November sees the welcome return of AlgoMech, or the Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Performance to the likes of you and me. Organised by the techies behind the popular Algorave parties, the five-day programme sees a headlining set from local heroes 65daysofstatic, who will be presenting Decompression Theory, a major new work featuring live coding, generative music and procedural audio processes. On a more melancholic note, the same Thursday night will also be one of your last opportunities to see Blood Sport, who will be performing in collaboration with live coder and Algorave regular Heavy Lifting as supergroup Heavy Bleeding.

Other events include a symposium on ‘unmaking’, or the deconstruction of technology as a form of resistance, plus workshops on e-textiles, building your own electro-mechanical drum machine and a masterclass in the art of live coding. Sunday’s Sonic Pattern concert will showcase musicians who make their own machines, including Leafcutter John and Sarah Kenchington’s Pedal Powered Orchestra.

CLUB RUSH
Fri 3 Nov | Audacious Art Experiment | £3
Tagging itself as “blissful dance hooliganism for queers and freaks”, this new club night is strictly a feel-good affair, with a music policy encompassing classic disco and eighties Italo all the way up to Chicago and acid house. It’s bound to go pop. Link

Sound Junction: Intersection 1
3-4 Nov | Firth Court | £5 per concert, £10 intersection pass
The University’s now-regular survey of electroacoustic sound returns with composer Nikos Stavropoulos, whose gravity-defying pieces sound like Delia Derbyshire remixed by Aphex Twin. Another concert features the work of spatialisation specialist Hans Tutschku. Link

Cats:For:Peru
Sat 4 Nov | The Leadmill | £5.50
Four years ago the erratically titled Cats:For:Peru called it a day after a six year run, but never got round to putting on a farewell gig. Now they’re back to put that right on their tenth anniversary, and the folk pop five-piece have brought along friends including Refklector and Pocket Satellite to help them out. Link

Rafe’s Dilemma
Wed 8 Nov | Lescar | £7
Since Herbie Hancock showed the way forward jazz has embraced electronics, which is why acclaimed pianist Jamil Sheriff is swapping the ivories for electric piano and synthesiser in his new quartet. He’s joined by vocalist Eleanor Begley and Katie Patterson on drums, plus Sam Vicary on bass and electronics. Link

PINS & Cowtown
Thu 9 Nov | Picture House Social | £9
Debut EP Bad Thing saw all-female five-piece PINS refine their modernist rock into something darkly sexy, and even included Iggy Pop delivering a deadpan monologue on ‘Aggrophobe’. Less sedate are Leeds trio Cowtown – wild math rock with the wheels about to fall off. Link

Saz’iso (The Saze Project)
Thu 9 Nov | Firth Hall | £14.50
This jewel in the Global Soundtracks season sees an all-star ensemble play Saze, a polyphonic style of folk music that originated in southern Albania. Saze vocalists improvise around the melody of the song, allowing the music to range from “aching, blues-like ‘kaba’ to joyful dances”, which means this night in partnership with Making Tracks is a one-off opportunity. Link

LOOP presents Reedale Rise
Fri 17 Nov | DINA | £6.10
After debuting with Ceephax Acid Crew at what we described as an ‘enthralling show’ back in May, the LOOP crew return with a live set from Reedale Rise, whose recent Flux Function EP sees him move slickly along the house, electro and techno spectrum. Support from Autechre-loving CPU Records boss CPSmith, among others. Link

Don Letts
Fri 24 Nov | Picture House Social | £8
Reggae and roots ambassador Don Letts is many things: director, author and radio broadcaster, as well as interviewee in this month’s Now Then. As I witnessed at Glastonbury he’s also an exceptionally confident selector, giving crowds what they want with bass-heavy sets that encompass music both old and new. Link

Move D, Anthony Parasole, O’Flynn, Mor Elian, HAAi & Cervo
Fri 24 Nov | Southbank Warehouse | £15.80
Sheffield’s most prolific party starters return to Southbank Warehouse for the third time with a line-up that is less Pretty Pretty Good and more Pretty Bloody Amazing. German house veteran Move D and UK upstart O’Flynn lead proceedings, the latter still riding high from his infectious belter ‘Tyrion’, with LA DJ Mor Elian also on the ones and twos. Link

Sammartino
Fri 24 Nov | Delicious Clam | £5 inc CD
The masked man of mystery finally gets his time to shine with the launch of debut album European Polyphony on Pickled Discs, “a far out synth pop exploration of humans in space and on the internet.” Support from Eternal Broadcast and electro-jazz outfit Acid Mass. One of the oddest things you’ll see all year, if previous performances are anything to go by. Link

Connie Lush Band
Sat 25 Nov | Greystones | £16.50
Classic blues singer Connie Lush never misses a chance to play Sheffield, where she’s built up a reputation thanks to the cast-iron quality of her voice and the breadth of her songbook, confidently taking on covers of Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder alongside her own originals. Link

Pictish Trail
Tue 28 Nov | Greystones | £12.10
Ensconced for most of the year on the Isle of Eigg, Scottish singer-songwriter and DIY electronics meddler Pictish Trail is heading for warmer climes on his Winter Rewind Acid Reflux Tour. It’s a chance to hear his unique elixir of post-Beck mash-ups and blissed-out harmonies, backed by a band featuring Suse Bear and John B McKenna, the latter of whom also supports as Monoganon. Link