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Just for the record, Scott 4 (right) have only three core members, but tonight they appear as a nine-piece with fiddle, pedal steel, flute and synth added to create their topsy-turvy vision of urban versus rural music. Fronted by Scott Blixen (a man who can carry off wearing a Stetson and Di Kappa at the same time), these north London cowboys will be appearing at the major festivals and have the fine swaggering "Your Kingdom to Dust" single released later this month on V2.

100 Club, London W1 (0171-636 0933).

The current wave of neo-ska bands in the USA owe much to California's Rancid, who have been combining their passion for old-skool ska and power punk since 1990. A product of the underground scene in Berkeley, from which Green Day and Mr T Experience also come, Rancid as ever promise a hard-hitting and colourful show. Tonight's gig is one of only two UK appearances and they'll be playing material from their upcoming Life Won't Wait album.

Rock City, Nottingham (0115 941 2554).