april picks… punk shows, queer performance, stabbing les, brilliant colors, dancing, legends of quirk, louds

Posted on April 1, 2013


hope it gets just that little bit warmer to make bike rides more fun. some lovely things coming up…


Monday 1Easter Monday at The Fish Tank (Durham), 7:30pm, £5


RVIVR (Olympia, WA) Absolutely incredible punk music from the USA, but you probably already know this band and listen to them all the time and stuff.
Dogjaw (Olympia, WA) Awesome grungey-DIY punk from the Pacific North West. Download their latest record from Rumbletowne Records for free! It’s mint!
Martha (Pity Me, Durham) Sweaty local DIY punks recently adopted by the well fragranced UK indie-pop scene, partly out of sympathy, and partly because we know Pete Dale. Sing-alongs, harmonies and grand literary allusions.
Liz Cronin (Edinburgh, Scotland) Super sharp, catchy, occasionally hilarious, charming, queer-feminist singer songwriter from north of the border.


Thursday 4 at Rumba La Casa Latina (new Caribbean, Central & South American Cuisine gaff – 5 Heaton Road, NE6 1SA), 7:30pm, £5 on the door

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KING’S QUEER (FRANCE) … “Amours et révoltes” (love and revolt) is their motto! This political two-piece party band are on constant tour across the world, and they will stop in Newcastle before they head up to Scotland! Performance art, queer politics and experimental pop music all meet in one fabulous show and you will LOVE them!
LADIES OF MIDNIGHT BLUE: Hannabiell &  Yilis (USA) This duet plays powerful and upbeat combinations of percussion, brass, vocal chants, and mbira compositions that creates the perfect party atmosphere and summons audience participation.  ICENI (NEWCASTLE) Iceni are an exciting new trio hailing from a place in the universe where goddesses are made, currently residing in Newcastle. A trilogy of bass, drums and keys, their sound is at once mighty and small. Epic & Bold,Complex & Compelling pop. “Melodious voodoo power-pop” -NARC
Facebook event here
Friday 5 – Stabbing Les Video Launch at The Northern Charter, 7pm, free (but book via event brite)

“There is no future in original music.”

Stabbing Les straddle the boundary of performance art, cover band and unfulfilled aspiration. This fictional band believes that the clearest way to reach an audience is through the work of others. Where audiences go to see virtuosity in performance, Stabbing Les deliver gloriously shambolic failure. In the same way that the teenager singing into their mirror believes that they are hitting every high note; Stabbing Les put every ounce of passion they have into their work and hope to achieve the level of their heroes. Like the first round contestants of X-factor they fall short massively to the amusement of their judges, but like the masses culled from the talent shows, they fail for us so we the audience do not have too. This is recorded so we can relive their failure over and over again, and in keeping with this practice the band have a dedicated team of documenters filming and photographing them during their performances.


Saturday 6 – Eureka California at The Fish Tank (Durham), 8pm, £4


Discount Horse and the Equestrian Collective present…
Eureka California Garage pop from Athens, Georgia in the USA on Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records and SNCL. On tour with… Good Grief – Indie-punk from Liverpool. For fans of Superchunk and playing darts.
Pale Man Made – Indie pop from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Released “Red Box Secrets” on the excellent Odd Box Records last year. For fans of the Wedding Present and Nye Bevan.


Sunday 7 – Emergency Bride at The Empty Shop (Durham, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, DH1 4SJ), 7:30pm, donations

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Emergency Bride The North East’s premier birdgazing acoustic heroes swing by Durham for a rare appearance. Meticulously crafted songs teeming with artful flourishes and emotional efficacy – that is to say, they’re very good. New EP ‘Fulk Music’ out now on cassette through Ultra Friends Records.


Tuesday 9 – Brilliant Colors & The Proper Ornaments at Morden Tower, 8pm, £4/5


even clean hands cause damage #8  see this blog post for more information
B R I L L I A N T   C O L O R S (San Francisco) All-girl noise-pop band that fits perfectly into the Slumberland Records aesthetic: washes of reverb, bubblegum melodies, and shoestring-budget production. LPs ‘Introducing’ and ‘Again and Again’ are dreamy. swoon!
T H E   P R O P E R   O R N A M E N T S (London) Duo comprising of members of current goth-tinged, punk-flecked indie pop sensations Veronica Falls play songs with languid drift, rainy day vibes and ethereal pop power. ooooohh!
M A R T H A (Durham) vegan straightedge DIY pop band. local punx. niiice!
Saturday April 13 – Poke 2 at The Star & Shadow Cinema,  10pm, £5 (limited number of tickets in advance here)
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Poke returns this Spring to administer another aural shot-in-the-arm to anyone suffering from Scene-fatigue. Yes, the Poke boys will reconvene on April 13th, bringing with them their trademark mix of classic and bang-up-to-date Indie, Electro, Hip-Hop, Dance, Punk, Pop and whatever-the-hell-else takes their fancy. Expect the likes of Bowie, Joy Division, The Gossip, Tegan & Sara, Crystal Castles, Metric, The 1975, Eric B & Rakim, Pulp, Goldfrapp, Talking Heads, Run DMC, Chaka Khan, Hot Chip, Purity Ring, Madonna, The Smiths, Kelis, Azealia Banks, Santigold, CHVRCHES, Scissor Sisters, Le Tigre, Chemical Brothers, Amerie, Beastie Boys, The Naked & Famous, The Cure, Buzzcocks, Depeche Mode and (probably) more 90s dance tunes than are strictly called for to carry you into the early hours of Sunday morning.
Friday 19 – Lene Lovich at The Star & Shadow Cinema, 8pm, £12 advance tickets on wegottickets
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LENE LOVICH BAND  Detroit-born legendary post-punk pop singer Lene Lovich hit the top of the UK charts with her single “Lucky Number” in 1979, and was crowned the “Queen of Quirk”, influencing a generation of pop and alternative acts, from Nina Hagen to Boy George, and from Madonna to Dresden Dolls. A normally reclusive figure, Lovich turned her back on the limelight after her third album “No Man’s Land” was released in 1982 amid disagreements with her record company about her unwillingness to compromise her groundbreaking visual style for the then newly emergent MTV. Subsequently she has recorded only two albums in the last thirty years. Lovich’s unique vocal and visual style, along with her catchy but experimental songwriting, has exerted a huge influence over alternative pop culture and garnered her many plaudits and continued interest. She has been described as everything from “Kate Bush on acid” to “the New Wave Maria Callas”. Her hits “Lucky Number”, “Say When”, “Bird Song” and “New Toy” are still regular features in the clubs and radio of Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. In May 2012, Lene joined forces with Subterraneans frontman Jude Rawlins for a celebration of the music of German composer Kurt Weill. During the tour they hatched an idea to form a new band to take Lene’s classic material back on the road. Jude immediately recruited bassist Lydia Fischer and drummer Morgan King in June, and keyboardist Kirsten Morrison joined in July. It was a baptism of fire for the new band, after just one low-key show at London’s much-loved 12 Bar club, their next appearance was headlining the annual Drop Dead Festival in Berlin. 2013 sees the Lene Lovich Band back on the road in the UK and Europe, making their only north east appearance at the Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle.
THE DEVICES  The Devices sound like they put an atomic powered vibrator on their naughty bits & are having a nuclear orgasm. Sort of.
BEAUTY PAGEANT Beauty Pageant are specialists in power-lunges, misguided hi-fives, awkward-hugs, loud-offs, creep-outs and turn-ons.
Saturday 27 – Leave Me Here All Dayer at the Star & Shadow Cinema, 4pm, £10 advance tickets from wegottickets