The Lemon Twigs | Wed 30 Nov | Hare & Hounds | £7
Fashionably self conscious style-over-content or post-modern contenders for the coolest kids on the block? New York’s teenage D’Addario brothers have been baffling critics since signing to the mighty 4AD records in 2015. Their lo-fi brand of camp glam indie-pop has been compared to Supertramp, Wings and the Ramones. One thing’s for sure – they’ll give good stage presence. See our full preview here

Frightened Rabbit | Thu 1 Dec | O2 Institute | £17.25
The Scottish indie-folk troubadours Frightened Rabbit have come a long way from the ambitious but ramshackle country rock of their big break, The Midnight Organ Fight. Now they’re the captains of serious, doomy indie who can go toe-to-toe with the National for luxurious rock production, luminescent with halfway-drunk melancholy. This year’s ‘Painting of a Panic Attack’ finds them on more confident ground than before, a swirling mass of fine-tuned melody both as sweet and as dark as molasses.

Primal Scream | Sun 4 Dec | O2 Institute | £30.25
The startling longevity of Primal Scream through the last three decades has to be put down to one thing: their tireless reinvention. It’s resulted in some clangers, for sure, but it’s also resulted in unexpected late-career highs; 2013’s More Light being arguably the most cohesive and propulsive statement the group has made since the outstanding XTRMNTR. New album Chaosmosis probably has the worst title and artwork of the year, but the breadth and quality of that back-catalogue means you’re not going to regret spending a couple of hours with these sonic champions. See our full preview here.

Kate Tempest | Sun 4 Dec | O2 Institute | £19
London’s poet-laureate in waiting, Kate Tempest has gone from strength to impossible strength this year as her mastery of language allows her to nimbly hop fences in between theatre, hip-hop, and short fiction. This year’s album Let Them Eat Chaos ably carries an interwoven narrative of estranged, conflicted characters over a soundtrack of dystopian trip-hop. Still young and hungry, Tempest is already killing it. See our full preview here.

Scott Matthews | Sun 4 Dec | Glee Club | £15
It’s almost like our favourite local gentle soul can’t keep away from his West Midlands stomping ground and frankly and we can’t get enough. Beautiful ballads, witty Black Country banter and songs from his latest album Home Part Two. See our full preview here

Mon 28 Nov - Sun 4 Dec
Chris Donald - Gigs Editor
Published on:
Fri 25 Nov 2016