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Belly Ex-Throwing Muses guitarist Tanya Donnelly's outfit returns with more glitter-sprinkled hard pop grooves. New single "Now They'll Sleep" is sure to get an airing.

Tonight, The Cage, N5

Borodin String Quartet The Russian group celebrates 50 years at the Wigmore Hall next week with several special guests. On Sunday it's the viola player Yuri Bashmet and cellist Mikhail Milmen who open in Tchaikovsky's rousing sextet, Souvenir de Florence, before the quartet moves on to Shostakovich, whose Seventh and Eighth Quartets are on the programme. Wednesday brings in the cellist Natalia Gutman for Schubert's Quintet in C, the climax to an evening that starts with Prokoviev's Second Quartet and continues with Beethoven's, Op 95 in F minor. Queue early for returns.

Sunday 22 Jan & Wednesday 25 Jan, Wigmore Hall Tortoise Introspective rock doodlings from Chicago visitors, more inspired by free-form jazz than grunge. Weirdville noisy quirks lend tracks from their album a certain charm.

Tomorrow, The Venue, Tuesday 24 Jan, The Laurel Tree, NW1