Al Devey’s Secret Gig Picks – July 15+

Our pal Alan Devey keeps telling us of the up and coming bands he’s been to see – so we asked him to put his mouth where his money is and share his insider dealings! Alan Devey
So here’s Al’s heads up on those hidden gems he’s been discovering and is planning on seeing in the months to come. Check them out…


Sunday 12th July – OLD 97s at The Borderline, off Charing Cross Road

Rhett Miller’s Texan rock n’ roll heroes play a rare UK show, promoting their raucous recent album ‘Most Messed Up’. Having recently celebrated twenty years as one of America’s best-loved underground acts, expect hedonistic alt-country anthems amid moments of wondrous introspection.



Tuesday 14th July – THE FELICE BROTHERS at The Garage, Highbury and Islington

From the Catskill Mountains by way of New York’s busking pitches, this fraternity of wandering troubadours bring sing-alongs, accordion-playing and classic roots-rock songcraft to North London. Sweaty grins guaranteed.



Sat 18th July – RESTORATIONS at The Lexington, Pentonville Road
Rising stars of open-hearted, wall-of-sound alt-rock play their debut London gig. Not to be missed.



Friday 31st July – LUNA at The Garage, Highbury and Islington

Woozy Velvet Underground-inspired songwriting and layered, soothing guitars from Dean Wareham’s newly-reformed indie quartet. Fresh from writing a volume of touring memoirs and time spent playing the songs of his earlier band, cult shoegazers Galaxie 500, Wareham brings his most successful and artistically satisfying band back to London for a much-awaited reappearance, ten years on.



Thursday 10th September, SPARE SNARE at Servant Jazz Quarters, Dalston

Dundee’s longest-running John Peel favourites and one of Britain’s finest lo-fi acts, coming in at no.46 in the official list of the greatest Scottish acts of all time (two places above Lulu!) it’s a welcome jaunt south of the border for fuzzy, melodic noiseniks Spare Snare. Your correspondent last saw them at the 1996 Reading Festival when they were absolutely wonderful. Nineteen years and another nine albums of intriguingly off-kilter noise-pop later, they play Dalston and tickets are a fiver each. Really, what have you got to lose?



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