MGMT A summer night at Somerset House listening to good music seems like a dream, right? Sure- until much of the crowd, who too had the same idea but less of the interest in the music itself, decide to spend the night talking.


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British Summer Time Hyde Park Ft. The Cure London is high in temperature and spirit today. It’s a toasty 30° by 2pm and the streets are packed full of enthusiastic people. Some are off to Wireless up at Finsbury Park, but the waves of goths are the crowd for tonight’s Cure show at Hyde Park, part of the incredible British Summertime Festival.


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The Psychedelic Furs It’s a balmy Friday and the South Bank is packed full of tourists watching buskers do Ed Sheeran covers. Meanwhile, over at the Southbank Centre, The Cure’s Robert Smith has curated something a little different to that for this year’s Meltdown Festival. The lineup boasts a wealth of bands, including Nine Inch Nails, Placebo, Death Cab For Cutie and Deftones- yes, as you can see, Robert Smith is bravely giving male musicians the increased platform they clearly need- as well as tonight’s act, The Psychedelic Furs.


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Yo La Tengo There’s a unique charm to Yo La Tengo, one they’ve possessed throughout the full span of their decades-long career, and is evident as ever on their latest album, ‘There’s A Riot Going On’.


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The House by Porches Aaron Maine’s Porches started working on ‘The House’ shortly after 2016’s ‘Pool’ was released- and it does, indeed, sound like a continuation of themes; this collection of songs expands on what we’ve heard before from the New York artist, treading naturally into unexplored territory.


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HIM When HIM announced earlier this year they would disband after a final tour, their decision wasn’t exactly met with surprise. It’s been 26 fruitful years, which saw the band go from a Finnish underground favourite to a global success.


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BBC Music Introducing BBC Music Introducing... is, somehow, already celebrating its tenth birthday. In that decade, legions of young artists have been given the opportunity of a lifetime- to be played on primetime radio. For some of them, it led them to stardom, and for many, it is just about to. Tonight is a celebration of that fact.


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Deer Tick Deer Tick’s music has always floated somewhere between country-folk and indie-rock. Flirting with the two harmoniously on 2013’s ‘Negativity’, they return now with a double album, which allows them to separate their two main influences and explore the exactness of each genre.


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Warpaint @ Somerset House Somerset House on a summer's evening isn't the worst place to be. The sun sets over the top of the regal building, making its flag- rainbow for Pride- glow. The square is the perfect size for a gig of this scale; there are no bad views. There are quality food vendors that are the envy of larger festivals. Warpaint are headlining..


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The Lemon Twigs We’ve all heard of The Lemon Twigs by now, right? They’ve been the band on everyone’s lips since last summer, and the hype only got louder upon the release of debut LP ‘Do Hollywood’ last October. At tonight’s sold out show, KOKO buzzes with anticipation; pre-show conversations largely consists of brags about seeing them before they got so big, or musing over the young band’s anachronistic influences, a blend of Big Star’s jangly pop and David Bowie’s glam.


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Wiley Tonight’s headliner Wiley had a share of the spotlight back in the noughties, with a few crossover hits- most memorably ‘Wearing My Rolex’- but tonight he forgoes older songs to focus his new album, ‘Godfather’. It makes sense; this new era of mainstream grime is not filtered for pop radio as it was in the mid-00s, but is more intense, more direct and more, well, grime.


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City and Colour It’s possible that the Troxy is the London venue most suited to a City and Colour show: it’s a grand, beautiful theatre, with perfect views from practically everywhere and a romantic, art deco colour scheme that is as calming and soft as Dallas Green’s voice.


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Modern Baseball It might be freezing outside Electric Ballroom on this cold February night, but the temperature is rising inside in anticipation for Modern Baseball. It’s hard to tell whether this audience, full of new-school emos and pop punk fans, have removed their uniform plaid shirts and tied them around their waists in order to cool down, or just for aesthetic purposes. Either way, it’s been a while since the band played on a UK stage, and their fans are understandably excited.


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Halsey Halsey shows up late, and fashionably: she slips onto the stage in a white, faux-fur jacket, embodying her debut album cover. Opening with ‘Gasoline’, she asks Brixton, “Are you insane like me? Been in pain like me?” and the crowd sing along with enough conviction to answer her question.


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