The Zutons, Hammersmith Apollo, London

It is no mean feat for a band to carry off a performance in which their best-known song has been covered in prolific fashion by the insouciant Amy Winehouse. But nonetheless, and without a touch of humility, The Zuton's flex their considerable indie muscle and deliver material from their three successful albums in a fashion worthy of the term inimitable.

Three Godless Christmas shows

Forget Nativity plays, a different kind of Christmas show is coming to town. And with a talk by Richard Dawkins and stand-up by Ricky Gervais, it's a gift for the non-believer, says Julian Hall

Steve Coogan, Hammersmith Apollo, London

We still love to hate the loser in the sports jacket

Michael McIntyre, Hammersmith Apollo, London

If comedy is supposedly going to err towards the risk-averse in the post-Brand/post-Ross BBC era: then cometh the hour, cometh Michael McIntyre.

The Last Shadow Puppets, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Monkeys overshadow the Puppets' show

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

Dig, Cave, dig! And unleash your inner dog: The intensity never lets up for the Bad Seed who glides from dark menace to the sublime

Björk, Hammersmith Apollo, London<br />Method Man and Redman, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Spirit of a child in the hands of a maverick

Bjork, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Iceland's reluctant star is just unmissable

First Night: Portishead, Hammersmith Apollo, London

The future is bright after a decade in the darkness

Neil Young, Hammersmith Apollo, London<br />Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Pressure Point, Brighton

Even at 62, Neil Young shows he is still capable of putting on a persuasive, three-hour live show

Mark Ronson, Hammersmith Apollo, London

A radical joins the mainstream

The Russian National Dance Show, Hammersmith Apollo, London

It was the Zeppelin that did it. The Russian National Dance Show includes scenes of Russian life through the ages, sometimes achieving berserk levels of kitsch. The Soviet era, which forms the first-act finale, includes Young Pioneers jiving to a synthesiser arrangement of "Back in the USSR". An astronaut partners a ballerina. Then a remote-controlled Zeppelin appears. There was a gasp from a woman behind me: "It's coming straight for us!"

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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

Comedy: Henry Rollins Hammersmith Apollo London oo999

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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