PICK OF THE WEEK

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Steve Earle

He feels all right, does , as evinced on his fine new rocking country album, I Feel Alright, out now on Transatlantic.

Sun, Mon 7pm, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London W12 (0171-740 7474)

The Divine Comedy

Widely touted eccentric pop routine. Self-regarding enough to be next year's Pulp.

Tue, Jug of Ale, Birmingham (0121-643 6103), Weds, Hop and Grape, Manchester (0161-832 1111)

Ron Sexsmith

Moody, inward, Canadian yet strangely elegant songwriter without obvious precedent. Elvis Costello rates him, as does Richard Thompson, whom Ron supports at the Albert Hall on Wednesday.

Mon & Thur 8.30pm, Borderline, London WC2 (0171-734 2095)

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