Top ten London gigs in November

Check out the cream of the capital's gigs taking place this autumn



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The War On Drugs

The cosmic, sprawling, Americana-influenced rock outfit from Philly provide a glimpse into an alternate universe in which the young Bob Dylan fronted a shoegaze band. Hear tracks from their five-star new album 'Lost in the Dream' in London tonight.

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Tue Feb 24 - Mon Mar 2
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The Knife

The Dreijer siblings return, bringing their twisted and pulsating electronica to London for another date on their 'Shaking The Habitual' tour. Their date at the Roundhouse last year split opinion for featuring almost no live music; instead the band and their dancers hosted something resembling a mass aerobics class-slash-rave. Space cults, gender politics, glitter and drums also featured heavily. Will they revive that here or do something completely different? As ever with The Knife, it's hard to be sure – but chances are that whatever they do, it'll be spectacular.

  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
  2. Thu Nov 6
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Future Islands

This agreeably odd Baltimore indie trio play melodic, fluid punk-funk and arty post-pop complete with synths, Antony Hegarty-style vocals and the odd birdsong sample. It's pretty fantastic stuff, so catch them live while they're in the UK to plug their new album 'Singles' – the record that's tipped to make them kind of a big deal at last.

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Mon Mar 30 - Tue Mar 31
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Flying Lotus

Californian hip hop/jazz/avant-R&B wizard FlyLo – alias Steven Ellison – has a record of staging mind-blowing live shows, accompanying his lopsided beats with hypnotic visuals. He returns to London this evening with a new album ('You're Dead') to bolster his set, which should also feature plenty of trippy tracks from his acclaimed records 'Cosmogramma' and 'Until the Quiet Comes'.

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Fri Apr 17
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Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters

Led Zeppelin may be in the midst of a snazzy, full-catalogue reissue campaign, but don't get your hopes up for another reunion: Robert Plant's far too busy with this new band. Although they absorb West African and Bristol trip-hop influences along the way, the Sensational Space Shifters are rooted in the blues and are almost as heavy as the Zep in their prime. They're also fond of cracking out plenty of old classics: past set lists have included 'Whole Lotta Love', 'Black Dog', 'Rock and Roll' and more.

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Wed Nov 12
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La Roux

After breaking into the charts and our hearts with their synthpop stormers ‘In for the Kill’ and ‘Bulletproof’, London duo La Roux all but vanished for a good few years. Now La Roux is back, down one band member (it's just luminous singer Elly Jackson this time) but up one simply incredible second album, ‘Trouble in Paradise’. Grab this chance to see a modern-day pop icon live and on top form. Read more: La Roux interview: ‘Where's the fucking melody?’

  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Tue Feb 3
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East India Youth

London producer/singer-songwriter William Doyle is a rare talent. Not only because his Tim Hecker-esque electronic soundscapes and Byrne- and Bowie-indebted romantic pop songs are so professionally put together for a bedroom artist, but also because he managed, over two years, to complete an incredible full-length album entitled 'Total Strife Forever' without the music press getting the faintest whiff of its magnificent existence. The secret's out now, though: Doyle's starting making waves, especially as his renowned live sets have a tendency to turn thrillingly on a sixpence from melancholy pop to semi-ambient electronics to banging techno workouts.

  1. Heaven Under the Arches, off Villiers St, WC2N 6NG
  2. Thu Nov 13
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Dr John – A Tribute to Louis Armstrong

Fonky, voodoo gris-gris gumbo from New Orleans' totemic figure, who burst back into his late-'60s mode with 2012 album 'Locked Down'. DJ has a new album due for a summer release, followed by this show at London Jazz Festival, in which he pays tribute to another New Orleans great, Louis Armstrong.

  1. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  2. Sat Nov 15
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Bonnie Prince Billy

Wild-bearded, mad-haired alt country kingpin Will Oldham returns as BPB, performing his dark songs of blinding beauty, brutal honesty, occasional bleakness and frequent, brilliant flashes of dark wit.

  1. St John-at-Hackney Church Lower Clapton Rd, E5 0PD
  2. Wed Nov 19
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After a meteoric rise in 2011, the LA quartet return to the UK for some more eerily sweet psychedelia and experimental melodrama. As well as tracks from their spooky-but-sexy debut album 'The Fool', they'll play plenty of songs tonight from their new, self-titled second album, one of the standout records of 2014.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Thu Mar 26
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