Pop: Five Americans that rock

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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Only UK show from New York's sleazy bluesy fuzzed-up wasters.

Shepherd's Bush Empire, London W2 (07-77 2000) Fri

Creeper Lagoon Melodic and energetic. Ones to watch for the future.

The Point, Oxford tonight; Upstairs at the Garage, London N5 (07-607 88) Tue; Barfly, London NW (07-482 4884) Wed

Pere Ubu Though formed in 975 these underground Cleveland legends still manage to sound avant-garde.

LA2, London W (07-434 0403) Thur

Slayer Metal. Metal. Metal. For three nights only, with Sepultura in tow.

Astoria, London W (07-434 0403) Wed, Thur & Fri

Blondie This is sure to be a nostalgia fest.

Lyceum Theatre, London WC2 (0870 606 3448) tonight & tomorrow; Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham (05 989 5555) Wed, Rivermead Centre, Reading (089 58722) Thur

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