Edinburgh Festival '98: Pop

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Pop Tim Perry

ONE OF the Flux Festival' s most anticipated evenings comes this weekend with two shows by Nick Cave (right). With the Bad Seeds absent, it's still bound to be an inspiringly moody and intense show. Cave will be playing solo at the piano and interspersing songs with spoken-word selections. Support comes from sometime Cave collaborators the Dirty Three, another dark dark, intense sound from down under.

Queen's Hall, Edinburgh (0131-668 2019) today & tomorrow, 8pm

Another Flux event pairs New Jersey's indie-rock institution Yo La Tengo with David Thomas, of Pere Ubu cult status. Yo La Tengo are coming up to their 15th year together, and while they might never make the absolute big time, they should never be written off. One of their many loyal fans is Hal Hartley, who directed their last video, while film buffs will know them as the musicians who played the Velvet Underground in I Shot Andy Warhol.

Jaffa Cake, Edinburgh (0131-226 5138). Sun 8pm