Chain & The Gang at The Shipping Forecast, 29th November

GIG Life-affirming rickety garage pop goodness from Ian Svenonious, former frontman of The Make-Up and sometime chat show host (no, really), as his other other band visits The Shipping Forecast’s basement this week. Seriously, this guy just doesn’t stop. Promoters Evol have put together a solid bill: stirling locals Ticks, Owls* and Lovecraft support. £10 advance. More information

A guide to proper shaving

WEBSITE When the beardy craze ends, you’ll need a bloody good shave. And no Gilette Fusion’s gonna cut it. This is what you need to wipe your past clean, the holy grail of all things cut throat and cream… More information

Robert Vincent at Leaf, 29th November

GIG Local lad Robert conjures up deliciously sad Americana-tinged folk, with a powerful set of lungs pitched somewhere between Bon Iver and Elvis Costello. He’s touring himself hard lately, and amongst other gigs (View Two on 1st December, Cafe D’art 2nd, Eric’s 7th, the Zanzibar 15th – bloody hell, Vincent), he pops into Leaf for a show this Thursday. www.robertvincentmusic.com

The War Of The Worlds

MUSIC/CONCERT When you’ve recorded the most successful concept album of the 70s, where do you go next? Well, if you’re Jeff Wayne, you go back to the source material, and haul in Liam Neeson, Maverick Sabre and, er, Gary Barlow. The story remains the same, but War of The Worlds, the New Generation is ridiculous, overblown and anachronistic – which makes it utterly brilliant. It’s out today, and they’re at the Echo Arena this Saturday.More information

The Overhaul by Kathleen Jamie

POETRY Yes, we like a bit of poetry around here – especially when Kathleen Jamie’s writing it. The Scots poet’s latest collection, The Overhaul, deals with loss, mid life ennui and the steadying beauty of nature. It is as deft and keenly observed as her prose, and as regenerative as a tube of Berocca. More information

The Joan Hamburg Radio Show

RADIO We’re slightly addicted to New York talk radio. Joan Hamburg’s daily chat show deals with the cutting edge of modern life, as lived in The Hamptons. After Hurricane Sandy, in the midst of a crisis, she was at her classic best: ‘half of my friends are without power, and they’re distraught. I mean, does anyone know how long mayonnaise keeps out of the refrigerator?’ More information

Steve McCurry’s ‘Blue City’

PHOTOGRAPHY Snapper Steve McCurry’s photography portfolio casts a confident, curious eye on the world. Amongst his many travels, Steve visited Jodhpur in India – a country definitely not afraid of colour – to snap these gloriously lush images. More information