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CHRIS REA

Mellow, introspective growling over slide guitar - just how commercial blues should be.

Tonight, Fri Birmingham NEC; Mon, Tue London Wembley Arena

BONEY M

Liz Mitchell, one of the originals, plus three new dancers / backing singers. There's some confusion over whether their extensive European tour is taking them to Turkey or Torquay, so watch this space.

Tue London Brixton Fridge

JULIAN COPE

New wave or new age, he's still a lovable cracker. Last chance to see his eccentric mike stand, which is being raffled in aid of the anti- fur campaign Lynx.

Tonight Cambridge Corn Exchange; Fri Sheffield Uni; Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed London T&C

CORNERSHOP

Spiky half-Asian punk band from Leicester, refreshingly inept on their instruments. 'In The Days of Ford Cortina' (Wiiija) is the current EP, out on 7' only. Guitars, sitar, flute and tabla.

Tonight Chelmsford Y-Club

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

A chance to find out what these white 'industrial' rappers are so mad about. Or wait for the CD from Sony in February.

Tue Camden Underworld

CULTURE

Classic roots reggae from a band who've been spreading culture since 1977. Don't miss Birmingham's superb Macka B.

Sun London Astoria 7-11pm

THE JAGGERNAUTS

Blues and soul. Free.

Tue London Covent Garden Roadhouse

DEJA VU

Seven or eight club lads in a band, with at least four of them playing real instruments.

Fri London Milk Bar

GRETSCHEN HOFNER

Heavy-sounding and tuneful 'pervabilly' band, as they term it. Dark rockabilly.

Fri King's Cross Splash Club

VANESSA SIMON

Budding British soul diva with a street angle and a romantic streak.

Sun London Ronnie Scott's

MUSIC THERAPY AUCTION

Nordoff-Robbins have enough pop-industry tat to keep everyone happy. Proceeds from the sale of such items as a heavily autographed Fender guitar, a Gary Glitter costume and the Hammersmith Odeon's visitors' book go to the music therapy charity. The catalogue ( pounds 10) must be bought before Sunday.

Sun 31 Jan London Oxford Circus HMV Shop 2-5.30pm

COUNTRY, FOLK, JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC

JOHN MARTYN

After 20 albums, this smooth folky's wagon is finally gathering speed. Dave Gilmour, Andy Shepherd and Phil Collins all played on his latest CD Couldn't Love You More.

Mon Southend Cliffs Pavilion; Tue Croydon Fairfield; Wed Norwich UEA

BILL FRISELL BAND

Wildly imaginative guitar man who mixes rock and country, jazz and blues, electric and acoustic. With guest on clarinets, for the first time in the UK, Don Byron (see feature opposite and CD offer above).

Tonight London QEH; Sat Dartington Great Hall; Sun Cambridge Junction; Tue Southampton Turner Sims Concert Hall

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