FIVE GREAT AMERICAN ACTS

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Slobberbone These young Texans bring their twisted brand of rustic punk to the UK for the first time. One of the most exciting bands you'll see this year.

Borderline, London W1 (0171-734 2095) Mon

Jurassic 5 The happy hip hop from this masterful LA crew is one of the brightest sounds of summer.

ULU, London WC1 (0171-664 2030) Thur

Elliott Smith Smith's dreamlike songs are excellent live. Support act Quasi are highly recommended, too.

Dingwalls, London NW1 (0171-267 1577) Mon

Kurt Wagner The frontman of Nashville's country soul collective Lambchop plays solo but promises recordings made specially by some of his 13 other cohorts.

Water Rats, London WC1 (0171-837 7269) Fri

Sleater-Kinney This hard-edged female trio from Portland, Oregon, promote their latest single, the excellently sarcastic "Little Babies".

King's College, London WC2 (0171-836 7132) Thur

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