Things We Love This Week: Patti Smith, The War On Drugs, Courtney Barnett

Photo: Raquel Garcia

Hello! It’s me. Did you miss me? Here’s your weekly helping of music news, with a side order of mini live review. Grab a spoon and dig in.

Patti Smith at Cardiff’s Festival Of Voice

On Monday, more than half of the Stereoboard office went to see the legendary Patti Smith. Performing poetry and acoustic songs in the intimate setting of a small church just outside Cardiff, this truly was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

As well as still having a fantastically strong voice at the age of 71, reading us snippets of poetry and performing classics Because The Night, she also came across as the loveliest human being – letting the audience in on an old crush she once had on a baseball player, informing us of a little bubble she gets in her throat sometimes while singing, and the heartfelt, particularly poignant statement about her late husband Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith: “He was my boyfriend, and he will always be my boyfriend”. She managed to bring a tear to everyone’s eye and I desperately want Patti to be my best friend forever.

Photo: Matt Wright

The War On Drugs at The O2

Adam Granduciel and co are doing pretty well at fighting this war. Formed back in 2005 as a collaboration with Kurt Vile, they’ve released a bunch of albums, each a conquest, including last year’s acclaimed ‘A Deeper Understanding’. Every album is another step forward in the battle, striking down contemporaries with melodic synth lines and striking guitar chords.

So where will the band’s next crusade take them, aside from a handful of massive festival performances this summer? They’re only heading to the O2 Arena in December!

With a capacity of 20,000, they’ll be treading the boards of a stage already graced by giant artists such as Queen, Britney Spears, 50 Cent and Demi Lovato.

The War is still going strong. Good for you lads.

Tickets go on sale next Friday at 10am. Get ’em here.

Courtney Barnett Tour

Honesty alert: I was fully prepared to attend Barnett’s Bristol show last week, but totally forgot about it and missed it. *Facepalm* How do I really feel? Gutted, Courtney. If, like me (but hopefully for a more viable reason) you didn’t get to go to any of her recent May/June tour, you’re in luck!

‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ is getting a whole new batch of tour dates, especially for you!

The Aussie songstress will head to Dublin, London, Oxford, Brighton, Cardiff, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle between November 12 and 21. Yay!

See you lot next time for another striking rendition of Things We Love This Week.

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