Preview: Pop Underworld

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It's almost three years since everyone seemed to be chanting "Lager, Lager, Lager", but after the surprise hit of "Born Slippy", Underworld (right) have been quiet. Things will soon change. This week sees the release of the new Beaucoup Fish album and it's quite a stormer (see p35) and they've lined up a tour where some of the gigs go on until 1am (3am at Brixton). The stage act might be two guys twiddling machines and Karl Hyde "dancing" and "singing", but the crowd and the music itself are bound to lift the house.

Civic, Wolverhampton (01902 552121) Tue; Newport Centre (01633 622666) 6 Mar; Astoria, London W1 (0171-434 0403) 9 & 10 Mar; Guildhall, Portsmouth (01705 824355) 11 Mar; UEA, Norwich (01603 764764) 12 Mar; Brixton Academy, London SW2 (0171-771 2000) 13 Mar