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This month's live music in Madrid

Your guide to what's on, who's playing and where to go for the best gigs and concerts in Madrid this month

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Sufjan Stevens

Madrid is a city brimming with music. Concert halls, bars, and big clubs invite all kinds of acts to their stages, from freshly-pressed indie bands to globally famous international superstars. To make sure you don't miss any of your favourites, including major festivals, check here for each month's top concert picks.

Leon Bridges

Texas singer Leon Bridges is in Spain for the first time with two shows to say goodbye to  summer and ring in autumn. One of the big names in contemporary soul, Bridges is putting on this concert in Madrid as well as one in Barcelona, where he'll perform songs from his first album, 'Coming Home', which just came out this summer. The artist should well be able to keep his popularity going with this record, following the hits of his debut songs released on the Internet last year.

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Until Sat Sep 19

Joan Manuel Serrat

The journalist Salvador Escamilla had the task, one morning in 1965, of presenting a young singer-songwriter to audiences watching the programme 'Radioescope'. Since then 50 years have flown by, five decades of songs that 'El Nano' has grouped together in a quadruple CD called 'Antología Desordenada' and a world tour of 100 live shows. Now Joan Serrat is back in Spain to sing hits such as 'Para la libertad', 'Paraules d’amor' and 'Mediterráneo', songs that are practically national anthems and that are the soundtrack to many Spanish lives.

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Until Mon Sep 21

Diana Krall

Diana Krall has won over audiences and critics for nearly three decades with the sensuality of her voice and piano. Winner of five Grammys and eight Junos, Krall's latest album, 'Wallflower' (2015), was produced by 16-time Grammy winner David Foster and released last February. You're sure to see a live show by a Diana Kralll who goes the extra mile in the performance of each of her new songs. She plays pop hits from the 1960s to what's hot right now. With a sophisitcated production, Krall's vocals and piano are accompanied onstage by Anthony Wilson on guitar, Dennis Crouch on bass, Stuart Duncan on violin, Karriem Riggins on drums and Patrick Warren on keyboards.

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Until Tue Sep 22

Sufjan Stevens + Austra

'Carrie & Lowell' (2015) is the stripped-down and intimate album that brings Sufjan Stevens back to recording, as it's the American musician's first since 'The Age of Adz' (2010), which had a more electronic and stratospheric air. Eleven autobiographical tracks see pain and melancholy fluorish, along with Stevens's trademark delicate touch. The electronic pop of Canadian band Austra gets you warmed up for what's to come.

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30 Sep 2015