Pop: The Five Best Gigs

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Catatonia Mon

The ubiquitous Welsh quartet, headed by pop's most notorious big- mouth, Cerys Matthews, asserts its musical sovereignty with a little help from Radio One.

Kentish Town Forum, NW2 (07-344 0044)


David McAlmont Wed

Having rightfully come to rest in the world of soul, McAlmont will be making knees knock and hearts swell with his angelic vocals on Wednesday.

Improv Theatre, W (07-387 473)


Badly Drawn Boy Wed, Thur

The sparkling invention of the It Came From the Ground EP should be followed up with a spectacular set from Damon Gough, better known as Badly Drawn Boy.

Liverpool Lomax (05-707 9977) Wed, Improv Theatre (07-387 473) Thur


Mini-Meltdown: Barry Adamson Thur

Daniel Miller's spring meltdown kicks off with bassist Barry Adamson creating a weird and wonderful soundtrack for a silent film.

Royal Festival Hall, SE (07-92 0600)


Ash Wed, Thur, Fri

The infants of indie pop continue to reap the rewards of their second album, Nu-Clear Sounds. Nottingham Rock City (05-94 2544) Wed, Sheffield Leadmill (04-275 4500) Thur, Liverpool (05-707 9977) Fri


Wayne Kramer

The guitarist from MC5 relives his glory days.

Camden Underworld (07-482 932) Thur

Ian Dury and the Blockheads

Pub-rock veterans headed by rock's most loveable rogue.

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


The original exponents of Kraut-rock.

Royal Festival Hall (07-92 0600) Fri


Gaelic folk-rock lives on.

Royal Albert Hall (07-589 822) Thur

Fun Lovin' Criminals

US bad boys continue to extol the virtues of Barry White.

Blackpool Empress Ballroom (0253 292029) Thur, Doncaster Dome (0302 370999) Fri