Progressive Rock

The Killers, SECC, Glasgow

The Killers were always bound for arena-level stardom, one felt, thanks to their gold-dust blend of attractive pop choruses, a certain down to earth authenticity as unembellished alternarockers in the traditional vein and a true talent for sheer, unalloyed blandness where it’s really necessary.

Hot Chip, Brixton Academy, London

Anyone still ready to dismiss Hot Chip as geeks or middle-class ironists would be disabused of that notion as soon as the south London five-piece appear.

At the Drive-In, Brixton Academy, London

"We consider this the last show of the Relationship of Command tour," keyboardist/guitarist Jim Ward lets us know at the end. "It’s taken us 12 years to finish." Then he adds, of his four band-mates: "I love these dudes more than life itself."

Mercury Rev, Roundhouse, London

Smiling with beatific rapture and throwing his arms wide open like a man here to save souls, Jonathan Donahue swigs red wine from a bottle as he arrives on a stage lit by candles.

Album: Lightspeed Champion, Life Is Sweet! Nice to Meet You (Domino)

Lightspeed Champion's 2008 debut, Falling off the Lavender Bridge, perhaps presented Devonté Hynes in too folksy a light; judging by the much broader palette of Life Is Sweet! Nice to Meet You, he's clearly one of those musicians whose restless muse can lead him anywhere: in this case, into an eclectic mélange of country, classical, pop, prog and chunky new-wave stylings whose closest comparison is the Todd Rundgren of A Wizard, a True Star.

Album: The Soft Machine, Volume Two (Polydor)

1969. Standing like afractured doubled-sidedmirror in between thepsychedelia of The SoftMachine and the crankyjazz-fusion of Third wasthis, the Canterburygroup's second album,one of those "transitional"moments thatmake life so pleasantlybendy.