Monday 1st December
The Lady: A Tribute to Sandy Denny, Royal Festival Hall, London
An evening of songs from the back catalogue of one of the most influential female folk singers, Sandy Denny. Various artists including Marc Almond, P.P. Arnold and Johnny Flynn will be performing songs from her Fairport Convention days as well as her solo career. Should be a really interesting night in light of the current trend for new female folkies and a timely tribute to one of the godmothers of the genre.
Asobi Seksu, Hoxton Bar and Grill, London
Sweet, fun indie-pop from Brooklyn. Should be a good one for dancing.
Gallows, The Macbeth, London
Noisy punks celebrate collaboration with Atticus clothing range.
A lovely gentle way to start the week with this folky-country duo who will hopefully be celebrating the first day of December with a performance of their Christmas single, released next week.
Tuesday 2nd December
Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed and the Trueloves, Oran Mor, Glasgow
Big-voiced retro soul.
Deerhoof, ULU, London
In the UK for one night only, this much-loved San Francisco band’s staccato, rough-round-the-edges punk pop is even better live.
Ten Kens, The Duchess, York
Anyone who has a blurry picture of people snogging on their record sleeve is a good bet for a messy live show and these Canadian grungers are reportedly no exception. Should be good in this small venue too.
Baby Dee, Union Chapel, London
New album produced by Will Oldham, harpist on Anthony and the Johnsons first album and with Andrew W.K. providing bass on her new record, this transsexual musician’s musical pedigree is assured.
Wednesday 3rd December
Kitty, Daisy and Lewis single launch, Madame JoJos, London
Snappily dressed, hearse-driving siblings playing rockabilly at their single launch party.
Liam Finn, Night and Day, Manchester
The Wave Pictures, Club Fandango, St Aloysius Social Club, London
Thursday 4th December
Vivian Girls, The Social, Nottingham
Uber-hyped Brooklyn girl group bring their shoe-gaze tinged grunge-pop to the UK. Time to see if they live up to their recorded promise as a live act.
The Unbending Trees, The Luminaire, London
Leonard Cohen-influenced Hungarians.
Dirtbombs, Faversham, Leeds
Fuzzed out rock and soul. Catch them before they play at the weekend’s All Tomorrow’s Parties.
Friday 5th December
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Princess Charlotte, Leicester
Fuzzy pop from yet another hip hyped Brooklyn band.
Dan Black, Barfly, London
New single ‘Yours’ has been receiving lots of radio play.
Saturday 6th December
Dead Kids, single launch ‘Into the Fire’, Push, Astoria 2
Should be pretty sweaty and heavy.
I Am Ghost, White Rabbit, Plymouth
Bringing some metal to the South West.
Under One Sky, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
John McCusker’s diverse folk composition.
Sunday 7th December
Tanlines, Old Blue Last, London
The Brooklyn invasion continues. Did they all club together and hijack a plane from JFK International?
Bon Iver, Victoria Apollo, Dublin
Really bummed about breaking up with some girl called Emma, he headed into the woods alone and wrote an album about it. He must be feeling a bit better as he’s spreading the heartache on a UK tour.
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, Rock City, Nottingham
Lovely duets from surprisingly compatible artists.