Preview: This week's gig guide
Simon ParkinA great triple bill of local music talent. The Neutrinos, Sargasso Trio and Girl In A Thunderbolt, three of the most exciting local bands, join forces for a celebration of the best in Norwich music. Plus: NME Radar Tour, Magic Numbers, Kano.Simon Parkin
THE NEUTRINOS/SARGASSO TRIO/GIRL IN A THUNDERBOLT
Norwich Arts Centre, September 25
A great triple bill of local music talent. The Neutrinos, Sargasso Trio and Girl In A Thunderbolt, three of the most exciting local bands, join forces for a celebration of the best in Norwich music.
The Neutrinos have recently bewitched crowds in Canada, USA and Europe with their art-punk noise and energy. They are currently working on their third album, The Butcher of Common Sense, being recorded in Berlin.
The Sargasso Trio have just finished recording a second album of their 'calyptronic folk-pop' featuring acoustic synth-folk, Latin lovesongs, odes to the road and ballads of the sea.
Girl In A Thunderbolt has just released her debut album, Seven Sisters, which was recorded in Norway. Lead track Gun Squad was described as 'Psycho-burlesque-abilly with shimmering guitars and a commanding voice'. All three acts will play at least one cover version of songs by the other acts on the bill.
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t Further listening: www.neutrinos.co.uk, www.myspace.com/sargassotrio, www.girlinathunderbolt.com
THE MAGIC NUMBERS
Waterfront, September 27
After two years away The Magic Numbers return with their sunshine harmonies and carefully-crafted indie. This date is part of a tour is in support of the band's new album, The Runaway, which was released through Heavenly Recordings in July.
With a nod towards 1960s harmony groups, but with a musical territory all of their own, the album features several string arrangements by Robert Kirby, renowned for his work with the likes of Nick Drake, Sandy Denny and Elvis Costello. It was the last Robert worked on before he sadly passed away in October 2009.
The Runaway is their third album, with the first two making the band, comprising two pairs of brothers and sisters, Romeo and Michele Stodart and Sean and Angela Gannon, who all attended the same secondary school, platinum-selling chart stars and produced hit singles like Forever Lost, Love Me Like You, Don't Give Up The Fight and Take A Chance. Support comes from Danny & The Champions of the World and Trevor and Hannah.
t Further listening: www.themagicnumbers.net
NME RADAR TOUR
Waterfront, September 28
The Emerge NME Radar Tour arrives in with The Joy Formidable and Chapel Club leading the charge. The gig is part of a 14-date tour that is the latest NME sponsored attempt to give music fans the chance to see some of the most hotly-tipped bands of the future before they make it big.
Female-fronted London-based trio The Joy Formidable spent last year building a feverishly partisan fan base with a string of singles, and two mini album releases on their own label, the studio-recorded A Balloon Called Moaning and the live recording First You Have To Get Mad. Their first single for Atlantic Records, I Don't Want To See You Like This, will be released on October 11, with an album to follow at the start of next year.
London-based five-piece Chapel Club have had heads turning since emerging last year with their live shows. Recent signings to the Loog label, Chapel Club are set to release a new single, All The Eastern Girlsm on October 11. Joining The Emerge NME Radar Tour will also be Flats and Wilder.
t Further listening: www.thejoyformidable.com
Waterfront, September 30
Promoting his fourth studio album, Method To The Maadness, his most accomplished, heavyweight offering to date, UK grime pioneer Kano, who has been slightly overtaken in the pop stakes by the likes of Dizzee Rascal, arrives at the Waterfront on his latest UK tour.
Kano - real name Kane Robinson - forged his skills amid the white heat of the emerging East London grime scene. Since his 2005 debut, Home Sweet Home, he has gone on to craft and release two more accomplished and adventurous studio albums, a trio of incendiary mixtapes and establish himself as a major UK talent.
Having returned to his roots in 2008's genre-specific street record 140 Grime Street, Kano has since put in blistering guest performances on Chase & Status's Against All Odds. In addition to his razor-sharp yet caramel smooth vocals, the album also features a star-studded supporting cast, including Hot Chip, Wiley, Vybz Kartel, Damon Albarn and Diplo, sadly, none of whom will be appearing with him here. There will be support from rapper Ghetts though.
t Further listening: www.ka-no.com
SOUNDS IN THE CITY
t September 24
Twee Off: feat. O. Children (indie) - Arts Centre
Mollyhawk (Irish) - Cider Shed
Emma Hall Band (soul/funk) - Brickmakers
Four Wheel Drive (rock'n'roll) - B2
A Deeper Dreed (rock) - King Edward VII
Big Black Cadillac (rockabilly) - Blueberry
Pout At The Devil (glam rock) - The Stanley
Honeydripper (R&B) - Silver Road Cottage
Electricity (R&B) - Bethel Street Coach & Horses
The Rum Brothers (Irish) - Temple Bar
t September 25
Raw Edge (rock) - Blueberry
Mr Pink (rock) - King Edward VII
Balkan Worlds (world) - St Gregory
Lower Than Atlantis (rock) - Pot Black
The Dirt (Motley Crue tribute) - Brickmakers
Honeydripper (R&B) - Eaton Cottage
Flying South (rock/blues) - Lakenham Cock
Liza Wolfe (pop) - Boundary
Barry Lee (rock/pop) - Heath House
Hoe Down (country) - Golden Star
t September 26
Chroma (contemporary) - Arts Centre
James Goodwin (blues 2.30pm) - Cider Shed
Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) - Brickmakers
Norwich Ukele Society (4.30pm) - Ten Bells
Pete 'Kiwi' Keegan (skiffle) - Silver Road Cottage
Noah Fentz (4pm) - Boundary
t September 27
Tubelord (indie) - Marquee
Abandon All Hope Promo (punk) - Marquee
Soapbox (open mic) - Ten Bells
Sessions (open mic) - Brickmakers
Jazz N Jam (open mic) - Blueberry
t September 28
Howlback Hum: feat. Mat Riviere + more (acoustic) - Arts Centre
The Guzzards (punk) - Marquee
Gameplan (indie/rock) - Brickmakers
Folk Night - Micawbers Tavern
t September 29
Magnet Man (reggae) - Waterfront
The Blues Band (blues) - Maddermarket
Bob Brozman (folk/roots) - Assembly House
This Will Destroy You (rock) - Arts Centre
The Session (Irish) - Cider Shed
Pure Acoustic (open mic) - Brickmakers
t September 30
The Churchfitters (rock/jazz) - Maddermarket
Kids Can't Fly (ska/punk) - Marquee
Ralph (rock) - B2
Panemonium (rock) - Brickmakers
Tickled Pink (tribute/pop) - Blueberry
Ozzie (acoustic/charity) - Rose Tavern
Albert Cooper's Jazz Life (jazz) - Rumsey Wells