Coming up: the gigs and albums not to miss in October

The Observer’s pop critic picks the gigs and albums not to miss next month, from Sleaford Mods on film to the return of Joanna Newsom

1 | Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain

Snarling underdogs Sleaford Mods have made a tour film-cum-documentary that pulls as few punches as their songs. London and Nottingham host screenings.

Low, on the road soon. Photograph: Zoran Orli

2 | Low

Intense Minnesotan trio Low bring their latest masterwork, the affecting Ones And Sixes, out for a spin.

Be seduced by the loverman sounds of Miguel. Photograph: Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images

3 | Miguel

R&B’s most horizontal romancer plays three UK dates. But will there be – ahem - coffee in the morning (as per his summer single)?

Ezra Furman
On tour: indie troubadour Ezra Furman Photograph: Andy Sheppard/Redferns via Getty Images

4 | Ezra Furman

Ramshackle genre-hopping troubadour Ezra Furman touts his third solo album of confessionals, Perpetual Motion People.

 Seinabo Sey
Seinabo Sey’s debut is due. Photograph: PR

5 | Seinabo Sey

Swedish soul-pop sensation Seinabo Sey has been bubbling under for some time; her debut album Pretend packs big vocals and slick production, with personality.

  • Out 23 October
Joanna Newsom
Joanna Newsom is back with Divers. Photograph: PR

6 | Joanna Newsom

Five years on from Have One on Me, nonpareil harpist Joanna Newsom has promised an 11-track “paranomasaic Liederkreis of harmonic sympathies and knotted hierarchies” on new album Divers.

  • Out 23 October
Låpsley’s debut album: coming soon on XL. Photograph: PR

7 | Låpsley

Merseyside-born producer-cum-vocalist Holly Lapsley Fletcher road tests songs for her hotly anticipated forthcoming album, expected to arrive in early 2016.

El Vy
El Vy: spin-off project of the National’s Matt Berninger. Photograph: PR

8 | El Vy

Anyone missing the dulcet bass rumble of The National’s Matt Berninger needs to hear this side-project’s album Return to the Moon, recorded with Brent Knopf (Menomena, Ramona Falls).

  • Out 30 October
Guy Garvey
Guy Garvey: new solo lp. Photograph: Danny Payne/Rex Shutterstock

9 | Guy Garvey

Elbow frontman and burgeoning national treasure Guy Garvey has siphoned off songs that weren’t quite ‘Elbow’ off into a solo album Courting The Squall.

  • Out 30 October
Patti Smith
Patti Smith. Photograph: Walter Bieri/AP

10 | Patti Smith

The coolest woman in rock plays her seminal 1975 album Horses for two nights only.


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