Words by Ian Pennington

November is a busy gigging month, as we know. But this week is particularly abundant, to the extent that I could comfortably advise you to be in three or four places each night. Will it remain free from the tyranny of too much choice? You can decide.

Monday 17th’s pair of picks is alt-country slider Christopher Owens at Deaf Institute and cockney wordsmith Jamie T at Academy 1.

There are four vying for your fancy on Tuesday 18th. Simone Felice returns to the city to peddle his folk at the Anthony Burgess Foundation.

Ought bring lo-fi indie to Sound Control, while former Field Musician Ian Black flies into the Eagle Inn to perform in his new guise as Slug.

Finally, a melting pot of electronica and cloud rap at Academy 3 (moved from Club Academy) gathers under the moniker of Set It Off. LA beat maker Slow Magic is joined by Counter Records’ Odesza and Swedish Sad Boys production whizz Yung Gud.

After six selections in two days, we arrive at Wednesday 19th, when the ambient glitch magician Attaque will set up at Gullivers.

Concurrently, the un-Google-able indie poppers Tops (the trick is ‘tttopsss’) take control at the Eagle Inn.

I’d love to narrow it down on Thursday 20th, but there’s again a couple of coin tosses. Fans of reformations, reminisce and bygone eras may fancy Academys 1 or Club – The Jesus and Mary Chain and Gong, respectively, are due to entertain visitors to those.

Soup Kitchen hosts something more modern. Torn Hawk is described by Pitchfork as someone who “makes smeared, VHS-style instrumental music that shines sunlight on ugly or discarded sounds,” which won’t be too far away from the Local Recall project at Halle St Peter’s, where 808 State man Graham Massey dabbles with 1990s technologies.

The twin towers of Chet Faker and Bonobo are sold out on Friday 21st, leading the way to Gorilla to see Pulled Apart By Horses.

Breaching the weekend, on Saturday 22nd Gabby Young returns to the city with her Other Animals, this time running wild at Band on the Wall.

The local supergroup Tokolosh, comprising various parts of the machines operating Liam Frost, The Earlies and The Whip, play a launch show for their debut full length, Stay Strong, at Eagle Inn

We’ll leave you with one more as the week runs out. Grumbling Fur headline Soup Kitchen on Sunday 23rd.

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