Explosions in the Sky | Mon 10 Oct | O2 Institute | £22
Leaving behind the heavy slush of their early, iconic records, and expanding their repertoire with three film soundtracks in as many years, the archetypal post-rock band continues to evolve. Touring in support of this year’s well-received new album ‘The Wilderness’, EITY are talented veterans, as adept at tugging heartstrings as they are at pummelling eardrums. See our full preview and listen here

Akala: 10 Years of Akala | Thu 13 Oct | O2 Institute | £14
Akala hits the O2 Institute in honour of a new career retrospective album, ’10 Years of Akala’. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the forward-thinking MC, whose versatility and caustic, incisive lyricism has captured a huge audience over the last decade. And frankly, Akala looks poised to expand his influence way beyond just his music. See our full preview here

Kano + Little Simz | Fri 14 Oct | O2 Institute
Kano is the headline draw here, riding some long-deserved media attention as a leader in grime off the back of his recent Mercury Prize nomination. But you’ll have to get down early to this show to see the secret highlight, North London’s Little Simz. Lyrically disarming, vocally dextrous: Simz is on the up, and rarely short of astonishing. Sold Out

MØ | Sat 15 Oct | Rainbow | £13.75
The Danish pop wunderkind MØ is one of those guilty pleasures: it may be fashionable, zeitgeist-baiting futurist pop, but she executes it with taste, and gives it everything she’s got. Up close and personal in a small venue like this is the way to experience it. www.seetickets.com

Mon 10 Oct - Sun 16 Oct
Chris Donald - Gigs Editor
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Sat 1 Oct 2016