For London’s tribe of Sheer Mag devotees, there’s joy in Islington this week as the Philly five-piece are in town to launch new record Need To Feel Your Love. Then there’s Rough Trade newbies Goat Girl and 2017’s edition of Afropunk festival. A decent week, then.
Thursday, July 20
Scotti Brains + Goat Girl + Gat To, Brixton Windmill, 8pm
Another big line-up at the South London venue with the mostest. Regulars will know the drill by now, quality up and down the line-up and an intimate, noisy night out.
Jorja Smith, Electric Brixton, 7:30pm
Just down the road, the Drake collaborator serves up something totally different. The Walsall soul singer’s star is rising fast, expect is to rocket a few miles further here.
R.Lum.R, Sebright Arms, 7:30pm
Florida-born Reggie Williams plays his first ever UK show in East London, bringing his much-vaunted R&B/soul sound the Sebright's tight basement.
Sheer Mag, Islington Assembly Hall, 7:30pm
If you’re in any way inclined to punk rock, pop hooks or juggernaut guitars, Sheer Mag are your band. They’re launching what, for their fans at least, is a long-awaited debut record. It’s time for the world to wake up and listen.
Saturday, July 22
Afropunk: The Internet + JME + Thundercat + Danny Brown + Nadia Rose + Little Simz + more, Printworks, 2pm
The festival moves south east to Canada Water this year, to cram a bulging line-up into the cavernous old printing factory. JME should be one of several highlights.
Wednesday, July 26
Hare Squead, Birthdays, 8pm
Three guys making trippy hip-hop make the trip over from Dublin for their first London gig. That’s not a typo in their name, by the way.