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Hot Chip
Atomic Bomb! The music of William Onyeabor
Calexico
Villagers
Natalie Prass
Sweet Baboo
Bill Ryder-Jones
C Duncan
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Hot Chip

After years spent peddling away on the DIY circuit and a number self-released records, Hot Chip finally got their much-deserved break-through after signing to Moshi Moshi for their debut LP ‘Coming On Strong’ back in 2003. It’s follow-up, ‘The Warning’, would see their stock rise again thanks to a Mercury Award nomination and their ‘Over & Over’ single which is now remembered as one of the noughties most-adored singles.

Since then the London synth-poppers have become something of a household name, releasing a slew of critically-acclaimed albums containing some of the most danceable and loveable pop moments of the past decade. Their live show, too, is a true experience in every sense of the word. Often an improvised re-imagining of their studio work, their performances are a restless and relentless display of energy and talent that can shift from blissed-out beats to emphatic dance music in the blink of an eye.

Something of a national treasure, the bands first ever performance at Green Man promises to be a truly spectacular event. Don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes.

live.hotchip.co.uk

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Atomic Bomb! The music of William Onyeabor

One of the greatest funk musicians to never grace a stage, Onyeabor’s sumptuous music has rightly become championed across the board - from the Nigerian political landscape that so inspired him to the festival stages of 2015. Self-releasing eight full-length records between 1977 and 1985, Onyeabor subsequently turned his back on the musical world before reappearing for an interview with Lauren Laverne in 2014 where he admitted that he’d never himself played any live shows.

Carrying that torch for him comes Atomic Bomb! - a supergroup led by music director Ahmed Gallab and his band Sinkane, Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip, Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem, Money Mark of the Beastie Boys, and Lekan Babalola and Jas Walton of Antibalas - who bring Onyeabor’s scintillating music to the stage in all of its powerful glory. The party starts right here.

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Calexico

‘Legendary’ is something of an over-used term, specifically in the musical world, but it’s also one that has every right to be draped upon Tucson, Arizona’s Calexico. Primarily the musical workings of Joey Burns and John Convertino, the band will release their ninth studio album this year in a career that is approaching the twenty-year mark but actually dates back to 1990 when the two joined Howe Gelb’s much-adored band, Giant Sand.

Beautifully eclectic, Calexico is an ever-evolving project that has touched upon a whole number of varying genres throughout the years, shifting seamlessly from Latin/Mariachi influences to Tex-Mex and straight-up indie rock. Now in their third decade of existence, the band have toured with the likes of Pavement, Lambchop and Dirty Three and are consistently heralded as one of the tightest and most enthralling live bands on the planet.

casadecalexico.com

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Villagers

It’s been five years since Villagers burst on to a somewhat crowded folk/pop scene with his magnificent debut LP, Becoming A Jackal, but where many of his contemporaries have fallen by the wayside, Conor O’Brien’s project has simply flourished; and nowhere has the Irish songwriter sounded more accomplished than on wonderful new album ‘Darling Arithmetic’. A somewhat sparser affair than his previous outings, the new record finds O’Brien on beautiful form.

Recorded in a converted farmhouse, he plays every instrument and also recorded and mixed the whole thing by himself. As you can imagine, the result is a stunningly personal collection of hushed acoustic-led tracks that feel instantly spellbinding. Led by his soft croon and wonderfully embracing way with words, it shows Villagers as a true master of his craft. A bold, charismatic and wonderfully soulful musician with a live show as captivating as you might imagine. Long may it last.

wearevillagers.com

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Natalie Prass

Natalie Prass

Armed with the kind of voice that Nashville has built its streets upon, Natalie Prass writes songs that aim straight for the heart. Perhaps it was her move to Virginia Beach during her teens that most inspired her; growing up amongst the madness and sadness of the surrounding “haunted houses, surf shops, and burger joints”. Either way, Prass’ talent is there for all to see. A burning, yearning songwriter of the most considered variety, this years new album is one of the finest and most lovable collection of songs we’ve heard in a long time. Fresh off a full UK tour with Ryan Adams, her eloquent performance has become quietly, subtly, unmissable.

natalieprassmusic.com

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Sweet Baboo

Sweet Baboo

As Sweet Baboo, Stephen Black has become the alt-hero of the Welsh pop scene. Writing sparkling pop songs that tease you in before thumping you in the chest with an unexpected, but often magical, turn of phrase, his new album – the follow up to Welsh Music Prize nominated ‘I’m a Dancer/Songs About Sleeping’ – is expected later this year.

sweetbaboo.co.uk

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Bill Ryder-Jones

Aside from 2011's orchestral album, Bill Ryder Jones has spent much of his time since leaving The Coral sat behind the producers desk and working with some of the brightest names in the UK's emerging scene. Returning to the limelight with a brand new solo record this year, Jones is back clutching his electric guitar and we're promised a new record that doffs its cap to Pixies and Pavement, as much as his more antiquated roots.

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C Duncan

Slowly emerging out of Glasgow’s ever-flourishing scene over the past few months, Chris Duncan signed to the wonderful FatCat Records, responsible for bringing the likes of The Twilight Sad, Animal Collective and Sigur Ros to greater attention, after catching their eyes and ears with an early demo he sent their way – and the label will release his debut album later this year. Duncan’s charm lies in his ability to craft whimsical magic from the barest of bones.

Armed with an acoustic guitar, breezy additions of instrumentation and an occasional whistle, the songs he makes are complex but feel light as a feather; skewed folk songs, gentile and graceful and underpinned by a confidence and composure that usually exists within much more seasoned songwriters. With a quietly captivating live show already in place, Duncan is one of the most interesting new artists these shores have to offer; catch him on the climb and be carried somewhere else for a fleeting moment.

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