Our latest playlist accompanies this newsletter with great tunes from all the featured acts - Fuck Buttons, The Mountain Goats, Benjamin Biolay, Owen Pallett, Beans On Toast and acts playing at this year's Soundwave Croatia festival.
Until stand-up sets find their way on to Spotify you'll just have to trust what we have to say about the great comedy featured here, including Ed Byrne, Adam Buxton and more at the Bristol Comedy Garden and loads of great acts previewing their Edinburgh shows at The Invisible Dot.
With a background that includes scoring two operas while at University, and writing pieces for the infamous Bang On A Can organisation, Pallett came to most people's attention whilst playing with Arcade Fire in the mid-noughties (if that's what we're calling that decade now), and then for the release of his breakthrough solo album 'He Poos Clouds' (under the Final Fantasy moniker). He's become something of a cult hero in the indie underground, contributing string arrangements to countless great albums, being a member of the Last Shadow Puppets, and releasing several of his own EPs. His forthcoming album 'In Conflict' is highly anticipated.
Following the recent announcement of their third album 'Slow Focus' (released 22nd July on ATP Recordings) and the online launch of new track The Red Wing (listen here) - which kicks some serious ass, by the way - Fuck Buttons have scheduled a slew of UK tour dates. Taking in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Norwich, Brighton and London this will be the first chance most of us have had to see the band since their music was used during the opening ceremony of London 2012. Let's be honest, you weren't expecting it when it came on, were you?
Birmingham The Institute on Sunday 8th September tickets/info
Manchester Gorilla on Monday 9th September tickets/info
Leeds Brudenell Social Club on Thursday 12th September tickets/info
Norwich The Waterfront on Sunday 15th September tickets/info
Brighton Concorde 2 on Monday 16th September tickets/info
London Electric Ballroom on Tuesday 17th September tickets/info
The Mountain Goats
Since stepping away from a cassette recorder and into the recording studio in 2001 to make their debut record for the fantastic 4AD, The Mountain Goats have established themselves as one of the most vehemently lo-fi acts working under the indie-rock umbrella. A cult band with a penchant for making scratchy Americana, their lyrics are all clever metaphors and imaginative stories. They've created several series' of songs, playing out larger narratives than one song allows time for. All this and a recent expansion to a three-piece after the recruitment of drummer Jon Wurster make The Mountain Goats a band to be seen.
London Union Chapel on Tuesday 8th October tickets/info
Bristol Comedy Garden
Great stand-up from Ed Byrne, Adam Buxton, Mark Watson and more...
Following its triumphant first year in 2011, Bristol Comedy Garden returns in 2013 for four days of comedy goodness. The tranquil lawns of Queen Square in the heart of the city will be transformed into a comedy wonderland with a host of the biggest and best names performing in a beautiful Comedy Big Top. Satisfy your comic cravings with huge starts of the comedy world - Alan Davies, Mark Watson, Omid Djalili, Adam Buxton and Ed Byrne.
Bristol Comedy Garden - ED BYRNE at Bristol Comedy Garden on Wednesday 3rd July tickets/info
Bristol Comedy Garden - ALAN DAVIES at Bristol Comedy Garden on Thursday 4th July tickets/info
Bristol Comedy Garden - MARK WATSON at Bristol Comedy Garden on Friday 5th July tickets/info
Bristol Comedy Garden - ADAM BUXTON - BUG at Bristol Comedy Garden on Saturday 6th July tickets/info
Bristol Comedy Garden - OMID DJALILI at Bristol Comedy Garden on Saturday 6th July tickets/info
French Chanteur Benjamin Biolay makes his UK debut celebrating the release of his new album 'Vengeances', which features guest appearances from Carl Barat and Vanessa Paradis. An award winning, household name in his native France, Biolay has inevitably been compared to the late Serge Gainsbourg, owing to his half-spoken vocal delivery and ear for a melody. Don't miss the first opportunity to catch him live in the UK.
London Union Chapel on Thursday 27th June tickets/info
Set in a beautiful secret cove in an idyllic fishing village half-way between Zadar and Split, Soundwave is the hidden gem of the European Festival circuit. Featuring the best sunshine music, Soundwave will include Bonobo, Submotion Orchestra, Craig Charles, Channel One Soundsystem, Kutmah, Kidkanevil and more.
The Garden, Tisno, Croatia on 18th to 22nd July tickets/info
BBQ Previews at The Invisible Dot
Including Simon Munnery, Tony Law, Josh Widdicombe, Nick Helm and more...
In response to the sheer quantity of exciting and inventive new work being created by the country's leading Fringe performers, coupled with the British public's unrelenting desire to eat grilled meat in an outdoor location, The Invisible Dot recently announced the return of their BBQ Previews for summer 2013. Catch two of the country's most creative and innovative acts hone their new shows at each of these events, with a BBQ provided by Burger Bear sandwiched neatly between sets. Line-ups include the likes of Simon Munnery, Nick Helm and Josh Widdicombe.
BBQ PREVIEWS (Daniel Simonsen & Sam Fletcher) at London The Invisible Dot Ltd on Wednesday 19th June tickets/info
BBQ PREVIEWS (Nick Helm & Jamie Demetriou) at London The Invisible Dot Ltd on Wednesday 26th June tickets/info
BBQ PREVIEWS (Josh Widdicombe & Luke Wright) at London The Invisible Dot Ltd on Wednesday 3rd July tickets/info
BBQ PREVIEWS (Bridget Christie & John-Luke Roberts) at London The Invisible Dot Ltd on Wednesday 10th July tickets/info
BBQ PREVIEWS (Tony Law & James Acaster) at London The Invisible Dot Ltd on Monday 15th July tickets/info
BBQ PREVIEWS (Simon Munnery & Liam Williams) at London The Invisible Dot Ltd on Monday 22nd July tickets/info
Beans On Toast
Drunk folk singer, barefoot troubadour and cult legend Beans On Toast is about to embark on his biggest tour to date. The Beans On Toast live show is an odd and unpredictable experience. A singer, storyteller and guitar player, his self-deprecating quality is not something you often see, but it breaks down the barrier between musician and audience, creating a sense of equality. And anyone buying an advance ticket for the tour can enjoy the spectacle before the show - redeem a free download of Live At The Scala by going to www.beansontoastmusic.com from 16th September and entering their ticket number and email address.
Leeds The Wardrobe on Saturday 28th September tickets/info
Hebden Bridge Trades Club on Wednesday 2nd October tickets/info
Manchester Hey! Manchester @ Night & Day Cafe on Thursday 3rd October tickets/info
Coventry Taylor John's House on Thursday 10th October tickets/info
Brighton Sticky Mike's Frog Bar on Friday 25th October tickets/info
Cambridge The Portland Arms on Tuesday 29th October tickets/info
Oxford The Bullingdon Arms on Wednesday 30th October tickets/info
Swindon The Victoria on Friday 1st November tickets/info
London 100 Club on Tuesday 5th November tickets/info
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