Accessible rock five-piece, the UK's answer to Bon Jovi or Extreme. Not American enough for some, but Brit headbangers know best in the long run.
Mon Hull City Hall; Tue Manchester Apollo; Wed Leeds T&C
(Pronounced Ja-meer-o-kwy). Glitzy white soul singer with predictable greenish themes.
Tonight Manchester Hacienda; Sat Bristol Lakota; Mon Cambridge Junction; Tue Birmingham Institute
MOR pianist. The video to 'Talk Of The Town' has been directed by Spike Lee, so there must be some big corporate bucks riding on him.
Mon London Jazz Cafe
LA punk with a hint of ska; words in Spanish, subject: the maldita vechindad (cursed slum) that spawned them. Recommended.
Fri London Borderline
On-form celtic soul daddy.
Fri Southend Cliff Pavilion; Sat Brighton Dome
Cornershop look out: more pop Asians in the area. Three girls and a bloke, with a punky but not particularly insightful single out now on Too Pure.
Sat London Islington Garage Club
Funky hip hop, making something of a comeback with their new album J Beez With The Remedy (WEA).
Tonight London Subterania
The black Narcissus is back - watch him push the drummer out of the way and have a go himself. Soul on a stick.
Sat London Subterania
Noise band admired by Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh and Sonic Youth. Agit-punk band Schwartzeneggar (note the careful spelling) is Steve Ignorance's first project since Crass.
Fri New Cross Venue
Straight in at number 2 for 'Dreams' this week - one more spot and she would have been the first black female artist ever to do that. Soul singer, wears an eye patch, sounds a bit like Tracy Chapman.
Wed London Dingwalls
GUNSHOT / BOLT THROWER
Gunshot - two black boys, one white, a fast and noisy hip hop crew from East London. Bolt Thrower (lovingly known as throat blower because of their vocal style) are death metal, who sing about war and destruction, in the nicest possible way. Gig of the week.
Sun London Underworld
COUNTRY, JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC
JOHN MAYALL'S BLUESBREAKERS
The grand / godfather of British blues.
Fri London Forum
GRAN GRAN FIESTA]
A London-wide Latin American festival.
Mario Bauza and his Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra The Mambo King who introduced Afro-Cuban music to the USA and discovered Ella Fitzgerald. Sat London Queen Elizabeth Hall
NG La Banda & Sierra Maestra Salsa straight from crumbling Havana - NG are current songo/funk artists, Sierra are classic 1930's style salsa. Sun London Hammersmith Le Palais
KANDA BONGO MAN
Traditional Zairean melodies mixed with Afro-Cuban rhythms, a man at his best in front of a dancing, live audience.
Tonight Hebdon Bridge Trades Club; Fri Manchester NIA; Sat Aberdeen Lemon tree; Sun London Astoria; Tue Hull Based Arts