Preview: This week's gig guide
Simon ParkinYT/RAGGA TWINSNorwich Po Na Na, August 21Ipswich dancehall star YT's latest album is called Born Inna Babylon, which couldn't sound more Jamaican if it tried, but in fact he is one of a group of UK dancehall stars forging a sound inspired by, but not emulating, the sound of JA.Simon Parkin
Norwich Po Na Na, August 21
Ipswich dancehall star YT's latest album is called Born Inna Babylon, which couldn't sound more Jamaican if it tried, but in fact he is one of a group of UK dancehall stars forging a sound inspired by, but not emulating, the sound of JA.
Like Italian dancehall hot property Alborosie, German artist Gentleman and even Sheffield's whizz kid producer Toddla T, he is inspired by Jamaican music rather than taking directly from it.
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Born Inna Babylon includes collaborations with the legendary Daddy Freddy, dub icon Zion Train and UK hip hop star Skinnyman, has just been released.
This visit to Norwich sees him doing a guest spot at the latest Roots N Culture night at Norwich's Po Na Na, alongside jungle legends The Ragga Twins who began their careers as separate MCs for North London's legendary Unity reggae sound system.
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The duo have recently been enjoying a new lease of life with young grime, UK garage and dubstep artists and producers citing them as major influences.
t Further listening: www.myspace.com/ytreggae
TILTING SKY: THE KABEEDIES
Norwich Arts Centre, August 22
Tilting Sky, those ever reliable promoters of local good vibrations, present a hot and steamy summer party cocktail of sounds and colours.
Their sunny delight will include a mixture of full band performances, acoustic shenanigans, collaborations - and covers of some classic summer hits - from the likes of The Kabeedies, the Uh Ohs, Vanilla Kick, Violet Violet and The Loyal Few. There will be a good number of special guests too.
There will be plenty of celebrated with it having been a good summer for most of the bands. The Kabeedies have made some serious waves, sending festival crowds into a frenzy at both Glastonbury and Latitude and at the Sumer Sundae event.
Vanilla Kick launched a new EP, and Violet Violet, now with a new slim-line two-piece line-up, recently released their much anticipated album, The City is Full of Beasts, on Norwich's own NROne label.
Tickets are just � 3 - a bargain for a whole evening's entertainment - in advance, but they'll go quick so be quick or you'll miss out.
t Further listening: www.myspace.com/thekabeedies
Norwich Arts Centre, August 25
After almost 20-years of using the alias Smog for his music, Bill Callahan nowadays prefers performing under his given non-de-plum. He switched after 2005's A River Ain't Too Much to Love and the follow-up Woke on a Whaleheart, both of which mixed the intimate, reflective, largely acoustic sound of later Smog albums with gospel, soul, and pop elements, and boasted arrangements by former Royal Trux mastermind Neil Hagerty.
For his new album, Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle, Callahan has returned to the more intimate, acoustic-based sound of latter-era Smog albums, featuring string and brass arrangements by Brian Beattie.
It's his tenderest reflection on love and loving since the Smog back-to-back classics Red Apple Falls and Knock Knock and includes sections of violins and French horns.
Support comes from Sophia Knapp, best known as a member of the Brooklyn art-folk Lights. Here she plays a solo show of gauzy, soft-focus folk.
t Further listening: www.myspace.com/whaleheart
Norwich Arts Centre, August 26
Tipped by the likes of Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens, this emerging Newcastle indie-pop four-piece are busting with ace melodies and lyrics and are ones to watch.
Right from their debut single, One Night In October, its obvious they make sunny-hearted music that counters economic doom and gloom. It makes you want to jump with glee, while grinning at the lyric's comic observations.
Even the single's cover art advertises the tune's happy-go-lucky ebullience: "We were entirely unsupervised when we made this, can you tell?"
Eschewing the usual rock and punk pioneers, the band cite literary figures such as Jonathan Safran Foer, Seamus Heaney and Roald Dahl as their inspiration.
Such highbrow inclinations bring to mind bookish bands such as Bloc Party and Vampire Weekend. But forget twee and staid, they still have the energy and vigour of a garage band.
t Further listening: www.myspace.com/littlecometsmusic
SOUNDS IN THE CITY
t August 21
Pain Penitentiary (metal) - B2
Tendahooks (rock) - Brickmakers
Juke Box Memories: feat. Abbaqueens (50s-70s/charity) - The Talk
Clickshaft (indie/funk) - Marquee
Luna Ghost (rock) - King Edward VII
Slide (rock/indie) - Blueberry
Pete 'Kiwi' Keegan (skiffle) - The Nelson
ABC Blues Band (tribute) - Trowel & Hammer
Against The Grain (blues) - Reindeer
Split Whiskers (blues) - Walnut Tree Shades
Judi (60s) - Windmill
t August 22
The Vibrators (punk) - King Edward VII
Ska-Ta-Brain (ska) - Blueberry
Murphy's Lore (Irish) - Cider Shed
In Rapture (rock) - Club Sanctuary
Beyond Duplication ( - Reindeer
Hotwired Punk Band (punk) - The Eddie
Flying South (rock'n'roll/blues) - Lakenham Cock
NMS Promo Night - Marquee
Just Floyd (tribute) - Brickmakers
Skinny Jim & The Leopard Trio (rock'n'roll) - Boundary
Satta Sounds (ragge/jungle) - The Regal
t August 23
Floating Greyhounds ( - Boundary
Vic Salter (country/rock) - King Edward VII
Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) - Brickmakers
t August 24
Session: feat. Emmetic + more (open mic) - Brickmakers
Jazz Jam (jazz/open mic) - Blueberry
Rampant Horse Collective (roots/folk) - Rumsey Wells
t August 25
Overdrive (rock) - Brickmakers
Acoustic Showcase (local) - B2
t August 26
Conner Manning (acoustic) - B2
The Session (Irish) - Cider Shed
Pure Acoustic (acoustic/open mic) - Brickmakers
Blues/Rock Jam (open mic) - Blueberry
t August 27
Sleeping States (folk/experimental) - Arts Centre
Spitfire (pop-punk) - B2
F-UK/Doomsday Hour/Cut The Reins (punk) - Cricketers Rest
Milkbar Promo Night (indie) - Marquee
Keno Kings (blues) - Walnut Tree Shades
Rum Keg Jump (ska) - Blueberry
Angry Beaver (rock) - Brickmakers
Cruisin' For A Bluesin' (blues) - Rose Tavern
Navi (Michael Jackson tribute) - Chicago Rock Caf�