CLUB TO CLUB FESTIVAL
Turin/Istanbul – Nov 4-7, prices vary
One of this year’s best, and tightest festival line-ups across Italian and Turkish venues, with Kode9 (doing a Kode9 set and a Kode9 plays Burial set), Darkstar, Modeselektor, Floating Points, Shackleton, Shed, Joy Orbison, Jeff Mills, Dixon and more.
FABRICLIVE w/ TODD EDWARDS AND MORE
Fabric, London – Nov 5, £10/£15
Amazing garage-driven line-up in Fabric’s Room 1 with sets from New York king Todd Edwards, EZ, Count and Sinden, Oneman and Redlight, while Hessle Audio take over Room 3 with Pearson Sound/Ramadanman, Ben UFO, Pangaea, Joe, Icicle and MC Chunky. Drum’n’bass in Room 2 with dBridge, Calibre, Marcus Intalex and more.
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM / HOT CHIP
Various Venues, UK – Nov 10-15, prices vary
Could this be one of your last chances to catch LCD Soundsystem play live? If we’re to believe James Murphy’s assertion that recent album This Is Happening is the band’s last then yes, probably. Support comes from Hot Chip with their well-honed dance-pop for the thick-specced and broken-hearted.
Various Venues, UK – Nov 11-22
Doesn’t really matter what you make of Maya’s most recent album, it’s worth checking one of these shows out a) for the sheer pantomime value and b) for the small chance that she’ll play ‘Galang’ or ’10 Dollar’.
BEYOND THE CLOUDS w/ LIL LOUIS & PEPE BRADOCK
Corsica Studios, London – Nov 13, £10
Heavy, heavy-hitting house with not one but two bona fide legends – Lil Louis and Pepe Bradock – gracing Corsica courtesy of promoters To The Bone, Sud Electronic and Bodyhammer.
AN EVENING WITH GIL SCOTT-HERON
Brixton Academy, Nov 14 – London, £30
Following his critically acclaimed I’m New Here album for XL Recordings – his first for thirteen years – GS-H brings some of that hard-earned gravitas and groove to Brixton Academy.
OSTGUT TON FIFTH ANNIVERSARY
Corsica Studios, London – Nov 27, £12/15
The boys from Berghain – Ben Klock, ND Baumecker, Marcel Fengler and Nick Hoppner – celebrate the fifth anniversary of their Ostgut Ton label and the release of the attendant Funf compilation.
BATHS & BECOMING REAL
CAMP, London – Nov 15, £7
Two of our fav current producers under one roof: LA beat romantic Baths off-setting the haunting, juke and eski-inspired sounds of Becoming Real.
SO BONES w/ VELOUR
The Nest, London – Nov 18, free before 10/£4
Hip-hop and R’n’B night from the Tri Angle Records camp gets an inter-city expansion, with Girl Unit, DJ Tearjerker, Romy xx and Local Action’s Tom Lea as London residents alongside Tri Angle’s Robin Carolan. This month’s night will be headlined by Velour, the synth-led pairing of Hyetal and Julio Bashmore, who’ll also be running So Bones in Bristol.
PHONICA presents RAMP RECORDINGS
East Village, London – Nov 18
Appetising showcase from RAMP Recordings, featuring Shortstuff, cough syrup-thick house maestro Maxmillion Dunbar, Dam-Funk affiilate Computer Jay and new signing Bad Autopsy, plus Throwing Snow, Phonica DJs and label boss Tom Kerridge.
ARCADE FIRE / FUCKED UP
Various Venues, Europe – Nov 18-29, prices vary
Win Butler’s monstrously huge Arcade Fire rev up for a European tour set to induce hysteria among young people what take themselves very seriously. More ribald support comes from polished punks Fucked Up.
EAT YOUR EARS w/ FOUR TET, CARIBOU and more
The Coronet, London – Nov 19, £15.50
Kieran Hebden presents the live incarnation of his enduringly popular and currently on-form Four Tet project, with support from his old mucker and inexhaustible gigger Caribou. Support comes from Border Community boys James Holden and Nathan Fake Fans of intricate, emotive electronic music will be all over this double-header.
MATTHEW HERBERT’S ONE DAY
Royal Festival Hall, London – Nov 20, £10/£15/£20
Legendary sampler, producer and general audio whiz takes to the Royal Festival Hall on November 20. However, being Herbert, it’s not just a concert – it’s actually “the first new work and concert inspired by and using a copy of the Guardian”. You knew there’d be a catch somewhere.
Plan B, London – Nov 20, £8/£12
Doldrums welcomes Detroit’s Marcellus Pittman, with support from Manchester’s Krystal Klear, Reinforced junglist Nookie, Rinse FM’s Braiden, who’s preparing to release his first 12” on the Doldrums label, and Trilogy Tapes’ Will Bankhead. Oh, and the small matter of resident Joy Orbison.
Various Venues, UK – Nov 24-30, prices vary
Some of the most over-subscribed, hyped UK gigs of the year, at London, Nottingham, Leeds, Manchester and Bristol. Some might still have tickets available, some might not. Good luck.
Various Venues, UK – Nov 25 – Dec 3, prices vary
The preppiest band on the planet return to the UK for a victory lap following the hefty commercial success of sophomore album Contra. We’re still in it for ‘Mansard Roof’. Support comes from Ratatat for most dates, with Laura Marlin and Janelle Monae taking a London date apiece.
XOYO, London – Nov 25
Hyped soul boy, newly signed to Polydor, plays his last show of the year, previewing material from next year’s album.
DEADLY RHYTHM x LUCKY ME
Plan B, London – Nov 26, £6/£8/£10
Glasgow art / music collective travel down south, with the UK debut of Montreal firebomb Lunice, one of the best live performers we’ve seen recently, and New York’s Cubic Zirconia, who’ll be releasing an album on LuckyMe next year. Elsewhere you’ll find Mike Slott, Optimum, The Blessings and a secret guest.
XOYO, London – Nov 27, £8/£10
Recently revitalised dance label take to XOYO, with sets from James Blake, Pariah, Space Dimension Controller, Bullion and Blawan.
Various Venues, UK – Nov 29-30; Dec 12, prices vary
Jangly, beach-friendly pop with an undertow of melancholy from one of 2010’s choice breakthrough bands. The perfect soundtrack for mourning another summer gone.