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JAPANESE SAMPLING, riffing wonderkid Cornelius (right) brings his full-on bag of surprises to the UK for his first major show. Described as sounding like Brian Wilson if he had access to curent technology back in the days of his creative peak, Cornelius blends sublime pop moments with some real "out-there" stuff. His Fantasma album remains one of this year's highlights and tonight promises all sorts of sonic bleeps and offbeat visuals.

LA2, London W1 (0171-434 0403) 8pm

Another band who are massive in their own country are Sweden's dark- edged pop quintet Kent. Outselling the likes of the Cardigans and the Wannadies back home, with all three of their albums hitting the top spot, they'll be playing a much smaller venue than they're used to. This gig kicks off a mini-residency which sees them playing the cramped Monarch every Wednesday this month.

Monarch, London NW1 (0171-916 1049) 8pm

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