SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS
From St Paul, Minnesota, gospel brought into the Nineties without shedding any of its soul. Better live than you could possibly imagine. And only three dates.
Tonight Hamm Apollo; Fri Cambridge Corn Exchange; Sat Southport Soul Weekender
Danceable and hip pop, with Jarvis Cocker's spot-on lyrics and passionate vocals. Half way from Morrissey to St Etienne.
Sun Glasgow Garage; Mon Newcastle Riverside; Tue Leeds Metro Uni; Wed Manch Uni
Classy six-piece playing intelligent melodic rock. Free Stipey bit with every song. Support from soul singer Roachford.
Fri London Forum
THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH
Twinkly tunes and slightly over-cultivated lyrics, but still well executed. Last date. Typical] (see also review opposite).
Fri Bridlington Spa
SIDI BOU SAID
Female indie four-piece, with a decent CD, Brooch, to their name. Worth checking.
Fri London Islington Garage
Neat lyrics, catchy tunes, collected in to a best of situation called Our Town.
Tonight Irvine Magnum Centre; Fri Edinburgh Playhse; Sat Aberdeen Capitol; Mon Newcastle City Hall; Tue Bradford St George's
Super Yanks. Baritone sax, two-stringed fretless bass, drums. Don't miss them again.
Tue Manchester University; Thurs 28 London Camden Underworld
Chrissie Hynde (guitar / vocals), Martin Chambers (drums), Adam Seymour (guitars), Andy Hobson (bass). Ask your mother.
Mon Glasgow Garage; Tue Sheffield Leadmill
See interview opposite
Tue Leeds Irish Centre
Blues band, plus soulful singer / songwriter Luke Meddings. Anti-Nazi League benefit.
Sun London Tufnell Pk Boston Arms / Dome
COUNTRY, FOLK, JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC
Big gun of salsa, and his 17-piece orchestra.
Sun London Hammersmith Palais
Jazz met funk in this man. The sax player everyone should see once.
Tonight London Astoria; Fri Manchester Oxford St Jilly's (061-236 0135); Sat Leeds Uni; Sun Bristol New Trinity Community Centre (0272 550659)
TOWNES VAN ZANDT
Hard-edged country singer from Nashville, a touch Leonard Cohen. Ragged looking middle aged troubadour. Great.
Sat London Islington Union Chapel
Canadian folkie. No, wait, she's good . . .
Tue London Criterion TheatreReuse content