Lyrical, danceable pop from a persistent (but for all that, not bitter) shower from Sheffield. His 'n' Hers (Island) is the album of the moment, and the fans are a fun bunch too. Tonight Cambridge Junction; Fri London Forum
Even if you hate them their nursery rhyme tunes have a habit of sticking in your head. Then there's always the fascination of listening to faux cockerney and wondering when it will fall apart. But the kids love Blur, their CD Parklife is Number 1 and what do you know anyway?
Tue Nottingham Rock City; Wed Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Touring his River Of Dreams CD (Columbia), frankly out to make cash after being ripped off for so long. Hence the address to the Oxford Union Society tomorrow. Eh?
Tonight Oxford Union Society; Sat, Mon, Wed London Earl's Court Arena
DAVID LEE ROTH
Still singing about various types of she, the glam metal man is back on the road. Sorry, make that 'The Entire World', for that's his itinerary.
Fri Whitley Bay Ice Rink; Sat Liverpool Royal Court; Mon Birmingham Aston Villa Leisure Centre; Tue Cardiff Ice Rink
EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL
Ben and Trace and one guitar.
Wed Windsor Old Trout
HUNTERS AND COLLECTORS
Big in Melbourne since 1982. Fierce R & R with the sort of social conscience that Bono admires. Get in quick.
Sat Dublin Tivoli; Sun Belfast Limelight
Tuneful rock, plus Mutha's Day Out.
Tonight Birmingham Irish Centre; Fri London Astoria
Now more listenable. New CD: Fear, Emptiness, Despair. And what are you doing on Saturday night? Entombed support.
Sat London Marquee
Considerate pop in best-of phase.
Tonight Gloucester Leisure Centre; Sat Birmingham Aston Villa Leisure Centre; Mon Leicester Granby Hall; Tue Sheffield City Hall
The quiet Canadian.
Fri, Sat, Sun Wembley Arena
Ultrascots pub soul duo.
Tonight London Forum
BRAND NEW HEAVIES
Soul-funk for trendy clothes shops.
Tonight Brighton Event; Fri Cambridge Corn Exchange; Sat Norwich UEA
Acid-jazzy funk, plus Son Of The Original, a jazz rap act with singing voices, mates with the Jamiroquai set.
Sun London Ronnie Scott's
BRITISH REGGAE AWARDS
More from the Pink Lady music festival - a ragga-heavy award night, with Don Campell, Winsome, Peter Hunningale, Wendy Walker, Tippa Irie, Mike Anthony, Lloyd Brown, Calvin Salmon, Danny Red, Bitty McClean, Apache Indian, Vivien Jones and General Levy. pounds 10, 7pm-11pm
Tonight London Clapham Grand
WEDDINGS PARTIES ANYTHING
Semi-acoustic Aussies, plus fully-acoustic Canadians The Waltons.
Fri London Mean Fiddler; Sat London Kensington Orange; Tue Exeter Cavern; Wed Southampton Joiner's Arms
Small but soulful diva of Young Disciples fame, way authentic live.
Tonight Bristol Victoria Rooms
Classy singer-songwriter of the New Poets school. Huggy & The Bears, Triple Blind support.
Sun London Subterania
COUNTRY, FOLK & WORLD MUSIC
The spirit of Elvis lives: white spirituals sung with angel voice. Genuine hick clothing too.
Sun London Cambridge Theatre
New dates for the Malian singer superstar.
Tue Oxford Playhouse; Wed London Forum
Resonant pop-folk crossover act, now with a new record deal - 'Patience Of Angels' is the imminent single on Blanco Y Negro.
Tonight London Jazz Cafe; Sat Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms; Sun Birmingham Ronnie Scott's
TOWNES VAN ZANDT
This is as wicked as Western music gets. Cowboys, drifters, gamblers and outcasts. Leave your hat at home.
Tonight Aberdeen Lemon Tree; Fri Perth County Hotel; Sat Glasgow King Tut's; Sun Manchester Band on the Wall
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