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The Best in Music This Week: 4-10 February

1 February 2019

Spotlight on: CHVRCHES and Let's Eat Grandma at Alexandra Palace

CHVRCHES come to Alexandra Palace for the first leg of their UK tour to lay out their steely synth-pop sound out for a London audience. Ally Pally is a fantastic music venue, and it's always worth grabbing the opportunity to see a bigger band take over the space; with just the right level of intimacy, it can feel like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with a band. The foray into politics that characterises CHVRCHES' newest offering, combined with their first-time collaborations with external producers, means that the album feels fresh and new even if you've been a CHVRCHES fan for a long time, but it'll still certainly get you dancing.

Let's Eat Grandma are actually the support for CHVRCHES on this tour, but the Norwich-based duo, with all due respect to CHVRCHES, are just as worth seeing as the main event themselves. The band cemented their brand of art-pop with their latest album, 2018's I'm All Ears, which was received with rave reviews and made it onto many 'best albums of 2018' lists, including that rarified - for a pop album - nod from Pitchfork that means men with very small beanie hats that don't cover their ears now find them 'pretty cool' even though the band is made up of two young women.

The combination of the two bands is likely to mean an electric evening for pop fans, in more ways than one.
 
7 February 2019, Alexandra Palace
 
The Vaccines indie rock band musicians
Image © The Vaccines

The Best of the Rest:
Love and Duty at the Southbank Centre
Old-fashioned style concert featuring sublime arias by Mozart and Gluck
Monday 4 February 

The Vaccines at the Roundhouse
The much-loved indie rockers tour their new album Combat Sports
Thursday 8 - Friday 9 February 

Katya Kabanova at the Royal Opera House
Opera, but not as you know it
4-26 February
 
Anna Calvi at the Roundhouse
Also gracing the Roundhouse stage with her transcendent pop. Catch her before she heads to All Points East in May
Thursday 7 January
 
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