The best gigs

Godspeed You... | Mon 3 and Thur 6 April

A short tour for Godspeed You Black Emperor!, the awe-inspiring Canadian ensemble. There's fitting support from Sigur Ros and Fly Pan Am. Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 (020-7960 4242) Mon; New Trinity, Bristol (0117-929 9008) Thur

Shelby Lynne | Tue 4 April

Following rave reports at the influential SXSW festival, Lynne's new blend of old southern sounds looks like bringing her international stardom. Corn Exchange, Cambridge (01223 357851)

The For Carnation | Thur 6 April

Ex-Slint vocalist Brian McMahan returns with a new band, whose recent self-titled, début album of mystic, slow-paced rock has this critic's support. Garage, London N5 (020-7607 1818)

Macy Gray | Wed 5, Thur 6 & Fri 7 April

She may have been overplayed on radio and TV, but the surprise act of 1999 keeps on gaining fans and selling out huge venues. Wembley Arena (020-8902 0902) Wed; Brixton Academy, London SW9 (020-7771 2000) Thur & Fri