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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 16th-22nd November

The Mountain Goats @ Brudenell Social Club, Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th November

Incredibly, it’s been a quarter of a century after John Darnielle’s first album as The Mountain Goats was released. The lo-fi, one-man-with-a-guitar aesthetic has long since changed into a more sharply rendered, full-band project, but Darnielle’s immediately distinctive brand of songwriting has always shone through. Currently touring 17th album In League With Dragons, the Brudenell Social Club is the natural home for this American indie legend. There’s also an in-store acoustic session at Jumbo Records in the city centre on Sunday afternoon around 2:30pm, for those not fortunate enough to obtain tickets for either of the two dates!

Fat White Family @ LUU Stylus, Wednesday 20th November

After all manner of bust-ups, changes in personnel and drug crises, Fat White Family at long last delivered the album that justified why so many raved about them at the start of the decade, in the shape of Serfs Up!. Seeing out a great year in style, the Fat Whites bring their chaotic live show to Leeds on Wednesday. (TICKETS)

The Chemical Brothers @ First Direct Arena, Thursday 21st November

Arguably the country’s premier dance act for most of the last 25 years, The Chemical Brothers are bringing their extraordinary live show to the First Direct Arena on Thursday night. Anybody who’s seen their eye-popping concerts before, with amazing graphics and all, will know what to expect – and if you haven’t, just check out their brilliant headline set at Glastonbury from earlier this year on iPlayer! With latest album No Geography their strongest since their Nineties heyday, this will be an unmissable experience! (TICKETS)

Jay Som @ Brudenell Social Club, Thursday 21st November

For those not in the mood for raving on a Thursday night, the gentle yet intellectually stimulating sound of Melina Duterte (a.k.a. Jay Som) might appeal. Touring in support of her excellent third studio album Anak Ko, released back in August, her current European tour comes to the Brudenell. (TICKETS)

Richard Dawson @ Belgrave Music Hall, Friday 22nd November

Having received huge accolades in the recent past from publications such as The Quietus, who named his 2017 album Peasant as their top LP of the year, Newcastle’s avant-garde folk artist Richard Dawson has headed in a slightly more art-rock direction for his latest album 2020. Awarded a Best New Music ranking upon release a few months back, this is an opportunity to see an artistic steeped in a peculiarly English tradition of boundary-pushing folk when Dawson calls in at the Belgrave on Friday evening.  (TICKETS)

Fontaines D.C. @ LUU Stylus, Friday 22nd November

It really has been a hell of a year for Fontaines D.C.. After shouldering their way into mainstream consciousness at the start of 2019, they’ve released their hype-justifying debut album Dogrel, slayed Glastonbury and been nominated for the Mercury Prize. The Irish quintet now round off the year with a victory lap tour of the UK, which hits Stylus at Leeds University on Friday night. (TICKETS)

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