This week’s new live music

Grimes | Field Music | Adele | Wet Sounds | Dave Holland Trio | Azul

Grimes, On tour

Electronic pop went through a growth spurt around 2012. Once the sound of lightweight 1980s hits, through artists such as Julia Holter, Active Child and Grimes, it kept its melodies but took on a David Lynchian atmosphere, ultimately becoming a kind of suburban psychedelia. Claire Boucher, the Canadian artist who records as Grimes, embraced the possibilities of the genre completely, but has recently ditched the vaporous synths and wafting vocals. Her latest album, Art Angels, is a more explicitly commercial proposition: still frosty and interesting, but a very much in-your-face style of pop.

O2 Academy Leeds, Mon; Rock City, Nottingham, Tue; O2 Academy Brixton, SW9, Thu; touring to 15 Mar

JR

Field Music, On tour

In the north-east’s indie community, Field Music – the project of brothers Peter and David Brewis – is something of a constant. Futureheads may come, Maxïmo Park and Brewis side-projects such as School Of Language may go, but the pair’s sharp-cornered indie remains, precise and unyielding as a graph. That’s not to say there hasn’t been some tweaks to the engineering: Plumb, their album of four years ago, was as close as the band might come to rocking out (within their own rigid limits), being inspired by 70s hard rock. This time round, they are apparently taking inspiration from Steely Dan, whose cleverness and precision appears to chime nicely with their own. Alongside the pair’s tightly sprung 80s rhythms, they seem to be relishing the possibilities of some jazzy chording.

The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, Sat; Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, Thu; Band On The Wall, Manchester, Fri; touring to 20 Mar

JR

Adele, On tour

Adele
Adele. Photograph: Alasdair McLellan

On the surface, everything seems to have been going customarily well of late for Adele: the continuing success, the same strong voice, the same slightly dull power balladry. However, even if it looked as effortless as its similarly titled predecessors, her latest record 25 had a bumpier ride. A collaboration with Phil Collins came to nothing, while work with Damon Albarn, no doubt intended to move the singer to a slightly more unexpected place, ended in an unseemly war of words. There was even a whole album scrapped for being “boring”, which must have been a thing to hear. Evidently, Adele’s signature style is a gilded cage. Her apparent wish was for an album of lyrical change, broaching themes of reconciliation, motherhood and fame; however, moving on from the kind of sound her enormous fanbase expects seems like an altogether tougher assignment.

3Arena, Dublin, Sat; Manchester Arena, Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri, touring to 5 Apr

JR

Wet Sounds, London

A play on Pauline Oliveros’s idea of deep listening, Wet Sounds is a concert that takes place in a swimming pool. Two soundtracks will be played across multiple channels both above and across the surface of the water, as well as under it. Sound travels faster in water than in air, and the two sound worlds will clash and complement each other as the audience splash about, with each person deciding how watery they want the show to be. The idea was developed by Joel Cahen, and these will be solo shows for him (previous editions have featured opera, and other electronic musicians such as Andrew Liles, Leafcutter John and Nurse With Wound), comprising typically dream-like assemblages of found sounds, piano and whirring, plopping electronics. Three sessions will happen in one evening, each between 40 minutes and an hour long.

Kentish Town Sports Centre, NW5, Sun

JA

Dave Holland Trio, London

Dave Holland
Dave Holland Photograph: Publicity image

Dave Holland – the UK-born bass virtuoso Miles Davis yanked from obscurity to become a cornerstone of his band – subsequently ended up a world-class bandleader. His groups combined the inventiveness of early New Orleans music, the sophistication of a chamber ensemble, and the urgency of a cutting-edge postbop outfit. He has lately infused his music with a more explicitly bluesy sound, influenced by the return of exciting guitarist Kevin Eubanks to the jazz circuit after 15 years in service to The Tonight Show. In this new trio, comprising Eubanks and drummer Obed Calvaire, Holland sounds reborn, melting together Mahavishnu-like fusion, blues, swing, Latin jazz and more.

Ronnie Scott’s, W1, Wed

JF

Azul, Birmingham

One of the few criticisms of the City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s concerts during Andris Nelsons’s years as music director was the lack of new work in its programmes. In the current season, a bit of an interregnum before Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla takes over in September, there seems to be an attempt to make up for that, with three important premieres in the next couple of months. A brand new work from Hans Abrahamsen and the UK premiere of John Luther Adams’s Become Ocean will follow in April and May, while this week the orchestra introduces to Britain a 10-year-old piece by Osvaldo Golijov. Azul, his work for cello and orchestra, was inspired by a poem by Pablo Neruda. It surrounds the cello with two percussionists playing a variety of folk instruments and a “hyper-accordion”, all of them amplified, to create what he calls a “21st-century continuo” around the soloist.

Symphony Hall, Wed

AC

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