Pop: The five best gigs

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The King Fri

Alternative lounge music from Belfast's Elvis devotee, giving his Gravelands treatment to such classics as "Come As You Are" and "Love Will Tear Us Apart".

Astoria, London W (07-434 0403)


Jimmy MacCarthy/Barry McGuigan Wed

Irish songwriter MacCarthy, who has written for Mary Black, Christy Moore and the like, headlines with ex-world champion boxer McGuigan and a full band in support. Oh, Danny Boy!

Jazz Cafe, London NW (07-344 0044)


Linoleum Mon

The first of five nights of the Fierce Panda label's Pandamonium '99 series at the Bull & Gate features the boy/girl popsters and special guests.

Bull & Gate, London NW5 (07-485 5358)


The Pecadiloes Thur

More Fierce Panda indie pop with the psychotic guitar-rockers from Bedford and support from Tiny Too and Coldplay.

Bull & Gate, London NW5 (07-485 5358)


Replicant Saints Thur

Though unsigned at present, the Replicant Saints draw (well-heeled) crowds, probably due to Eva Rice, the daughter of Tim Rice and possessor of a good rootsy rock voice.

Barfly Club, The Falcon, London NW (07-482 4884)