The 10 Most Important UK Gigs This Week (13/10/2015)

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1Why:

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Suede
Friday 13 & Saturday 14 Roundhouse, London
Who:
Britpop stalwarts and the latest Godlike Genius at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas.
Why: These are no ordinary Suede shows – they'll premiere a film directed by Roger Sargent, while the band will play new album ‘Night Thoughts’ in full. That sound is their fanbase shredding their blouses in excitement.

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The Maccabees
Wednesday 18 Rock City, Nottingham to Thursday 19 O2 Academy, Newcastle
Who:
Indie darlings who are as adept at swooning sensitivity as they are pogo-friendly excitement.
Why: ‘Marks To Prove It’ is a true masterpiece, full of emotion and bold artistry. Recent sets have seen them play 2007’s ‘Latchmere’, their energetic ode to a swimming pool in Battersea

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New Order
Monday 16 O2 Academy Brixton, London to Thursday 19 O2 Academy, Glasgow
Who:
Manchester legends who nabbed Brandon Flowers, La Roux and more for their latest album ‘Music Complete’.
Why: Who wouldn’t want to hear ‘Temptation’ and ‘Blue Monday’ live? Plus, they’ve been slipping the odd Joy Division tune into their encores.

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The Enemy
Friday 13 Club Neo, Yeovil to Wednesday 18 The Institute, Birmingham
Who:
Coventry upstarts who recently returned from a two-year absence with heartfelt fourth album ‘It’s Automatic’.
Why: They’ve always had a knack for a killer chorus. Their hooks will sound huge reverberating around venues way too small for them.

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Paul Weller
Monday 16 Waterfront Hall Auditorium, Belfast
Who:
The Modfather and former frontman of The Jam.
Why: Paul’s in a creative purple period thanks to the psych rock brilliance of recent albums ‘Sonik Kicks’ and ‘Saturns Pattern’, so expect to be both challenged by his new work and reassured by his copious hits, including The Jam’s ‘Town Called Malice’.

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Chvrches
Monday 16 The Dome, Brighton to Thursday 19 Albert Hall, Manchester
Who:
Glimmering Glaswegian three-piece who dabble in super smooth synth-pop.
Why: They make the most sublime pop music, merging crunching synth soundscapes with Lauren Mayberry’s stalactite voice. If you’re lucky, she may crush a heckler’s romantic entreaties for your entertainment.

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The Vaccines
Tuesday 17 Civic Hall, Wolverhampton to Thursday 19 Brighton Centre, Brighton
Who:
High-octane rock’n’rollers.
Why: Latest album ‘English Graffiti’ is more pop than ever, meaning their songs won’t get lost on these huge stages.
Who’s supporting: Palma Violets, plus New York newcomers Sunflower Bean.

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Alabama Shakes
Wednesday 18 & Thursday 19 O2 Academy Brixton, London
Who:
Alabama quartet whose soulful take on roots rock has earned them Grammy nominations and support slots for Jack White.
Why: Frontwoman Brittany Howard recently broke away to indulge in bluntly-named side project Thunderbitch. Expect her mini break to breathe fresh life into her mainstay band.

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Yak
Tuesday 17 Moth Club, London to Thursday 19 Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
Who:
London psych-punk trio with an appetite for destruction. The most exhilarating new band you’ll see this year.
Why:No two Yak gigs are the same, but at the heart of each is a sense of unpredictability and chaos.
Who’s supporting: Abattoir Blues, plus Swedish Death Candy.

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Slaves
Saturday 14 Anson Rooms, Bristol to Thursday 19 O2 ABC, Glasgow
Who:
Skinheads Laurie Vincent and Isaac Holman.
Why: Humour and barbed punk. Until recently, ‘Feed The Mantaray’ saw their roadie don a mantaray suit and stage dive, presumably pissed to the gills.
Who’s supporting: Zane Lowe favourites Spring King, underground punks Wonk Unit.
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