First Call, Last Call

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First Call

ARAB STRAP (right), whose recent single was used as the Guinness ad theme, are doing a one-off show before their T in the Park weekend gig. Dour wit and improvised live sets should keep up the tempo, with plenty to offend sensibilities, including lyrics which tell squalid and provocative tales of drug binges and dirty deeds. Arab Strap don't nestle in dad's record collection or with Brit pop clones.

Westport Bar, 22 East Hendersons Wynd, Dundee (01382 200993) 9 Jul, pounds 5 in advance

Last Call

WEST END show Kat and the Kings is to close earlier than expected. The South African musical based on the story of Salie Daniels, who plays the show's narrator, Kat, has run for four months since transferring from the Tricycle Theatre. Mixed reviews greeted its Vaudeville Theatre incarnation, but it got a warm reception in this newspaper: "Whether they're wisecracking, singing up a storm or dancing fit to bust, Kat and the Kings don't so much ignite the theatre with their infectious brand of beaming, innocent joy as set it on fire." Judge for yourself, before it disappears into the musicals graveyard.

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 The Strand, London WC2 (0171-836 9987) to 1 Aug, pounds 12.50-pounds 27.50

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