With the promise of autumn in the air as you sip the last of the summer wine, the Kitchen returns with a delectable sonic menu for the change of season. This helping would like to focus on gigs, because there are a heap of acts playing in London to match the many splendid coloured leaves that will soon be strewn on the streets.

I would like to introduce all girl UK/USA/Swedish group The Franklys, whom I’ve had the pleasure of DJing at one of their excellent raucous live performances. These are babes who can totally rock. They fuse unrelenting roaring punk with a 1960s go-go garage glamour, while throwing in a pinch of riot grrrl for good measure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5-mzOFpWoE

These fantastically talented ladies are supporting 1980s girl rockers, The Pandoras; presented by Dirty Water Records on Saturday September 5th , at The Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, E8 with further support from Oh! Gunquit.

Described as using sex as a musical weapon, The Pandoras made their debut with an eponymous EP in 1984. These likely lassies were also associated with the Paisley Underground, releasing a clutch of spirited albums fostered in the nostalgia-fuelled Hollywood garage rock scene. For any aficionados of that genre, this is a must see gig.

Another live act that I enjoyed witnessing at a night I was spinning tunes was American stoner band, Ancient River. Saturated in a sound they coin as “reverb soaked in psychedelic noir”, their tracks could easily be found on a modern homage to the Dazed and Confused soundtrack. It’s a minestrone of feel good 1970s vibes mixed with a miasma of the dirty dark classic rock from the decade.

They return to our shores on Sunday, September 13th for a gig, again at The Shacklewell Arms  to feed your head.

London five piece Mass Datura is the brainchild of an orange haired man-babe called Thomas Rowe, who makes shoes for a living and carves out some great tunes in between cobbling. Echoing Sebadoh, Sparklehorse, Modest Mouse and Beck, the band has a vibrancy that feels like a breath of fresh air. Purveyors of what they call “sunshine doom”, their music whirls with warped aggressive guitar tones and swirling mellotronic melodies, creating aural beams of light wrapped in darkest night.

I will be DJing at Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Road, SE14 on Saturday September 5th. Tis free entry for a night of beloved 1980’s new-wave, electro and nostalgic 1990’s indie tuneage.

On Saturday September 12th, at The Good Ship, 289 Kilburn High Road, NW6, Peace In The City presents a night of rock and blues with a funky twist and live music from 8 to 11.30 pm. I take the decks after till 4am, concocting a wild ride of the best new and old skool electronica, hip hop and dance sprinkled with a dash of indie. I have an unlimited guest list, so please contact me on Facebook if you’d like free entry to this event.

For all your back to school needs and to celebrate the beautific shades of autumn, here’s my latest podcast.