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On paper, Alice Cooper is a ludicrous proposition. A 62-year-old man with a woman’s name in leather trousers and ghoulish make-up, he sings anthems mainly concerned with adolescent angst ('I’m Eighteen') lust ('Feed My Frankenstein') and rebellion ('No More Mr Nice Guy').

Live Review: Guns N’ Roses, 02 Arena, London, 14th October

Twenty years ago Guns N’ Roses were the most dangerous, unpredictable band on the planet. Going to see them live was a gamble. You could witness one of the greatest concerts of your life, or Axl Rose, the band’s fiery front man, could storm off stage in a fit of rage.

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Live Review: Plan B, Sound, Leicester Square, 19th May

As Kafka once described; "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous insect”, thus a metamorphosis of the self can definitely make a big change, be it for better or worse. With this in mind, Plan B, obviously failing at Plan A, has transformed into a giant insect that climbs walls for pleasure. Ah, not really, he’s just changed in to a male Amy Winehouse (which is similar to be a big insect climbing the walls come to think of it) and he’s managed to blow away critics with his new album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks.

Live Review: Lyrebirds, Camden Barfly, 5th May

In recent years the rise of the indie bands that ironically ‘share’ the same sound as Manchester legends, Joy Division, isn’t something that instantly springs originality to my ears. The first of this sad bunch, and I mean sad in the non-contemporary form (or not), was the hideous Joy Division impersonators, The Editors. Singing songs about not knowing “love like they used to”, could marriage to Radio One DJ Edith Bowman be that bad? They shamelessly dance, sing, and fashion everything (apart from the epileptic fits) that is Ian Curtis, this can only fill me with resent.

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White Denim, Buffalo Bar, London

Among the 2,200 international bands playing this year’s South by South West, it was a band from the festival’s Austin base that emerged as one of the biggest successes. The New York Times and NME were just two taste-makers championing White Denim, and at the first night of a string of UK dates we have the chance to see what the fuss is about.

Redjetson, Luminaire, London

It’s not been a good couple of years for Essex/London-based Redjetson. Dropped by their label Drowned in Sound after releasing their 2005 debut album, in the midst of recording their follow-up this past year, one of their six members left. “It’s been about 12 months since we played a show,” singer Clive Kentish states.

The Twilight Sad, 100 Club, London

“It means a lot you came out tonight. We don’t expect it, a small band from Glasgow. We’ve been down a few times and you didn’t come then,” The Twilight Sad’s singer James Graham says wryly. Perhaps it’s the former Arab Strap Malcolm Middleton’s recent endorsements of the band that have lured the sizeable crowd.

Cut Off Your Hands, Barfly

Auckland quartet Cut Off Your Hands’ singer Nick Johnston has gained himself something of a reputation for onstage wildness, breaking his leg after falling offstage at a London gig – and carrying on anyway. But tonight, aside from whirling around the mic stand, Johnston leaves the antics to his audience as their energetic pop punk drives the crowd into a frenzy.

Broadcast 2000, Lock Tavern

It’s not often you get to witness an artist’s first ever gig. Tucked away at the top of the Lock Tavern, the very moment musician Joe Steer, aka Broadcast 2000, begins his beguiling acoustic set, if you close your eyes you are transported into a vast open space in summertime.

Elle s'appelle, Lennons

To fend off the bar-side chatter of a student populated nightclub is a challenge for any rising indie band but tonight Elle s’appelle manage just that. This Merseyside-based band came to notice with the deeply catchy disco-punk single “ Little Flame”, released last November by über-cool indie label Moshi Moshi.

Let's Wrestle, Old Blue Last

The latest band to emerge from Stolen Records, who brought us indie band Pete And The Pirates, is teenage trio Let’s Wrestle. The band rehearse in one of the 18-year-old’s parents’ north London garden sheds, and their live performance tonight – to launch their six-track EP In Loving Memory Of – is , reminiscent of their labelmates – infectious lo-fi indie.

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