Quins trial for injury-prone Calderwood

Mark Calderwood is being given the chance to resurrect his Super League career at Harlequins. The former Test winger, who played for England in the 2008 World Cup, but who has been without a club since being released by Hull at the end of last season, has joined the London club on trial until the end of next month.

Coyle to keep Cahill for rest of the season

Owen Coyle accepts Gary Cahill may outgrow Bolton but has no intention of selling the defender in this transfer window. The England centre-half has been linked with a £10m move to Arsenal but his manager says there has been no contact with the London club.

Noisettes, Electric Ballroom, London

It's a gross injustice that the Noisettes' greatest exposure to the record-buying public is via a car commercial (Don't Upset the Rhythm), because if there is anything to be learned from this gig, it is that they are infinitely more than an ad man's go-to band.

Best Coast, Scala, London

Best Coast are the current darlings of the indie scene. Fronted by a stoner pin-up, Bethany Cosentino, the band are nominally members of the "chillwave" movement, a loosely aligned bunch of music-making slackers. But Best Coast's especially laconic take on "classic" US indie shares little with the rest of the scene, which tends to produce sparse, haunting electro instead of asinine surf rock.

Fulham take Richards fight to Court of Appeal

Fulham have taken their fight to oust Sir David Richards as Premier League chairman to the Court of Appeal after challenging a High Court judgement for their dispute with him to be settled by arbitration.

Matthew Ashman Celebration, Scala, London<br/>Primal Scream, Olympia, London

You never know what you're going to get with Adam and the Ants, but they don't disappoint in harness with Bow Wow Wow

The Fall, Electric Ballroom, London

The Fall are the most reliable band in the world, but also the most unpredictable. Musically, you can count on the band sounding pretty much the same as it did the last time you saw them, be it months ago or decades. But what keeps drawing fans back, year after year, is not reliability, it's the raw edge of uncertainty, that rarest of rock'n'roll commodities, which seems to fill a need in our increasingly ordered, commodified lives. And no frontman, not even Iggy Pop, has made as much a virtue of uncertainty as Mark E Smith.

Les Savy Fav, Electric Ballroom, London

"This is a concert," Tim Harrington reminds us, "and we're going to smash this room to ashes." The singer has already abandoned his unhealthy looking vest to the crowd, the nipple peepholes he gnawed in it earlier maybe adding to its attraction. He's bald and bearded, the roll of fat around his stomach suggesting just the right amount of appetite.

Sacked lap dancer loses case

A lap dancer who attempted to bring an unfair dismissal case against Stringfellows has lost her case, a lawyer for the club said today.

Warpaint, Scala, London

Warpaint walk on stage to a room full of expectation: it has been a big year for the all-girl quartet from Los Angeles. Despite forming six years ago, the past 12 months have seen the online music community put the band on the metaphorical pedestal that comes with being just that pretty and just that good.

New Playboy club to open

When Hugh Hefner announced back in the early sixties that his Playboy bunnies were coming to London, there were howls of derision from some detractors who prophesied that Britain would never fall for the fluffy-tailed hostesses in the way that America had.

Everything Everything, Scala, London

Everything Everything, for those outside the know, are one of the biggest bands of the now. Tipped to the gunnels and lavished with pre-emptory praise, their many press clippings have them talking up a good fight, making all the right noises about reclaiming Manchester music from the troglodytes. Their bluster, however commendably well-intentioned, is, I regret to say, just that.

Villagers, Scala, London

This year's Mercury Prize nominee and singer-songwriter Conor J O'Brien is an expert storyteller. From the minute he appears on stage, the packed Scala crowd are hushed in charmed fascination and stand rigidly, as though they daren't move in case they break their trance.

Mt Desolation, Scala, London

The fantasy of starting again made Paul McCartney turn up on college campuses asking if his new band Wings could get a gig, and Stephen King publish books as Richard Bachman. Keane's songwriter Tim Rice-Oxley hasn't quite gone that far with his new country band Mt Desolation. Still, he is stretching himself beyond Keane's stadium confines.

'Bloodgate' physio Brennan is struck off

The fake blood scandal at Harlequins happened the best part of 18 months ago, but the union game has yet to rid itself of the rancid smell. Steph Brennan, the physiotherapist who participated in the Heineken Cup substitution scam orchestrated by the London club's director of rugby Dean Richards, was yesterday struck off by the Health Professions Council – a development that cast Richards' current efforts to "clarify" the roles he may or may not perform during his three-year ban from the sport in a dismal, dirty-grey light.

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