BETH ORTON (below), darling of the festival circuit, is quietly gaining in stature. Her second album, Central Reservation, was warmly received, and she also delivers live.
Shepherd's Bush Empire, London W12 (0171-771 2000) 29 Oct
ALANIS MORISSETTE (below) may irritate, but it's hard to ignore this Canadian arena specialist. Following last year's dismal album, she's out to reclaim her fanbase with her loud, rocky stageshow.
NEC, Birmingham (0121-780 4133) tonightReuse content