January 17, 2013

Rave’s Fave: Jake Bugg – Lightning Bolt

Jake Bugg entered the UK charts at #1 last fall, which means his debut album came in ahead of Muse and Mumford & Sons. Jake recently spent a week in the US having played in New York, LA and San Francisco, including a performance on Conan along the way. This Wednesday night B3SCI and I were on hand for his sold-out and spectacular set at the Troubadour in LA. Word is that he’ll be back for more dates this spring, including Coachella. UK hype aside, this dude is absolutely for real, and even the skeptics attending in LA seemed convinced. Most new bands play sets that sound somewhat redundant. Not Jake Bugg. Whether the songs were fast or slow, hard or soft, this 19 year old from Nottingham nailed them. He has been called the British Bob Dylan. To me, he’s slightly reminiscent of Dylan on record but sounds lots more like him live. “Lightning Bolt” is the track currently lighting up the UK and it was the set-closer here in LA this Wednesday. Check it out below.

Jake Bugg – Lightning Bolt

Jake Bugg england (Facebook)

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