Scrubs' band The Blanks head to Shepherd's Bush Empire for one-off a cappella show

The hit US medical sitcom Scrubs was finally pronounced dead last March. While UK fans of the show cling to the lifeline of a repeat prescription of reruns, next weekend some will find further remedy for their loss with the arrival in London of The Blanks, the a cappella band who made frequent appearances on the show, led by the regular character Ted Buckland .

The Walkmen, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

From Long John Baldry to Jarvis Cocker, beanpole pop stars seem to inspire a special kind of affection, and from the sensational performance he gave here, Hamilton Leithauser is worthy of being – as it were – right up there with them.

The New Pornographers, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

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Janelle Monáe, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

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Stornoway, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

"As we're at Shepherd's Bush Empire, I thought it would be appropriate to tell you a story about sheep," says Brian Briggs, nervously, in the Oxford indie-folk quartet's signature style of banter. Stornoway's frontman rambles about a study on making lamb fat into fuel, which leads the lads into "Fuel Up" and gets a big laugh.

KT Tunstall, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Diminutive Scottish-born singer K T Tunstall sprang on stage at the Shepherd's Bush Empire wearing skin-tight leather leggings and a baggy T-shirt, immediately invigorating the audience with her firecracker presence.

Hurts, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

“Well, well, well,” vocalist Theo Hutchcraft purrs darkly. He’s clad in a sharp suit and white shirt buttoned up to the collar, his scraped-back hair emphasising his strikingly pale skin and angular jaw. “There are lots of people here,” he muses, smiling seductively and gesturing to the jostling crowd with all the new-wave charm of a man who’s just stepped out of 1981.

Kelis, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

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Fyfe Dangerfield, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

It's an intimate start, as Fyfe Dangerfield, the lead singer of Guillemots, stands alone to sing a quiet rendition of "Faster than the Setting Sun". But then, after an almost maudlin first verse, his band sneak onstage and the beat kicks in. It's a sudden shift, yet feels utterly natural, exhibiting a melodic and tonally thrilling schizophrenia that sets the mood for the evening.

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and the Cairo Gang, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Ah, another guise for the enigmatic Will Oldham to confuse the public with. Having released material as Palace, Palace Music, Palace Songs and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Oldham is now officially including the Cairo Gang (Emmett Kelly and Shahzad Ismaily) as a collective, having put out The Wonder Show of the World together in March.

The Coral, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

While the prevalent musical trend of the past decade has clearly obsessed upon reincarnating every Eighties style imaginable, Wirral psychonauts The Coral have quietly been refining their musical genius. The hybrid style of r'n'b and a taste for the surreal that defines their sound has consistently strengthened, culminating in the creative vision of their sixth album, Butterfly House.

Snoop Dogg, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

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Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

The daughter of French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and English actress Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg seems to have the lot. A Cannes Best Actress award arrived last year for Antichrist.

The United Nations of Sound, Shepherd&rsquo;s Bush Empire, London

"'Bitter Sweet Symphony' is one of the greatest pieces of modern art created by anyone," declared the ever-modest Richard Ashcroft during this month's tour of Australia with his new band, United Nations of Sound (UNS). Granted, with five hit albums under his belt, two with The Verve, the singer-songwriter has a lot to crow about. Which would explain the bravado with which he showcases most of his forthcoming album, Redemption, at this long-awaited London gig with no fear of a mutinous walk out.

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