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I am Kloot, Koko, London

Tickets were available on the night for I Am Kloot's tour-opener in Camden – which just goes to show that there's no justice in this world. Quite why a band this good should go so under-appreciated is a bit of a mystery, but then again the industry likes categories, and I Am Kloot don't fall neatly into any of them.

Album: The Kooks, Konk (Virgin)

Kookin' on gas? Just konked out, more like

Album: The Long Blondes, "Couples" (Rough Trade)

If the Long Blondes' debut was written from the perspective of a "Fifties housewife" who wanted out, then '"Couples"' (the quotation marks are part of the title) is the testament of someone who's got out, and is making apprehensive steps back into cattle-market nightlife.

You write the reviews: Inspiral Carpets, New Roadmender, Northampton

The reunion bandwagon continues to plough its relentless furrow through modern music, but at least the latest stragglers to re-appear were once pioneers of their time. Pre-Britpop, Inspiral Carpets were central to the much-celebrated Madchester scene along with their fellow Mancunians Stone Roses and Happy Mondays.

Album: Mystery Jets, Twenty One (679)

You wait 10 years for an album produced by Erol Alkan, then two come along at once. The Long Blondes' imminent 'Couples' is beaten to the shelves, though, by the Mystery Jets' second effort.

First Night: The Long Blondes, Amersham Arms, London

Not yet great, but proof that many Long Blondes can still have fun

You write the reviews: Hadouken!, Koko, London

James Smith, lead vocalist of Hadouken!, the British new rave grindie band, stalked confidently on to the brightly lit and smoke-shrouded stage of Koko in Camden Town. Beer can in hand and head held high, followed by his four loyal band members looking equally as confident, he was ready to take on the challenge of winning over what can only be described as a bunch ofhyperactive and eccentric fans, bedecked with neon glow sticks and luminous attire.

Stars, Koko, London

Outside of their Canada home base, Stars have yet to propel their literate, intimate melodramas in expansive song to Arcade Fire-ish levels of success. Tonight's show, then, sees the Montreal-based band occupying the territory of the little-bought but selectively, passionately loved indie band: no bad position to be in when a patchy gig calls for the kind of loving fan base who'll embrace you despite your faults.

You Write The Reviews: Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Komedia, Brighton

When Sam Duckworth – better known as Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. – sidled, suited and booted, on to this Brighton stage, it was for the first time in 11 months. Duckworth has been busy writing and recording his new album, Searching for the Hows and Whys, and putting the legwork in to his own fledgling recording company, Mannequin Republic. The lack of recent live performances proved a stumbling block for Duckworth, as he scrabbled his way through the first few songs of his UK tour.

Album: Los Campesinos!, Hold On Now, Youngster (Wichita)

It's all about your temperament. You'll either find Los Campesinos! as irritating as a Jack Russell terrier, or you'll find them a rejuvenating blast.

Album: Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend, XL

Album: British Sea Power

Do You Like Rock Music? (Rough Trade)

Wigan argue for reduction in games

Wigan are to try to persuade their fellow Super League clubs to cut the number of games to prevent wear and tear on players.

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