Top 5 shows of the weekend

thecure

We return to our regular schedule after last weekend’s Northside Festival. Happy weekend everybody! It’s a truly wonderful day… and that’s probably only because England just beat Wales in the European Championships… as a result, this entry will be brief, but it’s all about the quality of the acts anyway!

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Death By Audio Shows Announced up to Halloween

DBATweens

Death By Audio is inevitably going to go out in style before closing on the 22nd of November (I’m still not over it), and the venue’s website has updated its list of shows running up until Halloween. As you can imagine, there are some stellar picks available as we enter the last few weeks of having a reason to trundle down South 2nd.

Coleman has already pointed out that DBA is the place to be this Sunday (hope you have a ticket), but beyond that, I wanted to single out some highlights.

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Curtis Harding plays Mercury Lounge and Glasslands this week

Curtis Harding

Curtis Harding has got it. I don’t know what it is, no-one does, but we all know it when we hear it. For me, this ambiguous statement is even more true when it comes to one of my great loves, soul music, whose golden period of the 60s and 70s still sounds fresh but has obviously cast a shadow over everything that has come since. It’s hard to not to hear the ghosts of the past as a rotating cast of pretenders come and go in the blink of an eye while attempted reboots and rebranding rarely registered even a spark.

This is all the more reason you’ll be genuinely thrilled to hear that Curtis Harding’s debut album, Soul Power, shows a contemporary artist with the ability to tap into the energy of soul without sounding derivative. Lead single, Keep On Shining is a foot stomping, brass accompanied modern soul anthem, whilst the video shows another rare quality, which is to not take oneself too seriously. Listen below the jump.

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