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Do they really sound better since they shed a member? The good news for them (but bad news for Louise) is yes. Peachy-keen pop for kids who eat their greens.

Tonight 7pm, Croydon Fairfield Halls (0181-688 9291); Sat 7pm, Brighton Centre (01273 202881); Sun 7pm, London Wembley Arena (0181-900 1234)

The Auteurs

The nastiest band in Britain return spitting and snarling with a bad attitude, a brutal new album, After Murder Park, and this one-off show. Expect cellos, fuzzy guitars and all sorts of unpleasantness. But no rock 'n' roll.

Sat 7pm, London ULU W1 (Booking: 0171-287 0932)

The Beat Goes On - The Rock File Reader

Not to be confused with the forthcoming C4 rockudrama, The Beat Goes On is a thinly disguised republication, in "reader" form and with new material, of Charlie Gillett and Simon Frith's excellent Seventies pop chronicle, The Rock File. Now you can read again about Seventies music without nostalgia.

Published by Pluto Press, pounds 10.99