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AFTER ALMOST 20 years in the business as a member of Husker Du, Sugar and as a solo artist, it looks like this is the last electric-band tour by Bob Mould. Quite what he'll lend that great, growling voice to is anyone's guess, but he'll be including material from his recent The Last Dog and Pony Show album. A real bonus comes with the support act, Mercury Rev, playing their first UK dates in around three years. They've just delivered the amazingly beautiful Deserter's Songs album, which will no doubt feature very near the top of most critics' end-of-year polls.

University, Reading (01189 568308) 7.30pm

Fresh from winning the Mercury Music Prize with their brilliant debut album, Gomez (above) embark on a handful of UK dates. Tickets are hard to come by, but they're worth begging for: live, the band forge a big psychedelic sound onto their swampy bayou grooves and lace their set with humour.

Garage, Glasgow (0141-332 1120) 8pm