October is on our doorstep, as are a handful of gigs you can find yourself at over the next months. Whether you are after wise cracking UK hip-hop, emotive post rock or warming folk to ease yourself into the autumnal weather, October comes up with the goods. Here’s our top live music picks for the month.
Birmingham (2nd) & Bristol (8th)
Still a relatively new face on the scene, Loyle Carner’s lyricism and wisdom is akin to a seasoned urban poet. Drawing together mature bars and equally robust instrumentals, the south London rapper is emerging as the poster boy for thought provoking hip-hop, effortlessly depicting society with an articulate wit softening the edges of the reality he speaks. His ongoing tour will see him swing by Birmingham and Bristol earlier in the month. A necessary outing for hip-hop fans.
The Marble Factory Bristol
Sun 16th Oct
The soft country drawl of Angel Olsen has been a welcome companion as nature makes its way into the less vibrant colours of the spectrum. A name that has become significantly more established following the release of her latest album My Woman in early September, Olsen’s stories of heartbreak intertwined with mournful guitar licks offer an engaging melancholic listen. The Missouri folk songwriter’s vocal range is one to behold; a captivating driving force that encapsulates the sincere pain and longing that that is often the basis of her ornate songwriting. The chance to catch such a vocal talent should not be passed up on.
Jehst & Lee Scott
Leeds (7th) & London (8th)
The worlds of old school and new school UK hip-hop will collide this October in Leeds and London, resulting a bi-product of complex rhymes and beats rising up to prominence in the aftermath. Jehst is regarded by many as the figure who established the genre in the late 90s; Lee Scott is an artist doing his best to distort the boundaries of the genre, along with his own sanity. Performances at both Leeds’ HiFi Club and London’s Kamio will offer an insight to one of the most interesting collaborations in UK hip-hop at the moment. A sure fire surreal lyrical experience, backed by hard hitting breaks awaits.
Explosions In The Sky
O2 Institute Birmingham
Mon 10th Oct
Post rock is a genre that can pull at even the most hardened of heartstrings, and fewer bands do it better than Explosions In The Sky. The Texas quartet have been getting serious use of of their reverb pedals for the best part of two decades, accounting for seven albums worth of instrumental narratives in the meantime. If you’re willing to take your time and become a part of their slow and steady journey, you’ll eventually be rewarded with the impassioned crescendo you crave. A rare live glimpse of their guitar mastery will be showcased in Birmingham.
O2 Academy Sheffield
Tue 25th Oct
Jake Bugg has seemingly changed up his formula for success in the last year. Moving away from his Dylan-esque portraits of modern life, Bugg’s latest studio effort saw the Nottingham native picking with the microphone with a new found ambition to develop his rap game. While some may have discounted his new style, his previous works still deserve adulation for their relevance and prescient undertones. Such adulation can be provided in person later in the month at Sheffield’s O2 Academy, along with the opportunity to show the full ferocity of ‘two fingers’ to Jake Bugg’s haters.
Words by Elliot Ryder
Photos courtesy of Angel Olsen