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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Ezra Furman; Paul Simon; Annie Keating at the Green Note

07 July, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Ezra Furman – That’s When It Hit Me at the Barbican on July 14

Indie record label Bella Union, first founded in 1997 by Simon Raymonde and Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins, continues to mark its 20th anniversary with two special shows at Barbican. First, on July 13, is Ezra Furman – That’s When It Hit Me. Expect an evening of vicious songs, bold experiments and bizarre epiphanies. Then, on July 14, Mercury Rev, a relatively recent signing to the label, will be joined onstage by Simon Raymonde to play a special set with Royal Northern Sinfonia for an intimate orchestral performance of music from across their catalogue. Support from Danish dream-pop quintet Lowly.

DVD and album of Paul Simon in Hyde Park

We have been basking in the sun, making the most of this year’s Hyde Park BST gigs, which brings us back to 2012, when Paul Simon played a scorching set at Hard Rock Calling. The show – Paul Simon – The Concert in Hyde Park – which included a Graceland reunion with Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo and a surprise appearance from Jimmy Cliff, is released on CD/DVD on July 7 – bring that sunshine home.

• Acclaimed Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Annie Keating plays the Green Note on July 7, in support of her acclaimed 2016 album Trick Star and new single Trouble.

Here’s an unusual collaboration – rap icon Talib Kweli joins forces with New Orleans funky brass band The Soul Rebels for a one-off show at Koko on July 7. The eight-piece brass ensemble have collaborated with the likes of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Nas, Marylin Manson, Rakim and Bruno Mars.

• If you’re more into the dance scene, Egg presents… prolific German producer and globe-trotting DJ Boris Brejcha with Rome-born Ireen Amnes with her collaborative project Under My Feet taking over the Terrace with some of the best underground techno and industrial DJs on Saturday (July 8). Head to Egg for a collision between minimal techno, melodic house and rough electro, as well as live instrumentalists, performers and visual artists.

Up and coming indie rock and roll band The Blinding Lights play a special set at the church of St Mary The Virgin, Primrose Hill on Saturday (July 8). The band will be joined by Royal College of Music based The Delphi Quartet, and their own horn section, The Devastations, for their biggest show to date.

Larry Carlton plays the Union Chapel on July 11. Photo: larrycarlton.com

• Larry Carlton – 19-time Grammy nominee and guitarist for the Crusaders, Steely Dan and Fourplay, amongst many others, plays Union Chapel on July 11.

Notable gigs: Martha Wainwright, ULU – student central (July 11); Kacy Hill, The Box (July 12); Ciircus Street, Boho; The Real Thing, Jazz Cafe (July 13).

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