Five of the best

Rock and pop gigs

The Guardian - The Guide - - Music - Rachel Aroesti

1LCD Soundsys­tem For­get those 2011 “farewell” shows ever hap­pened: James Mur­phy’s su­perla­tive dance­rock out­fit are back in a big way. The band’s fourth stu­dio al­bum Amer­i­can Dream takes in Bowie, eru­dite elec­tron­ica and more of Mur­phy’s mor­dant ob­ser­va­tions about age­ing. Anx­i­ety about im­pend­ing ir­rel­e­vance may be his spe­cial­ist sub­ject, but LCD are far from ob­so­lete. Manch­ester, Sat & Sun; Glas­gow, Tue & Wed; Lon­don, Fri; tour­ing to 23 Sep

2The Na­tional Pars­ing the pass­ing of time in slightly less up­roar­i­ous fash­ion are the Na­tional, whose lat­est al­bum Sleep Well Beast plunges into the mis­eries of mid­dle age. If you like your rock re­al­is­tic and re­morse­less, you can catch the Cincinnati five-piece on these shores through­out Septem­ber. Cork, Sat; Dublin, Sun & Mon; Ed­in­burgh, Wed & Thu; Manch­ester, Fri; tour­ing to 28 Sep

3Mr Jukes As the front­man of Bom­bay Bi­cy­cle Club, Jack Stead­man spe­cialised in songs that cos­seted their per­sis­tent grooves in po­lite indie. His new ma­te­rial, a mael­strom of funk and soul, has no such airs – and is ir­re­press­ibly joy­ful as a re­sult.

Brighton, Mon; Bris­tol, Tue; Lon­don, Wed; Glas­gow, Fri; tour­ing to 25 Sep

4LA Witch The men­ac­ing garage-punk of the Cramps meets Mazzy Star’s smoul­der­ing shoegaze on this Los An­ge­leno trio’s four-years-in-the-mak­ing de­but. Re­leased last week, the band will be snaking round the UK in or­der to show­case its slow-burn­ing charms.

Bris­tol, Mon; Brighton, Tue; Lon­don, Wed; Glas­gow, Thu; Liver­pool, Fri

5Foo Fight­ers It’s 10 years now since Lon­don’s most ig­no­min­ious folly, the Mil­len­nium Dome, was fi­nally put to some ac­tual use and con­verted into The O2. To cel­e­brate, the venue is stag­ing a se­ries of big-name artists through­out the year: this week sees Dave Grohl and co pow­er­ing through the hits.

The O2, SE10, Tue

Yawn­ing glory James Mur­phy of LCD Soundsys­tem

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