Top ten London gigs in November
Check out the cream of the capital's gigs taking place this autumn
Like ‘Avengers Assemble’ but with ’90s R&B stars, this could be the smoothest line-up of the year. Topping the bill is funky slow-jam queen (and Biggie Smalls' widow) Faith Evans, and the rest of the line-up is just as smooth: Donell Jones (of 'Where I Wanna Be' fame), Dave Hollister of Blackstreet, Ginuwine (real name: Elgin Baylor Lumpkin), thong-lover Sisqo, Chico DeBarge (now recovered from serious drug addiction) J Holiday (best known for 'Bed'), Adina Howard (who sang the original version of 'Freak Like Me') and a still-to-be-announced special guest.
Three of the leading jazz instrumentalists of today – pianist Allen, drummer Carrington and bassist/vocalist Spalding – make their London debut as a trio presenting and celebrating the music of Wayne Shorter, who celebrates his 80th birthday.
Arguably the most interesting band on the mid-’70s New York punk scene, Television's extended, fluid guitar jams and cryptic lyrics set them apart from hard-’n’-fast peers like the Ramones and the New York Dolls. Their 1977 debut album 'Marquee Moon' is one of the decade's best records, and although they never quite reached those heights again in the studio, their occasional reunion shows over the last two decades have proved they can still kill it on stage. They play a rare London show tonight, which comes highly recommended despite the absence of original guitarist Richard Lloyd (who left in 2007 for the sake of his health).
Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher draw on their immense back catalogue and plug their new album, 'Delta Machine' (which is surprisingly brilliant – read our review here). Expect a night of darkly melodramatic and sleazy, stadium-scaled electro rock, offset by the odd tender pop ballad, as only they truly know how.
Sample-heavy soundscapes are this excellent London duo's stock-in-trade. Using live guitar and drums, and sometimes piano and banjo, they create eerie, white-knuckle instrumentals with vocal tracks from old radio broadcasts, public information films and archive speeches. Want more? Read our Public Service Broadcasting interview | Check out Public Service Broadcasting at No 1 on our 2013 top festival acts list
Distinguished by the astonishing, crystalline voice of frontman Jónsi Birgisson, the Icelandic post-rockers play from their new album 'Kveikur'. It's their second full-length release in two years, and showcases a heavier, crunchier take on the band's epic, neo-classical soundscapes.
Josh Homme, 'the ginger Elvis', and his thrillingly intense band stir up their irresistibly sexy mixture of desert rock, blues, stoner metal and grunge. They're bringing their new record '...Like Clockwork' to London tonight, along with a hugely impressive 15-year back catalogue packed with towering riffs.
Airy and catchy synth-pop from this Domino-signed Canadian trio fronted by the bewitching, vocally talented Katie Stelmanis.
Canadian R&B singer cum rapper Abel Tesfaye follows heady critical acclaim for his debut album proper, 'Trilogy', with some rare live dates.
Hard-rocking Canadian noise-punks Metz pound their instruments within a fret of their lives, channeling the heavy legacy of their Sub Pop labelmates past and present: Mudhoney, Rapeman, No Age and even 'Bleach'-era Nirvana. The intense chugging of their down-tuned guitar storm is something to witness live, but avoid the front rows if you're precious about personal space: things should get pretty crazy.
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