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Candidate | Thursday 27 April

Delightful semi-acoustic pop from these young contenders. Tuneful and sinister in equal portions. Spits Bar, London (0171 247 9747)

Ugly Duckling | 27 and 28 April

A welcome return to the UK for one of the most entertaining hip-hop crews around. Support comes from various Bad Magic labelmates. Ifor Bach, Cardiff (01222 232199) Thur; Fabric, London EC1 (020-7490 0444) Fri

Primal Scream | Saturday 22 April

The final date of Gillespie and co's successful Xtrmntr tour is an all-nighter. Special guests, including Death In Vegas, will be helping them to party till dawn. Brixton Academy, London SW9 (020-7771 2000)

Peter Bruntnell | Wednesday 26 April

Peter Bruntnell has to be one of the very best songwriters in Britain today. In Wednesday's gig he leads his twangy powerpop combo, with the excellent rootsy sounds of the Arlenes as support. Borderline, London W1 (020-7734 2095) Wed

Paul Weller | 23, 25, 27 and 27 April

The ex-Jam man goes on the road for the first time in two years. De Montfort Hall, Leicester (0116-233 3111) tomorrow; Rivermead, Reading (0118-901 5000) Tue; Pavilion, Plymouth (01752 229922) Wed; Colston, Bristol (0117-922 3682) Thur

R2 Country Music Festival | Saturday 22 April

The six acts scheduled are a good crosssection of modern country, from the roots revival of the Derailers and Wayne Hancock to the glitz of Reba McEntire (right). London Arena, E14 (020-7528 1212)