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Tue 22nd Feb
Shockwaves NME Awards Shows 2011
@ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
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Shockwaves NME Awards Shows 2011: Caribou + Factory Floor + Walls
The iconic NME Awards Shows kick off in 2011 with a superlative line-up that will see them taking over London, setting the musical agenda for the year ahead.
Featuring Carl Barat, White Lies, Caribou, Crocodiles and recent NME cover stars Warpaint, amongst a host of the most exciting acts around, the shows run from February 1st and continue throughout the month, building up anticipation for the legendary NME Awards on February 23rd.
Spread across some of London's best music venues, the NME Awards Shows are set to make a huge impact on the capital's live scene, with a month-long mix of live music from the best influential, established and cutting edge acts around.
Image © Caribou
The artist formerly known as Manitoba, offering up a likeable blend of electronica and sunshine pop. Their live set sees them deliver a carnival-esque whirl of ridiculous melodies, effusive noise, stampeding beats alongside furiously harmonised vocals. Two drummers, visuals and whirling guitars and keyboards create a claustrophobic, mesmeric soundscape akin to My Bloody Valentine and the sprawling, bucolic tour de force, like early Mercury Rev.
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As abrasively dark as artrock gets at the moment. Clanking and clanging rhythms recall the industrialisms of Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire but the droning repetition is a distinctly Germanic groove of Can and Neu. With searing guitars and rumbling bass the most obvious new wave relations are PiL, Wire and Gang of Four.
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Indie-jazz outfit from Hull who have toured the US with Battles and have remixed tracks for Panda Bear, Caribou and The Field. They frazzled minds and made hearts swoon with the release of their second album 'Coracle'- they’ve captured the shimmering layers of guitar and synths, ecstatic melodies and emotive vocals that made their debut an instant classic. At times a towering bass line is surrounded by a swirling web of guitars and percussion - creating a much more dancefloor orientated set..
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Venue: O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Bookings: 0844 477 2000
→ Kensington (Olympia) 16 min walk
→ Goldhawk Rd 4 min walk
→ Shepherds Bush 5 min walk