Jesca Hoop | Mon 27 Nov | Hare & Hounds | £13
Jesca Hoop’s multi-faceted, experimental folk-rock sonnets are in turns sweet and gothic, intimate and mysterious; the Sub Pop signee is an optical illusion, the protruding face that turns out to be a concave mask. See our full preview here.
Every Time I Die | Mon 27 Nov | O2 Institute | £16
The Buckley brothers and their brand of Southern metalcore are going strong, after eight albums (and just as many bassists) – with a streak of black humour a mile wide and feral, whiplash-inducing grooves, the formula just still freakin works on last year’s low-end masterclass, ‘Low Teens’. seetickets.com
Dear Esther Live | Tue 28 Nov | Town Hall | £22.50
BAFTA-winning composer Jessica Curry’s brooding, majestic score to the ground-breaking videogame Dear Esther is performed live as part of an ‘immersive’ play-through of the game, blurring the boundaries between film, narrative, screen-based art, contemporary classical and electronica. We expect this to be nothing short of stunning. thsh.com
Jane Weaver | Wed 29 Nov | Hare & Hounds | £12.10
Jane Weaver (pictured) has a 20-year pedigree in pop and folktronica, so she makes it look easy to knock out intricate, cosmic krautrock pop. But her new album ‘Modern Cosmology’ is the kind of unhurried, understated and grandiose psychedelia that can only come from a true master. See our full preview here.
Soeur | Thu 30 Nov | Hare & Hounds | FREE
Grunge-pop maestros Sœur don’t write songs so much as stack together big, abrasive, Albini-friendly riffs into a teetering mass of aggression and affection. Bristol’s radio-ready answer to Sleater-Kinney, the band have released a steady stream of killer songs this year – trust us, you want to know where they’re going next. With support from Mutes.
ORE Launch | Fri 1 Dec | Centrala | £5 (adv)
One-man doom-tuba outfit ORE performs his brand new album ‘Belatedly’: a dark and enveloping meditation on mortality, channeled into hypnotic, bassy brass drones, punctuated by percussion and gasps for breath. With a line-up of acts no less uncompromising and sonically adventurous, it’s a fantastic final bow on 2017 from Supersonic Festival. See our full preview here.
Jaws | Fri 1 Dec | O2 Institute | £15
Birmingham giants JAWS have grown from garage-rock upstarts to fully-fledged contenders in a couple of short years, blossoming into a dreamy, heavy pop-rock machine. This year’s ‘Simplicity’ nestles right in with DIIV or The 1975, but often feels more like Smashing Pumpkins, of all things, at their almighty 90s peak; it’s an unexpected delight, in other words, and this final hometown show of the tour should be a corker. seetickets.com
Tenebrous Liar – Album launch | Sat 2 Dec | CET Building | £5 adv
Rock photographer and visual artist Steve Gullick releases his new album as Tenebrous Liar with a one-off, multimedia gig at the abandoned Coventry Telegraph offices on Corporation Street. ‘The Cut’ is a corrosive, nightmarish trip of guttural guitar echoing the isolation and frustration of the age: part Swans, part PiL, all disorientating but hypnotising chaos. citizenticket.co.uk
Jordan Mackampa | Sun 3 Dec | Sunflower Lounge | £6.60
Rising Coventry talent Jordan Mackampa is drawing all kinds of comparisons, jostling for that sweet Radio 1 indie-soul spot between Michael Kiwanuka and Ben Howard. Equipped with an irresistible croon and a knack for bruised-heart honesty, Mackampa is the perfect Sunday night discovery, bringing his soulful storytelling to the cosy confines of the Sunflower Lounge. seetickets.com
Published on: Fri 10 Nov 2017