It’s plenty chilly out, and what better way to keep warm than by seeking out a sweaty room full of adrenaline-pumped music fans? Here’s our guide to the best London gigs happening this November.
This page will be updated as more events are confirmed.
Twin daughters of the late Buena Vista Social Club percussionist Anga Díaz, Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz have picked up plenty of props for their cajón-laced, stripped-back soul in English and Yoruba. Fans of traditional Afro-Cuban music, FKA Twigs and CocoRosie alike will find something to groove to here.Read more
Mainstream music rarely tackles the big issues these days. You don’t get Rihanna singing about the deficit, or Skrillex sampling Thomas Piketty in one of his sick drops. But those artists don’t come from somewhere like Mali – a country torn apart by coups, Islamist insurgency and French intervention since 2012. If they did, their music might have something of the weight and passion of Songhoy Blues, the Malian rockers using music to heal the emotional wounds inflicted by war. They first came to Western attention at the end of 2013, thanks to their appearance on the latest compilation from Damon Albarn’s Africa Express. That track, a collaboration with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner, was not only hypnotically and aggressively groovy, but also a heartfelt plea for patience from the refugees of Mali’s conflict with Islamist group Ansar Dine. It was a dream come true for lovers of African music and punk rock – here were the sounds and beats of Mali, but gnarled, distorted and angry. Now they’re back with ther new single ‘Irganda’ – a high tempo guitar jam, rippling with post-punk drums, insistent group vocals and rapid-fire blues licks. Their London shows have started to sell out fast, but if you do manage to get a ticket then you’ve got some awe-inspiring desert grooves to look forward to.Read more
This will undoubtedly be a storming gig from the two libidinously charged, maximum-rockin’ dudes behind EODM: Jesse ‘Boots Electric’ Hughes and Josh ‘Babyduck’ Homme (of Queens Of The Stone Age). Their hilariously swaggering take on the classic riffs of the Stones and the New York Dolls is dealt out with panache, wit and intelligence, not to mention plenty of subtle twists.Read more
Cravat-loving piano maverick Chilly Gonzales teams up with German string brigade the Kaiser Quartett to perform new material at a London residency. His insouciant wisecracks, musical wisdom and lightning-fast fingers make him as much of a live draw as any pop star.Read more
When former Czars frontman Grant released his second solo album ‘Pale Green Ghosts’ in 2013, he revealed himself fully as one of the most brutally honest, self-aware and distinctive songwriting voices of his generation. Now he bares his soul, tackling heartbreak, addiction and HIV, on stage in London. Bring tissues.Read more
Any ’90s alt rock band worth their salt can muster bone-crushing riffs and angst-dripping vocals, but Californian five-piece Deftones are also masters of complex and unexpectedly subtle songcraft and dreamy ambient interludes. They’re coming back to the UK for the first time in years, presenting a live show that’s probably best compared to Operation Rolling Thunder. New material should make an appearance too.Read more
Young Australian Barnett is one of the biggest songwriting talents around at the moment, crafting sharp, witty lyrics that tease out the hidden significances in everyday life. She and her powerful band pair those words with circling psych-rock melodies and touching, downbeat indie-pop, and play tonight from her excellent debut album ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit’. Read the ten best Courtney Barnett lyricsRead more
At her last London show, this Virginian singer-songwriter brought out Ryan Adams and Jessie Ware to sing a Janet Jackson cover. Now she returns to London for more brassy indie-soul. Admirers of the brilliant Matthew E White – a frequent Prass collaborator – will be enraptured.Read more