The Zutons, Hammersmith Apollo, London

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Hammersmith Apollo, London<br/>Crystal Castles, Concorde 2, Brighton

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Mark Ronson, Hammersmith Apollo, London

A radical joins the mainstream

The Russian National Dance Show, Hammersmith Apollo, London

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The Grammy award-winning Italian recording sensation Laura Pausini plays her first UK date next month on the back of her successful album, Resta in Ascolto. In 10 years, Pausini has established herself throughout Europe and South America, selling 20 million albums worldwide. Hammersmith Apollo, London W12 (0870 400 0688) 15 March

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HENRY ROLLINS left his audience tonight with a quote from Iggy Pop about having to work to keep up your hate. That the former Punk frontman turned spoken word artist did not exit to one of his own numerous quotes on the subject (for example: "When you hate someone, hate them until it hurts" or "To hate is to show you care...") was a telling summation of the evening. The Rollins diet of hate, physical and mental discipline and social change has itself remained constant throughout a quarter of a century and expressed via numerous books and albums. Under a second term of his nemesis George Bush Jr, his appetite is still healthy, but what he served up did not get the juices flowing.
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