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BLACK SABBATH

Who needs Ozzy Osborne when you've got Cathedral supporting? Black Sab, the original heavy-metallers, are back and itching to cash in on the Teenage Fan Club / Nirvana-led revival of their stock. Godspeed open.

Mon Manchester Apollo; Tue Wolverhampton Civic Hall; Wed London Hammersmith Apollo

BUFFALO TOM

Tonight Belfast Limelight; Fri Dublin Tivoli

CREDIT TO THE NATION

Made-for-mainstream rap act from the West Midlands with a line in anti-fascism. Quite good. Support is rock, though - Collapsed Lung.

Wed Manchester Boardwalk

MOTOWN EXTRAVAGANZA

Four-hour show featuring The Four Tops 'Reach Out (I'll Be There)', Jimmy Ruffin, Junior Walker, The Temptations and Martha Reeves & The Vandellas. Plus an audio visual tribute to Marvin Gaye.

Tue Birmingham NEC; Wed Manchester G-MEX

PRIMAL SCREAM

Bring back the drum machines.

Tonight Cardiff Uni; Fri, Sat (with George Clinton), Sun Brixton Academy; Mon Brighton Event

CASSANDRA WILSON

Acoustic jazz singer from Jackson, Mississippi.

Tonight, Fri, Sat London Jazz Cafe; Sun Birmingham Ronnie Scott's

SHORTER THAN MILES

More of the old acid jazz / funk vibe musicians who've played with Jamiroquai and the BNHs.

Sun London Ronnnie Scott's

DOMINO

Hip hop. He of the track 'Ghetto Jam', mate of Snoop, and collaborator with one Cat. Plus the UK's soulful Darkman, and DJs Dave Morrison and Ras Kwame. Late.

Tonight London Subterania

CRYSTAL WATERS

The Gypsy Woman woman, only this time (forthcoming CD Storyteller) she's written more lyrics. Late, late PAs.

Sat (ie Sunday morning) London Heaven 1.15am; London Ministry Of Sound 3.15am

COUNTRY, FOLK, JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC

GARTH BROOKS

Razzamatazz C & W. Garth - a musically flabby Bush-era entertainer - just keeps on getting bigger. Two dates should be enough for his British audience - council house cowboys and a new white collar wing. Support comes from Kansas newcomer Martina McBride. See feature.

Sun Birmingham NEC; Mon Wembley Arena

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