Friday, 22 June 2012

Double R Club



Cabaret, burlesque, vaudeville – all sorts of cirque, in short – have never been as popular down old London Town as they are today. Which obviously means there's a lot of horribly amateur sh!t knocking about - masquerading as masquerade, getting its nipple tassels all in a tangle. The Double R Club is different though, very different indeed. Themed around David Lynch's Twin Peaks, it's as surreal as it is macabre. When I went, the headliner was Mat Fraser, who acted out a hilariously violent rape scene - complete with fake blood - on a buxom, young burlesque dancer whilst miming Born Free. It's the real deal. And it's really very good; ring-master Benjamin Louche's catchphrase - 'so f*cking suave' – is right on the money. Which is why it won best ongoing production at this year's cabaret awards - and why you should go and see it tonight...

http://london.lecool.com/london/en/current_issue#event_29945

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Alt J Live




If you've listened to an indie radio station for more than an hour in the past month, you will have heard Alt J's single, Breezeblocks. You'd be forgiven for having thought, initially, that its refrains of 'my love, my love, my lovely' made it a bit sickly sweet. But this song has layers: peel them back and you find it's simply sick – beautifully so. The love that lead singer Joe Newman sings of is a Patrick Bateman kind of a love – director Elis Bahl'saccompanying video could easily be a three-minute forty-seven second snippet of American Psycho. The vocals are just as deranged, just as twisted – the instruments just as sinister. Alt J have even been compared to Radiohead – which is both further testimony to their macabre pedigree and another excellent reason to watch them killing it on stage at Corsica Studios tonight…


http://london.lecool.com/london/en/current_issue#event_29378