GRIME AND THE CITY SOLUTION
Well, Thursday night really has it all, doesn't it? The second biggest - but far sweetest! - nu-UKG face outta East London, Kano, playing his lover's grime up the dirtier end of St Mary's Street. A novelty Welsh rapper who made up a great joke about signing to Interscope (which to be fair, fooled a lot of people, until of course they saw him live) playing the Boobytrap show at Clwb Ifor Bach. UKIP winning a landslide election victory only in their own shiny-jackbooted fantasies. And, of course, Lesson No.1's very own Virus Syndicate. We're going to try to finish up early so we can trundle up the road to see Kano, so if you're planning on reaching, we suggest you arrive by 10pm at the very latest.
What else? Oh yeah.
Something of a detour from May's Mu run, this: planned in partnership with our friends at Fourier Transform, it sees Lesson No.1 dipping a tentative toe into the storm waters of improv. So far, so nerdy: but fear not, for Gary Smith (of blistering UK avant-fiends Aufgehoben) and Shoji Hano (incendiary Japanese improv sticksman, over with his band Kyoaku No Intention to share a bill with Jandek up in Gateshead) make the sort of dervish-like avant-scree that ought to send Lightning Bolt skittering back to the Rhode Island State Circus with their tail between their legs. Support comes from Cardiff's Magrathea and a solo set from affable noisenik Dan Haines, electroFührer of the award-winning machine.records. Verily, what atonality was made for.