Marking 10 years in the biz, this week sees Norwegian Ane Brun play a retrospective show at the Forum. Expect songs from across her six album career, which has seen her collaborate with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Jose Gonzalez and Ron Sexsmith.
On Monday and Tuesday, Arcade Fire – or The Reflektors – bring their much-talked about new album to the Roundhouse. They’re always a treat live, so we’re expecting big things – and, this time, dressing up.
Sensationally ace singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rokia Traoré will call in at the Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday, and Vampire Weekend bring their third album, Modern Vampires Of The City, to the 02 on Wednesday. The afro-pop prep-rockers will have Noah And The Whale in tow – and there are still tickets left.
Following his support slot on Laura Marling‘s October tour, former Portico Quartet man Nick Mulvey has broken free to bring his own headline show to XOYO on Monday. And if pennies are tight this week, Rough Trade are spoiling us with two brilliant free instore shows; Cate Le Bon will be Rough Trade East on Monday, and Torres, who impressed when we saw her supporting Daughter last month, will be at the slightly more bijou Rough Trade West, also on Monday.
Monday 11 November
Arcade Fire – Roundhouse
Nick Mulvey – XOYO
Julia Holter – Village Underground
Darren Hayman – Vortex Jazz Club
Younghusband – Barfly
Cate Le Bon – Rough Trade East
Torres – Rough Trade West
Tuesday 12 November
Arcade Fire – Roundhouse
Kodaline – Forum
Glenn Jones – Cafe OTO
Pulled Apart By Horses – Electrowerkz
Wednesday 13 November
Rokia Traoré – Royal Festival Hall
The National – Alexandra Palace
Woodkid – Brixton Academy
Vampire Weekend – 02 Arena
Wave Pictures – Jazz Cafe
Future Of The Left – Heaven
Ólöf Arnalds – Slaughtered Lamb
Thursday 14 November
Ane Brun – Forum
Texas -Hammersmith Apollo
Sweet Baboo – Islington Assembly Hall
Editors – Brixton Academy
Dignan Porch – Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen
Booka Shade – Oval Space
Friday 15 November
Ed Harcourt – Islington Assembly Hall
Emiliana Torrini – Heaven
Mutya Keisha Siobhan – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Asian Dub Foundation – Village Underground
Saturday 16 November
Brandt Brauer Frick – Fabric
Sunday 17 November
Aimee Mann – Union Chapel
KT Tunstall – Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Patty Griffin – Royal Festival Hall
Patrick Wolf is set to premiere new material during a world tour, which takes in the Union Chapel on 21 December.
Some of folk and rock’s biggest names are set to play homage to Bert Jansch at the Royal Festival Hall on 3 December. The show, to raise funds for the Bert Jansch Foundation, will include versions of his songs by Eric Clapton, Martin Carthy, Bernard Butler, Roy Harper, Robert Plant, Beverly Martyn and many more.
Former Pipettes member Rose Elinor Dougall is back with a new EP on 18 November. She’ll be airing it at East London’s Sebright Arms the following day.
Psych-rockers of Montreal bring recent album Lousy With Sylvianbriar to the Oval Space on 20 February as part of a European tour, taking in five UK cities.