Preview: This week's gig guide

Simon ParkinFalsetto indie dance this week courtesy or Wild Beasts. Frightened Rabbits, one of Scotland's best upcoming bands, also visit. Plus a swirling mix of world sounds from the Baghdaddies and post-electro quartet Errors.Simon Parkin


Norwich Arts Centre, March 12

This post-electro quartet came to prominence after impressing fellow Glaswegians Mogwai, and signing to the band's label Rock Action Records in 2004 on the back of a three-track demo recorded in one of the band members bedrooms.

They quickly set about making a name for themselves in their hometown with their unique take on dance music.

Following on from their well received 2008 debut album, It's Not Something It's Like Whatever, the they've just released their follow up, Come Down With Me.

Recorded in the band's very own, self-created studio in Glasgow's East End, known as 'the freezer', its a largely self-produced effort, with added work from Steven Ward. The record builds on the merged sound of electronic and analogue that has become Errors' signature: angular, spiralling guitars, underpinned by truly mesmerising beats, combined with euphoric synths and pop hooks. This Twee Off! gig will see them supported by Ice, Sea, Dead People and Sukoshi.

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Norwich Arts Centre, March 13

The Baghdaddies specialise in what must be a unique world music combination, mixing a strong Balkan influence alongside Caribbean grooves in a sonic soup of influences and styles.

Driving Middle Eastern rhythms and even some Geordie - they're natives of Newcastle - touches are washed in with styles such as ska, jazz, punk and metal, all delivered with theatricality and exuberance.

This pumping out an eclectic fusion of rhythms and melodies plucked from around the world is guaranteed to raise your spirits and usually has audiences leaping up to dance. No matter what their preferred genre is, fans always find a special place for music they enjoy.

Formed in 1996, they've released four albums acclaimed for their originality and uniqueness and played their anarchic m�lange at many major events and festivals, even appearing at The Royal Opera House. This gig coincides with the release of their fifth album, Dancylvania.

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Norwich Arts Centre, March 14

Frightened Rabbit are a four-piece band from Selkirk, Scotland, now based in Glasgow, and though they enjoy a cult following south of the border they're one of Scotland's most acclaimed new bands.

Essentially the work of songwriter/frontman Scott Hutchison, the band play intense, emotional guitar-rock, categorised by Hutchison's raw vocals, and predilection for writing songs about heartbreak.

Though the past year has seen them finally step into public view, with more extensive touring and three full-length albums now publicly available, the past few years have largely been about the band quietly, honing their sound, and cultivating their art.

Now a five-piece with the recruitment of multi-instrumentalist Gordon Skene, the band's second album, Midnight Organ Fight, released in 2008, saw a marked progression in terms of songwriting, sonic depth, and as a fully realised entity. They've just released their new album, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, which is already generating excitement. Support comes from Manchester's Airship.

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Waterfront, March 15

In the period since their last live show in Norwich, Wild Beasts have become a very different, well, beast. From their promising early indie fumblings of 2008's widely celebrated debut Limbo, Panto, they've evolved the pungent hothouse funk of the fantastic follow-up Two Dancers.

Strangely enough Norfolk was partly the scene of this transformation. Co-produced by the band and northern enigma Richard Formby, Two Dancers was recorded in the county.

Formed in 2002 by frontman Hayden Thorpe and guitarist Ben Little at school in Kendal, the band eventually outgrew somnolent Lakeland, relocated to Leeds in 2005 with drummer Chris 'Bert' Talbot and bassist Tommy Fleming now on board, and signed for trendy indie label Domino.

The big advance has been to find a way to harness the air-cleaving Hayden Thorpe's soaring falsetto and lyrical deviations, with the dance rhythms. They're currently getting rave live reviews, making this one not to miss.

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t March 12

The Divide (rock) - Brickmakers

Nans Promotions (indie) - B2

Dead Man's Suits (pop-punk) - Bridge House

Floating Greyhounds (rock) - King Edward VII

Wapscallions (rock/funk) - Blueberry

t March 13

HIM (rock) - UEA

Staprest (Mod) - B2

Floating Greyhounds (rock) - Brickmakers

Money Shot (rock) - Blueberry

Gratuitous Beaver (hardcore) - Marquee

Rox Off (rock) - King Edward VII

7th Avenue (rock) - Bridge House

Icarus Vision (rock) - Boundary

Top Hat Alley Cat (rock) - The Stanley

Heat (rock) - Lakenham Cock

t March 14

Trivium (metal) - UEA

[Spunge] (ska/punk) - Waterfront

Norwich Pena Flamenca (Spanish: 2.30pm) - Cider Shed

Kangaroo Moon (Aussie/Celtic: 8pm) - Cider Shed

The Dog Days of Summer (bluegrass) - Bridge House

Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) - Brickmakers

Pete 'Kiwi' Keegan (skiffle) - Trowel & Hammer

t March 15

Steve Howie Trio (jazz/blues) - Arts Centre

Sessions (open mic) - Brickmakers

Jazz N Jam (open mic) - Blueberry

t March 16

Howlback Hum: feat. Sam James Hill + more ( - Arts Centre

Deaf Havana (rock/hardcore) - Marquee

Dirty Little Habit (glam rock) - Brickmakers

Abandon All Hope (metal) - Marquee

t March 17

Tilting Sky: feat. The Kabeedies + more (indie) - Arts Centre

The Rum Brothers (St Patrick's Day) - Blueberry

Acaysha (St Patrick's Day) - Rumsey Wells

Pure Acoustic (open mic) - Brickmakers

t March 18

Emma Pollock/Josh Pyke (indie) - Arts Centre

Aftershock (funk/soul) - Brickmakers

Life's Divide + more (pop punk) - Marquee

Maxell & Murphy (rock'n'roll) - Blueberry

Egypt (blues/rock) - Bridge House

The Vagaband (rock'n'roll/country) - Rumsey Wells

Kubko (funk) - Rose Tavern

Jam (open mic) - King Edward VII