Ah, gigs. For most bands, it's the best way to advertise their wares; what better way to experience a record than to hear it performed in front of you by flailing piles of flesh and bone? It's the human element that we crave in music, unfolding before your eyes. Fortunately, instead of gambling on the day of an event or tossing and turning at night fretting over which band to see, Last.fm have provided a lifeline.

Their gig guide assembles all the events across your city, putting the listings into a neat'n'tidy order so you can see the who, what, where, when (but probably not why) on any given evening. To make that decision process even easier, here's our recommendations for the week ahead. We're nice like that.


Shlohmo: 06/03/14 – The Laundry, London

Henry Laufer, AKA Shlohmo, is set to bring his downbeat brand of electro wizardry to the Big Smoke tonight. Dumping his narcotic, cough-syrup sticky paeans amongst fizzing beats and sublime vox, it'll be simultaneously chilled and hectic. Running with the WEDIDIT guys like Ryan Hemsworth and Groundislava, Shlohmo's outpourings are described by Last.fm as a “lo-fi, psychedelic mix of abstract hip-hop, bouncy synth-funk, breezy trip-hop.” That mixture of sounds is like a magnet, hoisting all comers towards him.


Haim: 07/03/14 – Brighton Dome, Brighton

Ticket'll be like goldust for this one; topping the bill are some of the most lauded rock darlings, the sororal Haim – who surely by know we're all aware of. Fusing hip-hop, Fleetwood Mac flotsam and sugar-pop jetsam, there's a blinding reason they've attained the level they're at now. However, though Haim are a pretty major draw by themselves, the bill's not complete with up-and-comers Jungle. One of the hottest R&B/dance acts out there at the moment, the London duo are not to be missed. You could literally bathe in the hype that's going to collect in limpid pools after this show.


CHVRCHES: 08/03/14 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow

Probably one of the biggest, most hardworking acts of 2013, Scotland's CHVRCHES remain, after all this time, a must-see act. Combining Lauren Mayberry's stellar bubbletronica vocal style with glitching synthpoppery, the act helmed a spate of electronic pop artistes last year, causing us to re-evaluate both our perceptions of the genre and subsequently life. Hottest threesome of last year, by far (that came out wrong).


: 09/03/14 – Deaf Institute, Manchester

Some claim that MØ is the missing link between Grimes and Lykke Li; whether that's true or not isn't hugely important, but it's got good implications, hasn't it? MØ's debut LP is to drop imminently – featuring tracks like 'Waste Of Time', 'XXX 88' and 'Pilgrim', there's a cavalcade of astonishing electronic dance-pop on offer. It's not just the pre-heard singles either, as MØ's entire record features spangly club-poised gems, stabbed with glacial synth shards and ADD beats. Rumour has it that a Spice Girls cover has made it into her setlist too.


We Were Evergreen: 11/03/14 - Barfly, London

Parisian indie-pop/folk outfit We Were Evergreen are gearing up to release their debut full-length this Spring. To gee up the masses, they're carting their wares around Old London Town, trying to make people fall into bottomless pits of subversive found samples, twee ditties and a quainticity reminscent of Midnight In Paris. 'Daughters' takes a cooler, more electronic turn from older uke-based jaunts, but it's still as candy-coated. There's a Bombay Bicycle Club-cum-Pomplamoose shebang going on here, and it's great.