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THOUGH THEIR excellent Rafi's Revenge album made the shortlist for the Technics Mercury Music Prize this year, it's as a live act that Asian Dub Foundation (right) are able to change hearts and minds with their impassioned performances. A spectacular blur of dub, hip-hop, punk, jungle and Asian sounds, they ram into their songs political messages which come over as cathartic anthems rather than trendy sloganeering. The stage will inevitably be jammed with instruments and boxes of noise- making machinery which will be put to good use during such crowd-pleasers as "Free Satpal Ram", "Naxalite" and "Buzzin".

Irish Centre, Birmingham (0121-622 2314) 7.30pm

With this second date in a UK tour of mid-to-large venues, Reef bring their poppy punk sound, led by Gary Stringer's rasping voice, to their faithful following. It's a predictable sound, but fun nonetheless. Symposium and Nojahoda are the support acts.

Barrowlands, Glasgow (0141-552 4601) 7.30pm

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