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Preview: This week's gig guide

PUBLISHED: 09:51 25 September 2009 | UPDATED: 15:40 29 October 2010

Simon Parkin

HADOUKEN!

Waterfront, September 27

Genre-busting London band Hadouken! return to Norwich as part of a short UK tour that will see them previewing tracks from their hotly-anticipated, but as-yet untitled, second album.

Simon Parkin

HADOUKEN!

Waterfront, September 27

Genre-busting London band Hadouken! return to Norwich as part of a short UK tour that will see them previewing tracks from their hotly-anticipated, but as-yet untitled, second album.

Having infiltrated the nation's consciousness with their abrasive blend of grime and indie that marked their debut, Music For An Accelerated Culture, and put them amid band who take influence from The Prodigy, NIN and Pendulum, the quintet have been locked away in the studio with Dutch electronic producers Noisia working on material for the follow up.

New single M.A.D., available for a limited period as a download only, is the first taste of the new material and suggests they've not shifted much from the tried and trusted formula of brash beats, obscure video game samples and furiously delivered, vaguely social observant lyrics. Support comes from Lights Go Blue.

t Further listening: www.myspace.com/hadouken

HOCKEY

Norwich Arts Centre, September 28

After touring earlier this year with their co-headline tour alongside Passion Pit, and a support slot with Friendly Fires, this Portland, Oregon four-piece arrive at the Arts Centre as part of a headlining tour in support of their debut album, Mind Chaos.

The album, a colourful, vibrant and infectious confection, frames a band enthralled to folk rock and indie pop as well as dancefloor-friendly shakedowns. “I wanted to write songs that grabbed you immediately,” says singer-songwriter in chief, Benjamin Grubin. “We've always written music that we liked, rather than music that we thought other people would like. It seems to have paid off so far.”

The band started life as an LA-based duo who gigged a lot, signed a development deal with Columbia and recorded with Talking Heads keyboardist Jerry Harrison.

They then changed location, doubled in size, and are now the kind of scruffy bike-riding vegans who fit into the Portland scene. Support comes from Little Comets and Deastro.

t Further listening: www.myspace.com/hockey

ZERO 7

UEA, September 30

Mercury Music Prize and Grammy-nominated duo Zero 7 - Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker - return to the UEA in support of their most ambitious album to date, Yeah Ghost, released on Monday.

Henry and Sam began their musical career as sound engineers before producing the likes of Radiohead, N.E.R.D, Sneaker Pimps and Lambchop.

In 2001 they released their critically-acclaimed debut, Simple Things, followed by two more albums, When It Falls and 2006s Mercury-nominated The Garden.

In between the pair experimented with pared-back electronic side-projects, such as the current Kling EP, but regain sole focus on Zero 7.

While they've been known and loved as the godfathers of ambient and downbeat pop for the past decade, Yeah Ghost is like nothing you've heard by them before. Spanning everything from dance pop to acoustic folk and everything in between, it's an idea-splattered work.

t Further listening: www.zero7.co.uk

ALL TIME LOW

Waterfront, October 1

Currently one of the hottest bands in the USA, All Time Low are a pop punk band who hail from Maryland and comprise lead vocalist and guitarist Alex Gaskarth, guitarist Jack Barakat, bassist Zack Merrick and drummer Rian Dawson.

Their new album, Nothing Personal, went to number four in the Billboard charts selling over 60,000 copies in its first week alone.

And the band are racking up some impressive statistics - including over 63 million Myspace plays and over 400,000 Myspace friends.

Their single Weightless sold over 100,000 copies.

Over here they've got a much less celebrated profile, hence they're playing the Waterfront rather than arenas, but their mix of driving rhythms overlaid with punchy guitars and the powerful, infectious vocal melodies have found an audience amongst pop-punk fans.

t Further listening: www.myspace.com/alltimelow

DAVID 'HONEYBOY' EDWARDS

Norwich Arts Centre, October 1

One of the last of the original Delta Bluesmen who travelled the South as hobos in the 1930s and who shaped early folk music into what later generations turned into rock'n'roll.

Even at the age of 93, 'Honeyboy' Edwards he still shows no signs of slowing down and this date is an absolutely unmissable event for anyone with even a passing interest in the blues.

Born on the Mississippi Delta in 1915, the son of a sharecropper, he left home at age 17 and travelled the South by hopping freight trains. A contemporary of Robert Johnson, 'Honeyboy' honed his unique style of country blues during the mid-1930s working both as a solo player and with the likes of Tommy McClellan, Tommy Johnson and Big Walter Horton.

For the last five decades, he has continued to record and perform worldwide and this year he received a Grammy for best traditional blues album for his work on Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen.

www.davidhoneyboyedwards.com

SOUNDS IN THE CITY

t September 25

Deadstring Brothers (country/blues) - Arts Centre

Rise (rock) - Brickmakers

Pain Penitentiary (metal) - B2

Money Shot (ska/reggae) - King Edward VII

K*** & The Gang (punk) - Marquee

Coyote Wrecks (blues/rock) - Walnut Tree Shades

High Milage (rock/pop) - The Talk

Ska Ta-Brain (ska) - Blueberry

Dave Thomas & James Goodwin (blues) - Cider Shed

The Revolves (pop/rock) - Mustard Pot

t September 26

One Last Laugh (pop/rock) - B2

Mechanism (drumnbass/rock) - King Edward VII

Floating Greyhounds (rock) - Blueberry

Maet Loaf (tribute) - Brickmakers

Sirishkumar (world) - St Gregory's

t September 27

Tinchy Stryder (hip hop) - UEA

The Handsome Family (country) - Arts Centre

Citizen Charlie (rock) - King Edward VII

Hayley Moyse (bluegrass) - Cider Shed

Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) - Brickmakers

t September 28

The Dirty Trix (rock) - Waterfront

Tomb Crew (jungle) - Optic

t September 29

Classic Legends of Rock: feat. Wishbone Ash (rock) - Waterfront

Hoofus + more (indie/electro) - Arts Centre

Drop Dead Dorothy (indie) - B2

t September 30

Skindred (metal) - Waterfront

All Systems Go + more (indie) - B2

t October 1

The Lucky Last (rock) - Marquee

Freefall (rock/indie) - Blueberry

Against The Grain (blues) - Walnut Tree Shades

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