London Lite Wednesday, 30 September 2009 27 IN&OUTTONIGHT IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS Fragile folk get real about rockNoah & The Whale The band play Koko on Friday. 12PAGE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION CompiledbyLaurenPaxman COMEDYTHEATRECLUBSMUSIC CompiledbyLaurenPaxman Coming SoonTomorrowToday Londons biggest and best newspaper guide to staying in...or going out Coming SoonTomorrowToday Coming SoonTomorrowToday Coming SoonTomorrowToday NOW I want to make a real rock album, 23-year-old Charlie Fink grins across the sofa in a Covent Garden members club. You know, while I still can. A mature man pulls off the acous- tic guitar better, but a younger gentle- man can rock a Fender Jaguar. And though his band Noah And The Whale became known as Londons joy- ful whistlers, and though their second album, First Days Of Spring, is a heart- wrenchingly fragile response to Finks break-up with folk sweetheart Laura Marling, dont think he wont do it. Finks the sort of boy who could scribble a lullaby with his right hand and scratch out a nu-metal hardcore rave anthem with his left, while humming the beginnings of next months No1 pop smash. For me, what I do is primarily about writing. I enjoy everything else -- playing live, the studio -- but writing is what I do it for. WH Auden says that no matter what youre writing about, even if its the most bleak, depressing thing, there is joy in it. I definitely feel that. And knowing that I have that place to go to, to write, is incredible. Though Finks heart lies in song, he made a film accompaniment to First Days Of Spring. Its a sort of extended music video, starring Daisy Lowe. I was really happy with it so Im working on another project. The working title is The Quartet For The End Of Time. Finks quartet has recently morphed into a quintet. Drumming brother Doug has returned to the medical profession and their twee session trumpeters have been ditched for an electric guitarist to beef up the sound. Were so sad to lose Doug but this past year has been the ultimate team-building exercise, excessive touring on a shoestring. What, they didnt earn hefty royalties for 2008s pop hit Five Years Time? No. Were being patient. We have been offered over 1m for advertising but we dont want to use our songs in syncs. We did that at the beginning and really regretted it. MARTHA DE LACEY Gone electric: guitar-toting Charlie Fink on stage The Joy Formidable THE Welsh trio, right, have been compared to Sonic Youth and Arcade Fire, and are promoting their debut album A Balloon Called Moaning. Relentless Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner N5 (020 7619 6720), 7pm, returns only. Tube: Highbury & Islington breakiNg rocks Premiere BILLY BRAGG, right, leads a troupe of live acts to follow the Raindance premiere of Breaking Rocks, a film about his Jail Guitar Doors project to provide musical instruments for prisoners. Proud, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd NW1 (020 7482 3867), 6.30pm, 15. Tube: Camden Town iaN broWN THE ex-Stone Roses frontman, right, shows off songs from his sixth album, My Way, which came out on Monday. 4-5 Dec, O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Rd SW9 (0870 060 0100, O2academybrixton. co.uk), Fri 7pm, Sat 8pm, 26-28.50. Tube: Brixton NoosTar NOOSTAR.COM, the online talent show supported by Graham Norton, presents turns by Jack Whitehall, left, Joe Lycett, Kevin Bridges and Naz Osmanoglu. Freedom Bar, 66 Wardour St W1 (020 7734 0071, freedombarsoho.com), 7pm, 7. Tube: Piccadilly Circus comedy bag ARIADNE The Greek Wag (aka Alyssa Kyria, left) hosts this character, sketch and musical comedy show featuring if.comedy nominees Pippa Evans and Cardinal Burns and Bafta winner Will Andrews. Barcode, 3-4 Archer St W1 (020 7483 2960), 7.30pm, 7, 6 concs. Tube: Piccadilly Circus giPsy hill comedy DAN ANTOPOLSKI, left, the winner of the highly regarded Joke Of The Year Award, is joined by Edward Aczel, Tiernan Douieb and host Terry Saunders. Fri, Black Sheep Bar, 23 Westow Hill SE19 (0775 852 1378, gipsyhillcomedy. co.uk), 8.30pm, 8, 7 adv. Rail: Crystal Palace oThello LENNY HENRY, right, proves he can act as well as make us chuckle in his starring role as the betrayed general. Until 12 Dec, Trafalgar Studios, Whitehall SW1 (0870 060 6632), Mon- Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu & Sat 2.30pm, 20-45. Tube: Charing Cross iNheriT The WiNd KEVIN SPACEY, right, stars in this drama about the trial of an American teacher who teaches his pupils about evolution. Until 20 Dec, Old Vic, Waterloo Rd SE1 (0844 871 7642), tomorrow 7pm, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 2.30pm, Sun 5pm, 10- 48.50. Tube: Waterloo comediaNs SEAN HOLMES directs a star- studded cast including Keith Allen and Matthew Kelly, right, in Trevor Griffithss play about struggling stand-ups. 7 Oct-14 Nov, Lyric Hammersmith, King St W6 (0870 050 0511, lyric. co.uk), Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mat times vary, 10-25. Tube: Hammersmith TraNNyshack SURRENDER your gender and head to JoJos, left, for Eighties classics from Tasty Tim, Dusty and Lady Lloyd, plus live sets from Miss Imanni, Lady Noise and The Powderpuff Girls. Madame JoJos, 8-10 Brewer St W1 (020 7734 3040), 10.30pm, 5. Tube: Piccadilly Circus TaTTy bogle MISS BAILEY, left, Debo and MC Chickaboo spin a mix of house, hip hop, grime, drum&bass, disco, dubstep, techno and reggae. The Star Of Bethnal Green, 359 Bethnal Green Rd E2 (020 7729 0167, starofbethnalgreen.com), 9pm, 3. Tube: Bethnal Grn sTriPe THE 22-strong choir Gaggle, left, headlines this Red Stripe night, with The Molotovs, Arrows Of Love and Legs Eleven live, and DJs from Artrocker, Notion and Rockfeedback. 7 Oct, The Cross Kings, 126 York Way N1 (020 7278 8318), 7.30pm, 5. Tube: Kings Cross index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html