Our mittens are deep into touring season and the nights are getting darker. I think we can all agree that there is no greater reprieve than emerging from a sweatbox into the cold winter air. Unless of course, an all-killer set was had by all and you're stood there screaming "we want more" post-encore with very little chance of that actually happening.
Anyway, we've scoped five bands from across November who will indeed leave you belting your lungs out to their tune.
Victor Wooten's bass playing capabilities define the word 'virtuoso' in its ultimate sense. The five time Grammy award winner and former band member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is truly one of the greatest.
He is joined by Sugarhill's house drummer Dennis Chambers and musical polymath Bob Franceschini in what has to be one of the most sonically gifted triumvirates we've ever laid eyes on.
Combining traditional folk with otherworldly electronics, Basque tribe Crystal Fighters latest record Everything Is My Family is as fresh as the milk in your fridge.
They have reshuffled their pack due to the extremely sad death of their drummer; though they've re-emerged with a record that embraces the meaning of life and this feeling of youthful liberation will no doubt come across in a belting live show.
Psych-rock is all the rage on the touring circuit right now and who better to experience swirling grooves with than sixties flag-bearers Gong?
The Aussie space voyagers return with a new record Rejoice! I'm Dead! - their first since the death of their founder Daevid Allen. In response to the inevitable, bassist Dave Surt exclaimed "You bet it's a f*****g Gong Record.
It's new LPs aplenty as John Power's Cast prepare to release their sixth record, twenty years since opening statement All Change arrived.
An equal spectacle as they were in the brit-pop hey day, with a back-catalogue that ages like whisky, Cast's selected dates up in Scotland rub off particularly special with Glaswegian troubadour Gerry Cinnamon hooked in on support duty.
Flying the Geordie heartland to spread the word of fourth album Crown Posada, Smoove and Turrell are your soulful tonic to bring good times. This spritely gang of musicians continue to break the parameters of funk and soul, weaving hip hop to electronica into the blend.
If you're yet to discover the raw power of John Turrell's vocal in the flesh, then the band's reworking of Hot Chocolate's 'You Could've been A Lady' should be top priority in your gigging calendar.