ten Bells
Ghost Riders Western Club: feat. Jim Worton (country) — TA Centre
Acoustic Jukebox: feat Dan Scoggins — Brewery Tap
Johnny Jump Band (country/blues) — Micawbers Tavern
Loose Leaf Drifters (bluegrass/Americana) — Rumsey Wells
Acoustic Jukebox: feat Dan Scoggins — Brewery Tap
Midnight Blue — Rose Tavern