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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Pussy Riot; Morrissey; Brother Ali

16 November, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab

• HERE’S one for our older readers: Engelbert Humperdink (above) is still standing and plays Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, as part of his 50th anniversary tour on Nov 19.

Riot Days, the new project by Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina, makes its UK premiere in a Barbican-promoted performance at Islington Assembly Hall tomorrow (Friday). Previously titled The Revolution, it is a collaboration with music producer Alexander Cheparukhin, based on Alyokhina’s book also titled Riot Days, which tells of Pussy Riot’s 2012 political performance in a Moscow cathedral and the near two-year prison sentence that Alyokhina served as a result.

• This month’s Crawdaddy! takes place tomorrow (Friday) and features guest DJ Chris Dale, who has been DJing on the mod and soul scene since the 1990s. He joins Gary, Lucienne and Danny to play the finest northern soul, mod, Motown, vintage R&B, Two Tone, ska and rocksteady, all on vinyl at The Fiddler’s Elbow.

Scottish-Egyptian duo The Ayoub Sisters (above), who were discovered by Mark Ronson after they uploaded their cover of Uptown Funk on to YouTube, join TV choirmaster Gareth Malone at London Palladium tomorrow where they demonstrate why they are being heralded the new sound and faces of the classical and crossover worlds.

• Morrissey’s pop-up shop opens for just two days at Camden Market tomorrow. Open until November 19 – expect to find exclusive merch.

• Écouter, a new music event aimed at promoting and creating a network of undiscovered female musicians, artists and DJs, launches at T Bird Bar, 132 Blackstock Road, on Sunday (Nov 19). Founder DJ Alex-An (Vanessa Mallia) created the night as a result of her own experiences struggling to gain exposure as a female DJ.

• If you ever wondered who was responsible for selecting the soundtrack to Netflix’s Master of None series, Zach Cowie’s your man. He brings his impeccable musical tastes to Spiritland, where he plays a guest set on Nov 19.

King Krule (above) has one of the more distinct sounds on the scene today. He plays Koko on Nov 21 and 22.

• Ex-Bellowhead frontman and 12-time BBC Folk Award winner Jon Boden (above) plays Scala on Nov 22.

Rapper Brother Ali (above) returns to the UK for the first time in four years with a show at The Dome on Nov 23.

• London-based singer-songwriter Brooke Sharkey plays her biggest show to date at The Union Chapel on Nov 17 as part of London Folk & Roots Festival.

Rhoda Dakar, vocalist with The Specials and the Bodysnatchers, plays The 100 Club on Nov 17.

• The Undertones (above), in more recent years fronted by Paul McLoone in place of Feargal Sharkey who left in 1983, play Koko on Nov 17.

Notable gigs this week: Connie Constance, Camden Assembly (Nov 17); The Frank and Walters, The Water Rats (Nov 17 + 18); Skerryvore, The Slaughtered Lamb; The Stray Birds, Cecil Sharp House (Nov 18); Goldie, Roundhouse (Nov 19); My Vitriol + And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead, Koko (Nov 19-20); Naked Six, Borderline; Nina Nesbitt, The Garage (Nov 20); Rachel Yamagata, Islington Assembly Hall; Klangstof, Lexington; The Travelling Band, Borderline; The LaFontaines, Boston Music Room (Nov 21); Iman, Boho (Nov 22); Talisk, Kings Place; Kerri Watt, Thousand Island; Emily Barker, Borderline; Holy Moly & The Crackers, The Islington; Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club), Ronnie Scott’s; T’Pau, Islington Assembly Hall (Nov 23); Spencer & Percy Wiggins, 100 Club (Nov 25).

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