London’s autumn gig calendar is always packed, and there’s no reason why this year would be an exception. Among our October gig highlights you’ll find rising stars alongside veterans and legends. Here are our must-see concerts in London this month.
Mobo Award-winning rapper Akala (Ms Dynamite's little brother) headlines with his soulful hip hop and spoken word. He's unashamedly brainy – his lyrics are riddled with Shakespeare references, and he's written for the Huffington Post and performed in the British Library – but he's a dab hand at catchy tunes too.Read more
Excellent news: the LA quartet are heading back to the UK for some more eerily sweet psychedelia and experimental, sexy-but-spooky melodrama. They’ve just finished ‘Heads Up’, the sequel to their deep and powerful second album ‘Warpaint’, so you’ll hear some newies at this Camden gig.Read more
A man to whom the word ‘legendary’ can be applied without any fear of hyperbole, Brian Wilson was the troubled but titanic talent behind The Beach Boys: the man whose obsession with Phil Spector led him to create ‘Pet Sounds’ and change the face of pop music forever. Now somewhat frail, Wilson nonetheless commands a huge amount of (deserved) respect and has an immense, incredible back catalogue to draw from, and since these performances will include a full rendition of ‘Pet Sounds’ we’re expecting tickets to go very quickly.Read more
A cast of cool indie acts hit several venues in Hackney for the second year of this autumn festival. The chance to see headliner Bat For Lashes in a church is a highlight, and there’s an excellent-looking support bill too included Allah-Las, The Coral’s Bill Ryder-Jones and US punks Fucked Up and Diarrhea Planet.Read more
If you're into reverb-drenched, droning guitars and heavy motorik drive, you can't do much better than this. Circuitously weaving entrancing psych-rock spells and throbbing, fuzzed-up ragas, the headlining San Francisco quartet will go down a storm with aficionados of My Bloody Valentine, Spacemen 3, Suicide and Can – and of course Moon Duo, the side-project of Wooden Shjips guitarist Ripley Johnson.Read more