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Music: Last Call

UNTIL THIS year's much-praised debut album and a Top 10 single with "Nancy Boy", Placebo had huge hype but small sales. The key to Placebo's rise lies in makeup-wearing front-man Brian Molko and lyrics about the darker side of life - cue a cult of eager fans and a part for Molko in Todd Haynes' "Velvet Goldmine".

Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone (01303 254695) 8 Oct; Cardiff University (01222 874000) 12 Oct; Octagon, Sheffield University (01142 228888) 17 Oct; Southampton Guildhall (01703 832453) 22 Oct