ROCK / Gig Guide

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JAMES

The stadium rockers of the moment. New tracks from Laid come across even better than their old favourites - all jangly guitar and catchy choruses. Good times. Radiohead, freakishly popular in the US, support.

Tonight London Brixton Academy; Sat Portsmouth Guild Hall; Sun Norwich UEA; Mon Newport Centre

DEPECHE MODE

Not as camp as they used to be. Plus Irish rappers Marxman.

Tue Birmingham NEC

THE THE

Art rock journeymen ask big questions. Supported by the Auteurs, a pleasant little indie band in the 'bedsit glam' category, popular with the students.

Tonight Liverpool Royal Court; Fri Birmingham AVLC; Sun Glasgow Barrowlands; Mon Leeds T&C; Tue Newcastle City Hall

OMD

It's 1982 again, only this time they're upfront about being influenced by Barry White and the Velvet Underground. Big brother pop-rock.

Fri Cardiff National Ice Rink; Sat Bournemouth BIC; Sun London Wembley Arena

TEARS FOR FEARS

It's definitely 1982. All around you are familiar faces . . .

Fri Manchester Apollo; Sat Oxford Apollo; Mon Birmingham NEC; Tue London Wembley Arena

THERAPY?

Gutsy hardcore with a human face. Cop Shoot Cop support.

Tonight Edinburgh Queen's Hall; Sat Hull Uni; Sun Newcastle Riverside; Mon Coventry Uni; Tue Plymouth Warehouse; Wed Bristol Uni

WET WET WET

Extra and final date. Pure pop.

Sat London Wembley Arena

THE MOODY BLUES

Regular shows, as opposed to the forthcoming gigs with the Wren Orchestra.

Tonight York Barbican; Fri Glasgow Int'l; Sat Manchester Apollo; Sun Cardiff Int'l Arena; Tue Plymouth Centre; Wed Bournemouth Centre

JOE

Soulful rapper, just 20, from Georgia whose single 'I'm In Love' went down well on import. Plus swing / rap from Soundsville and Jeff Redd.

Mon Nottingham MGM; Tue Birmingham Million Dollar Club; Wed London Brixton Academy

MY GUY TOUR

The tour of the mag. Featuring EYC - poppy rap with a bit of swing, from three LA 21 year olds and Smash Hits Best Newcomers, as of last week. Plus E 17 and Lindy Layton.

Tue Stockton On Tees Mall

THE POGUES

More than the sum of their remnants, the old punk-folkies can still shake a leg. Sat Leeds Uni

RUBY TURNER

Britsh soul, old school. Fri,Sat London Jazz Cafe

MEATLOAF

Fat Canadian rocker. Fun live.

Mon London Wembley Arena

DEBORAH HARRY

The Blondie woman. This time, unplugged. Didn't you prefer her when she was unhinged?

Tonight Birmingham Symphony Hall

BEVERLY CRAVEN

More songs about love. No support.

Fri London RAH

BARBARA DICKSON

You know her so well. From the interludes in the Two Ronnies. Supper club standards.

Mon (9pm), Wed (9pm, 11pm) London Cafe Royal Green Room pounds 19, or pounds 42 with dinner.

DIO

Containing Ronnie James Dio, ex-Black Sabbath, on vocals. A bit like Gillan in concept.

Sun London Hammersmith Apollo

IGGY POP

Crackpot father of American punk. One-off.

Sun London Brixton Academy

BLUE WHALE

Mick Fleetwood, blues nut, has a new band including Bay area guitarist Ron Thompson (of the Resistors) and bassist Bill Campbell. With added barrelhouse piano and Appalachian mandolin.

Wed Cambridge Junction

THE SLUT HUT

Fed up spannering around every second Thursday of the month? Then here's another club from Manchester's 'A Bit Ginger' people. Billed as a 'fetish night strictly for Dykes, Queers and perverts'. Music: trash house disco.

Tonight Manchester Ducie St Home Club (061 237 9460)

COUNTRY, FOLK, JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC

RUMILLAJTA

Slick Andean pipe music.

Tonight Grappenhall St Wilfrid's Church; Fri Sheffield City Hall; Sat Maidstone Corn Exchange; Sun Ronnie Scott's; Wed Sherborne Arts Centre

MARY BLACK

Irish tear jerker.

Sun London RAH

SAXTET

Five wacky sax players, big at Edinburgh.

Tonight London Purcell Room

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