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JUST WHY Boston trio Buffalo Tom (below) remained a cult show while Nirvana and a slew of Seattle bands racked up huge sales is still a mystery to their fans. Now back with their sixth album - the excellent Smitten - they play a one-off UK gig, with music which embraces beautiful flowing melodies and manic intense grinders. The straightahead rock gig of the week, month and possibly year.

Astoria, London W1

(0171-434 0403) 7.30pm

The American Pioneers season continues with a rare UK appearance by New York scenester John Zorn. Blurring the line between contemporary improvisation and classical composition, Zorn's re-orchestration of some of his best works will take in all the emotions of bebop, fast metal and even traditional Jewish music.

Barbican, London EC2

(0171-638 8891) 7.30pm

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