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"Well, you've definitely still got it, that's for sure," Jamie Reynolds breathlessly informs his audience. Hold on, aren't we meant to be the ones making that judgement about Klaxons? It's been three years since their debut album, Myths of the Near Future, rode the crest of nu rave to small-time era-defining status, and next month, their sophomore effort Surfing the Void arrives.

Arcade Fire, Hackney Empire, London<br/>Dr John, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

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Delphic/Mirrors, Garage, London

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Gaming: Are we having fun yet?

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