Opening This Week: Rock

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Cornershop (Norwich Waterfront, 01603 632717, Thurs; Manchester Univ, 0161 832 1111, Fri; Sheffield Leadmill, 0114 275 4500, Sat; Glasgow Garage, 0141 332 1120, Sun 22 Feb; Edinburgh Venue, 0131 557 3073, 23 Feb; Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall, 01902 312030, 25 Feb; Liverpool Lomax, 0151 236 0329, 26 Feb; Preston UCL, 01772 201201, 27 Feb; Bristol Fleece & Firkin, 0117 927 7150, 1 Mar; Brighton Concorde, 01273 494493, 2 Mar; Cambridge Junction, 01223 412600, 3 Mar; ULU, WC1, 0171 580 9551, 5 Mar). Once reviled, now acclaimed Brit-Asian pop's answer to Beck.

Roachford (Edinburgh Assembly Rooms, 0131 220 4349, Wed; Liverpool L2, 0151 709 4321, Thurs; Manchester Univ, 0161 275 2930, Sat; Sheffield Leadmill, 0114 275 2930, Sun 22 Feb; Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall, 01902 312029, 24 Feb; Portsmouth Pyramid Ctr, 01705 358608, 25 Feb; Empire, W12, 0181 740 7474, 26 Feb). Rock'n'soul.

Meredith Brooks (Empire, W12, 0181 740 7474, Wed; Glasgow Old Fruitmarket, 0141 287 5511, Thurs; Manchester Univ, 0161 275 2930, Fri). The "Bitch" is back: Alanis Morissette with a bit of Joan Jett thrown in.

Nick Heyward (Liverpool Lomax, 0151 236 0329, Fri; Glasgow King Tut's, 0141 221 5279, Sat; Manchester Roadhouse, 0161 2379789, Sun 22 Feb; Wolverhampton Varsity, 01902 711166, 23 Feb; Bristol Fleece & Firkin, 0117 9277150, 25 Feb; Reading Alleycat, 0118 9561116, 26 Feb; Borderline, W1, 0171 734 2095, 27 Feb). He of Haircut 100, now being led along the comeback trail by Creation Records. They released his new album, The Apple Bed, last week.

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