The Sunday Preview: Rock

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Chaka Khan (Hammersmith Apollo, 081-741 4868, Thurs). Her name is Yvette Stevens, and she is funky.

Mica Paris (Clapham Grand, 071-734 8932, Thurs; London Forum, 071-284 2200, Fri). South London's feistiest soul diva fights Chaka for an audience.

Sugar (Brixton Academy, 071-326 1022, tomorrow). Bob Mould's subtly cacophonous power trio pauses at an identity crossroads - will it be depressing or uplifting? Come, Bivouac and Madder Rose support.

John Prine (Clapham Grand, 071-734 8932, Fri). Elegiac country singer- songwriter with a fine line in between- tune chat.

Manic Street Preachers (Newcastle Mayfair, 091-232 3109, tonight; Nottingham Rock City, 0602 483456, tomorrow; Southend Cliffs, 0702 351135, Mon; Cambridge Corn Exchange, 0223 357851, Thurs; Wolverhampton Civic, 0902 312030, Fri; Newport Centre, 0633 258676, Sat). Punk revivalists turned stadium rockers whose current single 'From Despair to Where' features the best guitar squiggle of the year so far.

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