Top ten London gigs in November
Check out the cream of the capital's gigs taking place this autumn
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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?’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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