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The impish ice-maiden returns to melt your heart after last year's Reading Festival taster. Expect to cry tears of joy and exclaim how wonderful life is, and all that.

Tonight 7pm, Sheffield Arena (01142-565656); Sat 7pm, Manchester G-Mex (0161-832 9000); 25 Jan, Wembley Arena (0181-900 1234)

Teenage Fanclub/

The Flaming Lips

It's comforting to know that there are still some bands out there that you can obsess over. Teenage Fanclub's gigs are storming, sweat-soaked knees-ups that make every night feel like Hogmanay. Ditto the Flaming Lips (if you like Pavement... etc).

Sun 6.45pm, London Astoria W1 (0171-434 0403)



Catch them while they're still young, running green, keeping their teeth nice and clean etc.

26 Feb, Oxford Apollo (01865 244544); 27 Feb, Nottingham Rock City (0115- 934 2042); 29 Feb & 2 Mar, London Astoria (0171-434 0403); 3 Mar, Leeds Town and Country (0113-280 0100); 13 Mar, Glasgow Barrowlands (0131-557 6969)