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Bobby Womack, Damon Albarn at Apple Store SoHo, 9/18/2012
Bobby Womack, Damon Albarn & more
Bobby Womack, Damon Albarn & more

R&B great Bobby Womack blessed the Apple Store in Soho yesterday (9/18), roping in Damon Albarn and XL Records exec Richard Russell, Kwes, and TV on the Radio's Jaleel Bunton and Remi Kabaka to perform a short, five-song set and Q&A. The teaming was in celebration of Womack's Albarn-produced The Bravest Man In The Universe, which features some of the cast of characters from last night's show.

Womack and his all-star backing band will play Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday (9/21). More pictures and the setlist from the Apple Store appearance are below.

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Womack and Albarn
Bobby and Damon

Bobby Womack, whose first new album in 18 years came out earlier this year, is performing a free show at the Apple's recently expanded and reopened SoHo Store on Tuesday (9/18). Making this a very special event are the album's producers -- Damon Albarn and XL Records exec Richard Russell -- who will be performing with Womack, along with Kwes, TV on the Radio's Jaleel Bunton, and Remi Kabaka. The short performance starts at 7 PM and will also feature a Q&A. It will be the first performance Womack will have played with this band. This announcement comes after Womack cancelled NYC shows a couple times over the summer due to illness.

If you can't make it to the Apple Store, Womack, Albarn and the rest of them will also be performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday (9/21). You can check out reheasal footage of Womack with this all-star band from earlier in the week below.

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by Bill Pearis

Kwes
Kwes

We've got some news on the Django Django front. As you may remember, BrooklynVegan is presenting the band's Stateside debut at Glasslands on March 10. The show was supposed to be with Kwes, but unfortunately due to visa issues, he had to drop off the bill. (He's hoping to still make it in time for SXSW.) Opening instead will be New Haven electronic prankster D. Gookin, whose Spiral Style was released on Moodgadget last fall (and streamable below). I'll be DJing in between bands. There are still a few tickets left for this late show (doors at 11:30).

In related news, Django Django have added a 2nd NYC show which we're also presenting.

Listen to some songs below...

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by Bill Pearis

Django Django

We've been waiting to see Scottish quartet Django Django ever since hearing their debut single two years ago, so Brooklyn Vegan is pleased as punch to be presenting with Popgun Booking the group's first-ever U.S. show at Glasslands on Saturday, March 10. It's a late show (doors 11:30), happening after the Daughter performance early that night, and will also feature the Stateside debut of Warp artist Kwes.. Consider this our pre-SXSW kickoff party. Tickets are $10 and on sale now.

Led by drummer/singer/producer David Maclean, Django Django released their debut single "Storm/Love's Dart" in late 2009. Back when bands still used MySpace, in the "influences" section, Django Django posted thumbnails of 168 albums, ranging from The Beach Boys' Smiley Smile, the first Fun Boy 3 LP, the Blade Runner soundtrack and the Beta Band's Hot Shots II and there's a definite kitchen sink mentality to their music. It's all basically danceable guitar pop, but anything goes.

Relocating to London, the band took their time releasing their debut album, which was released a few weeks ago on Because Music (home of Metronomy, Busy P and more) and is one of the more fun, inventive pop LPs to come down the pike in a while. Influences in a Cuisinart, yes, but cohesive. Django Django get compared to the Beta Band a lot, and there's a similar vocal style and groove, but DD are a little more focused and hyperactive. It's a great album.

You can stream Django Django's debut via Spotify buy it digitally from Bleep, Emusic or the retailer of your choice. (No physical versions in the U.S. yet.) There are also videos for recent singles "Default" and "Waveforms" you can watch at the bottom of this post. After visiting New York, Django Django head to SXSW so if you're gonna be in Austin in a month, do check them out.

Kwes.

Opening is London's Kwes, who has made a name for himself as a go-to producer, working with The XX, DELS, Damon Albarn, Micachu, The Invisible and others. After a couple singles on Young Turks/XL, Kwes signed to Warp who will release the Meantime EP in May. While you wait for that to come out, you can download non-EP track "Get Up" via a widget at the bottom of this post. Also down there is the installment of Vice's "Producers" video series featuring Kwes, which is well worth watching.

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