Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Toothless at the Lexington; Nick Hornby chats to Doc Brown; Mac de Marco at Nambucca
23 February, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab
THERE are three days left to nominate a departed musical figure or London place that has influenced the city’s musical landscape to be immortalised with a blue plaque in their name. To mark BBC Music Day 2017, BBC Radio London will unveil an official Blue Plaque to commemorate the chosen singers, musicians, song-writers or producers from any genre of music or significant locations which have played a big part in London’s musical heritage. The plaques will be unveiled on June 9. Tweet ideas to @BBCRadioLondon, post on Facebook facebook.com/BBCRadioLondon or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations close at midnight on Sunday (Feb 26).
• Howling Bells, Rozi Plan, Tusks and Glass Maps lead a special fundraiser for charity Hand In Hand For Syria, which provides aid within Syria, at the Lexington on Feb 26. Tickets cost £10 and £15 and you can donate a maximum of £10 by texting HIHS10 followed by any amount between £1 and £10 to 70070.
• Nick Hornby hosts his second night of music and conversation at Spiritland on Feb 27, this time in conversation with Ben Bailey Smith, aka rapper, actor and author Doc Brown.
• Mac de Marco plays a solo acoustic gig at Nambucca on March 1.
• Moscow-born singer Daria Kulesh launches album Long Lost Home, about reconnecting through music with her grandmother’s estranged family in Ingushetia (in south Russia), at Cecil Sharp House on Feb 23.
• The Lockside Lounge’s latest club night, Slipped Disco, launches on Feb 23 with Justin Robertson (Deadstock 33s) and Ben Osborne (Big Chill/ Noise of Art).
• Thanks to Smash Hits song sheets, I will forever remember the lyrics to countless songs. Tanita Tikaram’s 1988 hit, Twist In My Sobriety, is still in my mind. The singer plays Barbican on Feb 24.
• Toothless, aka Ed from Bombay Bicycle Club, plays The Lexington on March 1 with support from Liz Lawrence and Chelou.
• Blair Dunlop performs a stripped-down version of his favourite tracks from his last three albums at Cecil Sharp House on Feb 25.
• Sean Taylor launches new album Flood & Burn at The Green Note London Sunday, February 26.
• Notable gigs this week: St Pancras Old Church (March 1); Lucy Spraggan, Koko; The Handsome Family, Union Chapel (March 2).